Out and About
We attended both Kiwi Holiday Park and Holiday Park Association of NZ conferences during June. We always enjoy meeting our customers in person - thanks to those of you who stopped by.
During July we will be attending NZ Motel Association conference where we hope to meet more of you.
If you have a conference/exhibition in your location that you believe we should attend please send us the details.
Innovation in Online Marketing Award Winners
At the Holiday Park Association NZ conference we presented our Innovation in Online Marketing award for which the winners were:
- Winner - Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park
- Highly Commended - Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park
- Highly commended - Alpine-Pacific Motels & Holiday Park
Congratulations to you all and you can visit this link to view their entry details which you may also find useful to implement.
I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over.
New Booking Screen Preview
We have a video preview available to enable you to take a sneak peak at our new booking screen design. The video was shown at recent conferences and was exceedingly well received.
Click here for a summary of new functionality and to view the video.
While out and about at conferences we learnt that many of you are emailing previous customers with promotions and newsletters so we've put together a help document on how to export the email addresses from your iBex system so that you can copy and paste the email addresses into your email programme with ease.
Please click here for instructions
Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.
We will soon commence roll out of our new credit card storage system - iBex Vault. iBex Vault is a PCI compliant (certification pending) application providing the ability to capture, store and manage credit card details in a more secure environment.
Once your account has been activated for iBex Vault all card data will no longer be accessible within your iBex systems (accommodation, tours, wholesale). You will instead need to log into iBex Vault.
We will send individual notification advice and detailed information as accounts have iBex Vault activated. Please contact Seekom Support with any questions.
DPS / Payment Express
If you are using DPS as your payment gateway you will be pleased to hear that they have enhanced their system to enable an additional payment method for your customers.
Customers can now have an option to pay by credit card or directly from their bank account. Please click here for an overview of the service and here to see a working demo. If you are already a DPS customer they will be emailing you directly very shortly so if you do not receive anything please let us know and we'll get them to contact you directly with more information.
If you are not a DPS customer but interested in learning more about their services, please complete this form and they'll get in touch.
My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning, can you believe that, 2:30am?! Luckily for him I was still up playing my Bagpipes.
Websites & Widgets
Digital Journey Project
The Digital Journey Project was created with funding from Google and Internet NZ. It is an online and free digital assessment for business.
The Digital Journey assessment guides businesses through four sections covering current digital use and plans for the future.
At the end of the assessment you will receive a report with advice and an action plan to follow.
- Assess the strength of your online presence
- Identify social & digital marketing opportunities
- Streamline business plans and systems
- Improve project management and data accessibility with Cloud computing
- Create your customised digital action plan
Click here to access the Digitial Journey Project
Local Police hunting the 'knitting needle nutter', who has stabbed six people in the rear in the last 48 hours, believe the attacker could be following some kind of pattern.
We now have a connection to AADX. Please click here for more information.
Current Pre-Registered Sales Channels
Click here to view.
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 May 2014 were:
- Operator's own website: 22.6
- AA Travel: 4.2
- Agoda: 602
- BookIt NZ: 2.2
- budgetplaces.com: 3.7
- Expedia: 33.6
- GuestLink: 3.4
- Hotel.de: 2.8
- Jasons NZ: 1.2
- Late Rooms / Asia Rooms: 21.7
- Mitchell Corp: 5.2
- Need It Now: 1.4
- NZ Apartments: 0.3
- NZ Luxury Motels: 0.7
- Orbitz: 4.9
- reconline (GDS): 31.0
- SynXis (GDS): 19.9
- Wotif: 8.7