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6 dos and don’ts of successful loyalty programs

Loyalty programs are a standard form of marketing in restaurants these days, whether they’re done digitally or via old-fashioned punch cards. All programs are not created equally, however, which is why it’s important for restaurateurs to ensure they are getting the most out of loyalty programs.

Now trending: Why unique chicken wing flavors are hot

While hot wings and barbecue flavors are some of the most popular flavors, fast casual brands, such as Wing Zone and Naked Chicken, are getting more creative.

The name game: Why one CEO rebranded his 'new' burger concept

Bo’s Steak & Grill closed its doors for several days and re-opened last month as Cole’s Backyard Grill.

Wendy's exec: Without great content, technology doesn't matter

Big screens are exciting to have in a restaurant, but if they lack content that is fresh and relevant, even the largest digital signs and menu boards will fail to attract and engage customers

Fazoli's has new investor

Sun Capital Partners has sold its investment in Fazoli’s Group to Sentinel Capital Partners, a Sun Capital affiliate.

Tech in a box: How Dickey's uses big data to target marketing strategies

During "Tablets: When, Where, Why and How" at the ICX Summit in Chicago, Dickey's discussed its custom-developed business intelligence service called Smoke Stack that analyzes data to help the restaurant connect with customers and increase sales.

ICXSummit: How to bring 'social proof' into your brick-and-mortar locations

Brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants must find ways to bring “social proof” to their stores and technology may be the way to do it.

Are you 'CONNECTING' with your customers?

The CONNECT 2015 Mobile Innovation Summit will teach restaurant operators and retailers how to provide customers with mobile connections to help build a loyal fan base.

Brazil's Italian concept bringing 'culinary freedom' to America

Brazil's Spoleto, a fast casual Italian concept, has made its American debut in April in Orlando and has big expansion plans for the state.

Limited-service restaurants leading coffee market

Coffee-café segment sales hit $23.4 billion in 2014, up 7.5 percent from 2013, according to Technomic.

Puerto Rican sandwich shop lands in Orlando

Puerto Rico-based El Meson Sandwiches is making its American debut in Orlando, opening the first of five-planned restaurants in June.

Industry gears up for NRA show

The restaurant industry’s biggest show of the year is kicking off Saturday when tens of thousands of restaurant operators and vendors meet in Chicago for the NRA event.

Freshii CEO: Why I called out McDonald’s

Freshii CEO Matthew Corrin explains why he thinks McDonald's would find success by partnering with his brand.

Restaurants hitting home runs in baseball stadiums

Peanuts and Crackerjacks have always been staples at baseball stadiums around the country, but restaurants are trying to add other cuisines to baseball fans’ traditions.

Building brands: Pie Five's CEO shares strategies

Pie Five's parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is looking to build and expand the concepts under the brand.

The un-red meat: Restaurants embracing new proteins

Restaurants are trying to meet Americans' desires to eat healthier by giving them a variety of protein options.

3 lessons restaurants can learn from ad agencies

Retailers, marketers and business owners can learn a lot from ad agencies.

'Better chicken' brand flying nationwide

Slim Chickens is on a mission to be a leading chicken concept.

Fast casual driving growth of 'The American Bakery'

Bakeries are stepping up their menu offerings, decor and overall customer experience.

April Fool's: Restaurant brands get in on the fun

Restaurant brands 'launch' clear coffee, a kale shake and an edible pizza box.

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