Social Media for Restaurants

Social Media Training for Restaurant Owners

Social Media Training for Restaurant Owners: Fill Up More of Your Seats

Restaurants understand the importance of making the most of every marketing dollar.

In the past, many restaurants were hesitant to use social media because it was difficult to track their ROI. But thanks to the advanced analytics that are now available, it's easy to see how well your social media marketing dollars and resources perform.

Since more restaurants use social media than traditional loyalty programs, QR codes, daily deals or location-based marketing, it's obvious that this medium can work. However, that's only true if you understand what consumers want and how to connect with your target demographic.

If you want to successfully utilize social media to bring more people through your restaurant's front door, Web Media University's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest training courses can teach you everything you need to know.

3 Ways Restaurant Owners Can Get More Out of Social Media

To give you an idea of the type of highly valuable information you'll get from our training course, let's take a look at three different options for successfully utilizing social media to promote your restaurant:

Regularly Change Your Main Cover Image

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ all devote a significant portion of profile pages to a large cover image. Since this is the first thing visitors will see when they come to your profile, use this space to showcase one of your best dishes. But don't settle for keeping the same image. You can easily switch to a different image every one to two weeks. Utilizing variety is also great during specific times of the year like the Christmas season.

Encourage Your Customers to Share Photos

If you've spent any amount of time using social media to promote your restaurant, you've probably discovered that photos get a lot of attention and engagement. While it's definitely wise to publish a steady stream of your own photos, you should also encourage your customers to share their photos of your food. You can even take this a step further by holding a contest for the best food picture.

Don't Be Shy with Promotions and Discounts

One of the nice things about working in the restaurant industry is you have a fair amount of flexibility in terms of pricing. And since people always like to feel that they're getting a good deal, use this to your advantage. Even though you obviously don't have to slash prices, think of creative ways to offer promotions and discounts.

Whether it's a 2 for 1 Happy Hour deal or a complimentary new dessert with the purchase of a meal, customers will stay engaged with your social media profiles if they know that they will be rewarded with special deals. These types of promotions are also very powerful for getting more people in your restaurant seats.

Now that you've seen the quality of the information we share, if you're ready to get a complete blueprint for marketing your restaurant across all the major social platforms, check out our program with a free 7-day trial:

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Social Media Training for Restaurant Owners

2017 Calendar
Jan: Marketing Plan Development
Feb: Social Media Tools Review
Mar: Social Media Optimization
Apr: Branding and Advertising
May: Content and Article Marketing
Jun: Video and Blog Marketing
Jul: Email and Mobile Marketing
Aug: Pay Per Click Marketing
Sep: Search Engine Optimization
Oct: Social Media Management
Nov: Building Brand Advocates
Dec: Business Networking and Sales
Each month we will be featuring live webinars from our teachers on the above topics. Get exclusive access as a Web Media University member.
Featured Teacher
  • MICHELLE HUMMEL

    MICHELLE HUMMEL

    Michelle was recently nominated for the Women Owned Business of the Year! CEO of her own full service social media marketing agency Web Strategy Plus.  She holds a valuable degree in Internet Marketing with a strong 15+ year background in the field. She has published 2 books in her series titled, “The Social Media Magnet: everything you need to know to attract customers with social media”, where she shares her best kept secrets to success. Michelle travels Worldwide delivering keynotes and in-depth social media certification training to companies. She founded the Social Media Enthusiasts community with chapters Nationwide. Also a current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine. Read More »