Restaurant Marketing and Websites
In order to capture local markets for your restaurant the single most important thing you can do is make sure that your website is Search Engine Optimized!
Restaurant Websites and SEO
It is crucial for restaurants to make sure that when someone searches for restaurants that their business comes up on the first page. (Less than 3% of people make it to the second page of search results!) The process for ensuring your business makes it to that coveted first page is known as Search Engine Optimization! For restaurants the best way to optimize your website for search engines is to make sure it meets these requirements:
- Secured Site
- It is Mobile Friendly
- Loads quickly
- Has quality content
- Lengthy content
- Quality backlinks
- Optimized images
Another crucial step for Restaurant Marketing is making sure you show up when someone Googles “Restaurants near me.” This search is the most popular “near me” search question with roughly 6.2 million organic searches per month! The way to insure your business appears on the top of this list is to list your business on Google My Business. Your Google My Business must have the most current information for your business. If you have multiple locations then you will need to have multiple listing so that the restaurant listings appear in their respective locations.
Restaurant Google Reviews
Another way to insure your business appears at the top of “Restaurants near me” is to ask your customers to leave you a five star review on your Google My Business listing! Google gives preference to businesses with higher ratings as well as those that have multiple reviews. Those businesses with ratings over 4.3 and more than 40 reviews are the most likely to appear at the top of Google’s listing.
If you want an even better chance of showing up for searcher then you can also take advantage of Google’s PPC ad service.
Another very important detail for all restaurants to have on their website is something that is commonly looked over, but is the bread and butter of restaurant business – your MENU! The most important thing you can have on your website for potential customers is a list of everything your restaurant has to offer.
We have all been in that situation where you are looking to try a new place out but the menu is nowhere to be found! It is incredibly frustrating. So be sure to take care of step number one of having a website for your restaurant and have your menu prominently displayed! You could also use your website to promote your daily specials, or any special events your restaurant is planning for its customers.
Going hand in hand with having your menu online is having your website set up to take orders for your customers! Allowing customers to place orders online for your restaurants is very convenient for not only the customer, but also your wait staff. It provides them more flexibility when taking orders as they will no longer be tied to the phone. It also allows customers more flexibility when placing their order as they may not be in the position to talk on the phone, whether they are at work or at their kids basketball game.
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