Tungle Me. It’s all the rage in calendars.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 | technology with
Posted by: Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert

For those of you who are tired of managing multiple calendars so that you, your team, your family, your clients and everyone else knows when you’re available…you can have just ONE calendar now!

Okay, maybe that’s not it.  Maybe you’re just tired of trying to schedule a call with several different people.  The 100’s of e-mails that go back and forth between the group trying to find the one time and date you can all get together.  Annoying right?

Double-booking is a big problem with potential clients. The last thing you want to do is have to go to a potential client and ask to move their appointment because they booked in on your online calendar when you are scheduled to be at a networking event.  Double-booking is a quick trust killer!

http://www.tungle.me/ is the answer! No, I’m not getting paid to write the post.  Yes, I have experience with the program. I’ve been using it for over a month now.   Many clients have asked me what calendar program to use.  There have been many options for virtual calendars for a while.  Not one quite like Tungle though.  It’s got some features that I haven’t seen anywhere else…like the ability to send an e-mail suggesting many different times to one or many people so you can all find the most convenient time.

I was paying $24/month for a calendar before.  There are some features I had with that one that I don’t have with Tungle, but Tungle is free and those were little perks I just didn’t need to pay for.

Now, Tungle is still in Beta, so if you don’t like to do Beta programs then you may want to wait.  If you don’t mind though, it’s a pretty nifty tool that makes scheduling a breeze.   Below is a list of features that I really appreciate with Tungle.

1)  Simplicity - It’s so easy for clients to use.  The first time they have to opt-in to receive e-mails but after that it’s a breeze.  They can go into my calendar and schedule times.  I can also send them an e-mail suggesting times for a meeting.  The interface is pretty self-explanatory and it makes sense to anyone who has ever used Outlook or other calendar programs on a computer.

2)  Sync - I downloaded a little plugin that goes into Outlook and now anytime someone schedules online, it automatically is entered into Outlook the next time I open it.  It doesn’t take but a minute to get them all.  I also get an e-mail that tells me I have the appointment.  You can do this with a Mac too.  It also will work with your google calendar.   So, my schedule is always up to date.  Can you say no double-booking?!

3)  Time blocking - In my previous calendar program, I had to go online to block off days and times that I wasn’t available.  Anytime something wasn’t scheduled through my calendar system, I had to logon and block off time.  Half the time I didn’t remember to do this, which becomes a serious problem in scheduling.  With Tungle, all I have to do is go into Outlook (where I schedule everything anyway) and add the appointment there.  I just have to make sure it’s marked as “busy” and my online Tungle calendar is blocked off in minutes.  Really!  No more logging in to block off vacations or appointments etc…  It’s done!  Again, no double-booking!

4)  Set your work hours - okay, yes, most calendars have the ability to set you work days and hours.  Tungle does too.  It’s just worth mentioning.

5)  Social networking connectivity - Whenever someone goes to your calendar, they have links to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other network pages.  Easy access to you everywhere on the web.

6)  iPhone App - There’s a nifty iPhone App that lets you look up and schedule appointments.  It even has an offline mode for those of us who have iPod Touch’s.  I can download several weeks and have it all available whenever I need it.  It doesn’t have ALL the functionality that the website does, but for a quick…  “Hey.  You want to schedule an appointment?” e-mail, it’s simple and it works.

7)  E-mails - I’m notified with every scheduled appointment.  With my old system I had an attachment that I needed to open and save for it to show up in outlook.  Now, it’s just a  notification so I can see someone scheduled in.  I don’t actually have to DO anything with it.  Time saver!

I think that gives you the most exciting features I’ve found with Tungle.  There are a few things on my Wishlist though, so I’ll give you those too:

1)  Ability to ask who is calling who and get a phone number - I have it on my profile that I want people to leave a number and when I send people to my calendar link, I tell them to make sure they include their number if they want me to call them.  In my old system, I had custom fields where I could ask if they were going to call me or if I was to call them.  I also had the ability to require that they include a phone number.  I would love to see this become easier on Tungle.

2)  Multiple appointments - I would like my clients to be able to make multiple appointments on one screen.  Instead of having to set up a new meeting for every appointment….which means they have to go through the entire scheduling process for each appointment.

3)  Allow buffered time - When someone books a 45 minute slot, I’d like to make sure the whole hour is blocked off.   It would be great to be able to assign buffers before and after each amount of time.  Then people aren’t booking themselves in back to back.

4)  Have a cut off time for scheduling - I do not like allowing people to book in an hour before they want to talk or even the same day.  I’d like to be able to set it so people can’t schedule in less than 24 hours in advance of an appointment.

UPDATE:  Cut off time has been implemented.

These four things on my wishlist are not deal breakers for me.  They are great features I’ve had before that I’m slightly missing here, but overall the service is a HUGE improvement on other virtual calendars I’ve played with.  The sync capability and group invites alone are worth it.  Best of all, I’m not paying diddly squat to use it.  It’s all free!

What do you think?  Are you switching to Tungle?  Have you been using it already?  What do you like about it?  What would you like to see improved?



Comments

  1. 1
    Marc Gingras // April 20th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Kristen,

    Thanks for the post. You made a good assessment of our service.

    I agree with your suggestions - btw - the cut off time, that will be available in a few weeks.

    Exciting times and enjoy Tunglin’

    Marc
    CEO & Founder
    Tungle Corporation
    http://tungle.me/marc

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    Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert // April 20th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Marc, that’s great news! Of all those on my wishlist, I want that one the most. That’s the second time one of my suggestions has been implemented. I’m feeling very much like you guys are listening to your users. That’s a great way to build trust.

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