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"Scheduled" and "Automated" are actually NOT bad words when it comes to restaurant marketing

Okay. I can feel it coming already. What I am referring to is my subscribers (and also my "slowly growing on me", group of trolls) desire to automatically comment on this post, simply based on the title. BUT, before you do, I ask you kindly to just read the…

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Added by Chris Leo on May 15, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Market Your Restaurant With A Rifle and NOT A Shotgun.

Every week, restaurants come to us to discuss having us take over their marketing initiatives. When they do so, this is a two way interview. Obviously the restaurant wants to see what we are all about, and if we are suitable for their needs. We however also want to interview the restaurant, learn about them, what they have been doing with their marketing, where they…

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Added by Chris Leo on April 23, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

You've Got Them Talking......Now What?

If you are anything like me, you like to dig into things. The more I look into, the more I learn. The more I learn, the better job my firm can do for our restaurant partners.



One thing I always find curious when I'm digging around the internet, is when I see a restaurant's social media property, where they have a fairly large group of fans or followers.…

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Added by Chris Leo on April 16, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why I'm a lightning rod & how to pick a social media firm

So it appears that I have stirred up a little controversy on the Internets, this past week. If you haven't read it, I wrote a blog post about …

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Added by Chris Leo on April 9, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

3 Reasons Restaurants Should Outsource Their Social Media Management

The one constant that will always exist in the Restaurant Industry is that there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. It is this very reason that we started the Restaurant marketing division of our company.

While this…

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Added by Chris Leo on April 2, 2012 at 8:00am — 29 Comments

When Selecting A Diner Loyalty / Restaurant Marketing Program, “Integration” Should Be The Name Of The Game



Every week, I have numerous phone conversations, meetings and webinars with perspective Restaurant Clients that are interested in our …

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Added by Chris Leo on March 26, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

New App Set Up Gives Your Restaurant's Facebook Fan Page CREATIVE Options

Last week I wrote about the big, exciting changes that facebook was making to their business fan pages.As I mentioned at the end of my article: As with all exciting upgrades, there is always a downside. In this case, it has to do with the disappearance of the default landing tab. You will no…

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Added by Chris Leo on March 12, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Interesting Infographic on Restaurant Diner Engagement

Here's a great info graphic showing the power of the social media management programs we run for our clients. This particular graphic is specific to Facebook Fan Pages.  Check out Wicked Chicken. In this case, they are considered "David", while the others could be considered "Goliath".



This proves…

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Added by Chris Leo on March 7, 2012 at 10:53am — 4 Comments

Your Restaurant's Facebook Fan Page is GOING to Change

Facebook's business fan pages are changing. They are in fact changing in a few very big ways. As a result, you are going to have to change your restaurant's facebook strategy, to fit in with the new offerings. While there are at least 7-10 major upgrades happening, I'm going to focus on the three largest ones that will impact your restaurant, and some ways you can work with them, to ensure you continue to get lots of traction with your facebook marketing efforts.

1) Cover…

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Added by Chris Leo on March 7, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

2 Reasons Your Restaurant Marketing Efforts Should Be Multi-Channel

As the saying goes, "Everything in moderation", is the best rule of thumb to live by.  Believe it or not, the same holds true for your restaurant's marketing efforts as well. Although, it's not for the exact same reasons you would imagine.

Running a restaurant can be grueling, to say the least.  Whether you are a manager, marketing manager, owner, or…

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Added by Chris Leo on February 20, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

3 Ways To Increase Revenues Using SMS (Text Message) Marketing In Your Restaurant

Lately I've been reading many great articles about restaurant websites and why you should have a mobile enabled version of your website, for when visitors browse your restaurant on a smartphone.  The general consensus of these articles is that you should seriously consider having  a mobile version of your site.  I agree wholeheartedly with this.

While I may agree…

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Added by Chris Leo on February 15, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

7 Ways To Integrate Social Media AND Email Marketing, When Promoting Your Restaurant

Have you been trying to figure out how to integrate Social Media into the email communications you send out for your Restaurant? Fear not! It's actually far easier than you think.

Each, taken on their own, are effective. Put them together though and you will have something very powerful. Email marketing and social media go together perfectly,…

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Added by Chris Leo on February 6, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Is your Restaurant's Facebook Fan Page Healthy? 4 Ways To Find Out

Facebook recently rolled out some new metrics that are going to make your Restaurant's Fan Page Rock! The new insights are going to help you grow your fans and your fans interactions in ways you never imagined possible.

Obviously it's important to monitor your facebook statistics, but the new metrics make it even easier to monitor your Facebook Fan…

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Added by Chris Leo on January 30, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Five Tips For Making Your Restaurant More Social

What message does your restaurant convey to your fans and prospects that are socially engaged?

Restaurants can no longer choose to use "planned or scripted" messages such as "We're the place to be", or "The ONLY place to watch sports".  They also cannot choose to simply ignore social media all…

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Added by Chris Leo on January 23, 2012 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Case Study: Restaurants, Yelp!, Facebook, Twitter & Critics

If you own a restaurant, somehow are involved in the restaurant industry, or even watch TV, you have no doubt heard about what recently happened to the owner of Boners BBQ, when a diner gave the restaurant a…

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Added by Chris Leo on January 16, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

You Want Facebook Likes? Well, You're Doing It Wrong!

Pepsi has almost 6.9 Million Facebook fans. Old Spice is approaching the 2 Million mark, and McDonald's clocks in just north of 12 Million.

Do you have…

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Added by Chris Leo on January 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

QR Codes and Your Restaurant

When they first came out, many people in the Restaurant Industry wondered if QR Codes were a little too "Bleeding Edge" to be used in their marketing and promotional efforts.  After all, we don't all live in the Silicon Valley.

The first time we saw QR Codes, we immediately fell in love. …

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Added by Chris Leo on January 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Top 5 Things Restaurants Misunderstand About Social Media

Whether you want to admit it or not, social media is here to stay.  Everyone (And I truly mean EVERYONE), needs to accept this fact and figure out how they want to incorporate social media into their marketing and advertising efforts.

When I'm in restaurants, meeting with the owners, discussing  their customer loyalty and marketing plans, I learn as much as I can about what they…

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Added by Chris Leo on January 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

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DEPARTMENTS

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Eateries turn to rationing as lime prices soar

Unrest caused by Mexico's drug cartels, along with floods in Mexico and a drought in California, are taking a toll on this ye -More

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Burger King to upgrade wireless with Whopper Wi-Fi

Burger King has teamed with AT&T to replace existing in-store wireless Internet with an upgraded system dubbed Whopper Wi-Fi  -More

Late-night indulgence pays off for Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box saw its profits rise sharply in the first quarter, a few months after introducing its $6 Munchie Meal menu of -More

JOBS & CAREERS

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National News

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 24.4%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.

Restaurant Sales Bounced Back in March

Restaurant sales posted a solid gain in March, and bounced back completely from the recent soft patch. Eating and drinking place sales totaled $47.3 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis in March, up 1.1 percent from February's upward-revised sales volume of $46.8 billion, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

CROWD FUNDING

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 TALKS VIDEO

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

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."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

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