miquando.com mobile site

Back in February we talked about how mobile (tablets & phones) had overtaken non-mobile (desktop/laptop) in terms of the devices used to access miquando.com.  This was slightly earlier than we predicted last July when we launched our mobile web app (http://m.miquando.com) to accommodate this changing consumer behaviour (more..).

Mobile Devices 58% v Non Mobile 42%Today, less than 6 months later (July 2016), we see mobile phones alone are now the most popular device for our visitors.  This is a critical tipping point, because if your business does not have a mobile friendly website, chances are you are undoubtedly missing out opportunities to engage with the modern consumer.

Analysis of the devices used, has revealed a second valuable trend.  2 years ago, tablet usage was in decline, but with the recent introduction of new devices into the tablet market, there is currently a resurgence in tablet use.  This month, analysis of our visitors shows almost 60% now using mobile devices.

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This is important because, whilst your ‘old’ website might be just about usable on these large screen mobile devices, unless you have designed it to be ‘responsive’ i.e. respond according to the type of device being used, it will likely be a pretty ugly experience for your consumer.

The first great thing about listing your business with MiQuando, means that even if you don’t have that ‘responsive’ website yet, people searching for local businesses like yours, can find you on miquando.com, looking great on a mobile friendly web site.  That way you won’t be missing this rapidly growing group of customers.

The second, is that by enabling your business for online booking, you are opening your doors 24hrs a day to mobile wielding consumers across the globe.

 

If you’d like to learn more, arrange a call back today – http://bit.ly/DiscoverMiQuando

 

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Ok, that headline might be a bit strong, but it’s fair to say that we are expanding our reach beyond the Isle of Man, into the UK and into Europe now too.  It’s been a deliberate approach to develop and prove our online booking technology in the Isle of Man.

Now, after creating our highly flexible and robust online booking platform, we are seeing organic growth with businesses in England and now the Balearic Islands implementing online booking services from MiQuando.

To be fair, the British Isles has always been our main target market and the logical Regional settings example pagenext step for progression beyond our proving ground in the Isle of Man, but to get the opportunity to move into the international market earlier than expected is a great bonus.

We’ve had to make some changes in order to support our expansion into Europe and hopefully soon beyond.

for example, we’ve added the flexibility to cope with different regions/countries, multiple currencies and critically, time zones, which ensures online booking works seamlessly with customers and businesses from different geographic locations.

How long did it take us to go from a purely UK, GBP based online booking provider to a global, multi-currency, multi time zone online booking platform?

Just 16 days from start to finish!

the reason we could it so quickly, is because we have invested considerable time and money in building the foundations and underlying solution, and that, we believe, will be the key to the ongoing success of the MiQuando online booking platform.

Businesses can use MiQuando.com to provide their online booking facility with unlimited bookings for just £1 a day or try the free version on a simple pay per booking basis with no financial commitments.

Businesses using MiQuando.com, come from very diverse backgrounds, with regular bookings coming in for restaurants, beauty  salons, massage therapists, physiotherapists and osteopaths, opticians, solicitors and even hot tub hire!

We are continuously developing our products and services, to be able cater for any online booking style businesses can imagine.

Couple our flexible boking styles, with the ability to embed booking widgets and links into  our own website, social media posts and email campaigns there is no end to the possibilities of opening up every business 24 hours of every day, for the convenience of the 21st century customer.

If you would like to discover how MiQuando can benefit your business book a call back or a demonstration, or give us a call on +44 (0)1624 640393.

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The team has been busy over the winter month, beavering away behind the scenes to bring some great new additions to miquando.com.  We’re now into the final stages of development and testing, getting ready to release our latest updates into the wild.  Here’s a quick preview of some of the updates coming soon.

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Better Informed

After listening to feedback from our members, we are making some small changes to our emails, to make sure everyone receives all the information they need regarding their bookings.  We’re adding more information and making it easier to read for businesses and online bookers alike.

 


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Enhanced Data Encryption

We know how important is to keep your information safe and sound online, so we’ve been busy working to add more and stronger encryption to all your personal information you provide for your online bookings.

 


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In addition to the improved data encryption, we now offer businesses more choices as to what customer information their staff and our support team are able to see.  The ‘High Privacy’ option suppresses names and contact information for customer bookings, whilst the ‘Very High’ option blocks all visibility to customer booking information, except for authorised accounts.

 


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Restaurant Booking Capacity Tools

We’ve been working alongside some of our busiest restaurant partners to develop some very clever algorithms and a new graphical interface for our Restaurant Booking services.  We’re really pleased with the capacity management tools we have added that make it so much easier for restaurants to manage their bookings and prevent overloading both the kitchen and the front of house.

