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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Would 4% Points Make a Difference To Your Restaurants Bottom Line?

Written on May 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm, by

With food costs rising every week are your restaurants profits taking a hit? Almost every day there is something in the news about the price of something going up. Beef, pork, dairy, and coffee are all going up. As a restaurant owner, what is your strategy to handling these increases? Some chains will be raising […]

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 […]

Top 5 Concerns for Your Restaurant Business Plan in 2014

Written on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm, by

As we go into a new year, restaurant owners should be developing their restaurant business plan for operational efficiency and marketing strategies to increase sales. A recent study of restaurant owners in Columbus Ohio cited the top five concerns to be dealt with in 2014. Outlined below are their thoughts. How will I increase sales and […]

5 Steps to Consider In Your Restaurant Business Plan For 2014

Written on December 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm, by

2013 is done! 2014 is here…. Now what will you do? At the beginning of every year it’s always good to take a step back and see what worked and what did not work over the past year in your restaurant. Here are four quick easy categories to help you figure out your restaurant business […]

Restaurant Marketing Plans for 2014.

Written on November 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm, by

I know, I know…. You are just preparing for the busy holiday season and planning for 2014 is the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately we all know that time goes so fast and January of 2014 will be here in no time. Do you want to come out of the gate fast, or start […]

Is Your Restaurant Part of Your Local Community

Written on October 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm, by

Think about it…. How many times a week does somebody knock on your door and ask for donations from your restaurant? One…Three….Ten times a week? Restaurant owners I have spoken to about this topic seemed annoyed with all of these people asking for donations. Yes, it can be a hassle, yes it can cost you […]

Are Your Restaurant Profits Walking Out The Door?

Written on September 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm, by

I find it truly amazing how large the portion sizes are at most restaurants! For some restaurant owners this may be a strategy to help your restaurant get know. Large portions…. cheap prices. But to those restaurants have they ever considered the impact on the profitability of the restaurant? This past week, my wife and […]