MINNEAPOLIS - March 6, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings® (NASDAQ:BWLD) today introduced a new brand campaign entitled #WingWisdom™, that brings to life the company's unique take on sports, food, fandom and everything in between. As the "Official Hangout of NCAA® March Madness®," Buffalo Wild Wings is debuting the #WingWisdom platform through a fully integrated, college basketball-themed marketing campaign beginning on March 7 across television, social, digital, in-restaurant activations and on-site Final Four® experiences.
"Nowhere is sports more alive than at Buffalo Wild Wings and we wanted to leverage one of the biggest events on the sports calendar to bring our brand to life in new and unexpected ways," said Bob Ruhland, Vice President of Marketing at Buffalo Wild Wings. "'Wing Wisdom' represents our attitude, philosophy and brand. This new platform enables us to engage in relevant and meaningful conversations with fans, no matter where they view or talk about sports, with our own unique point of view."
Buffalo Wild Wings will introduce an episodic series of commercials throughout March Madness starring actor and comedian Steve Rannazzisi ("The League"). The first spot, entitled "Pizza to Your Home," debuts March 7 and puts a spotlight on the different experiences that fans encounter enjoying the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at a Buffalo Wild Wings versus watching from home.
Nine spots will run on TV and online at relevant times throughout March Madness and deliver Buffalo Wild Wings' own #WingWisdom related to the proper way to fill out a tournament bracket, the NCAA Sweet 16®, bandwagon fans, overtime, and the finals. Additional spots will air following the tournament that put a spotlight on menu items, from wings to beer that Guests can enjoy every day at B-Dubs.
In addition to ads, Buffalo Wild Wings will also extend the reach of the #WingWisdom conversation during the tournament on CBS Sports and TBS Sports through "Basketball Wisdom" studio segments featuring the campaign hashtag (#WingWisdom) in which on-air talent will offer fans their expert analysis and insight related to upcoming games.
Buffalo Wild Wings will help bring March Madness alive online via the introduction of a Tournament Tracker available at www.BuffaloWildWings.com/TournamentTracker. The site will feature a real-time feed of final game scores and schedules, reaction GIFs to major moments, B-Dubs commentary on games and social media content from fans that further demonstrates how Guests are enjoying March Madness at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants around the country.
Buffalo Wild Wings will extend the #WingWisdom conversation across its social channels, delivering unique insights and engaging content leading up to and during the tournament. Prior to the start of the tournament, fans can use socially shareable invitations to invite their friends to enjoy "The Big Dance®" at B-Dubs and, an interactive video will provide tips and advice to show how fans can "call in (not) sick" so they can watch the first round of games.
Buffalo Wild Wings developed a series of basketball themed mini-games and a bracket challenge competition available through its GameBreak™ gaming platform to test the skills and knowledge of NCAA basketball fans.
Throughout March Madness, fans will compete to achieve "B-Dubs Baller" status by earning points through skill based games such as Shot Clock Shootout (sink as many shots as you can in 60 seconds), Protect the Paint (swipe at basketballs to block the shot), and 360 Spin Master (spin a basketball on your virtual finger), along with tournament bracket challenges - the first following Selection Sunday™ and another allowing Guests to re-pick their selections for the last four and final two rounds of the tournament. Guests who participate in the "B-Dubs Baller" contest will compete for over 1,000 prizes including the potential to win a "B-Dubs Baller Weekend" at the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four® in Houston.
In addition, Buffalo Wild Wings is giving a nod to the four regions hosting 2015 NCAA tournament games by incorporating regional flavors into its food and beverage menu from across the U.S. Representing the East is The New Yorker sandwich and Sam Adams Boston Lager; for the West, Chicken Flatbread and Sam Adams IPA; for the South, the Bayou Po Boy and Fried Pickles; and for the Midwest, Buffalo Mac & Cheese.
Buffalo Wild Wings will descend upon Indianapolis during the Final Four to further engage with fans, both within local restaurants and with the Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Lounge at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival and Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One®. At four restaurants in Indianapolis, B-Dubs will conduct a tour with the NCAA® Division I Men's Championship trophy and allow fans to take photos for sharing across social channels, while also hosting ticket giveaways at select locations.
At the Music Festival, fans can grab a drink and hang out with their friends at the B-Dubs Sports Lounge while watching the main act on stage. Then at the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One, B-Dubs will host a Sports Lounge area serving Game Changer Ale with multiple flat-screen TVs featuring Final Four coverage. In addition, Buffalo Wild Wings will have an extensive lounge area with bar games and Blazin' Challenge® wing eating contests on stage, as well as many other exciting activities.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,080 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines.
To stay up-to-date on all the latest events and offers for sports fans and wing lovers, like Buffalo Wild Wings on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BuffaloWildWings), follow @BWWings on Twitter, use #WingWisdom and visit www.BuffaloWildWings.com.
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