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Published February 26th 2020
Behold the Moldy Whopper.
Burger King turned heads last week with their marketing stunt which showed their signature burger rot in real time. From billboards and bus stops to online ads, nobody was safe from the toxic mess you couldn’t help but stare at.
We wanted to know if the gross stunt had actually worked for Burger King, so we used Brandwatch Consumer Research to look over two weeks of Burger King mentions.
In the last two weeks, Burger King was mentioned more than 174,000 times online. Mention volume peaked at 40.7k in a single day because of the “Moldy Whopper” campaign.
If you’ve not seen it, brace yourself:
Looking at the emotions driving those mentions, one stood out in particular:
Over the past two weeks, “disgust” was the strongest emotion detected within the conversations surrounding Burger King, the Whopper and the moldy Whopper.
There were over 49K mentions containing language that indicated disgust overall.
The grim depiction of a Whopper ageing clearly didn’t spark much hunger.
Of all sentiment-categorized mentions from the last two weeks focused on Burger King, 59.2% were negative. But it wasn’t that people were angry with BK directly.
Our sentiment-categorization and emotion-categorization was right to recognize that food ‘getting ugly’ was negative and driven by disgust. But that was the intended response, so for Burger King, this isn’t a cause for concern.
What is a cause for concern is whether this stunt worked.
In the last two weeks, the #MoldyWhopper has had over 21.4M impressions. This just goes to show how far the campaign went on social.
And it’s clear that the stunt won favor with industry professionals – #Advertising and #Marketing were among the most-used hashtags within these conversations.
Burger King has achieved something very rare – a campaign that:
From our point of view, this is a big win. But let us know what you thought of the moldy Whopper @BW_React.