- IHOP said on Monday that it had changed its name to IHOb to promote the debut of its new burgers.
- Burger King poked fun at the rebrand by changing its name to “Pancake King” on Twitter and Facebook.
- “If we have other people in the world of burgers commenting on our burgers, it can only help,” IHOP’s president previously told Business Insider.
Now, Burger King has taken a direct shot at the breakfast chain’s revamp.
Last week, IHOP, the International House of Pancakes, announced it would change its name to IHOb, flipping the “P” to a “b.” On Monday, IHOP announced that the “b” stood for burgers, sparking some backlash from other burger chains.
Later Monday, Burger King also rolled out a new name: Pancake King.
The burger chain, which serves pancakes for breakfast, changed its name on its social-media channels and updated photos to put more emphasis on pancakes instead of its famous Whoppers.
When one Twitter user asked whether Burger King had a grill that IHOb could borrow, “Pancake King” responded with a Taylor Swift-inspired allusion to its new identity.
“Sorry, old Burger King can’t come to the phone right now…” the chain tweeted – a clear reference to Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Customers were quick to celebrate the rise of Pancake King.
BURGER KING CHANGED THEIR TWITTER NAME TO PANCAKE KING LMAO THE SHADE pic.twitter.com/jdgq6svIDe
— tigsssssssss (@_tiger_s_) June 11, 2018
“A team of people went to school for years and collectively paid hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not more so they could present us with this marketing masterpiece,” one person commented on Facebook.
Omg, Burger King is now Pancake King. I am deceased ???????? pic.twitter.com/C5RH9NFn4J
— Lawyer Cat* (@LawyerCat_) June 11, 2018
Another person wrote: “Born too late to explore the world. Born too early to explore the universe. Born just in time to watch the personifications of fast food restaurants interact with each other on social media.”
IHOP doesn’t seem to mind the mockery much.
“If we have other people in the world of burgers commenting on our burgers, it can only help,” IHOP’s president, Darren Rebelez, told Business Insider on Monday.
Everything you need to know about IHOb:
- IHOP has revealed why it changed its name to IHOb, and it represents a massive new strategy for the chain
- IHOP’s decision to change its name to IHOb has been brewing for more than a year
- ‘The pancakes aren’t going anywhere’: IHOP’s president tells customers not to panic over the chain’s IHOb rebrand
- IHOP has revealed the reason behind its big name change, and some people are disappointed
- Wendy’s and other burger chains are slamming IHOP for its ‘IHOb’ rebrand
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