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Use Facebook to Generate Appointments with a Click-To-Schedule Button

 
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Online Appointment Scheduling is one of the best ways to connect with prospects and ending the Calling, Chasing, and Waiting game we all find ourselves playing. Adding a “Click-To-Schedule” button to your Facebook page is a great way to engage your leads who are interested right now through social media!  Here is how you can add a “Click-To-Schedule” button to your Facebook page.

Before continuing you will have already setup or have:

  • A Facebook Page you are an Administrator of
  • A TimeTrade Account
  • A Recurring Activity & Activity Link

First, we need to install custom pages to your Facebook page.  We used WooBox Fangate custom tabs which are free.  Click here to install Woobox tabs. From this page you will be able to register for a WooBox account and install their custom tabs. Now that you are in Woobox, you can create a custom tab by selecting “Static Tabs” and create and “HTML Fangate Tab.”

 
create woobox tab

You will be brought to a page to edit the tab, but instead save the page by clicking “Save Settings” at the bottom of the page and it will automatically be added to your Facebook page as a tab. Go ahead and login to your Facebook fan page.

You will now see a new tab in your page titled “Welcome”. If you have a lot of tabs you may need to expand to see the new tab. Click it and you will be able to select Settings of the new tab.

 
Welcome Tab

Now there are two experiences you can offer Click To Schedule meetings from your Facebook page…

Option 1 – Open Calendar In New Tab

Add CTS to Facebook Page
Option 1 – Click To Enlarge

First set the tab image.  If you would like, you can use our custom “Click-To-Schedule” button by right clicking and saving the image to your computer.

Next you want to redirect the page to your calendar.  Get your activity link by logging into TimeTrade and selecting the activity you want to share. Then come back to the WooBox settings and under “Page Source” select “Redirect” and paste your booking activity link into the field.

Now just set your Page Title to what you would like it to be and once you save it you can review.  Your Facebook page should now have a custom Click to Schedule tab and when it’s clicked, it should open a new tab right to your calendar.

If you don’t see your tab, scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to reorder your tabs.

Option 2 – Embed Calendar In Facebook Tab

Option 2 – Click To Enlarge

First set the tab image.  If you would like, you can use our custom “Click-To-Schedule” button by right clicking and saving the image to your computer.

Next you want to embed your calendar.  Get your activity link by logging into TimeTrade and selecting the activity you want to share.  You will then get the option to copy the link for that activity.

Replace the source URL (eg. https://www.timetrade.com/book/xxxxx) with your activity link

<iframe src=https://www.timetrade.com/book/XXXXX width=”850″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″>

Please note, you many need to manually type this out for it to render correctly on your page

Now just set your Page Title to what you would like it to be and once you save it you can review.

Interested in Online Appointment Scheduling?  Learn more about TimeTrade and how to start a Free Trial by clicking here!

Final Step

Order Tabs

One last step. If your new custom tab isn’t listed in the top 4 tabs you can move it up there. Select to edit the tabs on your page and hover over the Click-To-Schedule tab you just created. You should see an icon of a pencil show to edit it. Form that menu you can replace any other tab position with this one.

Now you are done!  You should now see your new custom tab with the image you had set.  This will now click through to your online calendar where people can book with you right from Facebook.

Need a “Click-To-Schedule” call to action?  Right click and save this image:

Please note this walk-through is dependent on 3rd party solutions and the support on this post is provided “as-is,” without any express or implied warranty.

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Written by Chris Carroll

I'm the Product Marketing Manager at TimeTrade. I focus on the customer experience of the product and use our customer learnings to help update our workflows and create materials to help train our users. I also focus on our client facing marketing programs, social media initiatives, and content curation.

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