McDonald's "Signs" Campaign

McDonald's is trying another tact for improving business. The latest marketing campaign, "Signs," shows the company standing by the community in times of tragedy. 

McDonald's is certainly taking different approaches from simply promoting the taste of its food. The previous campaign focused on how food is made-an attempt at transparency, which worked for some but not everyone. The same could be said of this one. 

Steve McKee, president of an ad agency in Albuquerque, complimented the approach: "I thought the ad was awesome. It's clear that all the billboards were real. It was demonstrating that McDonald's is Americana." Some say the ads distinguish McDonald's from Wendy's, Chipotle, and Burger King, which couldn't make such claims.

But others say the company is capitalizing on tragedy. And of course, any campaign is an opportunity for ridicule. 

McD signs

Discussion Starters: 

  • Describe the ad strategy. What objectives is McDonald's trying to achieve?
  • What's your view of the campaign: tasteless, clever, or something else?