Important:Changes To Your Collins Pay Fees

Hope you’re well on this chilly winter’s day.

We just wanted to let you know that we’re having to make some important changes to your Collins Pay transaction fees. 

The Collins Pay transaction fee for American Express cards will be increasing, because the cost to us to provide this service has also increased.

  • This new rate will take effect from Thursday 9th December 2021.  
  • The rate for Amex cards will change from 2.9% to 3.28%.
  • As an example, this change would cost you an extra 38p for a transaction worth £100. 

More You Need To Know

Amex is responsible for only 5% of total transactions made through Collins Pay, this means 95% of transaction fees remain unchanged & the flat 15p per transaction fee will remain the same. You can see the volume of American Express transactions for your organisation using the card brand column on the Collins Pay Payments report.

You do have the option to deactivate Amex cards through Collins Pay, you can do this at any time by contacting our support team, your CSM, or your account manager.

If you would like to deactivate Amex cards before the rate change on Thursday 9th December, please complete this form by 5pm Wednesday 8th December 2021.

Love, Team Collins x

Collins Stability Issues: November 2021

DesignMyNight, Access Collins and our product development team would like to sincerely apologise for the recent performance issues that meant you were unable to access the system for a sustained period on the 18th.

We also want to acknowledge sign-in issues for Access Workspace users recently, please do refer to the separate communications sent to users affected by this.

Let’s Talk About Fixes We’ve Made & Monitoring

We’ve significantly increased our bookings search engine’s capacity following the incident and are further optimising our search engine architecture to improve performance.

Additionally, we have identified a small number of requests that have had a disproportionate impact on the overall speed of Collins and continue to work through improving response times by addressing these. This will remain our primary focus throughout the remainder of the festive period and beyond.

Your Bookings Continued To Come In

We are happy to confirm that incoming bookings were still being received throughout the affected time, and that no data loss occurred across partner widgets & DesignMyNight.com.

Looking Ahead To Christmas

We’re confident that not only will our software remain stable this Christmas (we continue with an uptime of 99.9% on the product, and implement a December code freeze), but that hospitality, and your business, is set to shine.

We want to let all customers know that we’re here, we’re open to talk, and we’re just as eager for December as you.

For any further support issues, please visit: https://access-support.force.com/Support

Love, Team Collins x

Reserve With Google: A November Update

Since the easing of Covid restrictions, we’ve been delighted to see the booking numbers in Collins rise as venues once again fill with the sound of clinking glasses and chatter over empty plates.

Here at Collins, we have a fantastic partner network to help you stand out against the competition and enable customers to find and book one of your venues easier than ever before. On DesignMyNight.com alone we have seen an incredible 280% increase in bookings through our website in 2021. That’s a lot of bums on seats and drinks in hands.

Collins <> Google

In an effort to help you maximise the bookings you can receive through our Google partnership, we have recently improved our Collins <> Google integration by adding an exciting new feature to enable you to prioritise what bookings are made through the platform.

Since we have made this update we have seen a 50% increase in bookings through the platform. We are recommending you check your booking type priorities in the coming days to ensure they are correct and meet your needs. Please follow the below guide on how to do this:

You’ll see a new ‘booking type priorities’ box in the booking type section of your Collins admin:



Once you have clicked on the button, you’ll be presented with a pop-up screen, where you can manage your booking type priorities:

The priorities set in the active column will be used anywhere the booking type is inferred in Collins, for example, LiveWait as well as Reserve with Google.

Dining Reservations Only

As Google only allow ‘dining’ reservations to be made through the platform, you will see a ‘G’ icon next to any booking types that can be made available on RwG. If the booking type is in the ‘active’ section and has a ‘G’ icon the booking type will be available through the Reserve with Google platform. If you have a booking type that you believe should have a ‘G’ icon but doesn’t (or vice versa) please contact our support team.

You can drag and drop the booking types from active to inactive and also change the order of the booking types.

The Reserve with Google platform will run off the same rules you have set up in Collins. The customer does not see Collins Booking Types when making a booking through the Google platform, instead, in the background Collins allocates the booking to be the best booking type based on the customers time, date, and party size selection, together with the Booking Type Priorities set in Collins.

The order will come into effect if your booking types have cross over times, for example, if your Breakfast booking type is available from 8am – 12pm and your Lunch booking type is set up to be available from 11:30am – 5pm, you may wish to set Lunch above breakfast in the order, as you have a higher value associated with Lunch bookings. This will mean any bookings made between 11:30-12pm the system will book this in as a Lunch booking.

Once you have made your updates, click the purple ‘update priorities’ button. This will save your changes for you.

Referral Invoices

Please remember we only ever invoice for completed bookings, but it is your responsibility to ensure Collins is up to date and that any no shows, cancelled bookings or anything else that keeps customers getting through your doors – is reflected in Collins. Have a look over this LINK on how to reject bookings, this LINK covers rejecting in bulk and here’s a handy LINK on filtering bookings.

Any questions, please contact support or your Customer Success Manager.

If you’re not on Reserve with Google, or taking bookings on DesignMyNight.com but would like to be, please contact your Account Manager.

Love, Team Collins x

IMP: Reserve With Google Update

We’ve improved our integration with Google and have added a new feature to enable you to prioritise what bookings are made through the platform.

In essence? We’re recommending you check your booking type priorities in the coming days to ensure they are correct and meet your needs. Please follow the below guide on how to do this:

You’ll see a new ‘booking type priorities’ box in the booking type section of your Collins admin.

Once you have clicked on the button, you’ll be presented with a pop-up screen, where you can manage your booking type priorities.

The priorities set in the active column will be used anywhere the booking type is inferred in Collins, for example LiveWait as well as Reserve with Google.

