I have a quick question for you…
Do you follow your favorite restaurants on Facebook or Twitter?
If not, you are missing out!
How? Because you are missing out on all the opportunities to take advantage of special deals, discounts, and freebies that some of these restaurants only promote through their social media accounts.
Everyone loves free food.
I mean c’mon, it’s free, so that automatically makes it good. Basically, for some people the food is just an added bonus.
So how exactly do you harness the power of social media to get yourself a free cookie from Chick Fil A or a free iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts? The answer is simple, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook + Twitter = Free Food
In order to get instant access to special deals and promotions from your favorite restaurants, all you need to do is follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook.
For example, a local Chick Fil A of mine published this on their Facebook page and it was a pretty big hit.
Not bad if you ask me. Who would’ve thought that liking a Facebook page could lead to free cookies?
So how do you maximize the amount of free food you can get just from social media? Use the two social media food hacks below:
The Facebook Restaurant Hack
Here’s how to get free food just by using Facebook.
For me keeping up with my favorite restaurants on Facebook is literally impossible, especially with Facebook’s newsfeed ranking algorithm which sorts content based on your likes and interests, not the times they were published (like Twitter).
The only way for me to actually see all the posts from my favorite restaurants is by searching for every restaurant that I “liked” on Facebook and browse through their timeline/newsfeed.
Now I don’t know about you but this is way to tedious. I literally just want to click a button and have all my favorite restaurants right in front me.
And believe it or not, it’s actually possible. How?
Yes, Facebook interests lists is one of the most powerful tools to use if you only want to see the posts and pictures from people and brands you actually care about.
Now, I can group all the restaurants that I actually care about, and see only their posts, pictures, and promotions in my Facebook newsfeed.
Here’s how you can create your very own Facebook list.
1. Find the Facebook page of a restaurant that you love.
2. Click on the gear on the right, then click on “Add to Interest Lists…”
3. After you click on “Add to Interest Lists…” create a “New List”
4. Name your new Facebook list then click “Done”
6. To access your restaurant Facebook list, just look on the bottom left of your profile sidebar (computer only)
Facebook Interests Lists = Free Food & Special Deals
Now all you need to do is visit Facebook, find your list, and then see only the posts you want to see.
And yes, this works for people too 😉
Now it’s time for another powerful social media restaurant hack.
The Twitter Restaurant Hack
I love Twitter.
It’s slowly turned into my favorite social media platform. Sorry Facebook, but you’ve just been replaced (except when it comes to Facebook restaurant hacking of course).
If there’s one feature or tool that I think nobody is really using, it has to be…drumroll please…
Twitter lists get no love.
Do you even know where to access Twitter lists?
If not, they are literally on the bottom of your account profile, right before the “Similar to [your name]” section.
Little do people know that this poor neglected Twitter child is the most effective tool for Twitter restaurant hacking.
So What Are Twitter Lists?
Basically Twitter lists are separate timeline newsfeeds that only shows tweets from a group of selected Tweeters.
If you are familiar with Twitter, you should already know that there are times when your timeline is constantly growing and refreshing as more tweets are being sent out. As a result, it’s almost impossible to catch every single tweet from a particular person/profile/account/company that you follow.
Basically in order to see what a certain person and business tweeted, you have to search for their name in the search bar and go to their profile.
Twitter lists turns this into a hassle-free and time saving process.
Why You Need to Make a Twitter List
Every restaurant hacker on Twitters needs to make a Twitter list of all their favorite restaurants.
With this, you can now keep track of all the promotions, deals, and freebies that they may tweet out throughout the day.
By having a restaurant list on your Twitter account, you will never miss a special deal or promotion again. Plus, you don’t have to worry about scrolling through your entire timeline just to find a tweet from a particular restaurant.
Twitter lists cuts all that hassle and mess out.
Now every single restaurant tweet you will ever need will be at the grasp of your fingertips.
How To Make a Twitter List
If you already know how to do this, just skip on down to the next section.
1. Go to your Twitter profile and click on “Lists” on the left side bar (ignore the spongebob tweets)
2. Create a new list and choose to either make it private or public (it doesn’t really matter)
3. Go to the profile of a twitter account you want to follow, then add to your restaurant list.
Choose your restaurant list, then you’re done!
Now it’s time to do this for something I like to call, Twitter restaurant hacking.
Restaurant Hacking with Twitter Lists
Twitter lists is a powerful tool in your restaurant hacking arsenal.
In order to get started, just create a list (like mentioned above) and add all the restaurants that you want to follow and have in that list. That’s it.
Simple yet powerful.
So what’s Better, Facebook or Twitter?
In my opinion, you really shouldn’t choose either one or the other, but instead use both. There are times when certain deals and specials are only promoted through one social media account or the other, so it’s better to be prepared and have both social networks covered.
By using both Facebook and Twitter, you doubled your chances to finding some awesome opportunities to get some free food.
You can’t go wrong with that.
So to top things off…
Here are the 2 things you need to remember.
1. Facebook Interests Lists
2. Twitter Lists
But before I go, I have to leave you with one thing…
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”
Is to make a Facebook and Twitter list of all your favorite restaurants.
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