Would Your Restaurant Be Found Easily When They Are Searching?

Will Your Restaurant Be Found Easily Today?

Did you know in the coming 2 years that 9 out of 10 people will own a smartphone? Restaurant be found
Have you tried to buy a mobile phone recently and found they are 1 or 2 if any flip phones left? I was at the mobile store yesterday looking for a screen saver for my Galaxy tablet which is less than 2 years old. I learned they no longer make them. It amazes me how fast they change the technology so you have to upgrade your phone or tablet often.

Searching for Restaurants

Did you know searching for restaurants in the 3rd thing people search for via their smartphones? Will you be easily found there online? Another 40% check in via Foursquare or Facebook and the like. Are you there too so they can check in? When they check in their friends can see where they are. If they recommend you their friends are more likely to visit as well. Now that would be sweet 🙂

Here are some places you should consider being online:

  • Foursquare
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+/Google Places
  • Pinterest and Recipleaser

Foursquare Evolves

Personally I like Foursquare for checking in. There are now 40 million people with 1.3 million businesses found there. It has changed a lot over the years. You can now add pictures and easily leave tips for others. They have made more changes on October 9 (last week) and you can read about them here. I like the new “nearby” button. It allows you to find out if your friends are nearby. You may want to choose your friends wisely on Foursquare. You will love the new menu search too – another reason to be sure your menu is online today.

Facebook

You can’t miss Facebook with 1.26 billion people on it. It’s probably the most well known and most used website. It’s getting harder for pages to be found with so many businesses on the site today and the recent algorithm changes. Some businesses have reverted back to using their personal accounts and mix them with their business. If you go with a page you will need to market it and have someone update and check for others posting on it. It’s not a put up and forget about it type of proposition.

Modern Hospitality: Social Media with a Smile

by NowSourcing.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
Stats for Facebook and Foursquare from Expanded Ramblings.
How is your restaurant being found today? I’d love to know in the comments how your restaurant is being found or if you visit restaurants does your smartphone play a role in choosing it? 
Top image courtesy of emptyglass at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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5 thoughts on “Would Your Restaurant Be Found Easily When They Are Searching?

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  2. Love the information Lisa – With my Google Business Photos I usually reach out to restaurants for the virtual tours, I find they either brace social media fully or are scared to. I just recently finished a tour for a restaurant that does very little with social, after having the tour complete (which should launch in a couple of days) they were surprised at the number at the number of reviews they already had from across the web on a profile Google put together. Unfortunately they were reviews weren’t very good and the first reaction was how to we delete them. My suggestion was to start engaging this audience and learn what they customers like and dislike, have those reviews sit and fester aren’t doing well for them and they would have more success engaging their audience.

  3. Thank you Ed – I am amazed how many restaurants do not have websites or if they do that have them updated on a regularly basis. I’m always checking out a menu before going to a new restaurant online now. And Foursquare reviews or Trip Advisors as well as Yelp and many others. I try to take reviews with a grain of salt as some may review that way due to knowing them or having their own reasons for such a review. But if they ALL are good or bad that could be a telltale sign. Love to see your new virtual tour!

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