This are steps to attract publicity from food bloggers from Coterie Australia

7 Steps To Attract Publicity To Your Restaurant From Food Bloggers

Here is an actionable list that will help you attract publicity to your restaurant from Food Bloggers:

Food Bloggers, they blog about food because of their passion and appreciation for food, they have that special connection to food, like most of them are Chefs by hobby or trade.

1. Where to find Food Bloggers?  Type into your Google search engine – “Food Bloggers” with your selected Country, State, City or local area.  This will be dependent on how far you require your catchment.

2. To connect with a Food Blogger, you need to show the blogger you are authentically interested in his or her blog. Follow him/her on Twitter and Instagram.  Comment on their blog posts to show you and/or your restaurant is passionate about good food as much as they are.

3. Every time you launch – new menu, promotional campaign, new products, events – tag your chosen bloggers in your Twitter and Instagram post.  Bloggers are always looking to be “The One” that has their finger on the industry pulse and they are always looking to review venues.

4. The pitch: Let the blogger know about your new menu dish, or inform the blogger about an important event coming up in your venue.  You could communicate to your chosen Bloggers via email or highlight your interest via one of their blog posts.  With consistent engagement on their blog work, it is highly likely they will recognise you because of your consistent interaction with their social media accounts.

5. Invite your chosen Food Bloggers to your restaurant to taste your menu.  They can dine in at no charge, in return they end up blogging about your venue on social media, their blog, and reviews sites like Trip Advisor, Yelp and Zomato.

NOTE:  Advertising costs money!  You are able to utilise an advertising strategy which budgets at cost of goods.  Be open to different ways to spend your money.

6. Invite a key Food Blogger in your city for an exclusive event.   It is important that they visit your restaurant and sample your menu before the event launch.

7. Identify a Food Blogger in your local city that has a large social media following and is an influencer in your industry to open up a partnership with your restaurant.

Strategy: Open up a monthly tab when you have them visit and sample food dishes, food and beverage pairing, any concept that is incorporated into your Marketing Plan.

The value exchange – The Food Blogger dines at your restaurants cost (this is added into your advertising budget), in return for advertising to the local area and their community.

This is what we call COST EFFECTIVE PUBLICITY on steroids!

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Hello hello!! Can you believe we’re this far through the year already! Gives relevance to the notion ‘strike whilst the iron is hot!’

I’m fairly sure that most of us know the dear Simon Cowell, the reality talent competitions, and that tone behind the verbal reply – “it’s a no from me”.

When is the last time that you asked your customers for feedback on the activity inside your hospitality business? Do you run marketing campaigns and ask for feedback?

Feedback – good, bad or indifferent – is SO VITAL to a businesses profit growth strategy! Customers in your business is not the only barometer as to whether business is good.’
Authenticity, integrity, consistency, engagement. These are solid building blocks to a sustainable business. Don’t just sell products or provide services – impact your customers lifestyles, make them love you!


Simple steps to build out customer feedback

  1. Choose 4-5 regular customers to get solid (straight down the line) feedback.  It is important to respect the time that they are offering you, that being, offer your valued people a ‘thank you’ gift which can be a voucher of some sort to use back in your business.  Your Customers feedback is highly valuable so be sure to offer a suitable thank you gift – 10% discount is flimsy and will only invite box ticking feedback, in this instance.

2.  You have a customer list, right??  This is a great chance to send out an email blast to everyone on your list detailing to them that your team are looking for some feedback and to snazzy up their experience when they visit you.  Of course, you can’t afford to provide substantial ‘thank you’ gifts to your entire list of customers but this exercise can be a little less detailed and offer a 10% discount for contributors to use when they visit next

Note: be sure to make clear guidelines for the use of your ‘thank you’ incentives along with it strongly advised to have those ‘incentives’ (whilst you build up this type of marketing activity in your business) sending your customers back into your hospitality business and attached to a sale.

3. Ask for feedback right after service.  This can be as simple as having a short survey form placed inside your cheque/bill folder.  Make this option short, concise, and leave a comments section to elaborate what they liked and what they may make suggestions to tweak for next time.

If you run events, it is absolutely vital (this is really low hanging fruit) to get feedback from your guests!

This is not a box ticking exercise, so if you’re looking to get the most out of research, feedback and knowledge for your hospitality business, or you’d like to know ‘how’, you can contact me direct.

Feedback, good – bad – indifferent – is so valuable to your business.  Hey, you don’t have to take all rubbish criticism (if you receive it) because humans are humans and they will have unnecessary opinions (on occasions), but that written, I have always been of the theory;

If you don’t know what you do well, you can’t keep building out to do more of it.  If you don’t know what people don’t like, you can’t change things up and reduce the thumbs down.

