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Increase number of reservations in your restaurant - for free

How do you accept reservations at the moment?

Today, you’re probably primarily using your phone line, and that's been working fine for you. Maybe you use OpenTable and pay $1 per guest, or via online form on your website. It may seem that combining all those different methods allows you to get the best results from different web services but it also adds up to a salty invoice at the end of each month.

At Hostme, we are striving to provide our clients with simple, useful and cost-friendly solutions while still allowing you to expand your presence across all different media channels. That’s why we don’t charge per each transaction, like some of our competitors do but gives you all the tools you need to place your reservation page on social media sites.

We’ve prepared some articles on how you can quickly - and for free - start accepting online reservations from Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp, Instagram and many other sources.

First of all, get all of your web presences under control:

Claim your restaurant pages on Foursquare and Yelp. Once you do that, add your reservation link to the website field. Learn how to do this.

Foursquare Reservation Link

Second, promote the pages for your restaurant’s website and social media accounts.

Ask your customers to leave reviews, so they increase the visibility of your page on Foursquare, Facebook or Yelp. The more good reviews you have, the higher you’ll be ranked when customers search for a place.

Foursquare Reservation Link

Let your customers know how to book a table right from the Facebook page. Learn how to add the “Book” button to your Facebook page.

Foursquare Reservation Link

The above steps won’t take as much time as you might think. Just start small, so you can smoothly manage your growth. Once you begin getting reservations through the Hostme system, we will help you to communicate with your clients, manage tables and server rotation, handle reservations, and we'll provide you with analytics tools and much more. The good part about starting with this tactic: it won’t cost you anything more than your time.

by Ilya Gindin

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