Episode #132 Strategy From A Top Brand Expert

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Episode #132 Strategy From A Top Brand Expert

Give today’s episode a listen as I’m speaking with Ben Gaddis, the President of one of the world’s Top innovation agencies counting some of the world’s most powerful brands as clients.  We’ll talk digital marketing, online ordering, delivery, leading-edge loyalty programs and much more that shape and grow the all-important relationship between your operation and your customer.

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Episode #131 The Secret to Wild Restaurant Success!

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Episode #131 The Secret to Wild Restaurant Success!

Restaurants are fickle!  Some are wildly successful for a variety of reasons.  Others fail miserably in a short period of time for different reasons.  It all comes down to 3 things - 3 powerful ideas I call the Foundational Fundamentals.  Follow these 3 and the competition will eat your dust!

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Episode #130 Does your Indie stack up to the Competition?

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Episode #130 Does your Indie stack up to the Competition?

Well once again, I’m on the road driving cross-country. I had a chance to eat out several times a day in a wide variety of places. So today, I’m telling you about two dining experiences that really stood out for different reasons. I hope it helps you take a fresh look at your restaurant or hospitality enterprise, and give you some food for thought.

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Episode #126  One Foot From Disaster, My Journey To Wild Success

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Episode #126 One Foot From Disaster, My Journey To Wild Success

From pitfalls and major struggles to straight out theft & fraud, you'll learn how I built my successful restaurants from a bold dream and no practical experience to a wildly successful multi-million dollar exit. In this action-packed episode, my friend and fellow industry pro Jaime Oikle and I discuss my crazy restaurant journey and how the systems I created led to Double the Net Profit of the average restaurant and national press acclaim. 

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Episode #124  A Seasoned Operator’s Keys to Mega-Success

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Episode #124 A Seasoned Operator’s Keys to Mega-Success

After 9 short years with virtually no restaurant industry experience, Mr. Roger Perry of the Datz Group in Tampa Florida is now turning the restaurant scene upside down with several exciting concepts. Listen as Roger tells us how opening a bakery solved a critical problem and future threat to that first restaurant.  


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Episode #123  Why You Should Add “Scorpions” To Your Menu

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Episode #123 Why You Should Add “Scorpions” To Your Menu

Today I’m talking with Mr. Lee Zucker and Mr. Rev Ciancio from Yext.com.  They are Digital Knowledge Management Experts.  Give a listen as today we’re talking online review strategies, online ordering, driving loyalty and repeat business and most importantly marketing like a big brand without the big brand budget. 

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Episode #121 One Word That Creates Staff Magic!

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Episode #121 One Word That Creates Staff Magic!

This one idea may be the most powerful change you make that creates an unstoppable brand and culture within your restaurant.  Give today’s episode a listen as Thea and I share the “key” to truly dominating your competition. Do this and I guarantee your cash register will RING!   And about that one word… you’ll have to listen to find out!

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Episode #120 The Only Way To Staff Your Restaurant

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Episode #120 The Only Way To Staff Your Restaurant

I’ve always believed that the Help Wanted ads are a great way to find someone else’s problems and just because you need a new hire, the wrong person won’t be doing your business any favors.  So here’s a paradigm shift.  Give this episode a listen as today I’m talking to a superstar recruiting expert.  Mr. Mike Durre shares his “secret sauce” to finding key personnel from a GM, to Chef to line positions.


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Episode #119 Build Your Brand Inside and Out!

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Episode #119 Build Your Brand Inside and Out!

Heres a TWIST many restaurants miss. There are so many ways you can leverage your restaurant’s LOGO while promoting everything that’s special about your place. Give a listen to today’s episode as Thea and I riff on the power of your logo which is the true foundation of your marketing, to powerful promotional ideas that capture the public’s imagination, create that BUZZ and get them talking.  


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Episode #118  The AMAZING Power of EMPOWERING YOUR STAFF!

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Episode #118 The AMAZING Power of EMPOWERING YOUR STAFF!

Its rare that a restaurant training idea really blows me away, but this one is pretty amazing. Today’s episode is all about Innovation & Empowerment… This powerful combination is helping a Massachusetts restaurant energize its staff, drive new business and take teamwork to a whole new dimension. Don’t miss this one!

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Episode #117  Ambiance or Food, Which Comes First?

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Episode #117 Ambiance or Food, Which Comes First?

Most restaurants want to turn their tables over and over, but again this one has so much space, they just keep packing them in and keeping them.  So what keeps them busy? EXPERIENCES!   On top of a James Beard Award-Winning Chef and lots of menu variety for both food and drink, this place serves up lots of FUN! You’ll have to give this episode a listen to learn all about it and when you do, your gears are probably going to start turning with lots of fresh ideas for your own place.

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Episode #116  When Concept Executions Go Wrong (or right)

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Episode #116 When Concept Executions Go Wrong (or right)

I’ve started multiple concepts… some Rock N Rolled right from the get-go.  Another needed a total about face and re-branding, while yet another never really got legs and I had to sell it. Give a listen as Thea and I discuss different concepts, the things that make them work or Not, special “hooks” and lots of ideas to consider that impact your guest’s experience.

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Episode #114  Stay Relevant or Become the Next Restaurant Statistic!

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Episode #114 Stay Relevant or Become the Next Restaurant Statistic!

The restaurant business is difficult and getting harder every day. But its not just about survival, its about creating and sustaining a lasting legacy. Doing that means building a powerful brand, but more importantly staying relevant in a changing industry and changing world of fickle consumers. Take a listen to this episode, hear about some surprising statistics and I hope this inspires, motivates and re-energizes your entire team.


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Episode #113  Launching a New Concept - Mr Bing On Fire in NYC!

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Episode #113 Launching a New Concept - Mr Bing On Fire in NYC!

Inspiration and Opportunity are always around the next corner.  Imagine you’re living in a foreign country and suddenly the lightbulb goes off.  “I love this food, everyone loves this food… I could sell this anywhere”!In this episode, I’m speaking with Brian Goldberg of “Mr. Bing” who’d doing just that… delivering an appealing product he discovered in the far east, growing a business and seeing how far it can go.   

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