How to Attract More Customers Into Your Coffee Shop

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If you’re wondering how to attract customers to your coffee shop, know that great coffee and a cool atmosphere aren’t the only things you need to succeed.

If you don’t already have an established customer base, it can be hard to get people in the door to see your cute decor and taste your delicious beverages. But don’t fret! Here’s how to attract more customers to your coffee shop.

Create an Attractive Exterior

The first thing a customer sees when walking up to your front door is the building’s exterior. If your building fails to paint an inviting picture, a potential new customer might not give your shop a try. They are even less likely to visit if seeing your business from the street!

Instead, make sure your exterior looks neat and clean. Create a small outdoor sitting area if you have the space so that your guests can enjoy their coffee outdoors on nice days. And don’t forget about the parking lot! Your parking lot lines should be clear and straight. You also want to ensure your parking lot lines are the appropriate colors.

Choose Cozy, Comfortable Seating

Another way to bring more customers into your coffee shop is to choose comfortable furniture and design your shop with cozy seating in mind. The right furniture will keep customers in your shop longer and make them more likely to return with their friends!

Coffee shops are about community, not just coffee. If you live near a university, you likely have college students studying in your establishment. Writers and entrepreneurs may come to work on their next big idea; readers will come to enjoy their new favorite book. Friends often meet and catch up over coffee as well.

Customers will be more likely to visit your shop, stay a while, and return a second time if you create a welcoming environment.

Maximize Seasonal Flavors

Who doesn’t love a seasonal drink? Just think of the lines of people seeking a pumpkin spice latte or a peppermint mocha. Being creative and using seasonal flavors to create a seasonal menu gives people something new to try and a sense of urgency—after all, these drinks won’t be there forever!

You can also theme seasonal beverages and pastries around fun holidays. Don’t be afraid to create a perfectly haunting drink around Halloween or something cute and romantic around Valentine’s Day. The possibilities are endless!

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