In our industry, the word “app” often conjures up a small dish of delectable starters to enjoy before a meal. Or if our minds veer to the digital variety, we do a mental download of apps that whet the consumer’s appetite for clever special promotions and engagement.
But here’s some food for thought: how about apps that help you stay focused, productive and organized? With so much on your plate, it would be nice to have a little digital help to manage your operation more efficiently. Here are four apps that Restaurant Hospitality1 recommends for the weary and time-starved foodservice operator:
- Review Tracker collects up-to-the-minute restaurant reviews that customers post on sites like Yelp and Opentable. Instead of a needle-in-haystack web search for reviews of your establishment, you can use the app to gather them for you instantly. You can also compile reviews across a wide geographic range, from small chains with only a few locations to juggernauts with a large national footprint. There’s even a built-in function that lets you connect with your most enthusiastic customers and ask them to provide more good reviews.
- IF lets you create formulas, or “recipes,” that help you balance your business and personal life by automating tasks so you never have to worry about forgetting to do them. The app acts as a digital concierge that automatically shares social status updates, sends staff notifications, turns home systems on and off, and can be customized to perform thousands of other tasks.1
- Trello . Trello gives you an at-a-glance, real-time view of your team’s progress. You can assign deadlines, create checklists and labels, and upload files. It’s the user-friendly, all-in-one project management tool that helps you keep your business moving forward.
- 1UP is a lifestyle app for consumers who want to keep track of loyalty points. It’s an easy tool to help you keep your loyal customers engaged with notifications of special deals and exclusive promotions.
Are there any apps you use to stay ahead of the curve and keep snack sales sweet? Clue us in below.
1 Restaurant Hospitality, “Kick apps: Up your game with these digital tools”, Gina LaVecchia Ragone, http://restaurant-hospitality.com/operations/kick-apps-your-game-these-digital-tools#slide-0-field_images-52921