As the impact of the coronavirus is felt by more and more businesses around the world, restaurants will be particularly affected by the crisis. The need for social distancing has meant that many have already had to close their dining rooms, with many more expected to do so in the coming weeks and months. However, at the time this post was written, many national, regional and local governments are still allowing restaurants to continue operating in a take-away or delivery capacity. 

STEP 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR ONLINE ORDERING SYSTEM OPTIONS 

There are lots of online ordering systems and delivery solutions designed specifically for restaurants, and if a customer is already locked in with one there’s no reason to ‘reinvent the wheel’ on account of the coronavirus. However, if you have restaurant customers that are just setting up online ordering for the first time, it is worth understanding at least the big differences in the approaches of these platforms and services.

A couple benefits of these platforms:

  • They come with a built-in user base for your customers to access right away, which may be particularly useful during coronavirus.
  • They provide a 3rd-party delivery service so your customers don’t have to manage their own delivery staff.

Though these online ordering and delivery solutions are convenient for both restaurateurs and their customers alike, they do take a portion of revenue from each sale by the restaurant owner. However some of them, such as Uber Eats, have started to waive delivery fees for independent restaurants across the U.S. and Canada due to the ongoing crisis. Similarly, GrubHub announced it is temporarily suspending collection of up to $100 million in commission payments from impacted independent restaurants nationwide.

Standalone Online Ordering & POS Systems Like ChowNow & GloriaFood

Solutions like Buenappetit offer commission-free online ordering systems and some services such as Toast also include the hardware for a POS specifically designed for restaurants. For detailed information on these and other online ordering systems, we recommend this SmallBizTrends article that goes into 10 of these solutions in detail.

These solutions do not include a delivery service, so this may be something you want to discuss with your restaurant customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

STEP 2: ADD AN ONLINE ORDERING SYSTEM TO A WEBSITE

Duda partners can essentially take four different routes to integrate an online ordering system into a restaurant website. 

Option #1: Add a CTA Button That Links to 3rd-Party Solution

This is the simplest option for adding online ordering to your store. To add a CTA with a deep link to a profile in an app or another 3rd-party online service, simply drag it into the desired place on the site from the Widgets menu and add your link. 

STEP 3: PROMOTE THE NEW DELIVERY OR TAKE-AWAY SERVICE

Every digital marketer knows the everyday challenges of trying to have your desired message breakthrough, but this is even more challenging when consumers everywhere are flooded with information about a global pandemic. A strong social media presence, a regular drumbeat of content (e.g. blog posts, videos, social posts with updates, etc.) and accurate, current information on a website will be needed to keep customers engaged and primed to fill dining rooms when the crisis subsides. 

Here are a few guides and resources we think are helpful for digital agencies and solutions providers that need to help restaurant customers communicate effectively to their guests during the COVID-19 outbreak.

SUMMING UP

The COVID-19 pandemic is a life-altering event for everyone and Duda is dedicated to helping our partners and web professionals everywhere boost their customers’ businesses during this challenging time. Times are tough, but we’ll get through this together. 

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