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Four fresh businesses powered by WooCommerce Bookings

June 6, 2017 - 13 Comments

WooCommerce Bookings can help you do amazing things, whether your goal is to sell time, accept appointments online, or rent products.

Today we’re shining a light on some creative, fun businesses that are using Bookings to power stores and bring their unique ideas to life — ice cream on demand, yes, please! We’re also excited to announce our new WooBookings Bundle!

Read on to learn four ways this extension is being used out in the wild.

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Three amazing things you can do with WooCommerce Bookings

May 30, 2017 - 14 Comments

One of our longtime favorite extensions for WooCommerce is WooCommerce Bookings. It’s packed with functionality that helps businesses of all types function, from agencies to boutiques to restaurants.

But if you’ve never taken a good look at Bookings, you might not realize everything it’s capable of. This powerful extension can do much more than reserve hotel rooms or book appointments for their next haircut. Even better – if you’re setting up a new store it’s available in one of our potent bundles – check out the WooBookings Bundle.

Let’s look at how you can use WooCommerce Bookings to sell your time, organize events, and even rent products — and how these amazing options might translate into more money for your (yes, your) business.

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WordPress Bookings Plugin: How to run a successful bookings-based website

April 4, 2016 - 6 Comments

If you play your cards right, selling your time online can be just as profitable as selling physical goods. But much like eCommerce, creating a successful bookings-based website doesn’t happen overnight — it takes hard work and a lot of creativity.

If you’re running (or planning to start) a website where customers can make appointments at your physical location, book time with you, or even reserve a room in your hotel or lodge, we have a few tips just for you. These ideas will help you improve your website and, in turn, the relationship you have with potential customers.

Keep reading to learn how to take your bookings-based website to the next level.

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How hotels can make the most of their website

January 6, 2016 - 6 Comments

If you own a hotel, inn, lodge, or any other type of physical location designed to accommodate guests, it should go without saying that you need a website. What better way is there for your business to attract potential customers?

Having a basic website may not be enough to turn that passing interest into a booking, however. Visitors have plenty of choices when it comes to finding a place to stay, and if your site doesn’t convince them that you’re the best option, they’re happy to go elsewhere.

With that goal in mind, there are a few things you should do to set your hotel’s website apart from others, as well as increase bookings from guests. From implementing a mobile-friendly design to allowing guests to easily book online, these tips will help you stand out in a big way.

Here are some ways you can use your site to attract more guests from both near and far.

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Take a photo tour of Tokyo with this Bookings-powered site

December 10, 2015 - 14 Comments

Visiting Japan anytime soon? Have an interest in photography? Let EYExplore Tokyo be your guide to the wonders of Japan as seen from behind a camera lens. This provider of photo tours and workshops has been delighting tourists since 2014, and they’re doing it all with WooCommerce.

Explore Tokyo and take amazing photos with the help of this creative company.
Explore Tokyo and take amazing photos with the help of this creative company.

With the help of the WooCommerce Bookings extension, EYExplore Tokyo is able to book tours online from visitors who have an interest in photographing Japan’s unique and sometimes unusual scenery. These bookings are quick and easy for customers, not to mention the photographers who guide the tours.

We caught up with EYExplore Tokyo’s founder, Axel, to chat a bit about what has brought them success since they started last year. We also took a look at how they’re using WooCommerce Bookings, plus some other extensions, to offer a seamless experience for visitors booking a tour online.

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How to increase conversions on your bookings site

November 18, 2015 - 4 Comments

If you sell products online, your long-term goal will be to sell more products. And if you sell bookings, naturally, your goal will be to sell more bookings.

But the advice that’s given to stores aiming to ship more physical goods won’t necessarily help you sell more spots in your hotel, book more appointments, or fill up more classes at your gym. To do that, you need to make your bookings website the very best it can be — a veritable conversion machine.

You can increase the number of bookings you receive by improving the experience of your users, decreasing distractions, and experimenting to find the factors that make them say “yes!” instead of “no.” You can also find success by creating reliable ways to bring people back time and time again, making them repeat customers instead of one-time-only visitors.

Let’s explore some ways that you can boost conversions on your online bookings site, from basic changes to A/B tests to follow-up email campaigns.

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Bookings 1.8 brings overnight bookings, buffer periods, and more

November 9, 2015 - 24 Comments

TL;DR Version 1.8 of WooCommerce Bookings has arrived. You can upgrade via your WordPress dashboard or download it from your My Account page. But first, be sure to read and follow the upgrade instructions. Enjoy!

Bookings 1.8 comes packed with a ton of new features that help your business run smoothly. Here they are in a nutshell:

What's new in 1.8?
What’s new in 1.8?

With this release, you can now accept bookings that span multiple days. We’ve also added the ability to offer discounts when multiple people make a single booking together, and add buffer time between each of your bookings.

WooCommerce Bookings is now better than ever.
WooCommerce Bookings is now better than ever.

Here’s a closer look at some of the great new features in WooCommerce Bookings version 1.8.

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The benefits of selling your time online

September 24, 2015 - 8 Comments

Selling physical products online is a fairly popular business model. Selling digital products is starting to pick up steam as well.

But have you ever considered selling your time?

If you’re an expert or licensed professional, offer a business with appointment windows, or are interested in finding a new way to increase your revenue, selling your time can offer you a ton of benefits. It’s also a low-risk, low-cost business model that you can do on the side… or full-time, depending on how things go or what your availability is like.

Let’s take a look at all of the benefits of selling your time online, starting with a quick overview of the kinds of business models that can sell their time successfully so you’ll know if this is right for you.

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How EM Golf UK Use WooCommerce Bookings to Sell Exclusive Indoor Golfing Experiences

October 29, 2014 - 4 Comments

Golf is as old as the hills so it’s pretty neat when it takes a bold and modern swing with some excellent tech. EM Golf UK makes it easy for people to book exclusive indoor golfing experiences and lessons with golfing pro, Ed Morton.

The completed EM Golf UK website, lovely as can be.

We asked Reuben Mansell of One Hundred Web Design a couple of questions about his experience building the comprehensive booking system the EM Golf UK site required. Read on to learn how they used WooCommerce Bookings to find great success.

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