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Restaurant marketing can be very stressful but it shouldn't have to be. There are many things you can do to promote your restaurant without having to spend thousands of dollars hiring a PR agency to do it for you. Some of the best ideas are very simple and easy to work with.

When we think about adding color to marketing pieces, we often think about photos, charts, and graphs. But color can be added in many other ways, as well. These include highlight text, brightly colored banners, borders, and backgrounds, and symbols such as starbursts and arrows.

Why think about more places to add color? According to Shoshana Burger, director of corporate strategy and customer insights for X-Rite Pantone, there are some powerful reasons:

Have you ever wanted to open your own storefront, but didn't have the money for it? With how much social media has advanced, it has been made easy to promote and sell items online. One very popular way is through Instagram.

Instagram has over 700 million monthly active users and its use for visual flare has made it ideal to sell online. Per a Pew Research study, 55 percent of Instagram users are between 18-29 years old and with 30-49-year olds at 28 percent.

Sound appealing? Here are some tips to get you started:

You want to know how many calories were in that late-night pizza you had over the weekend? Now you must wait. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a delay on requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on their menu boards.

The rule, originally proposed by the Affordable Care Act in 2010, was set to go into effect on May 5, 2017. The FDA recently announced a new deadline of May 7, 2018 for all businesses that sell food with over 20 locations to begin posting calorie counts. These rules, which took the FDA took more than four years to write, were originally set for 2015, but were pushed back to 2016 and again to 2017. Every grocery store, cafeteria, convenience store and movie theatre that serves hot food would have to comply to this rule.

Did you know? In North America, it takes less than two seconds to grow the fiber for a standard #10 envelope. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. According to Two Sides North America, here are some little known facts about paper and trees.

  • The time required to grow the fiber needed for a #10 envelope is 0.3 to 1.9 seconds
  • The time required to grow the fiber needed for a ream of 500-sheet office paper is 0.3 to 2.2 hours

Growth rates are based on 100 acres of managed forest in North America.* The fastest growth rates are for Loblolly Pine and Hybrid Aspen. The slowest are for Black Spruce. Climate and temperature play a large role in growth rates. Here are some other fun facts:

  • A forestland owner or tree farmer with 100 acres of commercial pulpwood could produce 15.8 million #10 envelopes or 4,000 reams of copy paper (500 sheets each) in a single year
  • Any market for paper products also benefits local communities, given that a portion of the income is re-injected into local businesses and services

Unfortunately, claims such as “go paperless – go green” or “save trees” mislead consumers into believing that paper is environmentally damaging, as well as a cause of deforestation (permanent forest loss) when it is not. In fact, paper supports the growth of North American forests, and well-managed forests provide a multitude of environmental, social and economic benefits to thousands of North American communities. Forests are also key to helping mitigate climate change due to carbon sequestration and promoting biodiversity compared to other land uses.

Want to learn more? Check out Two Sides’ Fact Sheets or Myths and Facts series.

* Results are based on type of tree species used and the age and growing conditions of the trees. Data and fiber growth rate calculations were obtained from the literature for nine tree species used in pulp and paper production and occurring under different growing conditions in the U.S. and Canada.

There comes a time in one’s life when they let their job overwhelm their life. They begin to stress over simple things at work to even stressing out over simple everyday things. As a “workaholic” one must learn to be organized, focused and able to control life outside of work. Separating both your work life and personal life, can be a struggle. Fortunately, we live in a time where simple things can be solved by just a download of an app. Technology has made life too easy to be sitting around worried over day-to-day activities. Why worry about your next meeting or even when you’ll be able to run errands when there’s than app for every life struggle?

Your business card is the first piece of marketing material a person will see from you. The perfect business card should be able to reflect your business’ brand and purpose while being able to attract other business as well. A business card may seem like a glamorized piece of paper with your contact information but nothing could be further from the truth.

Imagine being at a networking event and you share your business card with a potential client or employer. They will notice the design and quality of the business card before making any choice in using your service. Per StatisticsBrain.com, “88% of business cards will be thrown away within the first week but company sales increase by 2.5%.” That’s very high for such a small and inexpensive piece of marketing.

Product Strategy

When starting your new business, you wonder what you should invest your money on to promote your business. The phrase “you have to spend money to make money” becomes very real when deciding your promotional products. Picking an item with your logo goes a long way in promoting your brand and it’s something you must consider when deciding your marketing budget.

Even in a web obsessed society, investing in promotion products helps your customer’s recognition and positive view of your brand. Per a study done by the Promotional Products Association International, “85% of consumers do business with the advertiser after receiving a promotional product.” Even 90.4% of consumers can recall the business and promo item they have received in the last two years.

Coworking

What is coworking, you ask? Coworking is an innovative alternative to traditional office spaces. These spaces offer flexibility and functionality that a traditional office space does not. The concept allows its members to be in an open, shared space apart from a confined cubicle or a random coffee shop. Anyone from a freelancer to a longtime professional looking to start their own company can grow within a coworking space.

