Serving more than 2,000 exhibitors and hundreds of thought-provoking seminars, the 2016 National Restaurant Association has closed its doors for the year. Since not all of our restaurant partners attended the show, our partner team walked the (many) halls of Chicago’s McCormick Place and found these tastes, trends and tech to give you some exciting and new things to chew on

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Taste, price and healthfulness are the biggest drivers of food purchasing decisions.1 And until recently, healthfulness has been absent from menu descriptions. Nutrition is important to diners, and research shows that most consumers want menu labeling to help them make better choices. For example, when diners eat fast food, they tend to consume more calories than they realize…and menu labels can help them choose lower-calorie options

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A restaurant meal is a social experience. And after the meal is over, people keep talking online about what they did and (cue the scary music) what they didn’t like. Today, we’re focusing on how to handle negative reviews and how to get unhappy diners to come back for more

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Can you believe it’s already June! In January, we boiled down the industry’s hottest predictions into trends you can actually use. Today, we’re here with updates. See how some of the trends evolved and check out a few new ones, too

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Introducing our smarter, more powerful online menu system! With 86% of diners checking menus online before they dine1, posting your menu on our site has always been priority. Today, we’re pleased to announce a site-wide menu upgrade that makes your menu easier for hungry diners to view…and easier for you to update

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Are you going to the 2016 National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, May 21-24? It’s a great time to see the latest restaurant trends, network with industry professionals and explore new opportunities. Don’t worry if you won’t be there, we will—and we’ll share our findings with you. Here’s our list of things to check out at the NRA show: Restaurant innovations—We’ll be looking for new ways to help restaurants optimize their websites for mobile, develop mobile apps, management inventory and new technology. The latest in social media—From topic trends to time-saving apps, we want to know what our restaurant partners can do to grow their audience and business. Text and email trends—Are there new updates or innovations to help restaurants better communicate with diners? Food [&hellip

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Want to build your business? Start with two words: social media. See, 63% of millennials, the demographic that now spends more money at restaurants than at grocery stores (1), say they stay updated on brands through social networks; 51% say social opinions influence their purchase decisions (2). So, if you haven’t already, now is the time to use social media to attract new customers and bring existing customers back for more. First, get to know some of the social media basics that we covered last month. Then check out these three ways to stand out without spending a fortune. Here’s a hint…it’s all about photography. 1) Take and post unique photos Make sure they look good (here are a few tips), but do post at [&hellip

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