When it comes to bringing real customers into your restaurant, increasingly the best way to reach them is online. Our recent research shows that 78% of people looking for a restaurant include the type of cuisine in their online search. One way to connect with people looking for a local restaurant or pub is to list your business on places like Yelp, Google, Facebook and other popular directories and social platforms.
To ensure your establishment appears when consumers begin their search, here are the top 20 places your restaurant should be listed online.
When you’re hungry in a restaurant, you reach for a menu. When you’re hungry and you need to find a restaurant, you visit Allmenus. This menu-oriented directory includes listings for hundreds of thousands of restaurants, and it’s searched by millions of people each month. Plus, your Allmenus listing will also appear on other top search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Create your Allmenus listing.
2. Bing Places for Business
Over 150 million unique users are searching on Bing for local businesses and services every month, and many of these people are looking for great places to eat. If people aren’t searching on Google, chances are good that they’re searching for your restaurant on Bing. The popular search engine brings together the best of search and people in your social networks to help diners spend less time searching and more time dining.
Create your Bing Places for Business listing.
Citysearch is an excellent network for restaurants, bars and more. It’s free to get a listing and easy to update your profile once you’re listed in their search results. Citysearch also offers city guides for the most popular cities in the United States.
Create your Citysearch listing.
Founded in 2005, CitySquares champions itself as a partner for local, independently owned businesses, including restaurants. It also markets itself as an outlet to help these businesses gain exposure across the Web. Think of this directory as very “hyper-local.” It makes an ideal listing spot for eateries looking to draw drop-in traffic.
Create your CitySquares listing.
DexKnows is a popular online directory that not only showcases your restaurant listing, but provides a way for you to track how your customers engage with your profile so you can monitor your online reputation. This makes it a great place to view customer responses after you’ve unveiled new items.
Create your DexKnows listing.
Facebook is the world’s biggest social network and boasts more than 1 billion users. Create a Facebook Page for your restaurant and add your contact information, enable reviews, post updates, photos, and consider advertising with Social Coupons. Facebook also provides a wonderful way to display images of all those new menu options you want guests to come and try.
Create your Facebook Page.
Not only is Foursquare a popular directory for restaurants, it’s a popular social networking site, too, easily connecting to your Twitter handle. Guests can check in and comment on your restaurant, and this level of interactivity makes them feel like they’re already at the table.
Create your Foursquare listing.
8. Google My Business
Listing your restaurant on Google My Business should be at the top of your priority list. Google outperforms every other search engine by a long shot. In fact, Google receives nearly 6 billion searches per day. In short, when most people start their restaurant search, they start with Google. Listing your business on Google is a great way to get found, and you can even offer links to your menu and reservations on Open Table.
Create your Google My Business listing.
Local.com provides users with targeted, relevant local search results that include special offers from local businesses, user reviews, website links, maps, driving directions and more. The company’s Keyword DNA and patented local web indexing technologies power the site.
Create your Local.com listing.
MapQuest is a web mapping service to help bring local customers right to your restaurant or bar. Trusted by over 27 million drivers, this listing is great for businesses that are trying to get customers off their couch and in the door. Remember, people can’t dine if they can’t find.
Create your MapQuest listing.
Millions of people are turning to LocalStack (formerly MojoPages) to find dining options in their communities since 2006. Update your LocalStack listing to make sure those searching customers find you.
Create your LocalStack listing
Every month, OpenTable diners write 450,000 restaurant reviews. What are they saying about your business? Join the conversation by creating your OpenTable page. The directory listing is worth it for the OpenTable app alone.
Create your OpenTable account.
Superpages is a top online resource for people looking for information about restaurants and eateries in their area. Every month, Superpages helps millions of consumers find valuable restaurant information, from driving directions and hours of operation to Web links and customer reviews. Make sure they can find everything they need for your restaurant.
Create your Superpages listing.
One of the biggest draws of travel is the cuisine, and travelers everywhere use TripAdvisor. In fact, more than 60 million people each month visit the site to research travel opportunities, things to do, places to stay and, yes, places to eat. Once you’ve created your business account, you’ll receive notifications when you get new reviews.
Create your TripAdvisor listing.
Formerly Urbanspoon, Zomato allows you to respond to guest reviews, add photos to your page and update key information about your establishment. Fail to claim your Zomato page and you won’t be able to do any of this. Don’t miss out; claim your page today.
Create your Zomato listing.
16. White Pages
White Pages offers the online equivalent of the white pages phone book. It’s a great way to make your restaurant’s contact information available to over 200 million people in an incredibly efficient manner.
Create your White Pages listing.
17. Yahoo! Local Listing
With news, reviews, ratings, driving directions and interactive maps, the multi-faceted Yahoo! assists over 150 million people with finding local restaurants and eateries. Use Yahoo! to inform and advertise to potential patrons on a number of levels.
Create your Yahoo Local listing.
YP is the online version of a modern-day phone book. Aside from listing your restaurant in an organized directory, YP also offers advertising, lead-generation services and online payment options for a well-rounded experience.
Create your YP listing.
Yelp is one of the ‘go-to’ places on the web for consumers to find a quality restaurant review. If you’re looking to tap into the word-of-mouth advertising world, then Yelp is the perfect place to start. Find out what people are saying about your restaurant today.
Create your Yelp listing.
8coupons collects information from over 500 sources to bring consumers only the deals they care about from their neighborhood restaurants, bars, salons and stores. Local businesses are easily discovered and can access customers in their neighborhoods.
Check your 8coupons listing.
Restaurant patrons search more than 100 different types of cuisine each month so it’s vital that search engines and directories understand what you offer. By highlighting this information (along with location, hours and reviews), you’ll help your business return in search results. Not sure how you show up online? No problem — just run our free directory scan to see where you’re listed today.