Value your customers opinions and it will do more than receive a happy feedback form, you will start to form a humanised relationship and build out your community!!

If you want to chat more, flesh out more ideas ………. come across to our free marketing group:

The Hospitality Marketing Academy – loads of free marketing hints, tips, global hospitality insights, PLUS you can chat to me direct!!!

Lets have some FUN!



Staggering Video Marketing Statistics for 2017

Online videos will account for more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2020 (CISCO, 2016).

Customers are changing the way that they consume their marketing materials and a MASSIVE driver (preferred choice) is through video.  With 86% of Smart Phone users checking their phone every 7 minutes, video has moved from the VHS, to the TV, Laptop and now right into the palms of our hands …….

Lets take a look at some very interesting statistics that involved video and WHY OH WHY you should get on board with your hospitality business and integrate it into your marketing strategy!!

Look at all the $$$$$$$ untapped potential waiting to engage with your business.

STAGGERING most definitely is the word for the numbers you are about to see!

Video Marketing Volume Statistics

  • 82% of Twitter users watch video content on Twitter
  • Over 8 billion videos or 100 million hours of videos are watched on Facebook every day (TechCrunch, 2016; TechCrunch, 2016)
  • YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of total internet users.
  • 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week.
  • More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day.

  • One-third of online activity is spent watching video.
  • The 25-34 (millennial) age group watches the most online videos and men spend 40% more time watching videos on the internet than women.
  • More than 100 million hours of how-to YouTube videos were watched in North America in the first five months of 2015 (Google, 2015).
  • Searches related to “how to” on YouTube grew 70% from 2014 to 2015 (Google, 2015).

Mobile Video Marketing Statistics

Graph Video Stats

Video Marketing Engagement Statistics


A Facebook video receives, on average, 135% more organic reach than a Facebook photo (Socialbakers, 2015).


  • Video on a landing page can increase conversions by 80% or more.
  • Facebook is rated as the most impactful social channel for video — 8.4X higher than any other social channel (Animoto, 2016).
  • Half of 18- to 34-year old YouTube subscribers would drop what they’re doing to watch a new video by their favorite creator (Google, 2016).
  • Native videos on Facebook have 10 times higher reach compared to YouTube links

Video Engagement

(Sprout Social’s Video Engagement)

  • Having a video on a landing page makes it 53% more likely to show up on page 1
  • 46% of users act after viewing an ad.
  • An initial email with a video receives an increase click-through rate by 96%.
  • Video attracts two to three times as many monthly visitors.
  • Combining video with full-page ads boosts engagement by 22 percent.
  • 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers in the future (HubSpot, 2016).

 Fun Video Marketing Facts

By now you might be asking “Where are OUR customers”     and go grab em’!!!

Are you convinced yet to integrate video into your hospitality marketing strategy?  It is so important to see the benefits of integrating ‘every day’ video into your strategy.  People aren’t looking for the big Hollywood productions, they just want good content that is interesting and valuable.

If you are looking for some tips on how to:

  1. Take video using your smart devices
  2. How to edit
  3. Where to upload your videos
  4. How to get the videos out into your community so they will come into your business

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Carrie and The Team at Coterie






I am excited to announce the new branding for Coterie has moved from Coterie Australia to Coterie Hospitality.  If you are wondering why, it is because we have gone “INTERNATIONAL!


Last year I did a lot of research on how to continue to help the ‘global’ hospitality industry.  This resulted in some international networking around the globe and travel across the pond to the United States of America.

I set sail across to California last December to (of course, a wise business operator would do their research first) see if there were any opportunities for Coterie in the US hospitality market.  I have personally always had a connection with North America as I started my life in Southern Maryland as a bubba, popping out to meet the world in the Patuxent River Naval base (on this day – 7th April) back in 1980.

This research of the USA hospitality industry has now resulted in two very exciting partnerships for now, Coterie ‘Hospitality’ –


We are by no means leaving Australia, we are just on a mission to help the global hospitality industry – driving Education – which in turn empowers business independence, increases business assets, building stronger more profitable teams, driving profits to the bank, and for the greater good – impacting people’s lives with greater experience for Customers.

Our first stop of the expansion is sunny California.

On Monday and Tuesday (11th and 12th April – PST) I will be flying the Coterie team flag along with representing the Australian Hospitality industry at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Industry Conference.

