Future-Proofing Your Restaurant: How to Thrive with Mobile Marketing in the Post-Pandemic Era

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The restaurant industry has faced unprecedented challenges in recent years, and the post-pandemic landscape has not been much easier to navigate. Labor shortages, rising food costs, and evolving customer preferences require agility, creativity, and adaptability. But amidst the uncertainty, one thing remains clear: customer engagement is more important than ever before. 

We understand the difficulties restaurants face. We’ve also seen how digital engagement— especially through text marketing—has become an essential tool for success in the post-pandemic era.

Why Text Marketing is Your Restaurant’s Secret Ingredient

So why is text marketing such a powerful tool for restaurants? Let’s dive into the reasons: 

  • Unmatched Engagement

Did you know that 98% of text messages are opened within minutes of being received? (Source) Compared to emails with an average open rate of 20%, the effectiveness of text marketing is undeniable. This direct, immediate connection allows you to reach your customers when they’re most receptive, maximizing the impact of your promotions and announcements.

  • Customer-Prefered Choice

Studies show that 91% of consumers are interested in receiving texts from businesses, and that number will likely increase over the next few years as social platforms change and Gen Z plays an even bigger role in the economy. By offering opt-in text marketing through Olive + Leo’s in-store kiosk, you’re meeting your customers where they are and providing them with a communication channel they appreciate.

  • Timely and Targeted Communication

The beauty of text marketing lies in its flexibility and immediacy. Your restaurant can send targeted promotions based on time of day, customer preferences, or even weather conditions. Need to boost foot traffic during a slow afternoon? Send a text message with a happy hour offer! Caught in a snowstorm? Notify loyal customers about your adjusted hours via text.

  • Valuable Customer Insights 

Text marketing isn’t just about sending messages; it’s about gathering valuable customer data that can inform future business decisions. With the Olive + Leo platform, you can track engagement rates, analyze campaign performance, and understand customer preferences. This data empowers you to personalize your offerings, improve your services, and create even more effective marketing campaigns.

  • Leveling the Playing Field for Local Restaurants 

In a competitive market dominated by national chains, text loyalty programs offer a way for smaller businesses to compete. In many ways, text marketing allows you to show your personal touch, offer exclusive rewards, and build a loyal following that prioritizes your unique offerings over generic chains.

  • Proven, Cost-Effective Solution

Unlike traditional advertising channels, text marketing offers a low barrier to entry and high ROI. A recent study found that text message marketing subscribers visit stores 44% more frequently than non-subscribers. And once a consumer joins a restaurant’s text messaging program, the guest’s spend increases by 23%. This is much higher than traditional marketing channels (which are also harder to measure). 

  • More Convenient than Traditional Loyalty Programs

Traditional punch cards are relics of the past. They offer no data, are easily lost, and lack the convenience and engagement of modern text-based loyalty programs. With Olive + Leo, customers can easily sign up, check in, and redeem rewards through our user-friendly platform, creating a seamless and rewarding experience.

​​Ready to Future-Proof Your Restaurant?

Olive + Leo offers a comprehensive toolbox for mobile marketing success designed explicitly for the hospitality industry.

Explore the Olive + Leo platform, learn more about our tiered pricing options, or schedule a personalized demo with one of our team members. Together, we can help you build a loyal customer base and ensure your restaurant continues to sizzle in the years to come.


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