Featured Blog Posts – April 2011 Archive (22)

The Ultimate Killer Social App for the Restaurant CEO

The modern restaurant CEO carries a ton of stress around. Some cause it, other give it, but S T R E S S is part of the job. Whether s/he is responsible for 5 units or in Julia Stewart's case, 3,500 at Dine Equity, they clearly have a full time job. So, how do they stay informed? What do they measure and how frequently? What do they worry about?

I wonder...where is their playbook? Is it a laptop that sends them rich quantitative data? Is it broken down by unit, region or systemwide? Is…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on April 27, 2011 at 11:35am — 3 Comments

Ten Things to do Now

To have a successful integrated marketing plan, you must first do the basics.  Below are  "Ten Things to do Now" which are the first steps in utilizing technology tools as part of your overall marketing program.

 

1-Embrace New Marketing Opportunities- In a few short years, the Internet has gone from being an obscure new idea to being an essential part of any marketing strategy. Customers are now looking for you,…

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Added by Matt Harper on April 26, 2011 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments


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News for the FohBoh Restaurant Network

 

New Ways to Facebook "Like", Favorite and Share Content with other social networking sites 

Did you notice the hearts yet?  Have you seen the the now famous Facebook "Like" buttons at the bottom of photos, video, blogs and discussions on FohBoh? They are right next to the share on Twitter and Facebook social tabs.

A couple of years ago we had some pretty advanced features that are slowly returning to FohBoh. Points are still in the queue, so please be…

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Added by FohBoh on April 25, 2011 at 9:04am — 2 Comments

Yelponomics: What Really Drives Yelp Reservations

Restaurants understand the growing importance of Yelp, but effectively managing it can be a challenge. I set out to study what really moves the needle on Yelp so business operators can prioritize their efforts accordingly. I compared online reservation volume over time from Yelp.com for 35 restaurants with different Yelp profile characteristics. The data spans 3 cities and comes from the ever-growing Eat Metrics dataset of 2,100,000 pageviews and almost 50,000 online…

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Added by Eric Rodriguez on April 25, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

5 Things You Never Want to See in Restaurant Menu Design

Comic Sans font. You do not want this font anywhere near your menu. It’s reserved specifically for elementary school teacher newsletters. And there’s a documentary against it.

 

Paryrus font. This font is the stereotype of stereotypes for Greek restaurants. (There’s even a …

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Added by Amanda Brandon on April 22, 2011 at 3:10pm — 5 Comments


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Pursuing Your Passion

 

 

Pursue your passion. I suppose this is an overused cliche.    If we’ve heard it once we’ve heard it a thousand times.  Come to think of it every cliche is overused.  Isn’t that the very nature of a cliche?  How many times have you heard these cliches - “What goes around comes around” or “Worry about what you can control and let go of what you can’t control” both overused and both cliches.  The reason we’ve heard them a lot is because they are the truth.

 

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Added by Bill Campion on April 19, 2011 at 7:43am — 5 Comments

Recruiters, Anecdotally



Over time, I’ve come to learn there are people with questionable motives in every profession.  You know…opportunists; people who are only concerned with themselves and how they can benefit.

 

Now, there’s nothing wrong with looking out for yourself and your family.  But, I’m referring to so-called…

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Added by David Rose on April 14, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments


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Snippets and Afterthoughts

Catching up on topics from past blogs and recent news ...

 

UCLA Restaurant Conference: I mentioned some weeks ago that I had served on the planning committee for this conference,…

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Added by Rod Guinn on April 14, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Counting Calories and Restaurant Waste

Last year in December TED published a video of legendary chef and restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson talking about his efforts at creating a sustainable restaurant.  This has to have been one of the most illuminating talks that no restaurant owner can afford to miss.  From learning about how many different ways a potato gets handled all the way to using the elements (wind, water, sun) to power…

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Added by green machan on April 13, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

What Does Consumer Privacy Mean to Restaurant Marketing?

Does the consumer have a say in the online world?  You bet!  Look at how social media has exploded!

