Why Dominos and Papa John's sales are up in a food service downturn

Why are some pizza chains thriving in an overall economic downturn for the restaurant industry? The answers speak volumes about today's customers' demands.

Freshii's devilish promo rewards customers for ditching QSR gift cards

The latest promotion from Freshii — which officially classifies itself as a "health casual" brand — is taking direct aim at its fast food competitors by allowing customers to exchange all their fast food gift cards for a free chef-designed...

Pushing boundaries: Top 10 menu trends of 2017 revealed

Combining cuisines from all over the world will be 2017's No. 1 trend. Other trends include spicier flavor profiles, more vegan and veggie options and DIY cooking.

The lucky 13: Twitter features to maximize restaurant marketing

Twitter has effectively been our micro-blogging friend for a decade, which has changed the face of marketing because this great promotional tool allows brands to push strategic initiatives in concise, 140-character chunks. Here are 13 pointers on maximizing that little bluebird's many features.

5 tips to boost customer loyalty in 2017

The new year is fast upon us, and with it comes new opportunities for restaurant brands to surprise and delight their customers with engaging and rewarding experiences. A well-designed, innovative loyalty program can help you get there. But technology is fast changing customer expectations, so it’s vital to refresh and reimagine the possibilities.

Are you accounting for those holiday gift cards correctly?

For many restaurants, the holiday season bustles with promotions, parties and gift card sales. But amid the season's cheer, restaurants must account for these gift cards properly.

You can’t win an EEOC lawsuit, but you can prevent it

Of the 89,385 charges the EEOC reviewed in 2015, Retaliation, Race, Disability, and Sex discrimination were the most prevalent, and 28,000 charges, or 31 percent, involved harassment. That is alarming for restaurants, where carefree culture often toes the line between camaraderie and harassment.

5 ways restaurants can turn tech into success strategy

Restaurant chains often struggle with the technology decision-making process, but experience is clear on what works and what does not. Following are five best practices to help QSR leaders mitigate technology implementation challenges:

4 union organization changes restaurateurs need to know

Restaurant operators must take the time now to learn how recent union-relaterd labor rulings from the National Labor Relations Board may affect their day-to-day employment decisions.

All hail the diehards: Limited-service chains open Christmas

News reporters, convenience and retail store employees, first responders and medical personnel are among that committed group of people who rarely get holidays off. They are also the core customers for the following chains that remain open and ready to...

How the election could (and should) change the way restaurants do business

By Mike Lukianoff, Chief Analytics Officer/Fishbowl In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon made history when they became the first presidential candidates to debate on live TV.

Trumping the restaurant industry

The founder and owner of the six-restaurant Uncle Jack's brand and former host of the Food Network's "Restaurant Stakeout" discusses how he thinks President-elect Donald Trump will help restaurant operators.

5 ways to attract the under-tapped teen consumer

As the restaurant industry faces among the lowest annual revenues since 2008, the teen market represents a bright spot in future spending. For the restaurant that does it right, there's a goldmine waiting to be discovered.

What to learn from DC pizza brand's fake news nightmare

The potentially brand-ending effects of rumor in the Internet age became painfully evident Sunday when a fake news report connected to Washington D.C's pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong, led to a gunman opening fire. The incident should serve as a lesson as to how and why brands need response plans in place.

Big Mac inventor leaves invaluable lesson for restaurateurs today

The passing of Big Mac inventor and McDonald’s longtime franchisee, Jim Delligatti, got me thinking about the value of true, two-way communication between a brand's top leadership and its front-line employees.

Menu Labeling: Recent clarification means law goes into effect as planned

Yesterday when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out its Clarified Statement on Compliance Date, regarding the activation on Dec.

3 steps to choose the right technology

We all know that the amount of investment capital flowing into the food tech space has led to a virtual saturation of new restaurant technology in everything from online ordering systems to self-monitoring ovens, and even a burger-making robot. Here is a three-step process to help choose which technology is right for a growing business.

Is it time for restaurateurs to really talk turkey?

Thanksgiving, when you think about it, is the celebration of eating out with friends. Why then, doesn't the restaurant industry claim it and give restaurateurs and weary cooks everywhere something really to be grateful for?

Restaurant tech-spectations: Are you meeting your customers' technological needs?

Check out the infographic to discover if you are meeting your customers' techy needs.

Chick-fil-A stakes its web presence on glories of brand journalism

Chick-fil-A this week launched a new website that stakes the chain's all-important online future on the potential promotional benefits of content marketing, or what is sometimes referred to as brand journalism.

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