Social Media For Restaurants And Bars

by Alex on April 2, 2010

Twitter – Sign up for a Twitter account. Publish your Twitter profile on all documents. Promote giveaways, specials and announcements via your Twitter profile. Use it also as a tool to listen and converse with your customers.

E-Newsletter – Email a monthly newsletter with the latest happenings, new menu items, entertainment news, recipe of the month etc. This is also a great tool to collect email addresses for future opportunities to connect with the customer.

Blog – Blogging is a great way to bring the customer into the kitchen. It’s a great way bring them behind the scenes and make them feel a part. Sharing a recipe, employee profiles, and kitchen tips and tricks are just a few options to break down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. Customers want to be part of something more then just a meal, they want to feel like they belong. A blog can be that tool.

Google Alerts – This is a great tool to use to listen to what is being said about your business, website or even your chef. Setting up a Google alert with just the name of your restaurant can bring priceless insight to both positive and negative talk that’s being said online about your business.

Facebook – Set up a Facebook Fan Page to connect with your customers on Facebook. Keep it updated with fresh content and always make sure you’re involved with the conversations that are taking place on “the wall.”

MySpace – If your clientele is more likely to be found using MySpace, create a profile page and updated it with fresh content as well. Like Facebook engage in conversations and comments.

YouTube – Incorporate video into your social media strategy. Like your blog, take your customer behind the scene and give them a pass to a part of the restaurant that only insiders are allowed to go. Provide a few quick tips and how-tos from the house chef. Share these videos on YouTube and other video sharing sites, as well as your blog. Use video to even show where you buy your produce and meats. This is also serves a dual role because it promotes your local farmers.

Mobile – Have customers provide their mobile phone number for coupons, specials and latest news via an SMS message.

Events – Host Tweetups for your Twitter community and…

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  • http://dreamosity.com Marcelle

    I totally agree! I’m finding out lots of neat places to eat via facebook & Twitter. I’m even able to connect with my chiropractor online.

    What do you suggest to do for a Tweetup? I haven’t done that yet.

    Thanks!!!

  • admin

    Tweetups are awesome! you will get the first invite Marcelle! lol .. thanks for the support

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