Study: 1 in 4 consumers who gets a restaurant result in voice search visit that restaurant

The use of voice-enabled search functions will grow by nearly 120 percent in the next year and is already transforming the way consumers find and engage with restaurants. In fact, one in four consumers who gets a restaurant result in voice search, visits that restaurant, according to a survey commissioned by Yext. It polled 1,000 adults in the U.S., who have asked a restaurant-related question using voice-enabled services like Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant, to source information or ask questions within the last year. 
The research revealed that:

  • 53 percent of respondents would like to use voice to search for restaurants based on menu information.
  • 49 percent would use voice search to find information about a specific restaurant.
  • 44 percent would use a voice query to find restaurants based on cravings or cuisine type.
  • Upon hearing about a restaurant in voice search, 31 percent of respondents indicated they would likely go online to conduct further research about the restaurant, whereas 24 percent would visit the restaurant, and 20 percent would ask the voice device for more information.

"The rise of smart devices, voice search, and AI is quickly changing the game for restaurants everywhere. In this new environment, more customers than ever are asking AI-powered services like Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa detailed questions about restaurant brands, locations and menu items," said Lee Zucker, head of industry, food services at Yext. "Restaurant brands must take control of their digital knowledge everywhere to reach consumers with the right information, at the right moment, and ultimately gain an advantage over their competitors."

Other findings included:

  • 80 percent of respondents reported already using their voice devices to search for a restaurant by particular attributes.
  • 38 percent of respondents use voice devices to search for cuisine by type or food items.
  • 28 percent use voice search to find hours of operation.
  • 14 percent used a voice query to determine specifics like WiFi availability. 
  • 39 percent of respondents would prefer to use voice devices over smartphones when searching for restaurant information.
  • 35 percent prefer to use voice devices over smartphones to order food from restaurants.
  • 61 percent of consumers indicated interest to use voice search to get directions to a restaurant.
  • 55 percent would use voice to initiate a phone call to a restaurant.
  • 47 percent would use voice to gather ratings or reviews about a restaurant.
  • 45 percent of respondents would make a reservation via voice search.

Topics: Online / Mobile / Social, Operations Management

Companies: Yext Inc.


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