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 [...]
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 [...]
Keith Reinhard, the legendary ad man who created “You deserve a break today” in 1970, recently recalled that a McDonald’s exec asked how long he thought the campaign would last. “I said, ‘You should stop running this campaign when people no longer deserve a break,’” Reinhard, now chairman emeritus of DDB Needham, told Advertising Age.
For all its talk of a new commitment to digital media, McDonald’s isn’t afraid to embrace an old-fashioned medium to tell its product-quality story.
In Norway the chain has aired a four-minute puppet show TV commercial about the chain’s relationship with local farmers who provide its ingredients. The long version was slated to air [...]
McDonald’s Corp.’s new twist on its 11-year-old “I’m lovin’ it” theme will be an equation: “Lovin’ > Hatin’.”
The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story about the campaign last week, suggested that the tagline would be “Lovin’ Beats Hatin’,” but the phrase McDonald’s will use is slightly different. What the company filed U.S. federal [...]
Even the millions of dollars McDonald’s spent in Q2 in support of its World Cup sponsorship couldn’t stop the restaurant category’s continued slowdown in advertising spending. Through the first half of 2014, restaurant spending was up just 0.4% (to $3.37 billion) compared with last year’s first half, according to data from Kantar Media. Restaurant spending [...]
Last October, BurgerBusiness.com interviewed Mike Mariola, an Ohio restaurateur who had opened a burger bar, The Rail, in Fairlawn, Ohio, and was working on two more locations (north Olmsted and Canton). Those three restaurants now are open and humming and The Rail on September 8 launched its first TV advertising.
The Rail is [...]
Restaurants reined in advertising spending in 2014’s first quarter after significantly exceeding the average throughout 2013. According to Kantar Media, total U.S. advertising expenditures (all businesses) increased a surprisingly strong 5.7% to $34.9 billion in the first quarter.
However, restaurant spending in Q1 increased just 1.9% to $1.678 billion. That ended the industry’s year-old streak [...]