How To Get More Local Customers For Your Restaurant


Last Updated on: 7th April 2023, 12:17 pm

If you’re a local restaurant, bar, or anything in the food industry, you know that getting more local customers can be difficult. But what if there was a simple way to quickly and efficiently get more local customers? Simply Be Found is a platform that makes it simple for restaurants to get found by more local people using data points like menu items, events, offers, and special hours. It also helps with voice searches, local searches, and inside maps. Plus, it makes it easier for customers to leave reviews and for you to monitor and manage them easily. If you want to learn how restaurants increase their traffic with Simply Be Found, read the blog post and watch the video.

Why Restaurant Owners Should Use Simply Be Found?

If you’re a busy restaurant owner, manager, or marketer for a restaurant, you’re extremely busy. You’re worried about your labor, you’re worried about your food costs, you’re worried about your vendor issues, you’re worried about your staffing issues, you’re worried about all those things.

The one thing you should not be worried about is your marketing. You should not be worried about how people are finding you. If they’re going to find you making sure that you’re in the top three pack, you shouldn’t have to be able to make review generation and gain more reviews about your restaurant hard. You should be able to do all of that from one place very simply, and you should be able to complete each of your tasks within five minutes.

That is why Simply Be Found created the five-minute marketing plan for restaurants, and created a toolset for you to be able to market your restaurant in a way that’s gonna get you found by more local customers. I wanted to bring these things together. We really focused on the local businesses and we’re excited about this new version that we’re bringing out to be able to hit the restaurant world and offer the feedback that we’ve received from current members based on what they wanted to be able to see. They wanted to be able to see that they could generate more reviews. They wanted to see that they could be found by more people. They wanted to be able to share their restaurant menus. They wanted to be able to do all these things. We made it very easy to be able to do it inside that five-minute marketing piece.

Tip #1 To Get Your Restaurant Found: Showcase Your Restaurant Menu

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You can literally do your restaurant menu. You can create your restaurant menu and automatically share it on your website. You update it inside our platform, and it automatically updates your website no matter if you’re using us as the hosted company or web development company, or if you’re doing it on your own or have a developer. It’s a simple, little, tiny piece of code that you put on there and it updates instantly. Now, with that being said, it also updates a Google Business profile. This leads you are gonna pop up and search results even more because a lot of restaurants are just taking a picture of their menu.

They’re not actually putting that data in. Each of those pieces and parts of that menu is all information that could be used and are data points for customers to be able to find your business. So let’s use those, let’s bring those in to get your restaurant found by more people.

Tip #2 To Get Your Restaurant Found: Reach More Local Customers

Let’s bring all those data points into your local SEO plan for your restaurant so you get found by more local people. This will help you with voice search. This will help you with local searches and it will also help you inside maps. When people are looking for your business, the number one thing they’re doing is they’re saying, “Hey, find a restaurant near me.”, “Hey, find a Mexican food restaurant near me.” or “Hey, find Chinese near me.” Whatever it might be.

They might be looking for a bar, they might be looking for a place with a band playing tonight. That’s where our events piece comes in. They might be looking for coupons and offers, we can do that too. All of that is done within the platform.

Tip #3 To Get Your Restaurant Found: Manage Your Online Reputation Simply

One of the biggest things that it can do besides the restaurants’ piece, is being able to generate more reviews. It makes it to where you are getting the reviews and the spots that are gonna matter and making the user experience so that your customers have the best experience leaving a review about your restaurant. That shouldn’t be difficult.

Yes, you’re not gonna get five-star reviews every single time, because you’re not gonna make everybody happy. We all know that. But making it easier for them to communicate their experience and then make it easy for you to monitor and reply to those reviews so you could take a bad review and make it a positive one is all the pieces that you need, and like I said, this should only take you five minutes per task.

