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Marketing Your Restaurant Menu In A Digital World

Welcome 2021! Last year was a crazy year as we know. The pandemic changed everything and we are not out of the woods yet. State and local governments also impacted the way in which restaurants do business. You have had everything thrown at you and you have survived so far. The promise of a vaccine […]

Reaching Out to Your Loyal Customers

As we continue into the holiday season, this year will be different for your restaurant. First, holiday gatherings will be few and far between which will impact catering. Second, traffic will be limited due to restrictions established by local governments regarding where your customers can go. The flow of new customers into your restaurant will […]

Embrace the Restaurant Struggle

The struggle is real for restaurants; you know that. Each day brings new developments in the COVID battle. State governments are controlling your ability to conduct business. Consumers are becoming more cautious in their actions. The media is sounding the alarms. What’s more, as winter approaches outdoor dining is coming to a halt, while restrictions […]

Fear Of The Unknown For Restaurants

Every day when I look at the news, all I see is how the COVID -19 virus is having a second wave. State governments are reacting, consumers are worried and it may appear that a lockdown is looming. For myself, our state travel restrictions have cancelled our family Thanksgiving gathering. I’m sure this is happening […]

Restaurant Owners – What Is Your Why

This has been a truly challenging year for restaurant owners. Aside from the normal challenges of running a business, you have had to deal with COVID 19 and everything that comes with. Depending on what state you live in, your government has made the stress even greater with restrictions on running your business. The challenges […]

Restaurant’s 50% Solutions

September 1st is fast approaching, and the COVID-19 crisis is not letting up. Many states are reporting increased cases and travel restrictions are in 30 states. Some states, like Pennsylvania, have reduced seating capacity in restaurants to 25%. With all this happening, it makes me wonder, what will restaurants do in the fall? Think about […]

Marketing Budgets for Restaurants

Does your restaurant establish a marketing budget? As we head into the new year, it gives us a time to set up a new perspective for what we want to accomplish in 2018. Many things have changed in the restaurant industry over the past year. Now is your time to step back and develop your […]

Maximizing Your Holiday Restaurant Marketing

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 […]

Where Have Your Restaurant Customers Gone?

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 […]

Is Sports Marketing Good for Restaurants?

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 […]

Developing an Effective Restaurant Marketing Plan for 2015.

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 […]

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

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 […]

Does your restaurant have a strategy to build customer traffic?

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 […]

Are Your Restaurant Marketing Programs an Expense or Revenue Generator?

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?

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 […]