Burger King Scraps Its 40-Year Slogan
'Have It Your Way' ditched for 'Be Your Way'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2014 12:38 AM CDT
Updated May 20, 2014 7:11 AM CDT
"We want to be talked about and connected to pop culture," a Burger King exec says.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – In what Burger King says is a move to "be connected to pop culture," the chain is ditching its 40-year-old "Have It Your Way" slogan in favor of "Be Your Way," which will be rolled out across the US in the weeks ahead. "We want to be an iconic brand way beyond quick-service restaurants," a Burger King exec tells USA Today, which notes that previous BK slogans have included "Aren't you hungry," "We do it like you do it," "Get your burger's worth," and "Where's Herb?"

The switch to the "grammatically-questionable" slogan comes amid other odd fast-food marketing moves, including Happy, the anthropomorphic "living nightmare" that is McDonald's new Happy Meal character, writes Mark Berman at the Washington Post. But marketing experts aren't sure whether Burger King's attempt to be hip will do much to boost sales. "The problem is that people don't see themselves as living the Burger King lifestyle," the chief of brand consulting firm Ries & Ries tells the AP. "You've got to be realistic with the place that your brand holds in real life." (One part of that "Burger King lifestyle" appears to be the chain's new breakfast offering—burgers.)

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May 21, 2014 6:38 AM CDT
Whoopers were so much better years ago. When the first one appeared here the line of cars would back-up unto the highway, twenty or more, just to enter the lot where a rent-a-cop would direct the influx and move loiterers along. A Whooper cost 39 cents and fries were 19 cents. The patties were actually juicy back then and it really did take two hands to handle a Whooper.
Gene Smith
May 21, 2014 5:25 AM CDT
I have never ate a Burger King burger. I used to stop in on my way to work and get a cup of coffee, but never ate any food there.
May 21, 2014 12:23 AM CDT
Although the philosophy behind the new slogan is just fine, this new slogan just ain't right. It has absolutely nothing to do with the business at large.