The Menuat Team is heading to Chicago this week for the National Restaurant Association Show. We will join the 2,000 other exhibiting companies and more than 44,000 attendees for the four day show at McCormick Place. This is Menuat’s first time at the NRA Show and the team is eager to get on the show floor and check out the newest restaurant technology. We will be exhibiting from booth 10423 in the Lakeside Center.
Menuat will be offering a free mobile app for iOS and Android for NRA attendees who sign up for Digital Signage service.
If you would like to schedule a one-on-one demo with a member of the team, click here or call (904) 495-0616 x703.
The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee installed Menuat’s Digital Menu Solution for their Bongo Java Cafe opening next week. The cafe is the newest addition to the Museum which has been open for about a year.
The cafe inside the museum will feature innovative beverages, bagels, and sandwiches. Bongo Java is a Nashville staple with six other locations around the city and became famous in 1996 when a cinnamon bun was baked that resembled Mother Theresa.
The Museum opened on Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway about a year ago and has received Gem rating from AAA. Founder Bill Miller and his wife Shannon, worked in conjunction with The Cash Family to provide visitors an intimate look into the life and career of Johnny Cash. This is the only museum dedicated to Johnny Cash that has been authorized and endorsed by The Cash Family.
Last weekend Menuat’s design team, got a sneak peak of the Cafe while visiting the museum in Nashville.
Robyn Mooney, Owner of City Coffee Co. in Saint Augustine, Florida shares her experiences with Menuat’s Digital Menu Service.
City Coffee Co. has had Digital Menus and an Events Board from Menuat for about a year. We recently added a third monitor to their menus and added Instagram integration during their annual redesign. Their full menu is available here.
Meet Menuat’s new Customer Support Specialist, Zak Roberts!
Menuat CEO, Jeff Charette gave a keynote address during IBM’s InterConnect Conference at “An Unexpected Evening of Big Data & Analytics”. In case you missed it live, below is a recording of his keynote and the launch of MenuatGo.
MenuatGo provides customers with everything they need to get started with Digital Menu Boards at an accessible price.
Perfectly suited for independent restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars, retail stores and more.
Independent business owners understand more than anyone, the need to be more efficient, more flexible, and more profitable.
Save Time | Save Money | Increase Sales
Menuat Players work with any 1080 x 1920 HD TV and are WIFI capable.
Use our Cloud-based menu management system to update your menu in real-time from anywhere in the world – adjust prices, add or remove menu items, change out your daily or weekly specials – do whatever you want because you are in control.
Setup is simple. You pick a design from our gallery and we build your menu. Once your menu is built, we ship you your Menuat Player(s). Plug it in to your TV, connect to your internet, and your menu is live!
Sign up for MenuatGo today by calling (904) 495-0616 ext. 1 or email us.
Menuat was created to deliver powerful, affordable, and easy to use digital menus to independent restaurants. From the beginning, our passion has been about delivering the power of the Internet to restaurants by connecting the physical environment to the digital world of consumers.
The Menuat Team is in San Diego for RFMA2105. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by Booth 1330 and talk to Jeff about the Cost Savings of Digital Menu Boards. We are also offering discounted design and development on multiple locations!
Menuat will be exhibiting at The Restaurant Facilities Management Annual Show in San Diego in February 1-3. This is Menuat’s first time as an exhibitor at RFMA but it is not our first year attending. We will be running a fantastic trade show special for multiple units as well as a giveaway for Attendees who book an appointment with us through the RMFA Attendee Services Center.
RFMA or The Restaurant Facilities Management Association’s mission is to “advance industry awareness of facilities management, while promoting professional and ethical standards to serve customers with added value.”
Adding a video stream or advanced animations to Digital Menu Boards, if done effectively can boost engagement while cutting perceived queue time. However, if the animation or video is too busy and distracting, it can birth rage in hungry patrons.
There are infinite ways to attack this beast. The type of video or animation being added will make or break your customers’ experience. You want to animation to be relatively subtle, enticing and most importantly supportive to the material you’re trying to promote. If your animation upstages your menu content, customers’ attention is focused on the animation rather than the actual messaging.
With that being said, using a subtle animation or a dedicated portion of one of your monitors to display promotional videos that support your menu content can be extremely beneficial. The key is to finding the balance in infotainment. You want the customer to be entertained, but even more importantly, you want them to be informed of the action you want them to take, may it be up-selling on drinks, purchasing featured menu items etc.
Lets take up-selling drink purchases as an example. You’re trying to sell more soft drinks, adding a video or animation in a promotional section of your board of a frosty cold soda gently fizzing is extremely enticing. However, if the soda flies across the whole screen with a blazing comet trail behind it, it is extremely distracting. It may be entertaining, but it is distracting from the other menu content. You want the sale from the promotion to be in addition to what the customer was already going purchase, resulting in a higher ticket value. When the customer is browsing the menu and suddenly the monitors are taken over by a giant flaming soda, the customer has to wait for the animation to finish before they can make a decision on what to order.
Here are a couple of examples from Menuat’s Design Team of subtle animations and video clips that support menu content.Schedule a Demo with Menuat Today!
The Kookaburra, a Saint Augustine staple for coffee and Aussie Pies, opened the doors to their second location in Saint Augustine last week.
The Kookaburra- Downtown Saint Augustine
As one of Menuat’s clients, The Kookaburra’s owners are able to actively respond to the seasonal demand that comes with operating a business in a tourist destination. The Kookaburra is located right in the heart of Saint Augustine’s Historic District and uses Menuat’s Instagram integration feature to engage with their customers.
The Kookaburra’s customers spend more time looking at their menu as the photos rotate, resulting in up-selling and suggestive selling of menu offerings.
Managing Partner, Spencer Hooker, states that “The Kookaburra has enjoyed a marked increase in sales after switching out our chalkboards for digital menu boards. The organization of the menu, the legibility of the display, the speed of updating our offerings and the ease of use have all served to streamline our operations and queue management. The menu boards have paid for themselves several times over.”