Featured Blog Posts – March 2012 Archive (28)


Non-Operator
Why I Wish I Lived In Cleveland!



At times I feel displaced.  I spent my first 18 years in one town then I started my life as a ping pong ball.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved my life and wouldn’t trade my experiences for the world. 

After high school it was 4 years in Ashland Ohio for…

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Added by Bill Campion on March 28, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Picture This

A buddy of mine has been dating. He’s newly returned to the dating scene since his divorce and he’s trying to figure out how to feel less awkward.  He, like many people, turned to online options.  It’s been a running joke for us for…

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Added by David Rose on March 28, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments


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Restaurant Online Ordering: 6 Steps to Choosing the Right Provider!

Ready to push your restaurant into the world of online ordering? Overwhelmed by the choices of online ordering providers?   Here's a step-by-step guide to picking the solution that's perfect for your restaurant!    Need more info?   There's a link on my profile (scroll down to whitepapers) to download the Granbury Restaurant Solutions "Online Ordering Launch Guide", a great resource of ideas for promoting your online…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on March 28, 2012 at 10:49am — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
The Case of the $11 Margarita: Is It Legal to Withhold Menu Prices?

Many restaurants do not disclose the price of specials or cocktails on menus, hoping the impulse to imbibe will sway the customer. Restaurateurs should be aware that this practice has legal risk.

In February, 2012, the Cheesecake Factory announced that it would begin posting drink prices at its Massachusetts locations. This announcement came after a patron’s attorney threatened to sue under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) because the restaurant charged $11 for a…

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Added by Kyle-Beth Hilfer on March 27, 2012 at 3:18pm — 6 Comments


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Jason Falls to Deliver Keynote at Second Annual Foodservice Social Media Universe

 



 

Quote start The first and only specialized conference for restaurant and hospitality industry professionals where attendees connect, learn and share social media practices for community management, engagement, measurement and analytics.…Quote end

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Added by FSMU on March 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Never been so excited for a Monday.....

 

I get to do a lot of cool things for my job but I don’t think it’s any secret to those that know me that about a year and a half ago I really found my passion when we started planning FSMU.  Since FohBoh started we’ve seen trends come and go, different marketing strategies win and fail and…

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Added by Sarah on March 23, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Empower Your Staff to "Walk the Walk"

At some point in your life it’s likely you have offered, received or heard the advice, “If you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk.” Often this piece of wisdom is shared between friends or familiar business associates as a kind of friendly ribbing. But have you ever taken the time to really think about it?



What if you could get your staff to “walk the walk?” Or to throw another common phrase out there, what if your entire staff “acted like they owned the…

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Added by Nate DaPore on March 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Business Plan for Your Career

Quite regularly, I’m contacted by candidates who don't realize they are candidates.  Most often, people consider themselves candidates only when they’re participating in an interview process.  They view candidacy as the point in…
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Added by David Rose on March 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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FohBoh Joins Share Our Strength's Dine Out For No Kid Hungry to Help End Childhood Hunger in America

 

FohBoh Joins Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry to Help End Childhood Hunger in America

 

FohBoh is proud to announce its partnership with Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid…

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Added by FohBoh on March 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments


Operator
5 Common Mistakes in Choosing a Pizza POS System

Choosing point-of-sale software for your pizza restaurant? Avoid these common pitfalls to get the most from your investment. 

1. Forgetting the "pizza" part.

What's so special about a pizza point-of-sale system?  Isn't a pizza restaurant just like any other restaurant?   Many pizza shop owners get distracted by a local restaurant POS sales rep who convinces…

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Added by Duessa Holscher on March 21, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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
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


Non-Operator
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


Operator
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

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

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

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