Ronald McDonald is now cool and up-to-date
Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
24 April 2014
And I’m still afraid of him
What would you have paid to sit in on the board meeting when the marketer and ad agency for McDonald’s unveiled their new idea?
“Heh, I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we take our mascot (Ronald McDonald) and make him a CLOWN!”
“Clowns are not cool. Clowns are not modern. Clowns are not relevant. Clowns are clowns.”
An update and refresh on a clown? Are you kidding me?
Clowns are not cool. Clowns are not modern. Clowns are not relevant. Clowns are clowns.
The entire idea of making over a clown to make it more up to date with the all the little kids who live and breathe every Ronald McDonald post is ludicrous. My God, this might be enough to get Taco Bell to stop its new campaign out of embarrassment. Don’t these marketing mavens have more important things to do?
So, for those in the fast food or QSR industry that bemoan the McDonalds franchise and hold on the fast-food wallets, take heart. There is hope. McDonalds does not have all the answers because it is obviously not asking the right questions.
Personally, I think the people who recommended the clown update should be photographed and their avatars used in new tweets from McDonald’s. After all, they have at least proved to me that clowns do actually exist.
Amazon Instant Pickup Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 16 August 2017 Is Amazon Instant Pickup just an automat? Amazon is doubling down on its push into traditional brick and mortar with its new Amazon Instant Pickup service for Prime and Student Prime members. The...
Disney streaming Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 15 August 2017 Disney streaming bursting the bubble I'm a steaming content kind of guy. A few years back, I cut the proverbial cord, diving headfirst into the likes of Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go. Truth is, there...
Applebees brand Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 14 August 2017 Applebees brand admits failure. Now what? I’m never shy about my distaste for the Applebees brand or its stores. But I’m giving the restaurant chain this. At least it’s coming to know who it is for and...