Time and time again, the best way to bring more customers into your restaurant is by finding them online. What’s better is letting those customers find your restaurant online instead. In order for this to happen your restaurant needs to be listed everywhere online. Every directory and citation could lead to new customers finding you online and coming to your restaurant.
The best thing is you usually only need to do this once. While you will get more out of most of these directories if you’re active on them, simply setting up a listing in the first place is hugely beneficial.
Here is a list of the top 18 places that you need to list your restaurant online today. Take the time to setup each one, it’s worth it!
Yelp is one of the ‘go-to’ places on the web for consumers to find a quality restaurant review. If you’re looking to tap into the word-of-mouth advertising world, then Yelp is the perfect place to start. Find out what people are saying about your restaurant today.
Create your Yelp listing.
Formerly Urbanspoon, Zomato allows you to respond to guest reviews, add photos to your page and update key information about your establishment. Fail to claim your Zomato page and you won’t be able to do any of this. Don’t miss out; claim your page today.
Create your Zomato listing.
One of the biggest draws of travel is the cuisine, and travelers everywhere use TripAdvisor. In fact, more than 60 million people each month visit the site to research travel opportunities, things to do, places to stay and, yes, places to eat. Once you’ve created your business account, you’ll receive notifications when you get new reviews.
Create your TripAdvisor listing.
Yellow Pages is where people find new restaurants, which restaurants are trending and find coupons and deals.
Create your Yellow Pages listing.
With news, reviews, ratings, driving directions and interactive maps, the multi-faceted Yahoo! assists over 150 million people with finding local restaurants and eateries. Use Yahoo! to inform and advertise to potential patrons on a number of levels.
Create your Yahoo listing.
Facebook is the world’s biggest social network and boasts more than 1 billion users. Create a Facebook Page for your restaurant and add your contact information, enable reviews, post updates, photos, and consider advertising. Facebook also provides a wonderful way to display images of all those new menu options you want guests to come and try.
Create your Facebook listing.
AGFG has long been acknowledged as Australia’s most comprehensive Restaurant, Accommodation and Travel authority. Established in 1977, AGFG has complemented the tourism and hospitality industry in Australia through the transition from traditional print to websites & apps. People around Australia are using AGFG as their main source of restaurant, accommodation and travel information. The Australian Good Food Guide targets individuals with high disposable incomes and a desire for quality products. Constantly seeking the most from life and at the forefront of trends and style, our readers invest heavily in updating and enhancing their lifestyles.
Create your AGFG listing.
Every month, OpenTable diners write 450,000 restaurant reviews. What are they saying about your business? Join the conversation by creating your OpenTable page. The directory listing is worth it for the OpenTable app alone.
Create your OpenTable listing.
Superpages is a top online resource for people looking for information about restaurants and eateries in their area. Every month, Superpages helps millions of consumers find valuable restaurant information, from driving directions and hours of operation to Web links and customer reviews. Make sure they can find everything they need for your restaurant.
Create your Superpages listing.
When you’re hungry in a restaurant, you reach for a menu. When you’re hungry and you need to find a restaurant, you visit Allmenus. This menu-oriented directory includes listings for hundreds of thousands of restaurants, and it’s searched by millions of people each month. Plus, your Allmenus listing will also appear on other top search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Create your Allmenus listing.
Over 150 million unique users are searching on Bing for local businesses and services every month, and many of these people are looking for great places to eat. If people aren’t searching on Google, chances are good that they’re searching for your restaurant on Bing. The popular search engine brings together the best of search and people in your social networks to help diners spend less time searching and more time dining.
Create your Bing listing.
Citysearch is an excellent network for restaurants, bars and more. It’s free to get a listing and easy to update your profile once you’re listed in their search results. Citysearch also offers city guides for the most popular cities in the United States.
Create your Citysearch listing.
Not only is Foursquare a popular directory for restaurants, it’s a popular social networking site, too, easily connecting to your Twitter handle. Guests can check in and comment on your restaurant, and this level of interactivity makes them feel like they’re already at the table.
Create your Foursquare listing.
MapQuest is a web mapping service to help bring local customers right to your restaurant or bar. Trusted by over 27 million drivers, this listing is great for businesses that are trying to get customers off their couch and in the door. Remember, people can’t dine if they can’t find.
Create your MapQuest listing.
TheFork (formerly Dimmi): Find and book a table anywhere in Australia and receive instant confirmation of your booking! TheFork is the first restaurant discovery and booking platform, available in 22 countries! You can get now a customized page for free visible on all devices. TheFork teams work alongside 80,000 restaurants for more than 13 years to grow their business providing free trainings, expert advice and customer support.
Create your The Fork listing.
White Pages offers the online equivalent of the white pages phone book. It’s a great way to make your restaurant’s contact information available to over 200 million people in an incredibly efficient manner.
Create your Whitepages listing.
Local.com provides users with targeted, relevant local search results that include special offers from local businesses, user reviews, website links, maps, driving directions and more. The company’s Keyword DNA and patented local web indexing technologies power the site.
Create your Local listing.
Google My Business
Listing your restaurant on Google My Business should be at the top of your priority list. Google outperforms every other search engine by a long shot. In fact, Google receives nearly 6 billion searches per day. In short, when most people start their restaurant search, they start with Google. Listing your business on Google is a great way to get found, and you can even offer links to your menu and reservations on Open Table.
Create your Google My Business listing.
It’s important, especially for local businesses, to be listed everywhere they can be. You never know when and where someone is going to be looking for your restaurant tomorrow so don’t wait. The more exposure your restaurant has online the more successful you will be.
This blog is inspired and partially written by our friends at Restaurant Den.