They all speed up scheduling as bookings for meetings and appointments can be made directly into your calendar. Meeting availability preferences that are pre-set, help someone choose when to set up a meeting with you. This can save over eight hours per month according to Acuity Scheduling.
Acuity Scheduling is an online assistant that helps with the schedule management side of a business. It can be used in many ways including scheduling job interviews, private sessions with personal trainers, workshops with clients and booking appointments for coaching.
It can be customised and linked with your calendar. It integrates with video conferencing software and accounting software. The tool can also be used to accept payments and issue gift vouchers. It costs between free, $15 USD and $50 USD per month.
Calendly is a tool that allows appointments to be made directly into a calendar through a shareable link. It is connected to your calendar and based on availability preferences, meaning people that book in times that best suit you.
Buffer times can be set between appointments, it can be used for group meetings and one-to-one meetings and it works with apps such as Salesforce and GoToMeeting. Calendly is free to $12 USD per month.
Emma Meeting Pages allows you to set up your preferences of time and location (virtual or physical) to have meetings but works best for physical meetings as it takes travel time into account.
It shows you your upcoming and past bookings that have been made with you, this can help you manage your bookings. You can add buffer time in-between your appointments. Emma is linked to your calendar, where bookings can be directly added based on your availability factoring in travel time. Emma notifies you when you may have appointment clashes if you're scheduling meetings.
Emma can save you even more than 8 hours per month as it also automatically adds travel plans around the appointment, either from your previous or next venue or your preferred ‘base’, which may be your home or office.
Emma is $7.99 to $14.99 per month with a 14-day free trial.
What are the key takeaways?
All three options are really helpful to help manage your schedule to help save you time by managing your schedule, organising meetings and travel plans. Emma can be used on its own to add travel time solely, even in combination with Acuity Scheduling and Calendly. We show you how in our blog post here.