NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Zoës Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES), a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant group, has partnered with Yext, Inc. (NYSE: YEXT), the digital knowledge management pioneer, to support its rapid growth by reaching guests with up-to-date and in-depth digital knowledge including restaurant locations, phone numbers, business hours, and menu items across the digital services consumers use to decide where to eat.
Zoës Kitchen uses the Yext Knowledge Engine to manage and update restaurant information across the web in real time, putting the company in control of the facts about its brand in intelligent services like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bing, Yahoo, and the 100+ maps, apps, search engines, GPS systems, and social networks in the Yext PowerListings® Network.
"We're growing our footprint across the country, targeting 400 locations by 2020, as demand increases for fresh-made Mediterranean. With this expansion comes new challenges in reaching guests on all the digital platforms , and in new markets," said Casey Shilling, Chief Marketing Officer, Zoës Kitchen. "With the recent launch of our brand new website, we partnered with Yext to support our growth through a powerful and consistent brand experience across the web, and to ensure our guests can always find us in the moment they are deciding where to eat."
"In an AI-first digital landscape, forward-thinking food service companies like Zoës Kitchen that power search results with structured data like menus gain a critical advantage," said Wendi Sturgis, Chief Customer Officer of Yext. "Our partnership helps customers discover Zoës Kitchen when they search for 'Mediterranean food in Dallas,' or specific items like 'Greek chicken pita' or 'salmon kabob,' We're excited to partner with Zoës as it leverages digital knowledge to drive foot traffic."
The food service industry is experiencing rapid change as consumers discover and engage with restaurants via increasingly intelligent digital services. With so much information at their fingertips, consumers now make more decisions on-the-go: 60% of millennials wait to search for a restaurant until within an hour of going, according to Google. These shifts make comprehensive digital strategy vital to customer acquisition and retention, and give an edge to companies like Zoës Kitchen that are investing in digital knowledge management.
About Yext Yext puts business on the map. The Yext Knowledge Engine™ lets companies manage their digital knowledge in the cloud and sync it to over 100 services in the PowerListings® Network. Yext Listings, Pages, and Reviews help businesses around the globe facilitate face-to-face and digital interactions that boost brand awareness, drive foot traffic, and increase sales.
About Zoës Kitchen Founded in 1995, Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant group serving a distinct menu of fresh, wholesome, made-from-scratch, Mediterranean-inspired dishes delivered with warm hospitality. With no microwaves, or fryers, grilling is the predominate method of cooking along with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, olive oil and lean proteins. With 232 locations in 20 states across the United States, Zoës Kitchen delivers goodness to its guests by sharing simple, tasty and fresh Mediterranean meals that inspire guests to lead a balanced lifestyle and feel their best from the inside out. For more information, please visit www.zoeskitchen.com,Facebook,Instagram,Twitter or follow #LiveMed.