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Why Customers Love Online Scheduling (And How to Leverage)

The current concept of measuring time dates all the way back to the Sumerians around 2000 BC, but the first scheduled appointment was made far earlier than that (TASBIA, n.d.).

When booking appointments, convenience is king. Whether for a doctor's visit, a haircut, or a home service, customers like having options that fit their lifestyle. Customers expect seamless and efficient ways to schedule appointments, and that's where online scheduling shines! In this blog post, we'll explore why customers love online scheduling and how service businesses like yours can leverage this powerful tool to enhance customer satisfaction, drive revenue, and streamline operations.

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The Rise of Online Scheduling

Convenience: Let’s face it: people are busy and value time. By providing customers with the comfort of booking appointments online, they’re king of their domain, scheduling appointments 24/7 and eliminating the need to make phone calls during business hours. This flexibility empowers customers to book services at their convenience, minimizing any obstacles in the customer journey. Given the widespread availability of online booking across various services, customers are increasingly inclined towards scheduling at their convenience.  In a survey involving more than 200 North American consumers who scheduled a service appointment within the last year, reports indicated the following participant’s preferred way to book appointments if all options are available (Hedges, 2021).

Study suggests consumers preferred way to book appointments if all the following options are available:

  • Online 67%
  • By phone 22%
  • By Email 5%
  • By text message 4%
  • In-person 2%

Source: GetApp, 2021


Transparency: Online scheduling gives customers real-time access to available time slots, service options, and pricing information. This transparency builds trust from the get-go and empowers customers to make informed decisions.

Balancing Customer Preferences: While speaking with a live person can provide comfort, and it is the preference for some customers, implementing online scheduling can be advantageous for others, especially when time is of the essence. This is because it helps avoid waiting to connect with a representative on hold. This enhancement positively impacts the overall customer experience and leaves a favorable impression.

Immediate Confirmation: Americans spent more than 1.6 trillion hours on their mobile phones in 2020 (Koetsier, 2020). And that number will only continue to rise. When customers receive an immediate confirmation of their appointment on their phones, it alleviates anxiety and assures them that they have successfully reserved their preferred time slot and that assistance is on its way. This is undoubtedly a reason to celebrate! 

Automated Reminders: Online scheduling systems often include automated reminder notifications, reducing no-shows and last-minute cancellations. Customers appreciate these reminders, as it helps them plan their day.

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How To Leverage Online Scheduling

Online scheduling is not just a customer-centric tool; it's also a valuable asset for service businesses like yours. Here's how you can leverage it effectively:

Choose the Right Software: Opt for reliable online scheduling software such as Scheduling Pro. I’m biased, but for good reason; it's easy to use, seamlessly integrates with ServiceTitan, and offers the necessary features for your business and customer needs. 

Optimize Your Website: Make it easy for customers to find your online booking scheduler. Feature it prominently on your website, and create clear, step-by-step guides for scheduling appointments. For tips to boost visibility and customer engagement with Scheduling Pro’s scheduler, explore 8 Tips to Boost Visibility and Customer Engagement for more information.

Feedback and Improvement: Continuously gather customer feedback about their online scheduling experience. Use this data to really connect with your customer's needs, make improvements, and enhance the process further.

Training and Support: Providing friendly and efficient support can be a game-changer. Our team of experts offers comprehensive training during your onboarding process and continues to support you afterward. Furthermore, we offer easily accessible resources, including video tutorials and user guides. Once the onboarding process is complete, our Onboarding Team will send you a comprehensive kick-off packet. We understand that adopting new software can come with a learning curve. At Scheduling Pro, our dedication to our clients means we are committed to providing extensive training resources and personalized assistance to ensure you make the most of our platform. For more information about our training and onboarding, please explore our Commitment to Client Satisfaction.

Promote Online Scheduling: Encourage your customers to use online scheduling by promoting it through various marketing channels, such as Facebook, Instagram, email newsletters, social media, and in-store signage. For more For more information, please explore Here’s Your Checklist for Success.

Use Scheduling Pro Analytics to Personalize the Customer Experience: Our dashboard homepage provides a snapshot of your most recent analytics across all your Scheduling Pro services. Run reports to find metrics to help you and your business make informed decisions. Collect customer data and preferences during appointment scheduling, such as appointment metrics, leads, booking volume, and more, through the Scheduling Pro dashboard. By tracking key metrics, you can create personalized services and promotions, which not only help improve your reputation but also foster stronger customer loyalty.

Monitor and Adjust: Regularly monitor the effectiveness of your online scheduling system and make adjustments based on customer usage and feedback.



Use Reserve with Google: Booking through Reserve with Google is a game-changer for Scheduling Pro, significantly increasing the number of appointments it secures. Think of it as the perfect complement to your favorite meal; by incorporating this feature, you ensure that your customers have a seamless way to find, book, and manage appointments directly on Google Search and Maps. Offering this level of convenience could be the key to ensuring customer satisfaction this holiday season.

Here are compelling reasons to embrace this feature:

  • Tap into the millions of potential customers searching for businesses or services you offer through Google Search & Maps.
  • Receive confirmed bookings or booking requests from Google through a scheduling experience powered by Scheduling Pro’s booking technology.

The best part is that there are no entry barriers or costs associated with using this integration; it's entirely free and doesn't require any additional advertising expenses. For more information, please explore our Reserve with Google Integration Now Available for Scheduling Pro Customers in the U.S.! 

Prep For The Future:  Online booking is rapidly becoming the norm in various appointment-centric sectors. These encompass the beauty industry (salons, etc.), the health and medical field (including massage therapists and psychologists), and diverse professional services such as auto mechanics. Indeed, the global appointment scheduling market is poised to grow by $633.47 million between 2021 and 2025. PR Newswire.



Online scheduling is a win-win for both customers and service businesses. It simplifies the appointment booking process, reduces no-shows, and enhances the overall customer experience. When leveraged effectively, it can drive revenue growth and streamline your operations, making your business more efficient and customer-centric. 

Here’s the bottom line: If your business involves appointment scheduling in any form, it is essential to leverage appointment scheduling software. This enables the provision of online booking choices, streamlines scheduling procedures, and reduces the need for manual tasks typically associated with arranging service appointments.


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  1. TASBIA. (n.d.). A Short History of Appointment Scheduling. TASBIA.
  2. Hedges, L. (2021, April 8). Online Booking Options Can Get You More Clients. GetApp.
  3. Koitser, J. (2020, August 17). We’ve Spent 1.6 Trillion Hours On Mobile So Far In 2020. Forbes
  4. Yocale. (2021, September 20). 2021 Online Booking Stats (+ Original Research). Yocale.
  5. Technavio. (2021, March 24). Appointment Scheduling Software Market to grow by USD 633.47 million during 2021-2025. PR Newswire.


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