In an effort to push new seven layer dip combos, the baked snack brand is looking for fan input on "epic" ways to eat them.
To spur fan creativity, combos tapped 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, who was given a waterproof pizza bag full of pizzeria pretzel combos. On August 20, Lochte leapt into the Hudson River from a moving watercraft and "swim-delivered" the snacks to fans at the Midtown Ferry Terminal in New York.
Lochte is one way combos says it is "looking outside of its own crunchy shell" to "take snacking up a notch."
But the brand wants to create additional so-called "epic experiences."
Ergo, through September 30, Combos is asking fans to come up with their own epic ideas on its Facebook page.
"We're searching for the most epic way to eat this totally awesome snack," combos says on its cover photo. "Got an epic way to eat combos seven layer dip tortilla? Tell us in the comments and we might make it an epic reality."
One week in, participation appears to be limited. Suggestions so far include, "I would wear seven layers of clothing and take a dip in a pool with seven layer dip combos," as well as, "With a 32 ounce icee!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!"
As further inspiration, combos says it will share a new video each week of Sam and Alex's epic combo experiences on Facebook. As of August 26, no videos had yet been posted.
A combos rep declined comment.
Combos has 660,000 likes and 2,700 followers.
The brand is pushing the promo with #epiccombo.
The campaign got perhaps its biggest boost to date when Lochte himself tweeted, "Just swim-delivered Pizzeria Pretzel @COMBOS to fans. Now we want to hear your #epiccombo ideas!" to his 1 million followers.
Lochte's tweet was retweeted 229 times and favorited 513 times.
Combos is a Mars Chocolate North America brand.
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