There’s perhaps no industry for which Instagram is better geared than the restaurant industry. Research has shown that people 18-35 spend five whole days a year browsing food images on Instagram, and 30% would avoid a restaurant if their Instagram presence was weak. We’ll start things off with an ostensibly obvious hack – if you can get a food blogger with a large following to post about your restaurant, you’ll get the benefit of a huge amount of brand exposure to an interested foodie audience. But here’s the kicker: however often you’re currently wining, dining, and pork rind-ing food bloggers, you’re not doing it nearly enough. You should start confusing these people for wait staff. They’re easily reachable (most list emails in their bios, but DM is just as effective), anxious to gain more followers (you’ll do this together), and dirt cheap (especially next to the influence they wield). Get the full story at WordStream