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Burger King helps Koreans get off at the right station

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Many Koreans are busy and sleep-deprived. According to one OECD statistic, Koreans’ average sleep time is 7 hours and 49 minutes, the shortest amongst its member state [i]. Another OECD stat confirms Korean’s commute times is the longest [ii].

Not surprisingly, many people nod off on the subway while commuting, and end up missing their stop. They also usually cannot sleep well in the subway for fear of missing the stop.

So Burger King worked with Cheil to make these people sleep better in subways as well as to boost its sales in the early hours of the day. It created a sleeping mask saying "Wake me up at ABC station" – wearers of this mask can sleep and relax, expecting somebody will wake him/her up at the correct ABC station.

There are two free coffee coupons inside the mask so the wearer can give the coupon to the person who wakes him/her up, in return for gratitude. Those who receive the coffee coupon can get a cup of free King Americano coffee from selected Burger King stores, located near the ABC station.

Cheil carefully selected five crowded subway stations in Seoul to distribute sleeping masks; Gangnam Station, Samsung Station, Yeoksam Station, Sinchon Station and HongIk University Station, all of which are highly crowded spots.

For the campaign Cheil has created five different sets of sleeping mask for each station, and distributed them to those who exit each station. The selected Burger King stores which gave free coffee in return for the coupons, saw 18.7% sales increase in the morning time, according to Burger King Korea, because many bought something extra in addition to free coffee. Cheil’s own social media analysis also found out that social media buzz about Burger King soared 44.5% after campaign launch. These numbers were measured during one month from the campaign starting date, Feb 23.

Sung-phil Hwang, art director, Cheil, said: “Most campaigns are designed to increase communication between brands and consumers. We certainly achieved this objective but also encouraged communication among consumers themselves.”

Hyung-kyun Oh, art director,Cheil, added: “The sleeping mask certainly helped to overcome the stranger barrier, while giving busy and tired people a small laugh”

Due to the rising demand, ‘Morning like a King’ is being executed from April 15 in Busan, Korea's second largest city.

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