Why ‘Talk to Chuck’ Was a Great Ad

August 6, 2014

by Michelle Perry Higgins

Start Shopping for Long-Term-Care Insurance at 45The most effective marketing campaigns are the ones that are simple and easy to remember. Often just a single phrase is enough to make the campaign memorable. A prime example of this was Charles Schwab ’s popular “Talk to Chuck” ad campaign that began in 2005. The campaign featured people explaining their financial concerns and ended with the “Talk to Chuck” tagline. The ads were done in “rotoscope,” an animation technique that distorted the visuals in a distinctive way. The tagline personalized the company at the highest level, separating Schwab from the major Wall Street firms and their image of bad boy behavior and unhealthy excesses.