Take and share photos
A picture speaks a thousand words, especially when you share it! Try to resist digging into your next delicious takeout meal for a few seconds and grab a photo of your culinary masterpieces first. It doesn’t need to be a work of art, but try to incorporate the restaurant’s logo if possible, and make sure you have good lighting. Once you’ve snapped the perfect pic – or video! – don’t forget the most important step. Upload it to social media to share the love! Remember to tag the restaurant, they will love to see it.
Like, share, repost, comment…
Your favorite restaurants are doing everything they can to generate buzz and excitement for their menus during this tough time. They put a lot of work into creating social media posts on top of their usual jobs of prepping, cooking, cleaning and more. So when they share an interesting update, simply give them a like, comment or share! No purchase necessary for this tactic, just a willingness to show some love. One way to easily find these social posts is by joining the Open for Business – Greater St. Cloud Facebook page, where bars and restaurants regularly post their specials, deals, and more.
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Try or family style heat and serve enchilada pack.
$39 includes ⬇️
4 chicken enchiladas
Recommend them them to friends
“86% of customers trust word-of-mouth reviews and recommendations.” – Review42. Word-of-mouth advertising is one of the most effective marketing tactics, and right now it’s one of the easiest ways you can support your favorite small business friends. Have a great experience with a delivery order? Bring it up on your next Zoom happy hour! Indulge in a delicious dinner from a local restaurant? Brag about it to your friends the next time you chat! Keep on spreading the word and the love.
Leave a positive review
Similar to word-of-mouth advertising, leaving a positive review on Facebook or Google is an easy way to show some appreciation for your favorite restaurants. Giving them five stars is great, but adding a personal anecdote is even better. Not only does it appear for the public to see, but it also warms the hearts of restaurant owners more than you know.
Purchase gift cards
No matter the denomination, purchasing gift cards is an easy way to financially support local restaurants. You could purchase several to give away as gifts, or even for your company to give away to clients or in contests. We have even seen people purchase a large amount of gift cards and then give them back to the restaurant for them to do giveaways for promotion – talk about giving back!
An awesomely anonymous person has purchased a fistful of $25 gift cards from The White Horse to be given out at random 🥰 stay tuned for some fun giveaways!!
Buy some merchandise
What better way to support the restaurant brands you love than by purchasing and wearing their apparel. Not only are you supporting them financially, but you also have become a walking billboard for them! Plus, this type of merchandise makes great gifts for friends and family as well as clients, employees, and more. Sounds like a win-win!
Order takeout or delivery
This is the obvious one, folks. The next time you decide to hop in a drive through lane or pop in a frozen pizza, think twice. Is there a local burger you’ve been craving? Or maybe a burrito you can’t stop thinking about? Or even a bowl of pasta that makes your stomach grumble? Remember the local restaurants. The places owned by your friends and neighbors. By good, hardworking, deserving people who only strive to serve you amazing food, hopefully in beautiful atmospheres sometime soon.