Best Practices – Customer Service

Restaurants are the most sensitive and frequent when we talk about Customer Services. We conducted a survey among people who are frequent restaurant customers. We drew some conclusions about what are the factors to which restaurant customers never compromise with. There are many things which depends on individual perception but still there are some common abstract wants of customers which force them to choose a restaurant and rate it among top 5 of their choices.

1. A fresh clean and advanced ambiance
2. Technological advancements
3. Response of service man for their entries
4. Attentiveness on their queries
5. Of-course quality and taste of nourishment available viz. dishes, recipes, beverages

Well, about the 1., 3. and 5., they are achievable. The challenges are 2. and 4. How will you be sure as a restaurant owner that you are one step ahead from lower brands and quite equivalent to top brands? It’s not that easy to analyse your services on practical grounds by going table to table and watch how your waiters will respond to your customer’s queries. You have to invest time in training waiters about menu item details, ingredients, communication etc. How about separating waiters from menu description job by introducing and achieving our Point 2. that is technological advancement. Which means converting the menu in digital form with recipe images, descriptions, orders, up-selling. By doing this your waiters will be less bothered in remembering the menu and will focus on fast services and quick responses to each table/ customer.

Electronic menu
Tablets in Restaurants improves services

Here are some accessories to decorate your customer services:

a)  Do ask for Customer Feedback
b) Use Social Media to enhance Customer Service
c) Be responsible and responsive
d) Play around with your menus – The menu should always have some thing new offers/ deals, combos which can be modified easily and frequently. They actually fascinate the customers
e) Always Follow Up on Customer’s problems

Good Luck!

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