Thursday, April 21st, 2016 .

We are happy to announce the winners of our special giveaway for Charleston area businesses that we did as part of the opening of our Charleston headquarters. Charlestonians were invited to submit names of local businesses that they’d be happier visiting if the wait wasn’t so bad.  In turn, Waitlist Me would select the top 10 submissions to provide a free year of the Waitlist Me service to help improve their wait experience.

Here are a couple of our favorite submissions:

“This is the best brunch/breakfast/lunch on Folly Beach. The wait is consistently 30-45 minutes, no matter when you visit, and there isn’t really a great waiting area, so most people have to stand in the parking lot.”  –  Lost Dog Café customer

“I love Hyman’s, but it is so crowded in the summer and tourist seasons.  I think locals like me would go there more often if the lines weren’t so bad or there was a better way to know when its your turn”Hyman’s Seafood customer

“They’re the BEST brunch spot in the area…and they do an awesome dinner service as well. They take reservations, but it’s really tough to walk in and get a spot.”High Thyme customer

And here is the full list of winners:

  • 167 Raw
  • High Thyme
  • Hymann’s Seafood
  • Kaminsky’s
  • Laura Albert’s
  • Lost Dog Café
  • Old South Carriage Co.
  • Page’s Okra Grill
  • Taco Boy
  • Tavern & Table

 

Customers are feeling the pain of having to wait, and businesses can use Waitlist Me to dramatically improve this experience. Waitlist Me makes it easy to manage a waitlist and send customers text notifications when ready for them, allowing customers the freedom to walk around and enjoy more of the beauty of Charleston while they wait.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 .

At Firespotter Labs, we have been busy working on new ways to make people’s lives better, and are proud to announce our latest creation: NoshList!

NoshList is a free waitlist app for restaurants that uses text messages to notify diners when their tables are ready. Here is how it works:

NoshList allows restaurants to easily manage parties – adding, seating and removing them as necessary – just by pushing a button. To add walk-up customers, NoshList users simply enter in a name, phone number and tap a button for the party size. There are even different icons for gender and age groups (i.e., blue for boys, pink for girls, and an icon that looks sort of like Darth Vader for “unknown”). At the bottom of the screen, NoshList shows the current wait times by party size for at-a-glance information, as well as the number of total guests waiting and the total seated.

iPad add party

 

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 .

With the biggest eating-out day of the year upon us, the big question is this: How are you going to make Mother’s Day a big success for your restaurant?

It’s not just about getting people in the door. It’s not even about serving the best food in town. It’s about giving your customers the best overall experience possible—one that will keep them returning long after Mother’s Day ends. And that experience starts the minute they walk through the door.

Here are 3 ways Waitlist Me wows customers while they wait for their table

Accurate wait time estimates make you look like a pro

Shuffling through loose papers doesn’t inspire confidence. Neither does the look on your host’s face when she’s guessing when that table in the corner will turn.

Waitlist Me takes the guesswork out of time estimates. The app shows estimated waits by table size, so you have your answer with a quick look, whether it’s a table for two or ten.  Plus, it tracks how long customers have been waiting in real time, right next to the time they were quoted, so you can better adjust for surges and lulls in visitors to fine tune your quote accuracy.

Text alerts let customers relax while they wait

No one wants to be tethered to a restaurant lobby—and a cluster of hungry people waiting for a table can be a turn-off for walk-ins.

Waitlist Me lets you text guests when their table is ready, which means they can wander freely without worrying that they’ll miss their name being called. We’ve even made it easy for them to let you know they’re on their way, or that they need to cancel with a simple text response.

A public waitlist allows customers to see where they are in line (and plan accordingly)

An out-the-door line keeps you busy enough. Add the inevitable “how long will it be?” grumbles to the mix, and you’ve got mayhem on your Mother’s Day menu.

