Hungry Horse: Pub-licist

The Challenge

To put the pub back into Hungry Horse.

At the time, like-for-like sales across the country’s casual dining brands were falling by 0.3%, while pubs and bars were seeing growth of 0.6%.

Hungry Horse brand chiefs were subsequently working hard to make Hungry Horse pubs community destinations, and asked WPR to devise a campaign that would communicate the benefits.

 

The Idea

Our pre-planning research identified a report that showed 63% of Brits feel pubs are no longer the heart of the community and should do more to organise events.

There was clearly a need to focus the campaign on an ‘always something going on’ message.

We took the strategy into a brainstorm and very quickly ‘Pub-licist’ was born – the world’s best job where someone would be paid to drink beer, watch sport, play darts, pool or snooker, participate in quizzes, enjoy live music, taste-test pub grub and more.

 

The Results

  • The client wanted to see 50-60 regional press hits for the campaign. We hit that target in 24 hours, doubled it in 48 and tripled it in 72.
  • All told, we delivered 147 press hits, surpassing the KPIs by 194%.
  • 14 national titles also picked up on the story – including the viral sharing juggernaut that is LADBible, Metro (twice), MSN, Mirror, Independent and RadioX.
  • 80% of titles shared the story on their social media channels, resulting in more than 17,000 organic engagements.
  • 92% of online articles included a backlink (DA+30 sites).
  • 100% of articles carried the local, community pub messaging.