App of the Week: vCita

If you ever meet with people on a regular basis, then this week’s App of the Week is the app for you. vCita is an online app that makes it easier for potential clients and customers to contact you and set up meetings. It’s a new way to interact with web visitors that’s also incredibly simple to use. I would especially recommend it for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Users have a choice of either setting up a vCita contact page or adding the widget to their own websites. I opted for adding the widget to both my professional home page and my blog. The widgets come in four different options: horizontal, vertical, contact form, and button only. Both were incredibly simple processes. For my home page, I utilized the contact form to replace the one I originally had on my page. I liked that in one place, a potential client has the option of either sending me a message or scheduling a phone call. For my blog, I chose the vertical widget.

Users also have two choices in the type of meeting they want to set up: phone calls or video meetings. Users can choose both or just one of them. There’s also always the option of sending a message. Users can also define session lengths, session fees, and specify the languages spoken. The last one is excellent if you conduct international business.

vCita comes with both a free and a paid version. If you offer free consultations, or don’t charge for initial time when meeting with clients, then the free version is for you. Those who charge for that time have to opt for the paid version, which starts at $13.95/month for on year (there are monthly and four month options). Besides payment collection, differences between the paid and free versions include invoicing, customizable terms of service, phone support, the ability to record meetings, and payment method verification.

Overall, vCita is a simple, yet ingenious app that makes it easy for your web visitors to get in touch with you as soon as possible. It makes it easier for them to set a meeting, instead of wasting time checking schedules and playing phone tag to those things set up. Also, those who charge for this time can make money quicker by collecting it right away, instead of waiting for the check in the mail or having to send an invoice after the fact. All that can be done right through vCita, this week’s App of the Week.

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About Allison Midori Reilly

Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as Smallbiztechnology.com, American City & County, Ideabing.com, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.