Social distancing and COVID-19 has had a huge impact on everyone. With consumers staying at home and less time on the road, not balancing family, home schooling and work commitments like before, and now it’s not as easy to know which local businesses are still open and at what times.

Many brick and mortar food businesses have had significant decreases in passing traffic, vehicles driving past, people walking past or coming in store. These food and drink businesses are now looking for new ways to get the word out there, “hello, we miss you” and “we’re still open for business”.

Feeling the effects of COVID-19, food businesses are being forced to adapt. Restaurants and cafes have had to completely redesign their products and services quickly to survive and stay in business.

Mother’s Day is usually the busiest day for restaurants and cafes as everyone takes Mum or Grandma out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For a lucky few, all three. However, 2020 is going to be very different and food businesses need new and rapid tactics with dine in options not possible.

What’s the solution for business and the consumer? It’s not one size fits all, it’s finding the best personalised service that suits a majority of local customers.

There is an unknown period of Stage 3 social distancing to undertake before we see the light at the end of the “service as normal” tunnel. Now more than ever is the right time to leverage all your digital platforms to welcome back your existing loyal customers, and meet and connect with new customers.

Do you run a food, drink or hospitality business in the Cardinia region and are still trading during COVID-19?

Eat Drink Cardinia is offering a solution to your problem. Let us know you are open and we will help spread the word.

The Eat Drink Cardinia Facebook Group is FREE promotion for artisan producers, eateries and food traders across the Cardinia region, and for businesses who supply to them. An opportunity for your business to share products and services, ordering details and payment methods, and connect with consumers. Facebook Pages are welcome to join.

59% of people access social media every day or most days, and over a third check social media over five times a day.

2018 Sensis Social Media (Yellow Pages) Report

The Eat Drink Cardinia Website makes it easy for customers to find your business. Listings will have a COVID-19 tag for those businesses still operating, and also there will be a tag for businesses with Mother’s Day offerings too. Search options include by region, by category and keyword search.

On the Eat Drink Cardinia Instagram and Facebook profiles, we will be actively sharing your social media posts. An opportunity to increase your reach and continue to grow your social media audience and presence.

Almost eight in 10 people (79%) now use social media, which is 10 points higher than last year.  Almost two thirds of consumers (64%) will be more likely to trust a brand if they interact with consumers in a positive way on social media

2018 Sensis Social Media (Yellow Pages) Report

The Cardinia community are keen to support local businesses and are looking for a range of different options from take away to meal kits, — not to mention a break from cooking at home. It is really important at this time that we all work together as a community to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. From Koo Wee Rup to Emerald, Beaconsfield to Bunyip and everywhere between, Eat Drink Cardinia is here for your business.

Our focus is to connect and celebrate the artisan producers, eateries and food traders across the Cardinia region to consumers, so you can focus on what you need to do.

What are you waiting for? Add your listing now. Let’s do this together.


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