Awesome Restaurant Marketing Ideas!

A Restaurant Management Tip: 4 Common Human Errors and How to Minimize Them

We all do it. Fumbling numbers and names are part of human nature. But you can reduce the risk of human errors by using digital tools. These target weaknesses in recording and communication – fundamentals in dining establishments, which often operate on very slim margins. 52% of restaurant owners report that high food and operating costs are among their top challenges.

The kitchen is a busy place and communication is very important. Passing on details of progress, requirements and updates is imperative yet it’s surprising how many people just don’t communicate,"

- says Andrew Dargue, the head chef of vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black in London

Topics: Restaurant Management POS Inventory Control

What Restaurant Rescue Shows Get Wrong About Marketing

You've probably seen at least one reality show like this: a chef or restaurateur visits a failing eatery, usually undercover. They try the food and experience the service firsthand before revealing their identities — and their less-than-flattering opinions of the place. Then, they get to work, teaching the staff how to improve everything from their mixology skills to their menu choices to their ability to warmly welcome customers. In the end, they show a completely revamped restaurant, and the expert moves onto another place that needs help.

There's only one thing wrong, though — a lot of these "fixed" eateries fail. One study showed 60 percent of the restaurants celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay visited on his show Kitchen Nightmares have since closed. And it could all boil down to the fact that, while Ramsay and other foodies know how to make a restaurant welcoming and delicious, they don't specialize in marketing the new place. Here's what these experts get wrong.

Topics: Restaurant Marketing

Franchising Your Restaurant – Are You Ready?

If you want to franchise your restaurant, will you turn to the advertising pro Groupon? Groupon offers a 520 word article to guide you to becoming a franchisor. Once you have whet your appetite, you will likely look for the ‘server’ to ask for more. Since Groupon is an advertiser and not advisors, we move to Forbes.

Forbes gives a few more tips (Eight tips), to franchise your business. Each one of the tips lead to more questions.

Tip #6:

Find a mentor ... Or two or three. There will always be people who are willing to give you advice -- you just need to seek them out.”

Where? Who do you trust? Who has both the character, expertise AND the right fit for your particular personality, style and mission? There is a tip (and a story) down the page that will help answer this question.

Any Type of Restaurant:

Mark Siebert offers sound advice on

Almost any type of restaurant can be franchised, provided it meets three basic criteria: salability, ‘clone-ability,’ and ROI.”

This should prompt you to rethink your operation. Your restaurant may be complicated, unattractive and unable to make a consistent profit. Though the article is from 2004, it is still offers good advice.

Take “Panes” With Your Marketing

Consider the story of “Ted,” a restauranteur with a great menu at his cozy little café in an upscale strip-center in the Denver area.

If it’s a slow mid-afternoon lunch shift, Chef Ted might pop out into the dining room, wiping his hands with a clean white towel, and visit with you a bit while you enjoy your succulent chicken coq au vin.

“How’s business?” you might ask.

After all, you’re one of only a couple of customers enjoying this fabulous dining experience, and you might fret a little over whether Ted is going to hang in there much longer.

And you’d kind of like to keep him in the neighborhood!

Ted’s answer to your simple question – and the ensuing conversation – might spark an idea.  Especially if you happen to be one of the city’s leading large-format printing and signage experts.

Ted might be able to use his beautiful picture windows to help him generate more business!

Beautiful Representatives of Your Business… And 24-Hour Silent Salespeople

“Well,” Ted says, a heavy sigh in his voice, “look around. You can see for yourself.  It’s slow today, but truth to tell, it’s pretty slow most days.”

You do take another look around.

“I don’t know why more people don’t come in here,” you might say.  “The food’s great, the service is great… even the view of the mountains through those spectacular windows up-front is… is… well, it’s spectacular!”

Ted heaves another sigh.

Man Puts 21 Live Scorpions in His Mouth for World Record (video)


What type of restaurant marketing will it take to get you on the map?  How about putting 21 live scorpions in his mouth for a world record?  Think of all the free marketing you will get should you be number one!

