Have you been out to eat at a restaurant and you thought it was a bit too loud? Now, you can measure the noise level to confirm your suspicions with an app called iHEARu. Like other crowdsourced review apps like Yelp, iHEARru will let people provide feedback on all sorts of different places; however, the organization admits that rating places like restaurants is probably most useful to the general public.
Think of it as a Yelp but for restaurant loudness. Beyond allowing users to leave subjective feedback about noise, the app can also measure decibel levels for you using the microphone. Meaning, you can have actual, quantifiable data to back up any subjective feedback. Their premise is to cater to folks looking for a quiet place to eat, but also those that like a loud and lively environment. Below is an excerpt from their website:
“Do you want to find a quiet cafe to discuss business or chat with a friend? On a specific day and time? iHEARu can help. Our mobile app uses crowd-sourcing to help you find locations with noise levels that suit your needs. If you’re looking for a quiet eatery, bar or cafe then iHEARu GPS will help you find it. If you’re looking for public or commercial spaces that offer assistive listening options, our mobile app can locate those too.
Like it Loud? That’s okay too. iHEARu provides you with that information in advance so you can decide if you want to bring hearing protection.”
What does this mean for your restaurant?
This free app gives you the opportunity to dispel or fix any issues your business may have with loudness. Have your staff or customers ever complained of the dining area being too loud?
Now you can take action.
This also gives you the opportunity to get ahead of the curve. Market the restaurant as an ‘Ear-Friendly Environment.’ Be the first out of thousands of competitors to claim that title. Monitor results from your own readings as well as from customers to stay on top of the game. Use this opportunity to your advantage.
Ever wish you could’ve owned and controlled your brand when Yelp first started?
You now have that chance. Don’t waste it.