The latest Domino’s marketing stunt: DVDs that smell like pizza

Takeout pizza and a DVD are a natural fit for many. So Domino’s Pizza in Brazil decided to combine the two in a campaign via Artplan Sao Paolo. They joined up with 10 rental stores in Brazil to distribute DVDs that smell like pizza after they’ve been played.

About ten discs each of ten different new release titles such as Argo, 007, Dread And Dark Knight were stamped with thermal ink and flavored varnish, both sensitive to the heat. While people were watching the movie, the heat of the DVD player affected the disc. When the movie ended and they ejected the disc, they smelled pizza. They also saw pizza: the discs were printed to look like mini pies, and carried the message: “Did you enjoy the movie? The next one will be even better with a hot and delicious Domino’s Pizza.”

Why I’m Curious: In this age of streaming video, the idea seems a bit outdated. I can’t remember the last time I rented or watched a DVD. However, in Brazil streaming services like Netflix and iTunes may be relatively new and the cities may still have video rental stores in their neighborhoods. I find the thermal scented ink technology to be bizarrely fascinating, and I’m curious about how other brands may leverage such a feature. I also wonder what kind of impact a stunt like this and a campaign like we shared last week will be impacting their sales for this quarter.


Domino’s Posts Customer Reviews, Good and Bad in Times Square







Domino’s has decided to raise the bar by posting customer reviews—good, bad, and indifferent—on a 4,630-square-foot billboard in Times Square. Domino’s has recently created a tracker that enables customers to track their order, learn the names of the people making their food, and provide customer feedback. The comments are filtered to avoid obscenities (and of course, make sure more good than bad comments appear).

Why I’m Curious

I wonder if this honesty and transparency will help or hurt the Domino’s brand and whether or not people will only choose to remember the negative comments. It will be interesting to see if their sales improve or fall.