For any business using online booking, making sure your online calendar is up to date is essential in order to be able to deliver a real top class service to the customer, even before you’ve met them. Let’s face it, if your booking system lets them book an appointment at their preferred time, only to later be told “hey, thanks for your booking, but we’re a bit busy then can we do it later”, that’s not great service.
Keeping your online calendar updated (even if you still use the old paper diary), means that when people make a booking online, you can honour the request, meaning you deliver exactly what the customer wants, each and every time. You can respond to booking requests instantly (or even automatically), delivering blindingly fast confirmations and dazzling customer service before you have even met them.
As ever, we are continually working to make things quicker and easier, so we now offer you 3 places from where you can quickly update your online calendar…
Here’s what the new ‘Availability’ feature looks like. Use it to quickly add when you’re fully booked, update any non-standard opening or closing times, or make changes to your online booking calendar, for example adding in a late night opening event.
The first thing to point out is the two links at the top of the page…
The “Times” link, takes you to your opening hours page, from where all your active calendar updates can be viewed and amended, and the “Home” link which will take you straight to your dashboard / home page, from where you can access all the other great features of your miquando account.
When the page loads, the default settings of “We are…” and “Fully Booked” are highlighted as shown. This is simply to make it as quick and easy as possible for you to update your online calendar when you are busy or on the go.
The “from date” field will show today’s date and the current time will show in the “from time” field
The “To date” will again default to today’s date, with the “To Time” initially set to your closing time for the day.
To choose new values, simply click or tap in any of these date / time fields.
When you’re happy, click the update now button.
For example, you’ve just taken a phone booking for a party of 6, which means that’s you pretty much full tonight Use this new “Set Availability” feature, using the defaults “We are…” and “Fully Booked”, simply change the from time to say 6:00pm and click the big blue “Update Now” button.
That’s a grand total of 4 clicks or touches, less than 10 seconds and your online calendar is all up to date!
No double bookings, no awkward “sorry, we need to change that” conversations, just a smooth running business and happy customers. Neat or what?