(DA-9) Activity Development and Going Live

So from the previous lessons in this chapter, you have all the details about how to define an activity.
Which is all very good, but how are you recommended to go about the development process, and then take your booking form live?
Let's dive into those details..

Activity Development Process

As you develop an activity definition, we think it is a great idea for you to spend time testing out how the booking form will look and behave to your clients.
Here is what we recommend:
  1. 1.
    Switch to Test mode While an activity is the same thing in Test or Live mode, if you leave things in Test mode for a while then you can switch between the activity and the test booking form with ease.
  2. 2.
    Create your new Activity Work out if this activity is similar another one that you can copy, or if you'd rather create an "empty" activity and add the details.
  3. 3.
    Edit the Activity details Modify the details on the Basics, Booking and Payment tabs for the Activity to suit your needs.
  4. 4.
    Add Prices Add Prices - if you have your common prices set up as Templates, then you can easily copy in the ones you need and edit the amounts as required.
  5. 5.
    Double Check Price Availability If you have prices limited by dates or amount sold, make sure you won't have periods of time when there are no prices available!
  6. 6.
    Add Questions Add your questions, again using Templates where ever possible.
  7. 7.
    Test The Booking Form Run some test attendees through the booking form to be sure it all looks okay... Are the price amounts correct? The right prices appearing depending on the date and number sold? Descriptions make sense? Questions sound clear and have the right response type? Required questions and comment boxes set up in all the right places? Correct payment methods listed in the checkout area? Payment by instalment amounts correct? Discount codes working okay?
If all looks good, then you are ready to go live!

Going Live

If you are going live for the first time and you intend to accept card payments, you need to have set up the connection to the card payment provider called Stripe. See lesson GS-11 for all the details!
You then need a link to the live booking form to place on your web site and social media platforms:
  • Go to Activities - Define Activities
  • Make sure you OUTSIDE an activity - so with the activity search visible.
  • Search for your new activity
  • Click on [Live Booking Form Links]
  • Copy the URL listed and paste it into a new browser window (Just to be sure you have copied it correctly and the live form appears)
  • Add the URL listed to your marketing
That's it! You can now sit back and wait for the bookings to come in.
If you define a number of activities together and want to send a list of live links to your marketing person then you can search for all live activities and a list of links will be created that you can email to them.

Summary

We have looked at the process of developing an activity, testing it is working okay, and then placing a live link to the booking form on our web site and social media.
We have now covered in this chapter all there is to discuss about defining activities!
Now you have a booking form live, the next chapter is about Managing the attendees as they book onto your activities.