Restaurants offer not-so-spooky Halloween specials

Restaurants of all kinds are offering Halloween specials for young guests.

5 prep steps to maximize holiday restaurant business

Don’t look now, but the holiday season has, in the view of many, already started. For retailers, this is cash-or-crash time. For restaurant operators, this time of year presents a perfect opportunity to establish new connections and enhance old ones.

7 ways to "Wow" your customer base

Brands often over-think the process when they’re attempting to come up with great ways to "surprise and delight" their customers. It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it should be simple, easy to execute and customize, but always focused on the things that matter most to a customer.

Fast Casual Summit: Why being different is better for your brand

A restaurant's differences are its keys to greater value and desirability, says branding guru Sally Hogshead, CEO and founder of Fascinate.

How do millennials love thee? Let 'em count the ways

Millennials are a prime focal group for targeted marketing, a relatively untapped approach that marketers are slowly lining up to use for this age demographic. The reasoning for that is as close as the nearest statistical report for this group, which actually surpassed the number of the Baby Boomers last year.

Free books and fire truck-delivered pizza: Two pizza powerhouses show benefits of cause-based campaigns

Mega-chain pizza brands, Domino's and Pizza Hut, are pulling out all the stops this fall to show the world how the Big Pie Guys and Gals do marketing with a purpose.

RetailMeNot's latest marketing approach is one restaurateurs might want to consider

RetailMeNot is taking an interesting approach to product promotion that restaurateurs might not only find fun to review, but might also consider for themselves. The retail savings and promotion site’s new campaign revolves around a special big data-type of report...

Want social media success? Just EAT it

When it comes to social media success, it can be tough to remember that it's all about quality, over quantity in most cases. But the good news is, if you can learn to EAT it, you'll have that task accomplished. Read on, if you want to learn how.

3 steps to "wow-ing" customers with your loyalty program

Last year, Google released data showing that "near me" searches on their platform doubled between 2014 and 2015. According to this USA Today article, Google’s search ads marketing director interpreted that to mean "convenience often trumps brand loyalty." But this isn’t necessarily true across the board.

6 tips to get the most from your restaurant signage (Part 2)

Graphics and signage can make a significant difference to a restaurant’s connection with its customers. To that end then, we provide six tips on how to approach that topic to get the best results for your business.

How using customer data will make you a better marketer

Marketing sometimes gets a bad rap as being immeasurable fluff, but no one can argue with marketing built on factual data that can also be measured.

Online or offline: Ways your restaurant can tap into Pokemon Go craze

In the annals of gaming history, this summer will go down as the summer of Pokemon Go. The augmented reality game has players worldwide out on the streets and everywhere else, attempting to catch Pokemon in just about every nook...

Remember the '70s? Mr. Gatti's does and wants you to, too

There's gold in those olden days for brands such as Mr. Gatti's that are finding nostalgia might be the best path into the future.

Big reasons why big data can vastly improve marketing efforts

We all know the big, failed product launches, especially those from companies known for marketing greatness like New Coke, the Arch Deluxe and Orbitz soda. And, of course, there’s lots of analysis out there about why they crashed and burned,...

5 great ways paid social ads can equal more restaurant reviews

It's no secret that online reviews can be very beneficial for a restaurant's reputation and business. But many restaurateurs are not aware that they can use paid social promotion to win reviews, making the most of the ad dollars you spend on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What's it worth to dress like me? About $8 million if you're Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A conducted its annual Cow Appreciation Day about a month ago, on July 12. If you're not familiar with this event, it's an annual rite at the chain where customers dress like cows to receive free entrees.

The true effects of food photos: part 1

Back in the 1800s when photography was first invented, it would have been hard to imagine people using the technology to document lunch. As restaurants are quickly discovering, however, food photography is not something to be dismissed as a passing fad.

The good, the bad and the ugly about those food holidays

Hamburgers ... Pinot noir ... peanut butter-and-chocolate: What do they all have in common? They all have specific U.S. days of celebration when the brands that sell them work for free media and other event-based marketing. But do they work?

Where in the restaurant world will Pokemon GO, go?

Computer code rarely lies, and the computer code inside  the Pokemon Go game for mobile devices indicates that the Niantic Labs product already has  McDonald's deeply embedded inside it. If it's true, McDonald's isn't ready to talk about it yet, though.

Minsky's 40th anniversary a prime example of accomplishing a lot through one event

Midwestern gourmet pizza chain Minsky's got maximum promotional punch out of its 40th anniversary celebration with a campaign that not only permeated social media and did some good for communities around its Missouri and Kansas locations, but also connected customers to the chain in innovative ways.

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