Slot Blockers, as we refer to them at Artichoke, are ways to hide portions of your day without having to change your work hours. This tool allows you time for appointments, carpool, games , what have you! For example: If you have an appointment at 3:00pm on Wednesday, but it’s just this one Wednesday, you add a Slot Blocker for that specific date and time. This will allow the time to be unavailable for your clients to book for that specific Wednesday, rather than every Wednesday.
How to Slot Block your schedule:
- Go to Main Menu
- Go to Appointments
- Select “ADD”
- Select ‘SLOT BLOCKER”
- Make selections you want
- Click SAVE
Big news friends! It’s time to start selling gift cards online with Artichoke so you can rack up the sales and expand your client list quickly. Like all of the best ideas, this one came for the Artichoke user community. Anyone visiting your booking page will be able to purchase a digital gift card, pay with a credit card, and designate a recipient (optional) to receive a nice gift message with the redemption code. (also optional) What clients see on on your booking page:
1) Purchaser selects “Buy Gift Card”…
2) Completes a short form…
3) Enters payment info…
4) Receives confirmation email
How to set it up in Artichoke:
PUBLISH YOUR PAGE
SELL GIFT CARDS ONLINE
Thanks to your feedback, we’ve added a feature which enables Artichoke subscribers to add a custom message to appointment reminders for individual clients, one time, or for all clients, all of the time. Examples: Customize the appointment reminder for all clients to include stuff like attendance policy and code of conduct expectations. Customize the appointment reminders for an individual client: “Hi Susan. Don’t forget to bring your forms and comfortable clothes this week.” Best of all, it’s so easy to do both. Check out these screen shots below.
Add a custom message for all appointment reminders.
Add a custom message for one client.Thank so much for your great ideas. Please contact anytime on firstname.lastname@example.org or in-app by visiting HELP on the main menu.
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