What is Channel Management?
Channel management allows you to hook up your website to third party booking providers to flood your business with new bookings.
Typically, these third-party providers charge some commission on bookings coming through them – it helps to think of the money you pay to them as your marketing budget, since their job is to direct people searching online for availability to your campsite or property, ensuring your business becomes well, or ideally fully, booked.
How Does Channel Management help?
Our Channel Management offering will save you valuable time and money spent on marketing. We’ve prioritised working with camping and self-catering related travel websites to share real time availability and drive bookings directly into your Anytime Booking diary.
To find out the details of how to connect to each system, just click on the channel’s pic!
There are four ways the connection currently works, according to how the systems sync (exchange information) with Anytime Booking.
2- way syncing
As camping and glamping specialists we work hard to provide two-way connections in this field. We push info to these guys and they talk back to us, cutting through your admin and delivering bookings directly into your Anytime system. This means that as you take bookings your end, availability on their site is updated and vice versa. Campers unite!
Here are the companies we currently can connect 2- way with:
and coming soon,
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One Way Syncs via iCal
Some third party booking providers simply sync your calendar with theirs via iCal. iCal runs on both the macOS desktop operating system and iOS mobile operating system and offers online cloud synchronisation and backup of calendars using Apple’s iCloud service. It can also synchronise with other calendar services, including Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange Server.
So, if you fancy connecting to another travel-related website eg. Canopy & Stars, you can export your Anytime Booking calendar into their website one-way so long as it supports iCal (theirs does!). This means our system is telling them how much availability you have left, while you import the bookings from the channel by hand.
This generally means your online bookings on Anytime Booking will automatically reduce availability on the third party booking provider’s calendar, but bookings taken on the their party booking system will need to be inputted manually onto Anytime Booking.
Please note that while Pitchup.com and Caravan Site finder will recognise both units and subunits on your Anytime system, all iCal feeds will only sync with parent units – so please don’t try to use subunits with iCal!
To use iCal, simply take your pitch/property URL from your Anytime account and paste it into the supporting website (follow their instructions, as everyone does it slightly differently).
Syncing via PropSync
This platform provides real-time availability updates to a variety of self-catering booking networks in the UK, such as: