Online to offline activation has always been a unique challenge for quick serve restaurants (QSR) and consumer product (CPG) brands who want to reach the millions of consumers on social media, but also need to compel them to buy from a brick and mortar location. The recent business challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic have suddenly made the second part of the online to offline funnel quite difficult. Though this does not mean QSR and CPG brands do not have options.
Recent innovations with app delivery services were already moving in to help middle man the online/offline divide by connecting consumers with delivery contractors to deliver food. With more people staying home, but also still needing to eat, one might expect delivery demand to be on an upward swing in the coming months. So what does local social look like when you can’t rely on driving footfall to a brick and mortar location, but also still need to generate ROI for your multi-location QSRs or CPG clients?
It’s simple really:
- Hyper-targeted local ads for every one of your locations, reaching users in the immediate vicinity within delivery range.
- Campaigns are published through the local stores Facebook Page, but direct users to order through the delivery service.
- Deliver increased sales for the store location, while also promoting the brand’s products, by driving consumers right to the point of sale.
The strategy, while simple, rests on execution. Reaching consumers with highly-targeted, local ads is not easy to do at scale. But the extra effort pays big performance dividends. By publishing unique campaigns for each location, focused on their unique sales area, and through their local pages, you gain the benefits of locality.
First, you deliver a more relevant ad to the local consumer; they see an ad from a local business profile in their neighborhood. This is important, whether you are working with a chain or independent businesses. You want to be serving an ad to consumers that feels like it’s from their store – their favorite taco shop or their community drugstore, and not some far off product or brand. That familiarity with ads plus the ability for users to jump straight into the ordering experience is a potent combination. It’s an approach the Facebook bidding system likes too, because more relevant ads often cost less to deliver.
At Tiger Pistol, we partnered with a quick service ice cream shop and a delivery service to fulfill local campaigns. Ads were geo-targeted for the delivery partners and restaurants combined sales area. The creative of the ads focused on the individual store and their food offerings, but each ad’s “Order Now” button drove to the delivery partner’s online ordering page for the store. This national-to-local partnership approach resulted in an increase of customers who clicked through to order by more than 620%, increasing sales, and driving desired outcomes for both partners. Being able to deploy robust local ads quickly, with a means to rapidly direct consumers to the point of purchases remotely, is not only a strategy for the challenges of today, but more importantly, a future-proof strategy as more consumers move their buying habits to fully digital.