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Reach restaurant Audiences at Scale with BENlabs AI

You’re here because your restaurant brand needs to make a real connection with audiences so they don’t skip or ignore what you have to say. You’re thinking about restaurant influencer marketing and dining brand product placement. Maybe you’re looking for the right restaurant brand integration agency for your brand.


That’s BENlabs. We help clients like Mission Foods, Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr., Licorice.com and Pretzels.com achieve incredible results across influencer marketing, product placement in movies and TV, music partnerships, and more..

Challenges Facing Restaurant Marketing

Long gone are the days of captive audiences. You don’t need earth-shattering data to recognize that audience attention is split. We have more choices of what content to consume and where to find it than ever before. Audiences don’t just watch what’s on, they watch what they want, when, where, and how they want.

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Ad Avoidance

Restaurant audiences aren’t looking in magazines or sitting through TV ads. Instead, they’re discovering new brands and trends through food influencers, and following the advice of content creators. They’re being exposed to restaurant brands through their favorite music, movie, TV, and social content. At BENlabs, we’ll craft recommendations across the entertainment landscape so you’re there, in all the right places.

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Decentralized Content

Movies, music, TV, and social media split audiences. The average household has 5.2 streaming services. There isn’t any one source that all people go to for restaurant advice or content. Restaurant brands need to show up meaningfully, in multiple places, to really make an impact with their audiences.

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Data Intelligence and Reporting

Showing up in social feeds, with music artists, in movie theaters or on the hot streaming show is great, but restaurant brands need to know exactly how these content engagements drive brand activations back to their business and they need a guarantee that their efforts will move the needle on the growth KPIs that matter. They need a partner who can make sense of structured and unstructured data to derive clear, actionable business insights.

BENLabs Helps Restaurant Brands Stand Out

We offer a full suite of AI-driven marketing services ranging from influencer integrations to product placement. Our self-serve AI SAAS puts the BENlabs AI tools, trained by over nearly 30,000 campaigns, in your hands. BENlabs proprietary AI models help tech brands find receptive audiences, level-up content, and drive audience action with predictable, measurable results against KPIs.

When you work with BENlabs, you set up your cooking brand for success with brand affinity, increased awareness, and customers… but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

brands are fighting for attention

On average, people spend 6.7 years of their life on social media. By contrast, they spend under two years socializing IRL. People watch 5.7 hours of video a day on average, but they’re not watching in any one place. They’re accessing billions of hours of video content spread across thousands of streaming services and social platforms. 93% of us listen to music regularly, and the 27 – 42 year-olds (millennials) listen 75.1% more than older generations.

There are exciting statistics for any restaurant brand that has learned to adapt, developing the deep audience intelligence required to meet prospects where they live online. On the flip side, it’s damning data for any brand that sees the diminishing returns on their marketing efforts and doesn’t find the right partner to help them go where the data leads.  

For brands, it comes down to a need to get noticed. It’s about more than showing up; your food and restaurant brand needs to stand out. To make a real connection with audiences. 

Knowing where to reach audiences is important, knowing how to reach them is at least as important.

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Audience Insight for Restaurant Brands

The answer to understanding audiences on an individual level isn’t trying to find the gray areas of personal privacy, it’s using AI tools to understand individual behavior without the need for personal data. Content creators build communities around food and restaurants. They also work in niches like travel, food, lifestyle and so many more. The key is to figure out where these audiences and interests intersect. 

BENlabs AI can help you build out this deep and granular picture. Our AI tools have been awarded multiple marketing intelligence patents and make all the difference for dining brands looking to make an impact in restaurant influencer marketing and other brand integrations. With these AI tools and BENlabs’ decades of experience across all of entertainment —  movies, TV, music and music videos, in creator content on social media — restaurant brands unlock incredible integration opportunities.

Cluster Analysis

Build a clear picture of what content your target engages, unlocking new audiences and new opportunities

Creator Matching

Discover the qualified voices that have the most influence with your most receptive audience segments

Predictive Analytics

Incredible AI-driven predictive accuracy that tells you how audiences will act, expected ROI, CAC, brand awareness, lift, and other KPIs

Competitor Intelligence

See everything your competitors are doing, what’s working and what’s not, to steal away awareness and market share

Case Study: MISSION FOODS

MISSION CAMPAIGN TURNS ONLINE ENGAGEMENT INTO MEASURABLE ACTION OFFLINE

Mission Foods, a provider of authentic Mexican food products, sought to strengthen consumer relationships, boost sales, and attract more participants to their Tortilla Tribe community. To achieve these goals, they partnered with BENlabs.

