TikTok hosts ‘Insights on Wheels’ food marketing event in KSA

TikTok recently hosted over 100 leaders from the food services industry in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at an exclusive ‘Insights on Wheels’ event on May 28th, 2024.

Industry decision-makers were invited to explore the journey of food cravings on TikTok, highlighting how cutting-edge digital strategies can convert them into orders through the platform’s content, context, and communities.

The initiative is part of TikTok’s commitment to cultivate a dynamic business environment in the region by equipping brands with the tools necessary for creating impactful campaigns that enhance visibility, build meaningful connections with their audiences and drive conversions.

“The swift transformation of Saudi Arabia’s food services sector demands dynamic solutions for brands to create compelling experiences that deeply resonate with consumers,” said Aref Yehia, Head of Business Partnerships for Retail & E-Commerce, Global Business Solutions, TikTok MENA.

With 71% of users in Saudi Arabia engaging with fast food content on TikTok, industry representatives gained valuable insights on how to leverage the platform’s ‘Anatomy of Appetite’ concept.

“Our research has revealed that 80% of GCC users have visited a restaurant after interacting with content or ads on TikTok. This suggests that consumers are increasingly drawn to engaging content that is not only immersive and enjoyable but also framed in a positive context and endorsed by trusted community voices on our platform,” Yehia said.

This strategy hinges on three key cues: immersive content that captivates, an uplifting context that enhances their cravings, and influential community endorsements that drive consumer preferences and shape the food culture.

The themed event had a food truck where guests could order “Slices of Insights,” “Data Nuggets,” “Scoops of Solutions,” “Creative Juices,” and “Freshly Baked Trends.”

They served these offerings in takeaway bags filled with themed information, then gave a presentation on using TikTok to foster brand love and ensure effective consumer engagement at scale.

“This interactive event is part of our ongoing effort to empower business leaders with actionable insights, enabling them to effectively harness every tool on our platform to convert these engagement cues into tangible outcomes,” said Yehia.