We’ve just released a new version of our mobile app!
What’s new in version 6?
In addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, specifically for Apple’s recent iOS 13 releases, two new features are going to help make your business more efficient.
Push notifications through the new mobile app are replacing the provider text messages to alert you when appointments are booked, cancelled, or rescheduled by clients or other providers.
Same information, but you’ll get it more quickly. Plus, you can tap on the push notification to open to the appointment on your mobile app calendar to view full details. Learn more about provider push notifications here.
IMPORTANT: By using the new app, you will no longer receive provider text (SMS) notifications. Your clients, of course, will still receive appointment text reminders if they’ve opted in.
The new Activities Page lists recent activities that have happened on your account in chronological order. This log lets you see who booked, cancelled, or rescheduled appointments in the order they happened. Explore more on Activities in the mobile app here.
Check your phone for app updates or install the latest version by searching for “Schedulista” in the App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.
You can now customize the headers and the Schedule Appointment button of your online scheduler to fit your business even more!
On each page of the online scheduler, a header introduces and directs your clients to the action taken on the page. The default headers are:
- CHOOSE A SERVICE TO SCHEDULE on your list of services;
- CHOOSE PROVIDER when more than one provider offers a service; and
- CHOOSE A DATE & TIME when selecting an appointment time.
Each of these can now be updated with a single line of text up to 50 characters to personalize and sound more like your business.
You can also customize the text of the Schedule Appointment button on the details form page where clients enter their contact and payment information.
More details on customizing your headers here.
And more on changing your booking button text here.
Social media and scheduling just got easier! Your clients can now book appointments with Schedulista directly from your Instagram business profile using their mobile phones.
By enabling the Book action button, clients can quickly book an appointment on the go after viewing your latest posts using the Instagram mobile app.
To make the process even faster and easier, Instagram will offer suggestions based on your client’s IG profile to quickly fill in the booking form.
You can add the Book button to replace the link to your scheduler in your Instagram profile. Or use both so your clients on mobile and the web can book with ease.
Follow the instructions to add the Book button here.
You can now ask for additional information when a client schedules their appointment.
We’ve also added custom notices where you can provide additional business policies or information for the service they are scheduling.
Full documentation here.
Note: Although you can add as many custom fields to your scheduling details form as you’d like, we recommend a small number of vital questions so people aren’t discouraged from scheduling.
FIVE CUSTOM FIELDS TYPES
Custom fields can be set to be required or optional.
Single-line input field - Asks a question that allows for a single line of text for quick, simple answers
Paragraph field - Asks a question that allows for multiple lines of text for detailed responses
Radio buttons - Asks a question with multiple options from which to select a single answer
Single checkbox - Provides a checkbox for clients to acknowledge they have read or agree to something, would like something additional for their appointment, or more
Multiple checkboxes - Asks a question and provides multiple preset answers. Clients can check multiple options.
Custom notice - Allows you to inform clients about your business, service, details, payment or scheduling policies, appointment instructions, or other useful information. Includes a bold header and text below it.
We’ve noticed — and you likely have, too — that tabs on Facebook pages don’t appear in the mobile app for phones and tablets.
There are other ways to integrate Schedulista into your Facebook business page so it appears on all devices.
BOOK NOW BUTTON
We recommend adding a “Book Now” button as the best option to connect your clients on Facebook to your scheduler.
PIN A POST TO YOUR TIMELINE
You can also share your scheduler on your page with a post to encourage clients to schedule appointments. You can pin that post to the top of your page’s timeline to keep clients aware.
And, of course, we still support the Schedule Appointment tab.
Check out the Facebook page in your Settings to learn more about these options to add and promote scheduling on your Facebook business page.