Restaurant Promotion Ideas # 50- Giving Sweet Memories with a Photobooth

Giving your customers sweet photo memories to take home!!

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Before for special occasion like Valentine’s, Mother’s Day we used to hire a photographer to get photographs for the customers that dine in. But you could only do that on special occasions. As the price of hiring a photographer was expensive. Which was not recommended to do everyday. Which means you’re limited to only certain days. But nowadays its easier, with the introduction of the self service photo booth. Here a hassle free picture taking device. You need to set the photo booth at a specific location. Your customers only needs to pose and snap their picture. They can either print, download to their mobile phones, share it with their friends or even on social media.



There is numerous types of photo booth in the market to buy or rent. But if your restaurant is just starting up and you are afraid to invest in a photo booth. You can build one yourself. There are great sites on the web with instructions on how to make your own photo booth. Here is a few that I found interesting.

SIMPLE PHOTO BOOTH USING IPAD AND A PRINTER

This is a very simple basic photo booth. You only need an Ipad, a tablet stand and a wireless printer. You don’t need to build a box. This is suitable for restaurants that only need a photo booth for special occasions like Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, Christmas and so on. To make it more fun, create different backdrops with props according to the theme. This photo booth build is for people that don’t want to spend to much time, building the booth.

 

1. Set up a photo booth in minutes

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http://www.footstoolapps.com/how-to-make-your-own-photo-booth-diy-2/

 

SIMPLE 5 MINUTE PHOTO BOOTH USING AN ANDROID TABLET

If you don’t have an Ipad then here is a tutorial how to set up a simple photobooth using an android tablet and camera tripod.

5-minute Photo Booth

BUILD A PROPER PHOTO BOOTH
Well if you like to build a proper photo booth. And have the skills needed to do it. Here’s a site that gives you step by step instructions on building your very own photo booth along with its printer. I got this website a few months ago. Haven’t got round to building it cause time was not in my favour. But will do it someday cause it looks so simple from this site.

How I Built a Custom DIY Photo Booth for Weddings and Events

How I Built a Custom DIY Photo Booth for Weddings and Events

Add more ummph to your photo booth by adding props that people could use. Here a few websites that have printable photo booth props

Free Printable Photobooth

http://thedesignest.com/printable-photo-booth-props/

 

 

As for the photo booth software, there are alot different photo booth apps at Google Playstore or Apple Store. You just need to look whats suitable for you. For different occasions or themes. Of course the free ones have limited features. Tried it photo booths are great and fuss free way of promoting your restaurant on the social especially after your customers have so much fun.

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Restaurant Promotion Idea #49:- Summer Promotion Ideas for Restaurants

3 Summer Promotion Ideas for your Restaurant

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Summer the hottest of the four seasons, falls between spring and autumn. The warm temperatures of summer will bring people out. Most countries especially the US have month long summer holidays. Thus most families will travel. If you are in a popular summer vacation spot. You have to come out with fun and creative restaurant promotion ideas to draw people in. Otherwise they will go somewhere else. Summertime is time for you to run a long promotion.

Here are some ways to boost sales and build your summer revenue.

1. Lower prices as the temperature rises.

Pull customers to your restaurant when the temperature rises. You can come away with great summer refreshments but if you don’t have an marketing hook. Custoners might not walk inside. Create a special discount that the customer receive $10 off any purchase of $100 when the temperature goes above 100 degrees. Put a huge termometer at your entrance with line at the targeted temperatures. Or you can also do a “Cool off. Once the temperature rises above 100, all fruit juices will be a dollar off”

Another idea, is to offer “Rainy Day Discounts” to attract customers indoors when it rains. Specially when their outdoor plans get cancelled or postponed. Create some rainy day activities in your restaurant. You can even purchase some board games or may be some online casino games you can learn about those in attitude.co.uk, to keep people entertained while they wait for the rain to stop. Advertise boldly at your entrance.



