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Website
http://restaurantmarketing.ca
What best describes my company
Fine Dining, Upscale, Upscale Casual
Biography
I am a Chartered Accountant by profession with over 25 years business experience, the last 5 of which have been learning the field of marketing, during the four years have been providing marketing and coaching services to mid to high end independent restaurants in Canada and United States.
Years in the Industry
26

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Restaurants Aren't The Last To Admit They're Ignoring The Simplest But Most Effective Marketing Strategy To Increase Sales!

Posted on April 4, 2008 at 10:27am 5 Comments

Earlier this week I met with a Managing Partner in a Major Accounting firm who told me how their firm was only now beginning to take advantage of the most basic of all marketing strategies to increase revenues - By targeting their existing customers for additional revenue! This strategy is creating huge changes in the accounting profession, not just in terms of increases in annual billings but in the day to day activities of all managers and partners in the firm. They are now being trained in… Continue

Restaurant Owners Shouldn't Be Afraid To Raise Prices

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 7:47am 4 Comments

In my last blog post I talked about restaurants complacency with low profits. Besides not having the basic fundamental marketing systems in place, they are generally afraid to raise prices because of the fear of loosing customers they already have.



A recent editorial published in the…
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What's Hot and What's Not When it Comes to Food Size?

Posted on January 23, 2008 at 11:40am 2 Comments

Most of us like to experience and keep up with the latest trends. And we also know it usually costs more to be the first to buy anything new. Restaurants are no different. So what's the latest trend? ELLIS HENICAN, says in an article distributed by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post, as appearing in the Regina Leader Post...



"Little food. Food so small it disappears on the plate. Tiny…
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Why Are Restaurant Owners So Complacent with Low Profits?

Posted on January 23, 2008 at 11:28am 2 Comments

The CRFA (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) recently released the preliminary foodservice forecast for 2008, projecting sales for full service restaurants to increase 3.1% following a 3.2% incease in 2007.



But the alarming stats relate to the industry's pathetically low pre-tax profit levels of just 3.8% on average sales of just $673,404 in 2006, leaving the owners a measley $25,589 in pre-tax profits. Yet owners continue to roll up their sleeves and go to work each… Continue

Would You Eat Cloned Meat?

Posted on January 18, 2008 at 10:51am 9 Comments

And is it important for you to know in advance if the food your buying was produced by cloning?



Well the good news is, you don't have to decide just yet, in Canada anyway, but you might just have to in United States sooner than you think. The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday…

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At 5:17pm on November 25, 2008, Randy Stefan said…
Melissa
Unfortunately i do not know too much if anything about being able to come to Canada from Australia to work. There are plenty of jobs in Western Canada - in particular in Saskatchewan and Alberta at the moment. Most restaurants are hiring in all categories as it is difficult to find people to work.
Please let me know any specifics of what kind of help you require and i will do what i can to find information and or contacts to help you come to Canada.
At 10:15am on March 17, 2008, Roger Herforth said…
Hi Randy- I have an international debit/atm/payroll card offering money transfer solutions and much more. Send up to 1000 dollars worldwide for a total of 7.95. Card to card. in 219 countries.
At 9:44pm on March 16, 2008, Adam R. Cox said…
Just wanted to let you know that I have changed the name of the Portland Food Network to the Pacific NorthWest Food Network. I wanted to broaden the scope and geography of it all. There is a lot more going on than just Portland/Oregon. Invite your friends to the group and start posting. (I know it says portlandfoodnetwork, but I could not change that part)

http://www.fohboh.com/group/portlandfoodnetwork

Come join and make it the best Group on FOHBOH!
At 6:06pm on March 16, 2008, Kristen Siqueiros said…
That's very cool! That is a great school to be at! I will be attending the University of Phoenix this fall for my bachelors. I want to be in Human Resources.
At 10:07am on March 15, 2008, Kristen Siqueiros said…
I don't think we have met yet Randy, I am Kristen!
At 7:40pm on March 10, 2008, John Alexander said…
HI Randy, I was just thinking about starting a book club group, so I'm glad to see you already have one going. I'm looking forward to reading your posts - lots of great ideas. I wrote my first blog, please take a look on my page - "The Power of Teddy Bears and Gift Cards". Take care, John
At 11:41am on January 9, 2008, Angela DiMauro said…
Hey there Randy, thanks for all your awesome blogs!
At 6:34am on January 9, 2008,
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Ami Annen
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Great writing style on informative topics ... Thanks for sharing your insights!
At 4:18pm on January 8, 2008, Richard Lowder said…
That's great Randy. You can email them as an attachment and we will upload to an appropriate category.
send to info@restaurantresourcesonline.com.
Also please send me your city, state, zip, phone and company name and I'll get your listing up on our site.
Thanks,
At 4:07pm on January 8, 2008, Veronique Kinder said…
My web company is asking that I optimize certain cities for our site, is it worth the money and if so, does it really get me to the top of the pages and categories? I will take your advice and get a blog going, but you have to promise to read it and comment, deal?
 
 
 

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