IWB Channel Manager Released

Instant World Booking is pleased to announce the release of IWB Channel Manager.

IWB Channel Manager enables hotels, hostels, and bed & breakfasts to upload their calendar of availability to many distribution sites at once.  Manage your calendar only once, but populate multiple booking sites simultaneously. The advantage is incredible time savings and convenience.  Hours and even days of work may be eliminated each month managing calendars on multiple websites.Advantages:

  • Less than $14 per month
  • Submit your calendar to over 500 booking sites
  • Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Priceline, and many more
  • All major hostelling sites, including HostelWorld.com
  • Save time by managing your calendar only once
For less than $14 per month, there’s nothing to lose. At these prices, advanced channel management is now available to all types of accommodations. Excellent for hotels, B&Bs, and hostels, IWB’s Channel Manager is the cheapest service of its kind available anywhere.There are no long term commitments. Purchase as many months of service as you want. Get discounts when you purchase at least 6 months.
To access and sign up for IWB Channel Manager, a property must first have a free membership on the Instant World Booking network.  Simply log in to your profile at our website, and proceed to the “CHANNEL MANAGER” page.
For new memberships with Instant World Booking, please go to the following page:

June 2011 Newsletter – Instant World Booking

You’re Paying Too Much for Your Website Booking Engine

How do we know?

Because Instant World Booking offers the lowest cost online reservation system available for any accommodation website.

Fact. Our booking engine offers a lower cost, and even more pricing options, than any other system. So look no further.

Did we mention that IWB’s Booking Engine also comes with more payment and deposit options for your guests than other providers? Contact us today with your current provider and pricing. We guarantee we’ll beat any price.

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IWB Front Desk Coming Soon

Do you need a winning property management system, without paying a high price?IWBFrontDesk is an alternative to front desk systems like RezOvation ®, Webervations ®, SuperInn, Resnexus ®, Hostel Power, HostelMate, etc., but with one major difference. At a price starting at less than $20 per month, you save 30% or more over most competing services. Want to pay less? You can’t afford not to try it.

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Channel Manager
Now is an excellent time to join Instant World Booking.   Why?
Beginning soon, our new Channel Manager service will enable you to feed your calendar directly to all the top hostel booking sites and GDS/IDS booking sites. That’s right, manage your calendar only once. You need to already be an IWB member to take advantage of this new service.

 

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Travel Agents earn instant commissions of 25% on all bookings. No complicated sign-up or applications.Payment Services
Collect for no-shows and cancellations. It’s easy to accept credit cards from your guests for any travel-related expense. No merchant accounts, no bank applications.

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New Get Bookings and Calendar Allocation features in v3.2

We are proud to announce the release of version 3.2 of the Instant World Booking XML API.  This release includes new Get Bookings (Reservations) features and Calendar Allocation features.

Previously, the “getbookings” function allowed limited ability to request reservations for specific dates.  Now, since version 3.1 (released April 3, 2011), new selection criteria have been added to query reservations by 1) booking date, 2) modification date, or 3) guest arrival date.  See section 3.3 of the API Guide.

Additionally, several important new features have been added to the “setallocation” and “getroomtypes” functions.

  1. Promotional discounts for advance booking – a discount to be applied to the base rate if a reservation is booked early (i.e., at least the specified “days” prior to arrival date).
  2. Promotional discounts for lengthy stays – a discount to be applied to the base rate if a reservation is longer than the specified minimum # days.
  3. Enhanced Minimum Stay function – The minimum stay functionality now allows the user to apply specific stay limits for various date ranges.  Because of these enhancements the former <minstay>, <minstay_weekend>, and <maxstay> elements have been deprecated, and will no longer be available after September 30, 2011.  Version 3.2 introduces the new <minstays> element, which replaces the former functionality.

For more information about these enhanced features, please see section 3.1.1 and 3.2.1.c of the new guide.

Instant World Booking API XML Manual

As a reminder, the Instant World Booking XML API also includes a full White Label Affiliate Program API (see section 2.0).  This API enables users to implement a complete white-label online booking solution on their website, suitable for booking hotels, hostels, and B&B inns.



