Andre’s Restaurant Tips

André Pellerin has over 25 years of expertise in the food service industry. Being a former Marketing and Sales Associate, and a previous restaurant Owner/Operator, André has knowledge from both the Food Establishment and Supplier sides of the business.

How to Appeal to Millennial Restaurant Customers

Millennials – while you may be sick of hearing about them, they aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Millennials have $200 billion in buying power and will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025. While they tend to be a rather fickle bunch, appealing to this coveted demographic and their evolving tastes is critical for growing your revenue, especially in the digital age.

Check out these easy tips to getting more millennials through your restaurant doors.

Keep up With Food Trends

Millennials stay very informed about their health and well-being, which means that they’re also particular about their food choices and ingredients. They also love keeping up with the latest food trends (i.e., the popularity of kale grew 400% since 2008, thanks to millennials). While you don’t need to completely change your menu, incorporating more popular food trends like gluten-free options, organic produce and free-range meats can be attractive to millennial customers. Featuring vegan or vegetarian-friendly versions of your best-sellers are also ways to appeal to a millennial’s ethical and diverse flavor palette.

Not ready to introduce new ingredients or menu items? Serve up a couple of craft beers.

Stay Active on Social Media

Social media is the millennial’s go-to source of information when searching for new things to try, including where to dine. Staying active on social media by hosting social media contests, giveaways and consistently posting engaging content is often what prompts a millennial to walk through your door – diverse menu options and great ambience will keep them there. Not sure where to start? Read our social media starter kits for Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Pro Tip: Striking imagery and engaging hashtags are highly effective for increasing social media visibility of your restaurant to millennials.

It’s All About the Experience

Millennials are notorious for chasing memorable experiences. They love to be stimulated by their environment, so interesting decor and ambience are important for capturing this customer segment. Create a striking atmosphere by playing music, adjusting the lighting or decorating with cool pieces of art around the restaurant. Rustic or vintage furniture pieces work as well. The goal is to create an environment that promotes socializing and experience rather than just a place to have a meal. Not only will they appreciate your restaurant’s commitment to creating a stimulating environment, they’ll spread the word via Facebook check-ins, Instagram posts and Yelp reviews.

Pro Tip: Enhance the millennial-friendly ambience by offering USB plug-in ports for charging phones, free Wi-Fi and incentives for checking in on Yelp.

Get Online Ordering

It’s no surprise that millennials value speed and convenience. They’ve grown up in an age where a ride to the airport or the latest album by their favorite artist is available to them at the touch of a button. Ordering food is no different. Incorporating online food ordering is a vital part of marketing to millennials. Once they’ve interacted with their restaurant brand via your app or website, it’s more likely that they’ll pay a visit in-person.

Learn how ChowNow’s online food ordering system allows customers to order directly from your website, Facebook page and Google search results.

Let Customers Order Through your Google Search Results

Millennials aren’t afraid of a little research. With competition in the restaurant industry heating up, it’s critical that customers can discover your restaurant — and that means showing up in their search results. In fact, 92% of people have searched for a restaurant on the web in the last 6 months! Most millennials will read online reviews and want to look at your before making the decision to visit your restaurant.

Source: Hayley Thayer