From multi-year decline to double-digit growth throughout a pandemic
Smashburger was a neglected fast-casual brand that had seen sales fall year over year. After being acquired by Jollibee Foods, the new team was anxious to turn things around — but quickly realized it wouldn’t be easy to bring customers back. What had started as a fresh concept in the category was now surrounded by innovative and trendy competitors. So they reached out to us with no time — or money — to waste.
“Smashburger” is more than a name, it’s actually their process for making juicier, more flavorful burgers. In a world of faster, lazier options, that’s pretty special. And people can be pretty special, too. That’s why they were tagging their most amazing, incredible, funny, daring and extraordinary ordinary moments with #smashedit. So we smashed them together — creating a campaign that made Smashburger the ultimate reward for people who smashed it.
We couldn’t afford a national media blitz, so we focused our buy around seven key markets and chose dayparts that sync with meal planning. Spots aired on social and streaming services to maximize reach and frequency. Digital ads encouraged online ordering and outdoor boards were strategically placed to aid in wayfinding. Once you saw our message, you followed it all the way to Smashburger.
A fresh logo that honors the bold art of smashing.
We reimagined their loyalty program along with a new app and website to streamline ordering and earning. Resulting in online ordering increasing by 41%.
We quickly pivoted the campaign to support the heroes on the front lines of the pandemic, donating free meals with every purchase. Smashburger’s #FeedtheFrontliners promotion gave away over 30,000 meals and raised $175,000 for emergency response workers, helping the brand leave a meaningful mark.
Sales increased 18% vs the fast casual category (-6%). Smashburger has seen their best sales numbers in recent history. And even in the darkest days of the pandemic, they were seeing better sales than their competitors.