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Maximizing Guest Data for Effective Targeted Marketing

by: Allen Graves
5 min read

In the restaurant industry, where understanding and utilizing guest data effectively can be the difference between thriving and merely surviving, the adoption of advanced Customer Data Platforms (CDP) has become crucial.

These platforms transform the landscape of restaurant marketing by turning data into actionable insights, personalizing guest experiences, and shaping the future of targeted marketing strategies.

In an era where attracting and retaining guests is a significant challenge, a restaurant CDP serves as a powerful tool. By aggregating and centralizing guest data, it provides restaurants with the insights needed to create targeted marketing strategies.

A study by McKinsey & Company revealed that data-driven organizations are 23 times more likely to acquire customers, highlighting the importance of such tools in the restaurant industry.

Using a CDP for Targeted Marketing

Data Aggregation and Centralization

The journey with a CDP begins with data aggregation, which involves collecting data from various sources such as POS systems, online reservations, WiFi logins, online ordering, review sites, website activity, and social media interactions.

This process is crucial as it captures a comprehensive range of guest behaviors, demographics, and preferences. The platform then centralizes this data to offer a unified view of the guests’ interactions with the restaurant.

This unified customer view is significant as it provides a holistic understanding of each patron’s interactions with the restaurant. For instance, it combines transactional data, such as order history from the POS system, with engagement data, like on-premise behavior, offering a complete picture of the guest’s preferences, frequency of visits, and spending habits.

Such an integrated approach not only aids in creating personalized marketing strategies but also enhances the overall guest experience.

In essence, the multi-source data collection and integration capability of CDPs is a game-changer, allowing restaurants to transition from fragmented, siloed customer data to a cohesive, comprehensive understanding of their guests.

This transition is pivotal in tailoring marketing efforts effectively and crafting more meaningful and satisfying guest experiences.

Data collection improves guest experiences

Creating Rich Guest Profiles: The Key to Targeted Marketing

The ability of CDPs to create detailed guest profiles is what sets them apart.

These platforms allow restaurateurs to segment guests into categories based on their interaction patterns, providing the basis for personalized marketing.

Personalization is crucial, as research by Epsilon indicates that 80% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase when offered personalized experiences.

The benefit of such customer segmentation is twofold. Firstly, it allows for highly tailored marketing campaigns. Restaurants can design specific promotions, events, and communications relevant to each group.

According to a study by Mailchimp, segmented campaigns have a 14.31% higher open rate than non-segmented campaigns, highlighting the effectiveness of this approach.

Secondly, segmentation enhances customer satisfaction and loyalty. When guests receive offers and information that align with their preferences and behaviors, they are more likely to feel understood and valued by the restaurant, leading to increased loyalty.

A report by Accenture found that 91% of consumers are more likely to shop with brands that provide offers and recommendations that are relevant to them.

Other benefits of targeted marketing include:
  • Improved Conversion Rates: Targeted marketing campaigns are more likely to convert leads into customers. By addressing the specific needs and interests of different customer segments, these campaigns reduce the friction in the decision-making process. For instance, presenting a wine enthusiast with offers related to wine tastings or new wine arrivals is more likely to elicit a positive response than a generic promotion.
  • Efficient Use of Marketing Resources: Personalized campaigns allow for a more efficient allocation of marketing resources. Instead of casting a wide net with generic messaging, businesses can focus their efforts and budget on high-potential customer groups. This targeted approach often results in a higher return on investment (ROI). As per McKinsey, personalization can reduce acquisition costs by as much as 50% while increasing marketing spend efficiency by 10-30%.
  • Gathering Valuable Insights: Personalized marketing campaigns generate data that can provide valuable insights into customer preferences and behavior. This information can be used to refine future marketing strategies, develop new products or services, and improve overall customer experience.
  • Enhancing Brand Reputation: Brands that successfully implement personalized marketing are often viewed as more customer-centric and innovative. This perception can enhance the brand’s reputation, making it more attractive to both existing customers and prospects.

As the market continues to evolve, these personalized approaches are becoming increasingly essential for businesses looking to maintain a competitive edge.

CDP for targeted marketing campaigns

Conclusion: Redefining Restaurant Marketing

In summary, the landscape of restaurant marketing is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by the power of personalized, targeted marketing campaigns.

These strategies, fueled by comprehensive data analysis and customer segmentation, represent more than just a trend. They are rapidly becoming the standard for successful customer engagement in the restaurant industry.

The benefits of this approach are clear and compelling.

By adopting personalized, targeted marketing campaigns, restaurants can enjoy deeper customer engagement, increased loyalty and retention, higher conversion rates, and more efficient use of marketing resources.

Furthermore, these strategies provide valuable insights that can inform future marketing decisions, product development, and brand shaping, enhancing the overall customer experience.

As we move forward, it is evident that the restaurants that will thrive are those that recognize and adapt to the importance of personalization and targeting in their marketing efforts.

Embracing these strategies not only offers immediate benefits in terms of sales and customer satisfaction but also positions restaurants to remain competitive and relevant in an ever-evolving market.

In this dynamic environment, the ability to effectively harness and utilize customer data for personalized marketing is not just a strategy for growth – it is a fundamental necessity for survival and success.

Targeted marketing campaigns can fill your restaurant

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Bloom Intelligence is an AI-powered restaurant marketing platform that includes a powerful customer data platform, automated guest data collection, marketing automation, and reputation management tools.

Guest data is collected from many different sources and aggregated into one single platform, making it simple and easy to analyze and segment your restaurant’s guest personas for your restaurant digital marketing and operations decisions.

Data is collected from sources like WiFi logins, online reservation systems, online ordering platforms, POS systems, website forms, social media and more.

Bloom makes guest data collection effortless, allowing you to quickly execute the strategies listed above, saving you time, increasing customer lifetime values, attracting new guests, improving your reputation, and boosting your bottom line.

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Restaurant Marketing FAQs

What is Restaurant Marketing?

Restaurant marketing is the process of getting people to visit your restaurants. Restaurant marketing creates loyalty, provides data to research, analytics, and allows restaurants to gain a better understanding of their ideal customer profile. It utilizes all customer channels: guest WiFi, website, social, rating sites, mobile apps, email, text, and advertising.

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What is WiFi Marketing?

WiFi marketing is a marketing technique that uses guest WiFi to collect & clean customer data such as names, emails, phone numbers, customer behavior, and demographics. This data is used to personalize marketing campaigns to increase customer loyalty, build online reviews, and save at-risk customers. The performance of every campaign can be tracked down to the tangible ROI of a customer walking back in your door.

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What is Restaurant Reputation Management?

Restaurant reputation management is the process for restaurants to manage customer feedback and creating systems to improve customer experiences, passively build positive online reviews, and save at-risk customers. It is a very important aspect of running a successful restaurant business.

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How Does Bloom Identify and Bring Back Lost Customers?

Bloom Intelligence uses machine learning to identify at-risk customers. When one is recognized, the system will send them a message with an incentive to get them to return and re-establish their visit pattern. Bloom users are seeing up to 37% of churning customers return.

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