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This article was published on May 13, 2014

Yelp launches new version of SeatMe that lets ‘nightlife’ businesses accept online bookings for free

Yelp launches new version of SeatMe that lets ‘nightlife’ businesses accept online bookings for free
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Yelp has launched a tool for restaurants, bars and other businesses in the nightlife category which allows them to accept online reservations for free.

Announced today, Yelp Reservations is a free version of its SeatMe product, and is currently only available in the US, the UK and Ireland. However, a spokesperson for the company said it could be expanded to more regions “later on”.

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In order to use it, companies will need a Yelp Business Account. Once a booking is confirmed, the system will send out a reminder email to the person who booked six hours before the reservation time, as well as following up with an SMS an hour before. Yelp said it is also providing a free widget for businesses to add to their own websites to encourage more reservations.

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