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According to Datamonitor surveys, opportunities exist to improve customer confidence in selecting somewhere to eat – largely by helping them feel more informed about your café or restaurant.
Datamonitor found intuitive layouts, clear pricing, and nutritional information, and a friendly environment with helpful service is useful in establishing consumer confidence.
They also noted the significance of “storytelling” in the marketing of a business.
This storytelling is especially important in a society where millennials make up a significant portion of the restaurant-going public.
As marketing expert Michael Parrish Dudell told MNN, millennials crave information.
"You have to remember, this a generation that was raised on unfettered access - access to ideas, information, knowledge, data, etc."
- Marketing Expert Michael Parrish Dudell.
“At the same time, millennials expect more from the brands they support and in many ways are savvier consumers.
“This has created a perfect storm or, as I like to think of it, a perfect opportunity for businesses of all shapes and sizes to have more authentic conversations with their audience."
But the work doesn’t end once you’ve convinced a customer to choose your restaurant.
Impressing those consumers as soon as they walk through the door is all-important for both repeat business and attracting new customers through word-of-mouth.
When asked “Which factor has the most influence on your choice of restaurants,” 35% of those surveyed said “Somewhere I have visited before and know I like,” while 32% relied on a recommendation from friends or family.
“Knowing the reviewer seems essential,” they say.
Therefore, the old adage of creating a good first impression on a customer remains true.
As Datamonitor says: “The foodservice industry is besieged by a number of marketing gimmicks but they are ultimately nowhere near as powerful as making consumers enjoy their first consumption experience once they are through the door.”