Posts Tagged ‘mobile technology’

4 Elements Critical to Your Restaurant’s Mobile Website Success

November 22, 2013

There’s no escaping having a mobile website if you run a restaurant. And more than that, you want a mobile website that is easy and intuitive for your customers to use – one that leads them right to the information they’re looking for in a matter of seconds. Here are four simple rules of thumb to follow when designing your restaurant’s mobile website.

Simplicity is the Key to a Restaurant’s Mobile Website Success

The place for flowery speeches and inviting images of your restaurant’s food and services is on your main website. Your mobile website needs to provide only the most pertinent information given as succinctly as possible. As a restaurant establishment, the pertinent information that your mobile users are going to want is your location, business hours, menu, prices, and preferably the ability to place their order right then and there.

Don’t make them dig for that information! Ditch the heavy graphics and lengthy copy and shoot for straight and to the point. As a general rule of thumb, keep your mobile site to between 5-10 pages.

Make Sure Your Restaurant’s Mobile Site is Usable

Usability is the next major factor to consider in your restaurant’s mobile design. Obviously, your links and buttons need to be large enough to easily push on small touch screens. The more white space you provide around your links and buttons, the easier it is to get around – so don’t clutter up the space with unnecessary elements.

Make sure that the site is logically organized and categorized so that it is easy to get around as well. Everything they want to know should be right up front. Last but not least, take the time to ensure that every menu, image, button, and link is working properly.

Don’t Make Your Mobile Restaurant Customers Wait!

The number one reason users abandon mobile and regular websites alike is lengthy load times. Heavy graphics and video are the worst culprits here, so again, avoid these wherever possible – especially on mobile.

It’s also smart to keep in mind that while your site may look just fine on one smartphone or tablet, it may get totally goofed up on another. Therefore, it’s essential that you test your mobile site across a diversity of platforms before it goes live.

Analyze Your Restaurant’s Mobile Website Data to Better Understand Your Customer

There are a ton of tools that will give you valuable insight on how well you mobile website is serving its purpose. Basic analytics tools will tell you not only where you traffic coming from, but how the people are interacting with your site. You can see what areas are most prominently used as well as where users are leaving your site, and can then use that information to adjust your design accordingly. To make this information most useful to you, make it a practice to monitor and analyze your website’s performance and functionality on an on-going basis.

These simple rules of mobile website design hold true whether those customers are looking for your location, your menu and prices, or the order button itself. Avoiding having a complicated, dysfunctional, or sluggish mobile website will help your customers more easily browse and find the information they’re looking for – how to patronize your business! Find out more about making your site mobile friendly at

Leveraging Social Media and Mobile Apps in the Restaurant

March 18, 2013

Everyone knows that social media campaigns can be powerful tools to build your reputation and brand loyalty. Most people are also aware of the ever-increasing role smartphones play in helping potential customers locate businesses and decide whether or not to give them their patronage.

What many businesses are struggling with is the creation of a successful campaign that harnesses these technologies effectively. Not everyone uses mobile tech yet and social media campaigns can be difficult to obtain meaningful metrics from, making it difficult to determine if your return on investment makes your effort worthwhile. Nonetheless, you can’t afford to ignore the potential that either of these technologies offers in terms of customer engagement and the building of brand loyalty. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Using Social Media Properly Starts With Understanding What It’s Really For

Getting social media to be an effective tool for your business has a lot to do with how you use the technology. The number one mistake that businesses make with social media is taking too strong of a ‘sales’ approach in their attempts to connect with customers. The key point to keep in mind about social media is that it’s meant to be a social platform.  This means that people are using it because they want to connect and share personal experiences with others; they’re not using it so they can be blasted with advertisements and haggled about buying something.

As a business, the best approach to social media is to think about it as a tool to make friends with your customers. It’s a platform where it’s O.K., even expected, to be less formal and more friendly.  Posts should be value-oriented, delivering information you know your customers would be excited to have.

Your posting frequency matters too. In fact, a recent study in the Restaurant Social Media Index 2012 Consumer Report found that brands who published more than six promotional posts per week, had an opt-out rate of 8% from social customers!

The Power of Images in Social Media

Sometimes one good image can be a far more powerful tool to catch people’s attention than any number of text posts could ever be.  Images also have a longer staying power in people’s minds. Think, for instance, how much more likely you will be to remember that such and such restaurant is running a lunch time special on burgers if you actually see a picture of said burger looking totally delectable beforehand.  Platforms like Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram can be particularly powerful tools toward this end, since they are image-focused and shares are user-driven. Mobile platforms such as Yelp and FourSquare have recently beefed up their image sharing capacities as well, adding to the increased importance of images in restaurant marketing campaigns.

Mobile Apps That Build Restaurant Loyalty and Engagement

Given the increasing use of smartphones and mobile technology, it would be folly not to at least have a mobile version of your website enabled. Even better, build a free mobile app that your customers can download to their devices to stay in constant touch.

Several restaurants are using this technology is very effective ways. Krispy Kreme, for example, has an app that alerts users anytime their ‘hot now’ sign is on at their favorite Krispy Kreme location, allowing people to know exactly when they can show up and get their favorite doughnuts freshly baked and piping hot. Denny’s recently ran a mobile campaign where they gave users a digital ‘badge’ each time they ate at a new Denny’s location. The first user to visit a Denny’s in all 50 states was given free Grand Slam breakfasts for life.

These are just a few examples of how you can utilize mobile technology to inspire engagement and loyalty from your customers. If social media and mobile technology is not yet a well-developed aspect of your marketing campaigns, now is as good a time as any to leverage these technologies to your advantage.