Capital One Bank Reviews Creative Account

Boston consultancy Pile managing the search

Capital One’s banking division is reviewing its creative business, now split between Rogers/Townsend and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners.

In terms of annual revenue, the account is estimated at $5 million. Media spending on Capital One banks exceeded $65 million last year, down 51 percent from about $135 million in 2009, according to Nielsen. Those figures don’t include online spending.

An estimated dozen agencies have responded to an initial request for proposals, which was issued by Boston-based consultancy Pile + Co. Based on the submissions, Capital One executives will narrow the field. The incumbents are not participating.

Capital One’s credit card advertising, handled by DDB in Chicago, is not in play. Likewise, Capital One is not reviewing its media planning and buying account, which remains at Horizon in New York.
All told, Capital One spent more than $265 million in media last year, up 89 percent from about $140 million in 2009, according to Nielsen.

The review comes amid Capital One’s $9 billion acquisition of online banking player ING Direct. That deal is expected to close in late 2011 or early 2012. Capital One, which is based in McLean, Va., could not immediately be reached, and Pile president Judy Neer declined to comment.

NOTE: Rogers/Townsend—not DDB Chicago—is one of the two incumbents on Capital One Bank. This story has been revised to reflect that.