Each Booking page and Master page has its own unique Public link that can be shared with your prospects and Customers. The links that you share can either be general or personalized.
In this article, you'll learn about the different types of Personalized links and how to use them.
Understanding Personalized links
You can use Personalized links to personalize the scheduling experience for prospects and Customers. When you send a Customer a Personalized link, they will pick a time to schedule the meeting without having to provide any information that is already known to you. Personalized links can be static or dynamic. Whether a link is static or dynamic is based on how Customer data is passed.
Personalized links with static variables
Static Personalized links are links that are uniquely personalized for a specific Customer and contain the Customer's personal details. For example, the Personalized link could contain the Customer's name and email address.
The following link is an example of a static Personalized link containing the personal details of a Customer called "John":
Personalized links for specific Customers
You can create a static Personalized link for a specific Customer using the ScheduleOnce link builder (Figure 1). The easiest way to access this is by selecting the Schedule button in your top navigation bar (Figure 1).
This type of Personalized link uses Customer details that you add in the link builder when you create the link. Personalized links for specific Customers need to be created individually for each Customer.
Personalized one-time links
You can also use one-time links to create a static Personalized link for a specific Customer. One-time links are good for one booking only, eliminating any chance of unwanted repeat bookings. A Customer who receives the link will only be able to use it for the intended booking and will not have access to your underlying Booking page.
To create a Personalized one-time link, go to the Schedule button in your top navigation bar, select Share a booking link, and and toggle both the Personalize link and One-time link options to ON.
You can also go to the Overview section of your Master page and click Generate a one-time link. Then, in the One-time link pop-up, toggle Personalize link to ON (Figure 4).
When you personalize a one-time link, the Booking form step is skipped by default. You can choose to show the Booking form by changing the Skip URL parameter to "&skip=0". Learn more about using ScheduleOnce URL parameters
Personalized links with dynamic variables
Dynamic Personalized links are links that contain field mapping information, i.e. names of fields that exist in a CRM record ID or in a third-party marketing app such as MailChimp.
For example, the following dynamic link contains MailChimp fields, which are automatically replaced with subscriber information during an email campaign: https://go.oncehub.com/dana?name=*|NAME|*&email=*|EMAIL|*.
If you need to replace the ADD_DYNAMIC_FIELD placeholders (Figure 4) with your own parameters, you can copy the link to a notepad. Learn more about supported ScheduleOnce URL parameters
When you create a dynamic Personalized link, you can also choose to prepopulate the Booking with the Customer's details or skip the Booking form step altogether.
Using dynamic URL parameters
You can pass Customer information using parameters passed in the URL (such as the Customer's name, email, or phone number). These links can be personalized for each recipient receiving the link in a mass email campaign. These links must be sent through a email marketing app that supports merge fields.
Using CRM record IDs
- Personalized links (Salesforce ID): If you're using our native Salesforce integration, your links can be automatically personalized for each recipient receiving the link in a mass email campaign. These links must be sent from Salesforce or a Salesforce-integrated app.
- Personalized links (Infusionsoft ID): If you're using our native Infusionsoft integration, your links can be automatically personalized for each recipient receiving the link in a mass email campaign. These links must be sent from Infusionsoft or an Infusionsoft-integrated app.
Booking form prepopulation and skipping
When you create a Personalized link, you can choose to prepopulate the Booking with the Customer's details or skip the Booking form step altogether.
Prepopulating the Booking form
If you already have some of your Customer's information and want to collect additional information, or you want to make sure the information is up-to-date, you can prepopulate the Booking form with your current Customer information.
When the Booking form is prepopulated, it can operate in two modes: private or public. The mode of the Booking form depends on the source of the prepopulation data. Prepopulation data can originate from two sources:
- Parameters passed in the URL to the Booking page.
- Customer information stored in a Database such as your CRM or ScheduleOnce account.
Skipping the Booking form
This option skips the Booking form step entirely and means your Customers only needs to choose a time to complete the booking. Skipping the Booking form provides a quicker booking process to your existing leads or Customers.
This functionality only works if the skipping rules apply. For example, both the Name and Email system fields must be provided in the URL because they are mandatory fields in ScheduleOnce. The Booking form will not be skipped if these fields are empty, and a prepopulated Booking form will be shown instead to give the Customer an opportunity to fill out these fields.