As Google only allow ‘dining’ reservations to be made through the platform, you will see a ‘G’ icon next to any booking types that can be made available on RwG. If the booking type is in the ‘active’ section and has a ‘G’ icon the booking type will be available through the Reserve with Google platform. If you have a booking type that you believe should have a ‘G’ icon but doesn’t (or vice versa) please contact our support team.

You can drag and drop the booking types from active to inactive and also change the order of the booking types.

The Reserve with Google platform will run off the same rules you have set up in Collins. The customer does not see Collins Booking Types when making a booking through the Google platform, instead, in the background Collins allocates the booking to be best booking type based on the customers time, date, and party size selection, together with the Booking Type Priorities set in Collins.

The order will come into effect if your booking types have cross over times, for example if your Breakfast booking type is available from 8am – 12pm and your Lunch booking type is set up to be available from 11:30am – 5pm, you may wish to set Lunch above breakfast in the order, as you have a higher value associated with Lunch bookings. This will mean any bookings made between 11:30-12pm the system will book this in as a Lunch booking.

Once you have made your updates, click the purple ‘update priorities’ button. This will save your changes for you.

Any questions, please contact support or your Customer Success Manager. If you are not on Reserve with Google but would like to be, please contact your Account Manager

Love Team Collins x

Don’t Forget! Your Menus On DesignMyNight

Taking bookings on DesignMyNight?

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It’s crucial that you have recent menus on your listing in order to convert in to table bookings on our site, as these help our audience make their decisions quicker.

We recommend a quick scan of your venue pages to make sure you’re listing current menus as we head in to the busiest season of the year.

Taking brunch bookings? Add those midday menus.

Christmas bookings? Show our audience the options you’ve put together for diners this year.

Drinks menus? Absolutely add those too.

And if you’re still not listed to take bookings on DesignMyNight? Let’s help you out.

With over 70 million page views a year (across more than 20 UK & Australian sites), not having a public listing means you’re missing out on all important marketing, and table bookings combined.

Our CSM team are on hand to help you learn more about their services, getting listed and getting public on DesignMyNight, including the benefits around our marketing options (don’t forget to ask us about those) and taking bookings on our site. Feel free to email them on am@designmynight.com for more information.

Important Upgrade Message

We hope you have received our communications about the changes we are making to your Access Collins log in experience.

Essential things you need to know:

  • Once upgraded you can sign in to Collins through Access Workspace
  • You will have brand new functionality including apps & analytics
  • We’ll add 2 factor authentication for increased data security
  • All of your staff will have access to 10 relevant eLearning courses (if you want them to!)

What happens post upgrade?

Once the upgrade has been activated the next time you or your staff try to log into Collins you will be directed to the migration page which will enable you to sign in using the correct procedures. Users will be able to choose whether or not to defer the upgrade for a 30 day period if not at a convenient time to proceed.

Upon landing on the new page your user details will already be completed and your password will be migrated across to Access Workspace. Next time you access Collins through Access Workspace you will find all of your new functionality waiting for you and will need to use the 9 dot menu in the top left hand corner for navigation purposes.

If you have any further questions about the upgrade / process etc please be sure to contact your main Access representative at your convenience.

Apps, Analytics & Additional Security

Hopefully you have seen our recent emails letting you know that Collins will soon be launched using Access Workspace enabling you to use some really cool tools and features.

The upgrade will deliver:

• Two Factor Authentication ensuring your data is always as safe as possible.
• New analytics including a dashboard showing historic and forecast data for reservations, prebooked v walk-ins, reservations by source, etc.
• Fantastic Apps to make your everyday life much easier including; Daily reservations, This week’s reservations, and Adding a reservation.
• 10 New eLearning courses will also be available as part of the Learning Lite functionality including Experiencing Change, Food Safety Hazards, Mental Health, Covid 19 Response for Employees, and more. You can also add your own videos to share with your employees which can be a really useful training or communication tool.

If you are an admin user for your organisation and haven’t done so already then we will need you to fill in a few details on the form to make this upgrade as smooth as possible.

This upgrade will enable us to keep delivering more to you in terms of features, functionality, security etc so that we help you run your business in the most efficient possible way.

If you have any questions about this then please contact your Access Account Manager or you can find more information on our dedicated upgrade page.

Let’s get Collins ready for Freedom Day

Hey folks,

With ‘Freedom Day’ fast approaching we wanted to make you aware of key guides from our Knowledge Base that will help you update your Collins software in preparation.

Trust us. We’re just as excited as you are to get back to full capacity.

Love,
Team Collins x

Collins Security – Protecting you and your customers!

In October 2020 we were informed of fraudsters impersonating bookings software providers, including Access Collins, who were targeting venues and asking for booking details. We have had notifications around a similar scam and want to reiterate a few points that will keep you and your customers safe!

A member of the Access Collins/ DesignMyNight team will never;
– Contact you out of the blue asking for booking or customer details
– Ask for your Access Collins password

If you find yourself being asked to part with this information please take a moment to stop and think. Not parting with information will help keep your business and customer’s details safe. If you are in any doubt whether you are speaking to a member of the Access Collins team, STOP. It’s ok to reject the request and contact us through our support portal.

A reminder for all DesignMyNight booking partners!

A reminder that our finance team have spruced up their referrals billing method. 

Our team will export out all your Completed referral bookings on the 8th of each month, for the prior month. This means you have from the 1st-7th to ensure all bookings are up to date. 

Please note, Completed. We will only bill you for the reservations in your system that are marked as complete, however, it is your responsibility to ensure that any no shows, cancelled bookings or anything else that keeps customers getting through your doors – is reflected in your Collins bookings. Give a look over this LINK on how to reject bookings, this LINK covers rejecting in bulk and here’s a handy LINK on filtering bookings.