Marketing Symposium

Restaurant Marketing Symposium

March 11 & 12

Want to attract new customers?

Grow on social media?

Improve marketing ROI?


From storytelling to websites, social media to branding, the 4th annual Restaurant Marketing Symposium provides training and resources to help you find your unique voice and drive more business.


Access 12+ in-depth seminars, another 12+ quick bite talks, Q&A opportunities with experts and tools to make your business stand out. You'll take home ideas and strategies - from beginner to advanced.


Symposium registration - just $30 before March 10 - includes admission to the Midwest Foodservice Expo. Register now.

Symposium Sponsor

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Symposium Sponsor

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More to come - watch for updates!

Restaurant Marketing Symposium seminars cover a wide-range of topics presented by a diverse group of marketing experts. A packed schedule of sessions will help you navigate social media, online ads, branding and more.

Whether you are just emerging or an iconic establishment, the strategies you'll find in these sessions will help you amplify your brand.

Marketing Your Business for the Now

Bruce Irving - Founder, Smart Pizza Marketing

Marketing strategies change quickly. During this seminar, Bruce Irving of Smart Pizza Marketing will walk through which marketing tactics and platforms are working best in 2019. You’ll learn the "Why" and "How" you should be positioning your restaurant or foodservice brand to make you stand out.

Get valuable takeaways on:

  • Which areas of marketing to focus your time on.
  • The best platforms to position your business and brand.
  • What you can do with your marketing to better stand out.

Drive ROI with Social Media Advertising

Matt Plapp - President, Driven Media Solutions - ROI Experts

Too often, restaurant owners don't get a measurable ROI out of their marketing dollars. In this session, you’ll understand how to effectively measure your advertising. More specifically, you’ll learn techniques that can be used on social media channels to not only grow your customer database, but to drive them into your restaurant with trackable results. You’ll see multiple examples from restaurants using programs and social ads to drive thousands in sales every week.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Learn what works in social media marketing to repeat in your business.
  • Review how to create an effective marketing program and drive results.
  • Receive blueprints and ROI worksheets for creating and tracking your own campaigns.

Quick Bites

Marketing Quick Bites offer focused training in continuous 15-minute presentations, right on the show floor. You'll find great tips and best practices for driving business in topics like: 

  • Build digital channels
  • Quick tips for social media
  • Cut through the clutter
  • Dealing with online reviews
  • Develop a brand voice
  • And more!

Watch for the lineup - coming January 2019.