The restaurant industry is a competitive space that has become increasingly more complex and nuanced due to the advent of digital marketing. Diners now look on Google and Yelp when they want a quick bite to eat or are planning a date or a family outing. Therefore, restauranteurs cannot rely on good location or traditional word of mouth marketing to attract customers. If you are not online, then nobody will know that your restaurant even exists. Furthermore, if you are online, but you do not have professional photos and online reviews, diners will not consider your restaurant as a viable dining option.
Another important aspect of effective marketing in the restaurant industry is having your menu uploaded in web crawl-able format so that your restaurant returns in the results for product-specific searches.
As you can see, good location is not enough for restaurant owners to compete effectively. For restaurant owners that do not have a good location, the necessity of online marketing is even more pressing, which was the case of Greg Goldberg the owner and executive chef of Uninhibited Tapas Bar in Raleigh, NC.
Greg reached out to us in June 2019 because he needed help gaining traction and getting customers in the door. His business was relatively new. In addition, his restaurant was not located on a main road.
He had tried to market his business through traditional avenues, such as passing out flyers and posting not advertising on Facebook. However, he realized he needed to do more, which is why he reached out to us.
During our first contact with Greg, we ran a scan of his business. We found that his business listings were 96% inaccurate, the was not showing up on Google when searching for “tapas restaurants near raleigh north carolina”. Therefore, his branded search was nonexistent.
For those of you who don’t know, branded search is a search that includes the name of a company. If you search for the name of your business and your website, Google my business snippet, and/or other business listings do not show up in the search results, then you are not owning the results of your branded search. This was the case of Uninhibited Tapas Bar.
In addition, he did not have an online menu (in web crawl able format). As a result, his business was not showing up for product-related searches. As a restaurant owner, you need to present all of the items on your menu in a format that search engines can understand so that when a customer searches for a product you have, your business will come up as a result.
Most restaurants do not post their menu in web crawl-able format. Instead, they let their customers post pictures of their menu. Web crawlers cannot scan photos for text. Therefore, pdfs serve no technical value to local search optimization.
Pictured below is an image of the results of our initial scan of his business through our own free online scan tool.
Now that we have established the beginning circumstances of our partnership, here is a description of the results we delivered for the business in the following months.
With his needs in mind, we listed his business in 60+ online directories and posted his menu on his website and in online directories to increase his online visibility. In addition, we listed his menu and business in our network of food industry specific directories with our food industry specific product TAP Listings For Food.
We also created a custom-website for his business with schema markup so that search engines could read his site more efficiently. Lastly, we set him up with our review generation system so that he could generate reviews and increase his local search rank.
Learn more about TAP Listings for Food, our local marketing service designed for the restaurant industry.
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Whether you are starting a new business like Uninhibited Tapas or want to keep growing your established eatery, we are here to help. Our team of marketing and payments experts has a proven track record local marketing in the restaurant industry.