Marketing a restaurant in today’s highly competitive environment can be difficult, if not impossible to figure out without a solid plan of action. While you work hard to make sure that your restaurant is a success, hard work alone is not enough to attract paying customers. This is why it’s a good idea to look at a sample marketing plan for a restaurant.
The basic foundation for any good marketing plan, is for the management to understand what it is they are offering the consumer. Therefore, you need to be able to state in one sentence what makes your restaurant a place where people should want to come and eat.
If you have trouble doing this simple exercise, then you are in desperate need of a marketing strategy that allows you to narrow down your target market, and be able to reach those people with an effective message.
One sample of restaurant marketing plan strategy in action is the idea of offering a VIP Club for a special group of customers. In order to get this idea going, you’d first have to analyze what type of customers your restaurant already attracts. Most people, who come to eat there, live or work within a three mile radius.
Every restaurant attracts a unique clientele, so you’d have to determine which group of customers would enjoy the benefits of a VIP Club. It may be a group of business people who come in for lunch often. It may be a group of golfers who eat there every Saturday. It may be a group of college students who hold late night study sessions. Catering to a group of people and making them feel special is a sure-fire way to increase menu orders.
Cheap restaurant marketing strategies are also a part of any basic plan, and can include things like issuing press releases to announce a new chef or menu item, giving away free samples of new food items to customers, doing a joint venture promotion with a non-competitive business neighbor, and sending out targeted menu flyers.
Actually, there are lots of great ideas that you can include in your marketing plan. Because every restaurant is unique, your plan will probably differ greatly from the one your competitor is following. In fact, you should aim to make your plan way better than all of your competitors. This may be easier than you think, because they probably are not paying much attention to creative marketing.
Source by A. J. Freeman