We get approached by lots of restaurants and bars, looking for ideas on how they can attract new customers and bring existing customers in more frequently. While we tailor each digital marketing plan to the specific needs of the establishment and their customer base, some basic principals can be applied across the board. These 4 simple tips will help you grow your restaurant or bar into the thriving, dynamic, stable business you have always hoped for.
Because the internet has become the primary source of information for people when it comes to deciding on what businesses they will frequent, it’s critical that you are present in multiple locations on the web. Ways to become more visible include having the following:
Your customers love to know the backstory of how your establishment came about. They love to know things like how you got started, what the significance behind the name of your bar or restaurant means, and what you’re passionate about. Social media tools are the perfect platform to tell you story and encourage customers to share your story with their circle of friends.
People like to feel like they are being listened to, especially by the establishments they frequent. A social media strategy is an easy way to establish a two-way channel of communication in which you are giving customers the opportunity to communicate with you with the click of a mouse. Successful restaurants and bars encourage customers to interact and engage with them online. They encourage feedback through tools like Yelp and welcome all feedback, both good and bad. Sometimes how you handle negative feedback is one of the most critical things you can do in your efforts to build solid relationships with your customers.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. One of my favorite case studies of a restaurant who decided to try something new and have enjoyed tons of success is Scotty’s Brewhouse in Indianapolis. You can read more about what they did and they type of success they achieved by reading this blog post by Derek McClain.