Facebook, Twitter Boost Krystal Blitz

NEW YORK Krystal Restaurants has kicked off a giveaway to promote its new Krystal Blitz energy drink. Each day through Aug. 17, the Southern quick-service chain will hide links on its Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube pages that direct participants to a coupon for a free 20-ounce Krystal Blitz. Once found, consumers can directly share the coupon with friends by posting the URL to their own social media pages.

“Interactive and social marketing is very hot right now from a media consumption standpoint,” said Brad Wahl, vice president of marketing for Krystal. “Social media is one of those ways for us to be relevant, unique and different as a brand.”

Consumers can improve their chances of finding a coupon by visiting all of Krystal’s social media sites throughout the day. Each URL will only remain live for a limited time — about 30 minutes to an hour — and each coupon is valid for 24 hours. The company will post clues on its social media pages to help users find where and when each day’s coupon will be available.

“It’s good to see someone using the social net sites in a new and different way,” said Bill Sipper, senior partner at Cascadia Consulting, when asked about Krystal’s strategy. “But are people going to really care enough to go through all that work? And the answer is that honestly I don’t know.”

Wahl, however, is confident people will “engage and play.” Past online promotions offering chances to win free products, such as a recent online videogame show, have proven successful as incentives, he said. “You have the fun aspect of it: There is a little game that’s going on and it’s not just easy for everybody to get. That adds to the intrigue of the interaction and the engagement with the brand.”

The Krystal Blitz was launched across Krystal Restaurants’ 384 locations on July 17. The carbonated energy drink features a mix of ingredients including taurine, green tea extract and caffeine, and is served to consumers in a 20-ounce cup either “on the rocks” or as a frozen treat.

Nielsen Business Media