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  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • Letter from the HFTP Global President: At the End of the Year, We Reflect on the Best of the Year

    As we prepare to transition to the new HFTP Global board at the 2018 Annual Convention in October, I would like to take the time to reflect on my year serving as HFTP Global president.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

5 Powerful Features For Effective Restaurant Management Systems

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 5 December 2018
When you hear the phrase “restaurant management system,” your head might start spinning. We all know you can’t have just one. From front-of-house to back-of-house, you’re going to need several systems to run an efficient restaurant operation.

How Restaurant Reservation Wars Impact Your Dining Experience

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·28 November 2018
As diners, we have endless possibilities when choosing where to book a restaurant reservation. From discovering new restaurants on third-party booking apps or booking a reservation directly on your favorite restaurant’s website, most of us don’t think how we book will have an impact on the dining experience itself. But, it definitely does.

What is a Restaurant CRM and How Can It Help Boost Your Restaurant's Profits?

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·15 November 2018
A Restaurant CRM system is like a guest database on steroids. It can help you effectively manage the critical guest data that makes personalized service and marketing possible. It's that personalized and relevant touch that makes guests feel special and brings them back for more.

Restaurant Floor Plan: How To Make Yours Work For You

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 6 November 2018
When you first outline a restaurant floor plan, you’re focused on optimizing your operations based on the way you set up your tables.

10 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Restaurant POS System

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 1 November 2018
A restaurant POS system is the cornerstone of a business’ entire operation. For those who aren’t familiar with them, POS stands for point of sale and it’s the system that a bar or restaurant (or any retailer, for that matter) uses to process payments for goods or services. In the bar and restaurant industry, a POS is the system that servers and bartenders use to swipe cards and track cash payments for drinks and meals.

Holiday Promotions: How to Make More Money At Your Restaurant

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·23 October 2018
Holiday promotions give restaurants an opportunity to capitalize on a spending trend every year. But it’s one thing to recognize an opportunity, and another entirely to capitalize on it.

4 Things to Consider when Selecting Your Restaurant Reservation System

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·11 October 2018
For restaurants, your reservation system is perhaps the single most important piece of technology at your property. It’s the operational system, the heart beat of your entire front-of-house operation. That’s why it’s important to understand the differences between reservation systems and how those differences may impact your bottom line.

New fair work schedule laws raise table stakes for restaurateurs, are you still in the game?

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 9 October 2018
A wave of new legislation is sweeping across the United States regulating restaurant scheduling practices and introducing hefty fines for violations. From New York City to San Francisco and municipalities in between, these new fair work schedule laws are forcing restaurants to crack down on when and how they schedule staff–and enforcing legal accountability.

The Future Is Here. Now, Your Guests Can Book Right On Google.

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 9 October 2018
Your guests are googling for “reservations" at your restaurant, and they want to book them fast. The popularity of googling the phrase “reservations nyc” has been on the rise over the past ten years.

This One Instagram Template Is All You Need

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 8 October 2018
One of the hardest things about any task is having to start from scratch. Which is why we made you an Instagram template to jumpstart your restaurant marketing. You have enough going on with your daily operations. Leverage our guide to see (and copy) what leaders in the hospitality space are doing to succeed on instagram.

Viral Marketing Tips for Restaurants: How to Step Up Your Wow Factor

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·26 September 2018
Not exactly breaking news, but there’s now an all out obsession with posting photos of food on social media. This behavior is second nature for millennials and Gen Z. They are shopping for groceries less and spend more time eating out. These young people are unwittingly becoming advertising and branding juggernauts.

Introducing Mobile 4.0: Seven Features To Save Time Every Day

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·19 September 2018
The past few months at SevenRooms, we've been focused on taking a giant leap for 7Rkind toward parity between desktop and mobile. Which is why we're ready to announce the following mobile updates for customers to access today.

