ACCOMMODATION BUSINESS USER MANUAL

ACCOMMODATION BUSINESS USER MANUAL
ACCOMMODATION BUSINESS
USER MANUAL
Updated
8/02/14
RoomsHere.com Accommodation Business User Manual
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1.
SIGN UP as a New User
3.
1.1 CREATE AN ACCOUNT
3.
1.2 BUSINESS DETAILS
4.
Chapter 2.
5.
SETUP PROPERTY LISTING
2.1 ADD A PROPERTY
5.
2.2 PROPERTY DETAILS
5.
2.3 MAP
7.
2.4 STATISTICS
8.
Chapter 3.
DISPLAYING PRODUCTS, RATES & AVAILABILITY
9.
3.1 ADD A PRODUCT
10.
3.2 PRODUCT DETAILS
11.
3.3 LINK TO AN ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM
12.
3.4 THE CALENDAR
13.
3.5 SETUP RATES OR AVAILABILITY
15.
3.6 DISPLAY INCLUSIONS
16.
Chapter 4.
17.
ACCOUNT
4.1 BUSINESS DETAILS
17.
4.2 LOGIN DETAILS
17.
4.2.1 Change Account Email Address
17.
4.2.2 Change Password
17.
4.3 INVOICES
Chapter 5.
17.
MISCELLANEOUS
18.
5.1 ASSIGN BOOKING AGENT
18.
5.2 SERVICES
19.
5.3 DELETE A PROPERTY
19.
Chapter 6.
30.
MARKETING TIPS
6.1 DISPLAY A LINK TO RoomsHere.com AVAILABILITY CALENDAR ON YOUR WEBSITE
20.
6.2 SEND A SPECIAL OFFER EMAIL LINKED TO YOUR PRODUCT CALENDAR
21.
6.3 CHANNELL MANAGERS
22.
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BEFORE SIGNING UP, PLEASE SEARCH RoomsHere.com TO CHECK THAT YOUR PROPERTY IS
NOT ALREADY LISTED.
If it is already listed, please send us and email so that we can help you edit the existing listing.
Chapter 1.
1.1
SIGN UP as a New User
CREATE AN ACCOUNT
Go to www.roomshere.com
Click on Industry Login
As a first time user of Roomshere.com, you will need to create an account by clicking Sign Up
Select Account Type Accommodation Business, click Next.
Create New User - record these details for future use.
PLEASE NOTE If you do not have an email address, you will not be able to maintain an Advanced
Listing - please contact the RoomsHere.com Office on 1300 ROOM4U (1300 766 648) so that we can set
your property(s) up as a FREE Basic listing.
Enter User Name – RoomsHere.com will not allow
duplicate usernames.
Enter and confirm your Password, which must be 7
characters
Enter your accommodation booking Email this is the
email address that will be used if you need to retrieve
your password.
Enter your Security Question and Answer
Click on Create User, Continue and Next
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1.2 BUSINESS DETAILS
To demonstrate your professionalism, enter your Business Name & GST status.
If you are registered for GST, displaying your ABN or ACN means that corporate customers can deduct
10% from your rates.
These details will be published on your property details page.
Enter either your ABN or ACN or tick the box to display
This business is not registered for GST.
Ticking This business is not registered for GST does
not display on the consumer website.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS USED FOR
ADMINISTRATIONONLY AND WILL NOT BE
PUBLISHED TO CONSUMERS
Enter your business postal address
Enter your primary contact details – please enter your
accommodation booking email and telephone number
here.
Click Next then Finish
You will now be taken to the My Properties Page ready to add your property – see Chapter 2 – SETUP
PROPERTY LISTING
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Chapter 2.
SETUP PROPERTY LISTING
Accommodation Listings are made up of two main components to display information to consumers:
1. Information about the Property – its type, location, statistics etc
2. Its Rates, availability, special packages etc which are displayed using the Product Calendar function
Rooms Here.com gives you control on how you wish to display your Property and its Products and you
can change the Property or Product details at any time.
2.1 ADD A PROPERTY
From the My Properties Page, click Add or Delete Property.
Enter the Property Name, select the Property Type.
Click Create which takes you to the My Properties page displaying the Property Details page.
2.2 PROPERTY DETAILS
NOTE: The Property Details page will not Save unless the compulsory fields have been entered –
Location, Address Line 1, Town/City/Suburb & Post Code.
When selecting the Location, RoomsHere.com searches the data base for your selected town and
automatically links it to the region and state.
NOTE: If your tourism region has recently changed, please provide us with the contact details of the
Regional Manager so that we can make the necessary changes to our data base.
When entering the Address information, the Town/City/Suburb can be different to the Location that you
selected.
This can be necessary if you wish your property to be included in a specific town search, but wish to
display a more specific address so that consumers know exactly where the property is located.
All information in Property Details is visible to users except the Assign Booking Agent – see
CHAPTER 5 MISCELLANEOUS for information on this function.
