Tip: Enhance your blog and websites. Add your photographs
Free Coffee Cups at the CRUISE-A-THON
Come see us at the Travel Trade 24th Annual CRUISE-A-THON, June 2-5, in Vancouver. We'll be there with free coffee cups and information about how you can make more money. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and to meeting each one of you that we have not met personally in the past.
While you are there sign up for free blog service. Blogs are an EASY way to organize and present your thoughts on the web. Plus this is one of the least used methods by travel agencies and travel suppliers to get the word out. Get started now! If you wish to have a domain name with your blog service - you can get get that for only $25 for two years. If you are not yet on the internet or just need another way of getting the word out this is for you.
Reminder: You already have a blog if you are a current customer.
If you are in the travel industry sign up here for Free Blog Service so that you can be one of the first in the travel industry to make use of this great way of getting the word out.
Added ID to all promo searches in application
The promotion ID has been added to all the promotion searchs available to you when working on your website within the Online Agency (TM) Dashboard. This feature makes it easy for you to find a promotion when a customer mentions a promotion id for something that they were viewing on your website.
Click to See how to use new search feature
Save those searchesYou can now specify default search criteria for almost any search page on your site using the new Save Search feature. While using the editor application, you can perform any search you like - just as if you were searching on your own site. After you click the Search button on the form, you will see a Save Search button at the top of the search form. Clicking this button will "save" your critera so these values are automatically set when your customers view the page on your site. You can also remove a saved search by clicking the Cancel Search button.
Editing Non-Member Supplier PagesDid you know you can add your own supplier content or edit supplier pages?
Many Suppliers are listed in the OnlineAgency (TM) system that are not member suppliers (they don't provide any content for the site).
Although they don't provide us content, you can use them by editing their page in our system to include whatever content you have from them. You can also use them as a supplier to create promotions and add your own Itinerary information.
* You can modify their page in our system
* They can be listed in your "Top Suppliers" column
* You can use them to build promotions in our system
Many of our customers use non-member suppliers in our system on their websites. Some use non-member suppliers exclusively and sell lots of travel.
There are 3 different methods or some combination of these to do it:
1. Create custom promotion using the non-member supplier
2. Create a page from scratch for the supplier
3. Edit a new version of the non-member supplier page in our system
_____________To edit a supplier page "New Version"_________
1. login.onlineagency.com > Click on "pages of content"
2. Click on "all pages" (in yellow Toolbar on the side)
3. Click on the Supplier Link or Destination Link to get to the page
(Follow path e.g.: The World > North America > United States > Hawaii)
4. click the "New Version" (in yellow Toolbar on the side)
5. Enter any pertinent information in the form fields (at least a title) > click "save"
6. Edit your page
7. Click "Release page"
____________To Create a Promotion______________
2. Click promotions wizard ;
3. Select the type of promotion; if you are using a supplier select "Type 1", if not using a supplier select "Type 2"
4. Continue through the screens; follow the instructions in the wizard
***For Detailed Instructions****
login at onlineagency.com > Help? > How to Guides > Promotions & Specials How-To
Or just use this link:
* The instructions include how to display the promotions on your page
* You can also create links to the pages just as you do with a static page
* After you are done you can go back and edit the promotion; click on "Promotions", click on "edit" or the name of the promotion to edit the page or the settings
________Walk-Through Training Support____________
The Online Agency Training program runs Monday through Friday each week.
You can sign up from your account dashboard (login to account).
The sessions occur every Day at 2:00 pm CST.
* Customizing OLA Content - In this class we cover how to customize any of the 30,000+ pages of content that make up your website. * Promotions In Depth - Here we go over the promo picker (which allows you to customize which promotions will be displayed on your pages), how to edit a promotion itinerary and how to build your own itinerary from scratch.
New Equipement Upgrades for Your Website
You might not know but your Levelfield (TM)/ OnlineAgency (TM) website sits on top of several different servers all design to support your website. This past weekend we added in two new servers that help to spread out the incoming traffic and upgraded some of the disk storage.
