A New Day for a Mascot Classic
Capital One

Brand Strategy, Social Media, Creative, Community Management

Capital One is one of America’s most recognizable financial brands, renowned for the diversity of its credit card offerings and memorable advertising led by a colorful cast of characters. Capital One, like many brands, places a heavy emphasis on reaching out to its next generation of customers—college students.


For nearly a decade, Capital One’s flagship vehicle for reaching college students was the Capital One Mascot Challenge—a multichannel marketing vehicle through which people were invited to vote for their favorite college mascots throughout the season, culminating with the Capital One Bowl Game. In its ninth year of the game, Capital One asked Elasticity to reenergize the program, bringing to bear a new focus on using social media to connect with the college demographic—something that had proved elusive to date.

Making It Real

Elasticity leveraged an integrated program, harnessing an aggressive social media campaign, reaching out to influential organizations and media, creating partnerships with celebrity athletes and universities, as well as initiating a thoughtful paid media program to raise awareness and drive engagement. We developed a microsite and Facebook platform designed to entertain and encourage visitors to vote for their favorite mascots. Throughout the season, Elasticity used a promotional calendar of humorous and entertaining content to spark interest each week, led by lighthearted videos of the mascots themselves as they toured the country.

Mascot Mania

  • Most votes and participation in program history
  • Generated 50% of program engagement
  • Drove 30%+ of campaign traffic and participation through Facebook
  • Drove an estimated 17 percent of traffic and 22 percent of votes through earned media
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