Mini-Session Sign-Up Forms For The Holidays
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Friday, October 19, 2018
By Holly H
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Mini sessions are a great way to snag more holiday business! If you’re thinking about trying your first one (or building on last year’s success), online registration can streamline your process and make it easy for you AND your clients. 

With PhotoBiz, you can make FREE online registration forms and take payments ahead of your session date. Equipped with an online form, You can fill up your registration slots and market your upcoming event while making it painless for your customers to pay their session fees. 

Today, we'll teach you how to make a great-looking mini-session registration form in a minutes! Take a look at the sample below, and read on for step-by-step instructions.

How to Make Your Own Registration Form:


1. Start With A “Mini-Session” Form

Our Form templates make it super easy to make great forms fast. First, click on "FORMS" in the top bar of your control panel, then click "Create New Form."

You’ll see all kinds of different forms to get you started. Select the “Mini Session” form that is pre-filled with the basic information you’ll need to set up your session. From here, you can add in any additional details you need, finalize payment details, and customize the design of your form.


2. Collect Customer Info

Make sure to get the essential information you need to confirm your customers’ reservation before the big day! Generally, this will include your customer’s name, email and phone number at a minimum.  

If you need more information (like the children’ names or any session options), you can add in all the fields you need to collect everything beforehand.


3. Select Date/Time

Now for the most important part! Scheduling your sessions. Customize your radio buttons to include all of your session times.

In “advanced settings” (click the little pencil in the corner of the block), you can limit how many people can sign up for a particular time slot. That means you can schedule only 1 person per slot… or 4 per hour… or 50 per day! 

To offer signups across multiple days, you can get fancy with conditional fields. (This sounds hard, but it’s actually pretty simple.) You’ll just have your client pick what day they want, then the times available for that day will pop up after. 

You can set up the days available, then the times of each day separately and link those choices in “advanced settings”

Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough on conditional fields!

And here's a live example of a "Multi-Day" session form!


4. Get Paid

You have enough to do on mini-session day without having to fiddle with receipts or a cashbox. You can let customers get payment out of the way, so that all you have to do on the day of your event is take photos and have fun! 

Adding payment to your form is simple. Just enter your price in the payment block, and your customers can pay online and get a receipt emailed to them. We do not charge any commission fees on your sales, so you get to keep the money you earn!


5. Prepare For Your Big Day! 

Voila! All that’s left is to promote your mini session and fill up your slots. Definitely promote your mini-session on social media and remember to include a link to your signup form! You can also email former clients and sales leads using your email marketing tool. Don’t forget that you have 100 free emails to send each month for marketing! Organizing and promoting as much as you can online before your event will ensure you get maximum attention and have it go as smoothly as possible. 

If you have any questions about how to set up your mini session form, give us a call! We’ll be glad to help however we can. 

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Holly H. - Hi Chloe! Currently, our available merchants are Stripe, PayPal, Authorize.net, Itransact, PayJunction, Payflow Pro. However, we are working on a Square integration for next year.
Chloe - Can I use square in the e-commerce area?
Holly H - Hi Tami! You can configure your forms to accept whatever kind of currency you choose!

These settings are located in: ECOMMERCE > SETTINGS > GENERAL in your control panel. If you need help, please let me know and we can call you!
Tami Bass - With payment does it convert to US dollars?
Holly - Hi Edward!

You can create a new form by clicking on "Forms" in the top bar of your control panel. Then, click "Create New Form" and scroll down to pick a Mini-Session form. Then you can customize it to be exactly the way you like! If you'd like more help, please give us a call and we'd be glad to help out.
Edward Rhone - how do we get the form?