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Lead Story

Checks have staying power, paper not so much

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.

News

Industry Update

Public, private effort to secure systems, reduce cyber crime

Appeals court revives ATM price-fixing case

Appeals court gives green light to CFPB challengers

First Data opens new chapter

Features

Bridging the EMV divide

The Mobile Buzz: Diners' technology wish list

Views

The very point of sale: Think big, go bold

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Impact of scale on cost and margin in the U.S. merchant acquiring industry

Brooke Ybarra
First Annapolis Consulting

Education

Street SmartsSM:
The power of residual income - Part 1

Jeffrey I. Shavitz
TrafficJamming LLC

Who wins with AmEx full-service acquiring program?

Ken Musante and Jon Shipley
Eureka Payments LLC, Select Bankcard LLC

Legal ease: Choosing a lawyer for your payment business

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Endemic lack of protection for card data in stores

Brand Barney
SecurityMetrics

Company Profile

AP Technology

New Products

Free online security learning center

SecurityMetrics Learning Center
SecurityMetrics

Business-driven video storytelling

Video Storytelling
Board Studios Inc.

Inspiration

The 'do' in the doldrums

Departments

Readers Speak

Letter from the editors

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The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 24, 2015  •  Issue 15:08:02

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The Mobile Buzz: Diners' technology wish list

Restaurateurs and the service providers supporting them have reached a point where the mix of technologies they employ is becoming more critical to driving customer patronage. To gain a better understanding of what diners want from technology before, during and after the dining experience, online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable surveyed more than 6,000 diners across the United States.

"At OpenTable we sit right at the intersection of food and tech, which makes us infinitely curious about what people want from technology when they dine out," said Leela Srinivasan, Vice President of Restaurant & Product Marketing at OpenTable, who authored an e-book from research findings titled Technology and Dining Out 2015.

The survey revealed that prior to dining out, 86 percent of diners regularly check menus online. "How often do you update your online menu, where do you update it and how well does it reflect what your guests might expect when they arrive?" Srinivasan said in a blog post. "Either commit to keeping your menu fresh, or post a sample version that's timeless."

Diners were also interested in viewing online images of restaurants before making reservations. She advises restaurants to hire a professional photographer to capture images of main entrees, as well as interior and exterior features to give potential customers a clear impression of what they can expect.

Also worth noting, 85 percent of respondents would like to know table wait times in advance, 83 percent would like to be able to add their names to waitlists prior to arrival and 64 percent would also like to indicate their seating preferences beforehand. In terms of social etiquette, restaurants that google to gain information about guests before they arrive were viewed as "creepy" by about 33 percent of respondents. OpenTable's findings confirmed the relevance of online customer reviews in the restaurant industry. "People are 25 percent more likely to consult reviews from other diners (as 60 percent typically do) than professional critics (48 percent)," Srinivasan said.

Dining, post-dining preferences

OpenTable found that nearly twice as many fine dining patrons set mobile devices aside while consuming their meals than do patrons of full-service, casual restaurants. Still, 25 percent of fine dining patrons stated they use mobile phones to research menu items on site when ordering. Restaurants that scored well in the meal presentation category were rewarded by the 21 percent who said they take mobile snapshots to remember the experience.

Emphasizing the loyalty connection, OpenTable found that 18 percent of diners routinely interact with restaurant loyalty programs using technology. But when it came to downloading mobile apps, only 6 percent were very likely to do so with an individual restaurant, thus opening the door for mobile apps with broader leverage than an individual restaurant is capable of offering.

"Dining out, like virtually every area of life, has been transformed by technology, but in an industry in which hospitality is paramount, it's important to strike the right balance for your restaurant concept," Srinivasan noted. To learn more about the Technology and Dining Out 2015 study and e-book, visit https://go.opentable.com/Technology-and-Dining-Out-ebook.html?mid=2015ebooktechOFB73015&ls=Blog.

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