Love is in the air, and as Valentine’s Day approaches, the hospitality industry is given the opportunity to give couples unforgettable experiences. Love is a powerful force, and when harnessed with the right touch, it can transform your establishment into a haven where memories are made, and love stories are written.
Not only is it all about couples on Valentines, but singletons use this time also to try and find love, particularly in hospitality venues like bars and clubs.
This blog post dives into the world of heartfelt hospitality and explores the keys to flourishing this Valentine's Day season, continue reading to find out how your business can flourish.
Valentine’s themed menu items
By crafting a menu that aligns with the romantic theme of the occasion, establishments create a unique and memorable atmosphere, thus ensuring an unforgettable dining experience. Themed dishes and beverages not only cater to the sentimental spirit of the day but also showcase the creativity and dedication of the culinary team. A thoughtfully curated Valentine's Day menu demonstrates a commitment to providing a special and exclusive experience, enticing customers to choose your establishment for their celebration.
Moreover, themed menu items allow businesses to experiment with seasonal ingredients, innovative flavour combinations, and visually appealing presentations, adding an extra layer of excitement to the dining adventure.
In essence, by infusing romance into their offerings, hospitality businesses not only captivate the hearts of their customers but also pave the way for increased sales and a reputation for delivering exceptional, thematic experiences.
Couples discounts and deals
Offering discounts for couples on Valentine's Day can be a strategic and heartwarming gesture for hospitality businesses. This approach not only taps into the sentimental spirit of the occasion but also attracts couples seeking a romantic and affordable celebration.
Discounts create a sense of value for customers, making your establishment an appealing choice for their special day. The financial incentive encourages couples to choose your venue over competitors, fostering loyalty and potentially generating repeat business.
Moreover, it aligns with the inclusive and caring ethos associated with the holiday, allowing couples to indulge in a memorable experience without breaking the bank.
By providing a cost-effective option for celebrating love, hospitality businesses can not only boost sales on Valentine's Day but also create positive associations that extend beyond the event, establishing a reputation for being customer-focused and accommodating.
By promoting couples' discounts on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, businesses can engage directly with potential customers, creating anticipation and excitement around their Valentine's Day offerings. Businesses can also use social media to spread the word about any Valentine’s themed events they are hosting.
As well as being a tool to spread information, social media is an exceptionally effective marketing tool. As discussed in this blog post, customers are ‘willing to pay £28 more at venues that will ‘look good on the gram’. (barclays.co.uk) Consider adding decorations and romantic lighting to your venue to not only enhance your customers’ experience, but create an aesthetic that they will be eager to share on their social media profiles.
You may also want to share photos of your venue yourself if you have decorated in line with the Valentines themes. As mentioned in the same blog post, 41% of those that took part in a Barclays survey ‘believe an active presence on these platforms is now the single best way to judge if a restaurant is worth visiting’. (barclays.co.uk) By staying active on social media and updating your customers on any themed changes to your business, you can be sure to drive profit.
Valentine’s day isn’t just about couples sharing the romance, as this holiday gives singletons a chance to find love as well. This aspect of Valentines is perhaps most lucrative for bars and nightclubs as these spaces are usually dominated by groups of friends rather than couples.
Consider hosting Valentines themed events that centre on those without partners on the 14th of Feb. These could include:
- Traffic light parties – patrons where red (to signify they are in a relationship), orange (to signify that their relationship status is complicated), and green (to signify that they are single).
- Lonely Hearts Disco – themed club nights that are dedicated to singletons, you can even create a playlist that includes songs about finding love etc.
- If your venue has a photo booth, consider bringing in fun props for people to hold in pictures. These could include plushie love hearts or cardboard cupid’s arrows, either way, you can make this aspect of your business even more enticing.
In summary, Valentine's Day unfolds numerous prospects for hospitality businesses, be it a restaurant, nightclub, or bar. The array of options, spanning from themed menu selections to Valentine's parties, provides ample opportunities to elevate the customer experience and simultaneously boost profitability.