Tools of the trade: a comprehensive guide to PMQ.com

In the past year, there have been over 3,000 new pizzerias that have opened. That is a lot of freshmen business owners who need help. With all of the complications and headaches of running a new business, or managing one you have had for years, pizzeria owners, both new and old, need access to the best information, experts and tools of the trade. PMQ has strived to provide the newest products, the latest innovative marketing strategies and advice from leading experts and consultants in the pages of PMQ. In the past seven years, PMQ has been publishing this magazine, we have been working to find these tools of the trade to pass on to you. Many changes have occurred. Things move much faster these days and business owners need instant access to information and people.

In order to keep up with the needs of operators, PMQ has made two major moves in recent years. The most recent was the decision to start publishing PMQ as a bi-monthly. Now you get PMQ every two months! More marketing ideas, more experts and more information about what affects you and your business is on the way. The other major move was the decision to build a database of information that covers nearly every aspect of running a pizzeria that was interactive. About five years ago, www.pmq.com was born.

In the time since then, PMQ.com has accumulated more information on the pizza industry than any other web site out there. You now have instant access to people like Big Dave Ostrander, Tom 'The Dough Doctor' Lehmann, The StreetFighters, Mike Roberts, PJ Giannini and many others through the Think Tank and the Ask the Experts section. Whether it be operations, insurance, accounting, human resources or management, you can get answers fast through the PMQ.com website. Now there are even more tools to help you get ahead like the Recipe Bank, over eight Info Centers, the Manager's Toolbox, the PMQ Chat Room, Food Distributor guide and much more. Any question you have, no matter how small or how complicated, you can network with thousands of pizzeria owners just like yourself and get solutions to your problems. PMQ.com has become the top restaurant trade site on the Internet with more than 2,000 pizzeria owners and industry professionals visiting EVERY DAY. If you haven't been to the PMQ.com site, and you have questions about the pizza industry, maybe it is time you went.

PMQ.com is divided into two areas. The left side of the site is dedicated to providing magazine content online. Looking for a back issue, a particular article written by one of our contributors, you will find it here. The right side is the interactive section where you can ask industry experts or other operators questions, register for email newsletters and alerts, log into the PMQ Chat Room, download tools to help you manage your business and much more. Here is a summary of just a few of the more popular and useful areas at PMQ.com.

New York Pizza Show

Click here and go directly to the www.newyorkpizzashow.com site to find out how to be part of PMQ's very own pizza show.

PMQ Newsroom

By clicking here you get all the daily pizza news we can find on the net along with press releases from companies serving the industry. You can also find links to and www.pizzanewsonline.com. From the newsroom you can link to these sites which feature press releases for new products, product upgrades, trade publication reviews relating to pizza, and pizza headline news. This page is updated daily and you can do keyword news searches to find pizza news important to you, so put it on your list of places to visit each morning. If you are a company who serves the pizza industry and have a product announcement or are a pizza operator with news to tell, send it to tom@pmq.com, saved as a Word document or send a web link to where the article is located and we will be happy to post it. These are the sites from which PMQ pulls its news for the Pizza News Weekly updates and the monthly newsletter, so be sure to get your press releases and news to us so we can spread the word.

Daily Cheese Prices

Cheese is the most expensive item on your pizza and the price you argue with your distributor about most. Concerned you are paying too much? Click this link and it sends you to the Cheese Reporter's site where the daily price block (lb.) cheese is being traded for on the stock market is listed. This is the price your distributor is paying and it will show you how the price fluctuates each and every day.

NAPICS

Click here to go to the NAPICS (North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show) site. NAPICS, formerly known as the Mid-America Pizza Show, is an annual event in Columbus, Ohio and is a must-stop for pizza operators. Get all the attendee and exhibitor information here.

Win A Million Bucks

You have to come to PMQ.com and click the link to find out.

Current Issue

Read it before it arrives. The newest issue of PMQ goes online before you get it in the mailbox. Read it online.

Previous Issues Archive

Find all of the previous issues of PMQ online here. Lost a back-issue or looking for ideas? Peruse this area and see what you missed. There are over 23 issues of PMQ for you to read – all in one convenient location.

