All Blog Posts Tagged 'mobile' (62)

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…

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


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Is Your Restaurant Website Mobile Friendly

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Ian Said. You can visit his profile here.

Consider the needs of the consumer, and your product will generate strong brand loyalty. This bit of solid advice finds application in every aspect of business, but especially in a restaurant’s website. The Internet has unarguably replaced the telephone directory as the primary source of commonly sought…

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Added by FohBoh on August 22, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments


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(Recap) Sustainable Saturdays: Local Eats in the Palm of Your Hand

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Mobile technology has made it easier than ever to find just about anything, but on this blog we talk about all things food. Since spring is here, why not do a little spring cleaning? De-clutter…

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Added by Foodem on May 1, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Top 3 Reasons Your Restaurant Needs a Mobile Website

These days, more and more diners are turning to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to quickly find information about nearby restaurants, bars and reservations. But did you know that the majority of restaurant websites are not designed or optimized for mobile use? According to Google research, over 60 percent of people using mobile devices return to Google in order to find…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 30, 2013 at 8:42am — 4 Comments


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Great Article on Mobile Apps in the Restaurant Industry

There is a great article on mobile apps written by Noah Glass, CEO of prominent online ordering software company, OLO. Incorporating online ordering and mobile apps into your restaurant or chain's digital strategy is an excellent way to increase sales and…

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Added by FohBoh on April 16, 2013 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Webinar: Google & Location3 Talk Franchise Digital Marketing This Thursday at 3pm EST

Marketing your franchise system online in 2013 and beyond requires using a variety of channels and methods that combine to create an integrated approach for reaching target customers. However, franchise systems face unique challenges in balancing the important issues of corporate…

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Added by John Harris on March 6, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments


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Stop Losing Money – Your Restaurant Website Isn’t Built for Mobile

Welcome to part 4 of the 8 part series where we discuss how your restaurant website may be costing you thousands of dollars in potential business. Here we look at how mobile engagement (or lack thereof) can impact your business and what you can do about it!

It’s a Mobile, Mobile, Mobile, Mobile World

Straight from the mouth of Google, reigning search engine king: 30% of restaurant searches are done on mobile…

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Added by Brian Gatti on February 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments


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Restaurants Going Mobile

With the large percentage of Americans that are using smartphones, mobile websites have become a staple in the daily lives of consumers; they are easy and convenient in this fast-paced world we live in. Restaurant owners should be aware of the positive impact a mobile website will have on their restaurant.

Apps and mobile websites are the best way to create awareness for your restaurant and reach out to your diners. When done correctly, they can create a connection between…

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Added by MenuDrive on November 14, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments


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QR Codes: The New Restaurant Advertising

With the growing boom in this century’s smart phone technology, restaurants are urged—if not required— to create mobile advertising content to remain popular in the competitive industry. There are a variety of new techniques that restaurant owners can use to spread the word about their services via smart phones. For instance, QR codes, or quick response codes, are a fast-growing means of mobile advertisement.

A quick response code is a square, two-dimensional version of a barcode that…

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Added by MenuDrive on October 8, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments

Does having your customers take home your menu on their mobile phone increase repeat visits?

I work with several restaurants who have started to have a QR code in their check wallet, checkout at POS or at the bar/counter. They have their mobile app optimized menu in their mobile app and it is a real hit. Having their menu with their customers 24/7 and they can share with friends.

here's a sample Menu QR code to view on your phone

Does it make any sense to you

Bill…

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Added by Bill Joyce on October 4, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

Mobile Apps: How To Attract More Customers And Get Your Existing Customers Spending More!

A recent 2012 Harris Poll reported that the majority of consumers surveyed planned on reducing their spending on dining out occasions. And in a 2011 market research done by The NBD Group, a leading market research firm for the Restaurants and Food Service Industry, the company determined that "U.S. restaurant industry visits declined from 62.7 billion in 2008 to 60.6 billion in 2011 and independent restaurants accounted for 87 percent (2 billion) of these traffic losses".  During this…

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Added by Michael Ofori on September 9, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Three Ways to Handle the Growth in Mobile Searches for Restaurants

In a recent article on SearchEngineLand.com Bryson Meunier offers his opinion on why restaurants, in particular, need a separate mobile website to handle mobile search traffic.  He explains that if you examine search terms carefully, most people are looking for different things from a mobile device than from their desktop computer.  Desktop users might be looking to…

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Added by Tina R Wells on June 18, 2012 at 12:10pm — 2 Comments

Goals + Gamification = Engagement

Formula For Success

The more I study the concept of employee engagement in the restaurant industry I see the need for innovation. One of the biggest challenges is how to get hourly employees to really engage with the company’s mission. The formula I’m seeing emerge in other markets could change foodservice engagement if readily embraced.



Goals + Gamification = Engagement



We all know that annual reviews in foodservice are impractical. With high…

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Added by Nate DaPore on June 5, 2012 at 8:48am — No Comments


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Restaurants Can Help Performance with Mobile Ordering

You have probably seen the Domino’s commercials about them adding mobile ordering apps to their business to help them increase sales.  According to NPN, about 83% of innovators and 72% of early adopters order from restaurant apps weekly.  Big restaurants may make this process seem easy, but for smaller business creating an app for their restaurant it can seem like a daunting task. …

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Added by MenuDrive on May 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Seven Reasons Why Your Restaurant Needs an App

Marketing trends are changing, and with them the effectiveness of print media loses its value. Digital marketing is widely becoming the most popular form of advertising because of its many advantages. More and more consumers are glued to their smart phones - they never let…

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Added by Angela Stoner on May 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — 18 Comments

Satisfy Your Customers Digital Hunger!

In this digital age, most businesses have managed to stay afloat with a potential growth on the horizon despite economic struggles. Social media has played a huge role in marketing and businesses have grasped this concept to continually expand their brand. Restaurants are no exceptions. Just like any growing…

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Added by Angela Stoner on April 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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How Mobile Usage Brings Businesses and Consumers Together

When you walk down the street most of the time all you see is the tops of people's heads coming towards you. Why? Most of them are too engrossed in their iPods or cellphones to even bother to look up. They are sharing pictures, articles, opinions; just about anything that can be transferred over the web to their friends. Mobile devices have become a way of life for people today and they are becoming even more connected with each other over them.

 

The use of mobile…

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Added by MenuDrive on April 20, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments


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Mobile Ordering-Increasing Customer Ease and Satisfaction

How many times have you walked into Starbucks with 5 minutes until you have to be at work only to see the line wrapped halfway around the store? Wouldn't it have been so much easier if you could have ordered your coffee before you left your house, picked it up, and been on your way? Businesses like Starbucks are trying out the new trend of mobile ordering to see if they can try and cut back instances like these for their customers in the future.

 

Mobile ordering has become…

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Added by MenuDrive on April 18, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Power of Push (Messages!)

Push notifications are messages delivered to those who have downloaded your app and accepted notifications. They can be delivered whether or not the user is using the app at the time of send - which is one of best things about them. Instead of relying on your customer going into their inbox and opening your email, your push message appears automatically on their screen.



This is what makes push messaging so effective, and why push ads have a click through rate that is ten times…

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Added by Angela Stoner on April 9, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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