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Starling Bank to Launch New Ads with Ekstasy

Starling Bank will soon launch a fresh fleet of adverts for the summer. With more than 2 million customers, Starling is growing fast. The campaign will showcase Starling’s award-winning app to the UK’s 20 million online banking users and 3.2 million self-employed workers.

A key focal point of the campaign will be Starling’s speedy onboarding process. Customers and business owners can apply for an award-winning bank account in a matter of minutes, even while on the move. The adverts will present this in a series of entertaining scenarios, demonstrating that even when life gets in the way, Starling Bank doesn’t.

Rachel Kerrone: Head of Brand, Starling Bank comments: “Our customer experience is everything to us, and that includes the way we present our brand across all marketing channels – whether on-screen or during in-person events in towns and cities across the UK. The team at Ekstasy are trusted partners, delivering exceptional work often to very tight deadlines. We are pleased to be collaborating with them again.”

The online bank is already well-known for its memorable and emotional creative campaigns. Ekstasy has a history of working with Starling and producing striking material. They began their partnership in 2018 with digital acquisition-based campaigns, and then in 2019 created Starling’s first-ever TV-led integrated brand awareness campaign. In a beautifully scenic journey, the campaign followed a flock of starling birds around the UK, as a business owner sets out on her journey. This advert was a great success. It increased brand awareness from 22% to 38% according to YouGov and Kantar research and helped Starling become a household name.

Mike Saraswat, Chief Executive Officer and Matthew Simpson, Chief Creative Officer, have been working closely with Starling’s internal studio headed up by Mark Day, Art Director and Eve Stepney, Head of Copy to bring this campaign to life. The fresh fleet of creative adverts will appear on radio, online and city dwellers can also look out for the captivating campaigns chugging past on buses or twinkling on digital billboards, nationally. The sparkling new campaign will shortly go live in the third week of May, radio on May 17th, OOH and online on June 1st. It will continue running throughout Summer and until the end of September.

Mike Saraswat: CEO, Ekstasy comments: “Ekstasy have worked closely with Starling Bank slowly building the brand over 4 years. This year’s summer campaign is special as it helps shine a light on Starling’s amazing product, which has been admired and copied by competitors both big and small. We wish to let the UK public know that Starling Bank is the best digital bank that exists and there is no one even close. Period.”


  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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