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Restaurants Are Like Facebook

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A lot has been said this month on Facebook, this is probably due to the historical breaking of the 1 billion users barrier. For this historical occasion, Facebook launched a corporate video called The Things That Connect US in which chairs are compared to the social network. Numerous parodies went out in the following days comparing Facebook to beds, toilets and even ex-girlfriends. Of course, we all know that chairs are not like Facebook, but as the metaphor meme is still rolling, I would like to add mine to illustrate a systemic problem brands and organizations have to be aware of: lack of relevant content.A lot has been said this month on Facebook, this is probably due to the historical breaking of the 1 billion users barrier.

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Online Restaurant Reservations CEO on Impacting the Restaurant Industry

Online Restaurant Reservations CEO on Impacting the Restaurant Industry | Restaurant Profit Guru | Scoop.it

Established in 2007, EVEVE is a leading global supplier of live restaurant systems and has relationships with approximately 1,000 restaurants worldwide. Timothy Ryan, CEO and President of EVEVE’s North America operations, talks about how and why the company is making an impact on the restaurant reservation industry.

A recent article in Twin Cities Business reported that seven of the top 10 Twin Cities restaurants have made the switch from OpenTable to EVEVE for online restaurant reservations. What are your thoughts on that?

For restaurants, Eveve’s unique selling point is that we offer live online reservations integrated with a serious table management solution, without the per cover-online fee structure. There are plenty of basic solutions on the market, but for busy restaurants looking for a robust table management solution, there was formerly only one show in town (OpenTable), and as a monopoly they could dictate prices......


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Can’t Decide What to Order? Try This Restaurant’s Instagram Menu

Can’t Decide What to Order? Try This Restaurant’s Instagram Menu | Restaurant Profit Guru | Scoop.it

The long-standing argument against joining Twitter for a great deal of people used to be, and perhaps still is, something along the lines of "I don’t care what somebody is having for breakfast." Then along came Instagram, and suddenly the prospect of finding out what somebody had for breakfast became slightly more interesting. Now sharing pictures of meals has become so popular that one restaurant has created a second, more social menu where diners can find out what really looks good.......


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hunter christopher armstrong's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:23 PM

Instagram is a social media website allowing users to post pictures relating to what they're currently up to. Millions of people use this on a daily basis and just can't get enough. Putting a restaurant on this site is a great innovative new idea. It puts the product in the consumers eye, giving the restaurant the ability to "gussy up" the picture however they'd like without the customer even knowing. 

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Food Genius Raises $1.2M to Help the Food Industry Understand Restaurant Trends | Excelerate Labs

Food Genius Raises $1.2M to Help the Food Industry Understand Restaurant Trends | Excelerate Labs | Restaurant Profit Guru | Scoop.it

Food Genius, which provides data-based restaurant insights to the food industry, has raised $1.2 million in venture capital. Chicago’s Hyde Park Venture Partners and Hyde Park Angels led the round; other investors include New World Ventures, IDEO, Amicus Capital, and the I2A Fund.

“With this funding, Food Genius is expanding the team in order to bring Food Genius Reports to market,” says founder & CEO Justin Massa. “Food Genius Reports is a leap forward for the food industry, providing intuitive and deep access to restaurant trends as they develop new products and craft marketing strategies.”

“Food Genius is direct evidence that Chicago has truly become a place where ideas evolve into viable businesses, creating jobs and economic growth in the City,” said Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Entities like 1871 and Excelerate Labs play crucial roles in the development of these young companies, and I am pleased to see an environment developing that supports entrepreneurship and business expansion. I look forward to many more small businesses developing out of these facilities and programs and fueling Chicago’s economy in the coming years.”......


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hunter christopher armstrong's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:31 PM

Keeping up with trends is dire to run a thriving restaurant. The consumer is looking for the next big new thing. Restaurants that cannot keep up will be passed up by the new restaurant with young edgy cut throat chefs who understand what their generation is looking for and HOW to relate and communicate with them on a social level