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From the My Properties page, click on Property Details
The Property Name
and Property Type
can be changed at
any time
Enter your location
town in the Find by
Town/City box to
search the data base
for city, town, suburb
region and state
Enter your location
address and contact
details
Leave Assign
Booking Agent
blank - see
MISCELLANEOUS
for information on
sharing your
calendar with an
Agent
To maximise Search
Engine Optimisation
make sure that the
Short Description
contains the word
“Accommodation”,
your Property Name
and the name of your
town/city
You can hide your
property listing at
any time by unticking
Visible to Users
Enter a description of
the Property.
NOTE: Some
property facilities can
be displayed via the
Product Details
page, where
numerous options
are available as tick
boxes.
Click Browse to
select your Property
Image which should
be no larger than
1000 KB (1 mg) and
preferably no smaller
than 200 KB.
Always click Save
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2.3 MAP
It’s important to show the property position on the map so that consumers can see exactly where it is
located.
Doing so, also enters the GPS coordinates into our data base in readiness for future technology
additions.
From My Properties page, Click on Map
Find your town on the world map by either:
 Clicking into the map with the mouse, holding and dragging
 Using the arrows provided in the top left corner
Zoom into your town by either:
 Rolling the wheel on the mouse in and/or out
 Using clicking on the + or – icons on the top left corner
Once you are satisfied with your selected location, click Save
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2.4 STATISTICS
Because RoomsHere.com provides your direct contact details to consumers you cannot accurately judge
the effectiveness of the website by asking how or where consumers have found out about you
Often, it is your website which they have discovered via RoomsHere.com and from research, we have
found that if this happens, most people forget about RoomsHere.com, and only ever mention the last
website they have viewed.
The only true way of knowing how many people have viewed your listing is to check Statistics.
From My Properties page, click on Statistics
Statistics in the Search List tell you how many times your Property Listing has appeared in a search that
has contained your listing.
Statistics in the Property Detail column tell you have many times your listing has been opened and
viewed
If your property has been operating as a Basic Listing, the Statistics will include hits from the time the
listing was first entered into the data base, which is the reason why we have forced a click to obtain the
telephone number.
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Chapter 3.
DISPLAYING PRODUCTS, RATES & AVAILABILITY
Whilst RoomsHere.com looks like an online booking system, it has been developed to offer quite different
selling techniques, most of which centre around maximising returns to operators via direct sales.
RoomsHere.com does not charge commission or booking fees, but a small annual fee to upgrade
from the FREE Basic Listing to an Advanced Listing which displays all contact details to facilitate direct
bookings.
Displaying rates and availability is not mandatory on RoomsHere.com, but it is the most professional way
to operate and it does save time, effort and phone calls for you and your customers.
NOTE: Each time you login to RoomsHere.com your property listing moves near the top of consumer
searches that are initiated by town, region state or for special listings setup for Events, Touring Routes,
Visitor Information Centres etc.
As soon as you Save your Property Details, they will immediately publish to the consumer website
without displaying any Product details as demonstrated below,
Whilst consumers clicking on the listing will be able to see all the contact details, link to your email and
website and see your position on the map, your listing is not maximised without displaying a Product and
its intimate details.
Products can be linked to an online booking system of your choice (such as wotif, V3, or any other “live”
online system). For some Visitor Information Centres, this constitutes their requirements to
support only those Accommodation Businesses who provide “live bookable product”.
Such Products have obviously been priced to afford commission so should also be flagged to Pay
Commission/Booking Fees so that it will be highlighted with a
in the Visitor Information Centre and
Travel Agent logins indicating that you are happy to be contacted direct for wholesale/retail sales and to
negotiate the commission/booking fees and your payment terms.
NOTE: Always stipulate full payment prior to arrival.
Be creative when entering your Product name as this is an excellent marketing opportunity for you to
include one of your special features or packages.
