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Matthew Johnson: Bare-Bones Drive-Thru

August 19, 2021 / by Matthew Johnson posted in Drive-Thru, Menu Boards, Matthew Johnson, Drive-Thru Accessories, Expert Insights

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As consumer behaviors adjust and many businesses find success with their drive-thru lanes, is your brand ready to add a drive-thru to your locations(s)? There are numerous solutions and accessories to consider, but getting started with drive-thru essentials is also an option!

The top three components of a drive-thru are explained in the 'Bare-Bones Drive-Thru' video, which can be found below with Matthew Johnson, Inside Sales Manager: North America West.

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Jim Reeder: The Benefits of Adding Presell Boards

August 5, 2021 / by Jim Reeder posted in Drive-Thru, Jim Reeder, Drive-Thru Accessories, Expert Insights

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The Howard Company did a social media survey that asked the question, 'Before entering a restaurant's drive-thru, how often do you know your exact order?' The answer options were 'Always, Sometimes, Rarely, and Never.' With 51 total participants, 37 individuals (73%) voted 'Sometimes, Rarely, or Never,' and only 14 individuals (27%) voted 'Always.'

In our small sample, nearly three-quarters of drive-thru customers say they do not know their exact order beforehand. At the same time, they choose the drive-thru for convenience and speed of service. This indecision hints at how important it is to present items before customers reach the main menu board—giving guests time to make a decision, upselling, and cross-selling with special, limited-time offers. The Howard Company designs presell boards for these scenarios.

Jim Reeder talks more in-depth about the top three reasons businesses should include a presell board in their drive-thru(s) in the video titled 'The Benefits of Adding Presell Boards.'

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Matthew Johnson: Increasing Drive-Thru Sales with Digital Menu Boards

July 14, 2021 / by Matthew Johnson posted in Digital, Drive-Thru, Menu Boards, Matthew Johnson, Expert Insights

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Imagine having the opportunity to upsell or cross-sell to each customer that enters the drive-thru. By showcasing limited-time offers, high-margin menu items, personalized recommendations, and other attention-drawing details on drive-thru digital menu boards, restaurants can enhance guest experience and increase sales. Managers don't have to worry about reminding drive-thru order takers to upsell consistently, and operators will be excited about the additional revenue.


In 'Increasing Drive-Thru Sales with Digital Menu Boards,' Matthew Johnson, Inside Sales Manager: North America West, highlights specific digital menu board strategies that have lead to positive outcomes. View the video here:

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Matthew Johnson: Reaching More Customers with Drive-Thru and Pickup

April 19, 2021 / by Matthew Johnson posted in Drive-Thru, Matthew Johnson, Drive-Thru Accessories, Curbside Pickup, Expert Insights

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Wondering how to promote your brand's drive-thru and curbside pickup services? Along with digital communication channels such as social media accounts and loyalty apps, there are many other solutions to consider. When customized to your business, they are designed to increase guest traffic.

In the video below, Matthew Johnson, Inside Sales Manager: North America West, talks about a variety of different branding opportunities to drive more sales to the drive-thru and curbside pickup.

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Why Are So Many Brands Showcasing Future Drive-Thru Designs?

March 9, 2021 / by Gary Kurtz posted in Drive-Thru, Restaurants, Gary Kurtz, Expert Insights

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An intriguing public relations trend that many major restaurant chains have jumped on in the last few months is publishing images of their "drive-thru of the future." The renderings are sometimes flashy and futuristic, and the headlines tell the tale of 2020. But there is a lot more going on than what is indicated by the headlines. 

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