My dad owns a restaurant.

My dad owns a restaurant. It's pretty popular but not famous with an Eastern European theme so a lot of Americans often never had these dishes.

Sometimes I help him, often dealing with problem customers or any marketing. I have gotten so many emails from food "influencers". At least 5 a day. These influencers have followings ranging from 50 people to 50,0000. Depending on their follower count they will simply demand a free meal for a positive review or the bigger ones actually want money. Is this normal? I have gotten into so many arguments with morons that have 50 people following them and want free food and I tell them to frick off it's getting annoying. Seems like for many people it's just a scam and 99% of them are all of a similar type but that's as far as I will go with that.

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Better do what they say or they might turn their followers against you...

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I saw that south park episode too.

      I remember that King of the Hill episode.

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah I saw that south park episode too.

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Doesn't surprise me at all

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    also to add I decided to entertain one to see what would happen. Mother fricker acted like I was his assistant or something. Took up two table to set up his equipment. Actually demanded I stop taking so many people in otherwise people can't hear the blogger. Got about $100 worth of food and when I checked sales we saw no noticeable boost from that and he was one of the bigger ones. It's such a scam.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      This is a notorious problem with "influencers". They all have a giant ego and are socially maladjusted. The only way to utilize them effectively is to research the ones that will actually market your business effectively. Some random crypto bro or course seller won't add anything to your restaurant sales. A local food expert that has 100k and shoots videos well and seems authentic might. It has the potential to be more cost effective than conventional advertising, but otherwise you're getting grifted.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Maybe also the types that go on cruise boats, like the Love Boat types.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        From what I noticed and researched, the top tier ones don't do this. They seem to appear to places on their own, simple one camera setup if they even do live video and do a review. They come to a place because they want to not as an extortion. My dad's friend owns a restaurant that Bourdain went to and said nice things but he never said in advance he was coming. Just came for dinner and met the staff.

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          The ones you want you will probably end up having to reach out to them. Everyone who reaches out to you is a mooch and a grifter.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        the other problem with influencers is their followers more often than not are not going to be the type of people you'll want in your restaurant. they're probably broke as frick and will likely have unrealistic expectations vs an unassuming random group walking in
        i've found a couple local restaurants that were pretty good that others have liked as well.
        a website w/ a menu and pictures help, as well as photos on google reviews.
        the problem with google reviews and the like is a 4+ rating i feel is half the places are nothing "special". if the food is good then business will likely go up by word-of-mouth
        i was outside a bar smoking and some guy was b***hing about the food in the area and someone mentioned a particular restaurant that was good, and i'd been there so i was like "yeah they're good", blah blah blah, y'know

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Hey give me a free meal and I'll tell people anything you want.

    Pic is totally me, not some Indonesian Chinese Hapa no matter what the reverse image search says.

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    post the menu

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >similar type
    just call them Black folk dude

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      maybe that nigerritas? Little b***h Black person females that never shut up.

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Influencers influence. Ask for their resume: went to X, boosted sales by Y. See how many oblige (none).

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Influencers should all be shot on sight.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    You're not seeing any boost in sales for the same reason why "react streamers" don't really boost views of the videos they're reacting to: most of their followers are watching them because they want to live in some sort parasocial fantasy land where they're hanging out with this influencer and they don't give a frick about what they're doing or eating. They could be eating at McDonalds and it would be the same content to them.

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    i pulled this off during the early days of the influencer boom
    made an account and paid a website $50 for "followers" that were all just bots, so i looked famous. then i just posted food reviews and then everytime paid $2 to some bengali click farm to give me 5-10k likes so it looked like my followers were real
    used it to get free meals at restaurants all over my city. probably got $1000's worth of free food before local owners started realising my reviews were making no difference to their business

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    just make a polite, professional response template you send back every time someone hits you up for this shit. same shit game devs have to do with streamers who want keys to demo, or small businesses with random indians who slam their inboxes constantly advertising SEO and marketing services. don't customize it much per sender unless it makes no sense as a reply - they should be able to get the feel that it's a template response and they're just one of many.

