(McDonald's)Some McDonald's restaurants are allowing customers to exchange Taco Bell breakfast receipts for a free Egg McMuffin.
The promotion, which appears to be limited to McDonald's locations in Northeast Pennsylvania, is a sign that the burger chain is worried about its breakfast competition, according to Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski.
"Clearly, at least some McDonald's folks are concerned about the potential competition at breakfast that Taco Bell could provide over time — and maybe is providing right now," Kalinowski wrote in a research note.
Taco Bell has been ramping up its attacks against McDonald's since launching its first breakfast menu last year. In its latest ad campaign, Taco Bell compares McDonald's to a communist dictatorship where everyone is forced to eat Egg McMuffins.
McDonald's has long been the leader in fast food breakfast. The chain commanded a 19% share of the morning market in 2013, according to Nielsen Co. data cited by Reuters. The next closest rivals, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, each had a 7% market share that year, by comparison.
But McDonald's sales are sliding, so it has to play offense.
The company is rolling out a more upscale menu, making its burgers customizable, and removing hard-to-pronounce ingredients from its chicken. It has also slimmed down its menu to help speed up customer service.
And while Taco Bell has throwing direct punches at McDonald's in its advertising, McDonald's has taken a different approach with light-hearted ads touting "lovin'" over "hatin.'"
As part of a recent promotion, for example, McDonald's started accepting selfies, hugs, and other forms of so-called "lovin'" as payment.
From The Daily What:
No this isn’t Ted Cruz’s latest campaign video.
A 1991 promotional video for Sizzler recently resurfaced online that will absolutely blow your mind.
The 4.5-minute spot includes lots of patriotic buzzwords and bizarre imagery like a dog chasing a frisbee, a creepy old sailor staring at a young girl, slow-mo shots of a girl playing baseball, construction workers pointing at paper, a Zack Morris cell phone and this woman:
“Sizzler is the one who brings us choices. Reachin’ out across the U.S.A.,” says the chorus. “Get a little freedom in your life.”
Freedom to have bad haircuts and freedom to awkwardly kiss your lover’s neck while you eat.
This isn’t just what America wants, it’s what America needs.
Sizzler for president 2016!
From The Daily What:
Soon you might be able to shave like a superhero.
Gillette has teamed up with Stark Industries to create prototypes of some new razors based off the characters in Marvel’s Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk.
According to a press release, Tony Stark’s company has taken over Gillette’s R&D department in a new cross promotional stunt for the film “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which hits theaters May 1.
Here’s a description of how each razor works:
The Repulsor1 with Exoblade has an Arc Reactor Technology that generates a perpetual energy supply to obliterate face hairs with Uni-beam pulse bolts. The Gillette XL Gamma with stress-triggered sensors and an unstable molecular structure can increase up to 700% in razor mass and brute shaving force. The Gillette Ultra Strike is rebuilt with Super Soldier Technology and has a rare Vibranium-coated Shield Cartridge that shoots out from the handle to cut targeted hairs. And finally, the Gillette Thunder scorches hairs to the follicle with micro-lightning and an honor based gyro-gravity field to make it borrow-proof.
Don’t expect to find these in stores anytime soon, however, as they are more likely to remove your face than your facial hair. But the company said a few of the concept razors will be given away as part of a social media promotion.
Gillette held a press conference on Thursday to announced the news, and Stan Lee was there… because he had to be.
“The things I’ll do for free razors,” he said at the event, according to The Boston Globe. “Can I go home now?”
From Viral Viral Videos:
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