After four years of solid growth in ad spending that outpaced other businesses, the restaurant industry pulled back in 2014. The change reflects major chains’ decisions to slow the pace of new menu item introductions as they simplify operations. It also may have resulted from shifting advertising dollars to digital media.
Last year, restaurants spent […]
Well, that didn’t work. McDonald’s Corp. reported a 4% decline in comp sales for February, the month it rolled out the sweet “Choose Lovin’” campaign. Even those who did don’t seem to have chosen McDonald’s as well.
So now what? McDonald’s can either decide it’s in the middle of a two-year “correction” that will result […]
McDonald’s “Pay With Lovin’” campaign launched during the Super Bowl got people talking, but not necessarily positively about the chain, according to a study released today from YouGov BrandIndex.
Giving free meals in exchange for “random acts of lovin’” earned McDonald’s the highest word-of-mouth gain of all Super Bowl advertisers. The report finds 29% of […]
Just as Wendy’s rolls out its latest high-price LTO, the Bacon & Blue on Brioche burger, CEO Emil Brolick told analysts this week that the chain is altering and rebalancing its marketing strategy to lessen support for such items.
Wendy’s Bacon & Blue on Brioche
During Investor Day presentations at its headquarters, Brolick said […]
Despite—or perhaps because of—all the attention given digital media in general and McDonald’s embrace of it in particular, it is nice to see the chain celebrating the delights of that clunky, old-school, analog communications medium, the outdoor sign.
A 60-second TV spot titled “Signs” (from Leo Burnett) that the chain began airing over […]
McDonald’s greets the new year on Jan. 3 with the latest incarnation of its’ “I’m lovin’ it” campaign, hoping to change its business, customer perceptions and maybe even the world. In a video released by the company today, Deborah Wahl, chief marketing officer for McDonald’s USA, says the campaign is part of “a brand transformation” […]
Pal’s Sudden Service likes to be different. The regional burgers and hot dog chain with 26 distinctive restaurants in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia is poking fun at the big brands again.
Pal’s latest 30-second TV campaign points out three ways in which it differs from its competitors. One spot notes that Pal’s drive-thru […]