Friday, 9 May 2014

DMOZ submission - vote on how long it will take (update 9th August 2017 shutdown)

DMOZ submission for bookitlive - vote on how long it will take

About a year ago I did the bookitlive submission to DMOZ and I started to wait.

After waiting, waiting and waiting some more nothing happened. As the only way to determine if has been accepted is to see you listing. How do you know if it is still in the queue or has it been rejected.

After a few hundred spam email from SEO companies indicating I can improve my ranking by getting a DMOZ listing I decided to try again. A few post said I should not do this a it will be put at the bottom of the list.

So I searched the web on how to do the submission and read a lot of posts and submitted again. 

Here is the record of the submission. 9th May 2014, so how long will it take?

Please vote on how long it will take.

1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, never.

How long does it take to get a DMOZ listing

Update 25th Jun 2014 No response after a month.

Update 5th Nov 2014 Still no response. 

Update 21st Aug 2015 Still no response, that's over 12 months.

Update 9th Aug 2017 It look like this post has outlasted DMOZ as it has been shutdown so it look like never was the answer.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

bookitlive wikipedia


bookitlive wikipedia

bookitlive (software as a service)

bookitlive is a online booking & payment software operated by bookitlive International, headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria, that offers booking management  software. bookitlive allows users to search a service providers availability and make a booking online. The service is accessible through a web browser from an internet connected device.

bookitlive was founded in 2007 by Craig Dickson as a startup company.

 

History

 According to bookitlive, founder Craig Dickson he conceived the idea after being frustrated about not being able to make an appointment booking to see his massage therapist on a weekend.  He says that were no existing services available at the time. He began working with his existing businesses web developer to design a solution for his massage therapist and then realized that it could benefit any service based business that had the same problems.

Business model

bookitlive uses a subscription business model, where a business pays a monthly subscription for an account.

Technology

The online  service is primarily written in Ajax &PHP utilising a MySQL database.

Alexa rank at 17th August 2014 595,930



Monday, 5 May 2014

Business tips for getting more appointment bookings



Business tips for getting more appointment bookings

 
Encouraging new clients to buy your services can be really time consuming, and whilst it is important to have new clients, being overly focused on winning new business can take your focus away from existing loyal clients. Loyal clients are important as they bring your business regular income, without taking up as much as your time or resources as targeting new clients does. As well as bringing in regular income to your businesses, loyal clients also act as walking adverts for your business, spreading positive information about you through word of mouth.

Essentially it is much easier, not to mention cost-effective to nurture and reward your existing clients than to win around new ones. So here are some top tips to encourage those repeat bookings and purchases, and increase customer loyalty:


Business tips for getting more appointment bookings


Keep in touch

In order for clients to come back and use your services again, you need to be front of their mind when they require the service you offer. You should aim to have regular communication with your clients, through social media, emails and newsletters, in order to inform them of any changes your business has gone through and any special promotions or offers you are running.

Exceed client expectations

The key to gaining repeat bookings and client loyalty is by providing a great service that exceeds clients’ expectations, and satisfies them into spending regular money with your business. Ensure you add value to your service wherever possible to make the client experience as enjoyable and memorable as you can. Having easy methods for clients to book and purchase your service, get in contact, and even little things like providing clients with drinks during an appointment, will help do this.



Build meaningful relationships

Clients are more likely to book your services again if they feel a connection to you and your business. That’s why it is important to build lasting relationships with your clients. This is easy to do, by keeping a record of such things as; your client details, what services they usually book and at what times. You can then use this information to personalise your target marketing and encourage clients to book again.


Offer promotions and deals


Promotional deals and special offers can help to keep you competitive within the market, by giving clients an incentive to shop with you. Provide clients with the opportunity to purchase multiple services at a discounted rate in comparison to just purchasing a single service. This encourages them to spend more money and time with your business in the long run.

Follow-up after appointments

A great way to ensure customer loyalty is to follow-up with customers after they have had their appointment. Use the opportunity to ask for feedback, reminding them to book again and simply to say thank you for their custom.

Reward loyalty


A great way to encourage loyalty is to reward it, which you can easily do by running a referral or recommendations program. Allow customers to receive extra for telling a friend about your service or even bringing them along.




Act on feedback 

People like to share their opinions, and customer feedback is a great way to find out what your customers think of your business and what they would like to be improved. After a customer has had their appointment ask for feedback, and discuss how you can use that feedback in order to continue satisfying customers and encourage them to come back.



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