How To Properly Manage Influencer Marketing at Your Restaurant
Influencer Marketing has become a staple of any marketing campaigns in any industry in 2019. Be ready in 2020 for it to trickle down to small and medium businesses, especially restaurants. We know the horror stories out there and how people simply take advantage of unsuspecting owners by overcharging and then just basically do a grab and go while wasting half of the food. Thankfully, our Digital Media and Social Media agencies for restaurants have made up a how to guide on how to manage influencers for your restaurant.
Type of Influencers
First, you need to know what is what, there are different types of influencers and as always information is power so here are the most common types of influencers you will encounter as a restaurant owner:
Specialty Influencer (mommy influencer, lifestyle, vegan, etc…)
Build Your Strategy
Now that you know what types of influencers you can work with, you need to build a strategy and the parameters for it.
Frequency of Influencers
Are you allocating a budget for influencers or are you aiming for all free influencers
Do you want influencer events or just individual influencers at your restaurant
Set food and beverage limits or better yet, build your custom tasting menu and experience for influencers
Decide what you want the influencers to push content wise. What message do you want out there
Set guest limits for influencers
Decide what types of influencers you want (food, lifestyle, specialty, general)
Set your preferred days and time for influencers to come by the restaurant
Set your expectations for paid and unpaid influencers
Now you have an idea of what influencers are, what you want to do and what you expect in return. After that comes the implementation.
Research and curate a list of influencers that fit your parameters and have an audience that would be beneficial to your restaurant
Review that list of influencers choose the best options
Contact the list of curated influencers to invite them to the restaurant and provide the expectations in return for hosting them
Coordinate the details, expectations and details with the influencer
Coordinate the details, expectations and details with your restaurant staff or manager
Confirm the influencer 2 days prior as well as the expectations
Confirm with the restaurant staff 1 day prior as well as coach the team working with best practices and how to get the most out of the influencer (s)
Collect feedback from influencer about restaurant and experience
Collect feedback from restaurant staff about influencer
Share the feedback of influencer with restaurant staff
Verify and confirm that all expectations were met
Collect a copy of all the content that was created to use on own media (don't forget to give credit)
Collect all the data of the posts on all the platforms and create a post influencer report (this is usually 2-4 weeks after the visit)
Review the report and impact statement to determine success of influencer campaign
Repeat for each influencer
We know this seems time consuming and tedious but my mother always told me that when you do something, do it right or don't do it at all. Implementing all these steps into your restaurant influencer marketing strategy will guarantee the positive impact of that strategy on your restaurant.
If you believe in Influencer Marketing for your restaurant but simply don't have the time, just drop us a line and we will see how we can help you.