Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 .

The new web widget makes it easy for customers to add themselves to your waitlist from your website and have their waitlist requests appear in the Waitlist Me app.  The widget has two main views and is simple to customize and add to your site in a few quick steps.

Customers can view estimated wait times or people waiting:

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Customers can then submit their info for adding themselves to the list:

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Creating the widget is as easy as switching the toggle to “ON” from your widget settings page on the Waitlist Me website. A unique widget will be created and all you need to do is copy the line of code onto your website where you’d like the widget to display.

The widget can be customized at any time, and you will see how it looks in the preview section at the top of the page. Press “Save” to keep changes and automatically update the widget on your site. Here are some of the options:

Titles – Change the text that appears on the two different screens of the widget. The first screen shows the estimated wait and the second screen appears after customers click to add themselves and enter their information

Colors – Match the widget to your website the way you like with the flexibility to change the colors of the text, background, borders, and links.

Display types – There are a couple options on what you may want to display to give people a feel of how long the wait might be, or if you choose “None” it will not show the view of the wait estimate at all and just have the fields for people to add their information.

Also, if you want to go back to the default settings after you can always click the Reset link at the bottom.

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The web widget is a Waitlist Me Premium feature and adds another option beyond using the public waitlist page for customers to add themselves to the waitlist.

Friday, June 30th, 2017 .

Is your business seeing a summertime boom? The easiest way to boost your earnings from now through Labor Day is to make it easier for you to serve your customers—and for you customers to work with you and enjoy your products and services. Waitlist Me is a free app that helps you do exactly that.

Ready to find out how your business can reap the benefits of all those happy vacationers walking through your door this season? Read on.

 

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a year-round dining favorite or a beach bar open for the season, an influx of foot traffic in the summer months can overwhelm hosts and servers. Without a waitlist management app, that overwhelm can lead to table pile-ups and frustratingly long lines.

Good for you: Get rid of the grease pens and toss the paper trail. Waitlist Me streamlines your hostess stand. Within the app, you can add parties to your waitlist, estimate wait times at a glance, and contact waiting customers via text messages, keeping your service running smoothly from breakfast through last call.

Great for your customers: Nobody wants to wait around in a foyer or entrance area for a hostess to call their name. Waitlist Me’s public waitlist and text alert features let tourists take in the views (and the corner knick-knack shop) without missing their table.

 

Boat and equipment rentals

Whether you rent out sailboats or kayaks, paddle boats or stand-up paddle boards, inner tubes or jet skis, you’ve got an equipment roster you have to keep an eye on and customers you have to keep happy.

Good for you: Got one boat that’s broken down, another that should’ve been returned an hour ago, and a line of tourists eager to hit the water? Waitlist Me helps you manage your availability and your ETAs, and our text alerts will ensure that your renters are docked on time, every time.

Great for your customers: Vacationers can hit the water without worrying about when they have to return to dry land. Assure them before they go that you’ll text them when it’s time to head back in, leaving them free to enjoy their rental.

 

Ropes and adventure courses

A vacation is the best time to do something wild and crazy and completely spur-of-the-moment. Sure, you’ve got the planners, who made reservations before their plane touched down in your town. But you’re also juggling the tourists who fly by the seat of their pants.

Good for you: An intuitive app like Waitlist Me allows you to add groups quickly (and makes notes about their wants and needs). That level of efficiency means you can move through a line of waiting guests quickly, which keeps foot traffic flowing and prevents customers from taking one look at a long line and running the other direction.

Great for your customers: Nothing kills an adrenaline rush like standing in line. Waitlist Me lets you add customers to a public waitlist they can check from anywhere and text them when it’s their turn to hit the course. That means they can get up to an adventure of their own—without missing their turn.

 

Surf and swim shops

Your store is a novelty to tourists. They can’t wait to inspect every nook and cranny, but when it comes to choosing a new equipment or trying on apparel, sometimes they need a little more help than the average shopper.

Good for you: No sales associate wants to split their focus on a dozen customers clamoring for their assistance. When you add them to a waitlist, you guarantee that your associates will deliver the level of service you want to be known for.

Great for your customers: Forget the frustration of hunting down a sales assistant or wondering where that guy with the name tag disappeared to. When customers are placed on a waiting list, they know that the focus will be 100-percent on them from dressing room to check-out.

 

Hotel pools and beaches

Your guests expect the highest level of service, no matter how slammed you are. Treat them like the sunscreen-toting VIPs they are with a little help from Waitlist Me, which has been proven to increase customer satisfaction.

Good for you: The app’s interface is easy to navigate and intuitive to use. Waitlist Me makes checking to see which chairs or seating areas are open and which will be coming available soon a breeze, letting your attendants focus on service rather than floor plans.

Great for your customers: While nobody wants to wait for their fun in the sun, our app lets you make the wait bearable. Waitlist Me offers accurate wait time quotes, easy-as-pie reservations, and a public waitlist your guests can check from the comfort of their hotel room or the bar.

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 .

The rows of tread mills, stationary bikes, and weight machines make it look like your fitness studio is all about the equipment. While the equipment is a must-have, maintaining your membership is do-or-die.

Waitlist Me is a waitlist management app that helps you provide VIP customer service and troubleshoot the best problem a business like yours can have: an active membership that’s keeping your gym packed 24/7.

Here’s how our app can help make your gym a neighborhood stand-out…

 

Give all members equal-access to popular equipment

Nobody goes to the gym to stand around for 30 minutes waiting for an elliptical. With Waitlist Me, they don’t have to. Front desk attendants can add them to the waitlist for certain equipment, or they can add themselves. The app will hold their place in line, and you can display whose turn it is on a screen using our public waitlist feature.

