How to support your favorite Local restaurants over the next few weeks.

So, worried about the Coronavirus? Well, if you are, Fobes has an excellent article out on how to help support your favorite businesses and get your favorite dishes over the next few weeks while whatever is going to happen, happens.

Now, we can’t all just lock ourselves in our homes and wait for months while we hope that this goes away. It isn’t going to. But, we can have a sense of normality in our lives and not panic. You should take steps to protect yourself and your family like washing your hands, distancing yourself from people in public, staying in if you are sick, etc. (Check out our previous post with some links to helpful resources here.)

It might take a few weeks, maybe a month but we are going to have to return to our lives. School will resume, people need to work and life will go on. But while we are at home for the next few weeks away from work and school, do continue to support your local businesses.

Venture out for dinner or order take out.

Forbes senior food contributor Micheline Maynard suggests the following these 5 tips for supporting your favorite restaurant:

  1. Go out and eat.
  2. Honor reservations.
  3. Opt for Carryout or delivery.
  4. Buy gift cards and merchandise
  5. Tip your servers.

Check out the full article at Forbes here.

Thanks for reading.

(Photo: Europa Press, Forbes)

Driving Social Interaction for Argo Tea

Social Targeting

Headquartered in Chicago, As of October 2011 the chain had 26 locations and distribution in over 3,000 grocery stores.  When my team was hired to help Argo Tea expand their LoyalTea club we knew right away that one of the places we had to focus on was Facebook. The plan was to launch a new app that would replace the old program and get customers to download the app on their mobile devices to participate.

Facebook provides a robust number of tools that allow an advertising user to be very specific in their ad targeting. The Argo Tea Facebook page would give us our customer model and from there we could expand targeting to find similar customers based on things like location, age, buying habits, interests.

From there, we would work to create several campaigns and split test the targeting to see which campaigns would get the best results for the least cost. To do this we set up 20 ads using multivariate testing, but also being careful not to make too many changes and confuse the results.

The overall goal was to reach new customers and convert them into LoyalTea program members as well as make sure that existing customers successfully migrated to the new app.

The results ended up being as expected. A LoyalTea member has a projected lifetime value. Based on that lifetime value, the cost of customer acquisition/ migration ended up being well below what it had been previously, making this campaign a success.

Are you struggling with Social Media for your business?

Having a Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram are all very important, especially for food brands. Reaching customers who are out there looking to be inspired is critical. If you aren’t engaging people on social media with your brand someone else is. You are missing critical opportunities to communicate with your current customers and find new ones.

If you need help setting up and managing your social media channels don’t hesitate to reach out to my team. We have years of experience managing social media pages, strategy, and paid ad campaigns. ROI for paid ads on Facebook and Instagram (and no, I don’t mean “boosting” posts) can be really good for restaurants and food brands if executed properly. The platforms to build the campaigns are complicated and cumbersome – but you can eventually learn to tame the beast and put it to work for you. If you are looking to get more customers now, we can help.

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Michael Osterfeld is the President of The Osterfeld Agency and Mikes Big Mouth Media. He is an expert in digital marketing strategy including social media, search, web and brand design. Over the last 10 years, his sites have created billions of traffic clicks for companies around the globe.

This post may have been written by a staff member and not Michael Osterfeld personally.

How to Take The Perfect Food Picture

What is the number one thing people look at when they are trying to decide where to go eat?

Is it the location of the restaurant?

– Sometimes

Is it how it looks on the inside?

– That’s a factor

But, most importantly–it’s how the food looks. When I go out to eat I always look at what kind of food they serve and what the quality of the food is. Social media is the best way for restaurants to showcase their food. Whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, or Yelp you can use high quality pictures of your dishes to bring people in your doors.


Using these platforms is critical to showing the public your food, so you don’t want to mess that up. That’s why picture quality and photography techniques are crucial to marketing your restaurant. Take your time and practice the techniques we present in this series to perfect your food photography skills and learn what makes customers like, comment, and share your posts to reach more potential customers. 


What to Expect When You’re Perfecting

In this muli-post blog series, we are going to break down some of the basic components of food photography including framing, lighting, and editing. If you follow this series, you’ll learn how to beef up that burger photo to drive traffic–get it? 


Frame It Up

The first step in taking a better food picture is framing. When framing images in food photography, consider using the common photo guideline called the rule of thirds. When looking through your viewfinder, divide the visible space into three parts vertically. Then, divide the space into three horizontal parts as well.

The four ideal points to place the most interesting part of your composition are 1/3 over and 1/3 down (where you see the top of the burger in the following figure), 1/3 over and 2/3 down, 2/3 over and 1/3 down, and 2/3 over and 2/3 down, as indicated in the figure.

Want to up your game, but don’t have the time, skills or equipment to succeed?

Contact us and we’d be happy to schedule a consultation about how our team can help you market your restaurant or brand.

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