August 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm #15028
I run my own personal training business but also offer workshops, boot-camps, weekend retreats etc. and I had a few questions on building my website as to automate a lot of the backend work (ie secretarial work).
I would love for everything to integrate: my calendar, quick books, contact list, email, mailing list etc. Here are a few things I’d like to do:
1. Automate my calendar so that appointment reminders will be sent every Sunday via text or email confirming their sessions for the week. Should I just use google drive business? Is there other software out there?
2. When clients come to my website I’d like to offer them a free gift (health pdf etc) in exchange for their email and then have that contact info saved to say mail chimp so I can send them a monthly newsletter BUT also have access to it via my google account. Any recommendations on software here or will weebly and Ocoos suffice?
3. If I decide to write a blog will Weebly or Ocoos integrate well with say WordPress? Also is either better for online appointment booking? Could I create a system where someone could look at the calendar on the website and request a time and then I am notified via gmail?
Sorry for the lengthy post but I’m feeling a bit lost between all my options, my ambition and serious lack of knowledge.
ConradAugust 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm #15029
Also is there a way to edit the title for the glaring typo?August 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm #15054
Some good questions here. First, most appointment booking options nowadays have automated calendar appointments that allow for email and text alerts to scheduled clients. Both Ocoos and Weebly have pretty good options. Ocoos has an appointment booking app built directly into its backend, which is nice. Weebly has pre-built forms using bookfresh, which is also a good option.
As far as the multiple contacts go, that should not be a big issue either way. Google and Mailchimp integrate, so you can import/export contacts pretty smoothly from one platform to the other. A standard lead capture form that sends new contacts to Weebly and Google should be fine. Or, you can use a custom mailchimp capture form as well. For blogging, I would just use the blogging features built-in to Weebly or Ocoos. You can link to WordPress or have some posts embedded, but it is not nearly as handy.
If it were me, I would go with Weebly. They have more integration options than Ocoos and it sounds to me like you are looking for interconnectivity between your business apps. Weebly has everything you need to do what you want to do and more. Hope that helps!
JasonAugust 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm #15080
Thanks for all the advice! Just finished a phone consult with Ocoos today and plan on giving Weebly a run here soon. I really appreciate your thoughtful response, trying to get all these moving parts working together feels daunting at times and the help I’ve been getting from the small business community has been outstanding!
ConradAugust 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm #15113
Awesome. Keep us updated and I hope everything goes well! Would love to see your finished site when it is done.