We all know there are huge perks to using self service kiosks. From boosting average order value to increasing throughput and improving order accuracy, the benefits for operators are endless. But knowing where to start and how to go about installing kiosks in your restaurant can be daunting. So, we spoke to an operator that has already been through the process. Neil Sebba, Managing Director of Tossed joined our webinar ‘Building a restaurant of the future with self service kiosks’, to share his top learnings.
1. Customers enjoy using self service kiosks
Consumers aren’t just used to using kiosks, they prefer them. 87% of customers said they feel more relaxed ordering food at a kiosk, which means they’re less pressured to make rushed decisions. Customers tend to take their time to look through the full menu and add any customisations or extras without fear of perceived judgement.
60% of consumers said they’d choose a restaurant over another if they had self serve kiosks.
2. You don’t need a massive restaurant to benefit from self service kiosks
Space planning is essential. Consider how your customers currently flow through your sites and what they do when they walk in. For example, do they go straight to the food/display counter or do they stand in the centre to look at the menu board before ordering? Now start to think about what you’d like the new journey to look like. Do you want your kiosks front and centre or do you want to create separate ordering and waiting areas.
Don’t think of your kiosks in isolation, instead think of the full front of house ecosystem. That includes delivery and Click & Collect. If you have multiple ordering channels, you need to consider the customer journey for each channel. This will become more important the more each channel grows. During peak hours, you need to clear orders quickly so they don’t clog up the collection points. Consider for example, whether you need separate collection points for your delivery drivers and customers.
3. Kiosks open up new digital channels
Kiosks are a great gateway channel to digital. If your customers are comfortable using self service kiosks, it’s an easier transition to introduce other ordering channels like Click & Collect or Delivery. Driving adoption to other ordering channels lets you tap into new revenue streams.
Delivering a consistent omnichannel ordering experience
Having a solution that was device agnostic was important for Tossed. So, whether customers place orders though Click & Collect using their phone or instore, using the self service kiosks, they see the same recognisable menu and branding across all channels.
4. Test. Review. Adapt: Kiosk success is a continuous process
Before you install self service kiosks, it’s really important to plan upfront so that you can take into account any concerns or considerations beforehand. When expanding into new channels, it’s important to evaluate exactly what you’re trying to achieve, and who your demographic is. Think about:
- What service do you want to provide?
- How do you want your guests to feel?
- How do you optimise your brand experience?
Once you’ve established the above, you need to ensure your entire organisation is committed to the change. Because installing self service kiosks isn’t a one time thing. It’s a continuous learning process. It’s essential that you continually measure the impact of the change. Don’t be afraid of the data. If your average order value is up and you’re taking more orders, then great. But if you’re not hitting the numbers you want, speak to your customers and staff. Their insight will be invaluable. Your tech provider should also be able to provide support and advice on how you can increase revenue, drive loyalty and bring in more customers.
Don’t forget to download our Kiosk guide for a deep dive into kiosk installation, space planning and how to create a great user experience along with expert advice from industry leaders and leading operators.