a new partnership Wendy’s wants to re-fresh its
messaging, re-focus on summer, and renew its goal to garner a larger share of
this target market Gen Z and Millennials to drive new electricity according to
Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
case you had not head, Wendy’s has teamed with T-Pain as part of a campaign around the return of the
Strawberry Frosty. This late Spring
early Summer advertising messaging dubbed “Fros-T-Pain,” the rapper-singer has
remade his 2007 hit “Buy U a Drank” with new lyrics about the Frosty flavor.
“Buy U a Frosty” is available on Wendy’s YouTube channel and will
soon be available for consumers to duet on TikTok.
represents Wendy’s latest attempt to engage with consumers around pop culture
and follows a raft of campaigns from various brands that has seen musicians
remix their hits into brand jingles according ti industry insiders.
this latest campaign aims to engage with pop culture nostalgia to promote the
summertime return of its Strawberry Frosty treat. The tie-up with T-Pain
touches on several marketing tactics popular with brands in recent years.
“Fros-T-Pain” campaign features the remixed track, available on YouTube and
TikTok, along with a full-length music video that features T-Pain in the
studio, in front of a Strawberry Frosty-inspired coupe and in a Wendy’s that
has been turned into a nightclub. The final shot reveals that the entire video
might be in T-Pain’s head, with a Wendy’s employee nodding to the “sir, this is a Wendy’s” meme.
rewriting “Buy U a Drank” as “Buy U a Frosty,” Wendy’s becomes the latest brand
to collaborate with a musician to turn a fan-favorite song into a brand-ready
jingle. General Mills snack brand Chex Mix in January enlisted Sir Mix-A-Lot to
remix “Baby Got Back” as “Bagel Is Back,” while Uber’s Super Bowl
spot revolved around Sean “Diddy” Combs and artists including Kelis and Montell Jordan remixing their songs
to reference its subscription service. In a similar move, Frito-Lay’s 2022
Super Bowl spot tapped Megan Thee Stallion for a reimagined
version of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”
collaborating with T-Pain, Wendy’s taps into early-aughts nostalgia for a
reinvigorated hitmaker who is no stranger to brand campaigns. Lipton Tea cast the rapper-singer as “Cousin T” in a
similarly nostalgia-inspired effort, while Alka-Seltzer had T-Pain rework their “plop, plop, fizz, fizz”
slogan as a song and dance challenge on TikTok.
Time to Build a Larger Share of Stomach
team at Foodservice Solutions® aggrees that Wendy’s has long keyed in on
culture to engage with younger, more elusive consumers, popularizing the sarcastic, combative tone that was popular with
fast-food chains in the years before the pandemic. The chain has continued to
tie-up with pop cultural phenomena, like Adult Swim favorite “Rick and Morty,” and has experimented with emerging channels,
including the metaverse and shoppable ads on connected TV.
Johnson stated “that
in my minds-eye the new electricity must be very efficient for the supply and
includes such things as fresh foods, developing brands, unique urban
clothing, grocerant positioning, fresh food messaging, autonomous
delivery, cashier-less retail, plates, glasses, cash-less payments, digital
All retailers to survive the next
generation of retail must embrace the artificial intelligence revolution
while simultaneously embracing fresh food that is portable, fresh, with
differentiation that is familiar not different.
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