I had a discussion the other day with a rep for a pretty cool system out there for coaches and consultants. It’s called vCita. vCita is a custom app for websites, social media or email campaigns, and it gives you the ability to capture more web traffic and streamline scheduling and payments.
Social media scheduling tools can be a life (and time!) saver for speakers who want a presence on social media, but simply don’t have the time to consistently post to their accounts. Hootsuite (the one I use for many reasons) is a popular option that works well for scheduling updates on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ weeks or months in advance. However, there are two lesser-known tools users may want to consider adding to their arsenal in the interest of saving time.
Here’s a great tip one my team members, Jama St. John, passed along that I just had to share. Many of us take advantage of scheduling programs like TimeTrade, that allow prospects and potential customers to view our calendars and book their own appointments. You can include links to your calendar in an email or in your email signature; but for those of you who want to go one step further, there is a way to embed TimeTrade into your website so visitors don’t have to leave your website to schedule an appointment. One of the downsides of TimeTrade has been that the appointment link will send prospects to TimeTrade’s website to actually schedule the appointment. However, with the use of iframes, you can set it up so your visitors can schedule their appointment without ever having to leave your website!
Use this tag on a web page to put the TimeTrade scheduler window right inside your website:
<iframe width=”750″ height=”600″ src=”https://my.timedriver.com/XXXXX?sh=1″ frameborder=”0″></iframe>
And replace the XXXXX with the Actiity ID found in the link you’re currently giving to your prospects.
Here’s an article that will provide more information about how embedding TimeTrade into your website will provide a better customer service experience: http://blog.timetrade.com/2011/10/07/embed-timetrade-for-a-better-customer-experience/