I am a guest panelist on two panels for the Conference:

  1. The Tipping Point – discussing America increasing the award rate to $15 per hour by 2019. They are moving to $13 an hour by July 1st.  And exploring the effects of a ‘non-tipping’ structure.

Australia, a non-tipping culture, I am able to share with the California Restaurant community how Australia is still in growth considering the economic climate of high wages, high labour costs, high running costs.

  1. Your Brand Is Your Backbone – America is very much a focus on outward bound Branding and Public Relations. I’m excited to share the strategies that we are using at Coterie and across Australia by building your brand from within your hospitality business (the backbone of success) – increasing the loyalty of customers in a noisy world, how to reduce your costs by learning the steps to do your own Marketing and Advertising – and some of the cool examples that is, again, putting segments of the Australian Hospitality in a position of growth

Check out the conference here if you want a little gander of what we’re doing –


Coterie is changing the game in hospitality business away from the consultancy model.  With high running costs for businesses, loads of competition (customers spoilt for choice, even if it’s not of high value, the hospitality market is saturated) we are building foundations that breed loyalty, communities and sustainable business growth all through our education programs – giving YOU the keys to control your own success.

If you want to jump on board, learn more, or simply follow the journey please do stick around.

We’re excited to be Australian, excited to now be spreading our wings in helping more global hospitality businesses live the life they want, and continuing to grow one of our favourite past times – socialising with friends and family – this being in the hospitality industry.

First stop, California!!

On behalf of Coterie Hospitality, I’m excited and proud to be part of the global hospitality industry. Let’s make it one HECK OF A SPECIAL COMMUNITY, uniting together.

Cheers from the birthday girl, embracing the number 36 today!!  And what a great day to announce our international expansion and hospitality partnerships.

Carrie White



CEO and proud Mother to my brain child – Miss Coterie.  Plus team member of our fabulous Partners.

Happy Days!



Image cred: Journalist Francis Lam (far right) moderates a conversation with Chef Traci Des Jardins, Chef Gavin Kaysen, Mina Group President Patric Yumul, and Union Square Hospitality Group’s Sabato Sagaria at the 1st Annual GGRA Industry Conference


Are you keeping in contact with your customers regularly?

Designing and running a regular membership keeps your customers engaged, interested in the ‘what’s next’, and trains them to anticipate regular interaction with your hospitality business.

It’s a busy world out there, a lot of noise in your industry attempting to seduce your customers through their doors. Don’t let YOUR customers be lured in the other direction.

Key membership design pointers:

  • Make the offers of value
  • Consistency is the key – set timed activity to encourage healthy behaviours from your customers – weekly, fortnightly, monthly
  • Ask for feedback
  • Measure ALL of your activity so that you know what does and doesn’t work

Have fun with your membership remembering, #creativityhasnoboundaries !!! 

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Customer Experience Will Finally Take Centre Stage in 2016: Study

Customer satisfaction is what every businesses’ primary objective.  Many are now giving much attention and emphasis on customer experience.

Let’s check out how this will affect businesses especially the hospitality industry according to study.

Please have a read below.


From The Team At Coterie

Marketing professionals are putting a larger emphasis on customer experience than ever before, so much so that the importance of managing an excellent customer experience is increasingly setting the tone for other business priorities, a new study by Econsultancy has found.

The ‘Adobe and Econsultancy Digital Intelligence Briefing: Digital Trends in 2016′ study had over 7000 respondents, 16% of whom were from the Asia-Pacific region.

The findings clearly show that marketers are focussed on the individual.

When asked which three digital-related areas are the top priorities for their organisation, respondents indicated an emphasis on personalisation, social media engagement and content optimisation.

For example, in the Asia-Pacific region, 31% of marketers are prioritising social media engagement in 2016, a rise from the 28% recorded in the study last year. customer-experience-2

On a global scale, both agencies and marketers said that the customer experience and the content that supports the experience is the most exciting opportunity for their organisation in 2016.

Using the necessary data to provide personalised, relevant messaging and service was also of high importance.

APAC marketers had the same view – 17% of marketers and 15% of agencies said that customer experience optimisation is the single most exciting opportunity for their organisation in 2016.


Looking forward, data is unanimously viewed as the key to the future by marketers around the world.

Individual-focussed, data-driven marketing and optimisation of the customer experience are seen as exciting opportunities in 2016, however their significance is set to rise, with many marketers seeing them as the most exciting opportunities in five years time.

The importance of data was highlighted on numerous occasions throughout the study, however data also poses a challenge going forward.

Marketers listed access and control over data as one of the top three obstacles to delivering great customer experience.


In order to achieve excellent customer experience, marketers need to collaborate so as not to provide a fragmented, misaligned experience.