The new servers are possibly capable of carrying the entire load of the system. However, they are only a part of the system designed to meet your business needs. In fact the Levelfield (TM) system has redundancy in most all things. For example, the facilty that we use for the web sites has backup generators and power sources if the electricity fails. The systems are design to switch on automatically. This past month we ran on a backup generator for a while while maintenance was done on the incoming electrical power systems. The facillty also has virtually unllimited access via different backbone providers to the Internet. If one carrier is not available incoming and outgoing traffic is automatically routed.
We have several upgrades planned this year that will keep your website ticking.
The March of the Internet Travel Consumers Begins
Each December just after Christmas day, with visions of sugar plums fading from their heads, the damage done to the family budget, and a cold winter chill setting in, Internet travel consumers all through the land have begun their annual quest for adventure, warmer climates and relaxation in strange and wonderful places.
Right on schedule on December 26, 2005 we saw the annual march of travel shoppers begin as they flock to the Internet and will be watching as the next couple of months unfold. We hope that you have done your planning and have your travel business geared up for this annual march of travel consumers.
Travel Agency gets indexed by Google, MSN, and Yahoo in less than 2 months
I was working with one of the Online Agency customers today and saw that their website had been indexed by Google, MSN, and Yahoo. And they only signed up in September, 2005.
The customer has created about 45 pages of their own content including a blog and their own promotions, and they have the Levelfield Broadcast Option.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and you want to make sure your site is ready for the wave. If you don't yet have Levelfield Broadcast Option get it now while the price is low. We are offering the Levelfield Broadcast Option for a one time fee of $129. But hurry this price is going up at the first of the year.
Be one of the first 20 callers to purchase this option on Monday November 21, 2005 and we'll make this great upgrade even better. We'll add 30 days of service to your account. Call Toll Free 866 489-4889 and add the Levelfield Broadcast Option.
Read more about the Levelfield Broadcast Option
This offer is only valid on Monday November 21, 2005
Travel Agency Blogs - rare breed
Why you should start your blog now -
Here's something for you to consider - extremely few travel agencies are using this cost effective (FREE) line of business marketing and communications. If you want to get out in front of everone here is a way to do it now!
It's built into your Online Agency (TM) / Levelfield (TM) account to make it very simple for you to get started. No fuss, no muss, no other software to learn or application. No extra fees!
Let's say you sell a particular cruise line or vacation package. You've sold it to many customers and you've been on fam trips and vacations. Take your knowledge and use it to show that next perspective customer that you KNOW the product, you are the EXPERT, you have something unique to offer them. Start a blog on that subject. Then show committment to your business succes by writing at least once a week about the subject. Don't rehash everyone else stories - write about your own personal observations, experiences and those of your customers. Every word you write can lead to one new sale. don't be bashful -write write write!
One of our customers spoke today at the Freelance Austin on Business Blogging Advantages… You can read his Blog here where he writes about why business should blog - Business Blogging Advantages… Why Should I Blog? and he has a post about Making the Commitment to Blogging.
You've got the worlds most flexible software for your Travel Business and SMALL Business - get busy using it. Be the first on your block, in your city, perhaps your state to start a business block on YOUR AREA of expertise.
New Travel Images added to the image library
Released Time Zone Widget
We released the first draft of the time zone widget. You can get one for your site by using the TIME ZONE Extra that will be released this week.
Check it out
No more lighters
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that all lighters will be prohibited from sterile areas of airports and onboard aircraft. This action is in response to a provision in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which was signed into law by the President on December 17, 2004. TSA Screeners will begin to enforce the ban on April 14, 2005. For more information, please see the TSA web site at www.tsa.gov
The world is full of color and now so are our maps. We've added 4 sets of maps themed in blue, green, yellow, gray and the old standbye.
As time progresses we'll also be adding maps further down. Next, we will revamp the USA map to include all states, red or blue, landlocked or not.
So if you have a suggestion for a new map use the form to the left to submit a suggestion.
Please note that you should not submit support requests via this form. They will not be answered.
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