Description: In the 1980s, A&W Restaurants tried to compete with McDonald’s Quarter Pounder by offering a bigger 1/3 pound burger at the same price. Unfortunately, Americans aren’t so great at math. Confused consumers wrongly assumed that 1/4 was bigger than 1/3 (because 4 is bigger than 3) and the whole experiment went down in history as a huge marketing fail.
Source: MediaPost.com – video report
Date: Oct 22, 2021
Questions for discussion:
- What do you think about the new approach to communicating size to the consumer?
- Why do you think the firm is concentrating on size, rather than any other factor?
- What would you advise the firm do to compete better?