We’re wrapping up our Plates of Thanks campaign, the nationwide celebration for achieving 20,000 restaurant partners as part of our digital marketing program. As you may know, we sponsored free giveaways to independent restaurants across the country. What you may not realize, is that the media noticed! In fact, the media coverage we received created more traffic on our sites… sold more certificates nationwide…and, most importantly, drove more customers to visit our partners’ restaurants! Check out some of the media highlights from the Plates of Thanks campaign. Tampa’s morning television show, Daytime, invited us to their show to present gifts to Due Amici, a favorite local pizzeria. Watch the show Due Amici also received a shout-out—and a great write up—from The Tampa Tribune. Read the [&hellip

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As a Restaurant.com partner, you open the door to new diners. Each one walks in with new opportunities—not just to show off your restaurant—but to provide feedback, build repeat business and spread the word. The truth is every Restaurant.com guest can help you grow your business. Take full advantage of these opportunities with just a few simple steps. 1. VALIDATE! It all starts when you or your staff validate your Restaurant.com certificates. For mobile certificates, click “VALIDATE NOW” For paper certificates, just call 1-888-905-4438 or 1-800-727-3776 To show your staff how easy validating is—and remind them to do so—post this Staff Training Sheet in your break room. 2. Learn Once you validate their certificates, your customers become “Verified Diners.” They are invited to go to [&hellip

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Here’s another innovation you can use! Heat up your menu without spending a cool fortune by loading up your burgers with off-beat toppings. Here are some creative and affordable ways to inspire consumers to dig deeper into their wallets. Start by shopping your own kitchen. You likely have all the ingredients you need in stock and ready to go. Take a look around and see which items will create sky-high burgers that consumers will notice—and ask about—from across the dining room. Go BIG! And get noticed Add ingredients that add height, color AND flavor. Remember, today’s consumers love to share their most eye-popping, over-the-top meals on social media…which means more potential customers for you! Pile on the sides Turn basic side dishes into tasty toppings. [&hellip

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From Alabama to Wyoming, restaurants across the U.S. celebrate restaurant week. While it traditionally focuses on the most upscale establishments, restaurant week creates opportunities for every type of restaurant and cuisine. Resaurant.com offers our recipe for restaurant week success. Typically organized by an area restaurant association or chamber of commerce, restaurant week was established to build business during the slower months of winter and/or summer. Restaurants typically create prix fixe menus to showcase their restaurants talents—and offer customers special values. Find (or Make!) Your Local Restaurant Week This list is a good start to finding restaurant week dates in your area. And if there isn’t a restaurant week nearby…start one! Work with other restaurants, talk to your restaurant association or chamber of commerce, or create [&hellip

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GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT RESTAURANT.COM! My name is Kenneth Chessick, MD, JD. I am CEO and one of the creators of Restaurant.com. When you buy a restaurant certificate, you possess special rights. This letter will help you learn more about the benefits of Restaurant.com, and how we execute our mission to “do good for others and do well for yourself.” We do this by encouraging people to enjoy great meals while saving a lot of money, by enabling our more than 20,000 restaurant and business owners to succeed and to prosper, by helping people earn money, and to have fun in the process. YOUR RIGHT AS AN OWNER OF OUR CERTIFICATES I want to first thank you for being a valued customer. It’s important that [&hellip

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Welcome to our first post of innovations you can actually use, a new blog series that helps turn today’s restaurant trends into business-building opportunities. A sure cure for the common hangover since the 1920’s, the Bloody Mary has grown in popularity—and ridiculousness. How can you ride this tide? Here are a few ways to turn the basic Bloody Mary into an attention- and profit-building machine: Start with the basic recipe, then offer additions…and upcharges (we’ve even offered a range, from $-$$$)! Hint: forget tiny toothpicks. Go for 12” skewers! $ Veggie Mary Mix colors and textures with cheese cubes, cucumbers, yellow peppers, tiny tomatoes jalapeno peppers and baby corn. $$ Go whole hog Few can resist the temptation of bacon! Wrap bacon around skewer sticks [&hellip

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UPDATE: Plates of Thanks Giveaway We’re delivering gifts of gratitude! To celebrate our milestone of 20,000 restaurants, diners and restaurant professionals nominated 20 restaurants that were well-loved but needed some extra support. We then worked with the nominated restaurants to identify solutions that would help them grow their business. Our Plates of Thanks Giveaway will provide 20 independent restaurants with equipment, décor, marketing support and more. Of the recipients, these five restaurants were presented their gifts by the Restaurant.com team in person: Due Amici Pizza. Bringing authentic Italian cuisine and true New York style pizza to Tampa, Florida, this restaurant can up their marketing game with new logo and new menus. Kimi’s Bistro. To elevate the customer experience, we hand-delivered new napkins and menus to [&hellip

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From tornados and earthquakes to powerful thunder storms, summer is a season of unpredictable weather across the country. And while no one can control the amount of devastation a storm leaves in its wake, a little advance planning can prepare your restaurant or business to weather a natural emergency. Start with basic measures you can take to prepare for any natural hazard. Communicate with your staff: Involve your team when you create your plan, then make sure everyone understands their role and responsibilities. Ensure physical safety: Explore your surroundings and identify shelter options and evacuation routes within your building and in the immediate area. Prepare a first aid kit and mark its location. Protect your data: Ensure your businesses’ vital files and personnel information are [&hellip

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In 2014, the National Restaurant Association reported that restaurant traffic trends softened throughout the month of June. This year, rev up your June by making the most of the traditions and holidays that drive diners to your door. Congratulate grads. Give families and friends a grad-friendly place to celebrate their grade-school, high-school and college graduations. No matter the school, graduations almost always require a group lunch, dinner or even catering. Take note of local graduation dates to know when to advertise specials, post signage and encourage reservations. Let customers know that your restaurant makes graduates feel like a class act. Say “I do” to brides and grooms. June is also wedding season, filled with opportunities for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, showers and off-beat weddings (a [&hellip

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The nomination period for the Plates of Thanks Giveaway is now closed. Please see below for more information. Restaurant.com is celebrating our 20,000 restaurant partnership with FREE gifts of gratitude for 20 independent restaurants across America. The Plates of Thanks Giveaway is our way of saying THANKS to participating restaurants like yours. Our network of 20,000 (and growing!) restaurants means you get even more advertising and online exposure, more diners and more opportunities to build your business. To date, Restaurant.com is proud to have generated more than $194 million across the restaurant industry. We look forward to serving even more! Nominate your restaurant for the Plates of Thanks Giveaway. Twenty restaurants will be selected to receive FREE giveaways. To be nominated, patrons, employees and/or restaurant [&hellip

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