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Subway® Slashes Marketing Budget To Unleash the New Meat Stack Sub

Subway® Slashes Marketing Budget To Unleash the New Meat Stack sub

MANILA, October 9, 2020 – From October 5, 2020 to January 5, 2021, Subway® will be providing customers with a fully loaded Subway meat stack sub that’s worth your every peso! With layers of chicken strips, pepperoni, sliced chicken, and salami, the new Meat Stack sub is going to be the perfect choice for meat lovers or anyone with a hearty appetite to feast on.

But this new menu came with a cost for the international submarine sandwich brand.

Subway disclosed through its FB page that they were “sandwiched” in their budget plans this year as they were left with two options. It was either to provide more meat to their subs or more budget for marketing?

For Subway, the answer was obviously simple. Subway wanted to provide a hypervalue sub (which is a type of sandwich made from a cylindrical bread roll split lengthwise) with fresh meat even with the limited marketing budget that they have.




Subway launched the more meat, less marketing campaign with its low-budget-looking ad to promote its new menu.The ad is 15-seconds long and greets its viewers stating that their “advertisement was made by an intern on budget”.

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It then proceeded to show the process of how they created the ad using a software that is similar to Microsoft Powerpoint.

Subway even disclosed that they didn’t pay for a copywriter to make this happen. And added hashtags such as #LessMarketing4MoreMeat to get the message across of the slash in their marketing budget.





Subway sends a clear message and that is they’ve chosen to provide more budget to add more meat for their subs than their marketing campaigns. And they have thrown in a sweet deal of their delicious chocolate chip cookie for only Php20 as an add-on.

For dine-in and take-out, customers can choose between the 6-inch Ala Carte for Php165. Or opt for the 6-inch sub combo with a 16-oz drink for Php190. And if they really want to have the full and appetizing experience, customers can choose the Footlong Ala Carte which is Php320.

Subway also offers customers the chance to taste their fully loaded menu at the comfort of their homes and offices with just a little add-on price for its delivery through the Grab and LalaFood App. And prices for delivery will vary depending on the customer’s location.

The 6-inch Ala Carte will be priced at Php 206.25. The 6-inch Combo sub with a 16-oz drink at Php237.50. The Footlong Ala Carte at Php400 and for the add-on chocolate chip cookie will cost Php25.

You can also check out their 250 Twin Deal which is a 6-inch Meat Stack Ala Carte plus a 6-inch Smoked Chicken for the price of Php250.



Subway is also enabling and practicing seamless transactions with their helpful chatbot “BOTTY” via messenger. Subway takes the frustration out of queuing for your meals and greatly reduces the waiting time. It’s totally convenient and easy to use BOTTY via messenger as it works in 3-simple steps: Order, Pay, and Collect!

Once customers have decided on what they’ll have, BOTTY via messenger will provide a summary of their orders and the total amount to pay.

BOTTY via messenger will provide customers with an order number and will keep them updated on the status of their transaction. BOTTY will then alert them when their order is ready for pick-up. Just provide the payment and you are ready to go.


The New Meat Stack sub is only available for the 29 Subway branches in Luzon. Although Subway’s branches at RCBC Plaza, Festival Mall, and Ayala Manila Bay are currently closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, if they can resume operations during the promo period. The Meat Stack sub will also be available at these branches.

Find out where the closest Subway branch is to you with list of branches down below:

BocauePetron Gas C-Store, KM 30 Southbound Lane, NLEX
GreenhillsConnecticut Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
Dela RosaG/F 2 Dela Rosa St., Makati City
ValeroM15-Valero 2 Car Park Retail, 149 Valero Street
Sta LuciaSta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Marcos Highway Cnr Felix Ave
PioneerRobinsons Cybergate Center, Pioneer Street
USTLevel 1, Space 8, UST Multi-Deck Parking Bldg
Mavenue7844 Mavenue Bldg Makati Ave
MCMUPSI Building, No. 1122 United Nations Avenue
MacapagalUnit E Met Petron Building, Macapagal Blvd. corner Seaside
RCBC PlazaRCBC Plaza, Sen. Gil J Puyat Ave., Makati City
One ArchersOne Archers Place, Taft Ave. corner Castro&Fidela
Makati EstebanGrd Floor Sterling Centre Bldg, 131 Dela Rosa Corner
RBCGround Level Tower 3 South, The Rockwell Business Center, Pasig City
Pearl Plaza8101 Pearl Plaza Building, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center
Marquee MallMarquee Mall Level 2, Francisco G. Nepo Avenue, Pampanga
Cities Event PlaceCities Events

#30 Sgt. Esguerra St. Brgy. South Triangle,

Quezon City

Robinsons GalleriaRobinsons Galleria
Festival MallFestival Supermall, Filinvest City, Alabang
ATCAlabang Town Center, ATC Corporate Center
EXXAG/F Exxa Tower, Robinsons Bridgetowne, Pasig
PITXParanaque Integrated Terminal 1 Kennedy Avenue, Brgy Tambo Ground Floor Unit 117-118 PITX Paranaque City 1701
Regis CenterRegis Center, Katipunan
BGCUnit C, G/F Citibank Plaza, 34th Street Corner Lane D, BGC, Taguig
FelizAyala Feliz, Pasig
Prince PlazaPrince Plaza II Condo-Hotel Dela Rosa Cor. Legazpi Sts Legazpi Vlg,Unit 9, Ground Flr Makati City 1229
Ayala Manila BayAyala Manila Bay, Parañaque
Oriental GardenOriental Garden, Chino Roces Ave. & Javier St., Brgy Pio del Pilar, Makati City
Asian HospitalLower Ground Floor 2205 Civic Drive Filinvest Corporate City Alabang Muntinlupa City


The campaign was inspired by existing and real problems of the advertising industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Budget cuts for brands and agencies all year around are happening and can limit or put on hold multiple marketing campaigns.

But creativity has always been best exercised during a pinch. And since the Subway® Meat Stack holds a lot of value in their meat. It was an interesting angle to ride out and actually mention: that Subway had put so much meat in the sub that they ran out of marketing budget.

For the campaign’s art direction, Subway wanted it to be “super lo-fi”, a term for the music or sound where imperfections are deliberately shown. And this was applied as the campaign was done on a non-creative tool or a plain presentation software.

While Subway® surely took the joke of using simple presentation softwares into ads. The campaign isn’t only for humor but also aims to touch on the situation that many advertising agencies are currently facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And the result of the campaign has been clear that with its budget cuts, the true value of the product has been successfully portrayed. And even with limited resources, just by having a good advertising team with limited budgets doesn’t mean that they cannot come together to make a campaign that is both refreshing and fun.


About Subway® Restaurants


The Subway restaurant chain continues to evolve the dining experience, offering guests in more than 100 countries quality ingredients, as well as robust flavor combinations while serving over 6 million made-to-order sandwiches created each day.

All subway restaurants are owned and operated by more than 20,000 Franchise Owners, who employ many people in their communities. The Subway experience is also delivered online at, through, and the Subway® App.

Subway® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP LLC. ©2020 Subway IP LLC.


Written by Kharl Anthony Calleno

Social Good Advocate | Foodie | EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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