The Simple 5-Minute Marketing Plan For Your Restaurant

Now most restaurant owners, managers, and marketers ask one question, “I don’t know how to do my own marketing. I’m scared. I’m scared of messing something up. I don’t know where to start. I don’t know where to begin. I know my business better than anybody, but I do not know where to begin.” That is where our marketing to-do list comes in. It’ll literally hand-hold you. Let’s see if I can walk and hand-hold you through the entire process.

It’s gonna tell you what you need to do and most of the things that are asked are all questions. It will ask you, “Do you have any special hours upcoming for this holiday?” It might ask you, “Would you like to do a post?” or it might ask you if you have any offers or coupons?

Because this is happening. It’ll walk you through everything and that’s why you could do your tasks in just five minutes. It’s super simple, super easy, and it’s designed for the non-tech savvy. If you’re a restaurant, bar, or anything in the food industry, make sure you check us out at

About the author:

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Dean Koehler

Dean Koehler stands as a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit, co-founding Simply Be Found and with over 30 years of entrepreneurial business experience. His journey is marked by both successes and failures, each contributing to his profound understanding of the business world. What truly sets Dean apart is his light-hearted and compassionate approach towards everyone he interacts with. His Roots: Dean’s lineage is rich with educators, embedding in him a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling and analogy in teaching. This background has honed his ability to simplify complex concepts, making them relatable and easy to grasp. Love for Reading and Audio Books: An avid reader and now an audio book junkie, Dean immerses himself in a variety of genres. This extensive reading not only fuels his expansive vocabulary but also enriches his perspectives, allowing him to connect with a diverse audience. Unique Communication Style: Dean’s conversations are often peppered with witty one-liners from classics like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Monty Python.’ These references are not just humorous but also serve as effective tools in making his points more memorable. Creating passion for storytelling; his love for books and movies is an integral part of how he communicates. He skillfully weaves narratives into his teachings, making complex ideas more accessible and engaging, which he skillfully drove his now adult children to exasperation with his comments. Engineering Mindset: With a background in engineering, growing up with a science teacher, and his wife still teaching science, Dean naturally gravitates towards a methodical and analytical approach. He often draws parallels between science experiments and business strategies, demonstrating his knack for innovative problem-solving. If fact he and his wife spend several hours talking about real life situations for science experiments to parallel which creates story for her students. Passion for Storytelling: Dean’s love for books and movies is an integral part of how he communicates. He skillfully weaves narratives into his teachings, making complex ideas more accessible and engaging, which he skillfully drove his now adult children to exasperation with his comments. Dean’s unique blend of experiences and skills makes him an invaluable leader at Simply Be Found. His approachable demeanor and insightful perspectives have been key in guiding the company through the ever-changing landscape of online marketing and business growth. Although he does talk much about it, his academic and professional journey is a complex blend of hands-on experience and formal education, embodying the spirit of dedication and perseverance. His path reflects his commitment to continuous learning and adaptability in the face of evolving industry landscapes. Dean’s career began with a machinist apprenticeship program, a rare and valuable starting point in today’s world. This experience laid the groundwork for his practical understanding of the industry. He furthered his education with an associate degree as an electronics technician, a testament to his technical acumen. Dean didn’t stop there; he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Colorado State University, sharpening his skills in corporate leadership, process, and plant engineering roles. Next, earning a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University marked a significant milestone in his career. Notably, Dean accomplished this while juggling a full-time job and starting a family, showcasing his exceptional time management and dedication. Lastly and what he considers the most important is the School of Hard Knocks: Dean takes immense pride in his experiences outside the classroom. The ‘school of hard knocks’ has been instrumental in teaching him invaluable life skills. These experiences have given him a unique understanding of the challenges faced by small business entrepreneurs, aligning perfectly with his role at Simply Be Found. Dean’s journey, marked by a combination of formal education and real-world experiences, has equipped him with a diverse skill set and an empathetic understanding of the entrepreneurial journey. This makes him not just a leader but a relatable figure for those navigating the complex terrain of small business ownership and online marketing.

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