|One of MassageBook's core missions is to champion the benefits of high quality massage and bodywork to a broader public audience.
Being able to offer the public an easy way to purchase and redeem e-gift cards at independent massage and bodywork practitioners across the country is a big step towards this overarching goal, and we'd love it if you joined us in the effort.
Yesterday, we added a Booking Rule option in the Business Settings section that controls whether MassageBook Gift Cards can be redeemed at your business or not.
It costs nothing to be included and if you already meet the criteria to be approved for this program (completed business listing and accepting new client bookings online), you'll notice that this setting is turned on by default. (We figured you'd be ok with even more new clients coming through your doors.)
If you'd like to opt out of receiving clients who pay with MassageBook Gift Cards, just deselect the "Accept MassageBook Gift Certificates" checkbox in booking rules.
You're probably wondering how you're going to get paid when you accept a MassageBook Gift Cards...
To keep things simple, we essentially duplicated the fee structure used when we send you a new paying client from the MassageBook directory (a one-time 15% fee). With Gift Cards, since we've already paid the credit card processing fees up front for you, we're going to pass a portion of this cost on (2%). The final result is that you'll get paid 83% (100%-(15%+2%)) of any MassageBook Gift Card amount redeemed. (To be clear, this is only for gift cards sold by MassageBook - for gift certificates your practice sells, you keep 100%, as you do now)
People redeeming gift certificates have been shown to be very generous tippers, so we feel this program should work out very well for practices, be a great additional source of income, and a great source of potential repeat clients. The big win? We're going to turn lots of people onto the benefits of working with highly skilled independent bodywork practices - across the entire country, which benefits our entire profession.
We've only released the business setting so far. We're going to wait until late October before we allow the public to purchase anything. This way practices who want to accept MassageBook Gift Cards have plenty of advance notice to tidy up their websites to get them looking top-notch, and to complete the necessary steps to be included - or to opt out if they don't want to participate.
If you have questions, please contact the amazing guys and gals who are here to support you!