As one of the necessities of life, food makes for a wonderful business. From grocery stores to restaurants, you can’t walk a block without stumbling upon some sort of food or dining establishment.
If you’re a person who runs one of these restaurants, you’re constantly looking for ways to market your business beyond the regular website and promotional ideas.
Luckily, building a restaurant mobile app is not only easy, but it offers an incredible way to market to your customers, bring in more reservations and share things like coupons and menu items.
The cool thing about the restaurant business is that designers and app resellers have a huge market they can tap into quite easily. Not only that, but it’s a more fluid task during the selling process when you can tell potential clients that you only focus on restaurants.
Therefore, keep reading to learn more about building the perfect restaurant mobile app.
Hammer Down the Restaurant App’s Appearance
Start the process by going to the iBuildApp template area. A full restaurant category gives you all of the options ranging from fast food apps to coffee houses. Select the most appropriate restaurant template. Remember that you can change around branding, colors and stuff like that.
Select the Layout tab in the design module. This delivers options for deciding on which buttons and tabs you would like to show up on the restaurant mobile app. For example, you might adjust the text in some of those buttons or decide to have different links in the footer.
You can also click on the Design tab to modify some of the default template items.
Feel free to upload your company logo, select a background that fits your brand and change the splash screen. There’s also a color scheme module towards the bottom for achieving the ideal look for the restaurant app.
Fill in the Restaurant Information
Moving back to the Layout tab, resellers can designate the features that all of the buttons link to on the homepage.
One of the tabs in the footer leads to an About page, while another is for the contact information. Whether you have quick call features or simple pages for contact information, all of these details must be filled in for your clients to be happy with the app. For example, you can link up the Google Maps feature to show the exact location of the restaurant.
Filling out all of the restaurant information means obtaining the information from the restaurant. For example, you’ll want everything from the staff bios to the directions and pictures of food to how the restaurant got started.
Give Customers Mobile Ordering and Reservation Tools
Sometimes you’re trying to offer food ordering through the mobile app, but some restaurants make most of their money through sitdown reservations. Regardless, you have the ability to do both. Many of the templates already have the right features built into the app.
For example, our Burger Joint mobile app has a button called Reservations.
It’s a simple form that states the business hours along with fields for specifying the date, time and number of people for the reservation.
After that, all of the reservations are shown on the iBuildApp dashboard for management.
Coupons and Push Notifications
A Coupons feature is an easy way to have a page for your most recent promotions. However, most of these coupons aren’t going to see the light of day unless you send out push notifications. This basically lets people know about the promotions, often prompting immediate foot traffic during the lunch or dinner hour.
Don’t Forget the Menu
Once again, all iBuildApp restaurant themes are going to have the Menu feature included already. But you can also add this on your own.
You have the option to create a complete menu through one homepage button, or you could break it down into things like Burgers, Sides, Drinks, etc.
Adding a new menu item requires you to upload imagery of the menu item, along with product details, the name of the item and the price.
Now that we’ve learned how to build the perfect restaurant mobile app, let us know in the comments section if you have any questions. Have you started selling mobile apps to restaurants?