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 #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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