Christmas is coming and here at Flipdish we want to share our Christmas promotion ideas to grow online orders for your food business this festive season. To celebrate the season of giving, our “12 Tips of Christmas” will give you some creative ideas to help you to increase your online orders this Christmas and New Year.

It’s the time of year when people spend a lot of money on food, so take advantage and attract new and old customers to spend money online using our Christmas restaurant advertising tips.


12 Restaurant Tips of Christmas

1. Run a competition

Hold a contest for everyone who places an order through the app in December, rewarding them with a cool prize e.g. gift hamper, or by creating and sending them a digital discount code. To see all your December orders, run a detailed Sales Report filtered to December.

2. Reward your best customers

Spread the joy this Christmas by rewarding your best customers. Run a User Report to see your top users for the year and wow your top customers with a Christmas gift. You can text them or even send them a nice Christmas card, after all you do have their address! Gifts could include a voucher code, free meal or a gift voucher. You’ll be spreading the joy this Christmas, while creating some invaluable word of mouth marketing buzz!

3. Add a Christmas menu item

Create a unique Christmas dish that will even get your regulars to come to your restaurant more during the festive season. Announce these new limited editions on Facebook, so your fans know to come in to try the new seasonal dishes.

4. Create an online Christmas offer

Create a special Christmas meal deal e.g. “Festive Feast” available online only in December.  Make the most of December trends, like post shopping munchies, tie in with local events e.g. Christmas Fair or create group meals that can be shared between family and friends.  Get in touch on [email protected] if you want to add new menu options.

5. Sell online gift cards

Create a new Christmas section in your menu and sell Christmas Gift Cards to celebrate the season of giving.  Set up a Flipdish Credit Note voucher which you can then give out as a gift card. Get in touch on [email protected] to add this.

6. Target your Christmas offers

Offer a Christmas hamper online, for example, the perfect gift to your child’s teacher or your Secret Santa in work. Or create a meal deal targeted towards a specific time of the festive season e.g. “Christmas Party Recovery Hero”.

7. Advertise that you cater for staff Christmas parties

Make the most of the festive cheer and offer lunch and evening group or catering menus, geared towards local offices, shops and group gatherings.

8. Use Christmas images

Add some Christmas cheer to your menu with fun Christmas images, and update your food pictures to be relevant to this time of year e.g. focus on warm, hearty dishes with rich colours.

9. Christmas themed social media content

Make it easy for shoppers to share your Christmas promotions. Make a fun Christmas Video to promote your Christmas content and deals, that your customers will want to share online.

10. Give thanks to your loyal customers

Promote your online loyalty program at a time when diners eat out a lot and why not reward them with automated Flipdish loyalty campaigns.

11. Send your customers a happy Christmas message

Stand out from the crowd by sending your customers a personal Christmas greeting. Push notifications are a quick, and no cost way of doing this for your app users.

12. Think about the month after Christmas

Don’t let your business or your customers suffer from those post Christmas blues. January is a time of tight budgets, so create a good value January deal or share a discount code to encourage those orders to keep on coming.

Happy online ordering from the Flipdish team!

Want to increase online orders and app downloads? Get in touch with our Customer Success Team on [email protected]

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