If your business relies on booking appointments with clients, then you might already be familiar with Schedulicity.  It’s an online service that allows your clients to book appointments with you, online, and allows you to manage your appointments, send our reminders, and communicate with your clients from a centralized location.

One great feature, included with your subscription, is the ability to integrate Schedulicity directly into your website.  With a little HTML knowledge you can add Schedulicity to your website in no time at all.  This integration is great, because it is important to keep your website the central hub for your online presence. Read my post on Four Reasons Your Website Should Be At The Center of Your Online Marketing, to find out why.

Allowing clients to schedule appointments directly on your website reduces confusion.  The client doesn’t have to remember schedulicity.com in order to book the appointment, and won’t get distracted by other businesses while making their appointment with you.

Integration Options

Schedulicity provides several options for integrating booking functionality into your site.  They offer buttons, a “widget”, and an overlay.  I’ll go into each one individually.   They also allow you to add Schedulicity to your Facebook page.  I’ll show how to do that in a future post.

To view the options:

  1. Log in to schedulicity.com.
  2. Click Marketing.
  3. Click Widgets.

Here is what the widget page looks like (click on the image for a larger view):

schedulicity-widget-page

Schedulicity Buttons

Schedulicity buttons are the simplest way to add Schedulicity to your website.  You can put a button pretty much anywhere you want it, and when the site visitor clicks the button they are taken to your Schedulicity page.

Schedulicity ButtonsYou can choose from a large button, medium button, small button, or a text link. If you are going to use a button, I would recommend the large one.  The large button is more likely to catch someone’s eye.  If people don’t see the button they won’t schedule an appointment.

 

To add the button:

  1. Log in to schedulicity.com.
  2. Click Marketing.
  3. Click Widgets.
  4. Select the button type that you want to use.
  5. Copy the code from the box below the button options.
  6. Paste the code into your website.

That’s it!

“How do I get to the code on my website?”, you may ask.  Depending on the type of software your website runs the place that you paste it will vary.  However, if you can edit the text on a page you should be able to switch to a code view, text view, html view, or something similar to paste in the code.  If you need help finding the right spot, just let me know.  I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.  I’m familiar with many of the most common website tools.

Here is what the large button looks like on a site that I built, for a client, recently (click the image for a larger view).

Schedulicity Button On Website

The only drawback of the button is it takes your website visitor off of your website and onto schedulicity.com.  It isn’t the worst thing in the world, but there is a better way… The “widget” and the “overlay”!

Schedulicity Widget

The Schedulicity Widget adds Schedulicity right into one of your pages.  The widget allows site visitors to view the services that you offer, and then make an appointment for a service.  The entire time they stay on your website.

All you have to do is:

  1. Go to the widgets page in schedulicity.com by clicking marketing, and then widgets.
  2. Select “scheduling widget” from the third column.
  3. Copy the code from the Widgets page on schedulicity.com and paste it into your page.

You will end up with a nice, full page, booking tool right on your website.  Since the weidget is quite large, I recommend putting it on it’s own page.

Here is the Schedulicity widget in action (click for a larger view):

Schedulicity Widget

Schedulicity Overlay

The Schedulicity overlay adds a button to the far right side of your page, and when a site visitor clicks the button a tools similar to the scheduling widget is displayed over the top of the page.  The site visitor can view your services, and book an appointment on your website.  Since, this tool goes over the top of your page you just need to copy and paste the code somewhere within the content area of the page, and it will show up.

Schedulicity Overlay Button Schedulicity Overlay

It’s Up To You

You can use one of the options or a combination.  It’s really whatever will work best for you and your website.  If you would like to see the Schedulicity integration live in action check out The Skin & Company or Radiant Skin By Tammy.  Those are two sites I created for clients, and integrated Schedulicity.  If you use Schedulicity in your business you really should add Schedulicity to your website using the code that Schedulicity provides. It’s a great way to get more appointments booked!

Need Help?

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About the author

Damon Schopen designs and develops web-based software. He specializes in e-commerce, interactive websites, integrating software to allow sharing of data across systems, and customizing existing software applications to meet your specific needs. For the past 10 years Damon has helped a variety of companies develop the web-based software they need to do business with their customers.

2 Comments

  1. Hi, When I used these widgets in the past, the thing that I didn’t like about them was that they were used within an iFrame which will not count as a click through for my website; has this changed?

    • Hi Cindy!

      Unfortunately, that is a limitation of Schedulicity still. You have to include it as an iFrame and can’t easily track if an appointment was booked. However, keeping the user on your site is still better than just sending them off to schedulicity.com. Especially, since they could find other service providers on schedulicity.com.

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