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3.1 ADD A PRODUCT
When adding a Product the most difficult decision you will have to make is how are you going to
maximise this opportunity - the Product Name is the most important aspect of your listing.
Whilst multiple Product Calendars (which are FREE of charge) can be setup for each property, to
display various room types, special packages, last minute rates etc., this does mean that you will need to
maintain multiple calendars.
The simplest method is to setup one generic calendar displaying your cheapest offer as a From rate such
as Ensuite Cabins From: $..... Once you have entered your rates this will make more sense.
Displaying your cheapest rate will attract more enquiry providing you the opportunity to on-sell other
products and you only need to put up your Booked nights when all options have been sold.
Click on My Properties where you will see your property listing without a Product.
Click on Add or Delete a Product Calendar
Enter the Product Name and select the Product Type, click Create
For the first time this will land you in the Product Details page, ready to setup information about your
product – see below PRODUCT DETAILS
This Product will now be visible on your My Properties page and also on the consumer website.
The following options will now appear:
Calendar - make your daily changes to availability when you are fully booked, display last minute rates or
special packages/inclusions for short periods etc.
Setup Rates - setup date ranges of rates years in advance, over-ride your main rates with date ranges of
high or low seasons, enter several inclusions which can be selected from your Calendar for special
packages etc
Product Details - display all the intimate details and facilities of each Product, link to an online booking
system of your choice, opt to flag a Product as “commissionable” which is visible only in the Visitor
Information Centre and Travel Agent logins
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3.2 PRODUCT DETAILS
From My Properties page, click on the Product Name then click on Product Details
Product Name and
Product Type can be
changed at any time
Leave Booking Url field
blank or see below to LINK
TO AN ONLINE BOOKING
SYSTEM and display the
BOOK button on your
listing
Tick the Pays Commission
Booking FEE to flag this
product as
“Commissionable” in the
VIC and Travel Agent
logins
If at any time you wish to
hide this product, untick
Visible to Users
Enter information about this
product in the Description
box
Tick the boxes to display
the facilities provided by
this product
Select either of the two
Product Specialities
NOTE: Property Facilities
& Services relate to the
Property and should only
be selected in one of your
products for each property
Click Save
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3.3 LINK TO AN ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM
You can link one or more products to your preferred online booking system.
If you have multiple products, each one can be linked to a different online booking system.
Firstly, load your online booking portal, go to the page that you would like to display when linking from
RoomsHere.com and copy the Url from the top of the page.
In RoomsHere.com, from My Properties, click on the Product Name then the Product Details page.
Click into the Booking Url field and paste in the Url that you copied from your selected booking system.
Click Save
Now, when you go back to My Properties page, you will see that the EMAIL icon has changed to the
BOOK icon.
This will also occur in the consumer website and when clicking on the icon, prospective customers will be
taken to the page you selected in your booking portal where they can book 24/7.
NOTE: RoomsHere.com has linked the example product to a demonstration Url which will not function.
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3.4 THE CALENDAR
When clicking on your Product Name, you will always be taken to your Calendar ready for you to affect
bookings or cancellations.
NOTE: DO NOT SETUP RATES HERE (except for short periods such as Easter or Christmas) as it is
much quicker to go to Setup Rates where you can setup multiple date ranges for years in advance.
Whilst on the consumer website the calendar only displays up to 12 months from today’s day, you can
Book out nights well past that by selecting the Year and Month and showing days as Booked, which will
be published when the calendar rolls over to those dates.
From My Properties page, click on the Product Name
You will always land on the Calendar function
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How to Utilise the Calendar
DISPLAYING YOUR ACCOMMODATION AS “BOOKED”
Show just a few nights as booked
 Click on Booked in the right hand column for each Booked
night to automatically display these nights with a “B”
Book out more than a week

