Seeking a source of new summer business? Reach out to all those smartphone-addicted travelers

We love our smartphones. We love them so much that, according to a new poll, they are our favorite place to spend time while on vacation.

Snapchat campaigns capture a lot of dough for Virginia pizza chain

Ever thought of using that perpetual teenage social media favorite, Snapchat, in your social media marketing? Virginia-based Firenza certainly did, and the results have been very gratifying.

Why your loyalty program is failing and how to fix it (Part 3)

By harnessing the power of smart loyalty and letting customers control their own experience, brands can create a superior consumer journey.

Part One: A new restaurant sector pokes its way out of the shell in California

In this first of a three-part series, we take a closer look at the chain that claims it's inventing a new restaurant sector that combines speed and quality into an idea that some industry analysts say the market is clamoring for.

Benefits of a technology billfold: Why the mobile wallet is here to stay

There will be more than 200 million mobile-wallet users across the U.S. by the end of 2016.

5 mistakes you're making with your loyalty platform

By carefully vetting loyalty strategies and course correcting to improve results, restaurants can effectively interact with customers and create experiences that are truly memorable.

For the love of loyalty: How mobile drives customer engagement

Enabling the mobile channel — perhaps through loyalty, ordering, payment or other capabilities — is the next big step for restaurant leaders looking to remain competitive and build customer loyalty.

3 tips for restaurant owners to master user-generated content

We live in a social media world and nowhere is that more clear than in the restaurant industry. Pictures of food are ubiquitous, dominating photo-driven networks like Instagram and Pinterest and prominent across mainstays Facebook and Twitter.

How Smashburger, Billy Sims BBQ, East Coast Wings get franchisees to be social

Marketers have been touting the benefits of digital marketing for years, but motivating franchisees to carve out time to learn the ropes can be difficult.

At the Summit: Are you embracing the Internet of Things in your franchise?

Everyone seems to be talking about the "Internet of Things," or IOT, but what does that have to do with restaurants?

Wingstop, Pizza Hut, Cici's Pizza execs debate importance of mobile apps

The customer experience at a restaurant is paramount to a restaurant's success. Mobile apps have become increasingly part of that experience, but how important are they?

Slapfish CEO urges Summit attendees to 'make your most annoying customer your best friend'

Slapfish founder Andrew Gruel responds to approximately 30 online reviews daily about his company — regardless of whether they are positive or negative. He believes that strong social media management can reap tremendous benefits and create a stronger base of customers.

The latest and greatest in mobile marketing

When the first mobile ad was launched in 1997, who would have guessed that nearly 20 years later, mobile ad spending would be forecasted to surpass desktop ad spending?

Heard at the Summit: Memorable quotes from Day 1

Any time you gather some of the industry's brightest CEOs, franchisors, chefs, franchisees and vendors, there is sure to be some insightful quotes. We've gathered a few memorable moments from sessions during the opening day of the inaugural Franchising Restaurant & Innovation Summit in Dallas.

5 things to consider before measuring customer behavior via mobile

Mobile interaction allows consumers to engage more naturally at times that are comfortable and appropriate for them and to share their experiences with others unable to be in the same physical location. It also enables deeper and more thoughtful two-way discussions than simple texting would ever invite on its own.

To be or not to be: Top 3 things pizza operators should never do

Knowing what needs to be done is important. Knowing what should never be done could be critical.

Google goes "hands free" with mobile payments

The company is testing what it calls a 'Hands Free' app that enables users to make and confirm purchases without a payment card or mobile wallet.

Technology: A brand-driver or a necessary evil?

Allowing your guests to view menus, place orders and read nutritional information while at home or on-the-go is paramount. But just because we can, should we always use digital technology?

5 ways to boost the fast casual mobile experience

The most successful fast casual establishments are leveraging mobile technology to forge stronger relationships with their customers.

7 tips for running an awesome online ad campaign

Today's most powerful marketing tool for reaching this "instant gratification" audience is online advertising.

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