In-store Marketing Creates Loyal Restaurant Customers

The task of marketing your restaurant doesn't stop when you get customers in the door. The next step is to keep them coming back.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: High Wide & Handsome


There’s more to mobile payments than payments: Engaging Your Customers in the Age of the New Mobile Wallet

The shift to mobile payments is underway, especially now that Apple is encouraging customers to pull out their smartphones instead of their old leather wallets every time they pay. But the possibilities for brands to capitalize on the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.

Type: Presentation

Sponsor: LevelUp


Webinar: There's more to mobile payments than payments: engaging your customers in the age of the new mobile wallet

The shift to mobile payments is underway, especially now that Apple is encouraging customers to pull out their smartphones instead of their old leather wallets every time they pay. But the possibilities for brands to capitalize on the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.

Type: Webinar

Sponsor: LevelUp


SAVOR...Chicago Streamlines Convention Cafe with Self-service

Self-order kiosks from NEXTEP SYSTEMS help ensure that visitors to North America's busiest convention center don't have to wait in line.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


Infographic: Digital Signage: Drive-thru Technology for the Next Generation

This infographic explains why going digital is good for customers and great for restaurants.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: Panasonic


Webinar: How to Use Beacons and Geofencing to Grow Your Restaurant Business

What if you could reach out to a customer walking by your restaurant at lunch time and invite them in to sample your new summer menu item? Beacons can be powerful tools for reaching the customers who are literally right outside your front door, and getting them through your front door.

Type: Webinar

Sponsor: SplickIt


2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual.com's ninth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, people, marketing campaigns, menu trends and technologies leading the industry.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: Henny Penny


How Mystery Shopping can Supercharge Your Marketing and Training

By dramatically improving product quality and the customer experience, mystery shopping could be called the ultimate brand insurance.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Sentry Marketing Group


Infographic: 5 Things Restaurant Mobile Apps Must Include

Mobile innovations continue to grow at a staggering pace and to win the game, your brand's mobile app is going to need more than just a menu, nutritional information and restaurant locations.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit


Self-Order Kiosks for an Old-World Market

An Italian market and deli serves customers more efficiently with a modern technology solution from NEXTEP SYSTEMS.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


A Soup-er Restaurant Technology Solution for Zoup!

A growing restaurant chain built on hand-crafted soup taps technology from NEXTEP SYSTEMS to help it manage store operations.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


Profitable Restaurants Turn More Tables

For fast casual operators, simplifying the process of delivering food can lead to happier customers and increased profits.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


2013 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual.com's eighth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, people, technology, menu trends and innovations leading the industry.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: Henny Penny


Best Practices for Digital Signage Placement in Fast Casual Restaurants

Digital signage can be a key differentiator for operators in the fast casual segment. Learn how to use it most effectively.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: NEC Display Solutions


Adding Customer-Facing Touchpoints with Kiosks

An innovative restaurant concept incorporates kiosks into its efforts to connect with customers.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


2011 FCES: De-coding Multi-Channel Messages: Practical Uses for Your Guest Feedback

It’s all about the experience. Guest feedback has gone far beyond the days of comment cards on tables. Cut through the clutter as our 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit panelists discussed the best ways operators can respond to and address what their customers are saying about their brand, food and guest experience.

Type: Presentation

Sponsor: Fast Casual Executive Summit


2011 FCES: The Future Foodservice Consumer

While consumer spending habits at restaurants hasn’t changed over the last 50 years, but what consumers are looking for from restaurants has. Menu and ingredient transparency, value and consumer confidence are having a direct impact on sales. Learn the mindset...

Type: Presentation

Sponsor: Fast Casual Executive Summit


Kiosks Increase Efficiency of Dining on College Campuses

How Sodexo and NEXTEP SYSTEMS partnered to create a reliable and flexible restaurant solution.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


Boar's Head Deli Makes the Most of Self-Order Kiosks

Technology from NEXTEP SYSTEMS helps one restaurant increase ticket averages.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


Check-In Technology Wins Big for Hard Rock Hotel Biloxi

Kiosks from NEXTEP SYSTEMS use features such as texting to speed check-in and provide upgrades at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


Culinary Experience for the Innovators (Slides)

Follow industry leaders as they discuss current trends in fast casual dining, what customers are seeking, and how one company operates with a Guest-Driven attitude. Download the slides from presentations given by: Phil Costner, La Madeleine/ Dan Ross, US Foodservice at the Fast Casual Executive Summit 2009.

Type: Presentation

Sponsor: Fast Casual Executive Summit


Self-service makes crowded counter lines a thing of the past

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, a grocery chain focused on produce and specialty products and services, wanted to give deli customers faster, more efficient service.“We were looking for a way to use this technology for delis in an effort to speed up the order fulfillment process,” said Ryan McWhirter, IT manager for Nino Salvaggio.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: NEXTEP SYSTEMS


Infographic: The Future of Tipping

Tipping continues to be an aspect of the restaurant industry worth around $40 billion a year**. However, in the last few years, there have been surprising changes in tipping trends in fast casual dining and casual dining restaurants. We surveyed workers to get their opinions on the future of tipping.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: Snagajob


Jason's Deli Table Tracker Case Study

Table Tracker is a table location system that helps fast-casual restaurants identify where guests are sitting. Instead of number cards, guest are given wireless Trackers that send the guest’s location to a kitchen display, effectively eliminating the need for food runners to search for guests.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


Alondra Hot Wings | On Cue for Restaurants

The Challenge- Alondra Hot Wings shared the same challenges as any busy restaurant: How to efficiently manage the flow of customers through a busy waiting area while seating guests in a timely fashion.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


Alondra Hot Wings | Check Point Survey Case Study

The Challenge- Before converting to Check Point Surveys, Alondra Hot Wings used comment cards to process customer feedback. Owner noticed that many guests did not use the comment cards. “Some customers told us they didn’t trust comment cards because they thought the server might not turn in negative comments,” Kazarian (owner) explained.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


Pizza Ranch | Table Tacker Case Study

The Challenge - When guests order a custom pizza or non-buffet menu item at Pizza Ranch, it has to be delivered to their table in time for them to enjoy it with their buffet items. Pizza Ranch was using number cards at the tables to direct food runners to where to deliver these orders.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


The Restaurant of the Future: How Technology will Transfrom the Guest Experience

Technology is no longer a novelty in the food service industry. It’s the key to survival and success. According to the recently released National Restaurant Association report “Restaurant Industry 2020: A Snapshot of the Future."

