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Customer Birthday Emails



Remembering and acknowledging a customer's birthday is a very simple and efficient method to build brand loyalty and image. Market and analytics provider Fulcrum confirmed the full aspect of that with the results of their recent online survey.

The evidence comes from a resend online survey that indicates that 74 percent of customers appreciate more highly a company that sends them an e-mail birthday card. More than 80 percent of the customers who react positively…


Added by MenuDrive on July 18, 2014 at 9:55am — No Comments

Fun consumer data from Square - THROWDOWN

Here at Square we took a look at how Americans order (Extra mayo, pickles on the side, whole milk, etc.) and have the national list, as well as data for Chicago, NYC, SF, and other major cities. (Spoiler alert: they love bacon and fries.)
We also did a "throwdown"-- where we pitted the frequency of certain modifiers against others. We came up with some interesting insights. For example,
  • People are 500% more likely to order whole milk v…

Added by FohBoh on July 17, 2014 at 6:45pm — No Comments

The Hiring Big Bang Theory Part III: Don't Leave Them Hanging

We all know the feeling. You apply for a job, and wait, and wait...and wait some more. You’re wondering if the company received your application, if you’re in the running for the job or just downright out for the count. No one likes to be in limbo during the hiring process. It’s often a full-time job looking for a job, so not knowing where you stand is just straight up frustrating.


Jeff Hayden, owner of…


Added by Nate DaPore on July 17, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

10 Restaurant Industry Trends to Watch Out For in 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Predicting upcoming trends is never easy. Especially when you consider predictions for an industry as volatile as the restaurant industry. Kitchenall.com is committed to helping restaurant owners grow their business, so we put together these 10 restaurant industry trends based on feedback and predictions from hundreds of restaurant owners as well as industry specialists. The trends are categorized into Culinary, Beverage, Marketing, Tech, and Design, and some of them may surprise…


Added by Gary Magnone on June 25, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

Drink Up and Trust the Bartender

There are so many options in the cocktail world today. With such things like perfume and cocktail pairings or sea urchin ingredients, there is no need to be afraid of cocktails as well as…


Added by Zai Estabillo on July 9, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Hiring Big Bang Theory Part II: Recruit Through Culture

If you’re like most business folks I talk to, finding and holding on to great people is one of your toughest challenges. Let’s be honest. Work isn’t always fun. It’s called “work” for a reason. Most people spend at least a quarter of their time at work every week. And that’s exactly why it’s so important to embrace what makes your company special and let your culture shine. We all know referrals are one the best recruitment avenues, and nothing says “come join our team” like…


Added by Nate DaPore on July 11, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

Google My Business

Do you or a friend own a business and use a Google service to promote or control it? Do you wish there was an easier way to control all of the information you need to have available to consumers?  With Google’s introduction of their new, “Google My Business”, service for business owners, your wish has been granted and a variety of doors will open for businesses everywhere. This service will allow owners to update information, add photos, read reviews and use Google+ all in one place. This…


Added by MenuDrive on July 11, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Industry Awakenings - Part I


Added by Debra Bachar on July 7, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Hiring Big Bang Theory Part I: Spice Up Your Job Description

The Hiring Big Bang Theory. Sounds pretty complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Last week we hosted a webinar that focused solely on this theory, but in case you missed it, I think it’s a message worth sharing. The truth is, we’re all looking to recruit, hire and retain the best talent, yet we’re not so sure we have the right resources. 

Over the next three weeks, I’m going to share three bold steps you can take to make sure your…


Added by Nate DaPore on July 2, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Priceline buys Open Table for $2.6 billion

Priceline Group Inc. PCLN -2.58% agreed to buy restaurant booking service …


Added by FohBoh on June 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

KFC adding online ordering apps that add another sales channel

Ordering platform provider Tillster Inc. announced today that it has been selected by Pizza Hut and KFC as the preferred partner for its global reference ordering applications. Through these agreements, the company will support regional Pizza Hut and KFC franchisees with Web applications that ensure a consistent user…


Added by FohBoh on June 10, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments

Chili’s and Ziosk Install 45,000 Tabletop Tablet's at 823 Restaurants

Ziosk, makers of the world’s first ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablet, and Chili’s® Grill &…


Added by FohBoh on June 10, 2014 at 9:05am — No Comments

No Kid Hungry has record night of giving at Summer Brand Camp

Truly inspiring after a full hotel scavenger hunt and after a full on talent show that delivered some amazing music, dance and big ass rap, the tribe at #sbrandcamp in Dallas contributed more than $30,000 to No Kid Hungry. This will feed 300.000 kids, amazing and so generous.

If you are a restaurant and want to learn how you can become a partner in solving childhood hunger in the U.S, please contact the folks at Share our Strength.

