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 […]

5 Steps to Improve Server Productivity in Your Restaurant

Written on October 23, 2017 at 11:38 am, by

With the holidays fast approaching, it is important to assess your restaurant marketing plans for success this season. Your plans may include new menu items, community involvement programs, increasing catering sales, advertising and many more. One area of importance that is often neglected is the role your servers play in the guest experience. No matter […]

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 […]

Developing a Plan For Restaurant Success

Written on May 20, 2017 at 11:47 am, by

Day in a day out you work at your passion of building your restaurant business. You have a vision and a dream of what success is like etched in your mind. You work hard every day to make it happen. Then you wake up and look around you. Reality sets in, you are running from […]

Is Sports Marketing Good for Restaurants?

Written on October 10, 2016 at 12:28 am, by

Football season is in full swing with High School, College and NFL Football every weekend. Does this help or hurt your restaurant? Yesterday, I went to a college football game that had over 100,000 people at the game. The tailgate lot was full, the concession stands were busy, and people were having fun. It was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Developing an Effective Restaurant Marketing Plan for 2015.

Written on January 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm, by

As we start a new year it is important to take a step back and look at how you did last year.  Was it a good year filled with great things that will lead you into 2015? Was your restaurant marketing plan effective? Many restaurants owners I meet with are just too busy to take […]

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 […]

Finding The Time To Do Everything In Your Restaurant

Written on May 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm, by

Every week I speak with restaurant owners in many parts of the country. In each conversation, they tell me of their concerns in running their restaurant business. In each of these conversations they all expressed many of the same concerns and they revolve around these five issues: Growing sales and reducing cost. Rising food cost […]

What Does Brand Reputation Mean?

Written on April 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm, by

Recently I came across a study that was done by Deloitte consulting on loyalty within the restaurant industry.  It is a very good analysis of loyalty in the industry, but another fact caught my attention. The study looked at driving factors of why consumers go to restaurants. There are many factors that drive our decisions […]

Are Your Restaurant Marketing Programs an Expense or Revenue Generator?

Written on March 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm, by

How do restaurant operators look at the cost of marketing? The NRA’s guidelines for restaurant marketing says that restaurants should allocate anywhere between two and four percent on restaurant marketing.  Do restaurant owners follow this model when budgeting for their business?  Like many families, the budget sometimes goes out the window when juggling expenses.  The […]

Are First Time Guest Part of Your Restaurant Marketing Strategy?

Written on February 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm, by

Understanding the lifetime value of your customer is important part of restaurant marketing. What is a customer worth to you? 2014 is off to a crazy start. A recent article on Fox Business News cited that the winter weather has impacted small business by as much as 13% in the first two months of the […]