PMQ Australia

Clicking here takes you to the Australasian site. Bet you didn't know PMQ published a special issue for Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Find out what is going on in the pizza biz Down Under.

Newsletter Archives

PMQ sends a monthly email newsletter once a month. To view previous newsletters and the press releases, go here.

Regular Features Archive

This section is a quick link to features by our experts. Pop in and read all the articles that have appeared by Big Dave Ostrander, Tom Lehmann, PJ Giannini, and more.

The People of PMQ

Put a face with the names and see who is responsible for bringing you PMQ. You can also find contact information here.

Contact Us

Click here to contact PMQ.

Subscribe

Subscribe here. Enough said about that.

Subscribe For Email Alerts and Our Newsletter

Join here. Don't worry, we don't sell any of our email lists. You won't wind up on a mailing list for Vicodin or Viagra, just pizza news from PMQ. Each Tuesday we send one email announcing the guest speaker for the chat sessions along with a weekly news brief. Once a month we send a comprehensive newsletter detailing all of the news for the month.

Send a Letter to the Editor

Click here and speak your mind. Send us comments about the magazine or just drop a line to say hello.

PMQ Advertising Information

Want to find out how to advertise in PMQ? Click here for sales department contact information as well as our online media kit.

Free Classifieds

Looking for used equipment, a pizzeria or have something to sell? Post a free online ad here. It is better than Ebay because it is for pizza operators only.

Think Tank

Got a question about anything pizza? Get your answers here by posting a question. This is the most popular section on the site. You can ask the contributing writers or other pizza professionals, like yourself, questions or offer your advice. Everyone from Big Dave Ostrander to Tom Lehmann offer daily advice and tips to help you be more successful and sleep a little easier at night. This is the most popular interactive forum for pizza people on the web and the most valuable tool at www.pmq.com. Each day, hundreds of pizzeria owners and pizza professionals visit this area to offer advice and find answers to questions we all have. Everything from how to market to schools to dough solutions to opening a new location are answered in here. No registration is required and anyone can post or simply drop in to read. It's the only place on the web that puts thousands of pizzeria owners in the same room to solve problems as a collective group. PMQ will also be hosting a live version of the Think Tank at the New York Pizza Show. If you like the online version, you'll love the live version.

PMQ Chat Room

Live chat session every Tuesday at 8 p.m. EASTERN with leading experts and the people you read about in PMQ. You can also access the Chat Transcript Archives in this area. Every transcript for every chat session is posted in here. There are over 60 chat sessions that have occurred and if you missed one or all of them, you can catch up by reading the transcripts. If you haven't been to a PMQ Chat Session, drop in one Tuesday and see what all the talk is about.

Ask the Experts

Access leading experts in accounting, marketing, operations, human resources, insurance and others right here. Ask them a question and get an answer, usually within 24 hours.

Enter PMQ Australasia

Another link to www.pmq.com.au

U.S. Pizza Team

Click here and visit the U.S. Pizza Team site for updates on where you can try out for the team, who the newest members are, publicity and public appearances by team members or just learn more about who they are and what they do. The U.S. Pizza Team has been competing at the World Pizza Championships for more than four years. Tony Gemignanni, former active member of the USPT and current coach, earned his world title here. Last year, the U.S. Pizza Team brought home four medals, including second best pizza in the world. The U.S. Pizza Team has members competing in Largest Dough Stretch, Fastest Pizza Maker, Individual Dough Tossing, gourmet and traditional categories. Team members win all-expense paid trips to Salsomaggiore, Italy to compete for world titles and have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in free print and television publicity. Members have also appeared on The Food Network, The Best Damned Sports Show Period, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, ESPN's Cold Pizza in addition to other national and regional shows and magazines.

Pizza Industry Exhibitions

Find out what shows are coming up, where they are and when they will occur. Keep up with where you need to be.

Web Sites We Like

Links to nearly 100 web sites that are of interest to pizza operators. Ever topic from marketing to pizza humor sites is listed. From this one area of PMQ.com, you can find links to every major pizza site on the web. It's like a pizza search engine – there's even one site listed that is a pizza search engine. If you have one you would like to see featured, send us an email or write us and let us know. Send your submissions to tom@pmq.com.

