Einstein Bros. Bagels is on a mission to make social media a happier place.
According to a study by Wakefield Research, 65 percent of Americans see negative posts or comments on social media every day, with 9 in 10 distancing themselves from the negativity or taking a break from social media altogether.
In conjunction with the launch of Shmearfuls -- bite-sized, Shmear-filled bagel snacks that come in six mix-and-match flavors -- America’s largest bagel retail company has decided enough is enough and is taking action with a Shmear Campaign aimed at wiping out negativity to brighten the everyday.
The breakfast destination is urging consumers to transform online negativity into smiles by adding “shm” in front of negative words, for example changing ugly, mad, or rotten turn into “shmugly,” “shmad” or “shmotten.” As an incentive to join in the Shmear Campaign, Einstein Bros.® Bagels is offering consumers a coupon for a free Shmearful with purchase when they send a compliment to a friend, family member or even a stranger on Twitter using #ShmearCampaignPromo.
Beyond shmearing joy and positivity on social media, Einstein Bros.® Bagels is implementing a Frenemies Eat Free event, urging guests to “break bagels” and turn frenemies into friends.
On Aug. 8, any consumer who visits a participating Einstein Bros.® Bagels location with a “frenemy” (an enemy turned friend or even just a friend) can take advantage of a Buy One, Get One deal on Shmearfuls by using the code words “Shmear Joy” at the counter.
Additionally, Einstein Bros.® Bagels is partnering with Ditch the Label, one of the world’s largest anti-bullying charities, to support kids and young adults who have been personally affected by online bullying. For each Shmearful purchased at participating Einstein Bros.® Bagels locations between Sept. 11 and Sept. 17, Einstein Bros. will donate $1 to assist with Ditch The Label’s charitable endeavors in the U.S.