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Delegate Allocation (Ghost bookings) | Create booking with delegate qty and no names (yet)

The below images / steps for delegate allocation which has been improved in 2023 to reduce admin mistakes and add more functionality.

The delegate allocation process has been improved during 6th December 2023 release. This user guide has the latest steps and features

What is Delegate Allocation Booking? (Ghost Booking)

Delegate allocation booking is a feature where admins can create back-office bookings for a number of delegates without having to enter all their names on the booking.

This is used for Price per person bookings (not incompany, private training schedule)

Admins can choose to input their name at the time of booking creation or after the booking has been created. Admin can also swap the names after delegates have been added.

To get this feature installed on your project, please contact your Project CRM Lead for installation and demo.

⭐ Key Benefits of Delegate Allocation ⭐

  • Quickly adding booking to take up capacity - add the attendee names later

  • Swap names on confirmed bookings (Applicable for price per person type booking)

  • Lock in a price for a booking and do admin later!

To see how to create a Delegate Allocation Booking, please see the steps below:

Cancelling a pending place on a booking is not currently support. This improvement will be live in Q1 2024.

Steps to create a delegate allocation booking

  • Log In as an admin

  • Go to the ‘Bookings’ Plugin on the left menu

  • Click on ‘Add booking’ button

  • Select Booking type as ‘Organisation booking for multiple delegate’

  • Enter your Organisation name in the Organisation input. For eg: Centra

  • Enter your lead booker name in the lead booker input

  • Enter the name(s) of your delegate in the delegate input

Admins can leave the delegate input blank at this step if they don’t have the names to add or add some of the names if they have a few. See image for your reference:

  • Select the schedule that you want to book for your delegates

  • In the Delegate Quantity input, use the arrow to add more delegates to the booking

By default, it will display the number of delegates you have already added. i.e. the delegates added at the start, you can add additional delegate qty here

The booking price will update as you increase the delegate qty

  • Enter the Purchase Order number

  • Click on ‘Book Now’

Outcome:
- The booking will be confirmed
- The delegate qty added will now reflect on the remaining schedule capacity
- Booking confirmation email is sent to the booker / the delegates who were added (if any)
- The delegate qty is locked in place and can’t be increased or de-creased (admin would need to cancel booking to decrease)
- Admin can re-open booking and start adding the confirmed delegate names

Cancelling a pending place on a booking is not currently support. This improvement will be live in Q1 2024.

Adding Delegates on Delegate Allocation Booking

  • In the Bookings plugin, select the booking you want to add delegates to

  • In Delegates input, enter and select name(s) of delegate you want to add to the booking

Note: You can only add the quantity of delegates that you mentioned earlier on this booking.

For eg: My booking has 3 delegates, I already added 2 so I can add 1 more or remove my 2 previous delegates

  • Click Save changes after adding your delegates

Outcome:

  • The booking will be updated with delegates name

  • Attendance will be updated with delegates name

  • Upcoming Booking report will be updated with delegate quantity

  • All Timetable> attendees tab will be updated with delegate name

Admin will receive a warning message if they try to exceed the delegate qty booking. see message

Removing Named Delegates from Delegate Allocation Booking

You can remove delegates from the Delegate allocation booking.

Note: Removing the delegate from a booking of this kind does not change the delegate quantity you originally allocated

To remove a delegate, please follow these steps:

  • In the Bookings plugin, select the booking you want to remove the delegate from

  • In booking details, click x in front of the delegate that you want to remove

  • Confirm removal by clicking ‘Confirm’ on Dialog box

  • Click Save changes

See image for your reference:

Outcome:

  • The booking will be updated and remove the delegates name

  • Roll call attendance report will be updated with confirmed delegate name

  • Upcoming Booking report will be updated with delegate quantity

  • All Timetable> attendees tab will be updated with confirmed delegate name

Cancelling a pending place on a booking is not currently support. This improvement will be live in Q1 2024.

Swap name on a confirmed booking

Just like adding names above, you can swap a name at any time. This can happen on any booking that is price per person!

  1. Login as admin

  2. Open bookings

  3. Select existing booking

  4. Select X on the confirmed name

  5. do not hit save yet!

  6. Search and select the new name

  7. Add delegate

  8. Save

Outcome:

Delegate name is swapped. The original delegate will no longer be on the booking.

Report | Display bookings with pending Names

Run this report to see upcoming bookings that still have pending places.

View the booking id, schedule id and number of pending places remaining.

Title of report ‘Bookings with pending delegates’

Bookings_with_pending_delegates.png

Please contact us if you would like this report shared with you.

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