All About Love

From the entire ClassJuggler staff, to our customers: Happy Valentines Day! May you have a day full of love, both giving and receiving.

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If you are not a ClassJuggler customer, and you love your students very much, let us show you how get the business of running your class-based business running efficiently, so you can spend more time where your heart is – on your students! Details:

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Chlorine–The Breakfast of Champions!

Chlorine – it’s the breakfast of champions.  Here’s one to share with your favorite swimmers:

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You can also find this on our Swim Humor Pinterest board.

Don’t forget – to be a champion in managing your swim school, it takes more than chlorine. It takes the best swim software for schools.

www.swimclassjuggler.com

Another ClassJuggler Upgrade – Always Improving!

With the release today of ClassJuggler v7.0.2 – which, as always, happens automatically for you (one of the big advantages of using an online service for your class-based business management software) — you, our customers, can expect to see many subtle but helpful changes.

Brand-new features in ClassJuggler

Bounce Back

Bounce Back is a new feature that allows you to navigate away from certain screens in ClassJuggler to do actions related to a given workflow or set of steps and then easily “bounce back” to where you were prior to taking that action.

What it will look like: A new Bounce Back button will appear on those related screens. Clicking the Bounce Back button teleports you all the way back to what you were doing before you started this offshoot action, automatically saving any changes or options/selections you made.

Over time, we will likely add the Bounce Back buttons in many places. Initially, you will see the feature from a Customer Portal order to a customer’s account, or to sending a confirmation statement to the customer, and then return back to the original order.

Batch Payment Processing

Where: Billing > Customer Payments: Batch Payment Processing

We mentioned this in our last release. Now, it will be available to all clients.

What you will see: You’ll see a new batch payment option on the Batch Payment Processing screen, which will give you much greater control over what types of transactions you will collect payments for when processing batch payments.

There are now two batch action buttons, instead of one:

  • Process Customers – FULL BALANCES (the original way)
  • Process Customers – SELECTED CHARGE ACCOUNTS (the new option)

Clicking the new SELECTED CHARGE ACCOUNTS button takes you to an intermediary screen where you select one or more accounts to include in the batch payment run.

if on this intermediary screen you select to, say, only collect on the charge accounts for “Tuition” and “Competition Fee,” only those types of charges would be paid.

Example: Let’s say, in this scenario, that a customer has a balance due of $400.00. This includes $100 in tuition, $40 for registration fees, $60 for merchandise, and $200 for competition fees. After running the batch payment collection, this customer’s credit card would only be billed for $300 –- the $100 in tuition and $200 in competitions fees on their account. The remaining charges on their account would stay unpaid.

Changes and Enhancements

Many existing features in ClassJuggler have been modified or improved. These include:

    • Customer Portal: Customer Policies – Added a second tab to the Customer Policies screen for viewing archived policies.
    • Customer > Maintenance Page 1 – The “auto-balance” feature has been removed.
      Customer > Maintenance Page 2 – The section displaying Policies & Agreements has been modified with tabs to allow viewing of only current or archived policies.
    • Customer > Transactions – Created a quick link to the Pre-Pay Billing screen from the Help and Tips Menu. The current customer will be selected when arriving at the pre-pay billing screen.
    • Student > Maintenance Page 2 – The section displaying Policies & Agreements has been modified with tabs to allow viewing of current or archived policies.
    • Events > Event Template Maintenance – Added more information to the description of policies when they are added to an event.
    • Billing > Auto-Balance Manager – This no-longer-needed feature has been removed.
    • Reports > Customer > Policies and Agreements – Report updated to allow for reporting on both current and archived policies. The policy selector now contains two sections for selecting current or archived policies. The selector also now notes the policy title, who it applies to, if mandatory or optional, and the ID# of the policy.
    • Tools > Customer Portal Orders: Pending Orders – The way orders are processed and reviewed now is much easier to see incoming pending orders by the customer (family) placing the order. This allows you to process an entire order as a unit rather than in bits and pieces as it was done in the past. Other new features on the pending orders includes special customer actions with the new “Bounce Back” feature.
    • Tools > Customer Portal Orders: Historical Orders –  The new Historical Orders screen make it much easier to review historical orders by the customer (family) who placed the order, now showing color-coded statistics about the order and which class requests were approved, wait listed, or canceled. Other new features on historical orders includes special customer actions with the new “Bounce Back” feature.
    • Tools > Customer Portal Orders: Items In Shopping Carts – The presentation of items in shopping carts (not checked out) has also been updated, now linking to a customer record, and shows a selected class as the item.
    • Tools > Web Site Tools > Shopping Cart Manager > Pending Classes > Enroll in Class – We improved the way pending orders are compared for priority when processing an order.
    • Preferences > Policies – The copy of the Policies screen has been improved, and now shows how a policy is used throughout ClassJuggler. The ID of the policy is also displayed for easier identification of a policy.
    • Preferences > Advanced Settings – Removed the option for customer defaults to be auto-balance, as it is no longer needed in the current version.

