[su_heading size=”20″]As you well know, competition among restaurants is pretty fierce so it’s essential you use all forms of marketing to stand out from the rest. [/su_heading]
Whether it’s the new French Bistro on the corner, or the Gastro pub that opened down the road last week, there is always a new restaurant competing for your customers business. So how do you stand out from the madding lunch crowd and keep the faithful few customers you already have? We have collated this list of ‘Top Ten Marketing Tips To Improve Your Restaurant’, informing restaurant owners how to keep their restaurants marketing as fresh as there food…
TIP 1. Embrace all things social
Social media is a fantastic way to show the personality of your business and speak to your customers on a more personal level. Create an Instagram and Facebook account to show off your beautifully presented dishes. Offering ‘social specials’ rewards your followers and retweet campaigns on twitter can be a great way to encourage shares.
TIP 2. Create a Responsive Website
Mobile has now overtake laptop usage as the uk’s hardware of choise when viewing the internet. So it’s essential your website is fully responsive and optimised for mobile usage. With I tap to contact – to make it as easy for customers to phone, email or go social.
TIP 3. Start building an email list
70% of people say they always open emails from their favourite companies*. If your customers love your food then they will open your emails. Email is a valuable platform to send out promotions, drive traffic to your website and cyustomers through the door. If you are reading this its proof they work!
TIP 4. Showcase your Reviews
What other people say about you ccarries far more credence than anything you say about yourself. Trip advisor and yelp can be powerfull tools if your reviews are good and if they are you should be promoting this on all yopur marketing collateral.
TIP 5. Dont forget the post
Create a direct mail campaign. As more marketing messages go digital the less cluttered the post becomes so your message has less completion.
TIP 6. Distribute Flyers
Canvas the neighbourhood with flyers of your menu or a monthly event. It’s inexpensive and reaches out to a potential local customer base.
TIP 7. Source Local Ingredients
Buying local is becoming an increasingly important characteristic on the high street. Customers love to hear that they’re eating locally produced food, so sourcing local ingredients can do a lot to boost your fan base and give you a positive reputation in the community.
TIP 8. Implement Local SEO Practices
Since 72% of all internet searches are related to local content. So make sure you have an effective internet marketing strategy as this can be very important.
TIP 9. Freshen Up Your Menus
If you have a fabulous menu with a great design that is working for you then this may not be necessary, however if your menu is under par then customers might think your food will be as well. Changing your menu with the seasons demonstarites you always use the freshes ingredients.
TIP 10. Attract The Press
Newspaper advertising has become cheaper than you might think, with locally based readerships invest in the occassional large, eye-catching advert once in a while could be a good idea.