The campaign needed to directly address a number of common misconceptions about the product and ingredients whilst helping inform, educate and excite shoppers.
- Microwavable burgers sound unappealing as it is not normal to cook beef in a microwave.
- Microwavable burgers contain low grade beef from undisclosed sources, mixed with fillers.
- Microwavable burgers are heavily processed, full of chemicals that are harmful for health.
- The quality of the accompaniments are of low standard, such as a cheap sachet of ketchup.
- The beef patty will be small and insubstantial, not providing the meal satisfaction hoped for.
- Many shoppers do not shop on the ‘ready meal’ aisle, as they assume it’s not suited for them.
- The burgers are cooked on a real flame grill & are just reheated in a microwave for convenience.
- Rustlers Gourmet Burgers are made with 100% beef, from fully traceable British and Irish farms.
- Each burger is simply minced, pressed and flame grilled before being packed for convenience.
- All aspects provide a premium taste, with a brioche bun, bacon, sauces and crunchy dried onions.
- The quarter pounder weight patty is thick and substantial, delivering on both size and flavour.
- While the ready meal ranges do have a core audience, it is easily expanded on product discovery.
With these considerations in mind, the campaign objectives set by the client were
Encourage taste trial of over 1,000 samples to shoppers, per store visited, on a daily basis
Aim to generate 100 immediate sales of the Gourmet range burgers per store, per day
Achieve a sample to purchase conversion ratio target of approx 10% to achieve the targets
The retail sampling and sales experience used 3 X ‘pop’-up’ burger kitchens, set up for a day in front of 179 Tesco supermarkets, engaging shoppers on the busiest days of each week (Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun). Supermarkets were chosen based on being the largest sized, busiest stores, which stocked both Classic and BBQ to allow customers to try and potentially buy both flavours in the range.
Each sampling event area included:
Prior to commencement, the roadshow team attended a tour of the Rustlers factory which included:
- Seeing first-hand the quality joints of beef being loaded for mincing and pressing into patties
- The patties were followed into the cooking area, to see the real flame grill in action
- The cooled patties were packed into the brioche buns with extra fillings ready for shipping
- The hyper sterile conditions of the Rustlers factory were explained and closely followed
- The factory manager showed how traceable each burger is, right down to a specific herd and field
The event managers attended a dry run training day at Link’s head office. This entailed:
- A full set up of the event area, allowing them to get fully familiar with all the kit
- Catering considerations, with efficient use of catering kit & attractive presentation
- Technical training on more complex portable power generators and electrics
- Health and safety training, loading of heavy items and shopper safety considerations
- A final stage briefing, with a detailed run through and verbal rehearsals of key messaging
Each sampling event area included:
- A hand-made wooden bar counter with branded light box, as a forward facing serving table
- A brick effect back wall, made from portable boards, dressed to look like a sit in burger diner
- Hot catering with multiple microwaves and chilled catering kit for large volume sample production
- A branded sales fridge near the stand or foyer, allowing shoppers to make impulse purchases
- Directional aisle signs with interchangeable aisle numbers to direct customers for each store layout
- Stylish deli style uniforms, colour coordinated down to the small detail of black catering gloves
- User generated social media, rewarding shoppers for sharing and broadcasting posts and photos
- Re-assuring displays about the fully traceable provenance of the beef, from British & Irish farms
Once live, each event day is brought to life with:
- Advance booking with Tesco’s media team (N2O) to provide authorisation for each day
- Advance uplifts of sales stock and sampling sent into each store
- Detailed site maps, hotels booked, travel routes mapped and shift schedules plotted
- Supporting teams of brand ambassadors selected, briefed, confirmed and guided to store
- Hot sampling with burgers cooked, built, quartered and presented for hot sampling
- Promotional BOGOF offer, for shoppers to redeem with the team on their way back out of store
- Daily reporting on samples and sales tracking from store EPOS and Tesco supplier portal
- Daily photos, feedback from customers, from store managers and social media posts
- Sales! Lots and lots and lots of sales.