After a year like 2020, trying to make predictions for the new year definitely feels difficult. However, it’s safe to say that this year has also forced food marketing to adapt – with contactless payments and online delivery systems appearing to be here for the long term. Here’s our top five food marketing trends for 2021…
Trend 1: Sustainability and promoting eat local
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For businesses like restaurants, using locally sourced food can be a major selling point and benefit. As people continue to become more environmentally conscious, it’s a good idea for your business to adopt this approach and promote sustainability. What’s more, 2020 has seen many of us going the extra mile to support local businesses such as restaurants and cafes which is likely to continue into 2021.
Taking a look at where your food is sourced, the energy used in production and trying to reduce waste, are all good places to start.
Trend 2: Communicating choice to customers
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As a result of Covid-19, more businesses in the food and drink industry have been offering no-contact delivery and click & collect services. For this reason, it’s important that you effectively communicate this to your customers so that you stand out in a busy online market.
Make sure you have a strong content plan to deliver important messages and information on your online and social media platforms.
Trend 3: Choosing an effective online delivery system
When planning your marketing strategy for 2021, ensuring your online delivery service runs smoothly is essential. With many restaurants remaining closed, online ordering will continue to be popular as people get accustomed to ordering from their homes.
To avoid the possibility of being bombarded with phone calls, take a look around what’s on offer and carefully consider which online delivery service you use. To learn more, read our previous blog about how to find the right delivery service for you.
Trend 4: Incorporating QR code menus
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With physical menus now being a thing of the past, you may be asking customers to use their own mobile phones to look up your menu in 2021.
Presenting customers with a QR code which allows them to instantly be directed to your online menu is a good way to make this experience as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Trend 5: Using local social media influencers
To build up a strong relationship and sense of trust with your audience, using local social media influencers to promote your business and products is highly effective. These recommendations are honest, unbiased, and real, which potential customers can refer to before they make decisions.
For this reason, collaborating with influencers generates higher engagements and can help your business gain visibility.
If you’re inspired by any of our top 5 food marketing trends for 2021, get in touch with Eat Marketing.