I recently tried out the new appointment scheduler from Google. Its OK but its a case of why? There are other schedulers out there that work perfectly.
1. Google Calendar's Appointment Scheduling
- Cost: Free. but need a workspace subscription for premium features.
- Integration: Seamless integration with other Google services like Gmail and Google Meet.
- Ease of Use: Familiar interface for Google users, making it easy to navigate and set up.
- Unique Feature: Direct integration with your Google Calendar, ensuring real-time updates and conflict avoidance.
2. Cal.com (formerly known as Calendso)
- Cost: Offers a free version with basic features and a paid version for more advanced needs.
- Open Source: Being open source, it allows for extensive customisation and integration but I just use the hosted version.
- Stripe Integration: It allows me to connect a booking to Stripe and pay get paid for my time.
- User Interface: More technical, catering to users who prefer customisation and control over their scheduling environment.
- Cost: Free version available, with premium versions offering more features.
- The Verb: So popular its become the generic term for sending a calendar link.
- User-Friendly Interface: Known for its clean, intuitive interface that is easy for both the scheduler and the recipient to use.
- Integrations: Excellent third-party integrations with platforms like Zoom, Salesforce, and more.
- Automation Features: Offers robust automation features, such as automatic reminders and follow-up emails.
you can book via the calendar above or they provide a button pop up
You can see its decent enough but as I have cal.com it seems redundant. I have all my workflows and integrations set up. Its free for single users.
If you want to book an appointment, then using the cal.com button is much better for me. Maybe one day Google will do something sneaky like block third party apps booking appointments for ‘security' but until then, I will stick with cal.com
Ben has a BEng (Hons) in Computer Science and 20 years of experience in online marketing, specialising in SEO, lead generation and affiliate marketing. After spending over a decade as an igaming affiliate, he has decided to concentrate on GA4 training and SEO Audits.