Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Maguire.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Patrick. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve worked service industry jobs for a significant part of my life, beginning with walking door-to-door shoveling snow and mowing lawns for cash in my hometown of Burlington, MA. My first ‘on the books’ job was bagging groceries at Demoulas in Billerica, MA.
The dish pit freshman year at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT was my first of many restaurant jobs. I managed lunch at the dining hall for 3 and a half years, then bartended at Polly’s restaurant and John B’s Café in Middletown my senior year.
After college, I did the ‘corporate thing,’ but often had bartending jobs to supplement my income. After co-owning and operating a seafood shack on Cape Cod during the summer of 2011, I returned to Boston and helped open JM Curley in DTX where I bartended, managed and handled PR, social media, and marketing. I left there to open my own business that I operate today.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Maguire Promotions-PR, Social Media & Hospitality Consulting – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I partner with restaurants and small businesses providing PR, social media and marketing services implementing strategies to promote their businesses —everything from 1-time workshops to on-going monthly relationships. I make sure that clients are maximizing their resources and abilities to market and promote their business. I provide respectful, honest feedback to improve every aspect of their brand.
This candid analysis and feedback ensure that my clients are at the forefront of social media marketing and that they remain current with strategies to improve their profile, relevance, and sales. In an environment of fierce competition, effective and affordable social media strategies are imperative.
All of my services are available à la carte, so clients only pay for what they need. What sets me apart is that I’m simultaneously writing a blog and a book in progress titled, Server Not Servant advocating for service industry workers and owners. I can often say things in my blog posts that clients would like to say, but can’t for fear of alienating themselves from potential customers.
One client likened my blog and industry experience to an ‘insurance policy’ to defend them. I was recently quoted in the Boston Globe in a piece about improving the dining experience for everyone: “The most successful interactions between guests and servers are the result of mutual respect, common courtesy, consideration, and kindness on both sides.”
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking forward to publishing my first book, and I have a few other book ideas in mind. I’m launching a #WalkingBoston project to promote #ServerNotServant and raise money for Boston neighborhood charities. I’ll be walking a marathon in every Boston neighborhood and chronicling the experience on social media.
There are so many neighborhoods and hidden gems I haven’t explored yet, and it will get me the hell away from my computer! I’m also launching a ’50 > 50′ blog series featuring 50 Boston area service industry veterans over 50 years old. (Take that, Zagat 30 Under 30!!) There will be some familiar faces, but I love the stories of the grinders, the unsung ‘heroes’ who are under the radar. I’ve got some great characters in mind. (Shameless plug, I’m still seeking a media or corporate sponsor.)
- Social Media Audit & Workshop for Restaurants and Small Businesses $500
- Single Event Promotion, Including Press Release $600
- Staff Hospitality Training Workshop $500
- Workshop to Implement Yelp and online ‘Review’ Strategy $500
- ‘Secret’ Shopper and Business Evaluation from the Guest’s Perspective $400
- Website: http://www.servernotservant.com/
- Email: Patrick@servernotservant.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patrickmboston/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaguirePromotions/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatrickMBoston
- Other: https://bit.ly/2DlBRfY