Mark Brandau

Midwest Bureau Chief, Nation’s Restaurant News

Mark Brandau joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 2005 as a desk editor, and since 2008 he has covered marketing and advertising trends for NRN and Following a move to NRN’s Chicago office in 2009, he began covering the largest foodservice chains based in the Midwest, including McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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Feb 08, 2013

Highlights from Smart Social 2013

Brand marketers and agency executives gathered at Expion's 2013 Smart Social Summit in Raleigh, N.C., to learn different ways to elevate their social....More
Oct 03, 2012

Why Jimmy John's is putting Champaign on ice

Jimmy John Liautaud slams Illinois tax policy....More
Sep 30, 2012

The forgotten generation?

Restaurant chains target a younger demographic....More
May 05, 2012

Social media: Where to 'start'

How to use social media to do more than just sell and self-promote....More
Sep 26, 2011

Target, reward, repeat

How four restaurant operators drive repeat traffic with loyalty programs....More
Aug 19, 2011

Morton's: Ask and ye shall receive

Plane-side steak delivery from Morton's is a big PR win for the chain....More
Aug 17, 2011

Passing the toque

Restaurant seeks donations large or small from community for start-up....More
Jul 11, 2011

KFC's 'Flash' of brilliance

Dwayne Wade asks "Any1 hiring?" KFC answers....More
Jun 30, 2011

Social-media ROI from tattoos and tags

How a small pizza chain built big buzz....More
Jun 28, 2011

Well-appointed promos at KFC, Red Robin

KFC and Red Robin create new positions as a marketing tool....More
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