Using Google Calendar as Booking System through Appointment Slots

Google has recently introduced a new feature in their favorite Google Calendar app. Originally, you could only use Google Calendar as your personal journal of what is coming. Google than added features allowing you to share calendars, so you could, for example, let your family or colleagues know what are your plans.

Now Google introduced new (so far experimental feature) I stumbled upon just the other day. It is called Appointment slots and at the first look it seems like a simple booking system.

How to create an appointment slot

In Google Calendar, you have now two options when creating new appointment: event and appointment slots.

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By selecting appointment slots, you are directed to further options. Here you can set how long the appointment will be, whether it is one session or session consisting of many parts, bookable separately.

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You can also set Repeat for repeating bookings, like consultation hours or office hours, perhaps.

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How can people book your appointment?

You are given an (incredibly long) link that leads to your booking page. Unfortunately, only people who are using Google Calendar can book your appointment slots. Others will be shown a log-in/sign-up screen.

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Appointment slots are really just a basic feature, and while useful for infrequent users, it is far, far from ready for business use. The largest limitation being the dependency on users being signed in Google Calendar.

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One response to “Using Google Calendar as Booking System through Appointment Slots

  • Kate Hyslop

    Hi there – great site – and nice work taking the time out to compare all these various booking systems, I’m sure you’re saving some folks somewhere a whole lot of time and money. I noticed you have BookingBug listed in the side bar, but no review as yet – is that something you would consider looking at?

    I work with the BookingBug team and it would be great if you would consider looking at what we’re doing. We honestly believe the BookingBug platform beats any competitors hands-down in terms of functionality, flexibility, scalability and value for money.

    Let me know if you’d be keen to take a look and whether there’s anything you’d need from us to make that possible.

    Looking forward to your thoughts and feedback,

    Kate

    PS Apologies for sending this note a long as a comment, I had a good hunt around and couldn’t find direct contact details.

    khyslop@bookingbug.com
    http://www.bookingbug.com
    @bookingbug
    Facebook.com/bookingbug

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