Journal of Tourism Research & Hospitality ISSN: 2324-8807

Research Article, J Tourism Res Hospitality Vol: 7 Issue: 2

Marketing Strategies for Independent Restaurants in Philadelphia, USA

Baiomy AE1* and Jenkins WY2

1Department of Hotel Management, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

2The School District of Philadelphia’s Opportunity Network and Innovation Network, USA

*Corresponding Author : Baiomy AE
Department of Hotel Management, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: August 24, 2017 Accepted: March 07, 2018 Published: March 13, 2018

Citation: Baiomy AE, Jenkins WY (2018) Marketing Strategies for Independent Restaurants in Philadelphia, USA. J Tourism Res Hospitality 7:2. doi: 10.4172/2324-8807.1000185

Abstract

Although the restaurant industry is the second biggest employer in the United States, 67% of restaurant owners fail during the first 3 years of operation. This study aims to identify marketing strategies used by small independent restaurants in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Twelve semi-structured interviews were used from three restaurants for this study. NVivo 10 was used to analyze the data and generate themes. Two marketing strategy themes emerged: blogging and using the point of sale system; employee engagement and upselling. Implications for positive social change such as business development opportunities were created. Results from this study show small, independent restaurant owners must develop stakeholder strategies to support annual strategic initiatives and assist in accomplishing opportunities for growth.

Keywords: Marketing strategies; The point of sale system; Employee engagement and upselling; Independent restaurants

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