KFC looks to differentiate with Dip’ems

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KFC has continued its strategy to introduce snack products through integrated marketing campaigns with the launch of Dip’ems, a repackaging of its Extra Crispy chicken tenders with a sauce lineup featuring three new varieties.

The tenders will be sold with the choice of one of KFC’s three signature dipping sauces — Honey BBQ, Honey Mustard or Creamy Ranch — or one of three new flavors, including Creamy Buffalo, Orange Ginger or Bacon Ranch. Dip’ems will be sold in buckets of $20 with all six sauces or in a combo of three tenders, a choice of two sauces, a side item, a biscuit and a medium drink for $5.

“We know, and our customers have confirmed, that dipping is irresistible,” chief marketing officer Jason Marker said in a statement. “Once you start dipping, you just can’t stop. Our solution: Dip’ems, an irresistible combination of Extra Crispy tenders and six sauces that will satisfy any appetite.”
As it did in July for Original Recipe Bites and in September for Chicken Littles, KFC is going after more snack sales with its new item and will introduce Dip’ems through new TV commercials and a branded-entertainment campaign. In one part of the campaign, humor columnist Joel Stein, the author of “Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity,” endorsed Dip’ems in a KFC press release by praising a customer’s ability to “double dip” in the item’s sauce containers as much as he or she wants.

KFC also partnered with Break Media to run a series of short webisodes on Break.com around “Dipping Rules.” Starring comedian Jay Mohr, each short video explains the dos and don’ts of “dude food etiquette,” including when people may double dip with Dip’ems or whether the “five-second rule” applies to the six signature sauces. People can submit their own dipping rules to be entered into a sweepstakes for a paid vacation to Las Vegas, a free Xbox 360 or KFC gift cards.

Previously, KFC had created the “Growing Up and Getting Out” and “A Little Workplace Humor” branded-entertainment series to promote Original Recipe Bites and Chicken Littles, respectively.

KFC will aim to differentiate Dip’ems from the ubiquitous chicken tender offerings at other chicken and quick-service chains by talking up the dipping sauce flavor, which should help the new item stand out, said Tim Nelson, president of Chicago-based advertising agency Tris3ct.

Source: National Restaurant News

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