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Do I Really Need Social Media For My Restaurant?


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It is very common for us to talk with restaurant owners and restaurant managers that ask us why they should invest time and/or resources in social media.

So we have compiled quite a few reasons here for you all to review.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


  • 200 million post are tagged #food on Instagram and 23 million are tagged #drinks

  • 88% of people are influenced by reviews and online comments, having an intentional digital strategy is important to your restaurant or bar 

  • 75% of people surveyed have visited a restaurant or bar because they saw it on Social Media. Of that percentage, 60% need to see a post 2-4 times from the company before making their first visit

  • 57.5% of people surveyed are annoyed by venues that post too much in your  face/blatant marketing/promotions content 

  • 56% of people surveyed will not visit a venue if venue did not respond to their inquiries on Social Media

  • 10 million google searches are done per month for "restaurants"

  • 10 million google searches are done per month for "restaurants near me" 

  • 1 million google searches are done per month for "restaurants nearby" 

  • Walk-in traffic can increase up to 80% in less than 1 month while using mobile advertisement to people within 5 miles of venue

  • Instagram is where it's at for the food and beverage business 

  • 83% of adults use smartphones or tablets to look up restaurant locations, directions, and hours. 75% look up menus, 55% read reviews, 51 % order takeout or delivery directly from the restaurant website, and 50% use rewards or special deals.

  • 3 out of 4 consumers say they would go to a restaurant during off-peak times if they received a discount

  • 79% of diners agree that restaurant technology improves their guest experience. 

  • The most important technology feature for guests are online reservations (36%), free WiFi (23%), and on line or mobile ordering (19%) 

  • Four in five restaurant operators agree that restaurant technology helps increase sales, make their restaurant more productive, and gives their restaurant a competitive edge. 

  • 71% of consumers who have had a good social media service experience with a brand are likely to recommend it to others. 

  • Consumers first impression is the only impression that matters 

  • Video is King - it is the most looked at medium and best way to showcase a brand 

  • Pictures are about quality, not quantity 

  • All leads are beneficial in the long term 

  • It is not the quantity of traffic you get, it is the quality of the traffic (the right demo-graphic is what matters) 

  • 45% of consumers expect an initial response from an on line inquiry within 15 minutes 

  • Results of any investment in Digital Media are 95% measurable and accurate 

  • 72% of people surveyed will give a restaurant a second chance if their review/concerns were responded to/addressed digitally 

  • 63% of people surveyed look forward to a restaurant newsletter that they signed up for 

  • Digital Media is the lowest cost marketing initiative that can be produced for any venue 

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