A one-hour session on optimizing restaurant labor yielded many more hours worth of proven strategies to maximize the efforts of your workforce. This article focuses on the 10 ideas put forth in the session last month at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Laguna Beach, California.
Restaurants of all kinds are offering Halloween specials for young guests.
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.
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.
A restaurant's differences are its keys to greater value and desirability, says branding guru Sally Hogshead, CEO and founder of Fascinate.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.