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We’ve put together a collection of our best resources to help you grow and market your restaurant.


Five Times Restaurant Chains Used Cause Marketing to Their Advantage

From even a cursory glance at the restaurant marketplace, it’s evident that Cause Marketing has become an integral part of the restaurant business. Even in the worlds of QSR and fast casual, people crave transparency and wholesomeness. Cause Marketing — the act of aligning a brand with a cause, to produce profitable and societal benefits for both parties — sounds…read more →Read more...

How to Get Your Restaurant Marketing Budget Approved

The restaurant industry is an incredibly competitive one. While failure rates aren’t quite what has been claimed in some studies, the competitiveness has never been more intense. Emerging markets only add to that heightened competitive potency. (If you’re not convinced of that, read about the 25 things keeping restaurant CEOs awake at night.) With so much change, devising a restaurant…read more →Read more...

The Greatest Show on Earth Folds Its Tent: Here’s the Restaurant Industry Lesson

At its height, Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus embodied American entertainment. Over the span of its 146 years, its spirited ringmasters invited fans of all ages to take in both the jaw-dropping (lions, tightrope-walkers, trained elephants) and the eye-opening (strongmen, bearded ladies, trapeze artists). P.T. Barnum, the founder of what would eventually become the circus, was a true showman, delighting…read more →Read more...

Earned Media: The Unsung Hero of a High Valuation

The launch of Shake Shack’s first Korean franchise was a restaurant operator’s dream. Guests lined up hours in advance of the opening (some all night) to try the burgers at the latest outpost, nestled on Gangnam’s main thoroughfare in South Korea. The draw, at least according to most of the diners interviewed by Korean media, was word of mouth. News…read more →Read more...

Why Content Marketing Is Essential for Modern Restaurants

When Apple released its iPhone7 in San Francisco, the internet was rightfully captivated (this was the first time the brand revealed it had removed the headphone jack, after all). And then Denny’s swooped in with its take on the announcement, tweeting: “true innovation would have been replacing the headphone jack with a flapjack,” along with a gif of a pancake being plunked…read more →Read more...

20 Most Common Restaurant Marketing Mistakes

The average restaurant spends between three to six percent of total revenue on marketing. While this is a generally acceptable amount, what’s often far less evident is where to invest these funds. This list could easily be a mile long, but here are a few of the most common restaurant marketing mistakes we see. Lacking a brand promise, brand personality, brand positioning…read more →Read more...

Chipotle: A Love Story or Competitor Loathing?

We anticipated a heart-tugging video from Chipotle this summer, but not quite this one. Surely, after the loss of nearly $12 billion in market capitalization from a series of food safety blunders, the anticipated video would be about taking responsibility for ones’ actions and taking measures to improve personally. Nope. It was instead centered on blasting competitors for doing exactly…read more →Read more...

15 Ramadan Promotions that Worked

Ramadan, or the holy month of fasting and abstinence, is feted in all Muslim countries around the world. But as the diaspora continues to grow stronger – Muslims are the only major religious group forecasted to grow faster than the world’s population as a whole –brands are standing up and taking notice. Here’s a look at successful Ramadan restaurant promotions from a few powerful brands…read more →Read more...

28 Essential Restaurant Marketing Tips and Tactics

Restaurant and bar marketing tips and ideas lists are often either overly tactical or strategic, rarely blending the two together in a way that is comprehensive and practical. We have rounded up 28 essential restaurant marketing tips – marketing tips, tactics, and ‘mandatories‘ that we suggest should be a part of every restaurant marketing plan. Before any other marketing activity is…read more →Read more...

How to Breathe Fresh Life Into a Stale Restaurant Brand

Restaurant brands need to be refreshed every few years or they start to grow mold like expired bread. So, how about your brand?  Is it as fresh as your bread?  As relevant as the latest technologies your core audiences are using? Today’s tech-savvy consumers expect their smartphone provider to come up with a new technology every twelve months.  Restaurant industry…read more →Read more...