Shortlisted 2021

Financial Services


ING Wholesale Banking

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ING Wholesale Banking

The Challenge


ING is a global financial institution headquartered in Amsterdam, offering retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries. ING Wholesale Banking (WB) is an important contributor to ING’s performance and has been helping clients across the world build successful businesses for more than 200 years.

Today, ING offers everyday transactions and strategic advice on international growth and sustainability transformation to large corporations, multinationals, and financial institutions. Sustainability is a core pillar of ING’s global strategy, and Wholesale Banking is considered to be one of the pioneers in sustainable finance.

In January 2020, ING launched a new brand strategy with the tagline “do your thing” to inspire customers to work hard and progress with whatever drives them most. To articulate this new brand positioning and build a reputation for ING WB with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation consistently across global markets, ING was looking for a media partner with scale and efficient reach to engage global C-level executives and C-suite influencers.

ING’s goal was to align with purposeful changemakers — those who are progressive, action-orientated, optimistic, committed to shaping a positive future, and have a strong affinity to sustainable investing — to show its commitment to building a more sustainable world. The ultimate business goal was to position ING WB as a trusted partner to changemakers who ignite, lead, and advocate for responsible business and sustainable change, globally.

The Creative Solution


ING WB chose to partner with Insider to create a differentiated content platform that would enhance the brand’s reputation as a leader in sustainable finance and a trusted partner for the changemakers in the boardroom. The partnership leveraged Insider’s scale with access to more than 200M monthly unique users, editorial influence, content creation, and distribution capabilities, powered by the 1st party targeting insights.

Insider’s 1st party data platform, SAGA, indicated that C-level executives across our platforms were 2.68x more likely to be readers of ‘100 People Transforming Business’ – Insider’s authoritative index of business transformation leaders who are driving positive change and innovation in their companies and their sectors.

With proven audience engagement around this business transformation and innovation content, Insider, together with ING WB, embarked on a nine-month-long collaboration to build an integrated marketing partnership anchored around the ‘100 People Transforming Business’ list.  In September 2020 when the COVID-19 crisis brought about years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business, we launched ‘Transforming Business’ – an editorial and custom content global platform to reach the audience

primed to embrace the message of sustainable transformation and innovation. Presented in an exclusive partnership with ING WB, this multidimensional editorial project expanded from the initial scope of 100 leaders to three lists of 100 people who have transformed the way they do business in the US, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The editorial lists were supported with a stream of original reporting and multimedia content to gain a deeper insight into the minds of these progressive individuals.

ING’s thought leadership content, seamlessly integrated around our editorial coverage, constituted a central pillar of the ‘Transforming Business’ platform. Insider Studios, Insider’s branded content team, created ‘Changemakers’ Playbook’, a content series that showcased ING WB’s thought leadership, innovation, and sector expertise. The content also aligned ING WB with some of the most innovative global leaders in industry sectors key to ING’s strategy: energy, food and agriculture, and transportation and logistics.

The Media/Content Amplification Solution


We have developed a progressive media and content strategy from the launch in September 2020 to the final survey of the ‘Transforming Business’ community in May 2021 to sustain the activity and engagement throughout the partnership.  With the ultimate objective of enhancing ING’s brand profile and cementing its reputation for innovation and sustainability, we created multi-touchpoint opportunities to amplify “do your thing” brand creative and showcase ING’s expertise.

Our integrated mix of media and content included:

Editorial content: an ambitious ecosystem of multimedia stories and events

We launched the partnership with three hero lists featuring 300 global leaders, including CEOs, founders, DEI leaders, investors, and innovators. The launch was supported with a suite of co-branded social assets that allowed the nominees to share their profiles across social platforms. We published more than 150 pieces of content including profiles of transformers, in-depth features, and thought-leadership videos. We continuously engaged the transformers community through more than 20 roundtables and virtual events. Twelve topical surveys were carried out throughout the fight to track the investment and innovation priorities and infuse our content with unique and timely insights. ING brand activations included prominent logo placement and a 100% share of voice around all on-site content.

Custom content: consistent and rich storytelling experiences.

‘Changemakers’ Playbook’ included a mix of custom articles, multimedia features, and ING content. Four deeply reported multimedia features focused on the future trends shaping sustainable innovation across energy, food and agriculture, and transportation and logistics. Interview articles with six innovative changemakers shared actionable advice on how change minded leaders should pursue and implement innovation and sustainability transformation strategies. Fourteen ING thought-leadership articles were published to align with the themes of the editorial series. All custom content was actively promoted on-site and across Insider’s social channels to maximize engagement.

High-impact media and 1st Party Targeting: innovative formats with proven performance Insider built a suite of custom units that fused ING’s “do your thing” creative and content from the “Transforming Business”

platform in interactive and engaging formats. Cross-platform and fully responsive units such as above-the-fold Marquee header unit, and Interlude, interactive in-content unit, complemented the user experience by improving content discovery. A robust data and targeting strategy included a mix of tactics including audience, contextual and 1st party Thematic targeting to drive awareness and deliver ING messaging in contextually relevant environments.

The Result

The partnership delivered more than 95M cross-platform impressions from September 2020 to May 2021 across ING’s 40 priority markets with a total campaign reach of more than 18M users. Users engaging with this campaign were 3.4x more likely than the average Insider reader to be C-suite executives at a large company.

The organic and social promotion saw nearly 300K active users engage with the “Changemakers Playbook” custom content series, with social engagement 112% times higher than Insider’s benchmarks and several standout content pieces achieving 3x times higher than Insider’s engaged time benchmark Social channels generated millions of additional impressions and nearly 50,000 social actions across editorial and custom content. Leaders selected for the Transforming Business lists were excited to amplify the program with their followers extending the potential reach of the campaign by 10M+

The brand study, conducted by Dynata, revealed that the partnership was highly effective in communicating ING’s unique proposition with a focus on sustainability and innovation, increasing brand awareness and consideration. ‘The Changemakers’ Playbook’ custom content series received high scores for being credible (89%), insightful (86%), and relevant (80% ), successfully building on ING’s positive reputation in the global marketplace. In addition, 83% of respondents said the content inspired them to learn how they could drive innovation for their company.