Fishbowl, Inc. Releases 2017 Buzz Brands Report

Fishbowl's Buzz Brands 2017

Social Score Shows Food, Service Most Important to Consumers

ALEXANDRIA, VA —October 30, 2017—Fishbowl, Inc., a leading provider of analytics and marketing strategies for the restaurant industry, has released the 2017 Buzz Brands report, a new study that ranks social media performance indicators for some of the country’s top restaurant brands.

The report evaluates mid-sized restaurant chains (approximately 75-275 locations) — ranging from hip fast casual MOD Pizza to established fine dining Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — that have a strong online presence, and analyzes more than 20,000 user reviews to determine what drives positive customer feedback. It also incorporates the Fishbowl Social Score™, which assigns a value of 1-10 to each brand’s social media performance based on a compilation of multi-channel ratings, frequency measures and review sentiment.

Consumer brand preferences are continually changing. By mining and analyzing more than 1.7 million words for meaning, and applying proprietary sentiment analytics to look for patterns in the conversation, the Buzz Brands study uncovers trends, providing greater insight into how consumers rate products, services and facilities. For example, the report reveals that in negative reviews, service issues are one of the top areas for complaints. In positive reviews, food, service, and restaurant ambience are all important factors.

“There are patterns in social data that can — and should — be used by restaurants to track, measure and adjust their focus to ensure continued growth and sustainable success,” said Mike Lukianoff, Chief Analytics Officer of Fishbowl. “The Buzz Brand report gives an excellent snapshot via the Social Score. Savvy restaurateurs rely on this kind of data to fully understand what reviewers are saying in an unvarnished way. These studies are much more valuable than just measuring how brands are rated on social channels. Social Analytics can allow brands to better understand what is directly impacting operations — even what may be working for competitors. Marketing strategies can then be further tailored to respond to this feedback.”

The report, which can be viewed at, includes high-achieving brands in a variety of segments, including pizza, fine dining, casual dining, burger, Mexican, and bar/tavern. The report delivers unbiased, unfiltered brand insights, and includes a map showing scores of different brands in each group nationally.

Understanding brand perception and how well the value proposition is being received by customers is crucial to success in the extremely competitive restaurant industry. Through data-driven feedback, in-depth social analytics can help reveal inconsistencies and quality control issues while also giving restaurants a deeper understanding of their strengths.

Download a complimentary copy of the 2017 Buzz Brands report here.

About Fishbowl
Fishbowl is the industry leader in equipping restaurants to develop lasting relationships with their guests. Through its customer-relationship management platform, unparalleled analytics and best-in-class professional services, Fishbowl enables restaurants to better understand their guests’ behavior and preferences, develop contextual and personalized communications, and create greater engagement so they can drive top-line, in-store growth. Relied on by more than 70,000 restaurant locations to effectively engage guests, Fishbowl is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with offices in Silicon Valley, Dallas, New York, the U.K., and India. For more information, please visit our website, or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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