Grubhub's new campaign suggests maybe it's time to stop ordering the same thing.
The online restaurant ordering company still wants people to use its services to order restaurant delivery, of course, but now it wants to tease people's taste buds. So Grubhub asked people to try new foods for a series of new digital videos that, if successful, may expand in 2018 and have the potential to run as TV spots.
"We really need to show the full experience of someone ordering food on Grubhub," says Jessica Burns, senior director, brand marketing, who's been with Grubhub for a year.
Grubhub is up against a variety of competition, from restaurants that handle their own delivery to chains that partner with other delivery platforms, such as McDonald's successful tie-up with UberEats. And there's room to grow: Only four in 10 restaurant users buy food for delivery at least once a month, according to a report out this month from Boston Consulting Group. Grubhub is substantially ramping up marketing after acquiring more competitors this year as it keeps trying to handle more orders and to get current customers to order more often. Grubhub's sales and marketing expenses are expected to jump more than 30 percent this year, executives said last month. Such costs jumped 33 percent year-over-year to $35.1 million in the third quarter.
Seven new videos show people ordering and trying dishes including pho and sushi, with text definitions of the dishes. One woman claims she's never tried a chili dog, which Grubhub defines as "a hot dog garnished with chili con carne and optional condiments."
In one spot, a grandmother who has never had sushi dines with her young, sushi-loving granddaughter. "The grandma legitimately did not like sashimi," says Burns.