SOURCE: Genbook

May 01, 2008 10:00 ET

Genbook's Online Appointment-Booking Tool Surpasses 100,000 Appointments Made for U.S. Small Businesses

Adding a Genbook "Book Now" Button on Small-Business Websites Drives Customer Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Genbook, the best way for businesses to take appointments online, today announced it has logged more than 100,000 appointments for U.S. small-business owners since its launch in November 2007. Rapid adoption of Genbook's free and easy-to-use online tools demonstrates demand for a solution that allows small businesses a convenient and efficient way to grow their business by enabling current and prospective clients the ability to make appointments through the Web.

"Surpassing 100,000 appointments in the short time since we launched is a milestone that signifies the essential and convenient nature of our simple-to-use tool for small businesses," said Rody Moore, Genbook founder and CEO. "Just as restaurants have found online reservations to be vital to their business, the small service providers who are using Genbook -- from mainstream and alternative medicine, realtors to beauty salons -- are finding online scheduling to be an efficient way to manage and grow a loyal customer base."

Genbook's technology provides the convenience of 24/7 appointment booking, scheduling and email-update system for service providers. Genbook allows clients of any small business the ability to "Book Now" through a button that is placed on its website, Craigslist or anywhere prospective customers are. Genbook currently offers its services on two levels, Genbook Free and Genbook Standard, which is priced at $39.95 per month. Genbook Standard offers the unlimited booking, scheduling, and email update capabilities of Genbook Free, while also allowing businesses to create a contact database, capture clients' credit card information, as well as send and receive SMS text messaging appointment reminders, which is particularly useful for mobile businesses and people who are not at their computers regularly.

"We have definitely seen an increase in appointments since we added Genbook to our site. The first night we had the button on our website, we received five new clients!" said Ke Norman of Nailphoria Day Spa in Oakland, Calif. "Genbook has really improved our business process and flow. Previously, answering calls and emails took up a lot of time. The set-up process for Genbook was very user-friendly and quick."

"Genbook is to the service industry what the shopping cart has been to online retail," continued Mr. Moore. "The small business market includes 10 million service providers, who until now have missed the e-commerce bandwagon. Genbook gives small businesses the opportunity to convert website visitors into confirmed appointments. By providing an innovative way to bring in new business and harness the power of the Internet to generate sales, Genbook is at the forefront of bringing e-commerce to the service sector."

About Genbook, Inc.

Genbook, Inc. provides an easy-to-use, Web-based appointment booking solution for any small business website. Genbook's appointment scheduler frees small businesses from the hassles of scheduling and offers their customers the convenience of booking appointments online, anytime, day or night. Genbook is a free service with available upgrade subscriptions. Genbook is a privately-held, venture capital-backed company headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.genbook.com.

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