Election night is one of the most anticipated events of the year and is also considered one of the top TV moments for online orders and delivery. In fact, delivery orders spiked 20 percent during the 2012 presidential election, compared to your typical Tuesday night order volume.
Regardless of how big or small your restaurant may be, cutting costs is likely a top priority. From ramping up marketing efforts to giving staff members raises and promotions, saving a few dollars here and there can give you the opportunity to improve your restaurant in a number of different ways.
The start of 2016 welcomed new minimum wage regulations, causing restaurant owners in several states to start increasing wage pay for employees. Nearly a year later, the next wave of paycheck changes is here: overtime pay.
When it comes to choosing a location for your restaurant, you might be looking into leasing a space in an up-and-coming neighborhood with heavy foot traffic and a vibrant culinary scene. But while there’s plenty of success to be had in opening a standalone restaurant, this isn’t your only option to bring in major profits.
Positive reviews from diners and well-known critics can help bring your restaurant revenue to the next level. After all, more than half of all 18- to 34-year-olds reference online reviews before making a dining decision.
When it comes to supporting the local community, consumers aren’t afraid to spend a few extra dollars. In fact, more than half of all diners are willing to pay up to 10 percent more for dinner at an independent restaurant that leaves a positive impact on surrounding homes and businesses.
For restaurant owners and operators who might not have enough hours in the day to carve out time for researching the latest trends, podcasts can be the perfect solution. Podcasts are an easy, schedule-friendly way for restaurant leaders to get a quick dose of professional development.
Expanding a restaurant chain gives you the opportunity to replicate success – and build revenue – in new markets. But it’s important to make sure your customer experience is consistent no matter the location of your restaurant.
From order processing software to smart kitchen appliances, new technology is quickly becoming a vital component of restaurants all across the country. In fact, 73 percent of restaurant owners plan on using cutting-edge business technology in the upcoming year.
With every less-than-perfect review comes the opportunity to improve your restaurant. Not only can a few words of criticism highlight areas of your restaurant that need tidying up, but they also give you the chance to win over a disgruntled diner.
Social media marketing for restaurants comes in countless forms: status updates, polls, tweets and snaps, to name a few. Though each of these tactics is a proven way to drum up awareness for your restaurant, a new food-centric trend is quickly dominating diners’ social feeds: recipe videos.
Facebook’s video streaming service, Facebook Live, has gained major traction with brands recently. Instead of recording and posting a video to your news feed, you now have the option of 24-hours streaming capabilities.
It’s easy to organize the average day around three distinct meal times, but few people restrict their eating to just breakfast, lunch and dinner. Between doughnuts, smoothies and handheld wraps, most restaurant menus don’t only target the square-meal crowd either – nor do their delivery services.
Mobile apps, tableside payments, online ordering and electronic menus are just a few examples of restaurant technology that has seen widespread adoption in recent years. While such technology has been well received by both restaurant owners and customers, other emerging technology might take a bit more convincing before it becomes mainstream.
As a restaurant owner, you’ve put a lot of work into providing diners with an excellent customer experience when they dine at your establishment. So it’s only natural for you to maintain these high customer service standards when it comes to delivery.
Rain or shine, humidity or snow, food delivery is a year-round business. But for restaurants that offer delivery, the same rules that apply to wintertime meal transportation don’t always hold during the summer.