In this blog post we want to get straight to the point and show you the fastest way to get started taking online food orders for free so you can build your own customer list. If you’re interested in learning more about why you need your own customer list, check out this post. But for now let’s get started!
The first thing you need to do is create your free ChowDown account. To do this, just click on the “Get Started” link on our website! This will take you to our online restaurant dashboard where you’ll complete the rest of the steps. Make sure your verify your email address after signing up!
After you’ve created your account, follow the prompts to enter your restaurant details. You’ll need to enter your address, phone number and hours of operation as well as a few operational questions such as whether or not you offer pickup and/or delivery and if you would like to let customers place orders in advance.
Once that’s finished, you need to give your customers options to order! This step can take a bit of time but you are going to need to create your menu online. There are tutorial videos embedded in the dashboard to show you the process and if you get stuck there is also an option where you can request a quote from our team to create your menu for you!
With your menu created, there are only two steps left! In order to receive your online orders you will need to download our Restaurant Order Taking app (available for Android or iOS). The app will “ring” whenever you have a new order and you will be prompted to confirm the order and enter a order ready time so your customers knows when to expect their order.
The final step to take online orders is to publish your online menu so your customers can find it online. With our built in Facebook integration you can add your online menu to your restaurant’s Facebook page with just a few clicks! We also provide options to add the online ordering widget to your website. If you have questions about how to publish your menu, check out the video below.
Start telling your regular customers to order through your Facebook page instead of using big third party platforms and start building your distribution list!
If you have any questions, on how to follow the steps outlined here, feel free to contact us! We’re here to help!
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