All Blog Posts Tagged 'service' (230)

Defining Focus in Foodservice Hiring

In the restaurant industry, being fully staffed — with top-quality employees — is Holy Grail of HR. It is constantly sought after, rarely achieved and rumored to be difficult to achieve. More often than not a restaurant has a decent team, with a few outstanding employees and the occasional bad apple. It’s not uncommon to find a manager or head chef stepping in to cover a “no-show” staff member.

 

Foodservice faces such high turnover rates that managers often jump to quickly…

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Added by Nate DaPore on February 7, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments


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Put a face on it!

One obvious, popular, and overwhelmingly effective marketing/operational technique that we've seen blossom over the past few years is simply putting a face/name to the business. Does this mean hiring a celebrity chef or entrepreneur to represent your company? I dont think so... I think it means giving the customers someone to connect with a deeper level than just the server (although the server may be doing an excellent job of being that face).

I personally really enjoy seeing the…

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Added by Joel Lazeski on December 30, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments

What makes a great server?

by Zac Bond, Content Manager for Waitrainer

Truly excellent service has a je ne sais quoi about it— that seemingly unknowable quality that sets it apart— it's hard to pin down but you know it when you see it. Great service flows with grace that appears…

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Added by Waitrainer on December 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments


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Twas Three Nights Before Christmas

‘Twas three nights before Christmas, a time to prepare

For the mad rush of diners -- a hope we all share

We’ve menus all hung by the entry with care

In hopes that…

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Added by Rod Guinn on December 21, 2011 at 3:30am — 5 Comments


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A Time to Wow

We all enjoyed being wowed from time to time. 

We especially like being wowed when we are not expecting to be. Who hasn’t been dragged to an event that we expected to be a yawner, and have benn pleasantly wowed?  It’s nice.

I’ve spent the better part of 20 years managing food service sales reps.  In that time, I interviewed hundreds of candidates for those positions.  I never…

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Added by Paul Letendre on December 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Nutrition on Hotel Menus

A few years ago the National Restaurant Association reported that48% of the average American household food budget is spent dining out.  That’s pretty high for an average, but some of us eat out far more than the average person, in particular those of us on the road.  Those of you who I see around the restaurant trade show circuit know what I am talking about; eating three meals a day (at least, sometimes there are happy hours and parties) either in…

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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on November 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments


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Evaluating America’s Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants

I recently stumbled upon this article from Health magazine: America’s Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants.  As a secret lover of fast food (a treat that I only enjoy on road trips) I was intrigued. Surprisingly, there were more restaurants listed that I haven’t I have never even heard of, much less visited.

 

Time to investigate.

 

Jason’s…

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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on October 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Dipping Toes In The Social Media Stream

Strolling along a country path with a meditative mind, I observed how many different colors canvassed the landscape I tread upon.  As I listened to the sounds of the earth and watched the falcon soaring trough the winds strategically above me, I stumbled upon a young pensive man sitting on the pier ahead.

With his feet dangling from the worn fishing pier, his toes simply…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on October 17, 2011 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments


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The 80's Solid Hits of Customer Service from K-Tel!

The following is an actual transcript of a cassette tape that was discovered in the basement of a warehouse to a long gone company called K-Tel Records that produced “greatest hit” compilations from the 70’s through the late 80’s.

 

The date on the tape is labeled 1989 and the handwritten black marker…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


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Just "Because": The Beatles Lessons in Customer Service

I believe that everyone should work as a waiter at one point in their life.

Not because the money is pretty darn good or because you get one shift drink that can turn into two or three if you are good chums with the bartender. Rather, they should become a waiter to learn the true value of great customer service and its rewards.

It worked for me and I can say, with no…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on September 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment


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Escape from The Planet of the Social Media Apes: The Burnout

The joints of their knuckles ached. Their wrists were stiff as the first sign of primate related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome waged war on their usually limber joints. Many of the Apes had gone to be fitted for reading glasses as the hours spent in front of computers had taken its toll. The hunt for those filthy human pests,…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on September 6, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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Rise of the Planet of The Social Media Apes

We are all familiar with the Planet of The Apes storyline yes? How the apes evolve, take over the planet, enslave man and, as we saw in the first 5 movies, they lived a very technologically free existence. Now comes the new updated movie “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and my question becomes; since we have changed so much…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on August 9, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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How Many Times Have You Heard This One?

 

 

Communication is the key to success!   If we have heard it once we have heard it a gabillion times.  It’s easy to say and much harder to do.  Why do organizations typically struggle with communication?  I realize opinions are like noses - everyone has one.  Allow me to offer several on this important topic.

 

The Telephone Game

 

If you are of a certain…

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Added by Bill Campion on August 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments


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Seven Ways to Increase Sales in Your Restaurant

Added by Jim Sullivan on August 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments


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Polishing the Stagecoach: Don't Let Trainers Fall Behind YourTrainees

Copyright 2011 by Jim Sullivan

I recently had lunch with Tim Kirkland, the best-selling author of The Renegade Server (2009, Indian Creek Press, $19.95). If you haven’t read the book—a 21st Century treatise on how to motivate, inspire and direct iPod Generation waitstaff to better serve and sell—I highly recommend it.

Our conversation centered not on servers, but on the current state of—and frustrating lack of progress in—foodservice training. We…

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Added by Jim Sullivan on August 7, 2011 at 7:56am — 1 Comment


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Some Things Just Go Together!

 

 

Soup and Sandwich.  Bacon and Eggs.  Love and Marriage.  Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Culture and Customer Service. 

 

Some things just go together !  Like the lyrics from a song my Mom used to sing “you can’t have one without the other”!  If there’s any truth to this premise, why then are there so many organizations that seem unable to admit it?

 

(Break out…

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Added by Bill Campion on July 30, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments


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Standing With Norway: Tribe

On my block there is a gentle eerie calming sound of semi silence that drapes the area with the slight disturbance of an air conditioner straining under the heat. Perhaps it was the same on Norwegian Island on Friday except it was the snap of a rifle disturbing the silence and the lives of 68 predominantly…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on July 26, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


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Cheers! Classic Sitcoms & Customer Service

 

 

I’m going to mention four sitcoms and I want you to close your eyes and try to remember each ones theme song. It doesn’t matter if you remember just the tune or some of the lyrics. Just see how you do:

Cheers…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on July 12, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment


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Inspirational Groceries

 

 

 

When I go to Kroger I am inspired.  No kidding!  The Kroger I frequent is really no different than any other.  Okay, their produce is significantly better than Meijer and they do a fair job with customer service but it’s really not all that special.  That was until…

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Added by Bill Campion on July 12, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Deleting Comments — Bad Move



I preach this over and over and over again -If your customers leave you a bad review or critical remark on any of your social media sites or even your company website, do NOT delete it.

Let me say that again.  Do NOT delete it.  The only thing you’re going to accomplish byKristen DAukas Twin City Sales and Marketing customer service  deleting them is ticking them off even more.

The only time that you should…

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Added by Kristen Daukas on July 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

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