Added by FohBoh on June 5, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Summer Brand Camp Experience with TDn2K as the host

So, it's summer, hot in Dallas and it's TDn2K's annual gathering of over 300 restaurant marketing and HR executives. Day one was truly amazing and fun, energizing and facilitating great professional networking. How? With a scavenger hunt team building exercise. Picture 300 competitive campers running around a hotel, up escalators and down elevators, tossing horseshoes, bean bags and eggs,stuffing marshmallows in their mouth and crowding into a single women's bathroom stall. Got it? Insanity and… Continue

Added by FohBoh on June 4, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Why Restaurants Should Use Mobile Ordering

In the past, smartphones were a thing of dreams. Now-a-days, smartphones are seen everywhere, owned by almost everyone. With nearly 85% of Americans owning some kind of smartphone, the technology for these phones has been increasing dramatically. With users between the ages of 19-30 being the biggest users of smartphones, it is no wonder that mobile ordering has taken off.  Mobile ordering is definitely not considered new. Pizza hut has had mobile ordering since 2009, offering convenience…


Added by MenuDrive on May 30, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

User Generated Content Increases Customer Engagement by 28%

The folks at Offerpop have put together an infographic pull of ideas, such as using photos and videos from customers to aggregating customer reaction to your social campaigns. Cool idea. 

FohBoh is one of those social media companies that uses User Generated Content (UGC) almost exclusively. It's one of the ways we distinguish ourselves from other restaurant and foodservice digital media companies. We don't have a…


Added by FohBoh on May 30, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

Food Tech Funding Fuels Growth

NoWait Inc., a Pittsburgh-based app for restaurant waiting lists, has raised $10 million in Series B funding. Drive Capital led the round, and was joined by return backers like Birchmere Ventures. www.nowaitapp.com

Added by FohBoh on May 25, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

In Memoriam of Mike Nahkunst

Mike Nahkunst 1950-2014

FohBoh lost one of its biggest supporters and the restaurant industry lost a true leader when Mike Nahkunst passed away Friday, May 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas. 

Mike worked as a restaurateur and executive for such restaurants as The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s Restaurants, and Kona…


Added by FohBoh on May 21, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Finding The Time To Do Everything In Your Restaurant

Every week I speak with restaurant owners in many parts of the country. In each conversation, they tell me of their concerns in running their restaurant business.

In each of these conversations they all expressed many of the same concerns and they revolve around these five issues:…


Added by Joe Welsh on May 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Three Ways to Improve Your Guest’s Experience Using Avero Restaurant Software

Service is always a hot topic of conversation in the hospitality industry, because every restaurateur strives to provide great experiences for their guests.

However, there are so many factors that go into providing great service and so little transparency into how each variable is performing. As the holiday season is in full swing and you are striving for ways to make the guest experience extra special, learn how you can use Avero Restaurant…


Added by Ally Welsh on May 15, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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Nontraditonal quickservice units are popping up wherever people are, moving beyond street-side and mall locations to military -More

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Businesses increasingly are turning to software programs that make applicant tracking more efficient.  -More

Read the NRA statement on NLRB's joint employer decision


All-new pasta dish features Grand Cru® Alpine-style cheese
Roth® Grand Cru® cheeses have a complex and full-bodied flavor that's crafted to achieve excellence in your menu applications. Try it in Manicotti en Croute with Brandied Fig Dipping Sauce. This elegant and inventive dish recently won our recipe contest for postsecondary culinary students, and is perfect as a sophisticated appetizer, passed hors d'oeuvre or savory dessert.


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National News

Darden Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) announced that Clarence Otis is stepping down as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Darden's Board of Directors has appointed the Company's current Independent Lead Director, Charles A. Ledsinger, Jr., as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. The Company also announced that it has amended its corporate governance policies to provide for the separation of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer roles.

National Restaurant Association Statement on NLRB Joint Employer Decision

Today the National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision asserting McDonald’s Corporation is a joint employer of its franchisees:

National Restaurant Association Issues Support for Clearer ACA Definition of Seasonal Employment

The bipartisan legislation will align the definitions of seasonal employment in the Affordable Care Act and streamline the applicable large employer determination process.

Rising India, Inc. Announces Acquisition Strategy Toward a Sizable Slice of the QSR Pizza Pie

Rising India, Inc. (OTC: RSII), announces today it will immediately begin work toward the acquisition of up to 5 profitable stores in the popular Quick Serve Pizza Restaurant segment. Current targets are currently earning about $450,000 in revenues per year, per store. Acquisition of targets would provide immediate cash flow identified from profitable longstanding, absentee owner operations with proven model success.

Panera Bread Company Reports Q2 2014 Diluted EPS of $1.82

Q2 2014 Revenue increased 7% to $631 million - Q2 2014 Company-owned comparable net bakery-cafe transactions up 0.4%


If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.


TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

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