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Some Ideas to Help you Market your Restaurant

Restaurant Marketing Ideas




A lot of people have this romantic dream of owning a restaurant. But what they failed to see is that opening and running a restaurant is not easy. A study done by researchers in Ohio State University showed that up to 60% of restaurant failed within three years. There are several challenges that you must go through in order to succeed. There are the design aspects, the food and beverages aspects. But what I have noticed even in new hotels is the marketing aspects are normally missed out. So you have a beautiful restaurant, the greatest chef, the best wine list and so on. You need to get the word out to bring the people in. You need some marketing ideas to let the people know what’s inside. And advertising on the normal media like magazines, newspapers and even brochures are not enough. Reason being is that almost everyone is doing the same things. You need to bring customers to your place by doing something different. Cause customers are the life and blood of any restaurant. If you removed the customers from your restaurant, then you are left with nothing. So how do you bring them in? In this blog are some of ideas that I have done and also some that I have seen to be successful.

Restaurant Ideas #1. Create Teaser

This idea came from our chef, he saw a pastry franchise hanging little teasers highlighting their specials for that month around a shopping centre. Since we had a Steak Promotion coming up, we printed a picture of a cow holding a sign with words like “”Have u tried our double cut beef “. We put the cutouts at strategic places around the hotel, in the lifts, by the reception table, even at the entrance (be careful if you need to place outside, don’t get in trouble with the law). On the menu and entrance poster we placed a picture of the cow next to the picture of the dish. We received quite a number for the beef orders. Even some TV channels are captilizing on this idea. Suddenly you will see a small person or cartoon character walking across the screen highlighting what coming up or what to watch for.

Restaurant Idea #2. Doorknobs with your Specials on It

When I was working in a small beach resort. I noticed that our guest will normally spends their day on the beach or sightseeingreturning only in the early evenings. So I thought why not create something to highlight our Italian Specials that the guest will notice once they come to the room. Flyers under the door was out of the question as it might be overlooked when the guest walks in. So I created doorknobs with the Italian specials on it. So every afternoon we went around and hung the doorknobs so when the guest came back, they will be sure to notice the doorknob and read it. We received a lot of orders for the Italian dishes especially on the first day that we put up the doorknobs. The picture is just a sample of what the doorknob should look like.

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This is just a sample of some of the restaurant marketing ideas that you could use.

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