How to Set Up and Use an Online Picture Menu

Picture Menus is a menu maker app that lets you create an online, web-based INTERACTIVE picture menu that can also be printed out with a click of a button

A Few Key Benefits of Picture-Menus

  1. Download the App or use the Web Console 
  2. Create your Categories and then assign Items to the categories
  3. Snap Photos from the App or Upload from Cloud storage systems like Dropbox
  4. Customize the Items Details, Colors and Pictures
  5. We create a QR Code for you which can be left on tables or attached to marketing material
  6. Your Online Menu can also be easily printed out from our App to PDF
  7. Analytics show you how many visitors, clicks and your top-performing menu items
  8. Embed your Picture Menu to your website using an iFRAME

HOW TO CREATE YOUR MENU

Sign up and then download the App from iOS, Android or use the web version of the system

When starting the App, upload your Logo or snap a picture that can serve as your profile pic (if you don’t have a logo add a temporary image and you can easily change it later).

You will want your logo to follow the dimensions of at least 440×220 or, in other words, be rectangular with a 2×1 size ratio

Once you upload your logo, enter your phone number & physical address if you want people to find you using the GPS on their phones.

STEP 1 – CREATE CATEGORIES

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When snapping a photo, use landscape with 4:3 ratio

To start adding pictures to your menu, you must first create categories – there are no limitations here so create as many categories as you’d like– examples include Food Categories, Service Types, Merchandise, Staff, Equipment, Drinks, etc.

After creating all your categories, you can then click on ITEMS and start assigning items to these categories.

ITEMS can be snapped from your phone, pulled from phone/computer storage, or even pulled from cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive & Dropbox

STEP 2  – SNAP PHOTOS WITHIN THE APP OR UPLOAD FROM STORAGE

We recommend setting aside an hour or 2 and snapping all your items at once using your phone’s built-in Camera App on landscape (phone turned sideways) 

You can upload images you already have by using Google Drive, Dropbox, Local Computer storage, phone storage, and most other cloud file solutions

When you add an item you can fill in a name, a price and add additional information by selecting the CUSTOM FIELDS section – custom fields come with a “Title” and “Description” and will show up when people click on the item

STEP 3  – PUBLISH THE MENU

After you create your categories & items you will be able to go back and rearrange, hide, delete or update categories and items on the fly – we call this MENU ENGINEERING, and here’s a blog post highlighting creative ways to increase profit by playing with your menu structure

When you are done adding items you can click on the purple MENU button to customize, view, print and share your menu

You can customize the colors, background, text or your online menu to better suit your style 

The Analytics button lets you see how many visitors, which items they are clicking on and how much time people have spent reviewing your menu

If you click on the MORE button, you will be able to ENABLE your listing on the Map, send FEEDBACK via email, SHARE THE MENU, PRINT THE MENU and there is a button to update your PROFILE

 

STEP 4  – SHARE THE MENU ONLINE OR PRINT PHYSICAL MENUS W/ QR CODE

The PROFILE button takes you to a place where you can edit your restaurants URL, Address, Logo, Phone Number and Name and also share your Menu in 3 ways:

  1. Share your Pic-Menu Profile –  this is a link to your menus web page
  2. Print out your QR codewhen scanned, this will also take people directly to your online menu
  3. Print a PDF Text version of your MenyThis is a ready-made printable PDF which that contains the URL and QR Code and can be left on tables, handed to customers, or attached to any marketing material

If you already have a website and want to put your picture menu on your own website you can do that as well:

    1. Put a link to your picture menu on your websitehow to get a free online menu maker
  1. Use iFRAME to embed your menu onto your site – iFrames are a free and easy way to show your picture menu on your own website – click here to see instructions on how to embed your Picture Menu on your website

Picture Menus is constantly adding features and is a great way to provide a digital menu that visitors can see from their phones