Restaurant Marketing for the Upcoming 2021 Recovery

Restaurant owners are infamous for being callous with their marketing decisions, this is partly because the research process in the restaurant industry itself can be quite tricky. Gathering insightful data within a small or slightly larger community will be tricky as it is. This is precisely where digital surveys, restaurant management software, etc play a huge role.

MARKETING YOUR RESTAURANT THROUGH 2020-’21
Business Articles | November 19, 2020
BY KEVIN JOSEPH

Although it may seem rather glamorous at first glance, starting a restaurant is no easy feat. In fact, the restaurant & food business, in general, is one that is extremely time-consuming, high overheads, razor-thin margins & a manager’s nightmare.

But, it is also one that is central to our society and the eating-out culture in every country is the cornerstone of its culinary heritage. This is precisely why, especially during the light of the lockdowns, restaurants, in particular, are facing a very uncertain & grim future which, if left unchecked, can turn into a disaster for the industry.

There are a few things that we as consumers can do in order to help the restaurant industry and the entire hospitality industry in general, but more than anything else, this post is aimed at a few marketing strategies that restaurants can easily adopt.

1. Understanding Their Audience

Restaurant owners are infamous for being callous with their marketing decisions, this is partly because the research process in the restaurant industry itself can be quite tricky. Gathering insightful data within a small or slightly larger community will be tricky as it is. This is precisely where digital surveys, restaurant management software, etc play a huge role.

But more than anything that a machine can do, understanding what the consumers themselves experience while at the restaurant is something priceless in itself. For this, employees & busboys must be trained to ask the right questions and keep an eye out for understanding the consumer experience.

This practice is so conspicuous in its absence that several suppliers & marketing companies for restaurants have taken birth for a study that would probably best be done by the restaurant owner himself. For Instance: folks over at FurnitureRoots, a Jodhpur based manufacturer of restaurant furniture, on several occasions has recommended styling themes depending on the clientele. For a clientele that largely comprises of the youth, industrial style furniture happens to be the best option.

You may visit FurnitureRoots at Plot No 58/2, Jodhpur-Pali Highway, Sangariya, Basni Baghelao, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 342013

Rustic style furniture is another great option for restaurants that see customers visit with their families.

2. Adapt With The Changing Times

Most non-western countries have more or less been out of the eating out trend in the past. However, many countries have seen a drastic change in this trend. Countries like India are at the forefront of these shifts in trends.

Several cafes in India have seen a rise in environmentally friendly themes. Cognizant of this fact, Prithvi Cafe in Bombay began manifesting an eco-friendly establishment replete with cups and saucers made with disposable leaves, 4 different cans for recycling different types of materials & of course, greenery all around the place.

Naturally, Prithvi Cafe did understand its market’s shifting needs and adapted to it accordingly.

3. Spatial Strategies

These happen to be the strategies that are short term in nature (hoping the pandemic won’t be around for long).

Spatial strategies during these times are to ensure that the image of the restaurant reflects trustworthiness and safety. Although this does involve a bit of mental, time & a minor cost investment, it will forever instill a sense of trust among the local & regular customers.

Spatial strategies are the ones that aim to maximize the seating area while ensuring the social distancing norms for restaurants are maintained and are intact as well. This can also include moving to temporary outdoor seating as has been advocated by several governments across the world to curb the spread of the virus.

4. Go Digital

I bet most of you must be tired of hearing this every now and then but the fact remains that the digital landscape is no longer some sort of a novel initiative that one must undertake. It has become the staple of a business and several businesses are almost exclusively reliant on their digital strategies.

For restaurants, however, this does not mean simply enlisting themselves on food aggregating platforms. Several restaurants suffer from a lack of long term thinking, they fail to realize that the aggregating platforms own the customers and not the restaurants themselves.

Making an app or a website nowadays has become a complete breeze & it is also a sound business practice. Small wonder that Dominos, Burger KindHealth Fitness Articles, Mcdonalds have all invested heavily on their own platform to ensure loyal customers don’t have to purchase from them via a third party.

This is no less true for any other restaurant.

We hope all businesses in hospitality a speedy recovery after this dreaded misfortune of a virus.