 


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Graphical Interface for Bookings

The new graphics and interface, mean it is easier than ever to see at a glance all the reservations for a particular day and service, view details of each individual booking in an instant, or update a booking with a single click of the mouse or tap of a finger.


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Diary / Calendar Management

Perhaps the hardest part of managing a busy diary is making sure everyone is up to date with everyone’s appointments and working hours.  It’s pretty much impossible to do with a paper diary, but we’re making it as easy and flexible as possible with our smart new Free/Busy Scheduler wizard that works with your online bookings calendar/diary.

 

 

All these new features and the great benefits they bring to consumers and businesses alike, are pencilled in for release mid April.  We’ll add a system news to let everyone know exact dates once all tests have been completed and signed off!

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miquando.com mobile siteMore people than ever are using their mobile phones and tablets to make online bookings with local businesses.

According to the web statistics for February 2016, 52% of traffic to miquando.com came from mobile devices. This increasing shift towards booking ‘on the go’ highlights the need for local businesses to enhance their online and mobile compatibility.  MiQuando’s mobile site was launched in July 2015 and is proving extremely popular with people searching for and booking with local businesses.

Using a smart phone or tablet allows customers to not only search for local services and make bookings online whenever they want to, but also from wherever they happen to be. They aren’t constrained to the opening times of a business or leaving a voicemail for the business owner to then call them back at a time which might not be convenient for the customer.  Any business that doesn’t offer a mobile solution is potentially missing out on a lucrative and rapidly growing customer base.

Mobile vs Non Mobile website visitors

Feb 2016 – Mobile visitors exceed non-mobile

Find and Book Online with local businesses at miquando.com.

Book Now to find out how we can help you grow your business with online booking, call us on 01624 640393.

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It isn’t just apps you can put on your smartphone or tablet. Whatever your device, it’s a quick and easy process to add your favourite mobile friendly web sites to your home screen. So just like apps, they’re always to hand when you need them; no downloads taking up space, and they’re always bang up to date.

How to add MiQuando mobile web app to your home screen.

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Navigate to m.miquando.com. Tap the The Menu Icon for Google Chrome menu button and then tap the “Add to homescreen” option. Give your shortcut a name, like “MiQuando”, and Chrome will then add this to your home screen.

The MiQuando icon will show on your home screen just like any app, so you can drag it around and move it to wherever you want. Chrome for Android loads the website as a “web app” when you tap the icon, so you won’t even get a browser interface, just a nice clean web app.

Most other Android and native browsers offer this feature, so you should be able to add the MiQuando web to your home screen in the same (or similar) way.

 

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Open your Safari browser from any recent Apple iOS device, and go to m.miquando.com. Tap the The Apple Share Menu Icon Share button on the browser’s toolbar (you’ll find it on the bar at the bottom for iPhone or iPod Touch, on the top for iPad), then tap the Add to Home Screen icon in the Share menu. Give your shortcut a name e.g. MiQuando and it will be added to your screen.

Just like a normal app, you can drag the icon around and place it anywhere you want, including in app folders. Tapping your MiQuando icon will load the MiQuando mobile website using the Safari browser app.

 

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Using IE on your Windows phone, you use the “Pin to Start” option to add items to your home screen as tiles. Open the Internet Explorer browser and go to m.miquando.com. Tap the The Windows Phone more Icon More button and then tap Pin to Start in the menu as shown here.

Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 support live tile updates from websites that have configured the feature.

 

 

If you have another type of smartphone or tablet, it probably has this feature, too. Just open its browser and look in its menu for an option named something like “Add to home screen” or “Pin to home screen.”

To remove a website shortcut from your device’s home screen, just long-press the shortcut and remove it like you would any other app icon.

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Yep, you got it, we’ve built a fantastic little web app so now it’s even easier and more convenient to find and book online with local businesses, wherever you are, whenever you want.

Miquando.com mobile home page

 

It really couldn’t be easier, type in what your looking for e.g.

“restaurants” and

where e.g. “Douglas, Isle of Man”

Choose how far away you want to search (10, 25 or 50 miles)

then hit the SEARCH button.

 

 

You’ll see a list of all the available businesses that match your search terms (closest first unless you change your preferences e.g. Rating 1st).

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  • Get all the details you need including images, ratings & reviews, services/price lists, and contact details

 

  • Tap the heart to add a business to your Favourites list for quick and easy access at a later date

 

  • Hit the BOOK NOW button to quickly and easily make your booking online 24 hours a day

 

 

So  what are you waiting for?  Start making life easier today with the MiQuando web app

 

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