Adwatch 19.10.11: Halifax

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The high-street banking brand has opted for an ad with a familiar approach.

So, finally, Halifax is back. After the radio-station debacle and then a long hiatus while it chose a new agency, some fresh creative work has emerged.

The idea is for Halifax's employees to express their regard for its customers through the medium of song; in this case, A Hard Day's Night. The ad features real employees, selected by audition.

Now this is clearly a brand that knows itself very well, having built success 10 years previously with an idea involving Halifax employees expressing their regard for Halifax customers through the medium of song; in that case Who gives you Extra?

It featured real Halifax employees, selected by audition. Luckily, it is nothing like the campaign it ran after that, which was an idea involving Halifax employees expressing their regard for Halifax customers through the medium of song; in that case ISA, ISA baby.

It featured actors pretending to be Halifax employees, presumably also selected by audition.

Having seen the previous work, it is not surprising that it came to this solution in 2011. I suppose I'm just in two minds about whether this a brilliantly nuanced twist on what it means to keep brand consistency in the face of external events, or a missed opportunity to do something bolder and original.

Is Halifax getting a great creative and strategic response from Adam & Eve, or, for what must have been a very tight brief, would it have been better off appointing Gok Wan and Gary Barlow? …