5 Marketing and Management Apps Every Restaurant Owner Needs

The restaurant business is competitive and real-time. 67% of US consumers search for restaurant information using their mobile devices, according to a Marquette Group report. Restaurants have to vie for internet user attention, requiring them to be present and active on platforms that audiences spend most time on – like social media. Running a restaurant is a full time job, leaving little to no time for marketing. You could use social media marketing apps to easily manage marketing, and management apps that can save you time on menial tasks and find more time for marketing. This is a list of five such marketing and management apps. Skitch   Image source: EverNote blog 60% of consumers are more likely to connect with a business, if an image of theirs shows up on local search, according to study. As a restaurant, including an image in all your marketing and communication efforts becomes an imperative, and Skitch is the perfect Photoshop alternative graphic design tool that can do wonders for your visual marketing efforts. The app lets you markup photos of plating, edit images and add text where required. It also behaves as a hub where you can visually brand your restaurant and from where you can share images to your social media pages with ease. Here is a useful post on how you can use Skitch to create beautiful menus. DrumUp

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80% people scout for restaurants online before visiting them, according to a study, and many people spend at least 2 hours on social media each day (Source: Statista). Several restaurants invest substantially in reaching people through social media. DrumUp, a social media management tool, can help you manage your social media pages effortlessly.

The app lets you connect multiple social accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) and post across them in one go. Using the app, you can also schedule content for your social pages weeks or months in advance. The app also helps you find great articles (related to keywords you set) to share on your pages, eliminating the need for you to always create content and saving you time.

Here is a useful post on how to curate content for your social media pages to increase engagement and manage them easily.

TINT

Image source: GetApp When you begin to manage your social media pages well, you will see engagement from your customers. TINT, a content aggregator app, lets you display great social media comments and reviews on your website, or any other accessible part of the internet. Using TINT, you can show your website visitors what people are saying about your brand. You can also pull promotional campaign content and important communication posted by you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest and display it on your website. It also lets you manage hashtag campaigns. Here is a great post on how useful ways to make use of user generated content. NOWAIT Image source: APK4fun Waiting in lines can be frustrating and you could lose important customers by making them wait. Nowait is a customer service app that gives your hungry customers an exact idea of when they might be seated in your restaurant. With an efficiently managed seating process, you can also breathe a sigh of relief and spend that time on creating powerful marketing content instead. Using Nowait, your customers can get in a virtual line, so they don’t have to actually wait at all. When their table is ready, users will be alerted through the app. Additionally, the app helps you collect customer reviews, ratings and feedback, helping you assess their experience at your restaurant. Here is a useful post on how you can manage customer service efficiently. RotaCloud Managing a staff around the clock can be hard, and leaves you time for just about nothing else. You have to deal with emergencies when staff members take off without notice and have to ensure that everyone is always in the loop about the latest schedule. RotaCloud is a schedule management app that lets you easily create and manage schedules from an app. The app lets you tag staff, create schedules and manage them from multiple devices. It also notifies everyone needed about changes made to current plans and lets you communicate your intent without having to make a dozen calls. When you know exactly who is doing what, you can also avoid overstaffing and spending unnecessarily. Here is a great post on how to manage staff rotas easily.   Author bio: Disha Dinesh is a Content Writer at Godot Media, a leading content agency. Her interests include social media and content marketing. When she’s not writing, she’s on the hunt for social media trends and inspiration.   Feature image via Unspalsh.com