Opening a new restaurant is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. All the anticipations and visions of your new restaurant are on the verge of becoming a reality. It's taken time, effort and ingenuity to get your restaurant off the ground and you wouldn't want to set your self back right out the gate with a poor launch. That's why we created a list of 10 essential strategies you could employ to help your next restaurant grand opening go off without out a hitch. Let's get to it!
There’s always a lot of competition in the restaurant industry. To succeed, restaurateurs have to make sure to stay up-to-date with food trends and how they impact their menu, day-to-day operations, marketing and more. If you have to juggle so many things in the air, how do you ensure your restaurant’s success?
We work with some small and medium size restaurants nationwide and we asked them what, in their experience, the biggest challenges are in the restaurant industry. We were able to identify these four marketing and three operational challenges:
This year, Easter is arriving a bit earlier than most years (Sunday, April 1st). Every restaurant owner understands the importance of taking advantage of a traditional holiday and using social media to spread the word.
With Instagram being among the top social media favorite for restaurants, we wanted to share with you 8 perfect Easter marketing ideas and examples that could spark some photo ideas for your Easter promotions or Instagram post.
Photo Credit: John Lee, 2011 - Food Network
Who's the bleached blonde gentleman behind the wheel? Meet Guy Fieri. If you already haven't watched, he's the host of the top-rated Food Network show, 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.' But don't get it twisted! He's more than a spikey blonde food tv show host. Fieri is a well-known restauranteur with more than 14 restaurants under his belt, culinary cookbooks, plus a line of barbeque sauce, salsas and more.
He's been lucky enough to have visited millions of restaurants and diners across the United States and even occasionally dropping in outside the country since 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' premiered in 2007. Whether it's a popular, trendy spot or just a hole in the wall, Fieri's mission is to visit any restaurant who's doing it right.
Being a frequent watcher, I have always wondered what these restaurants were like today. Has the show helped them boost restaurant sales? And if so, how much of an impact? Are they still up and running? After doing some digging, I was able to come up with 9 restaurants that have had a positive response after appearing on the hit show. And... I was also able to get information about how to get on the show. Keep reading below.
Is your restaurant marketing team struggling with Instagram?
Nowadays, with social media, restaurants have access to an array of resources to reach their patrons and prospects in real time. But some times social media can be a little overwhelming.
With social media, restaurants can not only share their restaurant information, but also create a community for the restaurant and its patrons to communicate and interact. However, as any other marketing effort, your chance of success without a strategy for its execution will be slim. There is no point in just creating a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account and expect to increase your restaurant foot traffic. You'll need to spend time creating content and monitoring your social media strategy as well as your competitors'.
Offering customers an incentive to come to your restaurant is an essential aspect of any good marketing plan. Cost-effective incentives can fuel your restaurant’s growth and raise your profit margin. Here are five low-cost restaurant marketing ideas to help you get started.
1. Create a FUN Loyalty Program
According to the 2015 Colloquy Customer Loyalty Census, American households hold memberships in an average of 29 loyalty programs, but are active (meaning earn or redeem at least one per year) in only 12 of them. Companies lose money on time and effort, and customers get no more value from the businesses to which they are "loyal."
Loyalty programs don’t have to be totally boring. Make yours a little more interesting by making it a game! Give your customers a punch card, and when they fill it up with visits or meals, allow them to enter into a raffle for a big prize. If you make it something more exciting than just a typical discount your customers will be eager to enter.
If you're a restaurant owner, then it's safe to assume that you understand that marketing is essential for the success and growth of your business. Many restaurants, especially restaurant chains turn to advertising agencies for their expertise and specialized knowledge since they may not have their own marketing department, and so, may need the expertise an agency can provide. Agencies will also make sure to focus on your ROI and aim high to get the results you are looking for.
I know what you might be thinking, "but an agency is too expensive! Is it really worth the money? What if I just build up my own marketing department?"
Here’s 8 reasons why an advertising agency can provide value to your restaurant marketing and how an agency will help you boost your ROI.
On average, restaurants need to change their menus twice a year to keep patrons coming back. "Diners prioritize delicious food when choosing a restaurant to visit, followed by quality of service." (Source) Contrary to restauranteur's general belief, 58% of diners choose where they will dine based on the quality of food, while only 22% of diners choose where they will dine based on the quality of service. This goes to show how important your menu is and how it must showcase the wonderful dishes.
Below, I have outlined 8 simple tips for your next menu launch:
1. Make Your Menu a Money-Making Machine
Strategize your menu. Do you know which menu items are your stars, dogs and workhorses? Your menu should be designed to highlight your most lucrative items and drive guests to order meals that will get them coming back for more. For more indepth details on designing your menu, check out our free menu design guide.
Time is running out as January comes to a close. Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and for many restaurants across the country, it's one of the busiest holidays. According to Reserve, couples are spending an average of $286.56 on a Valentine's Day dinner in the U.S. (Talk about a sales boost).
You still have a couple weeks left to plan your V-Day promotion. If you're stuck trying to figure out what promotion to run, we have 8 restaurant promotion ideas that you'll fall in love with. You don't have a whole lot of time so, let's get right down to it.