March 2012 Blog Posts (50)

Content curation – how showing off your expertise and great taste can generate business in your restaurant

[Yes, it's another Pinterest post. Hopefully I add something new to the discussion by giving a bit of background. // Manne]

Lately there has been a lot of talk about “content curation” in online marketing circles. In this post I’ll explain what it is, why it is useful, and introduce a great tool…

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Added by Magnus Hultberg on March 21, 2012 at 8:05am — No Comments


Non-Operator
10 Keys to the New Dynamics of Business in America

Understanding 10 Key Points that are at the core of the New Dynamics of Business in America is critical and nowhere are these 10 Keys more important than in the Restaurant and Hospitality industries:

  1. It’s all in the Numbers!
  2. For the first time, four generations are working side-by-side in America. So what?

  3. Millennial or Gen Y represents a New Paradigm in Generational Thinking.
  4. History…
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Added by David J. Winslow on March 21, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments


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Flip Flops at a Conference? Only at The People Report Summer Brand Camp

iPad. Check.

Cell phone charger. Check.

Business cards. Check.

Flip…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on March 20, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments


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The New Restaurant Critic is You [Infographic]

Thanks to social networking, we no longer have to rely on an inspector or food critic to give us their latest report on our favorite restaurants. When it comes to food safety, and taste, we rely on one another.

The New Restaurant Critic

© 2012 Keeping it…

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Added by Julie Lovelass on March 20, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

5 Topics a Restaurant Should Never Post About on Facebook

I’m shocked how many times I’ve opened my Facebook Profile to see what’s going on in the world, only to have my mouth hit the floor by a restaurant post! No, I’m not talking about an incredible sale or some wildly interesting fact.  It’s the kind of post that leaves you shaking your head and questioning whether or not you really want to patronize them anymore, regardless of how much you love their food, service, etc….  I’m sure you’ve seen it too and maybe some of you are guilty of…

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Added by Hanady Burkett-Awada on March 20, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments


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How to Update Your Restaurant Page for Facebook Timeline in 15 Minutes (INFOGRAPHIC)

An excerpt from a longer piece that summarizes how restaurants should be using social media. I wanted to share this piece for the cool infographic.



Facebook 

What it is: This is the…

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Added by Jammie Mountz on March 19, 2012 at 8:27am — 3 Comments

Tips: Restaurant Marketing with Pinterest

In our blog titled Pinterest: How can restaurants use this online pinboard, we examined this virtual pinboard to understand how restaurants could use this platform in their efforts to connect online with new and existing customers. Since this blog was written, we had the opportunity to gain insight from…

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Added by Jon Rock on March 19, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Tips to survive and grow in your restaurant - what you need to know as a restaurateur

With the current global crisis, impacting negatively on the restaurant industry. Food prices, labour costs, electricity are all increasing at quite a rapid pace. For quite a few restaurateurs this means that sales turnover is not keeping in line with increased expenses.

This leads to some restaurateurs adopting a negative and pessimistic outlook, which unfortunately impacts negatively on their business. The successful restaurateur remains positive and optimistic and they see…

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Added by Larry Hodes on March 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Improve your game by eavesdropping on your customers

It is a well known fact that a very large part of the population today share all kinds of tips, experiences, gripes, frustrations, laughs, photos and links online. Using websites and smartphone apps like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Google+, Urbanspoon, Foursquare, Forkly, Path, Instagram, Pinterest, Foodspotting… where was…

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Added by Magnus Hultberg on March 16, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Free eBook: The 10 Most Critical Mobile Marketing Strategies for Restaurants in 2012

Learn How Restaurants & Hospitality Are Using Mobile Websites & Marketing to Grow Their Business.…



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Added by Chris Swemba on March 15, 2012 at 12:47pm — No Comments


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Society’s Cultural Shifts: Is Your Business Aware Of Them?

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Due to the ongoing economic spiral, unemployment is rampant, consumer spending is limited and traditional gender roles have done a 360 degree turn; let’s face it, the cultural fabric of…

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Added by Foodem on March 15, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


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March Madness, or Choosing a Dance Partner

If one is exposed to commercial media this week, one can’t avoid hearing about March Madness or The Big Dance.  (Note to all who are otherwise occupied: it’s the annual NCAA College Basketball Tournament, which undermines or eliminates productivity across vast swathes of the populace for hours of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday over the next two weeks before its semifinal and final rounds March 31 and April…

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Added by Rod Guinn on March 14, 2012 at 5:19pm — No Comments


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PizzaExpo - Google & Pizza Online Marketing

First off, if you have a website for your pizza place you almost have to put Google Analytics on it.  It’s free, it’s easy to install on your website (shouldn’t cost you more than $50 - $100 to get a web designer/programmer to add the code if you’re not tech savvy).  It can tell you a lot of things about your website like how many people come to your website, where they come from, but it can tell you a whole lot more than that.  If you’re…

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Added by ColdTech Commercial on March 13, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Looking for Restaurants to feature on Citybuzz.com and Citybuzz inflight (Boston, Philadelphia, Miami & LA)

Looking for restaurants in Boston, Philadelphia, Miami & LA  to feature on Citybuzz.com and Citybuzz inflight, on JetBlue, Continental Airlines and Frontier. 

Preferred: Have video content to submit(Raw footage).

Video must have:

- Interview with the owner/manager and chef

- Shots of the food, and restaurant exterior/interior

- Customers eating.

If you know a Videographer, we can pay them $50 to shoot for you. All editing…

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Added by Fredy on March 13, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

New App Set Up Gives Your Restaurant's Facebook Fan Page CREATIVE Options

Last week I wrote about the big, exciting changes that facebook was making to their business fan pages.As I mentioned at the end of my article: As with all exciting upgrades, there is always a downside. In this case, it has to do with the disappearance of the default landing tab. You will no…

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Added by Chris Leo on March 12, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Social customer service works – a story about turning unhappy customers into fans

We all try to do a great job. But let’s face it, sometimes we slip, technology providers fail, or factors outside of our control conspire against us. Doesn’t matter how a mistake happens though, for the customer in a very disappointing situation, it’s your fault.

When running a small business, you live and die by the satisfaction of your customers,…

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Added by Magnus Hultberg on March 8, 2012 at 7:19am — 2 Comments

Interesting Infographic on Restaurant Diner Engagement

Here's a great info graphic showing the power of the social media management programs we run for our clients. This particular graphic is specific to Facebook Fan Pages.  Check out Wicked Chicken. In this case, they are considered "David", while the others could be considered "Goliath".



This proves…

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Added by Chris Leo on March 7, 2012 at 10:53am — 4 Comments

Your Restaurant's Facebook Fan Page is GOING to Change

Facebook's business fan pages are changing. They are in fact changing in a few very big ways. As a result, you are going to have to change your restaurant's facebook strategy, to fit in with the new offerings. While there are at least 7-10 major upgrades happening, I'm going to focus on the three largest ones that will impact your restaurant, and some ways you can work with them, to ensure you continue to get lots of traction with your facebook marketing efforts.

1) Cover…

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Added by Chris Leo on March 7, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

101 best restaurants in America

Ok, this is cool. While I think this is generally a good list, I am not so sure I agree 100% with the ranking. What do you think?

See this story on Fox News…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 6, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

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"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.

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Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

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Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

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