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Dunkin' Donuts Sprays Their Coffee's Scent on Buses to Make Customers Buy It

Posted by on Aug. 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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Dunkin' Donuts Sprays Their Coffee's Scent on Buses to Make Customers Buy It

Posted by Maressa Brown on August 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

coffee cupNow that 3-D movies are back in a big Hollywood-can't-figure-out-what-else-to-do-to-get-us-in-seats way, it was only a matter of time before another wacky gimmick from the mid-20th century returned to tempt consumers. You might not remember Smell-O-Vision, but the folks who run the marketing show for Dunkin' Donuts abroad sure do! And they've employed the "technology" to get South Korean customers to buy more of their coffee.

The new incarnation is called "Flavor Radio," and it has been installed on buses. Basically, whenever the DD radio jingle is played, the "Flavor Radio" permeates the bus with the scent of DD coffee. The upper mucky-mucks at Dunkin' say they wanted to "raise awareness of Dunkin' Donuts coffee in a fun and engaging way." Well, it certainly is engaging!

Don't get me wrong ... I am a coffee FANATIC. I adore the scent of just about any coffee (sans Folgers). If I took one of these buses on my way to work, I would be elated to find the scent was being pumped in, because it might serve to rouse me from the walking dead-type coma I'm in 'til I've had my first cup of joe!

At the same time, not everyone is keen on coffee ... or chocolate ... Buffalo wings or any other type of food that might try to adopt this type of "technology." And the idea that "Flavor Radio" might be employed in different spaces, with other, less appealing scents of various foods? Kiiiinda freaks me out. There is no need for a beef jerky company to advertise with it on the subway. Or for onion farmers to tout their crops in movie theaters. Limburger cheese promoted while you're in line at the grocery store? Ick, can you imagine!? Nasty! No one wants their senses assaulted like that.

All in all, "engaging" consumers with scent is probably a disaster waiting to happen. Fingers crossed this is a passing fad that stays put in South Korea!

How would you feel about food companies using "technology" like this to promote their products?

by on Aug. 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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wendums1229
by Wendi on Aug. 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

lol my son just finished a tour in the Army there I am gonna ask him about this too funny!!! :~@)

Bmat
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I don't have a problem with it. I think it is helpful for the customer to know about it so they can make an informed choice.

wendums1229
by Wendi on Aug. 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

ok so my son said they must of started it after he left but they were not doing it when he was there as far as he knew lol

MamaBear2cubs
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I love it lol

copperswifey
by on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I think it's smart business. It wouldn't work on me though. I love the smell of coffee, but hate the taste of it. :)

Mommee42boyz
by Anita on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM
That is funny, but I'm not a fan of the smell of coffee.
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Charizma77
by Member on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Good marketing!
KristinRox
by on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:23 PM

This is very very interesting. I guess if it works.. no harm no foul.

Bob192
by Member on Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Unfortunately it would work to well on me.

almostthere55
by Member on Aug. 5, 2012 at 7:59 AM

I love the smell of coffee, but not onions!  Good point.  While some will find some smells wonderful, others just may get off that bus, pronto!

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