How To Market Your Restaurant on Social Media | Food Business/Restaurant Marketing Strategies

Hey guys, my name is Wilson. Today we're going to be going over the four
ways to market your restaurant on social media in 2020. So many of you guys have already been on that
social media train, so congratulations to that because a lot of people actually don't
see the value. Just in the last two, three years, people
don't see the value on posting on social media because there's no direct ROI.

There is no direct association with you putting
in a dollar on ads. You putting a dollar on investing in your
brand on social media and how much you get back. You don't know, which is the reason why a
lot of people don't do that, but today people are waking up. People understand the importance of social
media. That's the reason why people are spending
thousands of dollars hiring social media people to take pictures for them, to write captions,
to interact with their customers.

But in today's now age, this is just not enough. It is not enough just to post nice pictures. It is not enough to just engage because the
market is so saturated. The platforms like Facebook, Instagram, they
are so saturated with beautiful pictures. You need the right strategies to actually
stand up and aside from the crowd, which is the reason why I want to be sharing with you
the four different ways to market through social media for your restaurant and they're
coming right up. The number one way to market on social media
is to use ads. Now I'm 100% against using ads if you are
not aware and if you don't understand objectives and if you do not have already a solid base
and foundation for your business. However, if you already have a solid foundation,
if you already have people who are interacting with your brand, then running ads is a must. Running ads on Facebook and Instagram is still
relatively cheap as opposed to the native and the, like print ads, bus ads and video
ads and stuff like that.

And on top of that, running ads on social
media like Facebook and Instagram is super, super effective when you can combine that
with a right strategy. So for example, when we're running ads, we're
not running ads just to sell people on, Hey, know what? Come to my restaurant, 20% off. No, we don't want to do that. We want to be able to run ads strategically
to show people that, Hey, you know what? This is the behind the scenes process of how
we make our food. This is the type of food that we offer. This is the type of people that we serve. This is how they feel about our food after
they come and consume at our restaurant.

This is behind the scenes. This is how everything is made. And then when the timing is right, when you
want to promote a certain campaign, you would want to then offer them something in return. You'd tell them that, you know what, there's
10% off. Or Hey, you know what? Come during this weekend for this specific
promotion. So at the end of the day, running promotions
is very, very strategic. You cannot just send them an offer and expect
your customers to return right away. You need to be able to warm them up. You need to show them behind the scenes, you
need to be able to tell them a story. You need to be able to show them behind the
scenes of how you are working. So at the end of the day, when the timing
is right, you're going to become top of mind for your customers. And another powerful thing and another powerful
way of running ads is to retarget.

What that means, and that's actually where
the true power is when you're running ads is when you can retarget people. And what that means is haven't you ever experienced
something that you know you were wanting to buy a certain item. Let's say for example a jacket. You want to buy that jacket, you click on
add to cart and at that moment someone calls you and you shut your computer and then you
go out for dinner, something like that. And an hour later you come back, you open
up your laptop and you forget about the jacket. So yeah, you have the intent to buy that jacket,
but because of the fact that life takes over, you forgot about it completely. And all of a sudden next day you get an email
reminding you that, Hey, you know what? You have this jacket in your cart. Just want to remind you that if you want to
check out, you get 10% off, something like that.

That's called retargeting. That's showing up in your inbox, showing up
in your feed, telling you that, Hey, you know what? You forgot about me but I'm here. That's the power of running ads. And then the same note, you can actually do
the same thing with food and beverage as well. So for example, when people actually interact
with your ad, they're like, Hey, you know what? I really like this product. I really like this menu of yours. I really like this recipe of yours. Great stuff. And next time whenever you have a promotion,
you show it in front of my face, now because of the fact that I love your branding because
I already love and want to try out your product, I'm much more inclined to actually come to
your restaurant and try out your stuff.

And that's the power of retargeting. That's a power of being timely with the ads
so you're not just running ads because everyone else is doing it. You need to have a strategy, you need to have
objectives and you need to be able to retarget in a timely manner. That's the number one way to market on social
media for your restaurant in today's time. The second way to market through social media
for your restaurant is through review sites.

