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September 11, 2012
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On the Front Burner 
 
  • Restaurants spend strongly on ads in Q2
    Restaurant chains advertising spending remained strong in the second quarter, even as growth of overall U.S. ad expenditures slowed to 0.9%, according to Kantar Media. Wendy's dual-campaign strategy and Burger King's spots around its summer menu led much of the increase. BurgerBusiness.com (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Restaurant News 
 
  • Hooters hopes for a happy medium
    Hooters aims to make enough changes to the menu and decor to attract more women customers and keep them from exercising the veto vote, but it won't change the signature skimpy costumers its servers wear, says CEO Terry Marks. The chain has seen sales decline during the years since the recession, and reported a 3.4% drop in revenue last year. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.)/Bloomberg (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Site drives rise in restaurant-related petitions
    Petition site Change.org is home to a large number of petitions pushing restaurant chains to change practices ranging from the use of plastic foam cups at Jamba Juice and Dunkin' Donuts to adding veggie burgers to the menu at In-N-Out. Some prove more effective than others, and chains seem to respond most immediately to queries from already-loyal customers. The Huffington Post (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Starbucks gets fresh with Pandora ad campaign
    Starbucks is running mobile ads on Pandora's iPhone application to build buzz for its new Refreshers product line. The visually appealing ads do a good job of luring in potential consumers and informing them about the new drink, says Marci Troutman, CEO of Siteminis. Mobile Marketer (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Take 
  • Does your restaurant have a loyalty program?
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Leading Voices 
  • September and the safety of the nation's food supply
    September is National Food Safety Month, and this year has everyone from presidential candidates to the National Restaurant Association chiming in on the best way to protect consumers from food-borne illnesses. A study last year found consumers would pay about $1 more annually to cut their chances of getting sick from a bad burger by 10%. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Finnish pop-down eatery redefines "underground"
    Award-winning Finnish chef Timo Linnamaki has created a 64-seat temporary eatery 260 feet below ground in a limestone mine 40 miles west of Helsinki, serving $160 four-course meals in a spot he says makes him feel close to the earth. "It's great working down here because you are totally cut off from the world, so nothing distracts from the cooking." The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Honest Tea co-founder: Calories should be focus in N.Y.
    Barry Nalebuff, co-founder of Honest Tea and professor of economics and strategy at Yale School of Management, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban the sale of large drinks in New York City is using "the wrong metric." He said, "We should look at the total calories in the bottle, not the number of fluid ounces." Bloomberg (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Quickservice chains boost use of loyalty programs
    Quickservice chains including Starbucks, Dunkin' Brands, McDonald's, Panera Bread and Tasti D-Lite are getting increasingly sophisticated with their use of loyalty programs. As they move from paper punch cards to digital and mobile systems, many of them are finding ways to gather customer-specific data that allows them to better tailor the offer to the individual. QSRWeb.com (9/10)
Culinary Spotlight 
  • Better burger chains spike the shakes
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and other higher-end hamburger chains aim to use their bars to bring in business from quickservice chains that don't serve alcohol. The latest trend -- spiked shakes such as the rum- and vodka-infused versions at Bobby's Burger Palace and Red Robin's new Samuel Adams Octoberfest milkshake. Reuters (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Editor's Note 
  • From the SmartBrief Library: "The Tasti D-Lite Way"
    How did the dessert chain with a cult-like following become a market leader in social media as well? SmartBrief is pleased to share an excerpt from "The Tasti D-Lite Way: Social Media Marketing Lessons for Building Loyalty and a Brand Customers Crave." The book explores how the company -- ranked as one of Mashable's Top 40 Brands on Twitter -- leveraged blogs, Twitter and an innovative rewards system to not only grow customer affinity but revenue, too. In return for updating your SmartBrief subscriber profile, we will send you an excerpt from the book, absolutely free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food for Thought 
Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice."
--William James,
American psychologist and philosopher

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