Bed and Breakfasts

You asked, we answered! New Enhancements to WebReserv.

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That’s right, we’re listening!  We recently made a few enhancements to the booking system, and we’re excited to let you know about them.  See what we’ve done below.

Added a Search by Reservation Date to the Reservations report.

The Reservations report is our most comprehensive report that gives you all the details about bookings within a time frame that you specify.  You now have 2 options for that time frame: Date of Reservation or Start/End Date.  Date of Reservation refers to the date that the booking was actually made by the customer.  Start/End date refers to the actual visit date of the booking.  This is a helpful enhancement as it will allow you to see how many bookings you had on a given day or set of days.

To access the report, navigate to Frontdesk – Reports in your account.  Select the Reservations report.

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Additional Customization options on the Home page.

The first view that you see when you log into your WebReserv account is the Home page.  This is your dashboard and will list all recent bookings in your system.  You are able to customize what columns from the booking that you want to see on this page.  We recently added additional options for columns to further customize how you want to view your bookings.  New options include:

1. Customer’s phone number

2. Customer’s email address

3. Unit name (if defined)

4. Office Notes

To customize your Home page, click on “customize this page” from the Home page.  On the Customize Page screen, drag and drop the desired columns from the Available Columns box to the Selected Columns box.  Save your changes.

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Here’s a look at the view with all the new options added.  This is helpful for many businesses who want to be able to see the customer’s phone number at a glance to reach out to them, or see exactly what rental or camp site is booked for the day.

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We always strive to make improvements and enhancements to our booking system.  If you have any suggestions, please send us an email to support@webreserv.com.  We’d love to hear from you!

Stripe added as a Payment Processor

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Welcome to 2018!  We’re excited for the new year, and happy to announce that we’ve added a new option to our list of compatible payment processors: StripeStripe image

To get an account with Stripe, visit their website to create an account.

If you have an existing Stripe account, you can add the integration to your WebReserv account easily.

To do so, log into your WebReserv account, and go to the Setup – Business Information.  Select Payments from the left column.

First, you’ll want to enable the credit card option in the Payment Processing section.  Select Creditcard, and Auto Process.

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Next, in the Payment Gateway section, select Stripe from the drop down menu.  Here you will enter your Secret Key from your Stripe account.  (Note: you can access your Secret Key through the Dashboard of your Stripe account.) After you add the secret key, save your changes by clicking Save and continue at the bottom of the page. Stripe setup

That’s it!  You’ve successfully setup the integration with Stripe.

After setup is complete, you’ll want to make a test transaction to ensure it is working properly. The system allows you to enter a test transaction through the Payment Center.  To access, go to Frontdesk – Payment Center.  Select the ePay Virtual Terminal option.

Here you can enter a small transaction using a credit card to ensure that you get an authorization.  To do so, select Payment (type), Credit Card (payment type), and enter a small amount – $0.10 will work fine.

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Enter the credit card details.  Choose the Process Payment button at the bottom of the page.  If you get an authorization, then the setup is working correctly.

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You can now begin taking payments for your bookings.  For more information on WebReserv, visit our website, or contact us here.

Lights on B&Bs: 5 Elements To Create A Consistent Stream of Ideal Guests

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Yvonne Halling, If you are a B&B owner and you’re struggling to survive in this difficult market, make sure to read the following ideas introduced by the “B&B Queen”, Yvonne Halling.

What I am about to share is probably not what you are expecting. How do I know? Good question. I will tell you.

Creating a consistent stream of ideal guests is easy once you’ve got the 5 elements in place. But before I reveal what these 5 elements are, I will first tell you what they are not:

  • Discounting your prices
  • Listing with a gazillion free sites
  • Listing with online travel agents, and letting them do the marketing for you. Plus paying their commissions for the privilege.
  • Taking anybody and everybody no matter what they want
  • Competing on price with other B&Bs in your area
  • Mess around on social media talking about you

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How To Sell Gift Cards / Certificates Using The New WebReserv Booking System

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We are pleased to announce that the new WebReserv Booking Calendar now allows you to sell gift cards and certificates online.

Selling gift cards / certificates online is a great way to increase sales, especially during the holiday season. But don’t forget that you can benefit from selling gift cards and certificates throughout the year. Advertise your gift cards to previous customers – they already know you offer a great service, so it is a convenient way for them to offer a personal experience.

Increase your revenue by selling gift cards/certificates
Increase your revenue by selling gift cards/certificates

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New Beautiful Snowflake Themes For Your Lodging / Tour / Rental Booking System

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Just in time for the holidays, we are pleased to announce two beautiful new themes for the WebReserv Booking Calendar. Whether you use the WebReserv Booking System for your Bed & Breakfast, Tour Bookings or Rental Activities, you can use the new themes to get your customers in the holiday spirit. The snowflake themes look stunning on websites and smartphones alike.

Red snowflake theme
Red snowflake theme

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Adding Booking Fees to your Reservations

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We are pleased to release a new and improved way to add booking or processing fees to your reservations.  If you charge a booking or processing fee on reservations for your bed & breakfast rooms, vacation rentals, or tours, then adding this fee in WebReserv just got easier.

Since we know that every business structure is unique, you have several options for calculating the booking or processing fees to reservations.  This gives you flexibility depending on your type of room, rental, or tour.  See options below.

To add the fee, go to Setup – Business Information – Payments in your WebReserv account.  On this page, you will see the new section for Booking Fees:

Booking Fees
Booking Fees

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Keeping in touch with your Customers

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Keep in touch with your customersAs a business, keeping in touch with your customers is a great way to get repeat business year after year. Sending emails about special offers or newsletters by email or regular mail are wonderful ways to let your customers know about what is going on with your business.  This is great if you are a seasonal business, such as a vacation rental, tour business, or watersports rental, to communicate with customers as your season is ending or during the off season.  You can easily extract your customer’s contact information in the WebReserv System by running a Customer Report.

Creating the report to use for an email marketing campaign can be completed in a few easy steps.

1.     Gather the data and select the options

Go to Frontdesk – Reports.  Choose Customer Report from the list.  On this page, you have different options for the report.

Customer Report Options
Customer Report Options

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