Yes, review sites are social media as well
because this is a platform where people can actually search for your restaurant and your
brand. Believe it or not, more than 80% of people
that go and eat a new place, they go on review sites like Yelp, like Google reviews, all
these different review sites and you need to make sure you have a presence on these
different sites. And on top of that, actually I'm going to
throw you another stat, did you know that a half star rating increase, okay, accounts
for more than 30% of increased traffic. And what that means is that if you have a
three and a half star versus someone that has a four star, and yet you guys serve the
same thing, 30% of the time, people will search and people actually go and prefer the place
with that half a star more, that four star restaurant, they would prefer that and they
would have 30% more sales than this company, and this brand, this restaurant, who has only
three and a half star, which is the reason why you should pay a lot of attention on review

Okay? A lot of times you may be wondering, Hey,
but Wilson, I don't have much reviews, or, Hey Wilson, you know what, my restaurant just
started, I don't know how to get reviews. Well, you need to make sure that you strategize
on getting reviews, good reviews, bad reviews, it doesn't matter, just honest reviews, okay? You can always work towards making sure your
product satisfies your customer. Now on the same token, if your product sucks,
then it doesn't matter if your reviews are not because you shouldn't even be in the restaurant
business. I'm saying this if you have a good product
that you can actually improve upon, that you can actually serve to the customer, that customers
actually enjoy it. Now, some of the ways to get reviews are to
actually incentivize your customers and incentivize them with, for example, a drink for every
time they come in and show that they have left a review or perhaps having a sign out
your door that says, Hey, please leave us a review on Yelp or something like that.

Because a lot of times if you don't ask, you
shall never receive, which is the reason why you should always, always ask. Just like how at the end of the video I'll
always ask you to smash the like button because it helps with my YouTube journey and because
at the end of the day, if I don't ask, I will never receive that like button. So please smash that like button. But nonetheless, coming back to this, incentivize
your customers to leave a review on Yelp. Whenever you have it reviewed, make sure you
respond to them and engage with your customers. Whether the review, it'd be a troll review
where people are just complaining about you because Hey, you know what? They have bad service because the guy looks
like he's always bored at work, but if you're not that bored and it's just how you looked
and unfortunately that review is not warranted, then you can reply, Hey, you know what? And make some, put some character into it.

Make it fun. For example, you can be like, Hey, this is
how I look. How dare you? Or something along the lines of that. Just make it fun with them. Show your character because people who are
actually reading these reviews, they're human too. They understand what is a true review and
what are the reviews aren't actually warranted. For example, it is a warranted review that
is a negative one, then own up to it, own up to it and tell the people that, unfortunately,
this happened to you.

I'm so sorry. Let me make it right to you and actually improve
upon it. And people are much more forgiving if you're
honest and if you own up to it. So there you go. Review sites do not take this lightly because
it would make or break your business. The third way to market on social media for
your restaurant is through influencer marketing. And what that means is that influencers are
basically the cool kids in the class. They're the people that people look up to. They're the people that are outspoken and
they're the most popular people. They're like prom Kings and the prom Queens. Okay, so these are the people that you would
want to bring into your restaurant. These are the people that you want to reach
out to, and actually find their profile and offer them to come into your restaurant to
have a free meal, to actually, you know what? Not pressure them into writing a post, not
pressure them to sharing, but more so just to come and experience what you have to offer.

And if you're genuine about that, and if you're
not an annoying person about this, a lot of times these influencers would be more than
happy to post on your behalf, more than happy to post their experience at your establishment
and that says a lot about you versus food critics or versus anything else. Influencers are the major players in town
and major influence for your restaurant because a lot of times you can actually leverage their
customer base. They're the people that follow them and a
lot of times these influencers, they have 10, 20 thousand, a hundred thousand subscribers
and followers that actually watch what they have to post. So if they had a pleasant experience at your
joint, then majority of the time they can influence their following as well. And case in point, when we first started 720
Sweets, the first day that we opened there was a food blogger who came in and posted
about us and the next day, three more of her friends came in and tried our ice cream, our
smoking ice cream, and find that this was a pleasant experience. They actually asked us if they can post for
us and at that time, this was five years ago, okay.

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At that time I didn't know what was influencer
marketing, but I just said that, Hey know what? I just want to serve you. I just want to bring the best dessert to the
market. And because of this attitude that we had,
we were able to actually have them post for us and talk about their experience on social
media. And in turn, we became super busy the third
day onwards and within the first year we expanded to three shops, all because of influencer
marketing. So this is not something you want to take
lightly nowadays, this whole industry has transformed, has evolved and has matured,
which makes influencer marketing that much more important.

