Buffalo Wild Wings’ ‘Protect the Football’ Campaign*


Case Code : CLSM050
Publication date : 2014
Subject : Services Marketing
Case Length : 03 Pages


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Minnesota-based casual dining restaurant and sports bar chain, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (BWW) launched an integrated marketing campaign, “Protect the Football” at the end of 2012 to increase the footfalls to its restaurant locations during the football season. The cross-platform ad campaign which included new media (such as mobiles) sought to increase the overall purchase intent of the target audience during BWW’s busiest time of the year.


Service marketing
Peculiarities of services
Increasing purchase intent during the peak season
Measuring effectiveness of campaign
Integrated marketing communication


Football season is the busiest time of the year for Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (BWW). So as the 2012-2013 football season kicked off with the 2012 National Football League (NFL) , the team at BWW geared up to increase the footfalls at its restaurant locations on game days. The restaurant chain launched an integrated marketing campaign, “Protect the Football”, on September 3, 2012, to capture more consumer time and drive in-store traffic. The cross-platform ad campaign was designed to get the message across to customers that BWW was the best place to view their favorite sporting event. “Football fans know that there’s no better place to share in game day excitement than Buffalo Wild Wings. There’s a reason this is our busiest time of year: the energy and camaraderie rivals the stadium atmosphere and together with hot wings and cold beer – it’s an unbeatable combination,” said Sally Smith, CEO of BWW.

BWW (popularly known as B-Dubs), a casual dining restaurant and sports bar, was owned, operated, and franchised by the Minneapolis, Minnesota, US-based Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Founded in 1982, the restaurant offered food items such as Buffalo-style chicken wings and beer and live sport. Visitors frequented the restaurant for its “neighborhood atmosphere” that included a multi-media system for watching sporting events. As of end 2012, there were more than 840 BWW stores across 48 states in the US, as well as in Canada. BWW had increased its measured media spending considerably over the years and spent US$60.7 million in the US from January through October 2011. Fallon was the restaurant chain’s lead creative agency since early 2012. ...

1. Critically analyze the ‘Protect the Football’ campaign.
2. How did the online and mobile components of the campaign help in increasing the overall purchase intent?
3. Do you think that more companies will use mobile campaigns in the future? Why?

Key words:
Service Marketing, Integrated marketing campaign, Promotions, Sweepstakes, Online ad, Mobile ad, Game, Measure the effectiveness of its campaign, Metrics, Intent to purchase, Cross-platform ad campaign, Brand lift metrics

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