Fried Chicken, Pizza and Dumbbells

7 01 2009

A lot of marketers are talking about authenticity. And some are even getting pretty skilled at faking it.

Still, occasionally I see things that are so surprising I can hardly believe my eyes.

Yum Brands restaurants–Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s and A&W–are offering consumers a free month-long trial membership for the online eFIT4Me tool. Created by fitness experts, it offers customized exercise programs, identifies eating patterns, and recommends nutritional habits.

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Seriously? If this tool has any value, the very first advice it would offer is “stay away from KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and every other fat-laden, artery-clogging fast-food restaurant on the planet”.

I get that Yum Brands is trying to walk the walk of getting healthier. And I get that their corporate messaging is stressing that each of its restaurant chains offers “lower-calorie, better for you” menu options.

But still… isn’t there something startlingly disingenuous about putting a dumbell in a consumer’s hands for a month and helping them stuff their bellies with fried chicken and fish, pizza, burritos and french fries all year long?

If we’re going to be rigorously authentic, they should offer a free balloon angioplasty as a promotion instead.

If you worked for Yum Brands, would you have the nerve to suggest that?

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2 responses

4 02 2010
AiXeLsyD13

Ouch. For me… Pizza Hut rips through me like my intestines are on fire & it’s trying to get out. I don’t think it has any time to make me fat or unhealthy… well, more than I already am. It’s like automatic ass-bulimia.

4 02 2010
tjcnyc

Ouch. Rough commentary on Pizza Hut. Personally I like it OK, though you can’t beat NY pizza anywhere but Naples.

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