Tis the season for gift cards, parties, catering and employee appreciation
The holiday season is quickly approaching. Will your pizzeria be ready? Capitalize on the holiday season at your pizzeria. Between November and January is an extremely busy time. Three of the busiest days at pizzerias are the day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The past few years of uncertainty and monster sales days on any given Friday have prepared you well for the busiest day rushes. Are you ready for the holiday’s big four: gift cards, parties, catering and employee appreciation. We’ve pulled together tips and resources for you to dive deeper into the holiday season’s vital components for pizzeria owners.
The holiday season is the best time of year to sell those gift cards. We have a few tips for selling more gift cards. They are:
- Promote gift cards at the counter, on tables, in to-go and delivery packaging.
- You can even use a QR Code as a quick link to buy them directly from your website.
- Incentivize your customers: the more gift cards they buy, they will receive $x in gift cards.
For more gift card tips, check out Holiday Gift Cards: Ramp It Up.
Accommodating large groups can be very lucrative, but it also can provide several challenges. COVID-19 adjustments may need to be made to your existing holiday parties reservation planning. Here are a few areas you should start with to get party planning rolling:
- Create a large quantity menu for various sized groups.
Outline in writing any large-party policies, such as service fees, minimum orders, advance notice, block-out times, etc.
- Establish a point person to work with groups and coordinate with managers and inventory controllers.
- Have an employee schedule plan in place for the influx of large parties and off-premise catering.
- Start a social campaign to let your followers know you are now taking reservations for holiday parties.
- Detail your large party and off-premise catering options on your Web site. Add a teaser on your homepage.
Read more on handling large parties in Group Friendly.
Holidays can mean big catering sales if you plan effectively.
- If want catering sales, you must set up the catering side as a business. Menus, pricing and operations should be specific to the catering function.
- Be sure you have a handle on the food quality of your off-premise items, especially your pizza dough.
- Know your limits. What is the biggest event that your operation can feasibly handle.
- Have an execution manager to stay on top of following through with prep and day of logistics.
- Don’t forget to follow up with catering clients and let them know you appreciate their business. That could include a gift card.
Get more tips on catering in Catering’s Big Comeback.
The holiday season and end of the year are popular times to show your employees how much you appreciate them. There are so many holiday gift opportunities. Cash is always an option, in the form of bonuses and raises. What about other ideas? Here are few alternatives or even additions to cash that your employees may appreciate:
- Paid time off
- Closing for the holidays
- Personal, handwritten “Thank you” note from the owner(s)
- Throw a holiday party
- Partner with other businesses to give employee gifts
Explore more Employee Appreciation ideas.
Have a great holiday season at your pizzeria.