2. Sell Picnic Baskets

I’ve written in my earlier post.“Restaurant Promotion Ideas #30 – Valentine’s Day Picnic Baskets”, how you can boost your Valentine’s Day revenue with picnic baskets. You can create picnic baskets for summer. Add some light and refreshing food that folks may take with them to the beach or park. This will gives them the opportunity to spend more time at the beach or park. Without having to worry about lunch. You can find some food items ideas from the net. One such website to consider is.  15 Healthy Picnic Recipes 

3. Set Up a Sidewalk Kiosk

Should you be located in an area with heavy foot traffic, then this is an idea for you. Bring your products outside and place on tables to capture the eyes of customers passing by. Sell freshly squeezed juices or even refreshing salad. In my post, I have written how I got incremental revenue by setting a kiosk infront of my outlet here “The Benefits of having a Take Away Counter in your Restaurant”. Make use of a sidewalk kiosk to unload excess inventory at discounted prices. You can even use this chance to distribute flyers for lunch.

Whats your summer promotion? Share it with us in the comments space below. Summer is the best time to do a extended promotion.

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Restaurant Promotion Idea #48:- Attract your Little Customers

I have always worked in Beach Resort geared to families. I am always on the look out for ways to  draw in families to dine in my} outlets. Marketing to families are a different ballgame. You have to attract the kids first. So our busiest business comes during the school break when families go for holidays together. Marketing to kids is very profitable nowadays but you have to do it properly. As quoted in the National Restaurant Website “Recent Kidzsmart survey asked children what they like most about going out to eat with their parents. Their top answer was spending time with their family (60 percent), followed by fun (48 percent) and the food (43 percent).”. So your promotions should be geared in creating the spending time experience with parents.

Kids Eat Free

A common practice that most restaurants like to do is to give a free meal for the kids. Should you be offering a buffet, then you may offer every paying adult, the kids buffet is free. To make this work you must have some items on the buffet tailored to the kids. Or else you can even set up a special kids menu for the kids. With a lot of nicely coloured food stuff. In the event that you are only doing ala carte. then have a kids menu. For every main course, you will get a free main course for the children from the kids menu. What I did in my Japanese Restaurant was to set up 4 different bento sets. We also create a special kids menu, which will come free with every bento ordered.

The cost for the kids meal can be either taken away as a marketing cost from your earnings. Or perhaps you can do what I did, add it to the adult bento cost.

Have or Improve Your Kids Menu

To draw families with little kids, you need smaller menu designated for the little customers. If you don’t have one, start working on one. In the event that you have already one, revise it. Nowadays parents are looking for healthy options for their kids. Thus try to minimise pre process food like meat, nuggets and so on. I mentioned to reduce not eliminate. Also present the food in a fun and colourful manner to attract the kids. Actually healthy food choices artistically arranged can get the most fussy kid to eat it. Use your imagination, also you can get ideas from the net, my favourite is Pinterest.

A few points to take note. Kids dishes shouldn’t be too big. Should be colourful. And avoid oily ingredients and too much sugar.

Also your menu must be attractive. Your menu can be  a giveaway like as a colouring paper or even made into an airplane. That kids can take back or keep them occupied while their food is prepared. I’ve even created a menu which can be played like a snake and ladder game using two coins. Which kept the children entertained that mom and dad could dine in peace.



Create a Kids Corner

For our upcoming new family resort, I have recommended a little corner in the restaurant designated for the kids. You will notice this in fast food. There put little slides and a little playground. But slides and see saws might not be a good idea for an casual dining place.

What I proposed was a little area with bean bags, some story books, some educational toys and games that will keep the kids occupied. You can also add colouring activities for kids to work with. This will also keep the kids in one area and not disturb the other diners. This place should be obvious so that your customers know it exist and parents can keep a careful eye on their kids while they dine.

Kid Friendly Toilet and a Diaper Changing Station.

This is a great idea by our housekeeper. She added a diaper changing station in our handicap bathroom which was rather large. As a parent, my spouse and I used to dine at shopping malls cause it was so hard to find my kids pampers in restaurant toilets. Therefore adding a diaper changing station to your restaurant toilets can make it easier for customers with small children to enjoy their food. You should also add lower hand washing basins for your little customers.


Engage Young Guests through Interactive Activities.

If you don’t have place for kids corner, you can engage your young customers with some interactive activities. Recently when I stayed in the Legoland Hotel. The coffeehouse table was covered a large paper with pictures that kids can colour. It kept them quiet, we also joined in. After we left the threw away the paper. In previous hotel I even created a colouring book to give away. In Legoland Coffeehouse there is even a corner where the kids can decorate their own cookies. Also on high volume days you could also add a clown or a magician for the kids.

