Fast Food Restaurant Lets Facebook Fans Choose Next Location

They voted on a list of ten different cities


facebook screen 630 300x200 Fast Food Restaurant Lets Facebook Fans Choose Next LocationQuaker Steak & Lube is betting that social media can select the right place to open a new restaurant.

The chain, which specializes in chicken wings, ran a contest on Facebook (FB) called “I Want My Quaker Steak & Lube,” allowing “Lubies” — as its fans are affectionately known — to choose the next city to get one of its restaurants. After the vote was tallied, Toledo, Ohio, came out on top, Restaurant News notes.

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In the contest, fans were asked to choose among ten cities, assembled from a list of suggestions. More than 2,500 Facebook users voted in the contest, which received in excess of 400,000 impressions on the website. Toledo edged the runner-up by 750 votes.

While allowing Internet users to choose the next location for a restaurant might seem like a chancy thing, Quaker Steak & Lube discovered that it Facebook followers were right on the mark. Once the chain began taking customer surveys in Toledo after the contest, it found that it had an 80% incidence of brand recognition among randomly chosen city residents. The chain has opened locations in cities where its brand recognition was much, much lower.

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