Diners of quick service restaurants (QSRs) and fast-casual restaurants want to have deeper, more unique relationships with brands in a highly competitive space. As marketers, we need to leverage data to identify the best diners and engage them with relevant messaging at the right time, in the right place and through the right media to sustain their loyalty and increase their visits.
There’s been a lot of recent press about quick service restaurants (QSRs) and the advancements in technology that are attributed to well performing loyalty programs. As we learned through an online study of 400 millennials conducted by Epsilon, QSR customers crave convenience. The ability to pre-order is the primary driver of increased visits in addition to the speed in which the food is prepared and available. Mobile ordering continues to gain traction along with the desire to be rewarded for patronage and loyalty.
Engaging customers is hard. There are more than 30 billion mobile moments happening every day in the U.S. according to research from Forrester Research, Inc. And marketers must be ready to meet customers in these moments and deliver compelling experiences that will engender loyalty. This is especially true for quick serve and fast casual restaurant (QSR) operators – whose customers are inherently on-the-go and whose business model limits the amount of in-person and online interactions with customers.