Restaurant Marketing Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas marketing isn’t limited to just the immediate holiday but includes your winter menu changes, catering services, increased promotions of cookies, cakes, pies, pastries and side dishes for holiday meals, holiday party bookings and gift card sales. You have a great opportunity to attract new customers, show your chef’s skills in preparing holiday favorites and exotic foods from other countries and cultures, and host special tasting events that attract convivial crowds.

Episode 51 – A “Hospitality” Convo with Steve Hewins

Steve Hewins, President & CEO of the Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Inn Keepers Association has some big news. In this episode we’re getting details on the merger of these two organizations; a big focus at the Maine Hospitality Summit on October, 29th in Bangor, Maine. Listen in as Steve shares his thoughts on […]

4 Ways to Appeal to Your Target Market

To identify a target market, operators often look to specific generations. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Gen Z customers all have different food and dining attitudes, habits, and preferences. What we’re finding now is that many macro trends are shared across generations. They might just manifest in different ways in terms of specific needs and operational executions, but the trends are very applicable across almost all demographics. Once operators have a grasp on overarching themes, they can develop their menus, strategize, and market more effectively. Continue reading…

Episode 50 – Looking Like a Pro on Camera, with Brad LaBree

If you get nervous even thinking about talking on camera this episode is for you! Video and cameras are an increasing part of our daily lives, and a great tool for getting in front of customers. But, what happens when you clam up on camera, and the words just won’t come out? The future of marketing is video, and the power to compete is in the palm of your hand. So, let’s get over the nerves and get you recording with a few tips and strategies for foodservice operators looking to do more with video.

Episode 39 – A Simple Equation to Maximize Success

In this week’s episode we’re talking about the “who, what, why and how” important to success. Plus, we’ve got this week’s new products and there’s lobster news in the literary world. What is the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy? Bonus points for how many of them are sold during the Easter season. The answer in this week’s episode!

19 Sales-Boosting Strategies for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa

It’s hard to imagine a beverage menu without coffee and tea. These hardworking staples can be served hot or iced, no matter the season or weather, and throughout the day, from breakfast to between meals to after dinner. As ubiquitous as they are, however, there are still plenty of ways to boost the sales of […]

7 Tactics for Holiday Marketing

We’re upon the season of holiday gift shopping, light hanging, tree decorating, and of course – a little bit of chaos… With all the stress that comes during the holidays, customers will be looking for a place to get a great meal that they won’t have to cook for themselves. To help you make the […]

5 Lessons Millennials Taught Marketers

So, what is the big whoop about Millennials? Well, they are the largest generation in America, accounting for 80 million consumers, 11.6 million households with kids, and are expected to spend $200 billion dollars this year. And by 2020, Millennials’ spending power will hit $1.4 trillion a year and that will account for 30% of U.S. retail sales…

Episode 30 – “What’s new?”

For operators, raising the awareness of new items through any available channel — website, social media, in-house advertising or on the phone with customers — can have several benefits; including satisfying regulars who want to try something new, add-on sale opportunities, and attracting new customers. If a customer wants to know what’s new at your establishment, how available have you made that information for them? In this episode we’re going straight to the source to discuss “what’s new?” in foodservice.

Episode 28 – The Story of Deb the Innovator

In this inspirational episode of Dennis Knows Food, we’re sharing the story of a small town foodservice innovator who kept her business running, growing and adapting through all of the changes and challenges that were thrown at it. You won’t want to miss this one – so, connect your bluetooth devices, plug in your headphones and turn up the volume – it’s story time!

Episode 27 – Tips for Marketing Campaigns, Peanut Allergies & AI Cookies

In Episode 27 of Dennis Knows Food we’re discussing tips for success in your next marketing campaign. Australian researchers have made a potential breakthrough in the fight against deadly peanut allergies. And Google now has a computer capable of making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. These topics and more in this week’s podcast!

Social Media Becomes #1 Form of Restaurant Marketing

Eighty-two percent of restaurants in the United States devote at least part of their marketing budgets today to social media, making it the most popular channel, according to new research from TripAdvisor, the online travel guide.

Globally Inspired Barbecue Offers On-Trend Opportunity

From Texas to the Carolinas, and Memphis to St. Louis, there’s no denying Americans’ love of barbecue. These days, however, the definition of barbecue is expanding as ethnic cuisine takes center stage. While regional American barbeque is popular, African and Asian barbeque have had an increased presence on foodservice menus.

Easy Ways to Help Boost Customer Traffic

While good food, attentive service, value and convenience will always be important, a focus on current trends is important to increase traffic and drive sales. Today’s consumer is looking for more than just quality food and service; they expect healthy menu options, sustainable practices and up-to-date technology. Here are a few ways you can leverage these trends to help attract customers this spring.

How to Leverage the Marketing Power of Your Menu

You put a lot of time and effort into creating an effective menu. In fact, an effective and valuable menu can be one of your strongest marketing tools. Your guest’s dining experience starts with the menu. Not only does your menu influence your patrons’ first impressions, but it also provides insight into the restaurant’s concept and point of difference.

Simple Tips for a DIY Photoshoot

When people are deciding what to eat, they taste with their eyes first. And when they see your food online, the quality of the photography makes a huge difference in whether or not they choose your place. Does it look fresh? Flavorful? Premium? These tips from a photo pro help you get professional-looking images without hiring a photographer.

Domino’s Pizza Turnaround Case Study

Domino’s has managed to pull off a huge turnaround by using innovative marketing strategies that fused traditional advertising, social media, and public relations. Domino’s has been opening hundreds of new locations and profits are soaring. Morgan Stanley recently named it the “leader in US delivery pizza.” But just a few years ago, Domino’s was struggling to compete with Pizza Hut and Papa John’s. Executives made some crucial changes that turned around business…

Easy Ways to Elevate Your Marketing Efforts

From organic menu offerings to unique promotions, make sure you are clearly communicating what sets your restaurant apart in your marketing initiatives. After all, the right marketing efforts can help drive traffic to your establishment and boost sales.