IWBFrontDesk – New Property Management System

Instant World Booking recently announced the soon-to-be-released IWBFrontDesk, a brand new full-featured property management system (PMS or Front Desk System).  Subscribers to Instant World Booking’s services, and our insider’s distribution list, have been the first to learn of this new product, which promises substantial savings for hotel owners, hostel managers and innkeepers alike.  Our core principles and technology platform have always led to a single philosophy: properties should not overpay for services that are designed to make our lives easier and more efficient. 

IWBFrontDesk certainly achieves these goals, with significant savings compared to comparable products including Rezovation GT Online, Webervations, HostelPower, SuperInn, Resnexus, and dozens more.

IWBFrontDesk offers all the features you would expect from a property management system (PMS), and much more.  Some of the features you can expect from this new product include:

  • Availability Calendar Management
  • Guest Management
  • Reservation Management
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Billing Statements
  • Fully online solution (no backups or software updates needed)
  • Attractive, Uncluttered, and Effortless Interface
  • Full Customer Support

With this level of capability, Instant World Booking’s PMS makes it easier and cheaper to run your property and front desk.  It’s also nice to know that IWBFrontDesk has no setup fees, and hassle-free startup.

 If that’s not enough to convince you to at least try IWBFrontDesk, consider having these additional integrated services at your fingertips.  Each of these services are offered in conjunction with the IWBFrontDesk PMS or separately as standalone products of Instant World Booking.  You can choose which services you want.

 1.    Booking Engine for your website

  • Instant World Booking’s leading Booking Engine for your website integrates perfectly with IWBFrontDesk.  Our booking engine includes more flexible pricing and payment options for your guests than any other provider.  You tell us how you want guests to pay.  Collect a deposit or not.  Offer special discounts or not.  Choose instant booking or request-method reservations.  You tell us how you want it to work, and we’ll provide it for cheaper than any other provider … we guarantee it.

2.    Credit Card Collections

  • We can handle deposit collection and customer payments for you.  No merchant accounts or bank applications are required.

3.    Online Requests or Instant Booking

  • While instant booking is always preferred for online reservations, we understand that not every accommodation is prepared to accept instant confirmations.  This is why we offer an optional request-method version for your website’s booking engine.

4.    Channel Management

  • Do you want to be able to manage your calendar only once, and then feed it to multiple other sources?  Now you can.  Use either the IWBFrontDesk PMS to manage your calendar (or the Instant World Booking calendar interface).  Then feed your calendar to multiple 3rd party booking services, channel managers, etc.  Our automatic calendar feeds are fully XML compliant, and we can integrate with virtually any 3rd party channel distribution system.

5.    GDS/IDS Feeds

  • Multiply your online exposure by feeding your availability to your choice of more than 100 GDS channels and booking sites (e.g., Expedia.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com, etc.).  If you currently use a similar service elsewhere, or are considering taking online reservations from GDS sites, know that we offer pricing up to 60% cheaper than most other providers.  Please let us know if we can help you save money on your GDS marketing.

6.    Chain and Association Management

  • Instant World Booking features special services and discounts to help lodging chains and associations manage their properties and online marketing.  Any of the services described above can be customized specifically for your chain or association, all at substantial discounts.

If you have special needs or requirements, Instant World Booking specializes in developing custom solutions for your accommodation business or association.  So please enquire with your own specific requirements.  And remember, Don’t Overpay!  As you can see from the sample discounts shown above, Instant World Booking always offers substantial savings over competing providers for the customized services you need to run your business.

Contact us today, or get on our distribution list to learn more about IWBFrontDesk.


March 2011 Newsletter

Countdown to Savings …

Try a New Front Desk System

IWBFrontDesk, a new property management system (PMS), will be available in just over 30 days.

Designed as an alternative to products like RezOvation ®, Webervations ®, SuperInn, Resnexus ®, Hostel Power, HostelMate, etc., IWBFrontDesk has one major advantage: Savings of 30% or more over many competing services. With prices so low, you can’t afford not to try it.

What is IWBFrontDesk?

IWBFrontDesk is a winning property management tool. Manage your rooms, guests, reservations, billing, calendar uploads, GDS feeds, etc.

