Did you know that Americans spend roughly 17.3 BILLION dollars celebrating love? We’re not talking celebrating an anniversary or the night they first met. This is Valentine’s Day alone. That’s money to be had—and we’ve got ideas on how to make it yours. If there’s any day to make a lasting impression, this may be the one. Cater to the ladies For some women, this celebratory day of love is a night out on the town that doesn’t happen very often. It’s a reason to dress up and get a babysitter, or an evening of romance. Impressing the women in your restaurant on this holiday is a big win, and an easy feat. Presenting the women with a carnation or rose upon dining could easily [&hellip

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Oftentimes as restaurant owners, focusing on the customer can take up so much time that in-house changes can easily get overlooked. Hey, we all know that the customer comes first, but providing a well-rounded overall dining experience is just as important. A happy customer is a returning one, right? Here’s our top 3 resolutions for 2015 to focus on inside your restaurant: 1. Staff with Gumption Make sure the service staff and kitchen staff shares the same passion as you do. The experience and attitude of your servers make a big difference to your diners. Has your staff been trained to upsell? Simply offering a drink or appetizer as a house favorite during the order process can drive an average of $10 to your check [&hellip

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The busy holiday season is gone and past, and soon Valentine’s Day will be too. For you, it was promotion after promotion after promotion to keep tables full and customers happy. For your diner, it was deal after deal to take advantage of. So now that these big holidays have past, how do you keep your diner intrigued and still coming in to visit? Here’s five simple ways to keep you on their minds: Ask Getting feedback is not only a powerful tool to better your business; it also lets the diner know you care as well. Invite feedback in a multitude of ways—via email, online surveys, your website, even push them to a web link on their dining receipt. (HINT: Survey Monkey has free [&hellip

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We make great partners, don’t you think? The proof is in the numbers and 2014 has been a year for the books. Our cutting-edge marketing support and expertise in the online dining deal arena, combined with your dedication to fill tables and add profit to your bottom line, has really paid off. Check it out!   &nbsp

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Wrap up the holiday season with a bang by being prepared on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Being ready to go on these days could push dine-in, carry out and catering sales into Q1, making the slow months a little easier to handle. Here are some tips on how to bring in the New Year with a bang: Stock Champagne Bringing in diners on New Year’s Eve and Day doesn’t have to be complicated. Offering something out of the ordinary can be all it takes for diners that don’t want to get all dressed up for a fancy evening on the town. Relaxing with friends over cocktails is just as good! Stock your bar with extra alcohol and offer a drink special! What [&hellip

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Yes, the holidays have passed, along with the crazy rush of diners in and out of your restaurant. After taking a moment to breathe, you’ve realized there’s an empty table here or there. Don’t fret! There are so many reasons to stay positive during these slower months—so chin up, let’s talk about some good things to look forward to in 2015. Gift Card Redemption Let your Q4 sales carry into the new year. Thousands of gift cards were purchased in the months of November and December for family, friends and co-workers. Well, now’s the time you’ll see redemption. Post-holidays, diners are more likely to try new restaurants, so look forward to seeing faces you haven’t seen before. The key is to turn those new diners [&hellip

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The holidays are here and in just a couple short weeks will be in full swing. Have you made any special preparations to ready your staff and restaurant for the biggest shopping (and dining) days of the year? This time of year, the strong survive and thrive, so make sure you’re ready to weather the storm of diners. There’s no reason why weary shoppers shouldn’t choose your restaurant for their refueling—be prepared! Extra Wait Staff Keeping diners, needing a break from the lines and constant hustle and bustle, happy can be an easy feat. One, don’t make them wait long. And two, fill their bellies and get them on their way. They’ve been rushing from store to store looking for the best deals. They’ve been [&hellip

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The holiday hectic has officially begun—are you ready? Keep in mind that diners are overwhelmed thinking about tight dining budgets, late shopping nights, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, Hannaukah and Christmas. Keeping up is an exciting and prosperous time for most restaurants. Here are some ideas to incorporate into your holiday marketing plans to keep your tables full and your customers happy. Extend Your Hours Retails stores are doing it, so why can’t you? The extra hour or two you add could be very profitable. Shoppers will need a place to fill their hungry bellies—be their first choice! Whether it’s a limited-time “after-hours” menu or special, this is a great opportunity to seasonally offer an added bonus to diners. When your hours change, make sure [&hellip

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Are you taking advantage of the marketing tools that Restaurant.com provides to partners? One of the most lucrative benefits of our marketing program is the collection of email addresses and contact information of diners. Each time a diner uses a dining certificate at your restaurant the redemption process allows us to collect their email. Email addresses of diners are marketing prospects waiting to be plucked from the tree of opportunity. It’s an opportunity for a return visit. An opportunity for a new diner. And, an opportunity for positive praise that can spread like wildfire. Make sure you’re using your email addresses to your advantage. Email marketing is a powerful tool—and it’s right at your fingertips! Here are some quick stats about email marketing for businesses: [&hellip

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Don’t Lose Holiday Opportunities! We know the holidays are your busy season. It’s the time of year when dining out becomes choice to cooking meals at home. It’s a great opportunity to fill up your dining room, right? How about keeping your dining room full past the holiday season and into the year to come? If we can offer one tip to ensure this happens it’s this: don’t stop marketing. This time of year we drive in new diners and repeat visit opportunities for the upcoming slower months ahead. Don’t lose this potential that makes you money! Keep an open mind to the new traffic heading into your restaurant. Turning away a customer now, that may have a coupon or dining certificate, may cost you [&hellip

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