New Menu Item: Good Idea or Total Waste?
With limited space to convey the details of your restaurant’s menu, you have to be picky about what makes it to print. Upserve’s restaurant menu analytics can tell you whether a given dish is bolstering your bottom line or if it’s a drag on resources. Furthermore, you can use our restaurant menu software to determine which 80 percent of your restaurant’s food sales are coming from which 16 percent of menu items. Think: seven options per category (and don’t go too crazy with categories).
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Once you’ve run the numbers on each menu item with our restaurant menu management software tools, use what you’ve learned to determine top promotional opportunities. Instruct servers to talk up menu items (especially entrees) that you know bring customers back and have bigger profit margins vs those that may be really popular but aren’t your repeat guests’ favorites.
How Do Specific Servers Affect Specific Menu Item Sales?
There are certain situations where it makes sense to compare menu item performance across more than one dimension. If you’ve ever wondered, “How does a particular server influence the sales of a given menu item”, you’ll be excited to know that we can provide an answer with actual sales figures.
Menu engineering on it’s own isn’t effective without staff training. Upserve connects your menu’s performance with server performance. You can see who is lagging on selling the special and who is a superstar, so one could coach the other and deliver better results. Empower your management decisions with Upserve’s user-friendly insights.
How Does Menu Design Affect Sales?
Through a study that analyzed millions of transactions from restaurants around the country, ranging from quick service to full service (and a whole lot of extra research on top of that!), we learned a lot about what works—and what works against you—when it comes to menu design.
Here are some of the most intriguing insights:
- One photo next to a menu item increases sales by 30%. To avoid going overboard, try adding one menu item photo per page of your menu.
- The Center for Hospitality Research found that people spend significantly more at restaurants where menus do not include dollar signs. So instead of charging “$15.00” for that pasta, you’re better off listing it as “15.00”, or even just “15”. Best yet, don’t draw any attention to price—“nest” the price discreetly after each menu item’s description.
- Use the concept of anchoring to invoke comparison with your most expensive menu items at the top of the list. Subsequent menu items will look like a great value in comparison, helping you to sell more of them.
- Speaking of which, use detailed descriptions to improve the perception of value. Capture attention with a little textual food porn. Evocative, suggestive dish names can increase sales by as much as 25%. And people seem to appreciate a description broaching on novel status: Longer menu descriptions sell 30% more food.