Twitter Marketing for Restaurants

Twitter is one of today’s fastest rising social networking and micro blogging sites. If you want to market your business, in this case, your restaurant or any kind of eatery, you can use Twitter as part of your social media marketing strategy. Although traditional advertising wouldn’t be effective with the use of Twitter, the right strategy can make Twitter a convenient and effective marketing tool.

Here’s how:

Food is one of our basic necessities and what comes with it is the perpetual need to eat, and to find food that will satisfy our appetites. Several kinds of companies use Twitter as a marketing tool: events planners, mechanics, web designers and many other services that we only need occasionally, unlike any food-related businesses.

A tweet about a fresh and delicious new plate added to your menu will most likely make someone hurry to your restaurant to try it.

The Twitter Advanced Search will help you find people with food interests that your restaurant can offer, especially locally. The key is to follow these people and through this, people will eventually come across your page and follow you. Using Twitter as a marketing tool for your eatery requires a tremendous investment in time and effort, even money for promos and contests, but you will reap amazing benefits businesswise once you penetrate the Twitter community, especially in your area.

One tip that will help you achieve this is to host a live Twitter meeting called a tweetup locally with perhaps a free dessert for the first 20 customers to come in or special discounts. People who usually attend tweetups are active and influential Twitter users and it will help your business one way or another if they tweet about your promo.

If you are wondering what to tweet about other than your daily lunch menu, there are several other things you can share that will help generate interest to your restaurant. If you own a pizza parlor, you could tweet about pizza history and trivia, or if you are running French restaurant, you could post simple French home recipes or link videos about French cooking. Interesting tweets also include things like a local celebrity that tried your restaurant or a review of your restaurant in the local newspaper.

Also, make sure to listen and to reply to your follower’s comments and suggestions. Positive comments can be used as testimonials to your official website, just don’t forget to ask permission from the commenter. Badmouthing competition, tweeting too much, and not replying to followers are some things to be avoided, among other things. Remember, it is very easy to unfollow someone on Twitter.

Twitter also helps create traffic to your official website. Make sure that your website is user-friendly and updated especially in terms of contact information and menu. Twitter  can do wonders for your food-related business once used the right way.

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