McRib is back ... along with unicorns, Viking accountants
McRib is now being promoted through a fantasy online game, which can be reached through Facebook. Some critics said McDonald's botched last year's digital campaign for the McRib.
The here-again, gone-again McRib is here again nationwide â€“ and this time McDonaldâ€™s is playing up the barbecue sandwichâ€™s elusiveness in a social media campaign designed to lure in new fans through Facebook.
Itâ€™s a digital game called â€śThe Quest for the Golden McRib" and the idea is to find 10 online golden McRibs hidden in cyberspace all while interacting with colorful characters such as unicorns that love barbecue and Viking accountants. (Viking accountants?)
Apparently, McDonaldâ€™s is trying to convince a new generation of youngsters to try the McRib. Thatâ€™s probably a smart marketing move, because adults seem to have already made up their minds about the sandwich.
Some people love it, and will log on to the McRib locator to find which local McDonaldâ€™s restaurants are serving them during the year. Others canâ€™t stand the McRib, put off perhaps by the way the pork is formed to give the illusion that there are bones in the meat.
The McRib will be available in all McDonaldâ€™s restaurants until Nov. 14.
When McDonaldâ€™s brought back the McRib nationwide last year for a limited time (after 16 years of appearing sporadically, at the discretion of individual franchise owners), the company tried a Twitter campaign that drew criticism for creating a host of negative comments about the sandwich.
â€ś'McRib Is Back' Promotion Turns Into a Twitter Roastâ€ť ran the headline from ClickZ, a website specializing in interactive marketing news. The story suggested that the promotion was actually hurting the brand because there were so many negative comments. (McDonaldâ€™s social media director said at the time that the report was incomplete because it was purely anecdotal.)
A check of Twitter early Tuesday afternoon suggests that this year again, the negative views of the sandwich are beating the positive ones, 15 to 10.
But maybe that just adds to the sandwichâ€™s mystique. After all, if youâ€™re going to hang out with Viking accountants, youâ€™re not exactly mainstream.