Commercial: King of Shaves Shaving Bond
This could be a genius idea. Or it might not.
King of Shaves, that upstart provider of lather, razors and the like, has a nifty new wheeze: issuing bonds to customers, to pay for its marketing.
It appears to be legit; the press ad (in ShortList this morning) and the website have the relevant FSA disclaimers.
This is an interesting move for all manner of reasons, the most salient being:
1) Can an FMCG brand credibly become a provider of financial services?
2) Can an FMCG brand really expect loyalty and small-scale purchases to translate into £5,000 investments?
3) Has our trust in traditional financial services brands fallen so much that we're willing to trust our cash to, effectively, our barbers?
I see that this makes perfect sense for KoS, and will no doubt appeal to their customer base, who generally are upscale gentlemen earning enough to be willing to take a punt on this (even though, strictly speaking, a bond should be a lot safer than a punt.) I'm also not sure exactly how one can hold KoS founder Will King to his promise that this cash won't be spent on helipads or pensions.
The reaction in the financial press has been lukewarm, shall we say. Which could just be old-fashioned thinking. Or sensible.
So how long can it be until the Lynx Starter Mortgage comes to market? Or The L'Oreal This Is How Much You're Worth Account?
Like I said, could be a genius idea. Or not.