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Newsletter | February 2014 
Technology Fast500 Award

We are delighted to announce Seekom has been awarded a placing in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for the Asia Pacific region for the second year in a row. New Zealand had by far the highest representation per capita. Wellington-based businesses led the way with 16 making the index. Kiwi businesses made up almost 10% of all companies on the Asia Pacific Tech Fast500.



Staff Changes

We welcome 3 new additions to our team.
 

  • Ryan has joined our application development team as a developer.
  • Mei has joined our web team as a developer and making use of her BCA is also working part time in accounts
  • Hema has joined us on an internship to gain experience commensurate with her qualifications - concentrating on system testing
     

 

Caterpallor: The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
 


 

Upcoming Enhancements

We have a number of developments on the go that will significantly enhance the functionality of iBex Accommodation. While we cannot give you a firm completion date on individual items the following are all expected to be delivered by 30 June. Click here for more detail on each item.
 

  • PCI Certified Credit Cards
  • Website Booking Screens
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Email Scheduler
  • Automated Cancellation Fees
  • Auto Deposit Amount
  • Packages
  • Extras
  • Restricted Staff Access
  • Hostel Bookers

 

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
 



On the Road

We'll be at the Kiwi Holiday Park Regional conferences in April so if anyone attending has any questions or would like to cover anything specific please send in an email to support@seekom.com

 

Quick Tip

Now the summer season is pushing on you may want to update your rates or add some specials for the quieter months. Please feel free to either have a look at our useful Help documentation for some ideas or email our helpful support team at support@seekom.com with your ideas for a point in the right direction on 'How to'.


 

Arachnoleptic Fit: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
 



Websites & Widgets


The Beginners guide to Social Media

Want to know more about marketing on Social Media and whether or not it is relevant to your operation. We came across this very interesting and easy to read guide.

Content Optimisation

We have come across an online tool (Hemingway) into which you can paste your website page content to check for readability and highlight areas where changes are recommended.

 


Sales Channels

New Connection  

We now have a connection to TripConnect which allows TripAdvisor customers to make direct bookings on your website. Please click here for more information.

Current Pre-Registered Sales Channels 
Click here to view.

Channel Statistics  

At date our users have in excess of 5,000 active connections to sales channels for which we process in excess of 150,000 updates daily.

Due to the wide variance in property size rather than showing the number of bookings per property we are instead displaying the number of bookings per 100 connected rooms by sales channel. 

Any sales channels delivering less than 0.1 bookings per month, or requesting that their results are withheld, have been excluded from the results shown below.

Average bookings per each 100 connected rooms during January 2014 were:

- Operator's own website: 22.8

 

- AA Travel: 8.4
- Agoda: 12.3
- BookIt NZ: 4.6
- budgetplaces.com: 1.2

- Check-in: 0.5
- Expedia: 41.5
- GDS: 29.2
- GuestLink: 2.3
- Hotel.de: 2.3

- Jasons Australia: 0.5
- Jasons NZ: 3.8

- LastMinute.com: 1.7
- Late Rooms / Asia Rooms: 18.0
- Mitchell Corp:  9.3
- Need It Now: 1.7
- NZ Apartments: 0.5
- NZ Luxury Motels: 0.9
- Orbitz: 13.3

- Roam Free: 4.7
- Venere: 24.1
- Wotif: 13.3

 

 


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