Bodywork Buddy Blog

Bodywork Buddy is more than an online scheduler. It's a complete online solution to manage your massage practice.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Apple Maps Connect

Apple quietly launched a new service called Apple Maps Connect earlier this week. Similar to Google My Business, it's a listings-based service that helps small businesses get found on Apple Maps.

If you'd like to add your business to Apple Maps Connect, it only takes a few minutes and is simple to do.

The blog Search Engine Land has a thorough post with screenshots walking you through the process. Check it out and add your massage business!

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Subscription Area Update

We've updated the subscription area within Bodywork Buddy!

The new updates include:

  • Ability to keep more than one credit card on file (to avoid disruption in service if the first card transaction isn't approved)
  • Transaction receipts automatically emailed each time your card is charged
  • Easily change from one subscription plan to a different one at any time
  • Other features that will enable us to add exciting new things in the future in the member area!
If you're a Bodywork Buddy member, you'll see a banner on your dashboard reminding you to update your billing information within the next seven days. Add a second card to your file to ensure there is no disruption of service in the future should the first card not be approved.

Have questions? Need assistance? Contact us! We're always here to help.

Thank you for being a member. We appreciate you so much!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Suite Spa

I was surprised when I came across this blog post by Massage Table Outlet highlighting a new trend in the spa industry taking place in my own backyard - Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids has started offering in-room spa services with the use of a newly designed cart to cater to this market.

If you often work with hotels in your massage business, maybe you've already heard of this.
While not all MT's work closely with that industry, the whole thing got me thinking:  how else can you create a niche or cater to a specific group for your massage business?

Get creative.  What area needs your services that aren't being targeted currently?  What groups interest you that you would like to work with more?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Post-Convention Post!

We had a great time in Denver at the AMTA National Convention. Thank you so much to those of you who came out, it was great to meet you!

Bailee Cavos won our drawing for a free year of Bodywork Buddy - congrats, Bailee!

We were so busy that we didn't even get many photos, but what a great experience.

Many thanks to AMTA for the convention, the Colorado AMTA for helping us all prep for Denver beforehand, and to everyone who participated this year.

Top right: Bodywork Buddy cofounder Cindy with fellow Ashiatsu DeepFeet instructors 
Jeni Spring of Texas, Nancy Delong of Oregon, and Pilar Hook of Florida.
Middle right: Bodywork Buddy cofounder Berin after setting up our booth.
Bottom right: Sharon Bryant of the Alabama chapter AMTA.

We also launched our new site design on the first day of convention. To kick off Summer, we had implemented a complete overhaul to our member area to our new mobile responsive design. (The feedback from our members has been amazing!) So this new design for the front end now matches the awesome insides of Bodywork Buddy.
If you've been thinking of checking out our free 15 day trial, now's a great time to signup!

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMTA Convention 2014

Are you going to the AMTA convention next week in Denver?

If so, we'd love to meet you! Stop by our booth #428 and say hi! Charge your devices and connect to our free wifi while you chat with us.

Register for a free trial of Bodywork Buddy while you're there and enter a chance to win a 1 year membership! (value $300)

If you haven't already, download this app from AMTA so you can easily access the schedule and map of the convention center along with other handy info. In Google Play / iTunes.

We can't wait to meet you!

Berin & Cindy Iwlew

Monday, July 21, 2014

*NEW* Mobile-Friendly Bodywork Buddy

Last month, we implemented our new completely mobile-friendly user interface for Bodywork Buddy. The upgrade made it possible for our members to run their practice smoothly from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Registration is now open, signup and try it for free!

This upgrade includes many improvements from the previous mobile versions and is optimized and built specifically to run smoothly across all devices. The system is fully functional on mobile devices, allowing members to access all areas of their account - not just certain areas optimized for mobile - but the entire system.

Our member microsites underwent a mobile upgrade last Fall which enabled clients to be able to schedule with Bodywork Buddy members from their phones or tablets. Now with this latest upgrade to the member area, the system is fully functional on mobile devices.

No apps to download, Bodywork Buddy is accessible on your mobile device by opening your internet browser and going directly to Simple and quick!

We were thrilled to release it to our members and even more thrilled with their feedback!

According to studies, mobile use has now surpassed desktop use for internet access. Here at Bodywork Buddy, we're excited to be able to offer this awesome mobile functionality to our members.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Awesome Mileage Tracking App

I just discovered Mile IQ, and I'm loving it!

It automatically tracks your mileage on your phone. You don't need to remember to open the app up before heading out - just keep it running in the background on your phone and it records your trips.

You can go into the app at any time and classify your trips as business or personal, and each trip shows on a map so it's easy to remember what the trip was.

If you're self-employed, you probably realize the benefits of tracking mileage to claim as an expense on your taxes. Now there's finally a simple way to do it.