Mobile engagement sweetens the deal for Krispy Kreme

Precision targeting and captivating creative foster brand loyalty among existing fans and entice new customers to visit QSR locations. 


Quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) are booming across the US. To compete in a crowded field, QSRs keep prices low and typically operate on slim margins. This means that every promotional campaign needs to deliver results.

The first Friday of every June is a big deal for Krispy Kreme: it’s National Doughnut Day. Krispy Kreme approached Verve with two objectives for a National Doughnut Day promo campaign:

  • Inspire brand loyalty and engagement with current customers.
  • Entice new customers to visit Krispy Kreme stores.


What’s better than a fresh doughnut? A free, fresh doughnut! Verve developed precise targeting and compelling creative spotlighting the giveaway to build excitement and drive engagement for Krispy Kreme.

Specifically, Verve’s approach used three primary tactics:

  • Strategic audience segmentation
    Target frequent QSR visitors with Verve’s custom audiences. 
  • Geo-fencing
    Target a 5-mile radius around Krispy Kreme stores. 
  • Interactive ad formats
    Dynamic “tap-to-map” ad creatives to direct customers to the closest Krispy Kreme store.


The National Doughnut Day promo campaign significantly outperformed industry benchmarks for tap-to-map and engagement duration.

  • 2X longer engagement*
  • 25% higher tap-to-map rate

* Krispy Kreme mobile engagement vs. traditional TV engagement duration

About Krispy Kreme

Since 1937, Krispy Kreme has delighted customers with fresh doughnuts. Over the years, the brand has grown into a quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain serving sweet treats and more.

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