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F & B Article :- Boost Your Restaurant’s Lunch Business with These Tips

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Your restaurant is doing well for dinner. Its always full. You need to add more revenue but you can’t or don’t want to extend your restaurant. What do you do. Just add another meal period. The next best meal period if you are in a office district is lunch. Most people go out for lunch. But there are a few things you need to do to increase your lunch patronage. Lunch is a whole different ball game. People that dine want something fast and not too pricey.

Here is an article from RestauranNews.com on how to boost your lunch business. Read the excerpt below and if you want to know more then click on the link.

Boost Your Restaurant’s Lunch Business with These Tips

While their dinner and weekend business may be doing great, many restaurant owners and managers face the same challenge of keeping the restaurant consistently full during lunch hours, especially during the work week. If you are among them, here are a few ideas that will help give your restaurant the boost it needs during lunch time.


Put a twist on typical lunch items:
Sandwiches and salads are lunch time staples, but they can also get boring after a while. Try putting a creative twist on the typical lunch fare your guests could find almost anywhere. Change up the menu seasonally to feature fresh and local ingredients;throughout the year or add a unique topping to a basic burger or sandwich. Case in point: one popular burger topping is peanut butter which might sound strange but people love it.

To know more, please click on the link below Boost Your Restaurant’s Lunch Business with These Tips

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Restaurant Promotion Ideas #30 – Valentine’s Day Picnic Baskets

Incremental Revenue with Romantic Valentine’s Day Picnic Baskets

 

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This year other than the usual Candle Light Dinner in the Coffeehouse, I will also be selling Romantic Picnic Baskets. One reason as mentioned in my previous post is that the hotel that I am attached to has a pool in every room. Therefore the idea of having a romantic picnic “Just the Two of You” by your very own pool will surely catch people’s attention. Thus giving us another avenue to increase our revenue.

The equipment I plan to use will be disposable as I am not expecting the things to come back. Nowadays there plastic plates and glassware that look very nice and expensive. As for the food you need to make it pretty simple and shareable. In my Picnic Baskets, I will add a battery operated lamp, so the couples can switch off the lights to create the ambience. Here are four different Picnic Baskets I plan to sell.

 

Champagne Picnic Basket

I plan to purchase a nice white basket, put in a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, 2 nice disposable champagne glasses, a box of chocolate coated strawberries and a cute battery operated lamp. You can purchase a cooler bag to keep the champagne cool. But as I will be selling to the customers that take our rooms, I got those disposable ice buckets that you will find in motels and send the baskets together with ice. If your restaurant is located in a hotel or very close by to a hotel that has bathtubs in the rooms, you can add a TLC (Tender Loving Care) Box. In it you can put bubble bath salts or soaps, lavender scented candles, a disk with romantic songs, some rose petals, and a picture frame with your logo on it and so on. This gift will surely make people remember your restaurant.

 

Gourmet Picnic Basket

Another Picnic basket will be A Gourmet Picnic Baskets. I plan to have different options for people to choose. The food items will be shareable and mainly finger foods. In it I plan to put items like smoked salmon sandwiches in a freshly baked Baguette for two, mixed fruit tartlets, assorted fruits including strawberries, shrimp cocktails, a veggie tray, cheese and crackers, mini-sandwiches, nachos with salsa dip and a bottle of non alcoholic sparkling wine or alcoholic sparkling wine. Most of the food will have minimum usage of cutleries. For the plate ware and cutleries, I will be using a disposable type. As mentioned earlier, nowadays there is very nice disposable plastic dining ware in the market.

 

Wine and Cheese Picnic Basket

Similar to the Champagne Basket, I will get some nice disposable wine glasses; add a cheese platter, some cheese crackers, and some strawberries too. Don’t forget to put in a wine opener into the basket.





 

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Picnic Basket

I found this idea while searching for ideas on menus for my picnic baskets. It’s very interesting. It’s always romantic to have breakfast in bed or by your pool and what better way, if it was a surprise by your love one. So I felt these ideas would catch on. The menu that I am planning is very simple and not messy. I don’t the Housekeeper to come after me, when someone drops tomato ketchup on her sheets. I am putting freshly brewed coffee or tea, some bakeries like (bagels, croissants, Danish Pastries), some fruit, pancakes, cereal and some nice bottle juices. Not forgetting a red rose.

 

To make it more memorable add a small booklet or flyer with some romantic games ideas that the couples can play while having their picnic. Here’s a website that have some romantic games ideas that you can add to your basket. Please Click Here Romantic Game Ideas 

 

 

 

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