How to (Successfully) Market Your Ice Cream Shop

Marketing is a major part of any business. It doesn't matter if you have the greatest ice cream in the country, if you don't market it well, no one will know about it. In today's informational climate, marketing isn't TV ads, billboards, and phone calls. Marketing now is about content and organic reach. As an ice cream shop, marketing is a vital part of your business. Here's how you can successfully market your ice cream shop.

1. Be Visible

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A big part of marketing is visibility. Your business should be visible to your audience. You can do this by targeting ads to your ideal customers and being active on your social media. Post things your customers want to interact with like polls and questions. People love companies that care about what they think, even it's just asking what flavors are their favorite.

2. Stand Out

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What sets your ice cream shop apart? Do you make all your ice cream instore? Are you a modern cafe? Make your ice cream shop seem different and better than your competitors. Your customers want to know why they should choose you.

3. Be Part of the Community

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Ice cream shops can be a fixture in your community. A great way to get your ice cream shop in the minds of your audience is to be active in the community. Sponsor a sports team or be a part of your local chamber of commerce. Another thing you can do is to actively be charitable. Look for local causes to support, like a food bank or homeless shelter.

4. Be Human

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People don't want to support businesses they don't care about. People want to buy from businesses they can see as people. Making your business human and personal is the best way to show your customers that you care about them. You can do this by posting about your employees on your social media and being personable when they're in your store.

Marketing is a vital part of any ice cream shop. Successfully marketing your ice cream shop is more simple than you think. All you need to do is be visible to your audience, stand out from your competitors, be part of your community, and be consistent with your branding. 

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About the Author: Tim Porter

Tim is the CEO and people builder of In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


Our purpose at Frozen Dessert Supplies is "Build People and Deliver Joy." That means that everything we do, from manufacturing to packaging to delivery, is to build you and your business and deliver joy to you. We also strive to build our employees and help them to be better people.

Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.