Here’s the press release simply because tech speak is better left to techies:
BOZEMAN, Mont.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Schedulicity, the leader in online appointment scheduling, announced today the first Facebook scheduling widget for booking everyday appointments like haircuts, lessons, financial and legal services, home repair, beauty and wellness, to name a few. The first-of-its-kind appointment widget benefits both small businesses and clients by making everyday appointments easy and now more accessible than ever on the world’s most popular social networking site.
With today’s news, there are already Schedulicity businesses around the country with scheduling widgets on their Facebook pages and “Schedule Now” tabs that make booking appointments as easy for clients as “sharing” and “liking.” As part of its set-up wizard, Schedulicity has a “Spread the Word” feature that instantly notifies Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In connections as well as sends an online scheduling alert to client emails. To further leverage the power of social referrals, Schedulicity has added a “Recommend” button for clients to share their enthusiasm for great services.
“When clients can schedule an appointment without ever leaving an online activity they enjoy, such as Facebook, it’s an incredible benefit to our business,” said Willow Coppola, owner of Return2Balance Wellness Center in Maysville, Kentucky. “We’ve immediately seen an increase in business because of the technology.”
Two versions of the widget were announced today, an embeddable widget, ideal for small business websites with dedicated online scheduling pages and an overlay widget that allows scheduling from any page, especially Facebook pages. Both are flash compatible.
“With these new features, we are placing service professionals at the epicenter of the social movement,” said Jerry Nettuno, CEO of Schedulicity. “There’s no better way to empower small business than to give them the tools to expand their businesses, their relationships and productivity beyond what’s ever been possible before.”
Recent comments from Schedulicity’s Facebook community include these from: Ginny Ozelton, hairstylist, “My clients love being in charge of their own scheduling because they don’t have to play phone tag with me anymore;” Trent Anderson of A2S Insurance commented, “A2S Insurance Services joined today.. It’s awesome.” And from consumers like Damien Powers, “This should be the way all our service providers work!”