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[San Francisco – Jul. 6, 2023] AnyRoad, the leading platform for data-driven experiential marketing, on the heels of another successful quarter has marked the next chapter in its evolution with a new brand identity, complete with a new website and more. The new look and feel of AnyRoad embraces the re-dedication to innovation in the events and experiences fields.
“We at AnyRoad will empower and embolden our users, from marketers to operators, with the data and insights they need to deliver on their goals – like increased revenue, improved brand conversion, and automated first-party data collection,” said Jonathan Yaffe, CEO and co-founder of AnyRoad. “Brands need experiences to become part of their customers’ lives. Since our founding, we have understood that experiential marketing isn’t just important — it’s transformative. And we’re here to help through the journey of life-long fans. When we thought about our new look, we wanted to convey the forward movement and bright future of the experience economy. “
In addition to taking on a new look and feel, AnyRoad’s experiential marketing platform, used by brands including Diageo, PRS Guitars, and Ben & Jerry’s to streamline event operations and glean insights on experiential marketing, have also added new features to the platform, including ID Scanning & Verification and an Affiliates Portal.
AnyRoad ID Scanning & Verification eliminates the manual and inconsistent ID-checking process while reducing the risk of allowing under-age guests into age-restricted experiences. Brands will now be able to use AnyRoad’s existing ticket scanning tool to scan US license barcodes or passport MRZ to verify authenticity, as well as identify underage and expired licenses. After each scan, AnyRoad records anonymized age, gender and location data to help brands better understand their consumers, automatically.
Many brands work with affiliates to increase bookings and tap into the guest network of their partners, such as online travel agencies, local hotels or tour operators. However, managing affiliate bookings, tickets and payouts is manual, cumbersome, and prone to error. AnyRoad’s Affiliate Portal allows affiliates to browse and book experiences on behalf of guests. AnyRoad customers are able to configure every aspect of the process, resulting in easier bookings, streamlined management of booking options, tickets and prices, and the power to easily monitor affiliate booking trends for future events.
“At AnyRoad, we are dedicated to continuing to innovate and arm our customers with the latest technologies and solutions needed to deliver world-class experiences, including data, insights and now new tools to help them expand their reach,” said Daniel Yaffe, COO and co-founder of AnyRoad. “Our platform will continue to redefine how brands operate and realize ROI from their experiences, and we’re proud to enable that for all of our customers.”
Doubling down on their vision for the company, AnyRoad also welcomed experiential marketing leaders to participate in the inaugural Executive Summit: Revenue and Loyalty Through Unforgettable Brand Experiences in Edinburgh, Scotland. The two-day event, hosted at Johnnie Walker Princes Street, allowed brands from around the world to gather and discuss experiential marketing trends, best practices and more.
Finally, AnyRoad was named a High Performer for the third consecutive quarter in G2’s Summer 2023 Grid Report in six categories.
- Event Registration & Ticketing Software
- Event Management Platforms
- Online Appointment Scheduling
- Experience Management
- Feedback Analytics
- Tour Operator
AnyRoad was also recognized in several Implementation Index, Relationship Index and Usability Index reports, receiving awards for Easiest Setup, Best Support, Easiest to Use, Best Meets Requirements, Easiest Admin and Easiest to Do Business With.
With nearly 2 million verified reviews and 80 million annual visitors, G2 is the world’s largest and most trusted software marketplace. Within each vendor category, products are ranked based on a number of different criteria that fall within two main areas; customer satisfaction and market presence.
AnyRoad is the leading experiential marketing platform that enables global brands to operate and optimize their events, tours, classes, and activations to grow brand loyalty and increase experience ROI. It allows companies to streamline and scale their experiential programs with a flexible, configurable platform and provides the powerful insights needed to accelerate business growth. Unlike event management software, point solutions, or IT-developed tools, AnyRoad's unified platform manages the entire guest journey, from first brand interaction to brand loyalist. Companies like Budweiser, Diageo, Michaels, Ben & Jerry's, and The North Face all count on AnyRoad to prove the impact of their experiential marketing. For more information, visit www.anyroad.com
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Scheduling Software Flowchart
We made a helpful flowchart to help you decide if you’re ready to invest fully in online bookings or look into a free scheduling app, like Google Forms, as a better starting point.
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2. Compare Booking Page Features and Pricing
Booking Page Features
Once you have a clear idea of your business needs, you can compare online booking systems that meet your criteria. Have a list of your most essential needs and what would be nice for you to have. Some features you should consider including on your list include:
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- Payment processing and add-on sales
- Automated reminders
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- Feedback collection and analysis
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Scheduling Software Pricing
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