Interestingly only 27% of marketers ranked collaboration as the most important component to customer experience success.

Article sourced: Marketing


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How To Integrate Strategic Partnerships With Social Media

Here is another great blog post from our newest Team Member – Andrew Carlson – showing us some pretty cool stuff that is being done using Social Media and collaborating Strategic Partnership activities for customers.

Don’t limit your view of possibility – bringing technology into your business gives you ‘buying power’ to grow your business.  It’s not always overwhelming – super expensive – you just have to know what is out there and what is most suitable for your business, and keep a creative mind. 

We’re really ramping things up this year and giving YOU the power in learning how to take control of your own business.  Be sure to stick around and follow our blogs and definitely get in touch if you’re keen to have in your hot little hands – your business assets – step by step instructions in growing your business – the Coterie Educational Marketing Accelerator Programs.

Creating new partnerships is a wonderful thing in this industry. Most people tend to overlook the power that integrating their partnerships with social media can bring.

Here are three main reasons why integrating your strategic partnerships with your social media channels will take your business to the next level.
1. Building Brand Awareness
The really cool thing about strategic partnerships is that they’re always a win-win relationship. Not only will you both be growing your brand, you will also be introduced to a new audience of people.
That’s just the beginning though, this gives you the opportunity to re-engage with your current audience and are providing them more reasons to come back into your business.
Starbucks has just recently launched a strategic partnership with Spotify – a music streaming service. Spotify has been hurting a little since Apple launched Apple Music in terms of membership.
Not only is Spotify gaining more credibility, but Starbucks is solving a problem that a lot of stores have – which is people asking the barista’s what song is currently being played in the store.
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Starbucks has now integrated the technology within their mobile app to immediately discover music that is being played in the store. The customers can also save the songs to a playlist that they can then take with them to go. With over 7,500 stores and 10 million loyalty members, that’s a huge benefit to Spotify.

Spotify in the Starbucks app photographed on Fridday, January 8, 2015. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)

So what does Starbucks get out of this? Their mission is to create a one of a kind experience for their customers and music has played a pivotal role in the company’s history.
2. Community Support
Another reason why integrating your social media is so important is because it is a great way to inform your community of what’s going on in their own backyard.
Bringing the community into your business and opening your doors is vital to your success so why not continue to give your community reasons to support your business?
One of the best examples of this was The Pie Hole over the holiday season in Los Angeles, CA. They partnered with the Skid Row Housing Trust who’s mission is to provide permanent housing to people who would otherwise be homeless.
The Pie Hole is near Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles and have watched the homeless level grow year after year. Instead of just turning a blind eye, this company kicked off an initiative where they would ask their customers to help them bring Thanksgiving to the people that the Skid Row Housing Trust served.
It was a great way to inform the community of a major issue that is happening in their backyard AND it was a way for The Pie Hole to stand out in the community because instead of just talking about an issue, they were doing something about it.
So how does social media tie into this? Not everyone comes into your business every single day or even on a weekly basis. So utilizing social media to tell your customers what you’re up to is a great way to hook them back into your business. It simply stands out on social media and will cause your customers to stop to pay attention to what you’re doing.
3. There’s Power In Collaboration
It goes without saying that there’s power in collaborating with other businesses or brands. As long as it’s a win-win partnership, you are in good hands. It’s important to remember to outline exactly what you expect of each other on social media channels.
List everything out. If you want them to put up 1 post on Facebook, specify if it’s a photo or normal status. If you want them to say something specific, just let them know. This is vital to the success of a strategic partnership.
At the end of the day, no one will understand your brand like yourself because you created it. Just because you’ve ventured into the partnership doesn’t mean that you are at the mercy of the other company. This is why I list everything out that you need in order to make this partnership work – especially on social media. It just ends up being one of those things that gets swept under the rug when it can help boost both business’s brands.
Social Media plays a vital role in your marketing strategy for partnerships. Don’t overlook it. Don’t just throw something up there either. Make sure it’s meaningful, engaging, and will excite your audience. That’s the winning recipe.

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7 Benefits Educating Your Team Will Grow Your Business


 Interested in looking at how education is your next power step for 2016? Come across and have a chat with us or keep following my Blog and our Soap Box as we have a BIG push on it this year (our exciting programs) – empowering business through education.

If you’re looking for:

  • More customers
  • Increased profits
  • Customer retention
  • Staff retention
  • More time

Investing in an education program for your business and your team is a MUST! If you want to be charitable, start by investing in You, Your Team, Your Business.

Start paving the way to a better future.


