GroupOn, Daily Deals, and evil restaurants

Recently I took on a writing gig with ZDNet, focusing on small business and technology.  I’m pretty excited about this as I love all things tech and since leaving Microsoft this gives me great reason to stay abreast of all technology news.  (I would have done that anyway but now I can justify the bazillion hours of surfing the net by saying it’s research).

My latest entry is about the 4 waves that have occurred with restaurants utilizing daily deal (GroupOn) sites and how the current wave of restaurants are exploiting the customers.  Beware buying any daily deal for a restaurant!

GroupOn can mean bad reviews – how the current crop of restaurants lie, cheat, and steal from their customers

Have a read!

Pinterest for the restaurant

I’m back from a week in New Zealand and unsurprisingly the jet lag is wreaking havoc with my sleeping patterns.  I’ve been seeing a lot of updates from Pinterest recently so I figured insomnia is the perfect reason to go explore another one of these social media internet 9.0 communication enhancer people connector type of tools.  And I must say, it’s kind of fun!

Standing Sushi Bar Pinterest

Basically you create a  board (imagine a corkboard) and when you find an interesting photo you “pin” it to your board along with a comment.  It’s an easy way of sharing. When you see other people’s pins you can “re-pin” their pin to your own board.  It’s like re-tweeting someone’s message except this time it’s a picture.

Follow Me on Pinterest

It will be interesting to see how businesses utilize Pinterest.  Still too early to determine whether there will be staying power or if it will just be another fad.  The way I’m planning on using it for Standing Sushi Bar is to showcase restaurant information (food, promotions, etc.) as well as have people learn what our “spirit” is based on the things that I pin.