We were able to re-send all the messages that didn’t send except for the ones that were time-based.
To be on the safe side, we went back a little extra far so some messages may have been sent twice.
At present, we are experiencing an outage in both Tokeet and Automata automated messaging (triggers) and possibly automatic invoicing. This has resulted in events not firing when they are supposed to. Our team has identified the issue, are we are currently working on a fix. We hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please manually send any messages that would have been sent with your automation since 5:36pm UTC. This will allow you to maintain timely communication with your guest. Once a fix is in place, we will follow-up with you in this chat. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
Since dropping this e-mail overnight, quite a few of you have written in to take advantage of the subscription offers, including some returning customers.
Thanks for your commitment to our platform! We promise you our best efforts at quality and responsiveness, so post here or drop me a line any time.
I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy, and I wish for a fast turnaround to this current situation.
I know that many of you are experiencing difficult times in your businesses and have reached out for assistance from Tokeet. We are committed in our resolve to work with all of our customers and assist where we can. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can potentially affect our industry for many months. The only way for us to recover well is to work together and be good citizens in this global industry.
Tokeet came to market when most short-term Property/Channel Management Software was priced high and required long-term commitments and significant upfront expenditure. We helped pioneer the low-priced / high-value segment of the CMS industry and have established a leadership position in this segment. Since then, there have been many new entrants who seek to mimic our success by copying our price, positioning, and model – not to mention their marketing materials. We welcome these companies and are excited by the fresh energy and vibrance they add to our industry. We strongly believe that competition is good for you, our customers.
We also believe that, due to our strong and established customer base and structure, we are well-positioned to help you weather this economic storm and get your business back on track. Below are some additional actions we will be taking to further help our customers through this troubling time.
We are permanently eliminating all plans for the introduction of an invoice (processing) fee within the core Tokeet product. This fee was first mentioned in our price change email in February.
By popular request, we are reopening our yearly plan offer to all customers. This will provide an average 30% discount off current prices.
We are also introducing a two-year plan with a discount of about 40% off current prices. This new plan is immediately available to all customers.
We will soon be launching Sympl CM to help our smaller property managers who are looking for an easier, more cost-effective solution. Sympl CM is designed for managers of 1-3 properties at a price of $2.99/rental.
The best businesses utilize time during an economic downturn to become even better. I am sure many of you are taking a hard look at your models and are finding ways to be even more efficient than ever. Likewise, Tokeet is not satisfied with sitting still during this lull in our industry. In the coming months, we will be releasing a number of new tools and applications designed to further improve your operations and efficiency. In addition to Sympl CM, we are building a completely new application for creating beautiful websites to help you attract guests directly, and save on commissions. We are also building a product designed for managing your staff, service providers, and vendors. These changes ensure that you will be able to support your business with one integrated platform, rather than having to integrate multiple providers that were never built to work together. None of our existing products or features are going away.
Tokeet is here for the long term. Let’s meet the future together.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, things are changing rapidly. The COVID-19 outbreak is expected to have a wide-ranging impact on tourism and travel in general. It’s important to note that the impact of COVID-19 has been quite localized as of mid-March.
So far, the rental markets impacted the most are the places with the most cases of the virus. With that said, our engineering team is continuously monitoring all the changes in your market. For now, we recommend the following Rategenie tips to help you increase the chance of getting bookings for the next few months.
Adjusting your Rental Rate settings
One way to account for this is temporarily decreasing Base rate for your rentals until the market recovers. To learn more about it, check read our help guide about Rental rate settings.
Adjust your Rates using Date Specific Rule
You would like to adjust your rates so that you can increase your chances of booking in this current crisis. We recommend that you set a lower custom rate for April,May, June through Date specific Adjustments until the situation gets back to normal. To learn more about it, check out our help guide about Date Specific Adjustment Rule.
Lower the Minimum Night stays to 1 night
Lower the minimum night stays to 1 night (if your operation setup can accommodate this). You can set the min night stay to 1 night for each day by following our help guide about Min Nights Rule.
Length of stay discounts
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a global shift from short to long bookings. So, we are recommending to all of our property managers to consider a substantial length of stay (LOS) discounts – Both Weekly and Monthly discounts can be set on the connected channels. Please note, LOS discounts are applied on top of Rategenoie rates recommendations.
Adjust Last Min Rule and cancellation policy
To adjust for the short-term demand reduction without sacrificing future gains, we recommend reducing the “Minimum Stay for Last Minute Bookings” to “1-day minimum within the last 60 days”. For more information visit our Last Min adjustment rule guide. Additionally, relaxing the Cancellation Policy can also make the listing more attractive to a wider audience – Please note that this configuration has to be done directly in the booking channel. You can read more about Airbnb cancellation policy by clicking here.
Adjusting Special Events Rule
Although many events have been canceled due to the current crisis. In this situation, you might still want your rates to be adjusted depending on the Public holidays in your region, you can only select Public holidays as event type while selecting events for your Special Events rule. Also, you would like these public holidays to take less impact, in this case we recommend you to set impact as ‘passive’. To learn more about events, please visit our help guide about Special Events Rule.
Milo, we'd love to be able to be more generous with all our customers too. However, we are a startup that's been in business shorter than many of you, and whether you exhort people to leave us or not, you must know that this virus is hurting everyone's business in the travel industry.
I'm leaving your post up to make it clear to everyone reading that we are not deleting negative posts just because it's our board.
Most of you realize that Tokeet is the least expensive option on the market with this feature set, even after our first price increase in several years. If people have to stop using a PMS for a while, we understand. I advise you to check out the Tokeet terms and conditions for our data retention policy in section 6. I'm confident that those who are determined to ride this storm out are going to be happy with the upgrades and new offerings they see released in Tokeet this year.
Thanks Irina, for your kind comments. We also would like to improve our language support in the UI, though I have no announcements to make on that front at this time. I am going to pass your name to our Tokeet product manager to follow up on the document collection and beta testing points.