    >Hi <name>! Thanks for your interest in our restaurant. At present, we are not seeking outside assistance with advertising and marketing, and therefore must respectfully decline your offer of promotional services. We do hope you enjoy your dining experience if you nonetheless choose to come visit us in a personal capacity!

    in your email signature, add a some little bullshit note under your company info like "Emails and telephone transcripts may be retained and shared for instructional and review purposes."

    ignore subsequent replies, but if they get real unhinged, document it for if they sic their followers on you. the more followers someone has, the more likely they are to do this if they took personal offense, and the more likely it is to cause massive drama for them if transcripts of them acting like a real chode get dropped. if they're in the restaurant space on their social media, spinning it like they're damaging the reputation and growth of small burgeoning restaurants with their behavior will incite a revolt amongst either a portion of their fanbase, or (more helpfully) a portion of a competing influencer's fanbase. they'll get embroiled in some social media controversy and will leave you be while they attack each other.

  13. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >Depending on their follower count they will simply demand a free meal for a positive review or the bigger ones actually want money.
    expose them
    post their requests here and let us shit on them
    please share with us

  14. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Lol, make a youtube channel and expose them.

  15. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >Eastern European theme
    It's still current year, all you need to do is rebrand as "Ukrainian" and watch the simps line up to kiss the ring.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Ukrainian food is damn good

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >Eastern European theme
        It's still current year, all you need to do is rebrand as "Ukrainian" and watch the simps line up to kiss the ring.

        Bullshit country, bullshit food, it's all Polish, Russian, or Hungarian
        Ukraine is just neo-israeli
        OP make them pay like anyone else otherwise you're being scammed
        Unless you're Ukrainian, then pay them, and pay for Galicia while you're at it

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          Circumcised Amerigolem take

  16. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Shame them online for being beggars. And yes it's a very common thing.

  17. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Probably tons of them are scammers who paid for bots to follow them. Advertise through traditional ways like signs, coupons, fliers, etc and if you do decide to respond to a food reviewer make sure they are vetted first.

  18. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >hey anon our food blog is so popular you're gonna get your product in front of thousands of eyes, also we do not have enough money to pay for the food so please provide us with that part so that we can show it to our millions of followers

    I didn't realize it was so common but this is definitely a prevalent type of guy these days

  19. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The early 2000's called, they want their decor back.

  20. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Yes this is a thing with 'influencers'. Yes you're correct on the follower count ranges. This isn't limited to just restaurants. I've heard this from any business you can imagine, weddings, bouncy houses, dance halls, sports car rentals. If you read an "influencer" book I'm pretty sure it's written in there somewhere as advice, wouldn't be surprised. I wouldn't necessarily say it's a scam in most situations, perhaps if they had less than a thousand followers then yeah. Some folks are trying to build up their account legitimately and see it as truly supporting the business.

    There's one buffet influencer that does the exact opposite, he doesn't notify anyone he's coming, sits in the corner with a bright light on his face, eats fricking 12+ full plates of food very quickly until they kick him out, then he's like "OMG WHY AM I BEING KICKED OUT, IT IS ALL YOU CAN EAT!!", mind you this is purely for a viral title on the video. He'll fail to mention the restaurant name in the video in a way to "get back at them", he's so full of shit. His name is Joel Hansen on youtube.

  21. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    It's because you're dealing with amateurs
    Ask them details like their conversion rates and other actual metrics and most of them will look at you like a deer in a headlight. That's right, the good ones actually track their metrics and act like legitimate advertising businesses (which they are)
    Best you spend your money getting the services of a marketing firm. Sure they're more expensive but you'll get some actual value out of it

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >Ask them details like their conversion rates and other actual metrics

      Just curious how would you ask them this in detail?

  22. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    isn't this extortion? i'd have security stomp this fricker out in the alleyway

  23. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    frick influencers
    but I'm seeing restaurants trying to get viral popularity as well
    >be me
    >go to Korean Fried Chicken place
    >QR code menu, shitty service
    >chicken wings salty AF and greasy AF
    >after I pay "waiter" comes over and asks what I liked of all the things I tried
    >writes his name on receipt and circles it and asks for a review either on google or yelp
    >asks to emphasize what I actually liked and to focus on that in the review and also to mention his name
    >later go onto Yelp to see what others wrote
    >hundreds of reviews mentioning server's names and how great the food and service was
    >place has only been around a handful of months but has way more reviews than normal
    is this the new normal for new restaurants today?

  24. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    i hate this kind of aesthetic so much. it looks so cold and uncomfortable. frick you and your dad brah

  25. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Just ask for proof by linking to their following then out them to said following for bartering for reviews.

  26. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Look up their channels, print out their emails with pictures of their faces, and set up a big signboard listing them and showing their extortion to the public.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >give them free advertising
      all publicity is good publicity

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Ok well I guess just shit yourself in impotent rage then.

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