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Online Scheduling - the ’sleeping giant for SMEs’

Mark Demicoli  16 February 2010 05:17:00 AM
In his article "Online booking systems the sleeping giant for SMEs" Craig Reardon admits that his 6-year-old prediction of an Online Scheduling boom was 'wrong'.  With contemporary focus largely on the darlings of IT that seem to sprout overnight like rare mushrooms, we think his prediction was a little premature, but hardly wrong.

Since ClickBook's inception, quite a number of new startups have smelt the distant aroma of high-tech coffee and jumped on the bandwagon.  To date, the fungi don't seem to have really sprouted.  Many funded startups have been left scratching their heads and dusting off their business plans.

As many of you reading this now probably realise, there is indeed a revolutionary change to day-to-day business for those who embrace the technology fully, but to date, the revolution itself has been rather subdued.

Why hasn't online scheduling really hit the streets?  We think there are number of key factors which will drive more of an evolutionary shift rather than one of a revolutionary nature.  Key to this shift is the change in mentality that is to a great extent the domain of the always-online, privacy-shirking Gen-Y youngsters who are just now starting to become professionals.  This generation and their progeny do and will demand absolute convenience in the years to come.  Just like booking flights and internet banking, a human interaction is generally unnecessary and time consuming for many appointment-based services.  A key factor in this mentality is the 'cloud' of information they now maintain and rely upon which is accessible all the time and from anywhere.  Since email's heyday, there has been a progressive shift into 'the cloud' as people throw away physical records such as the appointment diary.

We have no doubt that this trend will become permanent and accelerate in the next few years.

So where is ClickBook now?  The last 6 months have seen the first confirmed trend toward the real grass-roots takeup that we've been working toward.  A real traction that is driven entirely by word-of-mouth, that Holy Grail of product marketing.

According to Alexa.com, the important "Reach" measurement for ClickBook.net shows a beautiful trend developing:

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Evolution or Revolution?  In Hindsight, that good old reliable foe of great visions, we see a revolution evolving.  It won't happen overnight, but it will happen!
Comments

1Selena Rosa De Sharon  12/06/2010 9:13:33 AM  online scheduling and reassignments

I believe it is all so great! We are more involved.

2David Godbold  7/03/2010 12:12:11 PM  Online Scheduling - the ’sleeping giant for SMEs’

3Tracy Clarke  27/02/2010 9:32:15 AM  NEW RE-ASSIGN FEATURE

hi, i love the idea of the re-assign featureof bookings but at present mine is not working perfectly. i can choose to reassign and if the staff member is avail it will move it over. but as it is doing so, it does not copy the times and length of appointment correctly and it also defalts to a 1 min gap whereas all my bookings are defaulted at either 30 or 60min gap between appointments. so when i use the re-assign feature i still then have to go into the appointment make the appropriate time length and gap time changes. so it is not a simple process for me. it is still quicker with that feature not copying appointments properly to cancel and rebook them. When the feature is working properly, it would also be great that an appointmnet can be re-assigned to the same & or different instructor but be able to assign it to maybe a different day or time that is available. this way the client and instructor gets notification. can you please look into why my re-assign feature is working properly and look into developing it further with added functionality. cheers Tracy