Making Appointments Online Versus Over the Phone

In the last few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about generational marketing. As a business owner, we want to pay attention to generational data to help complete our target customer’s identity. Knowing who your customer is should be the baseline of every business decision you make, including something as seemingly simple as whether or not your customers will be making appointments online or over the phone.

What Your Customer Wants
Making appointments online has many benefits

Did you know that online user’s expect your website to load within TWO SECONDS of landing on it and will often LEAVE once it hit’s three? Aside from those that shun the internet, what we expect from experience on line is highly reflective of what we expect from every process.

Your customers want easy, convenient, and hassle free. They want what works.

Now of course this blog is hosted by a business that creates online business tools for people like you, so yes, making appointments online makes sense to us. It’s the direction our society is going.

Actually, that’s not accurate. We’ve already arrived in a time where most people, young and old, expect to be able to access and do everything online.

I mean, we are a people that expect to have access to what we are interested in within two seconds and if we don’t we ditch it.

So, when looking at what your customer wants, the answer is very likely to be able to make appointments online.

HOWEVER.

And this however is in all caps and formatted as a header because it’s important. If your process or system for making appointments online isn’t intuitive and therefore doesn’t work, it’s no longer hassle free.

That’s not what your customer’s want and it ends up being bad for your brand and provides poor customer service.

So, if you’re unable to thoroughly research online appointment software and recognize what works for your specific business, then stick with the phone and physical appointment book.

Making appointments online has many benefits

Essentially if the process for making appointments online isn’t simple and fast, then it’s not going to really be better.

What Your Business Needs

Now, assuming you know how to set up and easy to use website and can recognize a good online appointment process for your customer when you see one, then you’ll likely be ditching the over the phone appointment process as your main gig.

This is GOOD for your business, not just your customer, so you should be excited.

Making appointments online has many benefits

Having your customers making appointments online lends a lot of perks for you. Especially if you’re using a software like Georgie Scheduler.

Benefits of using Georgie Scheduler’s online appointment software:
  • Seamless Google integration
  • Secure SOAP notes to keep client notes secure and easily accessed by you.
  • Convenient and controllable appointment times.
  • Excellent marketing capabilities
  • Great customer service tool
  • Links with Georgie Schedulers payment processor
  • …It’s free….

Think about the pain points you’re looking to address with an online appointment process. Are you trying to attract a new customer base? Keep up with your current one? Alleviate some spending of clerical and organizational processes?

Whatever it is, it’s worth looking at finding a way for your customers to start making appointments online instead of over the phone.

Is Social Media Marketing Leading Toward Self Destruction?

User Trends from 2018 to 2019

Some say it’s not a question of if Social Media is disappearing, but more that it’s transforming. What ends up mattering most is if this transformation is good or bad.

Even just looking at the chart above from Global Web Index‘s social media and consumer study, high percentages of online users are still members, showing up, on social media. Social media is still being used across all generations. However, it seems that what it’s being used for, isn’t what we’re used to as business owners.

Time is Money

What’s the average age of your customer? Based on this chart, you can see that younger markets have their target customers on social media the most.

Shocking right?

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The Secret to Generation Z Marketing

When looking at your strategies for Generation Z marketing, there is one thing, above all, you need to understand.

Generation Z approaches everything from a social perspective.

This means that your business and your brand can’t just be a store or service they get stuff from. Essentially, you need to think of your brand as being a person with whom your customers will become friends with and look up to.

Your Generation Z customers will be loyal customers when they can trust you to be a trendsetter, can engage in a brand community that ‘get’s them’ and get the guidance and advice that won’t stir them wrong in life.

Basically, you’re Generation Z’s big brother. The brands that are successful at Generation Z marketing are the big brother that their younger siblings all aspire to be, versus the one they think is so totally lame.

3 Ways to Get Generation Z Marketing Right

Link Up with Influencers Connected to your Industry
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The Secret to Marketing to the Baby Boomer Generation Online

There’s this idea that floats around about who makes up the consumer. When it comes to age, the cut off is somewhere around 45. When targeting customers it makes sense to identify the average consumer in order to organize your marketing the efforts.

You don’t want to waste time marketing outside of your target customer. I get it.

But did you know that baby boomers make up 75 plus million people in the United States? And those 75 million people control 70% of the disposable income in the country.

It’s a pretty large group of people and a lot of money to be leaving out of your conversation.

Let’s debunk the baby boomer myth that might be holding you back from reaching a valuable consumer.

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