Barry Chandler's Blog – June 2012 Archive (7)

What social media for bars & restaurants is REALLY about

There seems to be ongoing confusion as to just how social media should be used by bar and restaurant owners, managers and marketers. I sent out a tweet yesterday that had no…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 28, 2012 at 4:48am — No Comments

How to drive bar sales by hiring for attitude, not skill



“Hire for attitude, train for skill”. It’s not a new idea, you’ll find it here, …

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 22, 2012 at 3:33am — 1 Comment

Stop blaming Yelp because you don’t have any customers

Conspiracy theories abound, stories about competitors leaving bad reviews, customers hijacking Yelp, I’ve heard all the reasons why Yelp is single handedly responsible for the demise of the bar, yet here is the real story.

 

“It takes a great business to get great reviews.…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 22, 2012 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Why your Bar/Restaurant does not need a mobile app

I’m going to ruffle a few feathers with this video I think, especially those in the mobile app business, but at the end of the day, as business owners we need to find the most efficient and beneficial uses of technology, our time and our money. Watch the video to see why your business will never need a mobile app.

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 22, 2012 at 3:27am — 1 Comment

Why bar/restaurant owners should NOT blog.

When I started this blog in 2009, I had one goal in mind: to get in front of more potential customers for my services. I used the blog and continue to use this platform to share information that hopefully helps business owners identify new ways to grow their business. In doing so, I got in front…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 21, 2012 at 3:22am — 3 Comments

How you’re killing your business with tension

You spend a fortune building your business, marketing your fine food and drink, hiring and training (hopefully) the best staff you can find, you invest in ingredients and more utility costs than you ever expected. All with one goal: to wow the customer and have them come back again. At least that’s what I…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 11, 2012 at 4:16am — No Comments

Stop treating your customers like transactions

The more we work with bar and restaurant clients to assist in their social media efforts, the more we see customers being treated as mere transactions. Sure, transactions have their place in a business;…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 11, 2012 at 3:59am — No Comments

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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%

CROWD FUNDING

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TED TALKS VIDEO

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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