Why winning? IWBFrontDesk was developed based on a leading PMS tool used for years by hotels, innkeepers, and hostels alike. Now, we combine the best features of time-tested technology with a new low price. It’s a win-win for all accommodations.

More Winning Services from IWB

Instant World Booking provides more low cost services to increase your business while saving money.

Booking Engine for your Website

High flexibility, low cost. Collect any deposit amount from your guests. Guaranteed lower cost than any competing service. Includes no-show and cancellation protection.

Credit Card Payment Services

Access credit card processing cheaply anywhere in the world. No merchant accounts, no bank applications. Collect from your guests for any travel-related expense, even for no-shows.

GDS Feeds

Coming soon…  Manage your calendar once. Feed to online GDS/IDS booking sites and other 3rd party online booking services. Lowest cost available anywhere.

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New XML Guide for Affiliate Programs

New for 2011, we are proud to announce the release of version 3.0 of Instant World Booking’s XML API Guide.  This is a major release, now featuring full XML support for white-label affiliate programs.

Instant World Booking’s affiliate programs are suitable for any website where travel and accommodation content is desired, including the ability to host a full-fledged online booking service. For example, members of our affiliate program can access almost unlimited data pertaining to accommodations, their amenities, and availability. Developers can therefore integrate this data into their websites to completely control their users’ experience. In other words, a white-label travel information and booking service can be achieved using the XML API.

See Affiliate XML API Guide

Our XML API continues to support full 2-way automatic update of availability calendars.  This functionality is suitable for individual property managers, accommodation chains, consolidators, channel managers, front desk systems, property management systems (PMS), and even other booking engines. In fact, anyone who is tired of managing their calendar manually, or updating multiple booking systems, can use our XML API to achieve perfect synchronization automatically.


The “Cumulative Effect” of Online Marketing

A hostel owner in a major Spanish city-center, who was re-evaluating his business plan, asked his manager to revamp back-office procedures to save costs, increase efficiency, and grow marketing efforts. All this was in preparation for anticipated growth for the next 5 years. After considering the objectives and making several changes, the manager eliminated 6 online booking sites, citing duplication of work for few reservations. Some of these booking sites were free and others had fees. Within 4 months, reservations from the remaining online sources, including the hostel’s own website, had declined by 39%. At the same time, the hostel owner had contracted a professional SEO (Search Engine Optimization) firm specializing in travel to advise him on their online marketing strategy. Following another 3 months of falling internet reservations, and receiving the business plan from the SEO consultants, the owner fired his manager.

So what are the lessons learned?  It has to do with the “cumulative effect” of marketing.  These days, Instant World Booking is offering a lot of free internet exposure … more than most other services.  A famous New York University Business School professor once said,

“Don’t ever turn down free advertising. Marketing has a ‘cumulative effect’. In this case, less is not more. More is definitely More!”

Yes, online marketing has a “cumulative effect”. This means it’s more effective to advertise your property on 2 websites than 1, and better to advertise on 3 rather than 2, and so on. The “cumulative effect” is even more valuable if the source of advertising is costless. Here’s how it works. Persistent online presence of your brand name is necessary to achieve name (brand) recognition, and to gain higher search rankings for pages containing your property’s name. Studies show that when your property (brand) name appears on multiple websites, Google and other search engine rankings for that keyword goes up. It doesn’t matter if the source website is generating reservations or direct revenue for you. Just by appearing there it’s multiplying your keyword effectiveness.

What’s more, if you actually have back-links on 3rd party websites (like IWB gives you for free!), this has a direct impact on the page rank (PR) Google assigns to your website. Knowing this, would you ever call up all the websites, blogs, and social media sites out there that mention your brand, and ask them to “remove those comments”? We don’t think so. If you’re still not convinced, consider that any free publicity, in fact almost any website in the world that mentions your property or brand name, is increasing the overall effectiveness of your online marketing strategy. If it’s free, never give it up. So, don’t only list with Instant World Booking. We even recommend you go out tomorrow and sign up for 5 additional online marketing sites, as long as there’s no cost.


