Overview of the Service Menu in Calendars

If you've ever wondered what a Service Menu is and how it can benefit your business, this article will shed light on its significance and the steps to make the most of it.

What is a Service Menu?

At its core, the Service Menu is a centralized hub that streamlines the process of showcasing and booking your services. Imagine a menu at a restaurant, neatly categorizing dishes to make it easier for you to decide what you want. Similarly, the Service Menu categorizes your services, making it a breeze for clients to navigate and book multiple services with ease, all through a single booking widget.

The Service Menu is directly linked to the Service Calendar, a specialized calendar designed explicitly for service-based businesses. In this calendar, you can create various services, assign staff members, categorize them, and display them within one unified scheduling link - which is the Service Menu.

What can you do with the Service Menu?

Here's what you can achieve:

1. Create Calendars for Each Service:

  • Easily establish dedicated calendars for each service you offer.
  • Assign specific staff members to these service-specific calendars.

2. Organize Calendars into Categories:

  • Group your calendars into categories, simplifying navigation for your clients.
  • Decide which groups or services to display on the scheduling page, eliminating the need to navigate through multiple calendars.
  • Create a centralized booking widget for all your services, eliminating the hassle of navigating through various calendars and becoming overwhelmed.

3. Streamline Booking for Clients:

  • Allow clients to effortlessly book multiple services or schedule appointments for multiple individuals in one go.
  • Let clients select their preferred staff member while booking an appointment.
  • Provide clients with vital information such as appointment duration, cost, and the assigned staff member for each booking.

Who Can Benefit from It?

The beauty of the Service Menu is that it is versatile and adaptable. It's a perfect fit for a wide range of businesses offering services, including:

  • Salons and Hairdressers
  • Spas and Wellness Centers
  • Massage and Therapy Clinics
  • Fitness Studios and Trainers
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Event Planners
  • Pet Groomers
  • And many more!

If you're in the business of providing services and you want to elevate the booking experience for your clients, the Service Menu is the ideal solution.

Getting Started: Prerequisites

1. Create a Group:

  • Think of a group as a category for your services.
  • Calendars added to a group will appear under that category tab on the appointment widget.
  • To create a new group, navigate to Calendar settings and select "Create Group."

Example: You can create the Group “Hair Care” for your hair-related services like Hair Cut, Hair Spas, and Hair Coloring

2. Create a Service Calendar:

  • Design dedicated calendars for each service you offer.
  • Assign each calendar to its respective group.

Example: For your Hair Care services, you may create different calendars such as Hair Cut (Male), Hair Cut (Female), Hair Spa, and Hair Coloring.

3. Create a Service Page Menu:

  • Decide which service calendars and groups you want to display on the appointment widget.
  • Offer your clients a single place to make bookings.

Example: Your service menu can include two categories, “Hair Care” and “Skin Care,” with different services listed under each.

By following these steps, you can efficiently manage your appointments and make the most of the Service Menu.

How to create a Service Menu?

Step 1: Enable Service Menu

  • Go to Calendar Settings.
  • Click on "Preferences."
  • Under "In-App Preferences," toggle the "Service Menu" option to turn it on.
  • You will now see a "Service Menu" tab under "Calendar Settings" > "Calendars. 

Step 2: Prepare your Service Calendars

Before you create a service menu, ensure that you have created your service calendars and added them to groups. Here's how:

  • Create your service calendars in the "Calendar Settings."
  • Add these calendars to relevant groups.

Step 3: Create your Service Menu

  • Head to the "Service Menu" tab.
  • Click on "Create Service Menu."
  • Fill in the following details for your menu:
    • Name: Provide a name for your service menu.
    • Description: Add a brief description of your services.
    • URL/Slug: Customize the URL for your service menu.
  • You can also:
    • Toggle the consent checkbox on/off.
    • Customize the consent message.
    • Choose to show a thank you message after booking or redirect users to an external URL.
    • Once you've filled in the details, move to the next step - “Select Services"

Step 4: Select & Arrange your Services

  • In the Select Services tab, select the groups or individual services you want to display in the menu. 

Note: If you haven't created service calendars or added them to groups, you'll need to do so before they appear in this list

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  • After selecting the services, arrange them in the order you want them to appear on the service menu..
  • You can decide the sequence in which the groups and services are displayed.
  • Once satisfied with the arrangement, click "Save."
  • Your service menu is now ready to be used. You can use the scheduling link provided to direct your clients to the service menu.

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