Does the consumer have a say in what data you track about them? umm... I guess so... I dunno?!

The Big Issue

Here is one of the great debate now…

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Added by Steven Groves on April 13, 2011 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Evolving Social Media Management Services

Social media is a force of change that is evolving how we work in the marketing suite. When I founded FohBoh 40 months ago as a restaurant social network, social media was a foreign language. Now, it is almost a language in it of itself with "experts and everything.” As with any profession, there are those more skilled than others, disparate philosophies, even early best practices based on varying levels of experience. I don’t believe any one possesses the dominant view,…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on April 12, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Who Is Your Restaurant?

We all get to that point where we just need a break from Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, our city -- we just need a break from the hustle and bustle of life. A few weeks ago I spent 5 amazing days in Miami, soaking up the sun and warmth that isn't all too common in cloudy, cold Chicago.

 

Vacations are meant to let you mind wander and sure enough I started pondering those "deep" questions that don't necessarily, on the surface, seem to jive with the idea of vacation: Who am I? What…

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Added by Josh Hersh on April 12, 2011 at 4:00am — 3 Comments


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5 Ways to Spot a Social Media Fraudster Pitching Their Services

Let’s me begin this article by holding my hands up and saying that many might consider an article like this a self-serving conflict of interest, considering I provide social media management services to clients. However, having listened to amazing stories of pitches and promises made to restaurant and bar… Continue

Added by Barry Chandler on April 12, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment


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Once More Around the Leadagers’ Mulberry Bush

Leadership is a term for a “role” that one seeks or is thrown into (or back-doors into), and is brought into play when one must influence/guide/impact others. Management refers to the “job” of having responsibility for bringing about specific outcomes or overseeing certain activities. You can be a leader without management responsibilities, which is called a figurehead. If you have no other person within your span of influence (let’s say you’re operating a street-cart) then you can manage…

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Added by Chase Leblanc on April 11, 2011 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Check your Facebook Privacy Settings so you can do Facebook Marketing with Confidence

I've summarised the key issues and settings to check in this short video - I hope it's useful.

Added by Ken Burgin on April 11, 2011 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

How to Avoid Products from China and GMO Foods







Those long numbers in the barcodes and the other numbers really mean something. In certain cases you can tell if the produce in GMO'd. And you can always tell where the product is from. Here is a quick reference for the origin of the product: * 690-692, made in China . * 00 -- 09, made in USA and Canada * 30 -- 37, made in France. * 40 -- 44, made in Germany. *… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on April 7, 2011 at 11:58am — No Comments

Is This Burger Joint for Real?

With menu items like "Supa Dupa Fly Ho with cheese," Fat Ho Burgers hit the national stage this past week. In a Google News search, I found 23 very relevant news sources carrying a story on this tiny Waco, Texas burger joint. 

 

A news clip from the local Fox affiliate has gone viral as the owner explains how she arrived at the name. The 23-year-old Lakita Evans told KWTX.com…

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Added by Amanda Brandon on April 7, 2011 at 5:05am — No Comments


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How your bar can celebrate Foursquare Day (and increase business)

Foursquare Day is holiday dedicated to demonstrating the power of social media. The concept was created by a Florida optomotrist, and is endorsed by the location based social service Foursquare. It is celebrated on April 16, because April is the fourth month…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 6, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments


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Captain's Log: A Trek through Leadership in the 21st Century

I am a big geek. I think you can tell that from previous posts. One of the things that got me started on my road to Geekdom was of course everyone’s favorite nerd crush, Star Trek, and yes, I do own a purring Tribble thank you!

 

But what always attracted me to the show was not the unidentified…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on April 5, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


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Give Me Relevance or Give Me Death

 

Am I being a little melodramatic with this headline? I think not.  I’m cool with growing older.  Truly I am.  I figure everyone is doing it, none of us have a choice so I might as well enjoy the ride.  It especially warms the cockles of my heart to know I am part of a generation that is 78 million strong.  Of course the generation of which I speak is the…

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Added by Bill Campion on April 5, 2011 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

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Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

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