Domino’s Runs its first New York Times Ad & Suggests Even Sasquatch can now order Pizza

Domino’s, sometimes described as a technology company that makes pizza, is promoting its newest innovation in an old-school way: running a print ad in a newspaper. Domino’s first-ever ad in the New York Times runs Monday on the back page of the main section. At first, it just looks like the chain’s domino logo but a closer look reveals that image is composed of the names of thousands of locations where the chain now delivers–even when there’s not a regular street address.

Domino’s launched 150,000 so-called Hotspots in April such as beaches, dog parks and ball fields. The locations were selected with the help of franchisees who suggested where locals hang out and might want to order pizza. Starting Tuesday, Domino’s will ask customers to suggest other possible hotspots, which it plans to add to the online ordering system after an approval process.

Now, it’s delivering to pretty much anywhere a person suggests, as long as it’s deemed to be a safe location. Even deep into the woods? Possibly. A TV spot shows a Domino’s staffer traveling from hotspot to hotspot attempting to do “grand opening”-style ribbon cuttings at each and every location. He and a driver head from outdoor place to outdoor place, even delivering to Sasquatch, who clearly doesn’t have a street address.

The campaign comes from CP&B, which has worked with Domino’s for a decade. So far, some hotspots have proven quite popular, such as truck stop distribution areas, says Kate Trumbull, Domino’s VP of advertising and Hispanic marketing. “We’re seeing that there are really unique places that are popular for people to leverage the hotspots,” says Trumbull, who adds that hotspots near colleges are also doing well.

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