In the first few days, a lot of people have been asking questions.
- Kristy in Ontario wants to know what parts of the cow McDonald’s beef comes from. Answer: shoulder, chuck, rib eye, brisket, loin and round.
- Chris in Winnipeg wonders if Chicken McNuggets are ground up waste chicken. Answer: only breast, leg and thigh meat.
- Denise in Scarborough wants to know the least healthy, highest calorie thing on the menu. Answer: a large Rolo McFlurry
- Gerard in Vancouver wants to know why today’s Big Mac is bigger than it was 20 years ago. Answer: They aren’t.
- Kerri in Banff notices there is soy in many of their products and wants to know if they buy from Monsanto. Answer: No.
Questions can be posted in English or French, and the company’s Toronto office has a team of people providing the answers. At this point, only McDonald’s Canada has such a site. On the other hand, the parent company’s Facebook site is global and has over 20 million “likes.”
So far the company appears willing to deal with uncomfortable questions and to answer them repeatedly, though the brief answers would not satisfy anyone who wanted more than a sound bite. That is a smart marketing strategy likely to do more for the company’s reputation than a lot of glitzy schemes.
The 30-second marketing video they created to promote the site reminds me of Domino’s Pizza, when that company made a campaign out of listening to customers’ complaints about how bad their pizzas were.
Whether “Our Food. Your Questions.” will have a similar effect on the increasing skepticism toward the company’s food, or its contribution to the epidemic of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases, has yet to be seen. What will be equally interesting to watch is whether making customer feedback easy will also have an impact on the farms and animals that supply its ingredients.
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Photo of poutine in a Quebec McDonald’s from jczart via Flickr Creative Commons