Wendy’s will make its Super Bowl debut with a 30-second ad from VML that satirizes competitors’ use of frozen beef patties and touts Wendy’s fresh beef.
Scored to Foreigner’s 1977 hit “Cold as Ice,” the ad (below) shows an employee from fictional burger chain competitor “Othr Guyz” using a blow dryer to thaw out some patties stored in a massive freezer.
In addition to being posted on YouTube, the ad is embedded on Wendy’s’ Twitter page.
Wendy’s is also driving fans
to an Othr Guyz site, where they can view another, nearly two-minute video that parodies
That one shows an Othr Guyz’ “Freezy Diskz” frozen patties being used as hockey pucks, doorstops, frozen coasters, table-levelers and other uses — versus Wendy’s’ “hot and juicy burgers, made with fresh, never-frozen beef, that are only good for eating and enjoying.”
The site also offers bogus options for online-ordering Freezy Diskz (when clicked, it states: “Like the multi-FUN-ctional Freezy Diskz themselves, our transaction computer is frozen”), and an 800 number to “learn more” about Freezy Diskz (which mainly offers a repetition of Wendy’s “fresh, never frozen” messaging).
According to Wendy’s, the company realized it had work to do on the never-frozen messaging front after a brand exchange earlier this month with a Twitter user who questioned that claim.
Now, Wendy’s is saying that the Super Bowl spot was inspired by that episode and its own research, which shows that seven out of 10 consumers don’t believe that Wendy’s serves fresh beef.
The brand also reports that the Big Game TV spot is just the start of its mission to change minds on this score — and that Wendy’s messaging will be seen in many “new and exciting spaces” during 2017.