April 2011 Newsletter

April 7, 2011, Jason Morehouse

Where does the time go?  Seems it’s been a while since our last newsletter. We’ve been busy here at Checkfront, and this is a good time for an update.

In February we announced that Checkfront merchants surpassed 3 million (USD) in online bookings since releasing version 1.0 of the system last June. Amazingly, we’re happy to report that this has climbed to just shy of 5 million. Hats off to our merchants!

The last 8 months have proven an amazing experience for us. We are ever so grateful for the continued support of our customers and those who have offered feedback along the way.

Latest And Greatest

In our never ending quest to build the best cloud booking application, there have been several notable additions to the platform.

Quick Invoice Edit
Quickly change existing bookings while viewing an invoice. Add new items, edit the quantity, dates, and manually adjust pricing.

Accept Bookings and Customer Love on Facebook
Version 2.0 of our Facebook App has been release and includes in-App purchases, integrated analytics and the ability to offer discounts instantly to customers who “Like” your page.

Mailchimp Addon
Allow your users to automatically opt into your Mailchimp e-mail campaigns at the time of booking.

Preferred Columns in Reports
Select preferred fields to show up in your reports. Include custom fields as defined in your field editor.

Better Integrated Support and Billing
Support ticket history and subscription receipts are now available directly from your support portal.

New Chrome Extension
This extension takes advantage of additional caching capabilities, native browser notifications, and adds a quick launch to your Chrome startup page.

iCal Events in Booking Receipts
Include calendar event requests in email receipts, and offer customers the ability to add a booking to their personal calendar.

Other recent updates API enhancements, new documentation, database export functionality, and many other service updates.

Where to Now?

Along side our continued efforts to refine the existing feature set, we’ll be turning our focus to our front-end integrations. This includes brand new plugins for WordPress and Joomla!. We’ll also be making available some new front-end add-ons focused on customer engagement.

We will be making more tools available for developers looking to build custom integrations with our API, such as our PHP and Rails SDK.

Amazing Rates from VersaPay

Although available on the platform for a while now, we wanted to take this opportunity to welcome Versapay as an official partner of Checkfront and integrated payment processor.

VersaPay focuses on ecommerce and tourism businesses to offer tourism related services like seasonal closures and mobile processing. VersaPay is pleased to offer preferential re-negotiated rates to Checkfront customers starting with 1.89% MDR*. See here for more information or call Call Peter Fitzpatrick at 866-999-8729.

Keep the feedback coming, and best success in the coming season.

– The Checkfront Team

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