Social media is a great way to reach potential diners at your restaurant and Facebook has added new features for page owners aimed at increasing restaurant reservations. With Facebook's Call to Action button, restaurants can now add a 'Book Now' widget on their Facebook page. The 'Book Now' button lets customers book in a few clicks provided you are working with a booking widget partner.
How to Add “Book Now” Button to Your Restaurant Page?
1. Log into your restaurant’s Facebook page as an admin and click on ‘Add a Button’.
2. Click on ‘Book Services’
3. Select “Book Now”
4. Add your unique booking link and click ‘Add Button’
3 Tips to Increase Reservations Through Facebook
1. Complete your Facebook Profile
The most important aspect of running a Facebook Page for your restaurant is making sure that your profile is complete and always up to date. The first thing a potential customer will do after discovering your restaurant is go through your Facebook profile for more information. Make sure there is enough there for them to get a clear picture of your business.
- Uploading a menu
- Adding operating hours
- Contact information
- Specifying cuisine type
- Accept bookings with a "Book Now" button
2. Schedule posts for the weekend
Restaurant operation is a full time job, and this means you don't get to take a break over the weekend. To account for spikes in weekend traffic, schedule Facebook posts to go live even when you're not working. Dedicating a couple of minutes every week to do this will mean you have a constant stream of engaging content for your followers.
3. Promote your page with Facebook Ads
When it comes to online advertising, Google isn’t your only option. Facebook has a highly intuitive and effective ad manager that can help your restaurant reach massive amounts of potential guests. You don’t need a budget in the thousands to achieve success, anything from $50 to a couple hundred is enough to reach a good sized local audience.
Facebook Analytics For Your Restaurant
Once your reservation link is installed, Facebook provides easy to access analytics that tell you how many people clicked on your booking link as well as a number of other meaningful metrics.
How to view them?
As a page admin, hover your mouse over the button and select 'Insights' from list. Facebook will then display recent click information for your booking link.
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