SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PRWEB) May 24, 2006 -–
A new web site, NextAvailable.Com, which debuted in February of this year is a sign of the times for business owners. The site allows busy consumers in every U.S. city to search for and self-schedule the “next available” appointment for businesses of all types. The Next Available® search engine connects consumers and businesses by appointment, and services the growing community of online consumers who either cannot or will not plan ahead.
Developed as a result of continuing consumer trends, the site provides an innovative online forum for businesses and consumers to meet – “in the now.” Customers with urgent service needs are an important source of revenue and goodwill to business owners, and a potential loss to businesses that appear to be unavailable. The site also addresses an often-overlooked source of revenue for businesses: travelers and temporary residents.
“As consumers we expect to book our appointments the same way we book flights and hotels,” said Bonnie Garvey, President of NextAvailable, LLC. “NextAvailable.Com provides the low-cost essential toolkit for businesses to meet consumers’ online scheduling and time management demands.”
How It Works
The service works like this: Using a simple web interface, businesses post appointment availability online, along with a detailed business profile to attract newcomers. Consumers use the search feature on the site’s home page to find appointment openings by date and time. Consumers can search for both the Next Available® appointment starting in the next 15 minutes, or up to 30 days in advance. The search engine returns a list of all businesses with appointment openings that meet the consumer’s criteria. After browsing the profiles of available businesses, consumers self-schedule appointments on the spot. Established clientele can also bypass the search engine to do business directly with their preferred providers.
According to Nielsen’s NetRatings, as of February 2006, 74% of Americans use the Internet, and those users average 30.5 hours online per month. According to a March 2006 special issue of Time, over 95% of affluent Americans made a purchase online in 2005. And the trend is growing. The next generation of consumers promises to be even more tech reliant.
NextAvailable.Com promises businesses an increase in new customer activity, improved goodwill among current customers, and a decrease in administrative time and costs. According to site subscriber Christine Trice, owner of Brown Bag Botanicals pre-natal massage, “I no longer have to worry about lost business due to a missed phone call. My admin time has dropped while bookings have increased.”
Pricing and Availability
At a base price of $20 monthly, businesses can get online and appear in availability searches quickly. Pricing includes a one-page unique website with free video upload and placement in the Next Available® search engine. Retail and non-service based businesses can also use the site to meet internal time management needs. Businesses can sign up online from the site’s home page.
NextAvailable.Com, owned by NextAvailable, LLC, also provides a free survey feature where consumers and businesses can sound off about the site. The company hopes that open communication with the public will help to maintain its pulse on current trends.
For more information, visit the web site at http://NextAvailable.Com.