3 Outrageous Restaurant Marketing Ideas You Must Try

3 Outrageous Restaurant Marketing Ideas You Must Try

Do you know one of the easiest ways to get new customers in your doors? Be outrageous and different from everyone else. Times are tough these days and there’s more competition than ever before. You can’t just be good or average. You must go above and beyond to grab attention and stand out to stay ahead of your competition! Give people a reason to choose you over everyone else

I’m Nick Fosberg, and you’re watching Bar Restaurant Success, the place bar and restaurant owners visit to discover how to get ahead in business and in life.

Today I’m going to give you 3 outrageous restaurant marketing ideas you should try this year to stand out from the competition and win over brand new customers. As a bonus, I’m going to tell you how to get thousands of dollars in free advertising with these promotions too!

The first restaurant marketing idea is a food eating competition. Now you might be saying, Nick, this isn’t a marketing idea, it’s a restaurant promotion. Yes, you are right but soon you’ll see how all these promotions are going to tie into one key strategy to bring you hundreds of new customers based around one simple tactic.

So, why run a food eating competition? Because people love to be entertained, it’s different, and nobody else is probably doing one of these right now in your area! You can go to any bar or restaurant and eat and drink and watch the game, but how many are doing fun crazy things like this.

I run a pizza eating competition, a one pound burger eating competition, and a taco eating competition every year and my customers love it! I tried hot dogs but nobody wanted to get in it because nobody wanted to eat hot dogs!

If you’re going to try this out, ask your customers what they’d want first.

The second outrageous restaurant marketing idea is running a contest and giving away a free meal per day for an entire year. Why do this? Because it’s an amazing offer, it grabs attention, and who doesn’t want to sign up for a free meal, per day, for an entire year?
Are you going to lose money running this competition? Nope not a penny.

Here’s how I run this promotion. Set up a one page, lead capture website to collect people’s information in order to sign them up. Drive traffic there using Facebook ads and getting your staff to sign people up. To make this really profitable for you, make everyone a winner by giving them some kind of discount when they sign up and give them 7 days to use it to create some quick sales.

What I do for the winner who wins the free meal for a year is the free meal is tied to a restriction that it’s dine in only and they must either purchase 2 beverages with it or buy another full priced meal. I make this clear before they sign up so there is no confusion. By adding in these restrictions you at the very least break even on each meal.

The third outrageous restaurant marketing idea is to get a celebrity chef to come in. Why? Because everyone wants to meet a celebrity and this helps you build instant credibility!

The way to start looking for someone who isn’t take expensive is look up the chefs that are on Bar Rescue or one of the other food tv shows and contact them to see what they’d charge to come in. Maybe get some of the beer, liquor, and food vendors to help sponsor it.

Here’s the big bonus I wanted to fill you in on. When you run outrageous restaurant marketing ideas like this, you don’t have to come out of pocket to promote them. You can use the press. All you have to do is send out a press release about the event and if don’t know how to write one, google it and get a template. You can write one in 30 minutes at most.

Take that press release and send it out to your tv, radio, and news stations. They will interview you before the event and you’ll get exposure that way. Then most likely they will show up the day of the event to get more footage and you’ll get exposure again, absolutely free!

This brings me to my conclusion. In today’s competitive market, you have to run promotions and marketing strategies like this. You have to be different then everyone else. You have to stand out. Because if you don’t, you’ll never reach the success you’re really looking for.

Stay with me each week and I promise to keep delivering you with new strategies and promotions to keep you one step ahead of the competition. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I’d be happy to answer them!


  1. tarek dayekh on October 25, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Great! Thanks!

  2. Sulav Magar on October 25, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Great tips! Thank you!

  3. Hector D.S. on October 25, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Wow. Surprisingly unique and actual good ideas for once! I’m a subscriber sir!

  4. Anirudh Bhatt on October 25, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Nick plzz give me some more low cost ideas for successful running cafe in india

  5. Kerri on October 25, 2019 at 2:05 am

    What a schmuck, forcing folks to buy sodas in order to get their free meals.

  6. south chantha on October 25, 2019 at 2:14 am

    thank you sir

  7. Hannan Wazwaz on October 25, 2019 at 2:17 am

    very helpful, thanks Nick!

  8. ThiccFilA on October 25, 2019 at 2:18 am

    I want to mention, do not require any purchase with the meal. If you can spend even just hundreds of dollars on advertising, you can spend the <8 on food cost for one meal. I understand if beverages aren’t included, but if they want water to be completely free, give them water. Don’t cheap out at the last second, because people will know that you did.

  9. Sorcerer Vaati64 on October 25, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Gordan Ramsey ftw

  10. PressPause 2Play on October 25, 2019 at 2:23 am


  11. NUPUR ARORA on October 25, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Love your ideas-any ideas for cookbook authors ? Teaching chefs?

  12. Vikas Malana on October 25, 2019 at 2:32 am

    will these promotiom works if out of the city unknow areas

  13. J Johnson on October 25, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Thanks for the awesome video Nick! Setting yourself apart from the competition is so very important in the restaurant business. Having something that keeps your customers coming back to you time and time again is key. I’m opening a vegan soul food restaurant in my city and knowing that within my target market there is much competition I know my marketing team and I will have to get creative when planning our grand opening. Thanks for the great tips! Congrats on your success.

  14. kaku Nabam on October 25, 2019 at 2:34 am

    superb ideas sir

  15. Kang Muysuang on October 25, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Hi nick, I’m so interesting with your video so much . May u give me some tip of having different style of bakery business setup ? Because nowadays my country,Cambodia almost popular in cake business so much, but almost was fail with it . I’m know u really can help me ,sure! My passion is about to finding the profits for support an orphan organization!
    Thanks !

  16. Loide Nampala on October 25, 2019 at 2:36 am

    How do I get fixed customers for a lunch pack delivery business as working with orders are difficult customers cancel

  17. OLA Tux Abitogun on October 25, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Food eating competition? Interesting! LOL.. truly outrageous. It won’t hurt to try it.

  18. Amine Souilmi on October 25, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Thank you Nick for all the info on this video. This is the first time watching your video, it’s really very informative. I’m a food truck owner within the city of Boston, do you have any ideas to grow the business? Thank you

  19. Dash TV on October 25, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Hi Nick..

  20. Sanchez Lucas on October 25, 2019 at 2:46 am


  21. Pine Tree Restaurant on October 25, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Great idea

  22. John m on October 25, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Absolutely right I’ve been in the restaurant business for 25 years and I think you’re absolutely right this of course will bring people in and it’s up to you to keep them coming back in my view there are 3 criteria’s food must be #1 good #2 fast #3 affordable and if you master these 3 by also keeping in mind the local market where the restaurant is then you will make it

  23. Avinash Badgujar on October 25, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Nice. Thanks

  24. righteous2012 on October 25, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Great ideas!

  25. Amruta Phani on October 25, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Hi Nick, Impressive tips., We have a Coffee Shop. Can you pease advice me on Food Eating Competition & its restrictions or T&Cs, Thank you in advance !

Leave a Comment