BENlabs utilized creator partnerships to craft user-friendly recipes using Mission or Guerrero products, making them convenient and appealing to consumers. These recipes were then shared organically on Mission’s Instagram platform, effectively expanding the brand’s presence on social media. BENlabs in-house editing team also compiled content from various creators to create two assets for connected TV.

The campaign has achieved 22.5M total views, with an aggregate engagement rate of 7.6%. The return on ad spend (ROAS) was 1.88x, indicating a significant return on investment. Moreover, the campaign resulted in a 5.2 – 10.1 point lift in rband recall, favorability, and familiarity, further solidifying Mission Foods’ position in the market.

Brand Content Integration is the Answer for Restaurant Brands

So what’s a food brand to do? Get placed in movies, music, and TV content? Kick off an influencer marketing effort? Hire a dining marketing brand agency? Well yes, but those don’t have to be separate efforts or involve a bunch of different vendors.

That’s what we do here at BENlabs. We’ve developed amazing AI tools that no other brand integration agency can match. We help food and other brands find and connect with audiences using AI, gain deep insight and clarity into ideal (sometimes unexpected) target audiences and then connect with these audiences in unskippable moments.

Influencer Marketing

Restaurant Influencer Marketing

BENlabs helps marketers take their influencer marketing efforts to the next level.

Our AI tools build a complete picture of your current audience but more than that, they unlock new, receptive audience clusters based on where those audiences live online. BENlabs AI is the key that unlocks an individual’s online “neighborhood,” with no individual tracking required.

Even working with smaller, niche restaurant and food content creators in highly targeted verticals, restaurant brands can reach audiences at an incredible scale.

Licorice.com & Pretzels.com, artisanal food experts, teamed up with BENlabs for targeted influencer marketing. Using AI, they aligned with female creators, moms, and interior design influencers.

Result: 65+ content pieces, 940K+ views. Monthly customer acquisition cost down 15%. Pretzels.com conversions up 207%, Licorice.com up 192%

CKE partnered with BENlabs to boost awareness and promote “Burger Eating” for Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. BENlabs crafted a strategic plan to target their audience through TV ads in non-traditional spaces like Premium Cable & Streaming. Placements include Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. in Stranger Things, Kingdom, and StartUp, among others. This partnership allowed CKE to maintain a strong presence in a non-traditional TV landscape, effectively reaching their target consumers.

Product Placement

Restaurants Product Placement

BENlabs deep relationships across all entertainment unlocks opportunities for restaurant brands in movies, TV, and music videos. From prop placements to deep brand spotlights that are an important part of the plot, we can help your brand stand out in authentic, story-driven, unskippable moments.

Music integrations

Restaurant Brands In Music Activations

In addition to placing products in music videos, a relationship with BENlabs means unprecedented access to established and emerging music artists.

When you see Lucky Charms co-starring with Charlie Puth in Girlfriend, 1800 tequila co-starring in A$AP Ferg’s New Level and many more hip hop videos, becoming an indelible part of music culture… or any number of other examples, BENlabs did that.

From brand integration in music videos to unskippable influencer-style brand activations with the hottest artists to music licensing and even custom brand-driven new music opportunities, BENlabs can connect your brand with the right audiences in ways that move them into action.

SmartSweets teams up with Meghan Trainor and her insta-famous BFFs for a vibrant, candy-colored video that’s a visual feast of fashion, fun, and dance. Resulting in 58.2M views, securing the #1 spot on YouTube’s ‘The Short’ Playlist, and exceeding a projected 10M views.

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Youtube creators spend an incredible amount of time planning, scripting, and editing their videos. TubeBuddy provides tools for creators that increase visibility and performance.

YouTube Optimization

Boost Your YouTube

Join millions of creators increasing video views and channel subscribers with TubeBuddy. You’ll access game-changing tools to help you analyze search volume and find other ways to say the same thing while clenching more views. There are also time-saving templates and personalized suggestions to extra-optimize every upload.

BENlabs is here to help

Let’s Take Your RESTAURANT Brand to the Next Level

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