Dunkin’ Donuts addresses consumers’ summertime infatuation with baseball, cool drinks and free stuff in a new mobile game giving residents of Massachusetts and New Hampshire a chance to win daily prizes by “scratching” off a virtual Mango Passion Fruit Coolatta drink.
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Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is ramping up its mobile loyalty platform abroad by rolling out handheld QuickScan devices in Philippines bricks-and-mortar locations to read bar codes on consumers’ smartphones and enable them to redeem their rewards more quickly, pointing to mobile loyalty’s important role for food and beverage marketers.
Multinational retailer Carrefour recently saw a 400 percent increase in mobile application engagement thanks to beacons, pointing to the technology’s ability to significantly influence shoppers when paired with mobile coupons in a supermarket setting.
McDonald’s is asking customers in Northern California to text or tweet their nominations for who should receive a free breakfast delivered by McDonald’s employees, pointing to how mobile is at the center of efforts to surprise and delight consumers.
Starbucks’ partnership with streaming service Spotify points to the untapped potential of combining food and beverage marketers’ mobile loyalty programs with music, as younger demographics put smartphones at the center of their content consumption and may be swayed to join programs with cross-partnership perks.
Domino’s continues to lead the way in innovating the digital ordering experience, with its latest strategy promising to enable customers to order a pizza in seconds using an emoji on Twitter.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar is the latest food marketer to leverage Periscope, using Twitter’s streaming application to broadcast a public menu sampling taking place in New York’s Times Square as part of a bigger effort to drive awareness and sales for the new items.
National convenience store chain 7-Eleven has rolled out the Slurpee All Access Chill sweepstakes contest, which incorporates the retailer’s mobile application to drive summer sales for limited-edition flavor Mtn Dew Solar Flare as well as app engagement.
Pizza Hut is following in Domino’s footsteps by rolling out a mobile-enabled order navigation platform that allows customers to track their pizza orders from the oven to delivery at their homes, proving that quick service restaurants must innovate digital ordering to stay competitive in the sector.
Consumers who frequent quick service restaurants are often the same target groups who consume the largest amount of video on mobile, suggesting that many food and beverage brands are missing a crucial marketing opportunity if they are not leveraging video advertising to engage this audience, according to a report from BrightRoll.