With Timely, you can easily set up time slot registration / RSVP for your free events. If you are running a free event that requires time slot registration, you can use "Time Slot Registration / RSVP" setting for your event listing. This feature is particularly useful if your event happens on specific slots of time and has limited availability, and participants need to pre register to attend the event. Learn all the steps below.
1. Time Slot Registration / RSVP Basic Settings
Collecting pre registrations and RSVPs for your free event with time slots is very easy with Timely. If you do not have this feature in your plan, contact us to upgrade your account.
After logging into your account, go to the Events menu. You can create a new event or select the event you want to add the pre registration with time slots feature.
Create your RSVP Type
First, go to the Cost and Tickets section of your event, where you find all the RSVP and ticketing options. Then, select Time Slot Registration / RSVP on the dropdown menu, just below "Free Events". A panel will show up. You can click the plus button to add your first ticket block.
Give a name to your ticket block and add a short description to let your audience know what it is about. Please note that this information will be visible to your audience in the event page.
For example, if you have a Yoga studio and offer free yoga classes to new students on specific dates and times, you can set the free classes as time slots in your class schedule.
Add Additional Information
You can add additional information to each one of your ticket blocks. Note that this information will not be visible to your audience in the event page. However, it will show up on the automated confirmation emails and PDF ticket they receive after registering for your event. For more information, check how to add additional information to tickets, RSVPs, emails and PDF templates.
If you are hosting a free virtual or hybrid event, you can add an online meeting link as an additional information. As a result, the link will appear in your confirmation emails and PDF tickets. If you want to learn more, read how to add an online meeting link to tickets and emails.
Create your Time Slots
Add as many time slots as you need. In our example, there are slots for one class between 7 AM and 8 AM, for another between 8 AM and 9 AM, and for a third one between 9 AM and 10 AM. Your customers will be able to select the best time for them, and register for the free yoga class.
You can also set the maximum number of tickets available and the maximum number of tickets a person can get per registration. If you do not have a limit, simply click on the unlimited checkbox.
Time Slot Registration Start and End Date
By default, all events have the Available immediately option checked.
However, if you wish you can set up different registration start and end dates. Simply uncheck the option, and choose the beginning and the end of the registration period.
With this feature, you have more control over your time slot RSVPs and their availability to the public. For instance, if your event is recurring (e.g. happens every Wednesday morning), and you want people to register for the most upcoming event instead of an event too far in the future.
Time Slots Registration Status
In addition, you can set the status of each of your time slot registration types to inform your audience. The options are:
Deleting Time Slot RSVP Ticket Blocks
You can use the delete button at the bottom of the section to remove a specific ticket block. This step has to be performed individually by ticket block. In other words, you have to delete them one by one.
2. Time Slot Registration Custom Fields
Sometimes event organizers need to ask questions or confirm eligibility prior to accepting registration of an attendee. For example, if you are collecting RSVPs to a parent-teacher conference, you can ask participants to type the name of their child or their grade.
With Timely, you can do that at the time of the online time slot registration. By adding custom fields to your registration / RSVP ticket, you can request any information from participants before they choose their time slot. The questions can be answered with a simple checkbox or a text field.
The answers to those questions, in text or true/false for the checkbox, can be viewed in the email that is sent to customers after a successful registration.
Moreover, you can make the custom field a required field. Consequently, your attendees will have to answer the question before continuing with the time slot registration.
3. Event Registration Email Notifications
A great way to keep your attendees informed about the upcoming event is to add notifications to your event. You can add as many notifications as you see fit. By confirming this setting, the system will send automated emails to your event participants reminding them about the event.
If you want to customize the notification emails, you can change the respective template. For more information, read this helpful user guide: How to Customize Event RSVP and Ticket Email Templates.
4. Agree with the Terms and Save your Changes
When you are done creating the registration / RSVP for your event, make sure you check the I agree to all Terms checkbox to proceed.
The final step is to scroll down the page and hit the Publish button. You can also click on the button Save as draft in case you want to review your event and publish it later.
5. Time Slot Registration Checkout in your Event Page
When you are done setting up the time slot registration / RSVP for your free event, you can check how it looks in your public calendar. The registration / RSVP checkout box with your ticket types will show up exactly as you have configured them.
With Timely, you can not only collect time slot-based registrations for free events, but also online single event registrations for free events, and sell event tickets and time slot tickets for paid events.
For more user guidance, please go to our Help Center. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, you can open a support ticket from your Timely account’s dashboard.