FOMO Alert! 9 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss PXUX 2019

PXUX isn’t just any conference – it’s an experience. It’s a group of likeminded people who are focused on optimizing the guest journey, building a network, and delivering high impact in the restaurant and c-store industries. 

Much like previous years, the fifth annual PXUX has been planned for people just like you. It’s a fun environment that encourages the sharing of information on your business, your goals, your challenges, and your brilliant ideas. Plus, you’ll learn about the newest and most innovative digital marketing tools to boost your sales in 2019.

But that’s not all. Here are 9 more reasons why you can’t miss out on this year’s PXUX:

  1. Deliver High Impact. You will hear about the latest innovations and receive the tools and support you need to motivate your guests to visit and spend more.
  2. Master the Platform. Learn how to confidently segment, target, communicate, reward, and measure in order to drive impactful results.
  3. Learn from Others. Why reinvent the wheel? Your peers face some of the same challenges you do, so find out how they have leveraged the Paytronix platform to achieve their goals.
  4. Gain Experience. Deepen your understanding of the platform through hands-on workshops and training sessions that are sure to make you feel like a pro who’s equipped to train the team back at HQ.
  5. Get the Inside Scoop. Be one of the first to explore new innovations and discover how they can expand your brand.
  6. Voice Your Opinion. Customer feedback is critical to ensure that the future roadmap meets your needs and fuels your revenue growth. This is your chance to tell us what is working and what isn’t. Don’t be shy!
  7. Meet the People Behind the Platform. Put faces to names and strengthen relationships with the team that is dedicated to your success.
  8. Build Your Tribe. While PXUX is packed with information and hands-on learning, there are also deeper relationships to be made.
  9. Walk Away with at Least 2 New Ideas. Benefit from numerous case studies and info sessions that will leave you inspired and ready to take action immediately.

Here’s what attendees have had to say about previous PXUX events:

“What better way to learn than to get together in a room with your peers and folks who have amazing intelligence around CRM marketing and loyalty platforms? It’s an invaluable experience.”

– Jenny Brinker, VP of Marketing, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

“It’s been so great attending PXUX. I’ve been able to meet so many different people, all with really creative and innovative minds. Being able to hear what everybody else is doing and what we’re going to be able to do moving forward is so exciting.”

– Rachel Robinson, Marketing Manager, California Pizza Kitchen

There is going to be an abundance of knowledge sharing and excitement happening this fall in Denver. To avoid suffering from a case of FOMO, click here for more information.

How Should Your Restaurant Offer Delivery – In-House or Third Party?

Experts predict that the online food delivery market will reach $24 billion by 2023 and that it will make up 40% of total restaurant sales by 2020. As your guests increasingly demand the convenience of delivery, it is imperative to decide how to offer delivery in your restaurant. There are two options to choose from – you could partner with one of the leading third-party delivery services or tackle delivery on your own with an in-house fleet. Depending on the size and scale of your operations, either choice could be the right one to allow your brand to compete in a shifting industry.

There are several reasons why you would choose to use a leading aggregate delivery service like GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats, or Postmates:

  • Exposure: For small brands, being listed alongside industry leaders makes their cuisine more visible to prospective delivery customers who have never heard of their restaurant before. For large brands, it also creates awareness about the availability of delivery service. Getting the food they crave without having to change out of their pajamas will thrill your guests and strengthen their relationship with your brand.
  • Convenience: Not only is it convenient for guests, but it’s also convenient for the restaurant operators using these third parties. Partnering with brands that are the best in their field lets you focus on what you do well without stretching your team too thin.
  • Expense: Launching an in-house fleet won’t come cheaply if you have many locations for which to provide vehicles and delivery drivers. Employees could be designated for a delivery role, but that can be a drain on resources during times when orders aren’t coming in.

