Anytime Booking integrates with IDS Group for seamless access control
We are pleased to announce that Anytime Booking is now integrated with IDS Group’s barrier and ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) solution. Working with multi-award winning Padstow Touring Park and IDS Group, we have developed a simple access control solution from within the booking system for holiday park and campsite owners who want to fully control who is on site.
Tas Kyriacou, Head of Business Development IDS Group said, “The Anytime Booking software is an excellent tool which is widely accepted in the industry, so it extends the scope of our offer. Together we now provide a one-stop solution for customers who want to increase their business efficiencies. Holiday parks who utilise Anytime software can commission our barrier and ANPR system to seamlessly work in tandem. This first project with Padstow Touring Park gave us the opportunity to work together and take advantage of the benefits of both systems, making life easier for staff and customers.”
Philip Barnes, Padstow Touring Park Director said, “We feel the barrier system is invaluable to our business and having the link between the Anytime platform and the IDS barrier makes booking in faster and cuts out some of the human errors. We are always looking to improve existing systems and to stay ahead of other caravan sites where we can; we feel that we can work with Anytime and IDS Group over the coming years to keep moving with the times and give customers what they want whilst making things easier for the staff to use.”
Vanessa Glossop, Communications Director, Anytime, adds “It is fantastic to be working with IDS Group to give customers like Padstow Touring Park more benefit to the technologies they’ve invested in. While IDS Group can efficiently restrict and manage vehicular access to our customers’ premises with their barrier system, a car registration entered at the point of booking in our system is automatically recognised by the ANPR camera as visitors approach for their holiday, giving them immediate access. The partnership gives further edge to our offering as a booking management platform for holiday parks and larger campsites. ”
If you are interested in a quote for this solution let us know and we will put you in touch with our friends at IDS Group.
Anytime Booking has launched a fully responsive booking process
By our standards, size really does matter – your customers will now be able to find you and a book a holiday on any size device, from the tiniest mobile phone to the latest tablet, laptop or home PC.
“In 2013, worldwide mobile phone internet user penetration was 73.4%. In 2017, figures suggest that more than 90% of internet users will access online content through their phones” – Statista, The Statistics Portal
Why is this important?
It helps you stay ahead of the game.
The way people are now viewing websites and consuming online information means we all need to be considering how we engage with the outside world to offer the best online experience for our various brands and services.
Paying customers expect to be able to book and pay for a holiday online, from anywhere and often on the move. They might be sitting in a pub, or round at a friend’s house, or just sitting on their sofa at home, browsing for a holiday on their smartphone and bingo, inspiration strikes. They want that holiday, and they want it now.
It is important that they can book and make a transaction without the need to pinch their screens, without falling off the edge altogether or losing their ‘Pay Now’ button. This will just end in frustration and a no-sale.
If you get it right, you won’t lose business.
Benefits of having a responsive booking system:
- Future proof your business
- Offer a smarter, better, faster, user experience
- Increase your accessibility and competitive edge
- Increase conversion rates and therefore revenue
- Improve your SEO rankings (since April 2015, websites that are not optimised for mobile appear lower down on Google’s search rankings)
What if I am already an Anytime Booking customer?
Talk to us today about upgrading your account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you go for it, your customers will thank you for it.
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So, what’s new in version 3 for campsites and holiday parks? We’ve spent time working on all our customers’ feedback on how they use Anytime on a daily basis. We don’t want to completely overwhelm you with our ever-growing features list in one go, but knowing they are there for you to use will certainly help you with your ongoing business needs. These are some of the new features aimed at parks:-
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We’ve created the facility to sell a ‘space’ based on the total occupancy and not in the traditional pitch sense. This is great for those who have an open field, or have just bought a field to start a new campsite. Simply set up a unit, define the total head-count possible for the field (known as party members in the back office) and the system allow you and your customers to keep booking until the field has reached the occupancy capacity.
Ps. this same feature works for bunkhouses and hostels!
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A little extra function to help you speed up the process of collecting overdue balances. A balance reminder email (if you have this set up) will automatically send at the time you’ve set, but now you can send a pre-populated further email, at click a button, to to prompt your customers to either log in to your website or phone you make their final payment.
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You can now set up events to sell tickets! There is no limit on the number of events or the number of tickets, and these can be free of fee paying.
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We’ve made the whole process of making a group booking more detailed, but easier to manage. Now you can define the total number of individual bookings you’d like your online customer to make at any one time and you, using telephone booking, can make unlimited bookings and take a single payment. Great for rallies and large families.
To accommodate this, we’ve changed the booking process slightly. At the end of stage 4 of the booking process, the system will ask you if you would like to make another booking – this other booking could be for any other unit, event, ticket for another date, duration or other person(s). For example, if you have time-based features enabled you could sell a pitch or cottage and the section booking could be to hire the tennis courts for the afternoon.
The much awaited Anytime Booking Version 3 is here! We’ve spent many hours coding to create more funcationalities throughout the booking system, so we’re pleased to announce that you can now sell tickets and time based bookings. The time based module is perfect if you’re wanting to sell time slots for the swimming or tennis courts, or anything is possible!