Updates to “My B&B”
Shortly we shall launch a new smartphone / tablet friendly version of the MY B&B admin panel.
- New Name “My B&B Dashboard” to bring it into line with current Internet jargon
- New availability Calendar for ALL members – shows your bookings on a scrollable calendar – 3rd party bookings can be added so that your availability is up to date
- New simple to navigate interface – we shall add a few new items to this over the coming months to allow you to analyse bookings and see where they came from.
- More integration of STRIPE payments to save you time and money – smartphone / tablet view for Virtual Terminal
More later but members should read the new tutorials in https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/
A Really Big Thank You B&B Owners
A really big thank you to my old friends and the B&B owners that have donated and provided encouraging words for my last Fund Raising Marathon in London – I tell you this is hard work at my age and I hope I don’t let you down the day.
I visited the research labs this week and met with the scientists that are funded by the Prostate Cancer Research Centre – picture right is one of our marathon team learning how to separate DNA.
Thanks again everyone – if you meant to donate and it slipped your mind, please visit the Run4PC website below………
A very grateful
Michael Sharpe B&B Owners Association Founder
Dedicated B&B website for the town of Kenmare Ireland
In line with our policy of providing communities with their own B&B directory, we have just launched a new B&B website for the town of Kenmare in Ireland https://kenmare-bnb.com
It makes sense for towns to have their own websites to attract visitors and we will consider application from any town where the are 20 or more B&B Owners Association members. Guests book directly and booking commission is free for full members or 6% for associate members. (plus other options) –
Help me help others from Michael B&B Owners Association
Hello to all B&B Owners
Michael Sharpe Running for Prostate Cancer Research
Those that have known me a long time will know that I have been a keen runner (over 60 years) and have raised money in the past for many charities. I’m over 71 years old now and thought my fund raising days were over but a friend asked me to coach her for the London Marathon this year and then twisted my arm to enter.
Both of us have family members that have suffered from Prostate Cancer and so we decided to run for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre in Kings College London – a small but important charity formed to help world class scientists develop new therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer. Their immediate goal is to increase the survival rate and their vision is a complete cure for Europe’s most commonly diagnosed male cancer.
My friend Tracie and I are now in full preparation, incurring all the niggling aches and pains that hundreds of miles of training places on the body. London (23rd April) is my 14th and last marathon. I have always enjoyed giving and I hope my 22 years supporting the interests of B&Bs on the Internet in Ireland, the UK and around the world will prompt you to support me in my last endeavours to help with the research that will save or prolong the life of many to come. Please try to help if you can, no matter how little – each of the websites below will accept donation for our cause by credit/debit card.
Wish Me Luck – Your Thankfully
Michael Sharpe founder of the B&B Owners Association – The B&B Network – Book a B&B
The B&B Owner and Credit Card Fraud
The B&B Owners Association have protected it’s members from over 25 attempts at credit card fraud over the past month. Guests are asked to provide their Credit Card details and these are checked by our card processor STRIPE for validity in co-operation with Banks and Card Providers. Most of our members have the option to sign up for STRIPE in their ‘My B&B’ admin panel so they too can benefit from secure credit card processing – just click on STRIPE in the top menu. All of our portals, directories, regional websites and members websites hosted by us are SSL certified and encrypted – along with STRIPE this now provides B&B Owners with one of the safest booking environments possible for their guests.
Widen your internet presence for free – with Last Minute Deals
All members of the B&B Owners Association have the ability to set up last minute deals and special offers. The new booking system will also automate this process by discounting any rooms that are not sold as the arrival date approaches. How will this help you get more business?
Very simple really – we provide additional promotion for any member that has set up a last minute deal or special offer. Most of our websites highlight these at the top of the page – here’s a sample page from our website Book a B&B…..
Additionally we have a number of websites branded “Red Dot Deals” heres an example from www.reddotdeals.com……..
Are We Mobile Friendly?
A number of members have asked ARE WE MOBILE FRIENDLY ?
This means can our members B&Bs be FOUND, SEEN and BOOKINGS made by mobile phone users. The simple answer is YES
Some months ago we introduced http://m.book-a-bnb.com – this site is compatible with all mobile devices tablets and smartphones.
If anyone using these devices lands on any one of our websites or websites of our full members, they are automatically diverted to the mobile site above where every member full or associate has a booking page. This is a mobile friendly site designed for specifically for tablet & mobile phone users
Additionally, we are working on a free upgrade to our full members websites a truly responsive website design for members that will display and work on all devices.
This will be available next month hopefully and you will be given the option to upgrade free of charge – we normally upgrade our members websites every 3 or 4 years to keep pace with changes in technology.
For Associate members that want a mobile friendly web site to replace their existing websites – You will be able to upgrade to full membership and benefit from a mobile friendly website – plus the added bonus of commission free bookings.
MEMBERS SUPPORT: Please use the email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to communicate with us – some members are wondering why we don’t respond when they are using our old email addresses.
We have rescinded the membership one or two B&Bs recently for consistently ignoring bookings.
Although our first duty is to our B&B members, let’s not forget we are providing the public with a booking service.
Bookings are automatically declined by our system if not confirmed by the 3rd day – This means the guest has to start over and may even try another booking service.
In our book, ignoring bookings is also an injustice to other B&Bs in your area that may really like commission free or low commission bookings.
Please Accept or decline bookings – DO NOT IGNORE.
Also please inform us if you change email addresses or would like to receive a text for each booking.
NOTE: our email address for support is:- email@example.com
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Annual Fees: Full members are now able to pay annual fees directly from the “My B&B” admin panel.
- Choose to pay online by debit/credit card, by direct debit or by bank transfer.
- Spreading the cost over two payments can only be done with direct debit.
- To continue to receive commission free booking this process need to be completed by the end of October otherwise membership will revert to “Associate Membership with a website” and bookings charged at 11%.
This does not affect Associate Members in Ireland and they can disregard this notice.
This is all part of of the streamlining necessary to maintain the low cost of membership and commission free bookings.
Quick TIP – How to get your B&B at the top of the page
We randomise the order we display B&Bs on our websites in order to give everyone a fair chance of business. However, you can always be at the top of the page for you town if you have last minute deals or special offers.
Additionally, last minute deals are syndicated across many of our Directories, portals and regional websites as well as our RED DOT DEALS websites.
It cost nothing extra to achieve this, just 5 minutes of your time in the rooms and rates section of your admin panel.