Committed to continuous growth, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) today ranks second on Forbes' list of top 10 global fast-food chains. Is it only because "it's finger-lickin' good"? No, there is more to it. The brand has always been keen to shake up its marketing strategy and engage customers more effectively. The KFC marketing strategy has been able to capture the accelerating food interests over the years spanning over 145+ countries worldwide.

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KFC Consumer Profile

KFC uses demographic segmentation to serve the target market that has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian customer segments. Its offerings cater to kids, young adults, and almost all age groups. KFC's target audience can be categorized into four groups:

  • Children
  • Teens and young adults 
  • Families 
  • Budget customers

Its primary customer profiles incorporate teenagers and families because most teenagers are impulsive, and they love to dine out with friends or order online to have a meal with the family. The secondary customer profile includes adults, and the tertiary customer profile has people with lower budgets.  

Types of KFC Marketing Channels

KFC started with an undifferentiated targeting strategy as it served the same menu worldwide. However, in recent times, it has started localizing its menu for better acceptability in the market. The KFC marketing strategy incorporates two types of marketing channels: Personal and Non-personal.

Personal channels involve communicating directly with the audience, such as a KFC salesperson introducing products to a customer in person or over the telephone. Non-personal marketing channels include the use of media both online and offline, such as

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Leaflets
  • Billboards
  • Posters 
  • Emails
  • Webpages
  • Promotion Campaigns 
  • Events
  • PR activities 
  • Social Media

KFC's Social Media Marketing 

KFC's Facebook and Twitter pages are extremely high on interactions with customers. 

KFC's Facebook Pages

KFC uses Facebook as a medium to educate its customers with new offers, products, discounts, and other schemes. It also uses Facebook to address customer grievances. The brand ensures that they put across product-oriented content. It promotes online ordering facilities via social media. 

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KFC’s Official Facebook Page Displaying A Range of Meals

On festive occasions, the Facebook page has several animated photos that have often received tremendous responses and helped KFC connect with the audience on occasion. Their posts strike great engagement ratios, with likes soaring above 250,000 and comments reaching 5000+. On average, the total engagement level of the page is approximately 5% depicting quality interaction and engagement. 

KFC's team that handles its Facebook page is extremely quick in responding to customers. They encouraged the audience to lodge a complaint of dissatisfaction at their outlets.  

KFC's Twitter Handles

The Twitter handle of KFC is as interactive as the Facebook page. The team successfully pacifies unhappy customers and has an extremely high engagement level.

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KFC’s Twitter Handle

To take interactions to the next level, the team organizes contests often integrated across Facebook and Twitter. They also promote new schemes and discounts via Twitter. Although the number of retweets or conversations on these tweets isn't quite high presently, the brand also seems focused on upscaling its business via Twitter. 

KFC's Instagram Handles

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KFC’s Instagram Post with the Latest Offers

KFC has several verified pages on Instagram for various countries besides its main page. It uses this digital marketing platform mainly to attract customers by posting luring images of food items on its menu. The brand also publishes posts about its present offers, new introductions, and other schemes.

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KFC on Youtube

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KFC India Youtube Channel Displaying Ads

Although KFC has video marketing on its list of digital marketing strategies, it uses its YouTube Channel for advertisements only. It has short videos of not more than two minutes, but the channel still has a good number of subscribers. The company uses Youtube as a secondary medium to show its ads. 

KFC's Email Marketing Strategy

KFC restaurants create bulk mailings using the AMP technology to target its mobile phone users too. Its AMP emails are different from ordinary emails as these mails have interactive elements in the form of order buttons, product carousels, subscription forms, sliders, animations, an interactive showcase of meals, and more so that the emails do not get lost in the potential customer's inbox. The company also uses this strategy to segment its audience and personalize its email campaigns, targeting specific audiences. Their brand awareness campaigns lead to valuable conversions later.

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Conclusion

The KFC marketing strategy is strong and actively uses Twitter and Facebook to attract customers, share promotions and schemes, and solve customer grievances. The potential of YouTube has still not been completely explored by them. 

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About the Author

Rahul ArunRahul Arun

Rahul is a Senior Research Analyst at Simplilearn. Blockchain, Cloud Computing, and Machine Learning are some of his favorite topics of discussion. Rahul can be found listening to music, doodling, and gaming.

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