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Where the Rich Dine (Hint: It's Not All White Tablecloths) - Forbes

Where the Rich Dine (Hint: It's Not All White Tablecloths) - Forbes | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

While the downturn drags on…and on…many restaurants have struggled to survive. There is one type of diner who can be counted on to keep spending, though: the affluent.

As restaurants continue to fight slow sales, restaurant owners ponder how to attract the coveted well-heeled, reliable restaurant patrons. An interesting new study from foodservice research firm Technomic provides some insight into the factors that influence upscale diners’ restaurant choices.


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The Guide To Search: Why Social & Mobile Are The Future

The Guide To Search: Why Social & Mobile Are The Future | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

With Social Media developing at a rapid pace and search engines becoming smarter, the emergence of social search was expected to be the next big thing.

 

Search is currently in a transition period right now. As algorithms become more complex and the major search engines introduce new features, it’s clear that our expectations about how search should work and what it can do for us has risen with every new development. It’s not enough that it just suggests relevant information.

 

Now we demand that it comes faster, becomes more accurate and matches our tastes and interests.

 

Throw Siri and Google Now (or at least, the potential of Siri and Google Now) into the mix and the idea that the very concept of search will be radically different in three to five years time is a distinct possibility.

 

Social search was seen as the next step in this process. Using our profiles to filter and curate the content we want to see, the results have been mixed. Google’s insistence on using Google+ and its +1 system has been criticised because it neglects the more popular social media sites to plug its own.

 

On the other hand, Bing has struggled to even dent Google’s hold on search, despite championing its social search feature – partly because Microsoft has a stake in Facebook. Throw in the massive rise of mobile search, and the concept of search is evolving in a way that we mightn’t have expected.

 

One thing is certain: With more and more content being created online, a new way of curating and processing the vast waves of information out there will necessity. With Google making small changes to search – both on desktop and mobile – and Bing pushing its social credentials even further, the race is on to see who can discover (or possibly stumble) upon the next stage of search.

 

Read More: http://www.simplyzesty.com/social-media/the-guide-to-search-why-the-future-is-social-mobile/


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Mike,
Worked my 11th day straight today and am burning out fast. I have your note to me on my weekend schedule. Those retreats will kill a person (lol). Marty
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Analyzing what your restaurant customers are sharing on sites

Analyzing what your restaurant customers are sharing on sites | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Analyzing what your customers are sharing about their experience on sites such as Yelp, OpenTable, and UrbanSpoon has never been more critical. This is why thousands of restaurants use the newBrandAnalytics platform to uncover what their customers believe are the real and immediate opportunities for operational improvement. nBA gives you the powerful information you need to affect the local experience.

This location-specific intelligence is hailed by industry leaders as the most impressive innovation in guest satisfaction in the last decade, and restaurants report that nBA’s actionable insights are changing the way they do business.

Our technology quickly deciphers customer feedback based on operational categories that matter most -- such as general service, food quality, wait times, menu selection, pricing and value, and overall experience -- so you can catch an issue before it potentially damages to your brand. When your customers know you value their opinions, they turn into loyal patrons for life.......


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Find out the restaurant scene in real time w SceneTap

Find out the restaurant scene in real time w SceneTap | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

What is SceneTap?
With the tap of a button, view information on how many people are at a venue, the male to female ratio, and the average age of everyone inside.


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Juicy Spirits and Literary Dishes ... A taste of home, against the law!

Juicy Spirits and Literary Dishes ... A taste of home, against the law! | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Restrictions on imported foods can have unintended cultural consequences, with bans on foreign staples like foie gras and ackee berries...

 

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." ~Galileo


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Virtually Send Real Beer and Cake to Your Facebook Friends w Treater

Virtually Send Real Beer and Cake to Your Facebook Friends w Treater | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

A low-cost web platform called Treater now lets Facebook friends buy each other instant gifts that can be retrieved at local cafes, bars and establishments.

You can already buy your pals cups of coffee with the Dunkin’ Donuts App. With Treater, the list of gifts that can be instantaneously redeemed with a smartphone grows to include games of bowling, movie tickets and spa treatments.

There’s a wide range of options for men and women. Instead of sending a buddy an obligatory “Happy Birthday” wall post on their special day, Facebook users now have the option to send an inexpensive, yet meaningful gift. The most popular treats on the new gifting platform include lattes, milkshakes, beer and cupcakes.


