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Short-Term & Long-Term Goals Every Restaurant Owner Should Aim For

Posted by Jonathan Bales on May 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Looking forward to goals on the next horizon is a thought that goes through the mind of every restaurant owner and manager. To stay stagnant and complacent may not necessarily be the death of your restaurant but it will certainly limit your ambition for growth. This actually happens quite frequently especially when managers and owners become distracted with the day to day operations of simply running the restaurant but don't let yourself become too consumed in running the show.

Whether your restaurant is "a hole in the wall" staple of your local town or a restaurant with multiple locations, setting up various short-term and long-term goals for your restaurant is never a  bad idea when it comes to your business's upward progression. In this article, we are going to touch on multiple core elements of your restaurant's operation and how you can create short and long-term goals specific to each facet of your restaurant. Let's dive in!

 

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Topics: Restaurants

Social Media Trends: Is Vero the Next Boom or Bust?

Posted by Jonathan Bales on May 24, 2018 8:30:00 AM

When someone becomes fed up with a brand's product or service, they often jump ship to a new brand that has better features. This happens all the time in several business industries but what about in social media? Will everyone jump on the most recent social media trends such as Vero?

Vero, a relatively new social media platform, is poised to steal the mantle from the "illustrious" social media front runner, Instagram. The creation of Vero, by Ayman Hariri, is spearheaded on the premise that they offer a format and set of features that are less restrictive than the likes of Facebook and Instagram. So does it measure up?

No Algorithms?

For the better part of 3 years Vero has flown under the radar at around 150,000 registered users or so, until just recently, when the app passed 3 registered million users and is continually climbing. The platform created by Vero looks to alleviate the issue of Instagram applying an algorithm to your social media experience by displaying chronological posts, not selling of personal data and the reduction in the amount of advertisement exposure. These have been some of the grievances that many users on Instagram and Facebook have been loathing ever since recent algorithm changes that were rolled out over the course of the last 2 years.

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Topics: Social Media, Business

4 Techniques to Decrease Employee Turnover at Your Restaurant

Posted by Jonathan Bales on May 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Employees, just like the people in our personal lives, they come and go. Priorities change for everyone over time and can lead to a change in a position or even a change in career direction.

Employee turnover, this is something that every business faces no matter how large or small. This can be problematic for businesses because when employees come and go, so does time and resources to train these employees and rehire new ones. The restaurant industry reported in 2017 a high turnover rate of 49.7% for restaurant managers.

It is no surprise that restaurants will lose money from both the resources they spend training and hiring an employee but also spending even more money from the time spent trying to fill a a vacant position. On a strictly numbers scale this is highly inefficient for a restaurant but on a more reputable level, having high turnover for a restaurant can indirectly shed light on the level of turmoil or toxicity within an organization.

With that being said, having a conscious effort trying to limit employee turnover will not only save you time and resources but also bolster your existing restaurant by having employees who are thriving in the work environment. So, how do you decrease employee turnover? Let's begin.

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Topics: Restaurants

4 Reasons to Incorporate Social Media Live Streaming in Your Strategy

Posted by Jonathan Bales on May 1, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Business is in a constant state of evolution and the realm of social media is no different. Live streaming is becoming more and more prominent with nearly all major brands and online personalities incorporating live media into their social media strategies.

Live streaming elements are being rolled out by almost every major social media platform such as Facebook, SnapChat and Instagram but other mediums such as YouTube and Twitch are already very prominent in their own right when it comes to live streaming of media. Even Twitter has Periscope as form of live media. This newfound growth is full of opportunity for brands to incorporate these new features into their social media structure. 

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Topics: Social Media

4 Points to Consider When Establishing Your Brand Voice & Social Media Personality

Posted by Jonathan Bales on Apr 19, 2018 8:30:00 AM

With over 2.5 billion social media users across the world, social media is seen as an integral medium that businesses and marketers feel must be utilized to reach customers. However, not all organizations on social media are experiencing success with thousands of followers and patrons among their social media accounts. This situation sheds light on the current landscape of social media and how many businesses are improperly approaching social media with an ill-advised strategy.

The idea of social media is almost a little too enticing for businesses to pursue, and how could it be ignored when almost every marketing agency and business blog is raving about how important it is to have a social media footprint. However, the underlying issue here that businesses face, is how they they operate in the realm of social media. The majority of businesses approach social media as another tool to help their businesses grow without understanding the makeup of how flourishing social media accounts work. Thus creating business accounts that clearly show a disconnect and lack of understanding for how social media functions.

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Topics: Branding & Marketing, Social Media, Business

Build Your Email Marketing Lists for Maximum Results

Posted by Jonathan Bales on Apr 12, 2018 8:30:00 AM


Email lists have been a foundation for essentially every business over the last several years simply because of the utility of incorporating an email list for customers to subscribe to. Having a way to directly reach customers who want to engage with your product or service holds a much higher value than otherwise broadcasting your business, hoping customers will connect with you. 

Staying connected with past customers is as important or even more important than reaching new customers. Pareto's Principle of the 80-20 rule can be applied to business in the sense that 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers. Now this is not an absolute for every business or even any business, it simply stresses the point that loyal customers make up a large percentage of a business's margin and should not be neglected. This is why so many business professionals will yell from the rooftop about how important building an email list is.

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Topics: Branding & Marketing, Business

Essential Checklist How to Plan a Successful Restaurant Grand Opening

Posted by Jonathan Bales on Mar 27, 2018 8:30:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Restaurants

Beginners Guide How to Navigate the Instagram & Facebook Ads Landscape

Posted by Jonathan Bales on Mar 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The realm of social media advertising can be quite intimidating for small businesses to grasp, especially with giants like Facebook and Instagram running the show. These social media platforms offer multiple ways to create and organize specific advertisements to reach new customers, but the road maps of these tools can be a little too vague or hard to interpret their actual function. 

Understanding the tools at your disposal with Facebook advertisements can give you the confidence to invest in advertisements across your social media accounts without the feeling of wasting your budget. But before our journey can begin, we must first understand the current playing field.

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Topics: Social Media

Reach More Diners with 9 Easy Instagram Restaurant Promotion Ideas

Posted by Jonathan Bales on Mar 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM

 
Social media has forever changed the way people interact with each other as well as how they interact with businesses. So, it should come as no surprise that Instagram is at the forefront of how patrons engage with their favorite meals but more importantly, their favorite restaurants. 
 
With the rise in popularity for Instagram users to post about their favorite foods, restaurants have looked to capture that attention in hopes of generating more foot traffic to their locations. However, simply creating an Instagram account or using social media sites will not guarantee higher yields for a restaurant. Time has to be spent creating meaningful ideas and promotional strategies that can be implemented to help the restaurant grow and retain new customers. 
 
This can seem daunting to many restaurant owners who are new to the playing field with social media but with a few tips and some outside-of-the-box ideas, the table can be set for restaurants to grow vibrant foodie communities. With that said, let's go through 9 Instagram restaurant promotion ideas. 
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Topics: Restaurants, Social Media


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