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


The Power of Instant Customer Feedback

If there’s one unavoidable reality in any customer-oriented business, it’s this: No matter how good you are, you won’t make everyone happy all the time.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


Managing the Front Ebook

Front-door management is key to maximizing the rush. That’s one reason front-door management – the process of managing the guests stacked up at the front during peak times and helping them get seated quickly – is so important.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


The Millennial Mindset: How a Generation is Reshaping Hospitality

America’s Millennial Generation, the roughly 80-100 million people between the ages of 17 and about 35, might be one of the most misunderstood groups by service-oriented businesses.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


2014 Speed of Service Report

In this report, we dive into data from the Restaurant Social Media Index, providing research that connects the dots between consumer behavior and sentiment in relation to multi-unit operators and speed of service.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


Food Service Has an Appetite for Advocacy

Justified or not, consumers trust fellow consumers more than they trust brands. In fact, a 2013 Nielsen Global Trust in Advertising survey found that 84% of people trust the recommendations of people they know and 68% trust online customer reviews.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: InMoment


2015 Customer Experience Trends Report

In November 2014, InMoment launched a survey to consumers and brands alike. In it, we asked them to rank six developing customer experience (CX) trends in order of importance.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: InMoment


Empathy Map: Using Empathy to Better Understand Your Customers

Take the customer stories you collect to the next level by creating an empathy map, which combines key stakeholders and decision makers in your company to discuss how your brand experience can better meet your guests' wants, needs and expectations.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: InMoment


Infographic: Make Customers Feel Valued, Make Them Feel Heard

644 consumers and 131 brand representatives ranked top Customer Experience (CX) trends for 2015 and shared additional insights. Check out what they had to say in this infographic.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: InMoment


Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Harnesses Customer Feedback to Improve, Advocate

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert franchise with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia. Orange Leaf’s corporate leadership wanted to provide franchisees with the tools to receive immediate notifications about unhappy customers, and follow up directly with them to resolve their concerns.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: InMoment


The Importance of Restaurant Branding

Food is important, but so are experiences. In order to make a big impact and leave customers with a great impression, you need to create a brand strategy and implement it consistently. Mood understands how to do this, and we want to help.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mood Media


Mood+Qdoba

As a part of a rebranding effort, Qdoba wanted to explore how to revitalize the in-restaurant music program and use it as a more prominent extension of the brand.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mood Media


Mood+Mama Fu's

With an increasing number of corporate-owned and franchise locations, Mama Fu’s faced a challenge as the team considered how to use digital technology to introduce new menu items, improve up-selling and educate diners about brand innovations without compromising the clean, contemporary look that is a foundational part of the guest experience.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mood Media


Mood+JJ's Red Hots

JJ’s founding partners engaged Mood to design a wholly unique music experience that would further distinguish the original concept by highlighting the distinctive music, cultural legacies and iconic roots that contributed significantly to the character of the brand.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mood Media


Mood+Berripop

Berripop was developed with the goal of becoming a local hang-out, a place where people not only enjoy the menu, but also visit with friends and catch up on social networking. Berripop enlisted Mood’s help in creating an experience that would appeal to their diverse audience, and attract and entertain trendy young customers.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mood Media


Music Licensing 101

What is an ASCAP license? Is it different than a BMI music license? Do I need both? What are my risks? Relax. Mood handles all required business music licensing through thousands of relationships with critical industry players, including labels, performing rights organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange and publishers.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mood Media


Designing Your Corporate Identity

Establishing your brand has never been more important. With so much competition in today’s global market, you need to put your best foot forward if you plan to stand out from the crowd. Capturing the attention of your audience means crafting a brand with personality and staying power, through thoughtful creation of your corporate identity.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mood Media


2009 Called. It Wants Its Text Analytics Back.

Customer comments are more important than ratings, scores, trends, and key drivers. This truth is apparent once we remember that data-heavy surveys began as an imperfect stand-in for real customer dialog.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: InMoment


A Good Business Should Blame Its Tools

As our world advances and develops, technology is becoming a great differentiator. Sure, technology’s only as good as the people who use it, but having the best tools in the business doesn't hurt either.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: InMoment


From the Pros: 5 Companies With Loyalty Programs That Actually Work

We’ve all heard marketing strategists and brand managers wax poetic about the merits of Starbucks and Panera Bread when it comes to the loyalty game. Who’s making the biggest splash right now? Here, we take a look at five companies with their eyes on the prize.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: FiveStars Loyalty


How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs

This report provides an in-depth guide for retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses that are considering installing ATMs on their premises.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Elan Financial Services


Best-Kept Secrets: The 5 Things That Really Keep Customers Coming Back

Use these tips to add value to your customer interactions, and you’ll be singing the loyalty song in no time.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: FiveStars Loyalty


Socialize Your Customer Experience in 3 Steps

If there are any doubts about the influence consumers now have over a brand’s success, all one needs to do is take a peek at social media and view the conversations happening. They’re not only getting louder, they are happening far more frequently—thanks to the enabling technology of the day: smartphones.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: InMoment



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