Carrie, and on behalf of the Team & Partners at Coterie

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  1. They don’t keep an active list of their customers –  they don’t have a database for powerful and cost-effective marketing.  You know, talking to the customers that LOVE you and spend the money!
  2. No plan in place to attract the customers they actually want in the business
  3. Compromise on price, discounting to get new customers or keep because they don’t have a plan in place
  4. Rely on Facebook to do all the marketing and advertising for them
  5. No team game plan to build passion, commitment and grow the business – high staff turnover, shift workers that watch the clock and take sick days.

“Successful businesses know that the most valuable asset to a business is a customer list, and the most powerful tool is EDUCATION.”





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TIPS To Grow Your Business Through The FESTIVE SEASON

What a great time of year.  Some refer to it as the ‘festive’ season, others – the ‘silly’ season.  But for majority of your customers, it’s PARTY TIME!

Venue’s start to get busy;

  •  End of year celebration with clients
  • Christmas parties with staff
  • Final event for the year
  • Christmas Day lunch
  • New Year’s Eve breakfast, lunch, dinner celebrations
  • Not to mention all the December / January babies having birthday’s.  Yes, the big babies that like to spend their money and celebrate – we love them! 🙂
So what does this mean?
  1. Bookings must be made
  2. Customer information must be provided in advance
  3. Specific customer information must be given in order to design and deliver ‘on point’ event requirements
  4. Set food and drink packages are designed
  5. Customers are recording their own materials to later remember the event, you know, like taking photo’s of EVERYTHING 🙂
Now that we are a bit “Yep, Yep, get that” with the points above ………………….. my question is …………

“What are you and your team doing with this ……………… low hanging fruit?”

A staggering 50%, and well above that number, do not manage their customer list.  This is one of the most valuable assets in your business.  It is exactly where your cashflow comes from.  So just the same as putting money in a bank account, save, accumulate interest ……………… your customer list is no different.
The festive season makes your business plan so much easier because information must  be gathered and shared to operate.
One of the challenges in ‘managing’ your customer list – building a good marketing plan that brings in the right customers and the healthy cashflow – is ‘gathering the insights and information’.  It can take a lot of planning, preparation and time.  Well guess what, your customers are GIVING it to you right now!
WARNING – this will ONLY work if you record, record, RECORD information.

TIPS To Grow Your Business Through The FESTIVE SEASON

‘Record’ ALL information on your customer list records – this would be your database, your Customer Relationship Management software

1. Bookings – Name, email, phone number.  Now you have a means to ‘get back in touch’.  If you have a booking system, you have a Customer List!

2. A business function 

  1. Record the business they are from / industry – the Key Contact.  Having direct access to the decision maker, or a gate keeper is the key.
  2. Who were their clients if a client event?  You may be able to reach out to a wider market
  3. Do they run many events with their clients? Your business may be able to host their future functions
  4. Do they hold many staff parties – be their party planner and playground to deliver

3. Drinks and meal packages – often we can start to acquire tastes and interests for future promotions, giving them what they want.

4. Birthday’s – this is a fabulous breeding ground for profile information about your customers

  1. Family information
  2. Purchasing behaviour – particular brands they prefer.  This is information you can compile at the end of the night from your PO System
  3. Music choice
  4. Demographic – age, gender.  These types of parties are ‘by choice’ so you can reach out to your customers with future events you may be holding

5. Membership – there is no point having all of this information if you are not going to talk to your customer list.  Offer them a reason to engage with you and sign up for many FABULOUS, FUN AND YUMMY offers ahead.

Your customers LOVE taking photo’s, communicating with their community what they are doing and guess what this means for your business – Social Proof.
Communicate on your menu’s, reminder email, table talkers
  • #hashtag X (hospitality business name)
  • Tag us on Instagram
  • Check-In on Facebook
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You may want to give your customer’s an incentive to share their fun and stories
  1. Best photo will go into the draw to win
  2. Tag us on Instagram or Check-In on Facebook and receive X voucher for your next visit
You really can have a play around with your incentive ideas but make it worth engaging – don’t go cheap an nasty
Tis the season to let your customers market and advertise your business for you, along with ‘paying YOU’ to give you all their Customer Profile Information.  Pretty good, if you ask me 🙂
PICK THE LOW HANGING FRUIT – It is now time for harvest 🙂
This is part of why hospitality is one of the BEST industries in the WORLD!!!!  It can be effortless, if you have a vision, a plan, record and remember ………
I’d love your feedback if you find these tips helpful, and more importantly, if they grow your business profitably ……..
Cheers with Espresso Martinis,
Carrie 🙂
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