food truck marketing ideas


Having a food truck must be one of the most remarkable careers on the planet.  You are on the open road with nothing but hamburger buns and the aroma of freshly made food by your side.  It might not sound so appetizing to some, but a successful food truck can bring great satisfaction.  There is a massive trend with food trucks, and it seems to be the new cupcake (you have seen the cupcake craze, right?).  One important thing to understand is that food truck marketing will be an essential component regardless of the city you are in. Sure, you can always depend on people coming to your truck because they are hungry, but what about building a following? Like a small army of food truck aficionados?


The right search engine marketing campaign for your food truck brand could bring loyal eaters to you daily and generate solemn word of mouth and social online sharing. If done right, you could see some franchise options in other cities if you look at the big picture.


Here are some ways you can get your food truck search engine marketing underway:


Start a Brand for your Truck

Good branding can go a long way regarding how your audience perceives you.  You can have the world’s ugliest food truck, but you will always be remembered if your logo is catchy and positioned right. Remember that people love brands and to be a part of a brand, especially if it is on a smaller scale, like a food truck.


Here are some great food truck brands:



Get a Website – Immediately!

This is not up for discussion.  I don’t care if you sell seashells down by the seashore; people will see you and turn to a search engine to find out who you are.  Don’t half-ass a website either; you need something up-to-date and modern that portrays your food truck’s personality. Just the other day I drove by a food truck with a very loud paint job, naturally I Googled it and found their site.


Here are some things your website should have to showcase the awesomeness of your food truck:


  • Blog posts consisting of photos taken inside the food truck, specially prepared meals & dishes, your loyal customers, yourself, and anything you want, but it should be frequent and with a decent camera
  • The ability to quickly post your location for that day on your site
  • Things about the food truck people might not know
  • Your menu (even if it changes, that is okay)
  • Pictures of yourself
  • Pictures of your truck
  • The ability for people to sign up for a newsletter (something you can even send out daily)
  • Your website should resemble your food truck 100% (meaning the same colors, same tone, and same feel)
  • Perhaps a loyalty program sign-up? yeah! ehh?


With a website, you will want to ensure your SEO marketing strategy is in place.


For a food truck looking to enhance its SEO, consider these strategies:


  1. Optimize Your Website: Use keywords related to food trucks, your specific cuisine, and your location.
  2. Local SEO: Claim your Google My Business listing, and ensure your NAP (Name, Address, Phone number) is consistent across all platforms.
  3. Content Marketing: Blog about topics related to food trucks, such as recipes, events, or behind-the-scenes looks.
  4. Social Media Engagement: Use platforms to drive traffic to your website.
  5. Online Reviews: Encourage satisfied customers to leave positive reviews on Google and Yelp.
  6. Backlink Strategy: Get links from local businesses, food blogs, and event pages.
  7. Mobile Optimization: Ensure your website is mobile-friendly, as many customers will find you via mobile devices.


Social Media, Social Media, and More Social Media

I cannot stress how important social media will be for your food truck search marketing campaign.  Parking the truck and waiting for people to walk up is great but positioning a voice online for your loyal fans is even better. Sending out text message alerts for those who want to know your location, constantly updating your area’s Twitter account and Facebook page, and even your specials for the day are just scratching the surface.  Social media can be a game changer for a food truck and will be an essential part of growth.  Don’t shrug it off like it is nothing because a competitor can sneak up and do precisely these steps and spread their wings.


Here are a few social media tips for your food truck:


  • Daily specials or menu sneak peeks to entice followers.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks into food preparation and truck life.
  • Customer shoutouts or reposts of tagged photos.
  • Location announcements and event participation.
  • Collaborations with local businesses or influencers.
  • Interactive content like polls, quizzes, or contests.
  • User-generated content campaigns encouraging customers to share their experiences.
  • Seasonal or themed menu item highlights.
  • Live videos for Q&A sessions, cooking demonstrations, or tours.
  • Exclusive discounts or offers for social media followers.
Much of this might be new or old news to you if you are reading this and own a food truck. The reality is that this stuff is really important, and having an online and offline personality is crucial for any business. Some of this material is just scratching the surface of what can be done to give your food truck that digital voice it is looking for.