Tick the box in the far left column for each Booked night
 Go to the top of the page, click on the
Click
button
DISPLAYING YOUR ACCOMMODATION AS “AVAILABLE”
Display your rates for the period of
 Tick the box for each night that you wish to display your
the Event
rates, which means your accommodation is Available
 Go to the top of the page, enter the rates in the
If you prefer not to display your
rates but indicate that your
accommodation is Available



Click
Tick the nights that you wish to display as Available
Go to the top of the page


Click on
Click
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3.5 SETUP RATES & AVAILABILITY
You can setup multiple Calendars for each product to help you manage the process of changing rates
from year to year or season to season:
 Setup a date range for many years so that you don’t need to monitor when the calendar runs out
 Setup a date range for each 12 month period (eg 1st April to 31st March each year) ready to update
your rates for the following year  Over-ride any date range with a short high or low season, by placing the over-riding date range in a
higher position than the one it replaces
 Choose to display what best works for you – display rates, show as Available, or, if you have a long
term booking, show a particular date range as Booked
If you like to set higher or lower rates for periods longer than a few weeks, as long as you place these
calendars in a position on the list above that of your normal rates, the short periods will over-ride the
normal rates. You can do this by clicking on the
to arrange each calendar in its required position
Unless the displayed date range has been manually edited, RoomsHere.com automatically sets up your
first 12 month date range with a Start Date as today’s date and will always display “-“ under Price.
NOTE: RoomsHere.com displays 12 months of rates to consumers rolling over each night, so you do
need to ensure that date ranges extend out well past 12 months.
3.5.1 Edit the Existing Calendar
From My Properties page, click on the Product Name, then click on Setup Rates
There are two components to the Setup Rates function:
1. The top section which displays all the calendars that have already been setup
2. The bottom section Add a New Calendar
To edit the existing calendar, click on Edit
 There is no need to change the Start Date
 Click on End Date and select the finishing date for these rates – this can be several years if you wish
 Enter your nightly rates for this date range in the AU$ box


Add an Inclusion on the run (see below Display Inclusions) or click on the
one from the list
Click Save
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3.5.2 Add a New Calendar for an Existing Product





Click into the Start Date and select the starting date for this date range)
Click into the End Date and select the ending date for this date range
Enter the Price
Add or select an Inclusion
Click Save
3.6 DISPLAY INCLUSIONS
Inclusions appear in a pop up box to consumers when the mouse hovers over the days of a Product
Calendar.
Inclusions provide you with the flexibility to add more information or to outline the conditions of your
product/rates.
You can add several Inclusions ready to select for particular types of stays or packages
Click Add, type in the Inclusion, click Save
Inclusions can be edited or deleted.
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CHAPTER 4.
ACCOUNT
From My Properties page, select Account which lands you on your Business Details page with the
following options.
4.1 BUSINESS DETAILS
See Chapter 1 – Business Details
4.2 LOGIN DETAILS
From the Account page, click on Login Details
4.2.1 Change Account Email Address
To change your Login email address, retype and click Save.
NOTE: Always use your accommodation contact email address
4.2.2 Change Password
Should you forget your password and need to retrieve it via the Login page, you will be emailed a new
password which will be a combination of alpha/numeric.
To change your password:

