B&B Owners Association – Room & Rates Display

Posted by mxs on 10th July 20174 Comments

We recently upgraded to a  new “My B&B” dashboard https://m.my-bnb.com and at the same time introduced a new room & rates display.
Many have complained about this or have not seen the reason for the update.

Our intention was not to create more work for you but the ease the administration process.

The upgrade was done automatically but left many of you displaying the wrong rooms.

If you’re one of those, we don’t want to create a whole load of work for you, so can you please let us have the following and we set them up for you.

  • The numbers or names of your rooms
  • The type of each room e.g. double, triple, twin or family room
  • The normal rate for each room
  • The rate for reduced occupancy e.g. double sold as a single or trip sold as a double.

Please send this info to support@bnbowners.com and we will make the changes for you asap.

Michael – B&B Owners Association

B&B Owners – New Websites

Posted by mxs on 10th July 2017No Comments

As our membership grows we are adding new websites or directories at a town, regional or country level.

This past month we have added https://kenmare-bnb.com for the B&B Owners in Kenmare Ireland and https://bnb-italy.com for our growing membership in Italy.

We hope our members will get behind these websites, mention them in their correspondence and promote or link to them in their email and other marketing.

The Online Travel agents are destroying the B&B sector by demanding outrageous levels of commission – Time to fight back – all our members have a page on https://book-a-bnb.com that is now showing up in many more searches on the search engines.

We’d love to get commission levels down to a more realistic 3 or 4% – help us help you log on to these websites today. If your town or region would like a free website similar to the ones above, just ask we’re here to help.

Michael – B&B Owners Association

The My B&B Dashboard – B&B Owners Association

Posted by mxs on 4th July 2017No Comments

AS you all know by now we have updated both the “My B&B’ dashboard and the way we display your room rates. These changes require you to read the new documents in https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/

We have had praise and criticism for this move forward and we understand that people don’t like change.

I will try to outline the differences …….

  • All rooms and their configuration can be displayed to help guests choose appropriately.
  • We have tried to copy over your room configuration from there
  • All rooms will be display as vacant until you confirm a booking – you may add bookings from 3rd parties but if you do not you may continue to get bookings for that room night which are then marked as sold if you decline.
  • Functionally the booking system works in exactly the same way as before except you will not receive bookings for rooms that have been declined by you or sold via a 3rd party. lessening your workload.
  • It is not necessary to add 3rd party bookings because if you get a booking and that room is sold you will decline the booking in the usual way and the calendar will be updated to show that room is not available.
  • We have avoided providing a full channel manager as these work in favour of those charging higher commission rates.
  • Many members have separate websites and we can provide code to embed our low commission  booking engine into those sites. Full members will benefit from commission free bookings and those that already do this should make sure they are using the latest version of the code.
  • The new “My B&B” dashboard is https://m.my-bnb.com and it works equally well on smartphones, tablets, iPads, laptop or desktop PCs.
  • You will find the new layout more user friendly and managing bookings more easily.
  • We have enhanced the integration of the STRIPE payments system – many members now use the virtual terminal on their phones to replace the expensive electronic terminals.
  • The booking system is now more advanced from a security point of view – all credit cards are checked for validity and possible fraud before you even get a booking and this month alone we have detected an increasing number of cards being used fraudulently. This has saved our members heartache and money.

Michael – B&B Owners Association

New Tutorial for the new My B&B Dashboard

Posted by mxs on 12th June 2017No Comments

For many of you, you room rates and data has been transferred to our new calendar display system. The data has lead to some inaccuracies on your webpages and web sites.
A new tutorial on how to set up rooms and rates is now available

You can find it here https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/NEW-ROOM-RATES.pdf

All new info leaflets can be downloaded here https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/

The new system will minimise your workload by showing your availability and minimising bookings for rooms that are not available.

This also means that others in your area will have the opportunity to fulfil bookings

New “My B&B” Admin Panel

Posted by mxs on 6th June 2017No Comments

From now on we shall be calling the My B&B Admin Panel – the “My B&B Dashboard” – just to bring it into line with current Internet terminology.

We have now released a new dashboard that will provide mobile phone and tablet users a better user experience. During the transition from old to new, members can use either but as we add additional features to the new dashboard, the old will become redundant.

The new dashboard can be found on https://m.my-bnb.com

  • To connect directly from the OLD to the NEW – you can click the “New” icon in the bottom menu
  • To connect directly from the NEW to the OLD – you can click on “Use Classic Dashboard” on the top right of your screen

Please report any problems to support@bnbowners.com

Updates to “My B&B”

Posted by mxs on 15th May 2017No Comments

Shortly we shall launch a new smartphone / tablet friendly version of the MY B&B admin panel.

  1. New Name “My B&B Dashboard” to bring it into line with current Internet jargon
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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/

MY B&B Admin Panel – Issues

Posted by mxs on 10th April 2017No Comments

Date: 10th April 2017

Over the weekend there has been a problem with the security on your admin panels that would not allow access to certain functions.
This is now fixed and normalised.

This was due to a security shield being activated to protect the server. This may happen occasionally but is the best interests of both you and your guests.

Michael – B&B Owners

 

B&B Owners – Duplicate Bookings

Posted by mxs on 15th March 2017One Comment

We have noticed a new phenomena since bookings have been enabled on smartphones.

This is one of  “Duplicate Bookings” – as far as we can tell this is due to poor data connections on G3 networks. Guests bookings are sent and stored but their phones are not updated quickly enough so they send another booking.

This should not affect B&B owners using the room availability calendar as the system will not allow guests to book a room that has already been booked. However, the old room rates system is still in use by quite a few members.

Why does this present a problem? Well what is happening is B&B Owners are declining duplicate bookings and this is leading to confusion. e.g.. guest receives 3 decline email and one acceptance.

We are working on a fix but if you receive duplicate bookings just accept/decline one of them and leave others untouched.

We have not seen any instance of double booking using the new room availability calendar and would advise members to activate this in the “Website Options” of the My B&B Admin panel. Log out / back in and click on Room Rates

This document will help you get started

https://bnbowners.com/documents/My-BnB-Admin-Panel-Info-Sheets/RoomRates.pdf

A Really Big Thank You B&B Owners

Posted by mxs on 3rd March 2017No Comments

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………

https://run4pc.uk/donate.html

A very grateful

Michael Sharpe B&B Owners Association Founder