I’ve had some interesting encounters recently with both existing operators and aspiring entrepreneurs armed with business plans. Today, I’ll give a brief synopsis of several (with names and other distinguishing characteristics disguised); I welcome comments on which seem likely to be successful businesses, as well as debt and/or equity investments, and perhaps we’ll have followups on a few in the coming…Continue
Added by Rod Guinn on January 19, 2012 at 3:30am — No Comments
It's true. I'm not making it up.
Just last week I turned 2 meetings into $500,000 additional revenue for our restaurant (over a six month period) with a total investment of around $6000 and some time.
Let me rewind a little to give you an idea of how it all transpired.
Recently a hockey tournament was being held at the arena…Continue
Added by Travis Martin on January 18, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments
We at Monical Pizza Corporation are in the process of developing an online educational area for our employees using the Moodle Architecture. Our hope is to allow training, testing, tracking and communication to happen at the speed of the net.
Has anyone else used the Moodle Architecture? Do you have any resources that you found helpful and would be willing to share? Were there any problems or pitfalls along the road…Continue
Added by Douglas Davis on January 18, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments
There are a great number of excellent restaurant bloggers around the web. Most of these people spend time writing these blogs while also working on starting their own business or holding down a full time job. I personally developed and write seven different blogs related to the restaurant industry. I do this as a method of establishing credibility for my book (Tips²: Tips For Improving Your Tips)…Continue
In 2012, Facebook is planning to add sponsored ads in news feed content meaning ads will mingle in with your friends and family updates. It’s kind of like Twitter. The “sponsored tweets” in your Twitter feed.
However, there is a twist that may cause unhappy social media wrath of some Facebook subscribers. The “sponsored stories” could include a picture of you or one of your friends. Basically, if you LIKE something, like Zappos.com, or if you leave a comment on The Gap’s page, your…Continue
Added by ColdTech Commercial on January 17, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
This year, listen for how often you hear the word “feeling.” Listen for how often you hear yourself or your colleagues say “I have a feeling…”
A feeling this manager is the right fit. A feeling the opening will be a big hit. A feeling this banquet will run without a hitch. A feeling we’re on the wrong track. A feeling (insert the most important objectives of your business here)…
The best leaders work in the truth, and the facts are infinitely closer to the truth than…Continue
Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on January 17, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
MLK Day is one of those WTH holidays. That is, some retailers are open while others are not. Or at least there’s enough uncertainty to just screw the whole thing and not even go out at all.
Discovering the holiday hours of your favorite dry cleaner, restaurant or salon is a pain in the butt. And by “pain in the butt” I mean, search online, find the right one, hopefully click-to-call and wait for someone to (hopefully) answer. Don’t even get me started on Yellow Pages.
Added by Joel Cheesman on January 16, 2012 at 12:28pm — No Comments
Phil Lempert, CEO of The Lempert Report and “Supermarket Guru,” created his list of predictions for 2012. These top 10 predictions range from…Continue
Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 16, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments
If you own a restaurant, somehow are involved in the restaurant industry, or even watch TV, you have no doubt heard about what recently happened to the owner of Boners BBQ, when a diner gave the restaurant a…Continue
Added by Chris Leo on January 16, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
The appropriately-named Boners BBQ recently conducted a clinic on the worst possible way to handle social media as part of a bar or restaurant’s advertising/marketing efforts.
When owner Andrew Capron discovered customer Stephanie Stuck had left a…
by Meredith Schweiger, Waitrainer Content & Support
You were short-staffed last night for dinner service. The chef had an off night and orders went out wrong. To top it all off, you're trying to reconcile your till and you're coming up short by $250. These are the days that really try you as a restaurant owner or manager. How do you dig in, re-focus the team and, more importantly, keep your own attitude where it needs to be to make tonight a great night for your…Continue
Added by Waitrainer on January 13, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I'm not a big Yelp-er. Neither are most of my friends.
When I got to find a new restaurant, the search function in Yelp allows for many ways to target, but it's still overwhelming.
If Yelp isn't your thing, Foursquare's new "Explore" function is a must.
The search function begins…Continue
Fresh baked bread, imported meats, house-made spreads...what’s not to love about an artisan sandwich? Well, the calorie count may be an issue to some people. With New Year resolutions kicking-in, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about ways to cut calories for those diners on a weight loss mission. Sandwiches provide an easy platform to make simple changes that will lower their fat and calorie contents. Here are some ideas to help get started:
Wrap it up: …Continue
Added by Lucy Needham on January 12, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments
I was so excited to see this post on Mashable that I just decided to re-post in its entirety. Finally, food+tech is coming of age using the clid and new devices that bring utility to restaurant operators.Continue
Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 12, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
This is the first in a new video series where we take a close look at the social media efforts of a bar or restaurant. First up is City Tavern in Ft. Myers. Enjoy!…
From the Desk of Duane Forkner...~New Media Vegas, Owner/Executive Director, Design & Development.
True business and marketing partnerships are built on a foundation of integrity and mutual beneficence my friends... make sure the companies you think have your best interest in mind actually do.
Ask yourself this question... does it sound reasonable to pay 2000 dollars for a Word press website that takes a couple of hours to install and configure and customize and…Continue
Added by New Media Vegas, LLC on January 11, 2012 at 11:12pm — No Comments
Do you have…Continue
When they first came out, many people in the Restaurant Industry wondered if QR Codes were a little too "Bleeding Edge" to be used in their marketing and promotional efforts. After all, we don't all live in the Silicon Valley.
The first time we saw QR Codes, we immediately fell in love. …Continue
Added by Chris Leo on January 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Whether you want to admit it or not, social media is here to stay. Everyone (And I truly mean EVERYONE), needs to accept this fact and figure out how they want to incorporate social media into their marketing and advertising efforts.
When I'm in restaurants, meeting with the owners, discussing their customer loyalty and marketing plans, I learn as much as I can about what they…Continue