Top Social Media Tips To Keep Guests Coming Back to Your Hotel

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·12 September 2018
The way hotel brands interact with guests is changing. “New and older brands are making moves to do away with the beige, interact via apps, double as co-working and social spaces, and score shareable selfie love along the way,” according to The Washington Post.

Diners of the Future: Powering Personalization at Scale

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 4 September 2018
Consumers of today expect technology to enhance, not hinder, their daily lives, and dining out is no different. In fact, over the last decade, guest expectations at restaurants have only risen. But what does that mean for the operators of today?

3 Steps to Market Your Private Dining Using Data

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·15 August 2018
More than 80% of restaurants are using technology to help them run their business. But are they really getting the most out of the tools they use?

4 Keys to the Best Restaurant Websites

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 9 August 2018
The best restaurant websites understand that their online presence is crucial to their success. If you’re reading this post, you do too. Your website is where your business lives online, which is where consumers spend the majority of their time.

5 NYC Restaurant Regulations That You Need to Know

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·30 July 2018
NYC restaurant laws are much less straightforward than the clear growth of income in the U.S. over the past two decades.

How to Drive More Direct Reservations: Restaurant Marketing Tips for Groups

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·25 July 2018
Consider this: A guest is on your restaurant’s marketing website. She’s been told by a coworker about this great place called [your restaurant]. After browsing the menu, she’s ready to book a reservation. But, it’s not that easy — because you don’t have availability. When she gets an error notification, she leaves your site to search for a new restaurant.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·19 July 2018
Let’s set the scene — a guest walks into your hotel restaurant and approaches the hostess stand in hopes of booking a last-minute reservation for that night’s dinner service. Depending on the hospitality management you’re putting to use, things may end up going one of two ways.

How To Reach and Keep Your VIP Guests

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·16 July 2018
While every guest deserves top notch service, a select few may warrant a little extra attention. From stopping by a few times a week to spending hundreds of dollars during each visit, VIP guests can quickly establish themselves as an important part of your business. After all, they have the potential to boost your bottom line.

Chance Encounters of the Hospitality Kind

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·12 July 2018
A Seat at the Table: Interview with SevenRooms Team Member Name: Drew Friedman Role: Customer Success Coordinator First Hospitality Job: Louie's Oyster Bar & Grille Favorite Hidden Gem: Thursday Kitchen Coolest Way A Client Uses 7R: The Burj Al Arab, a Jumeirah Group property in Dubai, has an iPad at the front gate to

Local Search: 5 Ways to Boost Your Restaurant's SEO & Online Visibility

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·10 July 2018
You’ve got the best menu in town. The most instagram-friendly decor. The best staff, delivering an unbeatable guest experience. But you still have to fill your seat with hungry guests.

The Risks of Over-Serving to Visibly Intoxicated Patrons at Restaurants in NYC

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 5 July 2018
The dangers of over-serving alcohol to restaurant, bar or hotel patrons who are already visibly intoxicated cannot be overstated for establishments that are permitted to serve alcohol in New York State. This is not only a legal, but also a risk management issue for any drinking establishment that serves alcohol to its customers.

Getting Your (Reservation System) Priorities Straight

SevenRooms F&B Blog · 3 July 2018
Per cover booking services can certainly help get the job done when it comes to attracting new customers. But all that extra business often comes at a cost – the fees and charges tied to managing your reservation book or using their reservation system can quickly cut into profits.

On the Road at HITEC: Hospitality Management Technologies to Watch

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·27 June 2018
After coming back from four days in Houston for HITEC 2018, it’s apparent that tech in the hospitality sector is hotter than ever. From in-room tablets and app-powered rooms keys, to guest management platforms and secure wi-fi networks, it’s never been a more exciting time to be a hospitality technology company.

Is A Cloud-Based Restaurant POS Right For You?

SevenRooms F&B Blog ·26 June 2018
Point of sale systems (also known as "POS" systems) are the central nervous system of your restaurant, carrying important information from the brain – your restaurant management – to the heart – your restaurant staff – and stomach – your hungry guests.


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