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Get your restaurant on national television – TV Ads – Google Ads

Get your restaurant on national television – TV Ads – Google Ads | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Google TV Ads: an effective way to place your advertising on TV. Find your audience across 100+ TV networks. Set your price ! 


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How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business

How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it
Google+ Hangouts for your business: learn creative ways you can use live broadcast, public and private hangouts to connect, share and engage with clients.

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ThriveSpot.com I Free Mobile Websites for Restaurants

ThriveSpot.com I Free Mobile Websites for Restaurants | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it
Mobile websites help restaurant owners reach hungry customers on the go. Get a free mobile website that’s optimized for 5,000+ mobile devices.

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Food Tech: New Technology From Farm To Table

Food Tech: New Technology From Farm To Table | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Maybe the only thing people in the San Francisco Bay Area obsess over more than technology is food.

So it makes sense that there is so much interest in food startups in the area. I had the opportunity to moderate a panel of startups for the FoodStartups meet-up group recently. The speakers were a nice mix of companies working on different parts of the food chain. Some like Kitchit, focus on creating new ways for consumers to experience food and meals. Others like Localdirt connect consumers (and retailers) directly to healthy local food producers.


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Increase Restaurant Sales by Marketing with Video Conferencing/Webinars

Increase Restaurant Sales by Marketing with Video Conferencing/Webinars | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

This technology can change the world !
Facts :
· Google loves Video !
· Cisco predict there will be a 10 fold increase in the use of Video Conferencing/Webinars over the next 5 years
· Internet Video traffic is now 40% of consumer internet
· People retain 10% of what they hear, but 50% of what they see
· Video is the single, most effective form of communication
· Companies continue to look for additional creative marketing platforms
· ‘Old school’ marketing is no longer effective

 

What is a Video Conference / Webinar ?
Called by many names, a Video Conference, a Video Meeting or a Webinar – all meaning the same thing. It is a highly effective, browser based, simple to use virtual Video Meeting Room, where, at the click of a button with a link, you are able to host large or small online meetings with people locally or globally, to connect, communicate and collaborate.

 


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Free PR Services for Your Small Business (Restaurant)

Free PR Services for Your Small Business (Restaurant) | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it


In a tight economy, cheap is great—but free is even better. If your small business needs PR services, there are several online options that are inexpensive, if not completely free. These sites typically handle soup-to-nuts PR services like e-mail deployment and tracking, press release distribution, and product or event announcements. But not every service is created equal. When you start looking for a PR partner, you'll want to consider the following:...


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4 Startups Revolutionizing Food Distribution and Discovery

4 Startups Revolutionizing Food Distribution and Discovery | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

At the July Food+Tech Meetup, the theme was distribution — more efficiently getting food from farm to fork. Presenters from three startups outlined how they are tackling the issue, their business model and their vision for a new food system, including Matt Hatoun of Wholeshare, Jennifer Goggin of FarmersWeb and Arnie Katz of Relay Foods. Also presenting was George Fatakhov on behalf of Appetude, a dish discovery startup.
Some of the new distribution efforts represent a different take on CSAs. For instance, Wholeshare brings together individual shoppers and leverages their group-buying power to order directly from the source. For instance, say a local farm is selling a 10 lb block of cheddar but you only want 1 lb. Wholeshare allows you to split that block of cheese with others in the group and each take a share.


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PayPal Here Being Tested at McDonald’s, Mobile Payment Competition Intensifies

PayPal Here Being Tested at McDonald’s, Mobile Payment Competition Intensifies | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it
PayPal is testing PayPal Here at 30 McDonald’s locations in France. If this works, Here could bring some serious competition to startup Square, which recently announced a partnership with Starbucks.

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Tapas, Pintxos and Zucchini Flowers ~ Recipes

Tapas, Pintxos and Zucchini Flowers ~ Recipes | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

These bite-sized Spanish small plates of food are so fashionable, nearly irresistible...


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Grown-Up Ice Pops and The World Of Street Food

Grown-Up Ice Pops and The World Of Street Food | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

“Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”
~Lao Tzu


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Broadcast Your Restaurant's Dining Room-Kitchen "Live" On Facebook

Broadcast Your Restaurant's Dining Room-Kitchen "Live" On Facebook | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it
Broadcast live video to your friends on Facebook...

