Michael L. Atkinson's Blog Posts Tagged 'FohBoh' (21)

10 Food Tech Start-Up Lessons

I remember the first POS terminal that I ever saw and used was way back in 1977. It was a monster and weighed a ton! I have no idea what this thing cost or who made it. It was all metal and brown. It didn't have a screen but it did have a keypad for entering data It was not exactly an elegant design, so I know Steve Jobs wasn't consulted.  I learned about PLU (Price Look Up) codes, and remember the thing churning like it was thinking, or trying to.…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Where we're heading in 2012

It's good to keep track of what is created over time with hard work, passion and dedication. We at FohBoh have always advocated for the restaurant industry, working hard to deliver on our promise and this will only continue as we move in to 2012.

The FohBoh Milestone Timeline: 2007-2011…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on December 20, 2011 at 8:57am — 2 Comments

Top 10 Reasons for B2B Social Media

Social Media is indeed a mass communications vehicle like no other. But now, more and more businesses are finding that social media data can be valuable for businesses, particularly for customer insights. Through our work with independent restaurants and chains on social media strategy and delivering real-time social media "Mystery Shopper" reports via the FOHBuzz guest satisfaction tool, we see how to leverage social data for…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on December 6, 2011 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Social Media Addiction - Fact or Fiction?

I just had a very interesting conversation with a marketing manager at a regional chain a few days ago. She was pretty savvy about restaurant marketing in general and loves the notion of connecting online with her guests. She is in love with social media. In fact, she admitted that she is addicted to TweetDeck and that little tone that bleeps every time a new message arrives. 

It's a neurotransmitter that some researchers have linked our cultural obsession with social media –…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on November 22, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Stress Test, Surviving Silicon Valley

While preparing for my Keynote next Tuesday at #FSMU, I almost want to change the title to "Stress Test, Surviving Silicon Valley". Startups are hard enough without all the strange stuff Silicon Valley tosses at you. I presented to a white-shoe venture fund a couple of weeks ago. They’ve invested in several social media companies and loved what we are doing here at FohBoh. They loved our business model, how we’ve evolved a social media insights and web analytics company, our…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on September 13, 2011 at 3:49pm — 4 Comments

#NRAShow - 2011 perspective

I am not sure what the final attendee count was, but my guess is more than last year and far less than 2008, when attendance was close to 55,000 over the four days. Like most things that occurred before 2008, NRA's annual event is what it is, rather than what was. 

Attitude is what I tend to focus on most. Because I network and communicate and listen to what people are saying, my sense is that this year, the general attitude was great. Industry stakeholders were engaged and willing to…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on May 26, 2011 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

Social Media Tools Are Killing Their Own Value



I officially have conceded to the app developers and the contra-browsers mavens that are developing so many different ways to do the same thing, that I have lost not only count, but interest. Do we really need…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 29, 2011 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

Checking in at SXSW

Checking in at SXSW in was nearly a full-time job. This being my first time I was a bit overwhelmed. If you don't know, SXSW means South-By-South-West, a conference held annually for the past 25 years in Austin, Texas. It started out as a music festival and now, more than 125,000 people attend during its 10 days. This place is nuts. It's where Interactive, film and music intersect. Tech executives, geeks, musicians and movie stars collide with movie buffs, authors, fans,…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 15, 2011 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Social Media Addiction - Is it Real?

I just had a very interesting conversation with a marketing manager at a regional chain a few days ago. She was pretty savvy about restaurant marketing in general and loves the notion of connecting online with her guests. She is in love with social media. In fact, she admitted that she is addicted to TweetDeck and that little tone that bleeps every time a new message arrives.

It's a neurotransmitter that some researchers have linked our cultural obsession with social media – iPhones,…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 2, 2011 at 6:20pm — 6 Comments

Re-engaging Old Customers

Four hundred and twenty-eight. That’s how many pages of members FohBoh has as of today. Every once in a while I float though the older pages checking in on some of those early adopters that found FohBoh when we had 10 blogs, 3 photos, a video and 5 discussions, and not much else. I poke them, say hi and encourage them to wonder back once in a while to take a look, meet new members and join the conversation, again. It’s good to do that. Poke people who were once a regular, now not so… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on November 17, 2009 at 6:08pm — 2 Comments

The Great Recession Is Over

At least Ben Bernanke says it is. Feel any better?



