Millennials want brands that enable them to share something useful

Jeff Fromm spoke about marketing to Millennials at the recent Fast Casual Executive Summit in New Orleans. He cautioned brands to not take a blanket approach in defining the vast demographic; a 17 year old will have significantly different interests...

Implement something unique into your restaurants

Jarrod Cooper, senior project manager at CMA, spoke on a panel about trends in restaurant architecture at the recent Fast Casual Executive Summit in New Orleans. He said it's important for brands to know what unique/interesting elements they want to...

Take care of your customers

Kelly Roddy, CEO of Schlotsky's, was part of the CEO panel during the recent Fast Casual Executive Summit in New Orleans. He said that operators are currently experiencing tough challenges with the economy, the legislative environment and more competitive. To...

The importance of brand rails at the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Ken Kimmel, co-founder of On the Spot Systems, a customer-satisfaction measurement company, and a former Dunkin' Donuts executive, talked to editor Cherryh Butler about the importance of knowing ones brand and operating within that definition. The conversation took place at the 2013 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Digital menu board execs discuss latest trends

Execs from Peerless and Nextep discuss how operators can benefit from using DMBs.

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4 restaurant marketing keys for 2014 from the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Ellen Hartman, president and CEO of Hartman Public Relations, talked to senior editor Cherryh Butler at the 2013 Fast Casual Executive Summit. Hartman contributed a commentary for the 2014 Fast Casual State of the Industry Report.

Choosing the right oven at the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Dave Brewer, COO of Cooking Solutions for The Middleby Corporation, says that the right oven can help not only make great food, but also keep great employees, whose morale is supported by having excellent, appropriate equipment to do their jobs. He made his remarks at the 2013 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Menu upgrades discussed at the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Shannon McClellan, key account manager for Kraft, attended the Fast Casual Executive Summit and talked with site editor Cherryh Butler about simple ways to upgrade menu items, such as with Kraft's Grey Poupon.

Mobile apps can connect young fans to old brand

Jeff Fromm, EVP at ad agency Barkley and lead editor of MillennialMarketing.com, recently spoke about how Krispy Kreme is a great example of an older brand that has developed a "useful" mobile app to connect with the Millennial consumer base....

Jim Knight on how to find, hire and keep the right people

Training and business culture veteran Jim Knight was the opening keynote speaker at this year's Retail Customer Experience Executive Summit, held August 13-14 at the Hard Rock San Diego. In this video, he talks about the importance of not only...

Fazoli's CEO accepts FastCasual.com's highest award

Carl Howard, CEO of Fazoli's, accepts his award during FastCasual.com's Top 100 Awards Banquet. Fazoli's was named No. 1 on the 2013 list of Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers.

New solution helps control labor, inventory costs

WhentoManage has launched a new platform to help control inventory and labor costs, said Walker Thompson, VP of sales and marketing. The solution connects the data from the POS system to what's on the shelf, so staff can easily see...

Pizza Ranch's vice president of Marketing talks menu trends

Cody Pierce, Pizza Ranch’s vice president of Marketing, took the time to discuss with PizzaMarketplace why focusing on “seasonality” is important, what menu offerings are now on trend and why the company had to take a step back and look at its “brand definition effort.”

NEC debuts latest touchscreen kiosk at NRA

Rich Ventura of NEC Display Solutions demos the company's new touchscreen digital signage kiosks that many restaurants are using to showcase their LEED certification info.  

A good loyalty program will bring back customers

Rewards Network's Megan Flynn discusses how important it is for restaurants to utilize a loyalty program that not only goes after new customers but also keeps old ones coming back. The company uses email, mobile apps, texts and one-to-one communication to attract and retain customers. 

NEC kiosk helps customers make healthier choices

NEC's Rich Ventura shows Cherryh Butler, senior editor of FastCasual.com, how the company's kiosks designed for restaurants can allow customers to order healthier meals.  

GeekBeat.TV interviews Yelp exec

The hosts of GeekBeat.TV chat with Darnell Holloway of Yelp about how restaurant owners can use the customer reviews to attract and retain customers.

Breadcrumb develops POS system geared toward local businesses

Seth Harris, founder of Groupon-owned Breadcrumb, discusses how the company's new POS system works well for small business owners.   

Revention launches ordering platform with integrated POS systerm

Revention has released an online ordering solution called Hunger Rush, which runs on an HTML5  Platform, also has POS capabilities, explains Laura Gaudin, product manager for Revention. She also chats about how the system is PCI compliant and why restaurant operators will benefit from using the solution.

ShiftNote: 'Post Its are so last year'

Leigh Ann Thompson of ShiftNote chats about how the company's digital solution makes communication easy for managers who need to pass on info to one another as shifts change.

Square launches stand to create another way to use Square Register

Square's Faryl Ury explains how the new stand created by Square allows brick-and-mortar merchants to use the free POS system. The stand can be bolted to the countertop, but merchants can also use the mobile app when making deliveries or taking transactions away from their stores.  

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