The Virtual Next Blog

Currito & Virtual Next: Brilliant Creativity Results in Ongoing Word of Mouth

What would it mean to a restaurant owner to ensure that their opening day included a line of anxious new customers wrapping from their front door down the block? What kind of marketing and/or promotions could trigger that kind of opening day excitement? Currito, a Cincinnati based burrito chain had the answer: they gave the…

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Payment and Loyalty: Should they be separate transactions?

Fast food is all about speed. Every second counts. One of the challenges many fast food chains have traditionally faced is how to offer loyalty programs without adding extra time to customer service. When payment and loyalty are separate transactions, the loyalty transaction adds about 30 seconds to the overall experience. Now, everything is changing. Fast…

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Top 3 Mobile Technology Trends for Quick Service Chains in 2014

By Bijan Shahrokhi in Mobile Loyalty, Mobile Payment

With so much pressure from competitors and consumers, quick service chains are innovating and leveraging technology faster than ever. Some quick service chains, such as Starbucks, have embraced this and are leading the movement by speeding up payments, establishing more personalized relationships with their customers, and offering more than just food to their customers.Technology has become…

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They Come for Food & Come Back for Service

If you are in the restaurant business, you’ve probably heard this phrase many times. It is one of the most essential rules you need to remember in order to be successful in the restaurant industry.   The food service industry is very competitive. It costs you 7 times more to bring a new customer into…

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How Technology Friendly Should a Restaurant Chain Be?

By Bijan Shahrokhi in Uncategorized

When you look at some of the trends in the market, you’ll notice that there are many things happening at the same time, all of which affect marketing and store operation in one way or another. Here are some of the current trends: Social Media Mobile website Mobile application Mobile based loyalty Mobile based payment Online…

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