Forecast vistors peaks for public businesses

"Busy on Wednesday afternoon, or quiet on Saturday morning?"

  • Avoid busy business during COVID-19
  • API access
  • Visitor forecasts per hour
  • Live vs forecasted busyness
  • Crowd heatmaps
  • Restaurants, supermarkets, bars, gyms, parks, etc.
  • Like Google Maps Popular Times, but with more analyses and tools

Try the demo. Fill in a popular shop in your neighbourhood.

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Features

Optimal visiting times

Inform your visitors on which day of the week, and which hour of the day the venue is most crowded. For example, your gym guests would like to know when it is peacefully and quiet. Guests in a nightclub would like to know when it is hot and happening. Boost your customer experience by using our automated day and week overviews!

Hourly forecast

Hourly forecast

The busyness for each hour of the week:

  • Indicated on a 5 point rating (Low, below average, average, above average, high).
  • High precision as a percentage from 0 to 100% in steps of 10%.
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Crowd radar

Analyse whole areas around the world:

  • Heatmap of busyness
  • Filter venues on:
    • Busyness
    • Day & Time
    • Location
    • Business type
  • Venue information
  • Live & forecasted data

Click here for the Radar demo. The filter is also available through the API Venue filter endpoint.

Peak Analysis

Peak Analysis

BestTime.app automatically forecasts the visitor peaks per day. It informs you:

  • How much peaks there will be per day
  • At what time the peak start, peaks, and ends
  • How long until the next peak starts
  • At which hour most people go into the venue, or leave the venue
More analyses

Live data

Live data

Besides forecast we can provide live data. Live data includes:

  • Live busyness at the venue
  • How much more, or less busy it is compared it is to the forecast
More analyses
Compare live vs forecasted busyness

Use cases & benefits

Use our tools, or build software on top of our API.

COVID-19

Avoid COVID-19 infections by using the BestTime data to avoid crowded places.

Enrich data

Enrich your (web) apps, and existing business data by integrating our API.

Compare business

Easily compare visitor peaks of multiple shops.

Market demand

Get insights into geographical market demands. Using the radar tool it is easy to discover at what time and which place people will visit certain types of business.

Geographical analysis

Analyse venues in a specified geographical area. For example: Find out where all the busy bars are at Friday 9 PM, or which supermarket is quiet on Sunday morning.

Efficient resource scheduling

Optimize the workload for your employees, and other scheduled resources, by applying the insights from the day and week analysis.

More use-cases

  • Find the most popular hours of a bar using the peak and surge analysis. This way you will never end up in an empty bar, and never end up in the queue.
  • Find the quietest gym by comparing multiple gyms in your neighborhood.
  • Find the best time to go to a museum and avoid the queue.
  • Add time and day suggestions to a nightlife listing website. Most listing websites tell you which bars and clubs are recommended, but never tell you what is the best day and time to go.
  • Find out of a venue is more crowded than normal at this moment with the live data.
  • Use the build-in dashboard for your venue (e.g. reception, kitchen, etc) to keep your employees informed how busy it is now (live), how busy it will be next hour (forecasted), and when the next peak is coming.
  • Behavioral research: Get insights on how people behave in certain areas. E.g. in general gyms tend to peak around 7 am and 7 pm, restaurants tend to peak around 1 pm and 9 pm, shops tend to peak around 4 pm.

Developers API


Developers API


Request (bulk) venue forecasts effortlessly with our API. Using the API you can create new forecasts, query a specific analysis of an existing forecast, or filter business on busyness, location, day, time, and business type.

  • Create a new forecast within seconds (1-2 seconds).
  • Existing forecasts and analyses can be queried instantly
  • Coverage around (most of) the world

Dashboard


Prefer to avoid technical API's? Use the build in forecast dashboard:

  • Create new forecasts
  • Show current venue status (forecasted vs live)
  • Overview of the next coming visitors peak
  • When will it today be quiet
  • When are most visitors coming or leaving
  • Forecast other days of the week

Tools


We are currently building tools on top of the API to make the data easier to use in several use-cases.