Two indicators I find useful and telling are GDP and unemployment. But, I think unemployment benchmarking analysis will have to change a bit. Companies are learning how to manage their businesses more efficiently and that means fewer employees are required.



The GDP in Q3 2008 was around -2%, then Q4 plummeted to around -5.2% and we bottomed out in Q1 2009 at -6%. This resulted in a spike in commercial lending challenges… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on October 21, 2009 at 6:36pm — 7 Comments

Happy First Birthday FohBoh!

Happy 1st Anniversary FohBoh!





It’s always a good to look back and reflect on what your year was like. Some people seem to look toward December 31st as a way to say hello to a new year or say good-bye or even good riddance to last year. I guess it depends on the events that occurred and the goals you had as well as the things you can’t control.



Jack Canfield and Brian Klemmer, among other life coaches, like to say… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 1, 2009 at 11:36am — 12 Comments

How to Write a Blog Post-In Pain English

Not all of us are familiar with how to post a web log (blog). According to wikipedia, A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.



Blog is short for Web log. Blogs are publicly available… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on November 28, 2008 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Loyalty



How do you honor loyalty? By posting a blog about loyalty and adding a very nice photograph that tells the story far better than I could.



While Steve was not a participant in the Beijing Olympics, he is a proud FohBohite...with a kayak.



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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on August 22, 2008 at 7:31am — 11 Comments

Thank You Ning for the Recognition!

We just received some pretty cool recognition from Ning, a major technology services company and the one we host FohBoh on. Ning has over 200,000 social networks and they selected FohBoh to feature in a recent blog. Check it out.

Cheers!

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on July 16, 2008 at 10:14am — 4 Comments

Peeking Behind the Scenes at FohBoh, Inc. | #4



Managing a start up requires a lot of energy, particularly one like FohBoh, which is moving pretty fast after just 175 days. It's a bit like a puzzle really. Sorting though the various pieces of data. Moving the square edges to the side, and separating like-colors while looking for those small clues that help distinguish one piece from another. That's what I do as CEO. I sort through the loads of data and try not to be over-whelmed while… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on June 22, 2008 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Peeking Behind the Scenes at FohBoh, Inc. | #3



Just back from our first show at NRA in Chicago. There have been a few posts about this experience and what we thought of the show, which was awesome for our young, 140 day-old, growing enterprise. However, this post is about status…continuing our theme of being… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on May 22, 2008 at 3:59pm — 1 Comment

Making Friends at National Restaurant Association Show

While some thought it was not well attended, I thought the NRA show in Chicago was an amazing experience with crowds of people. It is truly amazing how big this show is. Over 2,500 exhibitors and over 73,000 attendees. Clearly Chicago's largest convention.





We enjoyed meeting several folks from the NRA at their booth over the past few days, and look forward to presenting to them at their offices tomorrow morning. Since we are becoming… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on May 21, 2008 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

Peeking Behind the Scenes at FohBoh, Inc. | #2

Hi again,



Yesterday was a great day for FohBoh. We spent the day at an all-hands meeting with our new amazing advisory board discussing our vision, status, growth and plans for the future. The talent, wealth of experience, passion and excitement was inspiring. I am grateful for their commitment and participation as I know that FohBoh will feel their impact in the coming months.



We are the leading online social-business network for the restaurant industry. Our plan is to… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on April 26, 2008 at 9:56am — No Comments

Peeking Behind the Scenes at FohBoh, Inc.

Hi all,



I have been asked by more and more members to start sharing what's going on at FohBoh.com (FohBoh, Inc.). The reality is that as a start-up Web 2.0 company engaged in the social media industry, I guess we should walk-the-talk and become a bit more transparent. Now having said that, there are certain strategic matters and IP that we can't share (those pesky competitors), but suffice to say, we need to, plan to and will be more open. This is your community, not the Michael and… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on April 24, 2008 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

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