Muscle Maker Grill Sends Fans To The Competition

Quick-serve restaurant chain Muscle Maker Grill has launched a "Behind Enemy Lines" social media sweepstakes campaign that's encouraging its fans to visit competitive QSRs -- to carry out a playfully subversive mission.

Through July 28, Muscle Maker Grill fans (known as “Warriors”) who snap photos of themselves making the brand's three-fingered "Warrior W" hand sign while visiting "any other restaurant that fills you up with empty meals," and then post the photos to Instagram using the hashtag #MMGWarrior, will be entered in a sweeps. 

The sweeps, at facebook.com/MuscleMakerGrill, has daily and weekly prizes that include Muscle Maker Grill gift cards and T-shirts. The grand prize is a $350 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card plus a $150 Muscle Maker Grill gift card.

The campaign -- the first work for Muscle Maker from its new ad agency, Brunner, Pittsburgh -- is intended to build, demonstrate and reward customer loyalty, as well as to dramatize Muscle Maker’s claim that competing QSRmeals are “empty” and leave you “sluggish.” 

The marketing strategy is based on anecdotal research and weekly meal plan sales, both of which indicate a high repeat rate among those who have tried Muscle Maker’s food.

The campaign is being supported with paid Facebook Timeline advertising, geo- and behavior-targeted to reach a mixed male/female audience, 18 to 34, with  casual to serious interests in fitness. In addition, there are 22” x 28” in-store posters, headlined “Mark Your Territory,” and “Muscle Maker Grill Warriors” T-shirts. 

Muscle Maker Grill, based in Colonia, N.J., was founded in 1995 and first franchised in 2007. Its 70 locations in six states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Texas and California) serve high-protein, low-carb food with few additives. Many of its dishes are all-natural, and all of its beef is grass-fed. Free-range chicken and gluten-free options are offered. 

Other clients of the Brunner agency, which also has offices in Atlanta, include GlaxoSmithKline, Cub Cadet, Bob Evans, Huffy, GNC, YellaWood, Care USA, Mars, Phillips Healthcare, Crock-Pot, and Mr. Coffee (Jarden Consumer solutions).

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1 comment about "Muscle Maker Grill Sends Fans To The Competition".
  1. Frank Thomas from Sales Boosters, Inc , July 8, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.
    I doubt there are 70 Muscle Maker restaurants currently open. Late last year and early this year approximately 30 locations closed and Muscle Maker was using 70 locations as their number before these closings.