Connecting McDonald’s to the New England Community

SHIFT has helped drive local consumer engagement through feel-good campaigns, media and influencer relations, and events – in addition to local crisis communications – since 2012


McDonald’s needed more immersive, community-oriented local events and feel-good campaigns to connect with audiences and create brand affinity

The Program

SHIFT supports a network of McDonald’s owner/operators across the New England region. Through traditional media and influencer relations, events, buzz-worthy activations, crisis support and more, SHIFT works diligently to support the overall brand, promote new product launches, position McDonald’s as an employer of choice and engage with each restaurant’s local community.

To do so effectively, SHIFT analyzes key audiences, such as millennials, families, budget-conscious and convenience-seeking consumers, and develops messaging that will resonate. From creative tactics like the Big Mac ATM, to curated influencer campaigns and press mailers, to using McDelivery to support frontline workers in the midst of a pandemic, the McDonald’s of New England program continues to generate consumer and community engagement across the region. Here’s an overview of some of our favorite campaigns to date:

Big Mac ATM

To create buzz around the launch of the new menu items, SHIFT launched a customized digital ATM at the Kenmore Square McDonald’s to distribute free samples of the new Mac Jr., Grand Mac and classic Big Mac sandwiches. The event took a true integrated approach across paid, owned, social and earned and drove a steady stream of customers wrapped around the block.  ​


sandwiches dispensed by Big Mac ATM


impressions from hundreds of articles


Twitter engagements

Happy Meal’s 40th Anniversary

To generate exposure and drive purchases, SHIFT sent limited edition Happy Meal mailers to traditional media and social influencers with vintage-inspired Happy Meal toys from past decadesto help older millennials and families tap into the feeling of nostalgia and to create shareable moments. SHIFT also leveraged traditional media pitching to spread awareness across the region.


Instagram stories & posts


Instagram likes + 18,000 story impressions


broadcast segments




media impressions

Essential Worker Appreciation with McDelivery

Amid the national COVID-19 pandemic caused, we refocused PR efforts on positioning McDonald’s as a good neighbor, trusted community partner and caring employer. SHIFT worked directly with local owner/operators to coordinate hot and fresh breakfast donations via McDelivery to support healthcare workers and first responders across all six New England states.


breakfast donations


event coffee donations with the Red Cross


free breakfast coupons

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