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Google Buys Frommer's, Groupon Next?

Google Buys Frommer's, Groupon Next? | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it
Google's announced purchase of Frommer's when integrated with other Google offerings has the potential to combine and transform the map-travel-commerce experience.

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Analyzing what your restaurant customers are sharing on sites

Analyzing what your restaurant customers are sharing on sites | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Analyzing what your customers are sharing about their experience on sites such as Yelp, OpenTable, and UrbanSpoon has never been more critical. This is why thousands of restaurants use the newBrandAnalytics platform to uncover what their customers believe are the real and immediate opportunities for operational improvement. nBA gives you the powerful information you need to affect the local experience.

This location-specific intelligence is hailed by industry leaders as the most impressive innovation in guest satisfaction in the last decade, and restaurants report that nBA’s actionable insights are changing the way they do business.

Our technology quickly deciphers customer feedback based on operational categories that matter most -- such as general service, food quality, wait times, menu selection, pricing and value, and overall experience -- so you can catch an issue before it potentially damages to your brand. When your customers know you value their opinions, they turn into loyal patrons for life.......


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Consumers Use Local Searches to Find Restaurant, Automotive Information

Consumers Use Local Searches to Find Restaurant, Automotive Information | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

AT&T Interactive’s Q4 2011 “Local Insights Report,” which analyzed data culled from its YP Local Ad Network, found that most US local searches were for restaurants, with auto repair and service searches second.


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Dine and Dish: Are Social Media and Food the Perfect Pairing? / Flowtown

Dine and Dish: Are Social Media and Food the Perfect Pairing? / Flowtown | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

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The Future of Interactive Restaurant Tables| E-Table

The Future of Interactive Restaurant Tables| E-Table | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

inamo™ is like no other restaurant anywhere in the world. Located in central London inamo and inamo st james are pioneering Oriental fusion restaurants where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in the customer’s hands.

At the core of inamo™ is its interactive ordering system, E-Table™. With an E-Table™ system, diners place orders from an illustrated food and drinks menu projected on to their table surface. Customers also set their table ambience, discover the local neighbourhood, and even order a taxi home.


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Young Entrepreneurs Find A Use For Wasted Food: Feeding The Hungry

Young Entrepreneurs Find A Use For Wasted Food: Feeding The Hungry | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

In 2010, according to the USDA, 48.8 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, defined as “uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources.” Meanwhile, the EPA estimates that 95 billion pounds of food are wasted annually. Recovering less than half of that amount could feed the millions in need. But where to begin?

A team of six Arizona State University students believe one solution lies in the power of social media. In 2011, Loni Amundson, Ramya Baratam, Steven Hernandez, Jake Irvin, Katelyn Keberle, and Eric Lehnhardt teamed up via the school’s Engineering Projects in Community Service program (EPICS) to create FlashFood, a food recovery network that uses text notifications to connect food-service vendors with those in need.......


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Yelp: Extreme Home(page) Makeover

Yelp: Extreme Home(page) Makeover | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Ladies and gents, today it’s with great pride that we are unveiling a complete redesign of our homepage. That’s right, our new and improved formula shines a bright light on the real star of Yelp, YOU!

As Andy Grove once said, complacency breeds failure. And we’ll have absolutely none of that around here, son.

Over the years we’ve seen mobile contributions grow at a rapid clip. Photos, Tips, check-ins and comments from your friends are a fantastic way to find great local businesses. We wanted to bring those to the front and center of Yelp.com and give you an easy way to share and explore your friends’ activity across Yelp.com and Yelp’s mobile apps.

Behold, the new homepage!


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Restaurant Marketing: Using the Internet to Create Customer Value

Restaurant Marketing: Using the Internet to Create Customer Value | Restaurant Tips | Scoop.it

Customer value extends far beyond the table or the restaurant itself. Restaurateurs have the opportunity to create customer value from the first contact, whether that means a telephone reservation or an electronic order or reservation. The restaurant operator’s decision of whether to permit electronic ordering or to accept reservations via the web depends on numerous factors, including balancing guest preferences against the cost of participating in third-party reservation sites. Studies of consumers who have made electronic reservations find that those who prefer the web tend to be younger customers who dine out more frequently than others


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