Industry execs 'Spread the Love' at Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

Restaurant executives from all over the world gathered in March at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit in Dallas to not only learn from one another about growing their businesses, but also make more than 10,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

C-Speak: Effective discounting vs. lazy marketing

Fishbowl's chief analytics officer chats about how offering untargeted, heavy discounts can hurt sales.

Sponsored by: Fishbowl

Summit summations: Dallas event delivers Texas-sized dividends

Katie Fuhrman of MomentFeed; Kimberly Brastad of Dairy Queen; Keith Hill of I Love Bacon; Jamal Bara of Waterfall; Demetra McLain of DW's Subs and Jacquelyn Cirko of Groupon, give an inside look to their Summit experiences.

Saladworks CEO reveals brand's 5-step come-back strategy

Saladworks was facing bankruptcy in 2015, when Centre Lane Partners bought it for nearly $17 million. Since then, CEO Patrick Sugrue has been working to breathe new life into the 30-year-old brand. "You have to be able to fail fast...

BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

Jennifer Klawin, SVP, brand strategy, West Coast for BuzzFeed, shared social media tips with restaurateurs.

C-Speak: PDQ president using tech to get rid of the back office

PDQ President Steve Erickson and David Cantu, co-founder of HotSchedules, discuss how the brand uses technology to control operations and deliver better customer service.

Sponsored by: HotSchedules

Why Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit is taking on London

Restaurant franchises hoping to grow in the UK must embrace innovation and technology.

Japanese Domino's customers get pies by reindeer

Domino's — never one to shy away from a delivery challenge — has opted to go "old school" for its latest delivery dilemma work-around in the snowy northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido. The chain is dispatching antlered delivery drivers this...

How mobile allows Cici's Pizza to deliver enhanced customer experience

Tim Tang of Hughes interviewed Douglas Kwong, Digital Director of Cicis Pizza at the 2016 CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit, about how the chain uses digital marketing to delight its customers.

Fast Casual Exec Summit attendees learn that success isn't just about food, it's about the people

The Fast Casual Executive Summit 2016 brought together hundreds of c-level executives to learn from one another in Dana Point, California.

Video: Retailers dive into technology at Interactive Customer Experience Summit

The Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit featured almost three days of education, networking and tours.

C-Speak: Is your audit program helping you attract customers?

Watch this video interview with a foodservice expert to learn why so many audit programs fail and what brands should know when searching for, designing and implementing their own plans.

Sponsored by: The Steritech Group

Video: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit attendees party with a purpose

More than 140 restaurant execs, plus a variety of sponsors, attended the first Franchising Restaurant and Innovation Summit.

Video: Illegal Pete’s founder discusses how raising hourly wage to $17 has grown his business

Employees get a food and drink credit, medical and dental insurance and tips, which all resulted to a 3.2-percent increase to the brand's bottom line.

Video: Former NFL star shares how football experience shapes his restaurant business

John Offerdahl, former Miami Dolphins linebacker and owner of Offerdahl’s Café Grill, discusses how the lessons he learned from playing in the NFL helps him run his business.

C-Speak: Driving local competition with authenticity

Customers now make decisions about where to eat on a more local level, so restaurateurs must adapt their marketing strategies.

Sponsored by: Fishbowl

Video: Smashburger founder discusses why old brands are struggling

Fast casual is pervasive, persistent and is starting to cover all categories, said Smashburger Founder Tom Ryan.

Video: Why fast casual continues to steal casual-dining customers

The fast casual industry has grown by 600 percent over the past 15 years, and that’s because it knows the secret to attracting and keeping customers.

Video: Execs discuss how to build a foundation for profitable growth

C-level execs from Kudo Corporation, Corner Bakery Café, Giardino Gourmet Salads and Supply Chain Services discuss how to ensure profitable growth, including building an efficient supply chain.

Video: Why COO describes Blaze Pizza as a technology 'fast follower'

Jim Mizes, COO of Blaze Pizza, shares insight how his company uses technology to reach customers.

Video: Pie Five VP shares strategy on connecting with millennials

Christina Coy, VP of marketing for Pie Five, discusses how the brand uses social media, YouTube and mobile marketing to connect and engage millennials.

Welbilt: Bringing innovation to the table

Restaurant operators obviously have a variety of challenges when it comes to running a successful business.

Sponsored by: Welbilt

ICXSummit15: From scavenger hunt to Skydeck, the highlight reel

From an Under Armour installation that tests athletic ability to a Warby Parker photo booth experience, interactive customer experience was the order of the day at the inaugural Interactive Customer Experience Summit, held June 28-30 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

NRA wrapped up: Interviews, highlights of the 2015 show

Although the NRA reported that more than 60,000 foodservice providers attended its show last month in Chicago, we knew thousands of others weren't able to make it. In this video, Cherryh Butler, senior editor of FastCasual.com, brings the show to those in the industry who weren't there.

Digital menu board execs discuss latest trends

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

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