Topics: Guerrilla Marketing Restaurant Marketing Restaurant Marketing Ideas

The Benefits of Being a Restaurant Franchisee (Not)

Originally this was a response to an article about franchising on another website. Unfortunately, time has passed and the original website is defunct. The points made about the benefits of being a restaurant franchisee, or not, still matter. 

Topics: Start a Business Restaurant Business Restaurant Consultant Restaurant Franchisee

How Restaurants Can Use Mobile Payment Technology to Increase Profits

Mobile payments have impacted every type of merchant over the past few years – and restaurants are no exception. Mobile payments are popular among consumers of all ages – though younger demographic groups have been quicker to adopt mobile wallet use and related payment technology.

  • In 2015, 38.1% of mobile payments users in the United States were aged 30-44 and 30.1% were aged 18-29 (Source: Statista).

  • In 2015, Millennials controlled 30% of the gross income in proportion to all other generations and their purchasing power is valued at $200 billion.

It’s important that your dining establishment is ready to serve these younger age groups that eat out frequently and have an increasing amount of expendable income. Getting on board with mobile wallets and related payment technologies in your restaurant is a great way to attract new diners and keep your current clientele happy.

Topics: Merchant Services Mobile Payments Business Technology

"Can I have the holidays off?" (Employees & Managers Ask)

The best and worst time of the year for restaurant owners and managers might be the holidays. Restaurant leaders and managers who are eager to please, who make decisions based on fear and wish to be liked more than respected will respond with  "Sure, you can have the holidays off".

A simple "yes" can be a shortcut to disaster and will doom a restaurant for months 

Topics: Holiday Marketing Restaurant Staffing Restaurant Planning

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Opportunity

What is trunk-or-treat, why does it matter and how does it relate to restaurant marketing?

Trunk-or-treat events bring Halloween to parking lots where kids go from car to car and get candy. They're popular at schools, churches, in rural areas where homes are far apart, and in places where trick-or-treating isn't safe."

It is a perfect opportunity to connect with the community by hosting a special event. It can include decorations, lighting, free coupons, treats, celebrations, games and even a costume contest,  

Special events like trunk-or-treat are shared word of mouth (in the new world of media, they are shared via Twitter, Facebook,, etc)

Topics: Restaurant Marketing Holidays

Munchery is Taking Over with Better Restaurant Marketing

The email subject line from Munchery today said "Misoyaki Glazed Salmon". That gets my attention immediately. Take a peek at the bait Munchery used to get an order:
- says Mike

The origins of this dish can be traced back to island culinary mastermind Roy Yamaguchi from the legendary Roy's Asian Fusion Cuisine. A fillet of salmon is glazed with a sweet and savory misoyaki sauce, then it's topped with a traditional Hawaiian tomato vinaigrette for acidity. Quite simply, this fish is melt-in-your-mouth-good. Rice seasoned with furikake flakes and steamed baby bok choy round out this elegant meal.

Munchery has to work a little differently since there is no experience inside a restaurant. To keep you extra confident about your experience, they offer a guarantee right up front. - says Mike

Topics: Restaurant Marketing Email Marketing Competition

Online Ordering Systems to Rock Your Restaurant Marketing

Today we will review online ordering service options and a strategy to improve your potential for business by using the latest technology available.

Topics: Online Ordering Restaurant Marketing Ideas Restaurant Software

Free Online Magazine Subscriptions for Restaurant Professionals

Restaurant Marketing Idea #432 is:  Listen by using "search" on free magazine subscriptions for restaurant professionals and restaurant owners.

Reading online magazines can keep the juices flowing.  Put them in a bookmark on Delicious (or your browser) and once a week 'sharpen your saw' by choosing one of the resources below.

Then input every free restaurant magazine into the search tool.  You could subscribe, but remember that your time is short and isn't your inbox already full? Be selective.  An alternative is to subscribe via an RSS feed. I use Feedly to keep up with specific websites.

Topics: Restaurant Business Restaurant Marketing Free Food Trends Restaurant News