More Free Stuff from Instant World Booking

Of all the marketing services you can subscribe to, IWB offer more free stuff than anyone else:

  1. Only Instant World Booking gives you up to 15 or more unique search engine-optimized pages just for your property, each page translated to a different language.  You probably don’t even have this on your own website, let alone other online booking services.  And again, it’s free.
  2. As a tip, we can activate your property for “request-only” bookings.  This is an easy method to maintain free advertising on our network, and not have any work to do maintaining a calendar.  Of course, instant booking is always the preferred method over request method.  Here’s why: http://www.instantworldbooking.com/blog_iw/2010/07/instant-booking-hotels-hostels/
  3. Save time and work by feeding your availability directly into our system from your current front desk software.  It’s also free.  We have an XML API that allows any 3rd party PMS, channel manager, or front desk system to feed your availability to us.  Just contact them and tell them you want them to integrate with us.  Send them this URL: http://www.instantworldbooking.com/blog_iw/category/xml-feeds/
  4. Free Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising.  Instant World Booking has proven to be very successful in gaining top search engine rankings for its listed lodging partners.  When you maintain an availability calendar with us, we use PPC advertising to market your property on Google and other sites.  A PPC campaign can cost you hundreds of dollars per month, if executed on your own.  However, we advertise our partners in PPC campaigns for free.
  5. Cheapest Booking Engine for your website – guaranteed!  An online booking engine for your website is a critical part of your marketing strategy, especially now with 45% of all travel in the world booked on the internet.  If you haven’t already tried our online booking engine for your website, perhaps now is the time to consider that Instant World Booking offers the lowest cost options available from any provider.  We can save you money because we offer more options, at a cheaper cost than HostelWorld … cheaper than HostelBookers … cheaper than BedandBreakfast.com … cheaper than Hotels.com, Webervations, Rezovation, HostelsClub, Venere … etc.  In short, here’s our guaranty.  If you are using a competing provider for your website’s booking engine, we guarantee a lower cost for the same service.  Please don’t overpay!
  6. How about Free No-Show and Cancellation Protection.  Not offered by other services, this protection comes free with your booking engine.
  7. Optional Credit Card Collection services.  If you don’t currently accept credit cards online, we can provide that service also, with no merchant account, location, or credit restrictions for you.  How about this.  Charge guest credit cards for no-shows and cancellations, regardless of where or how they booked.  Charge guests for virtually any cost associated with their stay with you, regardless of where or how they booked.
  8.  Also free:
  • Unlimited photos
  • Custom, searchable maps for your property on our network
  • Get back-links to your webpage directly from our 100+ websites.
  • Post your videos on our site

Why Instant Booking is Better for Hotels and Hostels?

Many hotels or hostels don’t want to manage yet another availability calendar.  But, why is the instant booking calendar really better than the online request method?  Instant World Booking has discussed this at some length, but for many hotels, the choice continues to be request-only.  There are clear advantages to the instant booking method that far outweigh any administrative inconveniences.  In the end, online requests always end up with some degree of frustration for hotel administrators.   Here’s why instant booking using an online calendar is best in almost every situation:

  1. The vast majority of users searching accommodation on the internet want instant gratification. If they have to wait for a response to a request, they disappear quickly. With instant booking, you capture the booking immediately, before they have time to search elsewhere.
  2. Instant booking has a much higher reservation success rate because of (1) above.
    Some users will submit a request simply to find out what rates are, and have no intention to book soon. This forces the hotel to respond to requests that will never turn into reservations.
  3. A percentage of all users never receive the response email because they are using some free email service (e.g., hotmail, yahoo, gmail etc.) that blocks mail from new senders as spam, and they don’t realize that this is happening. This is a simple fact that affects virtually all online services these days. A user that falls into this category will either disappear or complain that they never received a response. Nevertheless, with instant booking, this is never a problem, since the user receives confirmation directly while they’re still online.
  4. Hotel and hostel managers that are concerned with maintaining a calendar online have many options available to them. If they don’t want to use our interface directly, they can use one of several third party interfaces that feed into our system.  You can contact us for recommendations, or get more information at:  XML feed for availability calendars
  5. The risk of an occasional overbooking is more than offset by the higher level of bookings, income, and benefits mentioned above that can be achieved with the instant booking method.