Success does leave clues integrating social media a food brand and sports always seems to payoff according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. It’s March and basketball is top of mind in the sport world in the US and this year Wendy’s is the Official Hamburger of the NCAA which is a good thing for both the NCAA and Wendy’s brand marketing efforts. .
March Madness awakens students to the possibility of success and one more game while rekindling the youth in the rest of us. Wendy’s understands the difficult choices in filling out March Madness brackets and is instead taking a swipe at a competitor with ’The Bracket’. According to Wendy’s, fans have two options—Fresh Beef vs. Frozen Beef. It’s that easy.
The bracket is an interactive experience that will live on Wendy’s social channels: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Content within the experience encourages fans to pick Wendy’s “Team Fresh Beef” and they will be rewarded with perks throughout the tournament here is how it works:
Throughout the tournament, when fans pick Wendy’s as their team and download the Wendy’s app, they will receive exclusive offers each week. These ongoing deals, like a free Dave’s Single with purchase,will keep fans satisfied.
Wendy’s has also partnered with popular designer of luxury sportswear, Don C., to launch its first-ever streetwear collaboration.
“I’m excited to collaborate with Wendy’s,” says Don C. “I’m from Chicago, where being fresh is way of life, so I’m excited to team up with an iconic brand that values staying fresh as much as I do."
Wendy’s fans will be able to win items from this exclusive collection through giveaways on social media, local stops at regional tournaments and during the Final Four weekend in San Antonio.
Wendy’s Food Truck will be serving up free Dave’s Singles, challenging fans to an interactive basketball game and offering members of Team Fresh a chance to win Don C-designed swag and exclusive offers by downloading the Wendy’s app. Fans can catch the action at the following locations:
· Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (3/16-3/18)
· Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. (3/22 & 3/24)
· Final Four Fan Fest in Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the March Madness Music Festival in San Antonio, TX (3/30-4/2)
The most successful food marketing tools in a food marketing tool kit today are tools that car consumer interactive and participatory. ‘The Bracket’ is all of that and will prove add incremental value to Wendy’s brand marketing efforts according to Johnson.
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