McDonald’s Lavish ‘Bling Mac’ Ring Could Be Yours

This Valentine’s Day, how will you show your love for McDonald’s Big Mac?

Let’s see … you could eat a Big Mac, of course. Or maybe a Grand Big Mac. Or even a Big Mac Jr. Or you can save yourself all those empty calories by playing a pair of brand-boosting games. (Kidding, of course. This stuff is health food, at least compared to the chocolate shakes.)

If you’re feeling poetic, try composing a few lines of love to the sandwich on Twitter for a chance to win the “Bling Mac.” That’s an 18k gold, stackable ring with seven tiers of gems representing Big Mac ingredients, including orange sapphires as the special sauce:

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 Only one burger buff will win the Bling-y thing-y, designed by Nadine Ghosn and valued at $12,500. Do you love it?
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McDonald’s Rallies for International Day of Peace.

Thanks to Burger King, you may (or may not) be aware that today is the United Nations’ annual International Day of Peace.

If you haven’t heard of the beef (pun intended), about one month ago, Burger King challenged McDonald’s to team up and create a “McWhopper,” a combination of the fast-food chains’ hamburgers, that would help raise money for Peace One Day. McDonald’s rebuffed the challenge in messages on Facebook and Twitter, but they would, “be in touch.”

#shadyfries.

What matters most is that McDonald’s has gathered a number of like-minded organizations to raise money to help the United Nations’ food program respond to the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East.

The company, along with companies like DreamWorks Animation, MasterCard and Facebook, will donate paid television airtime or access to digital media to promote the World Food Program, including through the use of a 30-second animated commercial narrated by the actor Liam Neeson.

The World Food Program is under increasing pressure to help respond to the millions of Syrians, Iraqis and others displaced from areas of conflict. Tens of thousands of migrants have fled to Europe, which has scrambled to respond to the influx. The World Food Program estimates that it will need more than $7 billion to deal with the various humanitarian crises this year, but expects to receive closer to $4 billion through its usual channels, which primarily include government aid.

In the new commercial, Mr. Neeson tells viewers that wars around the world have resulted in more refugees now than any time since World War II.

Check out the spot, which is pretty powerful, below.

McDonald’s Accepting Love As Payment.

#GoSeahawks. I’m not bitter. I swear I am not. Anyhow, moving on….

People complained that Superbowl 49 brought with it ads that were too sentimental. I disagree and feel like they reflected the tone of the time we are in at present. There were winners of the the night : Pepsi, CocaCola, Lexus, Microsoft, Dodge and Mercedes killed it.

McDonald’s took first prize. Throughout the night, the golden arches tweeted out the opportunity to win all of the luscious items that were featured in the ads. Cars, plane tickets, Doritos, lingerie…it was all there as part of their, “Lovin’ the Super Bowl,” campaign.

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I fell for it.

But that wasn’t all. Starting today, they will let some customers pay for their food with different forms of what the chain calls “lovin’,” which could include selfies and hugs. Customers who order items during preselected times will get to participate in the deal. McDonald’s employees will let customers know if they get to “Pay with Lovin’.” The promotion will run through Valentine’s Day.

McDonald’s Holds the Fries (and the Funds).

Who isn’t familiar with the good works of Ronald McDonald House? As kids, we sold World’s Finest Chocolate bars to support the charity and even dropped a coin or two into the plexi-glass donation boxes at the restaurant register before we scooped up our fries. We were doing good so that Mickey D’s could do good.

Apparently, it’s not all good.

Sigh.

Sigh.

You see it turns out that McDonald’s is allegedly a minor financial supporter of its own Ronald McDonald House Charities and should immediately stop linking longtime spokes-character Ronald McDonald with it, says a consumer advocacy group in a recent report dubbed “Clowning Around with Charity: How McDonald’s Exploits Philanthropy and Targets Children.”

The 30-page report, funded by Corporate Accountability International and The Small Planet Fund, charges that McDonald’s is mostly using the charity as a branding device for its food sales because the corporation, itself, contributes so little to the charity. While McDonald’s reaps 100% of the “branded benefit” from the charity, it contributes only about 20% of the money, the report charges.

The report does not accuse McDonald’s of doing anything illegal with its namesake charity. The issues it highlights are ethical. Among the report’s recommendations: McDonald’s should rename Ronald McDonald House Charities and fire Ronald McDonald as a spokesman.

McDonald’s reportedly has no such plans.

Even McDonald’s customers, the report charges, contribute as much as 1.5 times more to the charity than does McDonald’s itself.

Turns out, all charity isn’t good charity after all….