April 2008 Blog Posts (154)

EMAIL OR SNAIL MAIL IS THE QUESTION?



More than ever before, you need an effective way to keep in tuch with your guests and referrall partners.

I must be honest with you and share a frustauating statistic.

On line strategies are NOT as effective as they used to be...mainly because they are not consistenly reaching your guests.

Most of your email are getting blogged by spam filters and gettin lost in overflowing in boxes.

In short, you are not reaching even the… Continue

Added by Jorgen Moller on April 2, 2008 at 9:04pm — 4 Comments

Day Two at FohBoh



This is where I try to make up for everything I didn't do on Day One. Okay, so let's just cut right to the confession. I've been a bad boss. (Yeah, already!) You see, I wasn't the only new recruit to start on April Fools Day...



Sarah Atkinson, I'm pleased to announce, has also joined FohBoh as Marketing Coordinator. Sarah has BA in Business Communication with a minor in Marketing, plus seven years experience at the Cheesecake Factory… Continue

Added by diane on April 2, 2008 at 8:39pm — 5 Comments

Let's increase your sales...TODAY!

6 quick examples that will start to increase your sales!



1. A strategy and a plan: Marketing must be planned, consistent and repetitive to be effective. Many entrepreneurs take a scatter-shot approach, trying one thing then another. Instead, develop a marketing plan and budget that you can execute.



2. Defined target market: Focusing in on a particular market segment — or niche — gives focus and direction to your marketing efforts. For instance, if you’re an accountant,… Continue

Added by Robert Hale on April 2, 2008 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

On A Clear, Crisp Wednesday Afternoon

I came upon the social network site purely by chance. Wasn't looking for it -- no siree. But here I am, nonetheless. I hope to make a few friends and learn a few things too.

So here's to food pleasures and new learning experiences...and everything else in between.

~Zey Tavia~
..Never Restrict The Mind..

Added by Zey Tavia on April 2, 2008 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Brazil was a Blassss......

Hi everyone,
I am back…. The work in Brazil was very productive…..
We did interviews with some Brazilian Magazines, (Seu Sucesso, Prazeres da mesa, 4 Capas), the editorial will be out soon, will let you know when it is out.
We also had lots of fun, Brazil is always fun…..
Hope some of you that join in soon, will be able to go and have fun with us on our next trip.
Looking forward to have you in our FUN group.
Carol

Added by Carolina Brook on April 2, 2008 at 11:36am — No Comments

Minimum wage

Hi everyone. This is my 1st blog entry. A virgin. I am in Minnesota and our powers to be (government) will be raising our minimum wage here soon. WE are at 6.15/ hour and no tipped credit like 6 other states out there. They are going to raise it in two parts. This year the feds. are raising min. wage to 6.55 and our state is going to raise min. wage to 6.90 let me remind you all that is without tipped credit. Next year the feds are going to raise the wage to 7.25 and Minnesota is going to go up… Continue

Added by John Schiltz on April 2, 2008 at 7:21am — 9 Comments


Non-Operator
1st Blog

Well, my web site is under reconstruction at the moment, so I thought I would use this opportunity to introduce myself to fellow FohBoh members. I call myself a food service consultant - but with a twist - I am a student and Teacher of Applied Meta-Physics (The Science of Be-ing and Knowing) and have over 32 years of experience in almost every type of food service establishment.



I am also a Vegetarian - in transition to becoming Vegan - I run a Food Service Consulting company called… Continue

Added by Stephen J Serva Dei on April 2, 2008 at 3:52am — 1 Comment

Restaurant Leadership Conference



It's still going on...through tomorrow and it is quite the gathering. I heard that combined, the CEO's in attendance, run over 500,000 of the 945,000 restaurants operating in the U.S. market! If that's true, I am truly impressed.



One of the more interesting (and passionate) presentations was a pessimistic economic perspective presented by the People Report. More like a sky-is-falling announcement that everyone in the industry should… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on April 1, 2008 at 11:28pm — 4 Comments

Update on the Walmart Fiasco........

Hey Friends!!

Here is an update straight from MSN on my previous post! Horray! I am still a Target shopper though!



BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is dropping a controversial effort to collect over $400,000 in health care reimbursement from a former employee who suffered brain damage in a traffic accident.



The world's largest retailer said in a letter to the family of Deborah Shank of Cape Girardeau County in Missouri that it will not seek to collect… Continue

Added by Cindi Digiantonio on April 1, 2008 at 9:28pm — 4 Comments

$325 Equals $210? The Math of Customer Hostile Policies

This post is courtesy of a very good friend and associate and fellow consultant, and copied with permission. See More of Mike Figliuolo's work at and subscribe if you like at



http://thoughtleadersllc.blogspot.com/



So I bought a plane ticket. It cost me $325. My plans changed and I now had a credit with one of the major air carriers. No problem. I know I'll have to pay a change fee at a later date (usually $100) but not a huge deal. "At least I'll be able to use the credit"… Continue

Added by Matt Murphy on April 1, 2008 at 5:35pm — 4 Comments

Menu Consulting

Were upgrading our menu and would love get the old menu and the new menu in front of you for some feed back.

Cheers,
Dayne

Added by Dayne on April 1, 2008 at 5:03pm — 3 Comments

First Day at FohBoh



Your first day on a new job at a new company is always a little bit weird. Even if you've been doing something similar for years somewhere else and have a lot of confidence in general, that first day can be awkward.



You wonder... am I doing the right thing? Will these people accept me? Who are the players? Who are the sharks? Where are they hiding? And will I be eaten alive? Even if you have grand plans to change the world, you still… Continue

Added by diane on April 1, 2008 at 2:58pm — 16 Comments

True or False?

You can buy a pretzel for .30 cents at the grocery store. A street vendor sells them for $2.00. The street vendor is better off, and you are worse off.

True or False and why?

Added by Kristen Siqueiros on April 1, 2008 at 11:23am — 6 Comments

APRIL IS MICHIGAN WINE MONTH!

Wineries and wine trails are celebrating with events throughout the month. Visit www.michiganwines.com for details on all of these events, and to learn about more events throughout the year!



April 5

Michigan Wine Month Opening. Sandhill Crane Vineyards. New wine releases, hors d'oeuvres, and 5% off all wines today to celebrate the beginning of Michigan Wine Month. Mention Michigan Wine Month any time during the month of April… Continue

Added by Matt Urdan on April 1, 2008 at 6:19am — No Comments

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