Does Email Marketing Work For Restaurants?

Written on December 10, 2017 at 10:00 am, by

Is Email Marketing Dead? During the holiday season, I get so many emails from everybody. Friends, retailers, charities and so much more are using email marketing to get me to visit their restaurant or website. They are all competing for the same dollars that a restaurant does. Unfortunately, I don’t get many emails from restaurants. […]

Maximizing Your Holiday Restaurant Marketing

Written on December 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm, by

Growing your sales with effective restaurant marketing strategies As we enter the busiest season of the restaurant year, it is important to refresh your teams on the importance of these months and the impact it can have on your business for the following year. Spend some time on these topics and have a great holiday […]

What Impacts the Profitability of Your Restaurant

Written on July 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm, by

Are Your Employees Hurting Your Profits? We all agree there are many moving parts that impact the profitability of a restaurant, one of the key ingredients that is often overlooked are your employees. If you think about it, they are more than just servers and cooks. Every action they take has an impact on your […]

Where Have Your Restaurant Customers Gone?

Written on July 6, 2017 at 11:26 am, by

2017 has been a difficult year for many restaurants. The restaurant industry continues to change in many ways driven by the choices customers have. Many of the choices are facilitated by technology and the options it offers us to make decisions. Let’s take a closer look at just two ways in which technology has impacted […]

Restaurant Leadership…. Do You Have It?

Written on December 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm, by

Restaurant leadership is like being the head coach of a professional football team. Depending on your business, you team may be large or it could be a small handful of players. Either way, it takes a leader to get all the parts functioning independently and producing a product as a team. Think of the football team. You have the […]

What Is Your Restaurant’s Reputation? Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Written on June 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm, by

No, this is not a blog about the Dr. Seuss book, but it is a story about places you might wind up at. Learn about how digital maps can impact your restaurant’s reputation. As a Restaurant Coach, I often use Google Maps when I travel. In many areas, I am not familiar with the towns and […]

Where are my restaurant customers?

Written on January 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm, by

The year has come to a close and the industry sources show that the final quarter of 2015 had the worst traffic growth since the first quarter of 2014. Where have the my restaurant customers gone? Some specific markets are doing well such as California but others have experienced significant declines. Industry sources site such […]

What is the Financial Impact of Restaurant Review Sites?

Written on February 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm, by

Over the past few years, many restaurant owners I have met with have been very skeptical of review sites such as Yelp or TripAdvisor.  They contended that the reviews are false, misleading or competitors just writing bad reviews about them. In some cases they claim that Yelp was misleading in its representation of reviews. Recently […]

Is your Restaurant Leaving Money On The Table?

Written on January 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm, by

Restaurant Margins are tight, we all know that. Rising food cost, minimum wage increases, and competitive pressures make a day to day impact. It’s a tough business, every penny counts, but are you getting every penny your restaurant is earning? I’m sure your distributor is passing along all of the allowances that they get from […]

2015 Vision for Restaurants. Seven Steps to Meet your Business Goals.

Written on November 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm, by

November is upon us and the holiday planning is set in place for most restaurants. Gift card promotions in place and holiday parties are booked. Fortunately gasoline prices are dropping which will free up discretionary spending. The challenge is to drive traffic into your restaurant and away from the big box stores. Promotions on social […]

Are You Spending Too Much on Restaurant Marketing?

Written on October 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm, by

Over the past few weeks I have visited with many restaurant owners to discuss what their restaurant marketing programs are and the results they are getting. Some are doing great while others need help in building the business with effective marketing programs. Throughout my conversations, it became apparent that many restaurants are overspending on programs. […]

Does Your Website Make Your Restaurant Money?

Written on August 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm, by

When was the last time your restaurant’s website made you money? The majority of restaurant websites that I take a look at are not really helping restaurant owners increase revenue. Yes, a website is designed to create awareness and promote a professional image, but it can also drive new traffic and create new revenue streams for […]

Does your restaurant have a strategy to build customer traffic?

Written on June 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm, by

Where has the customer traffic gone? In recent meetings with clients, the focus has really shifted on how do we build customer traffic counts.  The NRA data confirms that customer traffic counts have been declining steadily for several years. Restaurant sales have shown minor increases largely due to price increases. The question still remains the […]