McDonald's Brews a Battle for Seattle

Golden Arches takes the fight to Starbucks on its own turf

In Seattle, Starbucks has a four time advantage in retail locations over McDonald's in the coffee king's headquarter city. But that didn't deter McDonald's from an aggressive campaign which questioned the intelligence of a four dollar espresso. The idea of an unpretentious cup of java became the basis of McDonald's "unsnobby" campaign.

By reminding consumers exactly how overpriced and snobby coffee had become (one bus poster read: "four bucks is dumb"), McDonald's got people thinking about alternatives. With an aggressive sampling program (free lattes on Fridays, coupons for free lattes online) and the help of a talking, giant-sized coffee cup, McDonald's got the message out that their coffee was less drain on the wallet.

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TitleUnsnobby Coffee
Campaign Unsnobby Coffee
Advertiser McDonald's
Brand McDonald's

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