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CategoryA04. Travel, Leisure, Retail, Restaurants & Fast Food Chains
Additional Company TRAFFIK Sydney, AUSTRALIA

The Campaign

Knowing how hard it can be to talk before your coffee, we created the Brekk-e-tag – a tag affixed to the customer's windscreen that automatically orders their favourite breakfast as they approach the drive-thru. Using the same RFID technology that drivers have been using to pay motorway tolls for decades, the tags suddenly allowed customers to get their breakfast without having to say a word. Accessed via desktop or mobile, our bespoke mobile ordering platform lets users customise their order, and change it at any time. The order is then saved to their tag in real time. As the user's car approaches the drive-thru at breakfast, the tag sends their order to the receiver. Users then simply stop at the drive-thru window and collect their breakfast. To make it a seamless experience, we created a unique radio frequency that ensured normal e-tag operation wasn't disrupted.

Creative Execution

Brekk-e-tag was trialed at the Hungry Jack’s Tumbi Umbi store on the New South Wales Central Coast. This store was selected because of its strong and regular drive-thru trade (accounting for nearly 60% of total business). On the day of launch, our activation team handed out 300 Brekk-e-tags to drive-thru customers, installing them in their cars and helping with their online registration. One essential component of our execution was the ability to collect key data from our customer sample and help us build consumer profiles that would drive a number of restaurant level operational efficiencies. By allowing the restaurant access to stored orders, it would allow closer stock management and increased customer experience personalization opportunities. We also created 2 online films and seeded them through Facebook: one humorously dramatizing the benefit; the other a 'how-to' guide.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results

The campaign garnered 113 pieces of coverage over 24 hours reaching more than 20 million viewers, readers or listeners with a PR value worth $9.3 million (PR value measured as advertising value times three). In addition to television coverage on Sunrise, the Brekk-e-tag story was featured on the Today Show and Seven and Nine nightly news bulletins across the country. Most of the country’s major radio stations mentioned the story in news bulletins and the story appeared on 45 online websites including all major News Corp titles. Our goal was to raise awareness of HJ's breakfast offering – the traction gained by the media coverage generated a 400% increase in awareness of HJ's breakfast and positioned Hungry Jack’s as a leader in innovation in the breakfast segment.

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service

The Brekk-e-tag idea was an innovative activation in one of our drive-thru restaurants that captured the attention of users, the broader public and the media. We used this targeted, newsworthy activation to help raise broader awareness about Hungry Jack's as a breakfast destination. By targeting, disseminating and activating a novel idea through a select group of existing QSR breakfast consumers, we were able to exponentially spread our message through media and social channels.

Our strategy was to increase awareness of Hungry Jack's as a breakfast destination by creating an interesting activation that would generate wider interest from the media and the public. We started by tapping into our demographic's morning behaviour. We knew that 60% of overall traffic came from drive-thru and that breakfast is a strongly habitual daypart – people order the same thing each morning. We also knew that yelling into the speaker box – especially first thing in the morning – was the least favourite part of the experience. By providing existing customers with a Brekk-e-tag for their cars, we were making their morning routine faster and easier – whilst at the same time creating wider interest in the innovation. This activation was conducted as a real-world test, with an eye to future roll-out of the technology in other Hungry Jack's drive-thrus around Australia.


Name Company Position
Paul Nagy Clemenger BBDO Sydney Executive Creative Director
Paul Dunne Clemenger BBDO Sydney Creative Director
Ben Coulson Clemenger BBDO Sydney Chief Creative Officer
Nick Alcock Clemenger BBDO Sydney Creative
Jonathan Van Loon Clemenger BBDO Sydney Creative
Daniel Mortensen Clemenger BBDO Sydney Head of Craft
Emma Boreland Clemenger BBDO Sydney Producer
Katrina Maw Clemenger BBDO Sydney Producer
Brendan Forster Clemenger BBDO Sydney Head of Creative Technology
Jay Young Clemenger BBDO Sydney Senior Digital Designer
Jared Crowe Clemenger BBDO Sydney Senior Backend Developer
Claire Bisset Clemenger BBDO Sydney Producer
Robin Sung Clemenger BBDO Sydney Director
Denise McKeon Clemenger BBDO Sydney Head of TV
Cath Bosson Clemenger BBDO Sydney Group Account Director
Smaran Jworchan Clemenger BBDO Sydney Senior Account Director
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