Hungry for Some Creative Advertising? 9 Satisfying McDonald's Ads

McDonald's is one of the largest fast food restaurants and one of the largest advertisers in the world. Obviously, they are doing something right with their advertising.

Here are 9 fun and creative ads from recent McDonald's advertising campaignsdesigned  to make you hungry for McDonald's:

1. Would you like fries with that?

McDonald's used traditional newspaper advertising throughout actual newspaper copy to showcase their famous french fries.

Source: Innovations in Newspaper

2. Billboard...tough to shake

Even the pole that supports this large billboard was used to promote the triple thick shake from McDonald's.

Source: Brand Autopsy

3. Big and Juicy

These large posters to promote the Big and Juicy Burger from McDonald's were used in transportation stations in Sweden. They were made of the same material as napkins and could actually be ripped off.

4. Big and Juicy, Part 2

McDonald's carried this same Big and Juicy campaign to newspaper by inserting over-sized napkins into the newspaper.

Source: Frederik Samuel

5. Where the Green Grass Grows

A "green" billboard was used to promote the new line of salads from your favorite fast food restaurant.

Source: Frederik Samuel

6. It's Hidden in the Shadows

This "sundial" billboard inChicago, uses the movement of the sun throughout the day to get their main message across...the McDonald's logo.

Source: Ads of the World

7. Start Your Day Off Right

This morning newspaper ad ran with the caption: Try Our New Breakfast Sandwich.

Source: Ads of the World

8. Tough Decisions

These ads were placed in the home and apartment listing section. The message? "Don't make big decisions on an empty stomach. McDonald's. I'm lovin' it."

Note the volcano and rocket-ships!

Source: Advertising for Peanuts

9. Cool Down

When McDonald's released their new line of iced coffee, they placed these blocks of ice with to go coffee mugs inside around Seattle. The copy read: Cold is Coming.

Source: Adverbox

10. Fits Right In

This colorful McDonald's cheeseburger ad snuck right into the copy of this newspaper story.

Source: Advertising for Peanuts

Do any of these ads make you want to go to McDonald's?

What do you think of their efforts to make their coffee, cheeseburgers and world famous french fries compelling?  Do you think this fast food advertiser is doing a good job of using  billboards, newspaper and other  ad mediums?

Amy Gifford
Featured Blogger

Jan 23, 2008
by sir jorge (not verified)


they have the best graphic designers, but then again, they have deep pockets.

Jan 24, 2008
by Ashley (not verified)



But I usually find their commercials and ads stupid.
The ads don't make me want to go eat there, I just love the food.
And their new slogan, "I'm lovin' it", I hate it.

I miss "Put a Smile on"!

Maybe it's just me, but advertisements don't really affect my decisions. I'm sure when I was younger, I was intrigued, for example, with McDonald's commercials, and although the above examples are really cool, I don't think I'd say to myself, "Hey, those ads are really cool so I should go eat there".

But for the majority of the world, I think it would work.

Jan 28, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Do not want

McDonalds advertising has all the charm of being covered in corn syrup & stuck on a New York subway in August. I met a woman a few years ago at a party, who not only claimed to be the creator of the "Smile" campaign, but also claimed that it was her least-proud advertising moment.

Aug 28, 2008
by Anonymous


there are 10 advertisements not 9

Aug 28, 2008
by Anonymous


i really like the umber 6 advertisement but i dnt thkn that advertisements make us want 2 eat or buy the product i thnk they r just a way of letting us knw that their business is around :)

Aug 28, 2008
by Anonymous


spot on mate!

Oct 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Mc Donalds burgers have shit

Mc Donalds burgers have shit in it....for real