Finding Food Distributors

Click on your state and get a list of food distributors who service your area.

The PMQ Roadshow

Planning a big promotion? Invite us along! We'll bring our PMQ News Van and two-person crew along with $30,000 worth of visual noise technology. Click here to learn more about how the Roadshow can help you.

The Pizza Pages

The most complete source of pizza industry contact information (updated daily.)

Banner Ad Archives

Click here and you can find all of our online advertisers in one place, without having to search for them.

Pizza Theater

Video and Audio files for pizza-related products as well as video of Tony Gemignanni in action. There's even video of the World's Largest Pizza and how to make it.

Idea Forum

Visit this area and view the most innovative products to hit the pizza biz. Included are ideas for how to use the products and more. Every Idea Forum that has ever appeared in PMQ can be found in this room.

Recipe Bank

PMQ's databank of recipes for dough, pizzas and other foods.

Manager's Toolbox

Software and tools to help you run your business better. Everything from a Dough Crust Troubleshooter to employee applications, take-and-bake instructions, break-even calculators and more.

U.S. Pizza Census

Take the survey and get the results. Find out what the trends are in the pizza industry. The only way you can get the results of the census is to take it. Very valuable information.

Tell A Friend

An easy way to let someone know about the wealth of pizza knowledge you have found at PMQ.com.

Bookmark

An easy way to add PMQ.com to your favorites list.

Consumer Pizza Poll

Consumer reported information about the pizza industry.

Household Population Report by Zip Code

Free online lookup directory. These lookups are easy to use, and will save you hours in time, energy and frustration. Look up the number of residents in your zipcode, business counts, phone numbers, addresses by radius, etc.

Pizza Humor

Send and eCard or enjoy cartoons and other funny stuff that directly relates to pizza.

Information Centers

Everything you'll ever need to know about hotbags, ovens, POS systems, cheese, pasta, beverages, appetizers, food distributors and more. Each issue of PMQ features a new topic like the ones just mentioned. In these articles, we cover ever aspect of that subject and list resources for products, companies and equipment for each topic listed. We do the legwork for you. After the articles are published, they become an Info Center. The goal is to create a complete resource for ever aspect of the pizza industry in one spot. You can learn everything there is to know about sauces and how to cook or store them, cheese and how to use it better or a review of nearly every POS company serving the industry. New topics are added with each issue and these centers are updated regularly. If you have a company serving an area with an Info Center and are not listed, feel free to contact Tom Boyles at 662-234-5481 ext 122 (tom@pmq.com) and he can tell you how to be added to the resource listing.

Link PMQ to Your Site

Want a PMQ link on your site . . . no problem. Get it here. All the code and artwork you need to show people you know where to go for the best in pizza information.

Make PMQ Your Start Page

Simple enough.

Pizza News Now

Another link to the PMQ newsroom. Haven't been there yet? What are you waiting for? It's like the evening news for pizza.

Pizza Power

PMQ does a complete analysis of the pizza industry every summer and you can see how the industry performs by clicking here. Also included are Pizza Power reports from previous years.

Pizza Promotional Calendar

Find out what days you need to plan for or get ideas for promotions for the entire year. Every month features the major holidays and events so you can plan for success. The key is planning and with this helpful reminder, you won't miss an opportunity.

PizzaVision

Links to web cameras in various pizzerias. Do you have a web cam? Contact us and let us know so it can be featured in the PizzaVision room, for free.

Subscribe For Email Alerts and Our Newsletter

Join now! Don't worry, we don't sell any of our email lists. You won't wind up on a mailing list for Vicodin or Viagra, just pizza news from PMQ. Each week we send one email on Tuesday announcing the guest speaker for the chat sessions along with a weekly news brief. Once a month we send a comprehensive newsletter detailing all of the news for the month.

World Pizza Championship

It's like the Olympics of pizza. Click here to learn more about the World Pizza Championships that are held in Salsomaggiore, Italy every spring. This is where the U.S. Pizza Team travels to compete. Learn more about it by clicking here.

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