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
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
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
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.
event coffee donations with the Red Cross
free breakfast coupons