We at CaterZen are mobilizing quickly to actively support restaurants to keep afloat during this tumultuous time. As this situation evolves, we are evolving to support our foodservice community.
No matter your personal opinion on the Coronavirus, it’s inevitable that it’s going to have an impact on your business; for the next little while, at least.
We’ve already had one client tell us that they’re worried about losing their business if sales suddenly dry up. There’s a lot of panic in the air.
For many caterers trying to grow their businesses, competition is fierce.
There are always lots of catering options for any potential clients, but sometimes clients don't want what everyone is offering.
They need something custom-tailored to fit their needs.
It’s easy to be comfortable at your home base.
Everything you need is at your fingertips. But that’s not usually how catering works. A lot of it takes place outside your comfort zone.
When I first opened my restaurant in 1992, I wasn't thinking about niche markets.
In fact, back then, I had never even heard of Black Friday. I'm a buyer, not a shopper.
But when a local department store, Dillard's, called my restaurant to order a drop-off catering for approximately two hundred people, it piqued my curiosity.
Infomercials are full of lies.
When I was a kid, I was into advertising marketing before I ever really knew what it was. I would read magazines from the back to the front so that I could look at the ads first.
Sometimes, I would wake up in the middle of the night and watch infomercials. I remember how cool I thought Ronco Pocket Fisherman seemed, that was one of my favorites.
So I was a fan of direct marketing, long before I had any clue what it was or how it worked.
Michael Gerber, author of the amazing book 'The E Myth', was very helpful for me when I was first building my business.
The biggest takeaway a lot of people have gotten from that book is that you should always be working on your business, not in it.
Anyone who’s followed my career knows about my famous x-ray mailer.
In May, there’s a week called "Hospital Week", where hospitals will feed their staff as a sort of reward and thank you for all that they do.
I printed sales letters for Hospital Week on a black background, with white lettering on a transparency film, so they looked like an x-ray.
Don't get bored with the old.
There's a reason why we use the expression 'the tried and true'.
Sure, it's great to try out new ideas and try to think outside the box once in a while.
But when you're planning your marketing strategy for the whole year, the most important thing you should be focusing on is utilizing the things that have already worked for you in the past.