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I know from experience a website is a handy tool for a caterer. I hear a lot that it is a bad idea to post your prices on the web. I use the site to help with menu cost and postage. Plus I can print a basic menu and change the website to what is selling and what is not. Or just even try out new idea's. Let me know what you all think. Thanks
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post #2 of 20
I am working on putting up menu's and package pricing onto my website... however I do not want people to find my website, see a price and give me a call.. I would rather my business come from word of mouth and if they are serious about hiring me they can contact me further. When someone just asks for prices I do not respond unless it is a detailed question.. The best example would be a bride and groom..

"we are having a wedding next year, can you send us some prices? Thanks."

I do not like to post prices for the pure fact of other trying to figure out what I am charging, but thats the name of the game, constantly under-cutting and giving a better deal to make the customer happy. I guess it all comes back to your own personal preference.

my .02
post #3 of 20
You could always state your terms on the website and maybe be a little vague like " this is a sample menu only" or "menu subject to changes" and the like. I love using websites because you can direct visitors to a lot of information without committing yourself too much. I know you need to get your message out there but you don't need to give too much away, especially to time wasters. Its all about designing the site to suit your needs.
post #4 of 20
if you do want some pricing on your web site Bazza said, do a sample menu. two maybe three dinners, what it includes and round about pricing. and then for everything else thats on there just have what you want on there without the pricing. that way whoever looks at the site has an idea about what something might cost and can go from there. i know that when i go to a web site for anything i hate when theres no pricing at all. im always discouraged from that site because it involves a lot to get any sort of a price to plan something that its almost not worth it if im not planning something right at that moment. but its always nice to have a ball park figure even if its not exactly what i am going to buy from you. i hope that all makes sense to everyone.
post #5 of 20
I have a 'selection' of stuff on my web site - I do not even mention BIG stuff like weddings Although WHEN you get to the website - it mentions weddings etc. THEN I normally get queries and usually booked! When I return their call - around 99% of the time get the job!:cool:
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #6 of 20
Not an insult by any means but BombayBen if you want some help with some basic web design upgrades, etc.. let me know, I don't mind helping you out a bit for free.. I just noticed some minor things that could use a little bit of tweaking :)
post #7 of 20
I mostly do stuff myself on the website and don't get the time!! The website is there merely for information - I usually like to talk to my clients rather than have them click on things!! I hate this faceless society that we live in! - Would like all the help I can get and thanks!!:D
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #8 of 20
BombayBen,

I will get to work this weekend on it, i'll start from the ground up :)
post #9 of 20
really? - vow that is so cool and kind! let me know if you want anything for your efforts! THANKS!:bounce::bounce::bounce:
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #10 of 20
Hey Bombay, I got around to working on it quicker then I thought, let me know what you think, I made due with what I could find off of your site.

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post #11 of 20
I bartered out a party for my web site and I think he did a fabulous job. He maintains it a low cost and fixes or adds things for me. I also have access to the menu to change items and prices as I want to without his help. I find the web site a great tool to direct people to view the menu, even though I don't have everything priced I do have some items priced out. I think it's weird when there are no prices at all, then people can't get a sense if you are within their budget.
post #12 of 20
Vow - thanks alongcame - I really like it! would like to get my catering list up there. Also I am starting White Chocolate drinks this week and would like to 'announce' that! I am REALLY impressed - when do you get time? - I note that you are a professional caterer!!
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #13 of 20
removed :)
post #14 of 20
I Know!! - that's super cool!! What sort of software is it? - I think I just used the bog standard 'Sitebuilder' for Bombay Ben's and some sort of PHP (free) for gluten-no I will most definitely need help but will e-mail you. I probably won't have a problem publishing it to the web - I don't know how to thank you - but I'll think of something!!:D:D
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #15 of 20
I used an html template with css, then modified all the code, added some and made images, etc, etc.. no need to thank!
post #16 of 20
Hi alongcame - I have e-mailed you but would like to get the files uploaded soon - can you let me know? Thanks
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post #17 of 20
Bombay I havent got the email yet, when I do, I will help you out, not a problem.
post #18 of 20
Bombay, I didnt get an email.. Colin @ Along came an appetite .com
post #19 of 20
Hi Colin - I keep trying to send you a message but it just comes back undelivered! I have set up an ftp access account for you but have no way of getting the details to you!
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post #20 of 20
Bombay, are you emailing it to this address without any spaces?

Colin @ Along came an appetite .com

I am receiving incoming mail just fine, try hitting reply to my last email I sent to you, it should be working fine?

Colin
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