Enter the existing Password

Enter the New Password

Confirm the New Password
4.3 INVOICES
Invoices are automatically generated according to the terms agreed upon by RoomsHere.com.
Once an invoice has been generated, it is displayed in the Invoices option.
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Chapter 5.
MISCELLANEOUS
5.1 ASSIGN BOOKING AGENT
RoomsHere.com is a multi-platform system integrating the functions of all sectors of the Accommodation
Industry.
A special login is available to Travel/Booking Agents where they are able to setup a Portfolio of managed
properties.
If you wish to share the booking responsibility with a Booking Agent, he/she would benefit by giving
him/her access to the calendar functions, so that it can be updated as bookings occur.
Assigning a Booking Agent still gives you access to your calendar so that you too can Book out nights for
direct bookings that you might receive.
The Booking Agent does not have access to any other functions apart from the actual calendar.
From My Properties, click on Property Name, then Property Details
Enter your Agent’s email address in the Assign Booking Agent field
Your calendar will now appear in your Agent’s Portfolio in the RoomsHere.com Agent’s Login
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5.2 SERVICES
To see a list of Properties and Products which are currently listed in the RoomsHere.com data base.
From the My Properties page, click on Services
5.3 DELETE A PROPERTY
Deleting a Property will remove it and its Products from the system totally, and once deleted can only be
listed again by re-entering.
This process does not remove the Business from RoomsHere.com, allowing you to continue to login and
add another property etc.
From the My Properties page, click on Add or Delete Property.
Select the property from the Current Property List, press Delete then Yes to confirm.
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Chapter 6.
MARKETING TIPS
6.1 DISPLAY A LINK TO YOUR AVAILABILITY CALENDAR ON YOUR WEBSITE
Linking your accommodation website to the RoomsHere.com Product Calendar(s) quickly shows visitors
to your site whether or not you have vacancies and if displaying your rates, whether your accommodation
is within their price range.
This demonstrates your professionalism, saves you time on the phone if your rates are higher than what
they wish to pay and of course, shows if you are booked, therefore not wasting your time nor their time
nor cost of a phone call.
To import your RoomsHere.com availability calendar into your property website we provide the following
options for your web developer to copy and paste.
To select one of the logos in Image Link click on the respective button to display the code that can be
copied and emailed to your web developer for pasting into your website.
To display the supplied Text Link, copy the code that has been provided and email to your web
developer for pasting into your website or ask your web developer to change the text to whatever you
prefer.
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6.2 SEND A SPECIAL OFFER EMAIL LINKED TO YOUR PRODUCT CALENDAR
It’s always a good idea to keep a data base or spreadsheet with the details of each guest that has stayed
at your property. This should include email addresses, so that you can bulk email when you have
vacancies, specials etc.
RoomsHere.com provides you with a special function which enables you to select a two week period for
the Products attached to your Property.
Go to My Properties and select the two week block that you wish to promote in your email.
Copy the text from the box beneath Link to this Property Calendar and past it into your email as per the
example below.
Dear xxxx
As a valued client we wish to advise that we are offering you a 15% discount off the advertised rates
for the nights displayed in the following link.
http://www.roomshere.com/propertycalendar.aspx?prid=53244&dt=2014/02/6
Yours sincerely
Xxxxxx
Example Property
When your past guests receive the email, clicking on the link will retrieve a view of your availability for the
selected period as follows.
NOTE: If you have multiple Products for one property, the link will retrieve them all
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6.3 CHANNEL MANAGERS
RoomsHere.com is constantly requested by accommodation operators to partner with channel managers
such as Siteminder, ResOnline, RMS etc., so that they do not need to maintain another calendar.
Whilst we are continuing to monitor industry trends as to which of the many channel managers we should
affiliate with, there are real benefits for accommodation businesses by not using a channel manager with
RoomsHere.com for the following reasons:
 Most operators using channel managers put up an allocation of several rooms - once they are sold,
the online booking system usually displays “SOLD” giving the impression that the accommodation is
totally booked when often, the accommodation is not totally booked. Consumers may not realise this
and move to another offer
 When displaying vacancies on RoomsHere.com there is absolutely no risk of double bookings as the
only way consumers can make a booking is by contacting you direct via email, phone or by linking to
your website
 Vacancies (Availability) can be displayed on RoomsHere.com until the property is totally sold out
 If you forget to change the calendar to “Booked” when all rooms are sold you can always apologise to
the customer that the last room has only just been booked and that you haven’t had a chance to
make the change on RoomsHere.com.
For those who are using a channel manager to link to multiple online booking systems, a good option is
to use RoomsHere.com specifically for your special rates and packages, knowing that you are dealing
direct with your customers and can therefore afford to pass on savings without having to pay commission.
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