[Pro] Pros/Negatives

I recently saw this site and I really like how they have a calendar and people can request a slot from the site. I am thinking of doing some thing like that for my site…

Any positives for this idea? Any negatives?

http://www.fixmypc2.com/?p=schedule


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My main hesitation on something like this is TMI (too much information) for a company or individual to reveal about themselves online. I’d rather not have schedules publicly displayed. It can chase potential clients away if the schedule is too full - it can make the business or individual look unprofessional if they have too much available time - it can assist criminals in knowing when you might be closed or on vacation - etc.

Smaller secondary concern is, it’s possibly ugly and no way to really get around that.

Retracting all the above for certain instances - one place where this works wonderfully is for booking lodging - Poipu, Koloa Vacation Rentals: house rentals & more | Vrbo


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I was thinking the same thing as what you said. Just wanted to see what other’s thought


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Traveling to Hawaii is making more sense than getting a PC fixed.

And agree Karen - schedule is member/hidden/subscriber stuff.

I often wonder, what people expect. Building a page (ugly or not), millions of clicks a day - thousands of bookings - Richie Rich overnight?

Am I wrong (or the only one on this planet) if I say, that a webpage is part of a marketing-mix where most of the business deals are done by a quick phone-call if it comes to services?

Booking the room - traveling with bag and baggage, dog and wife - getting an answer like:

“Bug in calendar, sorry - nothing free!”

Strange - but we all had to fight for or against calendars once in our web-life. And the only sense I see is announcing events, concerts, exhibitions …

Cheers

Thomas


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This is actually no more than an email request for an appointment.

Once the appointment is confirmed it gets entered into the Google Calendar for all to see.

Nothing automatic going on so it can be easily manipulated by the calendar owner to suit themselves.

Does it have value?

For the customer: it does give an indication of when appointments are likely to be available.

For the calendar owner: appointments can be manipulated to steer appointments into specific time slots.

For the FW user: easy to set up and it passes the update responsibility to the client.

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I thought this was interesting, but I am not sure if I want to have it on my site.

As Karen said, it can impact me negatively if I do not have a lot of time and also if there is too much time that is not filled out.

I am wondering If I just make a separate link for the calender and send it to my client and they can request a time slot and that would be updated.

So in other words, it would be on my site, but not directly clickable from my navigation bar


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I’ve always remembered what the designer who did one of my logos told me (mid-80s, when I was a photographer). He said, “I want people who look at this logo to feel, in the back of their head, like they hope they will be able to afford you”.

If you’re really busy, people tend to give you more work. Nobody looks at their project and knows how long it will really take. If they look at your calendar, and see that you are working on a lot of things, they will figure you are able to get things done.

Walter


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my calendar is often filled with “Creative Power Napping”


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