By Claire | Published on April 28th, 2017

The process of leaving Bookatable: a case study

leaving Bookatable - The Vincent

The Customer:

Jill Massey – General Manager, The Vincent Cafe and Cocktail Bar, Liverpool.

The Venue:

The Vincent Cafe and Cocktail Bar is a trendy venue in the centre of Liverpool. The Vincent serves an eclectic mix of expertly crafted cocktails, breakfast, sushi and afternoon tea. It is a Liverpool institution, only in part because of it’s famous owner; footballing legend Steven Gerrard.

The Problem

The team at The Vincent Cafe were using Bookatable for reservations and it was not doing what they needed. Jill had previously used ResDiary at Sapporo in Glasgow and didn’t find the two systems comparable in any way.

“We were having people turn up with booking confirmations and we had no record of them on Bookatable.

We were double booked and people had paid deposits we had no record of. It was a nightmare.”

Not only did they have issues with the functionality of the system; Jill found that she was paying a lot of money for an under-performing product.

“They’d just rolled out this new software before it was ready. We were paying full price for a system that wasn’t working and then we had to pay commission on top of our reservations. We’d phone our account rep at Bookatable and she’d never get back to us. We’d log a call and no one would reply for weeks. It was a mess and our business was impacted by it.”

Leaving Bookatable - The Vincent Cafe

The Solution

Having used ResDiary in the past, Jill knew that this level of service wasn’t the norm for all reservation systems. She decided The Vincent was leaving Bookatable and joining ResDiary.

“I just called everyone in and said to the team; we’re leaving Bookatable and getting ResDiary in. I was already well-versed in the system before we moved over so all we needed to do was train the management and staff. The system is pretty self-explanatory. After leaving Bookatable, it really didn’t take anyone long to get to grips with it.”

Leaving Bookatable - The Vincent Cafe

The Vincent’s moving process:

 

  • Sign up to ResDiary (Day 1)
  • Let your account manager know you’re leaving Bookatable. (Day 2)
  • Fill in a diary build form: this allows our team to configure a diary based on your exact specifications. (Day 2-4)
  • Arrange a set up and training session. Here our specialised team ensured Jill and her staff had everything set up perfectly and knew how to make changes for future business developments. (Day 5-7)
  • Restaurant receives ResDiary log in and online booking details. (Day 5-7)
  • Introduction to the support team. (Day 5-7)
  • Input database and bookings from previous system. For Jill this was a manual process but it can be automated. (Day 5-7)
  • Arrange a second training session to ensure staff and management have an indepth overview of the system. (Day 7-14)

The Results

Jill and the Vincent team now have a reliable system with a reliable support network. All at a reasonable monthly fee.

Online reservation system

“We always feel so looked after with ResDiary. The support team are brilliant; whenever we need a response, someone picks up the phone or answers an email and it gets sorted straight away. There’s also lots of support articles online. 

It’s just SO easy to use and obviously been created by people who work in the industry. 

Whenever we have a question, the guys at ResDiary know exactly what we’re looking for. It’s clearly been built for restaurants, rather than marketing and charging commission like most of the other systems. On top of this it’s all delivered at a very reasonable flat fee. We don’t pay commission and even the added extras like SMS are cheap as chips while working brilliantly. Bookatable was much more expensive and just not made for restaurateurs.”

“I love ResDiary” 

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