May Luncheon Wendys

May Luncheon: Now that’s Social: Wendy’s Social Media Marketing

Featuring Brandon Rhoten, VP of Digital & Social Media for Wendy’s: Pretzel Bun Love Songs, “massive stupidity,” and nutritional information for double bacon cheeseburgers: They’re all part of Wendy’s social media strategy to let customers lead the conversation — not marketing. In his presentation at our May luncheon, Brandon Rhoten shares how they do it without being “interruptive.”

Brandon RhotenAbout the speaker: Brandon Rhoten leads digital and social media for Wendy’s International, one of the world’s largest restaurant chains. His team’s work has been lauded by Forbes, Spin, Fast Company, Ad Age, DigiDay, and has won dozens of awards including a Cannes Lion, Effie, One Show, Ad Week Watch, and Facebook Studio Award. Brandon has been a featured speaker at many events, including, the Mobile Marketing Association (where he is a board member), SM2, Ad Week, and SXSW. He was named an Ad Age Top Digital Marketer in 2014.

Wendy’s is reinventing itself in everything from its physical restaurants to digital presence in order to be relevant to a generation with more choices than ever. Over the last three years Brandon has built a digital practice at Wendy’s, brought on a digital agency of record, and launched several major digital initiatives including a new .com, mobile app with payment functionality, and completely reworked digital advertising and social media strategies.

Previous to Wendy’s, Brandon led digital for Remington and the Freedom Group of Companies, where he helped Remington become a leading manufacturer in its category in digital marketing and crisis response.

Brandon started his digital career at Gyro, a decorated agency based in London with 15 offices worldwide, as a senior public relations consultant and account director working with tech and manufacturing clients.


Members: $25  //  Non-members: $35  //  Students: $15

Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Franklin University Alumni Hall at Ross Auditorium
301 E. Rich Street
Columbus, OH, 43215


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