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How to Grow Your Business with Instagram Influencer Marketing

Posted by Shruti Kapadia on Jun 7, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Just like big name brands hire celebrities to endorse their product, influencer marketing allows you to collaborate with a social media celeb in order to endorse your product or service. Fortunately, we now have many interest-driven influencers who are popular in their field or industry such as food bloggers for restaurants, photographers for wedding venues, travelers for hotels and activities, airlines are also pairing with travel bloggers to promote their brand.

This is your step-by-step guide on how to grow your business with Instagram influencer marketing.

1] Target Your Local Bloggers

Instagram is full of bloggers. Based on your product or service, target the influencers you want in your location. A smaller LA based local blogger with a decent following will be more beneficial for your brand than a huge cross-country or global influencer who has millions of followers. The first step would be to prioritize which location are you looking to target.

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Topics: Social Media

[Guest Blog]: Social Media Best Practices: Do's & Don'ts for Restaurants and Employees

Posted by Michelle Kiss on Jun 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM


Today, we’re serving up fresh takes on three risks to avoid – and three risks to embrace – when running your company’s social media account. Employees take note: where and what you choose to share on social media channels can either work in your favor, or ruin your business’s reputation. Not all risks are created equal, and for restaurants, social media posts can turn sour faster than milk if not managed correctly.

First, let’s start with some of social media best practices including social media risks for your company and employees to avoid.

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Topics: Social Media, Business

Investigating Good Design: American Express Unveils New Logo After 43 Years

Posted by Marisa Soliz on May 31, 2018 8:30:00 AM

We live in a world where simplicity reigns, where we are constantly attempting to update the outdated and push the envelope to begin that next big trend. With technology and the way we receive information, brand design is constantly evolving to take advantage of the newest technology available. In recent years, you have watched your favorite companies such as Pepsi, Stub Hub, Pizza Hut and more make changes to their logo design bringing them up to the next level. This year, back in April, American Express did just that with the help from Pentagram partner, Abbott Miller. At first glance, the American Express logo redesign is not necessarily noticeable. This is because Pentagram made the change so subtle that it's almost hard to tell.

Very quickly, before we go into full force on the logo redesign, let's get into Pentagram and Abbot Miller. Pentagram is the world's largest independently-owned design studio known for their good designs. Their works range from product packaging to exhibitions and installations, and everything in between when it comes to print and web. Built up of 20 partners ranging from London, Berlin, New York and Texas, these wonderful artists are all practicing designers. Abbott Miller, who has been a partner of Pentagram since June 1999, pioneered the concept "designer as author" according to his bio, "undertaking projects in which content and form are developed in a symbiotic relationship." Miller is also a graphic design teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

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Topics: Print & Web Design, Branding & Marketing, Business

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

[Guest Blog]: Benefits of Employee Development for Increasing Engagement

Posted by Amber Harris on May 22, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Did you know that when restaurant managers and owners have engaged employees, customer satisfaction increases by 70%? Better yet, engaged workers also lead to a 24% increase in sales and an increase in overall productivity. What restaurant manager or restaurateur wouldn't want that? If you’re interested in learning the benefits of employee development and how to support the engagement of your workforce, check out this academic resource from George Washington University’s School of Business.

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Topics: 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

Kulture Konnect Adds Flavor to Taste of the Nation Social Media Strategy

Posted by Silvia Lilly on May 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Over the years, Kulture Konnect has had the privilege to work with some incredible organizations within the restaurant industry and we recently had the opportunity to give back to not only a cause we whole heartedly support but also an industry that has supported us over the years. As a marketing agency, we were able to connect with a non-profit organization by the name of Taste of the Nation that works alongside No Kid Hungry to help with their social media in hopes to raise funds and promote awareness to end childhood hunger in the US. Taste of the Nation is a series of culinary events dedicated to raising money and awareness for No Kid Hungry and are held all across the country from Southern California, to Texas, New York, and even Minnesota.

This year, attendees will enjoy tastings from the nation’s top restaurants, wines, and premium spirits. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment and a silent and live auction with A&E's Storage Wars, Dan Dotson. The best part, 9 of the top chefs from the Orange County area (shown below) are coming together to lend their support to this amazing cause and by doing so, they will be cooking up a storm of delicious food and drinks for all guests to enjoy. Our social media team is just as excited to go above and beyond to help end childhood hunger. 

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Topics: Social Media, Giving Back

11 Helpful Ways How to Improve & Reduce Website Bounce Rate

Posted by Kents Herrero on May 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

It's common knowledge that reducing bounce rates for your website is a standard part of the SEO process; and that a high bounce rate for your website is bad.

While this is generally true for a lot of sites, there's actually a lot more to work to it. 

Do I Need to Reduce My Bounce Rate?

First, determine what your website's current bounce rate is. Then, do some research and find out if your bounce rate is a bad sign or not before committing time and money into reducing it.

Maybe your website has a high bounce rate because it's a purely informational site like a blog site which is okay in most cases. Maybe you're focusing too much on bounce rate as a metric for your website's SEO which is not okay. Or perhaps you suspect there is a misconfiguration in your analytics code and you're getting junk data.

Once you know whether your bounce rate is good or not, read on below to find 11 ways to reduce website bounce rate.

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Topics: Websites

[Guest Blog]: Why Good Branding is Important to Restaurant Marketing

Posted by Ashley Lipman on May 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Branding is more than just a buzz word. It’s a key part of marketing for all industries, but it’s especially important for restaurants. A lot of new restaurants leave branding to the big-name businesses, thinking branding somehow doesn’t apply to them. This is a mistake! As a restaurant, you need to take the time to consider your brand and how it will affect your marketing strategy. Keep reading to see why creating a good brand is so vital to the success of your restaurant marketing!

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Topics: Restaurants


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