  • Compare: Create a personal overview to compare the busyness of multiple businesses. This way you can for example see when your favorite shop is less crowded, or when your favorite bar is hot and happening. Click here for the online demo.
  • Widgets: Create widgets for your list websites (e.g. best bars in New York City). These widgets display what are the popular days and times of the week. They also update automatically on your webiste. The widget tool is still under construction. Contact us for more information.
  • Triggers: Automatically send a message to your email/ phone when a venue reaches a certain buysness. E.g. when your gym is quieter than normal, or when your favorite bar is getting busy. This tool is still under construction.
  • Crowd radar: filter venues on forecasted/ live busyness, location, day, time, and business type. Using the tool the filter results can be displayed on a heatmap. Click here for the Crowd radar demo.

How does it work?

1. Select venues

Insert a business name and address through the website tool or API. You can also add public business in a whole area/city automatically using the Add Area tool. Using the Add Area tool you can define the location and type of business (e.g. cafe, gym, etc) you would like to forecast.

2. Automated forecasts

BestTime.app will automatically try to forecast the venue visitor peaks. The result includes all primary analyses (week-, day-, hour-, peak-, and surge analysis), and Live data, if available.

3. Additional analyses

Each forecast and analysis is stored on the server and can be accessed again through the website or the Developers API. Using the Radar Tool you can visualize all forecasted venues on a heatmap. The heatmap color will indicate, from green to red, how busy it will be compared to the average. Using the Radar Tool you can also filter venues on location, visitor peak percentage, day, time range, and venue type. This filter is also available through the API. Each subscription plan includes a maximum amount of maximum monthly queries.

Start for free

It takes less than a minute to start forecasting

Contact us

Contact us for questions, custom analyses, or API functions.

F.A.Q.

What is a forecast?

A venue forecast result includes data on how busy a venue approximately will be. The forecast includes different analysis, e.g.:

  • Most busy days of the week (maximum, and mean)
  • Daily peak hours, start, end, and intensity of the peaks
  • What time most visitors come and leave the venue
  • The quietest hours of the day
  • Forecast for every hour of the week

The forecast is stored on the server, so additional (detailed) queries can be made on the forecast. Each subscription plan has a maximum amount of monthly forecasts. You can use these forecast to forecast a venue multiple times (update it) or forecast different venues.

What is a query?

A query gets specific data from an existing stored forecast. While a new forecast could take a few seconds, a query is almost instantly. Queries can be used to e.g.:

  • get a specific part of the analysis for a specific day (e.g. only the peak analysis for Friday)
  • get the forecast for the current day and our hour, with the venues local timezone taken into account
  • get the remaining time (in seconds) until a next event (e.g. until next peak)

How accurate are the forecasts?

The normal forecasts are made based on historical visitors to your venues. Based on this data we provide forecasts for each part of the day, for each day of the week. The forecast values indicate how busy a venue relative is, as compared to its maximum busyness.

What is live data?

Live data indicates how much more or less busy a venue is at this moment. This is compared to the historical value for the current day of the week, and hour of the day.

Where do you get the data from?

The data is based on anonymous aggregated signals from mobile devices.

Does it work on all venues?

Our automated forecasts only work reliable on venues with a minimum amount of visitors to your venues. The minimum amount is approximately 100 visitors per day per venue.

Are forecasted automatically updated?

No, after a forecast is made it will be stored on the server. Using the website or API a venue forecast can be updated. Coming soon: automatically update a forecast

How many forecasts and queries can I make each month?

When subscribed to a plan you will get automatically new forecast and query credits every month. Check the 'Pricing' section for the number of forecasts and queries per month. All unused forecasts and query credits will roll over to next month.

Can I use this data on my website for my customers?

Yes, you can show how busy it will be in your venues to your customers. You can integrate the data on your website, or your apps using our API.