San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 07, 2012
5 Star Control has issued an announcement about the popular online restaurant review site OpenTable hitting the 15 million review mark per Mashable.
Local Business Review Site 5StarControl stated that local businesses are going to be overjoyed with the news that San Francisco-based restaurant reservation and review site OpenTable is celebrating its landmark 15 millionth online user review.
Founded in San Francisco in 1999, OpenTable is a real-time restaurant reservation service, as well as a host of online restaurant reviews. Currently, more than 25,000 restaurants in the United States, as well as around the world, are listed on the site. The site, as well as its mobile app, is free for consumers, who can use it to search for restaurants and instantly make reservations there. Diners can also write reviews of restaurants, but only after making a reservation and eating at the restaurant through the site. In this way, the reviews offered by OpenTable are assured to only come from people who have legitimately eaten at that restaurant.
For restaurants, OpenTable offers the reservation service for a small fee, as well as the OpenTable Electronic Reservation Book as a way for restaurants to eliminate the traditional method of taking reservations. A restaurant can manage all of its reservations online, without the need for a large book. Many restaurants use the service as a method of small business marketing online, as the size and popularity of OpenTable give them wider publicity with very little expense. Other online marketing ideas can be found in the materials by Frank Kern, and are highly recommended by 5StarControl.
San Francisco has been the birthplace of thousands of internet and technology companies. While the city itself can claim only 800,000 residents, the larger San Francisco Bay Area is home to more than 7.5 million people, and countless technology and web giants. Both Google and Apple have their headquarters just outside the city, and the recent explosion of social media can claim to hail from San Francisco. Digg, Stumbleupon, Yelp, and OpenTable are all based in San Francisco, with Facebook headquarters very close to the city as well.
The announcement of the 15 millionth review on OpenTable illustrates the growth of the company, and its use by consumers. Its verified review system has kept the company free from controversy over fake reviews, and gives both consumers and small restaurant businesses confidence in the reviews they can read there.
5StarControl is a forum covering local business matters regarding online review sites.