Wells Fargo’s new Attune Mastercard: Appealing to “Zillennials” with Cashback and Goodwill

June 26th, 2024 | Vivian He

In an era when financial products are no longer about benefits, Wells Fargo has introduced its newest option to create an impact. On June 5, 2024, Wells Fargo launched the new Attune World Elite Mastercard, blending rewards with meaningful contributions to the community and making it a compelling choice for financially savvy and socially conscious consumers.

The new Attune Mastercard offers a 4% cashback on a variety of spending categories, such as fitness and wellness, select sports events, pet supplies, transportation, and select thrift stores. The card has no annual fee, and customers can earn 1% on all other purchases.

Attracting Younger Consumers

These benefits resonate with younger consumers, aligning seamlessly with their lifestyles, interests, and budget-conscious mindset. 

The high cashback rewards in categories like fitness, wellness and pet supplies directly speak to the interests and spending habits of a younger demographic who prioritize health, active lifestyles, and pet ownership more than ever before. The inclusion of select thrift stores also fits the budget-friendly mentality of many young adults who are looking for ways to save money while still treating themselves.

Enhancing Brand Imagery

For a limited time, Wells Fargo pledged to donate $50 for each cardholder who qualifies for the welcome bonus to Capital Link, a national nonprofit supporting local communities with clean energy solutions. It’s a unique idea for financial institutions to make charitable contributions based on credit card applications, but Wells Fargo set a precedent by contributing to social causes with their products to create a positive impact. Mintel research found that 88% of millennials and 81% of Gen Zs take a brand’s values or social purpose into account when making a purchase. This donation effort will undoubtedly uplift the brand image and create a positive perception, especially among younger consumers who value emotional return from a responsible brand.

More importantly, this initiative allows FIs to make environmental, social, and governmental (ESG) more tangible and intuitive for consumers. This partnership differentiates Wells Fargo from competitors by showcasing its dedication to ESG causes beyond profit-making. It also elevates Wells Fargo’s brand image as a responsible company to attract socially-conscious consumers, especially “Zillennials”, Millennials, and Gen Zs, who prioritize ethical and sustainable brands as they make purchasing decisions. 

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Vivian He

Vivian He

Vivian is a Research Analyst with Comperemedia based in Toronto, covering Financial Services, Telecom, and Insurance sectors.