Are you missing a trick?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for social media to be 24 hours. I have had some great comments on it and I think people are starting to wake up to the necessity of it. For those businesses whom do have someone monitoring activity on their social media feeds though, some of you are still missing a trick.

I am an event manager, every time I go to a new restaurant, hotel, or pretty much anywhere I will see if that company has any social media presence and if they do, I will send a “looking forward to dinner at x” or similar.

Now me, if I was managing that businesses Twitter account, I would give the restaurant manager a heads up. My picture is on my Twitter, I have told you I am coming in.. what could be easier? You could hazard a guess that I am going to Tweet after I have eaten there, hopefully give your businesses a glaring FREE plug.. so why aren’t businesses using it this way? Why aren’t they monitoring the people using social media coming into their businesses?

Now, in no way I am saying I deserve extra special treatment because of what I do but what I do think is that people like me are marketing your business for free! It is not costing you anything for me to tell my 2000+ followers what an amazing time I have had in your restaurant, and all I need in return is an extra smile!

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The Cricketers – Cobham

I have been ill for a few days so the thought of going out today for a lovely Sunday lunch was joyful. I ate only one meal yesterday and was starving!!!!!

Off Bradley and I went to The Cricketers in Cobham. We had a table booked and I am glad we did! On arrival the place was packed. We were given a lovely cosy table near the television so we could watch the rugby (joy for Bradley) which was a great view, when the man in the table in front of us decided to sit down! What’s wrong with people?!

Price wise, its not cheap – standard I would say. For some strange reason (and I really hope I am not pregnant) I fancied sausages and mashed potato? I had the Surrey Farm Pork & Apple Sausages (£13.00) and can honestly say, whilst I could only quite manage to eat 1 of the 3 served, I can hand on heart say they were the best sausages I have ever eaten! Sides are priced at £2.95 and I also had 2 Portobello Mushrooms.

Bradley, my creature of habit, had the New York Strip Steak. It was 12oz and quite reasonable at £22.00. Accompanied with a side of sautéed peas & cabbage that were so good, we asked the chef how they were made!

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Every single member of staff we encountered were amazing. From the first person to greet us to our waitress whom asked if we wanted pudding and when we declined promptly brought the bill and took payment quickly. Maybe they needed the table back, maybe they were just efficient but we loved it. I hate asking for the bill only to have to wait 30 minutes for it. Our bill came to £55.00 in total as Bradley had a couple of beers. Quite reasonable I think.

I have just passed on a recommendation to the family and I am looking forward to going back when I feel better and can sample some of the wine!