On the other hand, there are also reasons to keep delivery in-house as part of overseeing the entire guest journey from start to finish:

  • Guest Experience: When guests order delivery and something goes wrong, 44% blame the restaurant – as compared to the 25% who blame the delivery company. Once it leaves your restaurant doors, the food also leaves your control. Making sure branded cars and uniformed employees deliver meals to customers is a priority for some brands that want to leave a positive impression.
  • Control of Data: Your customer ordering data is one of your most valuable assets. When using third-party delivery, you are prevented from making important connections between how guests behave when ordering delivery versus when visiting your brick-and-mortar locations because their data sits with the third parties and doesn’t link back to your loyalty programs.
  • Margins and Commission Fees: Profit margins in the industry are already slim, so giving a percentage of each order as commission to a delivery company might be unpopular among managers and franchisees. While there’s a larger upfront expense to finance an in-house fleet, keeping more of each purchase may prove advantageous in the long run.

What does the future hold for restaurant delivery? It’s clear that diners want to be able to enjoy their favorite cuisine at home in the most convenient manner possible. To learn more about these two delivery options, check out a webinar on this topic, “Delivery Wars: Third Party vs. In-House.”

New Email Marketing Tools to Make Building Emails Easier

Creating an email from scratch can be tiresome and time-consuming if you don’t have the right tools in place. But by leveraging the new Email Builder, you can quickly complete the task and enjoy a great user experience in the process.

Email Builder is a drag-and-drop email design tool that is crafted for ease of use and flexibility. With this new tool, you can start with a blank slate or choose from a variety of design templates.

Here are the three biggest benefits of this exciting new tool:

Design: The new user interface makes it easy to drag and drop content into the preview pane and then determine whether you like the look of your email. And since most guests tend to read emails on a mobile device, you can preview how your email will look in a mobile view as well.

Efficiency: Do you find that you waste time searching for and uploading creative files each time you craft a new email? That won’t be the case with Email Builder, which is equipped with a shared content library so you can upload the creative assets (images, logos, etc.) needed to design and build your emails. Saved assets can be accessed again in the future, and if you need any additional images, you can search through thousands of ready-to-use, royalty-free ones. Collaboration is also easy, as emails can be saved and reviewed with your team before being sent.

Brand Management: If you have a specific style guide for your brand, you can create and save style templates to set brand colors, fonts, logos, and images. By creating a style template in Email Builder, you will ensure that all of your emails are on brand, regardless of who creates them.

Don’t wait to make email building a breeze! Access Email Builder by logging into https://pxsweb.com > “Marketing Tools” > “Email Tool” > “Create New Email.” You will see the new Email Builder and can get started right away.

Increase Restaurant Loyalty & Reach More Guests with Coupons

 

woman with the word coupon behind her

Guest engagement programs allow you to learn about and engage with the customers who participate. But what about the guests you don’t know – the ones who haven’t yet enrolled? Even with a loyalty program that has reached a 30-40% penetration rate, over half of your guests are still unknown to your restaurant. How can you communicate with those guests to offer them promotions, drive visits, and gain insight into their purchasing behavior?

One way is through coupons. By using coupons to complement your existing one-to-one loyalty program, you can improve your ability to market to all of your guests.

Here are three key benefits of introducing coupons into your restaurant’s marketing strategy:

  • Engage with unknown guests through offers. People are more willing to try new restaurants when they can receive a discount, so posting coupon codes on your website or on social media gives you a way to acquire new customers. Once you get them through the door the first time, you can rely on your existing guest engagement strategy to motivate repeat visits.
  • Drive enrollment into your restaurant loyalty program. Another way to use coupons is to promote enrollment and transition guests from unknown to known. For example, coffee sleeves or tabletop signage could carry a message encouraging guests to sign up and enter a code like “WELCOME” to receive a future discount.
  • Measure engagement across channels. With coupons, you have the ability to issue distinct codes for each channel and then evaluate how each code performs based on redemption. This can inform future decisions on where to focus marketing efforts for maximum effectiveness. You may not know all of your guests as individuals yet, but you are able to assess which coupons drive visits, as well as the purchase behavior of the guests who redeem them.

You can also use insights from your loyalty program to enhance your coupon strategy. If you know that certain messaging or promotions have been successful with the segments that visit less frequently, those same promotions are likely to work on your unknown customers as well.

Coupons can be a powerful tool when used correctly.   

To learn more about how to make coupons part of your marketing strategy, check out our on-demand webinar, “Not Your Grandma’s Coupons – Using Coupons to Reach More Guests.”