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Netty Awards Winner

A Raving Reception for Chick-Fil-A & Daniel Brian Advertising

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The Netty Awards

The globally-renowned Netty Awards, which celebrate extraordinary achievements in the digital realm, have granted a win to Daniel Brian Advertising’s innovative campaign for Chick-Fil-A in the Social Media category. “Raving Fans” stands out for its inventive use of in-store events and a private web portal for operators, creating an ecosystem of engagement and emotional connections for families. This ingenious project allowed Chick-Fil-A to surpass McDonald’s as the restaurant chain with the “most kid appeal,” a title it has held onto since 2014. 

Innovation and Differentiation

In a stellar display of innovation, Daniel Brian Advertising crafted a system of in-store events aimed at enriching the lives of kids and families. They took it a step further by designing these events to be adaptable across different store types, including free-standing units and malls. Beyond that, the events were refined and improved over time through testing.

The icing on the cake was the creation of a private web portal for operators. This unique space allowed operators to learn about the events, plan their marketing calendars, and access a wealth of resources, from photos and videos to testimonials and promotional materials. In essence, this became a Netflix of in-restaurant events, a space for sharing knowledge and best practices. 

Measurable Impact and Success

The success of the campaign is evident in the accolades. In 2014, Chick-Fil-A beat out McDonald’s for the title of the restaurant chain with the “most kid appeal,” a distinction it has maintained to date. These achievements are the result of the focus on creating value through emotional connections rather than competing on price. The tangible increases in same-store sales, market share, and profit demonstrate the campaign’s impact, although the specific numbers are proprietary to Chick-Fil-A. 

Creative Elements and Execution

The campaign shines for its creativity in event conception and execution. Some notable events included the “Daddy-Daughter Date Night,” where fathers and daughters enjoyed a meal and interactive activities, and the “Family Dinner and a Mystery,” which had families working together to solve a Chick-Fil-A related mystery. 

The creativity extended to promotional materials as well, with operators given access to promotional activities and crafts, along with social media posts for platforms like Facebook and Twitter. All these elements combined to create unforgettable experiences and foster deeper connections with Chick-Fil-A customers.

Overall Excellence and Industry Advancement

Daniel Brian Advertising’s “Raving Fans” campaign embodies overall excellence by effectively leveraging local relevance, innovative practices, and the commitment to Chick-Fil-A’s founder’s words to “be about more than just selling chicken.” This has led Chick-Fil-A to become the fastest-growing Top 10 QSR chain, supported by social media engagement that’s best in the QSR category. 

The success of events like “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” is indicative of the power of unique experiences in driving brand awareness and word-of-mouth marketing. As a result, Chick-Fil-A was able to create new conversations with its Raving Fans and potential new customers, setting it apart from its competitors.

About Daniel Brian Advertising

Daniel Brian Advertising (DBA) is a premier advertising agency, specializing in the development of innovative and data-driven campaigns across various sectors such as retail, healthcare, finance, family entertainment, and sporting goods. Guided by the philosophy “Better Brands for a Better Human Condition,” DBA advocates that success in the social economy is predicated on making an authentic contribution to society, rather than resorting to manipulation. Their extensive portfolio showcases a broad array of esteemed clients, including renowned names in retail like Papa John’s Pizza, Coca-Cola, and Chick-fil-A, and significant players in healthcare such as Penn Medicine and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. DBA’s revolutionary approach to content marketing and digital promotions has generated billions of online page views and robust sales growth for its retail clients, and its healthcare initiatives have measurably improved and saved countless lives. 

About The Netty Awards

The Netty Awards are a prestigious global recognition platform that honors innovation, creativity, and excellence in the digital landscape. The awards celebrate groundbreaking campaigns, products, and services that have had a significant impact on the digital ecosystem. A nomination or win at The Netty Awards is a coveted achievement, signifying a significant contribution to digital advancement, market trends, and industry practices. The Netty Awards inspire businesses to push the boundaries of the digital sphere, fostering a community that continuously evolves and progresses.

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