ATLANTA - Jan. 21, 2014 // PRNewswire // - Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. has appointed Fallon as its national creative agency of record following a review period and search that began in October 2013 and ended earlier this month.
As Arby's® advertising agency, Fallon will lead the strategic creative development and implementation for the brand's television, radio, print and digital channels. Fallon will officially begin work effective today.
"All three finalist agencies did an outstanding job during the process," said Rob Lynch, Chief Marketing Officer and Brand President of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. "Each agency came with extremely compelling ideas on how to build the Arby's brand and grow our business. This was an extremely difficult decision. In the end, our decision to partner with Fallon was driven by the superb quality of their work, their strong understanding of, and empathy for, the Arby's guest, and a genuine affinity for the Arby's brand and our products. They came to Arby's not just with a campaign, but a broader vision that will challenge our entire organization to think bigger and bolder and enhance the Arby's brand across everything that we do. We feel their dedication and passion for this partnership and are excited about the success that we will achieve together."
Fallon is known for their work on such well-known brands as H&R Block, Travelers and The Cosmopolitan. Within the last few months they have added a number of new accounts to their roster including: Brown-Forman's Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Herradura Tequila, Loctite Adhesives and VH1. This recent success follows the appointment of John King as Chief Marketing Officer and Jeff Kling at the helm as Chief Creative Officer.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to get Arby's back into the conversation," Mike Buchner, Chief Executive Officer of Fallon said. "Arby's has an amazing history, but they aren't top of mind right now. We're going to help them change that fast." Buchner also added, "We are very much looking forward to starting our work with the Arby's team to transform their business and write the next exciting chapter of the Arby's brand story."
Matt Johnson, Chairman of the AFA Service Corporation, Arby's marketing arm, endorsed the selection process and collaboration with Arby's marketing team.
"Our franchisee Board participated fully with Arby's leadership in the selection of Fallon. We're excited about the insights and creativity that the Fallon team will bring to Arby's," said Johnson.
"I am thrilled with the decision to engage Fallon as our agency of record," said Paul Brown, Arby's Chief Executive Officer. "This decision is another significant step in our journey to revitalize the Arby's brand."
In addition to the AFA board, Arby's was also aided by Joanne Davis Consulting, Inc., New York, NY, throughout the agency review process.
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading international quick-service restaurant company operating and franchising more than 3,400 restaurants worldwide. Arby's was the first nationally franchised, coast-to-coast sandwich chain and has been serving fresh, craveable meals since it opened its doors in 1964. The Arby's brand strives to inspire smiles through delicious experiences. We are on a never-ending quest for the perfect sandwich, starting with the Classic Roast Beef and French Dip to the deli-style Market Fresh® line of sandwiches and salads. Visit Arbys.com for more information and to connect with Arby's on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram and other social media channels.
Fallon Minneapolis is a division of Fallon Worldwide, a part of Publicis Groupe S.A., based in Paris. Fallon Minneapolis' clients include: Travelers, Nestle Purina, Woodford Reserve, H&R Block, Comedy Central, IFC, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Fallon Worldwide is one of the world's most critically acclaimed creativity companies, delivering inventive business solutions for some of the world's leading brands. Additional information can be found at www.fallon.com.
SOURCE Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.