Investec: Embarking on a voyage of discovery – Crafting a market-leading premium financial product

Investec and FreshMinds


Research is a vital component in any marketing initiative, helping to drive innovation, create opportunity and identify a need for change.

But what makes research truly stand out and help move a business to action?

With entrepreneurial roots and a commitment to preserving an innovative culture, Investec is an international specialist bank with a difference.

Its Private Banking division services entrepreneurs and other HNW individuals with a range of financing and savings products. However, in 2012, Investec recognised that despite having built a reputation as a leading private bank, they didn't offer a product that allowed clients to bank with them directly.

This project illustrates how research helped a global business to overhaul the way it designs and launches products and how it communicates with its customers, identifying new business opportunities and leading to significant new investment in the process. The results helped to deliver a groundbreaking new product that has taken the market by storm and outperformed initial expectations.