Maximizing the Cross-Sell

It is a well-known fact that it’s easier and less expensive to sell more products to existing customers than to try to acquire new customers. One of the ways you can do this is to cross-sell. Cross-selling can be highly profitable because it deepens the customer relationship. It also gives you a host of additional products to upsell the customer over time.

Spring clean your marketing

With the first day of Spring just around the corner, that means more than just warm weather and blooming flowers. This is the perfect time of year to reevaluate your marketing strategies from the beginning of the new year. Giving your business a fresh perspective will allow your marketing strategy to bloom not just during spring, but year round. With the term “spring cleaning” being very popular during this next month, why limit your spring cleaning efforts to just your office space and house? Here are a few suggestions on how to “clean up” your marketing strategies.

Strong brand

When learning from other companies’ marketing campaigns, it’s important to look at what they do well. However, it’s important to look at what they get wrong, too. This way, you don’t unintentionally undermine the positive steps you’re taking. Let’s look at 5 things not to do when it comes to brand management.

Blog marketing

What is blog marketing? Well, the term “blog” comes from a combination of the words “web” and “log”, which used to be known as a “weblog”, and now is just known as “blog”. There are many different types of blogs, such as personal blogs, advice blogs, cooking blogs, fashions blogs, and business blogs. The purpose of blog marketing is to reach a business’ target market through the use of their blog. Today, blog marketing has become very popular for businesses to integrate into their marketing tactics. The blog is intended to draw people onto your company’s site through the topics of your blog. The purpose of a blog makes it ideal for marketing since they provide new content that brings people back and offers a way for clients/consumers and businesses to interact. Here are just a few of the benefits blog marketing provides.

Do you think of digital printing as an output technology or a marketing model? The reality is, it’s both. If you don’t think of digital printing this way, maybe you need to think more broadly about digital print.

Traditionally, marketers have used digital presses to save money and “right size” their print volumes. Print on demand and just in time document management save companies tons of money every year. Marketers who are thinking only in terms of production, however, are missing opportunities to think from a strategic marketing perspective, as well.

Customer service tips

Customer Service should be a no-brainer for most businesses, but for many it is hard to grasp what their customers truly want out of their experience. If you think of the saying, “Put yourself in their shoes”, this is a great saying to remind yourself of every so often, when working with customers.

Work quality

If only there were more hours in the day to get everything done, wouldn’t that be great? Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time to complete all of your work? Well, you aren’t alone. Until there is a way for us to add more hours in the day, we will just have to make the most of the hours we do have. This can be especially hard when a typical work day is 8 AM to 5 PM, and we have other obligations that keep us from working longer. It is imperative we utilize our 8-hour work day to produce our best work on time. Here are some suggestions on how you can work smarter with what time you do have.

Business people racing for success

With 2017 already here, it is important to take some time to think about how your business can improve their marketing this year. Hopefully, your company already has some idea of what they want to accomplish in terms of marketing this year. With that being said, success in marketing depends mostly on what your company puts into their marketing plan. Evaluating your company’s marketing down falls from the previous year, will help you to better plan for your marketing goals in 2017. Having a successful marketing plan in place for 2017 will make certain you're distributing your resources effectively, improving and developing your business, and distinguishing your company from its competitors in the industry. Check out these marketing tips that are sure to bring your company success in 2017!

Get organized!

As the new year begins, so does trade show season. No matter what industry you’re in, there is probably a trade show for your business to attend. There are so many meticulous details that go into planning a successful trade show. Unfortunately, you will mostly likely be overloaded with information, deadlines, and forms to fill out. That is why it is important to have a plan when organizing a trade show, especially because you want to get the most out of what it has to offer. With that being said, according to graphiccolor.com, “91% of attendees tell us they get the most useful buying info from trade shows and events.” So, why not put your best foot forward and plan a successful trade show. It is best to be prepared for the trade shows you’re planning on attending months in advance. So, here are a couple tips to help you on your journey to success.

Happy new year!

With 2017 quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking about all of our New Year’s resolutions. Typically, people choose to work out more, travel, pick up a hobby, eat better, or spend more time with family and friends. Whatever your new year resolution goal may be, don’t forget about your professional new year resolutions as well. Setting these goals prior to the upcoming year will bring your company and professional career a multitude of success.

Stand out on social media

Is your company wanting to stand out on social media? It seems to be getting harder and harder to stand out on social media these days. With millions of different companies trying to achieve the same goal, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. There are many different types of social networks. The most popular sites are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. To stand out on social media, your company should pick the social media networks that would work best to reach your target audience. The key is to not sign up for every social media network just because you think your company should be on each one for maximum exposure. It is best to utilize the ones that will be a benefit to you and your customers. Now, here are four ways to stand out on social media: