Best Mobile pp for FOH Restaurant Staff

Most people are sharing apps that list/rate restaurants or tie into food delivery. The NextME app is quite different. The NextME app is one of the greatest apps a diner/patron will never have to download to use. Now, that might sound a little crazy without understanding exactly what NextME is.

NextME is a digital waitlist app that allows people to utilize their cell-phone number to hold their place in line. While there are other similar platforms on the market, most require downloads and sign-ins on the consumers’ end which can be a bit frustrating if the app isn’t something you use on a daily basis. NextME allows you to simply walk in and leave your info. When that information is put into the app, you are sent a text message through the app with a special link (that works on your phone’s mobile web browser) which will show a real time countdown of your position in line. NextME also sends you a text to let you know the host is ready to seat you, and you are prompted to reply to the app via text if you still want your table.

Restaurants love us because on that countdown page for each person on the waitlist, we can place digital menus, videos, partner ads and anything else you want your patron’s eyes on. With that said, the ability to browse the menu in digital form speeds up table turnover, and increases peak hours because diners know what they want and are instantly able to prompt the host.

Diners love us because they shouldn’t have to learn a new system/app every time they want to go out to eat. A cell phone is a device that most, if not all diners have. It just makes sense to build an app around their number.

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How to Plan for Mother’s Day Brunch

Do you know your mom’s favorite brunch spot or restaurant? Have you heard her often say, “I’ve always wanted to try this place out, but no one wants to come with me!” Your mother has fed you well your whole life, it’s time to return the favor this Mother’s Day.

Once you narrow down your mom’s favorite restaurant, the next step is to make a reservation. Most of the restaurants are usually busy on Mother’s Day. If you make a reservation in advance, you won’t have to wait in line. If you don’t, you could risk your mom being “hangry,” as she waits hours for the next table to open up. So you go ahead and call the restaurant only to find out that your mom’s favorite restaurant takes no advance reservations. You get all stressed out, hoping that the restaurant is not over crowded. But no need to worry!

NextME, the simplest digital wait list app, allows you to hold your place in line with just your cellphone. The app sends you a text message confirming your placement on the list and provides a link to a countdown clock for you and your mom. The best part is you don’t have to download the app. You will just have to come to restaurant that’s using it. As you can imagine, having a countdown clock means that instead of waiting in line, you will be making the most of that extra time. Perhaps you and your mom can grab coffee at the nearest Starbucks. When the clock gets low, NextME will send out another text, which you will reply to keep or cancel your reservation. From there, you will be notified when the restaurant is ready to seat you.

NextME has partnered with a number of top notch brunch spots in Chicago that you can take your mom to this Mother’s Day:

Kanela Breakfast Club, The Bongo Room , Le Pain Quotidien , Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria , Southport Grocery & Cafe ,Dryhop Brewers ,Corridor Brewery & Provisions , Whisk Chicago , Son of A Butcher , Café Selmarie , Wishbone

To learn more, visit our website. With NextME app, we turn waiting customers into happy customers.

PS: If your mom’s favorite restaurant is not using NextME, a digital wait list app, we have put together a nice referral program. Make sure to request NextME to the restaurant and we will compensate you once they sign up!

Wishing all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day from the NextME team! Happy waiting!


Your Friday Night Just Got Better

We’ve all been to a restaurant when it’s busy: The waits are long, and if you live in a city like Chicago, the waits are even longer.

Although Chicago doesn’t have a shortage of fantastic restaurants, everyone seems to know which ones are the best. For example, if someone wants deep dish, they’ll probably go to Lou Malnati’s. If they want a good burger, they’ll go to Kuma’s Corner.

(I may be a little biased because I work at Kuma’s Too, but that’s beside the point.)

This is the famous Kuma burger, and you probably got hungrier just looking at it.

Whether you’re in the industry or not, we all know what it’s like to be hangry. We trade an hour wait for the certainty of a delicious meal. Yet, knowing this, we’re always filled with an irrational mix of anxiety and rage until the host says that message from above — “Your table is ready!”

As a hostess myself, I’ve seen customers’ faces light up all too many times after giving them the good news. I’ve also experienced the looks of panic and subtle death stares when I tell people they have to wait 45 minutes to an hour to be seated. The servers constantly bringing out burgers, mac and cheese plates and wings that saturate the room with a delicious aroma of homemade buffalo sauce doesn’t help, either.

Lucky for me, working at Kuma’s has its perks: Between the friendly staff, delicious food, and awesome beer selection, I definitely haven’t had much to complain about. Plus, they have an awesome digital waitlist app called NextME that I use when the restaurant gets packed. It not only makes my life easier, but helps increase table turns and decrease hangry customers.

Since Kuma’s doesn’t take reservations, NextME does a great job at managing our walk-ins. All I have to do is enter the patron’s name and number into the digital wait list, and the app will send diners an automated text saying which spot in line they’re in using a web link. When it’s someone’s turn to be seated, I press a button that sends them another text telling them their table is ready. I don’t even have to tell my customers to download anything!


How to Manage Waitlists at No-Reservation Restaurants

“Are there services where you can pay someone to wait in line for you? Any creative workarounds? There’s gotta be some random startup that’s solved this problem, no?”

“I’ve also noticed that many of the brunch spots in yelp that are tagged as “takes reservations” don’t actually take reservations for brunch … super annoying.”

NextME has! NextME is a digital waitlist app that allows you to hold your place in line with just your cellphone number. The app sends you a text message confirming your placement on the list and provides a link to a countdown clock for you and your party. The best part is you don’t have to download anything on your end, you just have to visit a restaurant that’s using it. As you can imagine, having a countdown clock means that instead of standing on your feet in line, you’ll be making the most of that extra time. When the clock gets low, NextME will send out another text, which you will reply to keep or cancel your reservation. From there, you’ll be notified when the restaurant is ready to seat you.

PS** If your favorite restaurants aren’t using NextME we’ve put together a nice referral program. Make sure to request NextME at your favorite restaurants and we’ll compensate you once they sign up.

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