Lawry's Restaurants has run a successful and beloved family of fine dining establishments for nearly 100 years. Then came 2020.
In February of 2020, we noticed a disturbing trend in search traffic for our fine dining client, Lawry's Restaurants. Searches for "takeout" began to eclipse "reservations." A few weeks later, in March, governors nationwide issued the first Covid-19 lockdown orders and indoor dining was shuttered.
Within 24 hours, we helped the marketing department develop on-brand messaging, graphics, and systems to support takeout and delivery programs across the Lawry's family of restaurants.
For keyword search advertising, we shifted strategy to focus on takeout, built website landing pages, and kept a watchful eye on ad spend to maximize budget. We also created tools for the Lawry's website that enabled it to toggle between reservations and takeout in order to keep up with changing indoor dining rules.
Finally, we worked with Lawry's marketing and operations teams to build Lawry's At Home, an ecommerce platform on Shopify to deliver cook-at-home holiday meals nationwide. Branding, packaging, the site, and a photo shoot were executed on a shoestring budget yet delivered a nearly 2x return on projections in the first month.