The major thing missing from most restaurant brands

Restaurant Branding and Marketing missing element

In my time at the helm of Vigor, I’ve encountered many restaurants from small startups to large multi-national behemoths. In these encounters, the conversations inevitably end up in the golden question, “How do we get more traffic and sales?” As if it were a magical switch in a dark room that someone only needed to […]

Welcome JP Myler, Marketing Strategist

JP joined the Vigor team earlier this year to head up the marketing strategy for our key client accounts. Since joining the team, JP has played integral roles in building the brands across marketing channels for companies like eegee’s and Erik’s DeliCafé. Her keen sense of what’s trending and your ability to “listen” to data […]

What’s the ROI of Restaurant Branding?

The ROI of restaurant branding

It’s a Tricky Question Whether Vigor is creating a new restaurant brand from scratch or evolving one with plenty of history, there’s a question we get asked from time to time which is on the mind of every business owner: what is the return on investment for a branding project? I’ll admit, the last time […]

Using Social Media to Attract Top Restaurant Talent

Let’s flip the script in this article. It’s no secret that employers look at applicant’s social media profiles before calling for an interview. But if you are leading a brand right now and/or in charge of marketing your company to attract employees, go look at any of your social handles right now. No, seriously, I’ll […]

3 Keys to Successful Restaurant Branding

Don’t worry, I won’t start this off with “a logo isn’t branding.” We’re going to presume that you know that already. Instead, I’m going unveil the critical elements of successful restaurant branding and how you can use them starting right now. Here are three keys to pushing your restaurant branding efforts forward: 1. Build the restaurant […]

Eater.com Article: The Blobs Have Come for Restaurant Design

Color Blobs design trend article on Eater

We recently had the honor of chatting with Gray Chapman, author/journalist who wrote a piece on the “color blob” design trend in restaurants. It was a great discussion with some points she included in the article found here: Eater.com. I wanted to expound upon the commentary a bit more. Restaurant design is certainly vulnerable to […]

2018’s Restaurant Instagram Wins

Instagram wins from Vigor clients

Happy New Year everyone! As we look back at 2018, we took notice to some of our clients who were absolutely exceptional at leveraging Instagram. Instagram offers so much value as a long-form ongoing storytelling platform that increases your brand’s reach and ability to optimize frequency. It’s THE best way to tell your story day-in […]

Joseph lends his restaurant branding expertise to Vox & Washingtonian

Joseph chimes in on Vox.com and The Washingtonian

Principal, Joseph Szala, lends his expertise to two articles about restaurant branding and naming. The first article discusses the nuances of restaurant naming and how it pertains to a new fast casual restaurant in Washington, DC. The second, published on Vox, speculates the real reasons for Hooters’ decline. Is it the uniform? The format? Millennials’ […]

Revolutionizing Restaurant Brand Experiences – Joseph’s talk at the FED Summit

Revolutionizing the restaurant brand experience - Joseph's FED talk

I had the honor of speaking to a fantastic group of food service and equipment professionals this September in Chicago, Illinois. The focus of my talk was on the future, distant and near, of restaurant brand experiences, and how they’re changing. From bots to 3D printed food, I posed serious questions on the roles of our […]

How to brand a restaurant

Before learning how to brand a restaurant, you first have to know the definition of branding. There is an astounding amount of misconception surrounding what “branding” actually means. Professionals in the creative industry are some of the worst offenders. “We’ll do your branding” and “we branded that restaurant” are phrases you hear and read often… […]