So at the end of the day, if you really want
to be able to market and if you want to be able to bring your brand out to the world,
do not oversee the importance of social media and do not oversee the importance of influencer
marketing. And a lot of times this is where they're going
to be able to share through word of mouth as well. When people see your post online, they're
going to be talking about it with their friends. So if you deliver a positive experience, a
good experience to your consumers, a good experience to your food bloggers and influencers,
they're going to talk about it even offline and that brings a lot of weight through marketing
for your restaurants. Now, I know we talked a lot about influencers,
social media, influencers and stuff like that.

However you did not want to oversee the importance
of catering to influencers that are offline as well. We're talking about people that are not really
on social media but has a lot of following and it has a lot of networks, so for example,
people that are in the real estate game or people who are in the banking industry, they
love your product, they come and try it out and they're like, Hey, you know what? I can bring this back to my branch.

Or real estate agent, hey, know what? I really liked this. I want to buy a bunch of this stuff or buy
a bunch of gift cards and gift it to my association. These are all things that you do not want
to oversee as well. Even though they're not on social media, they
too have a lot of influence. They too hold a lot of weight through word
of mouth marketing.

Nonetheless, if you can actually combine the
effect of social media and influencer marketing with word of mouth marketing, that becomes
a really strong synergy and a big combo that can help your restaurant market in today's
age. Fourth and final way to market on social media
for your restaurant is to be able to build a community. This is something that I personally am an
advocate of. Okay. I do not run any ads. I do not run any paid promotions until I can
build a solid base, a foundation of fans that love our product and love our service and
loves us in general because it is super, super important. You don't, if for example, there is no loyalty,
there is no way you can demand a premium if people don't view you as a brand. If they don't love you, they only treat you
like a commodity. And when you are treated as a commodity, how
do people value you? They value you by price.

So if you're not the cheapest in town, if
not the cheapest, most bang for the buck, then they're not going to come to you because
they view you as a commodity. However, if they view you as a brand that
they love, then they're willing to support your journey and then they're willing to pay
a premium and then they have that loyalty for your brand. So at the end of the day, it doesn't matter
if you have competitors that are open around the block, it doesn't matter if you have competitors
that opens right beside you, they'll still come to you because they want to support your
journey and because they're a loyal fan of yours and they're willing to pay that little
bit of a premium for your product because they're a loyal fan. Now, having said that, how do you build a
loyal fan base? A lot of times this comes from personal engagement.

These are things that are not scalable. These are things that require one on one interaction,
that you need to care for them, that you need to show them that you appreciate them. Some simple gestures like that you addressing
them by their first name, accumulating fans one by one, and knowing your first thousand
fans is so, so important for the success of your restaurant. Address them by their first name, treat them
something small. So then that way they feel that, Oh, I'm a
VIP. Ooh, I kind of like this. Ooh, I'm special. And in turn, slowly but surely they become
regulars and they become loyal fans of you, sharing along your story.

Why is it that you're building this brand? Why is it that you're building your restaurant
and what are you working on, what you're working towards? And if they know a lot more about you, understand
your journey, understand your story, then they're much more prone to want to support
you on your journey for your restaurant. And which is how you can build your loyal
fan base one fan at a time. This is something that is not scalable, but
is essential for your restaurant's success.

Number four is to be able to create that community
of loyal fans. And that's going to make a difference between
a failing business and a thriving business. So there you go, the four ways to market your
restaurant on social media. Number one is to be able to use ads, use ads
with an objective, strategize about it. Don't just run ads with 20% off because people
don't really attach to ads like that. You need to be able to tell them a story,
you need to show them the product that you're serving, you need to show them how it's like
to enjoy your product behind the scenes, and tell a story before you run an ad to get them
to come in. The second way to market your restaurant is
through review sites.

Review sites like Yelp, Google, all these
different sites. Do not take this lightly and create a way,
an automatic way to be able to attract these reviews because it's super important, because
80% of the people that decide on where to eat, checkout review sites. Super, super important and never looked like
that. Third way to market your restaurant on social
media is through influencers. Influencers are the cool kids on the block. These guys are the prom Kings, prom Queens,
and you want to make sure that you bribed them. Okay, bribe them with a free meal, treat them
exceptionally well, give them a pleasant experience, but ask for nothing in return because if you
ask for something in return, it would just feel like it's a stretch. It would just feel not natural. It would feel like it's a bribe. Bribe them in a way that they don't feel like
they're being bribed.

Okay? That's the art of this. And lastly, number four, create a community. Create a community of loyal fans so then that
way you can step out aside from the crowd and not be compared as a commodity that only
competes through pricing. You want to be able to create a community
so then that way you have loyalty and you can demand a premium for your menu and your
goods. Hopefully this has helped you out in building
an amazing restaurant.

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