Bonus: Waitlist Me has a kiosk mode where you can turn an iPad into a self-check in station that guests can use to easily add themselves to the line for the next available machine.

 

Let members reserve tanning beds on their own time

Unlimited tanning is a huge perk for many fitness club members. Walking in to find them all in use, though, can be a week-ruiner. The simplest way to ensure that never happens to any of your guests again is to enlist Waitlist Me’s reservation feature. Members can make appointments online or when they walk in the door of your club, go about their routine, and get their golden glow right on schedule.

Bonus: The app’s easy-to-use interface makes it a cinch for your staff to see which units are in use or becoming available, letting you schedule regular cleanings and maintenance efficiently.

 

Allow guests to build spa services into their workout routine

Whether you offer basic member favorites like steam showers and saunas, or a full complement of spa offerings, Waitlist Me can elevate the way your membership takes advantage of these services and ensure that nobody leaves your facility disappointed. Members can reserve services before they get their sweat on, making the transition from workout to refresh seamless.

Bonus: Waitlist Me recognizes return customers when they check in and allows you to create notes on individual clients. If you know that a certain member always hits the sauna after a boot camp, you can add them to the waitlist automatically when they sign up for class.

 

Make the most of your personal trainers

Not every member wants a private session with a personal trainer or thinks to schedule one in advance. But if they have questions during a workout or want a quick refresher on a piece of equipment, Waitlist Me makes it easy for them to get on a wait list for a little pro help without missing a beat. Keeping your membership happy and injury-free? That’s a win-win.

Bonus: Waitlist Me syncs across multiple devices. That means that each member of your staff can check the waitlist on their own smartphone, tablet, or computer, and see where and when they’re needed.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 .

Building on our launch of table section management features a few months ago, we have added some new features to make it even easier to know where to seat the next customer.  Labeled mode displays valuable activity metrics, section notes help you track servers covering each section, and additional waitlist integration makes it faster to do more from the table management screen.  Here is a video that highlights some of these new features and shows more on how to set up your section and layout management strategies:

 

Labeled mode

In “Labeled” mode, you’ll also see additional details about each section.  The “Open” metric shows the number of available tables as well as the total available seats at those tables.  The “Filled” metric shows the percentage of seats occupied in a section along with the counts of the occupied and total seats.  These key stats help make smarter decisions faster.  For instance, when a group comes in that’s too big for one table, you can instantly see which sections have enough empty tables, with enough empty seats, to accommodate them.  And you can also see how many of the seats in each section are filled, and ensure that each server gets their fair share of the work, not just their fair share of the tables.  These metrics are also visible in the “Size” and “Status” sorts for seeing breakdowns of availability by table size or overall status.

 

Section Notes

You can add comments to each section—for instance, to identify who’s working where, or to leave a reminder about a special event.  Just tap “Add Notes,” fill in your remarks, and then tap “Save.”  Instead of having to set up complicated server scheduling or other section tracking processes, the notes feature lets you make updates faster and more naturally.  It’s as easy as the common practice of writing server names on a laminated floor plan, but with all the advantages that our app has to offer for seeing real-time data, easily knowing where to seat the next customer, syncing information across devices, and more.

 

More Waitlist Integration

If you like working within the table management view of the app, it is nice to be able to assign customers from the waitlist, notify them their table is ready, and seat them at the table without having to switch back to the waitlist view.  Now you can.

From the action bar, when you tap on add, you can choose someone who’s already on your waiting list, and serve them at that table, right now.  If the table is already occupied, this removes the old party from the waitlist, and seats the new one, with one tap.

Or, if you’re not ready to seat them yet, you can just “assign” them to use that table next.  If the new customer has stepped away, you can even make the assignment and also send them an SMS text message, asking them to come back.  When they’re ready to take their seats, just tap on the table, and then tap “Next.”

You can also add a new customer by tapping a table.  Just fill in their name, phone number, and other details.  The table has already been selected, so you can go ahead and seat the customer right now, or add them to your waitlist, or even make a reservation, all in one place.

 

Quick Seating

When you aren’t crowded you probably seat customers at tables without taking their name.  You can still track that the table is occupied and for how long by using the status button in the action bar.  This makes it easy to keep track of your availability without having to create a customer for each table.  You may want to start tracking your table availability at a certain time, like before it gets busy, and you can mark all your tables that are currently occupied all at once.  Just press and hold on one table to use the multi-select feature, then tap on all the tables that are occupied, and then tap the status button to make them occupied.

Friday, May 17th, 2013 .

We are getting ready to head to NRA, and are happy to have reached 11 million diners seated through the NoshList waitlist app.

We have also added three key features to improve restaurant efficiency, which include customizable text message notifications, multi-restaurant management, and a customer-facing waitlist display. These are now available on iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

The customizable text message notification feature gives restaurants the ability to modify their text messages for waitlist notifications and allows managers to better engage customers by adding a link to their website or menu, or to inform their diners about specials and promotions.

With the multi-restaurant management feature, new admin accounts allow owners or companies with multiple restaurants to login and see how each restaurant is doing from one account. We work with a number of large chain restaurants and wanted to give them more powerful tools to manage all of their stores’ waitlists. These new multi-restaurant administrative features are an introduction to all the advanced analytics and other tools we can provide to restaurant operations managers and owners of multiple restaurants.

The third new feature released this week lets any restaurant using NoshList display a public view of the waitlist that customers can check from their phones to see where they are in the list. The mobile version uses a custom link in the notification message to highlight each individual customer’s position in the list on his or her mobile phone.

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NoshList will also be attending the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago this weekend, May 18-21, and will be located in the Technology section in the North Hall, Level 3 in Booth # 5867.