Boosting Online Engagement with Best-on-the-Bun Promotion

Hardee's Louisiana

Bond was hired by Paradigm Investment Group – the second largest franchisee of Hardee’s Red Burrito®– to support the company with PR and marketing efforts as they entered the Louisiana market.

Client Goal

To help drive awareness and traffic to the eight Hardee’s locations in Louisiana, Bond leveraged the NCAA March Madness tournament by developing and implementing a social media campaign to promote key menu offerings. We created the “Best-on-The-Bun Bracket” social media campaign, which took place between March 1 and April 7, 2015 and gave fans the opportunity to vote one menu offering “Best-on-The-Bun.”

Our goals for this initiative were as follows:

  • Gain new Facebook fans
  • Expose the Hardee’s® Louisiana Facebook page to new, local audiences
  • Incite local market audiences to participate in the campaign
  • Harness the popularity and virality of the NCAA March Madness Tournament to promote the Hardee’s Red Burrito® brand in Louisiana

Campaign Approach

In order to successfully execute this campaign and meet client goals, Bond utilized original campaign concepts, customized copy, branded contest graphics designed in-house at Bond, as well as custom targeted boosted posts and Facebook advertisements. Bond also provided regular and after-hours social media monitoring and community management services to keep an eye on the overall pulse of the campaign. Effective tactics were bolstered and constant adjustments were made to all campaign materials to ensure maximum efficacy at all times.

Results & Impact

We received an overwhelming response from the community during the campaign. Upon completion of the “Best-on-The-Bun Bracket” campaign, the Hardee’s® Louisiana Facebook page registered the following insights:

  • Total reach of over 100,000 people during campaign
  • Nearly 200,000 audience Impressions
  • Over 500 new Facebook fans for the Hardee’s® Louisiana Facebook page
  • User creation of over 4,500 Facebook stories
  • Accurate ad and boost targeting of specified audience gender, age, and market demographics

In November 2015, Bond was awarded an Award of Excellence for the campaign by the Public Relations Society of America New Orleans Chapter.