Stay Safe!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin is the Marketing & Content Lead at FurnitureRoots.com, a hospitality furniture manufacturer, supplier & wholesaler

6 Key Points To Keep Your Restaurant Profitable In A Slow Down

Look for trends in your sales—for example, busy days and hours versus slower times and days. For instance, if Tuesday afternoons are consistently slow, then consider cutting back on your hourly staff for that period…

6 Key Points To Keep Your Restaurant Profitable In A Slow Down
by Gary Occhiogrosso – Managing Partner, Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC.
Photo by Gor Davtyan on Unsplash

In good times and not so good times, operating a profitable restaurant can be a daunting task. The high cost of rent, labor, and raw ingredients, often overlooked by guests seeking a fine dining experience at fast-food prices can make value perception and profitability difficult. Nonetheless, there are a few things every operator should be aware of, especially during tough economic times. Below I have listed six tips that when put into everyday practice, not only help save money and increase sales when times are lean but serve to maximize profits in better economic times.

Be Mindful Of Your Payroll
Payroll is the one thing in your operation that you have total control over. You determine it, and no one or anything else has a hand in the result. Knowing how to manage payroll is an essential element to success in the restaurant business.
Controlling labor during a slow business period can be tricky. If your businesses’ survival is dependent upon the need to terminate personnel, then managing the schedule of your hourly employees as well as your key people in a compassionate way must be your top priority. You’ll need to delicately balance the limiting of hours among your best employees. Whenever possible, spread the cutbacks out amongst as many team members as possible. That way you can lessen the impact to any one team member.
Be mindful that if you schedule less labor than you need, your restaurant may end up giving poor guest service. That will negatively impact the guest experience as well as your Social Media reviews. On the other hand, if you over-schedule your labor as a percentage of sales, then you’ll be out of line with acceptable budgets and typically lose money.
Look for trends in your sales—for example, busy days and hours versus slower times and days. For instance, if Tuesday afternoons are consistently slow, then consider cutting back on your hourly staff for that period. If you employ a salaried manager, have that person substitute in a station position. Labor is the most critical line item on your P&L. Oversee it, adjust it each day based on projected sales. Remember, unlike food inventory, which allows you to store it (in many cases) for another day, labor, once spent, is gone forever.

Engineer Your Menu To Reflect Current Goals
Sometimes bigger isn’t better. A smaller, more focused menu is often more profitable than the “be everything to everyone approach.” During a recession or slow season, use your menu to attract new customers as well as enticing your regular customers to visit more often. Adjust your menu by offering items that have more appeal in a budget-conscious climate. Understanding what guests want, what they can afford, and what you wish to sell them is a critical piece to menu engineering.
Also, position your lower food cost items in a prominent spot on your menu. That way, you can offer your guests lower-cost menu items and still make a profit.
And although it goes without saying, don’t forget to conduct a weekly inventory. Monitoring your food cost will help you manage cash flow most efficiently and accurately.

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Stay In Front Of Your Customers
The saying “out of sight, out of mind” is never is more accurate than in a recession or slow period. You may not want to run your full Radio/TV or Print campaign. However, now is not the time to cut advertising to zero. Instead, increase your paid social media and your paid Google ads. Post photographs of guests in your restaurant, delicious-looking food items, and creative, fun graphics to entice and remind your guests how much they enjoy your restaurant and what you have to offer.
In addition, utilize the database you’ve collected of customer’s email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. You can use this data to send your customers special offers via email blasts and text messaging. Be proactive!

Promote Value, Not Price
During a recession or other tough times, offer your guests real value, not discounts. It is my opinion that you should never attach the price of the menu item to the item itself, for example, selling a hamburger for $1.00. Discounting your products creates a considerable problem for future sales of those items when you move them back to full price. Lowering the price of a menu item creates a product/price value perception, which may negatively impact the customer’s perception of value at a later date. Guests will connect the cost of the menu item to its overall value, now and in the future. Cutting prices for the sake of attracting customers or keeping up with a competitor is never the answer.
Instead, create reasons and additional “occasions to use” your restaurant in your guest’s mind. Then the guest will associate a discounted price with a particular promotion or event. For example, ladies’ night, or seniors day, or it could be the anniversary of the restaurant, and you’re rolling back prices, or National “whatever” Day. Whichever the case, offer real value by promoting events and Limited Time Offers (LTO’s) as a reason to create the “frequency of visit.” This method is also useful for attracting new guests or guests that haven’t visited your restaurant in a while.

Paying Attention To The Details Saves Money
Pennies add up! Keep a watchful eye on expenses. Monitor electricity and water usage, napkins, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and other items that often go unnoticed until you see the cost on your P&L. Be mindful and control those costs each day. Make your staff aware of things like shutting off lights, turning off water faucets, and how many paper towels they may be used to clean a counter. Get your team members “woke” to the idea and actual cost of everything in the restaurant.

One Final Note
Good times follow bad times, and bad times follow good times. Nothing is forever, so learn how to manage a restaurant through a rough patch you’ll be in a better position to maximize your profits when times are good.

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