Allow Customers to Book Personal Services on Social Media
You can use social media sites to allow your customers to book appointments at your business for services. Beauty and wellness professionals such as trainers, stylists, massage therapists, and estheticians rarely sit around a desk waiting for the phone to ring. Time is money and, if they are lucky, their time is booked with customers.
These types of professionals may lease space in a salon, spa, or gym or run their business as an independent. An SaaS platform such as StyleSeat is perfect for the mobile professional.
StyleSeat provides a fully customizable online platform. Not only do they provide a back end for professionals, the website is a directory-style portal that prospective clients can use to discover new options and to book appointments online. Site visitors can search available professionals and sort by price, availability, offers, location, and capability to book online.
As of this writing, StyleSeat represents 55,000 salons, spas, and professionals. Their 2 million page views have generated $45 million in bookings for those on the site.
On the website, a registered professional can
Use the online booking feature, which includes automatic e-mail and text message reminders plus follow-up e-mails
Use the Facebook and Twitter share features
Create custom online deals and seasonal specials
Design a web page
Upload photos to a gallery
Turn on automatic client confirmations, reminders, and thank-you notes set up through the customizable dashboard shown
Access industry articles and tips designed to boost business
Download a StyleSeat app that enables a business to manage appointments and day-to-day activities as well as track schedules, ongoing business statistics, and daily data on iPhone, iPad, or Android devicesCustomizable booking settings on StyleSeat.
Many of the tools are free for a small business. Premium subscriptions with more features are available for a reasonable monthly fee, starting at $25.