When you add a customer to your waitlist, Waitlist Me sends them a confirmation text automatically. That text includes a link to your public waitlist, empowering them to check on their place in line wherever they are, whenever they want.  The less time your team has to spend providing updated estimates to the people waiting, the more time they can spend greeting and making guests feel welcome.

A 5-minute fix? You bet.

You can start using Waitlist Me now on any iOS, Android, or web-accessible device. Getting started is easy, and you can get it up and running in less time than it takes you to fire up your restaurant’s most popular dish. Now that’s a win!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 .

Waitlist Me has a Web Widget feature that allows customers to add themselves to the waitlist or schedule reservations from your website or social page.  Waitlist Me Pro offers some additional features for controlling when customers can do these actions:

* Business Hours lets you restrict the times that people can make reservations or appointments

* Display Hours limits the times the widget itself will be available for people to join the waitlist or request reservations

To set these up, go to the Add Yourself area of the settings in the app or on the Waitlist Me website (login online and navigate to Account > Settings > Add Yourself and click on Customize Settings and the Edit Business/Display Hours).

 

Business Hours

Set your business hours for when you wish to accept reservations. For example, if your business closes at 10:00 pm, you may not want to accept reservations after 9:00 pm. When customers try to book outside of that time, they will receive a message instructing them which time frames are available (you can edit this message). There are also options to limit group size and how many days out reservations can be made.

 

Display Hours

The Display Hours feature controls when this widget is available, so people don’t add themselves to the waitlist when you aren’t open or send reservation requests when you are not around to review them. You can also choose what message will appear when the widget isn’t active.

 

There are several other settings you can edit to get the most out of your subscription. Navigate to Account > Settings > Customize Settings (under the Add Yourself header), and here you can change the colors and titles of your Web Widget. The Display dropdown controls the metrics customers see for the current waitlist (number of people on the list, last time quoted, etc.).

In the General Settings section, there are options you can customize in the Add Yourself settings. for whether you want to accept requests for reservations and/or the waitlist, whether you want to automatically approve those requests.  You can also choose what information you want to collect and require, like phone number, party size, and notes.

After configuring your widget, you’re ready to put it on your website. You can either add a link that will redirect to a hosted webpage, or add the widget itself directly onto your site.  Also, you can enter HTML that will appear below the widget. For example, you may want to include instructions for customers to indicate if they prefer to sit inside or outside, or information about your loyalty program.  Here is a video with more on how it works:

 

Friday, January 13th, 2017 .

appointment-calendarIn 2017, don’t get another paper appointment book. Waitlist Me’s appointment management options can help you manage your time and customers better than pen and paper ever could. Whether it’s a salon, barber shop, or similar business, you can leave your scheduling nightmares behind and make managing appointments simple. With a quick set up and easy to learn interface, we can help you start the new year on the right foot.

When the phone rings, instead having to look everywhere in an appointment book, Waitlist Me lets you see your availability at a glance in an intuitive digital calendar. Monthly and weekly views show counts of your scheduled customers so it is easy to see the big picture on when you have availability. Then in the daily view you can see appointments broken out by time and stylist. When scheduling appointments for a team of employees, simply check one screen to see who has an opening. You can easily find the best appointment times for your clients and send them text confirmations and reminders.

When a potential client walks in without an appointment, you don’t need to scramble to figure out if you can fit them in. Quickly see your availability for that day and give them an accurate estimate of how long it would be until you can help them.  You can even give them the freedom to walk around while they wait and text them when you are ready for them. Waitlist Me will help you improve your guest’s experience and make smarter business decisions faster.

Another great benefit of going digital with Waitlist Me is the flexibility to check your appointment calendar from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. So if a valued client calls when you aren’t at the salon and asks when you can squeeze them in, you don’t need to head back to look at your appointment book.  Or if one of your stylists calls in sick on your day off, you can do all the rescheduling from home. With Waitlist Me, you won’t have to worry anymore about carrying around your appointment book, driving back to the salon, or even worse, losing your appointment book. Try it out for free today.