Marketing


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    Why Domino’s is awarding half a million dollars in snow plowing grants

    Chief Brand Officer Kate Trumbull explained how the chain’s latest effort shows off an "experienced by few, seen by many" ethos.

    By Chris Kelly • Dec. 4, 2023
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    Sponsored by DIRECTV FOR BUSINESS

    Make your restaurant the entertainment go-to place with DIRECTV FOR BUSINESS

    Ensure your restaurant is set up to keep your guests coming back week after week, season after season.

    Dec. 4, 2023
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    Independent restaurants

    In an industry built on in-person interactions and long-term relationships with customers, the pandemic has dealt a serious blow to independent operators, but many have pivoted and found new ways to reach diners.

    By Restaurant Dive staff
  • Influencer Kerwin Frost poses with McDonald's Happy Meal
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    McDonald’s reinvents McNugget Buddies for streetwear-minded adults

    For its latest nostalgia play, the chain teamed with multifaceted artist and influencer Kerwin Frost to put a new spin on the iconic collectibles.

    By Chris Kelly • Nov. 30, 2023
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    Subway will bring footlong cookie to permanent menu

    When the sandwich chain debuted the oblong dessert at a Miami “Cookieway” pop-up last year, supply ran out in less than two hours.

    By Nov. 29, 2023
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    Sponsored by EverPass Media

    Don’t miss out! Bring two exclusive NFL games and more premium content to your guests with EverPass Media

    Learn how your business can stream exclusive NFL games, Big Ten basketball and more through Peacock Sports Pass via EverPass Media.

    Nov. 27, 2023
  • Jimmy Donaldson, or MrBeast, smiles and poses with other influencers in front of branding for his burger chain.
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    Are celebrity-backed virtual brands worth the risks?

    A string of messy and high-profile lawsuits over MrBeast Burger have put the category’s challenges under a spotlight, but experts say there may be opportunity in an omnichannel second act for virtual brands.

    By Nov. 20, 2023
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    Checkers and Rally’s names CFO, CMO

    Michael Blair, previously at Miller’s Ale House, joins the chain as CFO, while Scott Johnson, previously at Jollibee, takes the CMO role.

    By Nov. 17, 2023
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    Campaign Trail: Postmates animates food-fueled fever dreams

    Created by Mother in LA, “This Is Your Brain on Food” uses different illustrators to visualize the emotions created by BBQ, boba tea and beyond.

    By Chris Kelly • Nov. 16, 2023
  • Boyz II Men for a Chili's ad campaign
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    Chili’s remixes Baby Back Ribs jingle with Boyz II Men

    The nostalgia-led play leans into a misconception that the group was behind the tune when it first blew up in the ‘90s.

    By Peter Adams • Nov. 14, 2023
  • An image of a pizza with pepperoni, black olives and red onions from Pieology
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    Pieology bolsters rewards program with daily perks

    New and existing rewards members will receive a free item with the purchase of a pizza through the end of the year at the fast casual chain. 

    By Nov. 9, 2023
  • Mark Kupferman, chief insights and marketing officer, at Chuck E. Cheese
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    Chuck E. Cheese hires chief insights and marketing officer

    Mark Kupferman, who worked at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, brings over 25 years of marketing experience to his position at the eatertainment chain.

    By Nov. 7, 2023
  • A promotional image for Wendy's 2-for-$3 breakfast bundles.
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    Wendy’s breakfast discounts, late-night traffic buoy sales

    The chain has maintained strong profitability on morning daypart promotions, said CFO Gunther Plosch, and late-night sales have increased by double digits year over year. 

    By Nov. 2, 2023
  • Dolly Parton sits in a rocking chair holding a guitar in a promotional image for Cracker Barrel
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    Cracker Barrel ushers in Dolly Parton’s ‘Rockstar’ era to promote rewards

    A partnership touting a loyalty offering that launched in September anticipates the “Jolene” singer’s first rock record and includes custom rocking chairs.

    By Peter Adams • Oct. 31, 2023
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    Sponsored by Mobivity

    4 ways restaurant marketers can improve results through mobile games

    Innovative restaurant brands are harnessing mobile games’ skyrocketing popularity to uncover new diners and address two big challenges — data privacy concerns and mounting economic pressures.

    Oct. 30, 2023
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    Marco’s Pizza adds Pizzolis to check handheld pizzas at rival chains

    The menu item, described as a cross between pizza and a stromboli, comes as Marco’s aims to unseat Papa Johns as the nation’s fourth largest pizza brand. 

    By Oct. 25, 2023
  • An image of Nicolle DuBose, CMO of Playa bowls, wearing a turquoise blouse
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    Playa Bowls hires Focus Brands vet as CMO

    Nicolle DuBose, who has over 20 years of marketing experience at food and beverage brands, joins the health food chain as it surpasses 200 units.

    By Oct. 23, 2023
  • Taco Bell Chief Digital Officer Dane Mathews and DoorDash CMO Kofi Amoo-Gottfried dug into building brand trust at Advertising Week New York.
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    What Taco Bell and DoorDash learned about loyalty through collaboration

    Taco Bell Chief Digital Officer Dane Mathews and DoorDash CMO Kofi Amoo-Gottfried dug into building brand trust at Advertising Week New York.

    By Chris Kelly • Oct. 20, 2023
  • TGI Fridays CEO Brandon Coleman in a dark suit.
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    TGI Fridays’ new events service could yield $5M in additional Q4 revenue

    The chain said this move is part of its strategy to become an experiential hospitality and entertainment destination.

    By Oct. 19, 2023
  • Inspire Brands Chief Media Officer Travis Freeman
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    Why Inspire Brands puts identity at the center of its marketing

    At Advertising Week, Chief Media Officer Travis Freeman explained how uniting data across its brands helps the marketer reach “promiscuous” consumers.

    By Chris Kelly • Oct. 19, 2023
  • A person uses Square's generative AI to set up a website for a retail brand.
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    Square adds generative AI tools for restaurants

    The point-of-sales provider's latest features include menu and website copy generators, which are designed to automate operations and increase efficiency.

    By Oct. 18, 2023
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    Pizza Hut is keeping thousands of restaurants open until midnight

    The pizza giant is hoping to capture sales to younger customers through its late-night delivery and carryout offerings across much of its U.S. system. 

    By Updated Oct. 20, 2023
  • Wendy's global CMO Carl Loredo speaks during an Advertising Week New York session on Oct. 16, 2023
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    What Wendy’s global CMO Carl Loredo learned from Taylor Swift

    The executive explained how fandom, value and nostalgia come together for the QSR chain during an Advertising Week New York discussion.

    By Chris Kelly • Oct. 18, 2023
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    Jack in the Box cooks up horror short for Halloween

    Seeking to disrupt PG-rated QSR marketing and promote the return of Monster Tacos, the brand tapped Hollywood writers to pen “Feeding Time.”

    By Chris Kelly • Oct. 17, 2023
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    Focus Brands hires 3 execs in focus on company-wide operations

    The new hires, who have authority across all seven brands, will bolster the chain’s efforts to co-brand units and take advantage of purchasing power.

    By Oct. 16, 2023
  • Girls having fun together outdoors in restaurant while taking selfie with smartphone
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    Sponsored by Mars Foodservices

    How to create menus that attract Gen Z customers

    What does Gen Z want? While there isn’t one answer, there are a few ways to entice this demographic.

    Oct. 16, 2023