TheFork supports you in your fight against no-shows

Published 04.22.2022 - Last update 05.25.2022
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Table of Contents
  1. Some insights to better understand the no-shows:
  2. How does TheFork help you fight against no-shows?
  3. TheFork Measures are working

No-shows are a real annoyance for restaurateurs. And with good reason, they can represent a loss of income ranging from 5 to 20%*, depending on the type of restaurant. As Australia and Europe's leading booking app, TheFork has a good overview of markets’ fluctuation and customers habits.

Now, let's see how TheFork can support you fight against no-shows. 


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Some insights to better understand the no-shows:

Any of your clients can be a no-show, from the really busy customer to the rude customer, from the one who forgets to the one who does not dare call to cancel. Fortunately, after 2 challenging years of the pandemic, restaurants are now recovering and the ones partnering with TheFork actually experience a low average monthly no-show rate of 3.6%.**

Loyal customers of TheFork are less likely to do no-shows

   🪑 Most of the time, no-shows relate to small tables (1 or 2 people)**

   🙎‍ Only 4.7% of customers who booked through TheFork in 2022 did not show**

   📅 And 91% of them did not fail to turn up again in the next 6 months**

   📉 Only 2.1% of TheFork regular customers are doing no-shows.

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How does TheFork help you fight against no-shows?

TheFork tips: play with table availability and educate your customers

In order to avoid no-shows, you can make a certain number of tables available for booking on your TheFork page, and leave the other tables for walk-ins. We also recommend that you educate your customers. Ask them to contact you in case of any change (cancellation, additional guests etc.), and tell them that after a certain period of time, their table will be made available to other customers.

How TheFork helps you fight no-shows

✔️Booking confirmations

Via email and SMS sent to customers you can remind them of their reservation and prompt them to cancel it if they can't make it.

❌ The 1 click cancellation

A simple, 1 click cancellation system on emails, SMS and push alerts to make it easy for customers to cancel on time.

🔄Booking reconfirmations

Booking confirmation shared via email and push notification to reduce no-show risk.

👍 The reliability index

TheFork Manager allows you to flag your customers and leave a comment if they do a no-show or cancel last minute.

💳 The credit card imprint

When customers pay in advance or leave their banking details, they are rarely no-shows because they know that if they do not come, they will lose money. Using the credit card imprint decreases no-shows by 65%*. This is a double benefit for restaurateurs: not only does this greatly reduce your number of no-shows, but in addition, you receive compensation even if the customer does not come. 


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TheFork Measures are working

Restaurants partnering with TheFork receive bookings from different channels and the ones generated through TheFork and our free restaurant widgets actually get a lower no-show rate than other channels.

For instance, TheFork network has a 3.1% rate compared to the 4.2% for Google reserve. 

TheFork has been fighting on your behalf against no-shows since 2015 in order to reduce the number and to make sure it does not affect your income. If you do not have TheFork Manager yet, click here

Learn more about how to fight against No-Shows >>


*Source: Ge-Th.Expert - July 2018

**Source : TheFork Data, bookings TheFork 2022 All Countries

Table of Contents
  1. Some insights to better understand the no-shows:
  2. How does TheFork help you fight against no-shows?
  3. TheFork Measures are working
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