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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Kids LiveWell atwitter over Twitter party

In its continuing effort to promote more nutritious and flavorful children's menu options, the NRA will hold a Twitter party  -More

Starbucks could become top on-premise wine seller in U.S.

Starbucks is planning to slowly expand its evening sales of wine, beer and small plates to thousands of selected stores throu -More

The evolving nature of snacks

Snacks have shifted from an after-school treat to a meal alternative as meal times become more fragmented.  -More

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National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

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.

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: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

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.

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