With over 25,981 daily views of this blog per day during the month of November, 2017 the team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® understands the value of digital, visceral, enabled foodservice. While our Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson has been called a ‘influencer, thought leader, and of course Grocerant expert he reminds us not to forget the power of Instragram.
According to Bon Appetit, influencers can, and often do, “make” restaurants. A wave of Instagram posts about the milkshakes at Black Tap Burgers in New York’s Soho led to a Buzzfeed story with more than 2 million views, hours-long lines, and a feature on ABC’s “The Chew.”
Farmers, packers, grower/shippers can take some lessons from the trend and apply them to their own marketing and visual story telling. The next time you are developing materials that include photos, think about it through the Instagram lens and ask yourself: is this picture Instagram-worthy?
You are reading our blog and time and time again I get asked for copies of the food photo’s on our blog. Instagram is changing foodservice from fine dining to food trucks. Drool-worthy photos are offering a new way to form connections, evoke emotions and share experiences.
We read how Ben Walton of Ben’s Canteen in the UK is just one restauranteur embracing Instagram. “It’s a good way to check whether we’re resonating with our crowd. If people are posting lots of pictures, we know we’re doing something right,” Walton told The Independent.
While some may scratch their heads in astonishment at the “Instagram effect,” a look at the trends behind the trend reveals it makes a lot of sense. First, food and drink have always been a way to form connections. How is your brand becoming more participatory and interactive with consumers?
From holiday family dinners to first dates, sharing a meal is a bonding experience as old as time. Layer onto this a generation of digital natives who form connections not through face-to-face interactions, but digitally Millennials and Gen Z are less trustful of traditional institutions (businesses, government, and even NGOs) than previous ones. Remember a picture is worth 1000 words.
Today’s Millennials and Gen Z trust peers and people who they see as “like themselves” and are therefore viewed as more authentic and credible. Add all of this together and you can feel the Instagram momentum build.
So who is doing the Instagramming? It’s your kids, that babysitter you hired and just about anybody under the age of 35. Next time you’re out to dinner, watch a table of millennials: before they taste or even smell their food, they’re snapping pictures.
Millennials curate their identity through social media, and Instagram is one of those avenues. In recent years we have seen the rise of a new persona in the culinary world: the social media influencer. What new avenues of distribution are you selling your food? Where are your customers?
Do your food marketing tactics look more like yesterday that tomorrow? Visit www.FoodserviceSolutions.us for more information or contact: Steve@FoodserviceSolutions.us Remember success does leave clues and we just may the clue you need to propel your continued success.