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From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards

Panda Express: Brought to You By You

Entered in Multi-Platform Campaign


For Panda Express superfans, Honey Sesame Chicken Breast is legendary. Our team was tasked with using the return of a fan favorite to remind them of their love for the brand.

Strategy and Execution

Since the last time Honey Sesame Chicken Breast was in stores, there were over 2,548 mentions of the dish across the internet. We even noticed that no matter what was being discussed, a Panda fan was almost guaranteed to ask for its return. So, for our strategy we decided to give our fans credit for bringing the dish back. And so, the “Brought to You By You” campaign was born.

We teased the campaign by responding to fan mentions of Honey Sesame Chicken Breast with honey-sesame-coated gifs on Twitter and Facebook and honey-sesame fortunes on Instagram. Then we challenged fans to “put their honey where their mouth is.” Each week we issued a new challenge in Stories, asking fans to share their honey-sesame happy dances, write honey-sesame love songs, and create honey-sesame job titles on LinkedIn, etc. Thousands of fans participated. All in the hopes of being rewarded with Honey Sesame Chicken Breast.


“Brought to You By You” was the brand’s most participatory social campaign to date, driving an unprecedented rise in conversation and fan involvement. In addition to growing brand love, “Brought to You By You” grew sales of Honey Sesame Chicken Breast, beating Panda Express’s mix goals for the dish. All because we gave credit where it was due: to our relentless, passionate, amazing fans.

By the numbers:
• 1,697 fans accepted the challenge
• 98% positive/neutral sentiment
• 270% increase in HSCB chatter from 2018 to 2019 launch weeks
• 849% increase in HSCB conversation in the first month


Entrant Company / Organization Name

Evolution Bureau, Panda Express


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