Several other minor bugs were fixed.

This new version affects all customers using any of the following:

Any questions remaining? Simply contact us and we can answer your questions or walk you through it.

 

 

Survey: Administrative Tasks Costing Your Business!

Thank you all for your generous participation in our two-question survey we asked of class-based businesses. Your answers were revealing!

The primary take away from the survey results is this: Your class-based businesses spend on average more than 35 hours a month on administrative tasks related to registering customers, creating student files, signing students up for class, and handling customer payments for fees.frustrated

That’s a lot of extra time spent that we are willing to bet was not part of your vision when you started your dance, gymnastics, cheer, swim, music, martial arts, or K-12 school – or at least not the thing that motivated you to start your business, and CERTAINLY not the part that you look forward to.

Best practices for reducing all that administrivia

No doubt you would rather spend more time working with your students, guiding them as they hone their craft and develop character. Good news is, the survey also showed that there are ways to reduce all those administrative tasks by literally half – which will also save your business a great deal of money, while allowing you to focus on the reason you got in the business.

It turns out that, on average, ClassJuggler’s customers report that using our software for class-based businesses has cut their administrative tasks on average by 35 percent, with nearly 20 percent of survey respondents seeing administrative tasks cut more than half!

If you feel your school could use a break from the quagmire of administrivia, give us a call and we will take a look at your current administration practices to identify the ways that ClassJuggler’s school software can create efficiencies; with some of its most applicable time-saving tools. We’d be happy to walk you through some of them!

Winter Storm-Related Outage? Business Text to the Rescue!

A common scenario every winter: a sudden dump of snow makes roads impassable or dangerous. Or a sudden temperature drop during a rainstorm ices over the roads to your school or other class-based business. You need to get the word out FAST that one or several classes are canceled or delayed. But how?

There’s an easy way: ClassJuggler’s built-in texting tool! This highly customizable tool makes it easy to get timely SMS (text) messages to all or a subset of your customers. And you can filter yourclip_image001 text message recipient list by certain attributes so that it only goes to the right audience for your message.

For example, you can specify that your closure message be delivered only to:

  • Students or parents of a specific class – like, say, the one class that will be affected
  • Classes the meet on a certain day or date, particularly helpful when you know that all classes will be canceled because of the weather event
  • It’s important to pinpoint your audience not only because it makes your messages more likely to be appreciated but because the mobile device owners for whom that message is not important (such as those who don’t have classes the week of your cancellation) may get frustrated enough to block their phone from receiving messages from you.

How to filter your text message to a specific audience within ClassJuggler

For example, let’s say you want to target your text message to only parents whose children attend a certain class. Simply select the class you want to work with, then choose Send Class SMS Text from the Class menu, as shown below:

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Learn more about the ClassJuggler SMS Messaging tool:

If you’re a customer, take our next SMS Messaging webinar when one is scheduled. Or you can simply find it within ClassJuggler after you log in right here:
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You can also use our robust ClassJuggler Help to learn all about SMS Messaging.

And here’s some extra good news; while some of our competitors charge per message for their clients to use their messaging tool, the SMS messaging tool is totally free to ClassJuggler customers, no matter how many students you have.

But wait – I’m not a ClassJuggler client yet!

Learn about how our ClassJuggler products can help your school to run efficiently:

Or simply contact us directly and we can answer your questions.

Save tons of personnel hours at your class-based school

The stats are in; class-based businesses spend on average more than 35 hours a month on administrative tasks related to registering customers, creating student files, signing students up for class, and handling customer payments for fees. This video shows you how to cut those admin costs in half by letting customers do these things all by themselves:

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The new Customer Portal from ClassJuggler can change the way you do business, and change the way your customers view you!  Learn more.