The Five Reasons Social Media Won’t Work For Your Restaurant

Only after a restaurant has a grasp on the essentials, can it hope to effectively utilize social media.

Only after a restaurant has a grasp on the essentials, can it hope to effectively utilize social media.

Social media won’t save your restaurant from its woes.

Social media won’t drive customers through your doors, it won’t cause people to say good things about your food, and it won’t make your chef a household name.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but I’m going to tell it to you anyway.

There are five reasons why social media will not work for your restaurant:

  1. Your Food – Your restaurant is not consistently providing menu items that meet or exceed the expectations of your customers. Expectations differ for different categories of restaurant, but consistency is one of the most important ingredients for success in any business.
  2. Your Service – The service in your restaurant leaves your customers feeling like you don’t care. It’s a fact that customers will go where they are treated well. Even if the food you serve is excellent, customers will forsake you if they think you don’t care.
  3. Your Atmosphere – The atmosphere and cleanliness of your restaurant is unpredictable or predictably poor. Customers judge you and your food by the sensory cues that surround them. There are enough restaurants competing for every customer’s business that you may never get a second chance to make a good impression.
  4. Your Management – You don’t have a good grasp of the business administration of your restaurant. Inadequate record keeping, poor management of personnel, purchasing and inventory all prevent you from focusing on the things you dreamed about when you embarked on the dream of opening your own restaurant.
  5. Your Vision – You are spending all of your time working “in” your business, instead of “on” your business.
Social media won’t correct these five shortcomings, despite what you may have heard. In fact, it may simply speed up the rate that people find out about these shortcomings. If your restaurant is sub-par in any of these areas, it’s simply not reasonable to rely on social media to provide a quick fix.
But what about those restaurants that have cleared or are in the process of clearing those hurdles listed above? Is it then possible to utilize social media to multiply one’s efforts?
The answer for those few restaurants is a resounding “yes.” If you are consistently providing a dining experience that delights customers — and if you are working “on” your business, not just “in” it — you are one of the very few in position to truly capitalize on the features of social media.
Social media will allow you to:
  • Magnify the positive things people are saying about your restaurant.
  • Form a community of people who share a love for the dining experience you provide.
  • Become recognized as a leader in your field, both locally and on a larger geographic scale.
  • Monitor, and respond to, the things people are saying about you and your restaurant.
  • Not only be a part of, but actually influence the conversation that is taking place about your business.
Last month, we talked about several social media tools that can be used to a restaurant’s advantage, including:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Yelp and other review sites
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • Pinterest
  • Blog
As you begin to consider how you might take advantage of the many social media options, you’ll soon see the advantages of having a well-managed business. These advantages include, but are not limited to:
  • A well-managed business naturally has a community of people saying positive things. Social media will likely help you identify some key community members who are willing to be evangelists for your business.
  • Social media will allow a well-managed business to find ways to tweak, and make subtle improvements, whereas a poorly running business attempting to use social media will spend much of its time deflecting major complaints.
  • If you’re spending a manageable amount of time working “in” your business, you’ll have time to create valuable content about your business, or effectively oversee the creation of that content by a qualified employee or outside consultant.
Chris S. Cornell

Chris S. Cornell

Chris S. Cornell is a public relations professional who believes that with a synergistic approach, businesses and organizations can use traditional and new media to build communities, grow audiences and increase revenues. An award-winning writer and photographer, Cornell uses quality content as the foundation for a successful marketing, social media and public relations plan. You can follow him on Twitter and converse with him on the Westchester Social Media Facebook page.





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One comment on “The Five Reasons Social Media Won’t Work For Your Restaurant
  1. Josh Hersh says:

    I couldn’t agree more!! Great post!!

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