Category Archives: Others about us

Doodle Wins Computer America’s Top Tech Award

We’re happy to announce that we’ve received the Top Tech Award from Computer America, which is the longest running nationally syndicated radio talk show about computers and technology in the United States. Computer America’s Top Tech Award is given to products and services that provide the best experience to the user and show innovation through design, which is exactly what we strive to do each day.

If you’d like, you can also listen to a recent interview that Computer America did with our CEO, Michael Brecht.

Thanks to Computer America for giving us this Award!

Your Doodle Team

Interview with CEO Michael Brecht

Doodle CEO Michael was in Paris this week where he spoke to the French media about Doodle’s future.

Here is the link to the video on French magazine where Michael spoke to Marion Moreau about his first 100 days with scheduling specialist Doodle, his role in leading the Swiss start-up to become a global player and about the importance of growing in French speaking countries. Doodle is today used by more than 20 million users worldwide with French being one of the top three languages on its platform. Doodle as a scheduling platform for private and business use is available in 20 languages.

Thanks Marion for the interview, it was great talking to you.

Doodle scheduled in France

Doodle in France

Doodle Mug Design Contest: Scheduling without Doodle is like … #DoodleMug

We want to create a (our first!) Doodle Mug, and we’d like your help! Our team will be designing the mug, but we need suggestions for the text that will be on it. There will be two mugs:

Mug “w/”:
“Scheduling with Doodle is like ___________”

Mug “w/o”:
“Scheduling without Doodle is like ___________”

If you have some clever ideas for one or both of those phrases, then we want to hear from you!

To submit your suggestion, please send a tweet using the hashtag #DoodleMug and cc @doodletweet and tell us what it is. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014, and we’ll announce the two winners shortly after that time. Each winner will receive a $250 gift card, a 1-year Premium Doodle Solo account, and — of course — a free set of mugs. Both winners will also have their Twitter account names included somewhere in the design, and the mugs will be available for anyone who would like to purchase one.

We can’t wait to see your suggestions!

Scheduling with or without Doodle

Simplifies everything: Doodle BookMe tested in practice

Foto_fliegender_Masseur K-N KlauckBookMe, the convenient booking service for smaller service providers, has now been in operation for half a year and the number of users is growing steadily.

We will be taking a look behind the scenes in the coming months at very different practical examples of BookMe in action and presenting them in our blog. Today, Flying MED Masseur describes his experienc with the new service from Doodle.

The company

Kay-Nicolas Klauck set up Flying MED Masseur in Zurich in the summer of 2011 and has been offering a wide range of massage styles ever since. His central focus is on the individual needs of each patient.

This not only includes a detailed preliminary consultation, but also the option of choosing appointments of different lengths and a free choice with regard to the location. Because the masseur not only carries out treatments in his own practice rooms, but, on request, also in the patient’s office or home.

Why BookMe?

Kay-Nicolas Klauck single-handedly runs Flying MED Masseur, offering massage treatments as well as taking care of the complete coordination of appointments directly. An enquiry by mobile phone on the train, a request by e-mail to postpone an appointment, an answering machine full of messages after a short break:

The standard organization by phone and e-mail took its toll on time and nerves, was extremely complicated and, in some cases, led to double bookings. When the attention of the massage therapist was drawn to BookMe from Doodle in a meeting in February 2012, he immediately decided to try out the new booking service.

Experiences with BookMe

All the different options for lengths of treatment and location are offered on the Flying MED Masseurs’ BookMe page. His patients have reacted very positively to the option of booking online, with the result that 95% of all appointments are now made via BookMe.

The initial skepticism of Kay-Nicolas Klauck against bringing in an external service has given way to total enthusiasm: “No phone calls and no back and forth via e-mail; I certainly save at least one hour a week through that alone.

Double bookings do not happen anymore and the automatic appointment reminders are also very practical for the patients. And I only realized a while later that I can actually control my complete appointment organization via the mobile phone thanks to BookMe – and that’s something I no longer want to do without.“

As the most important advantages of the service, the massage therapist mentions the time saved and the greater flexibility for his patients, who can now book their appointments from anywhere and at any time, even when he is away on holiday. Kay-Nicolas Klauck is thoroughly impressed by BookMe and has already recommended the service to others.

He adds: “BookMe makes everyday life considerably easier for me as a service provider and even brings additional traffic to my homepage. And all of this at a super price-performance ratio. Actually, in today’s world, it’s almost funny how many companies have not yet realized how useful online appointment booking is for everyone!“

Global collaboration on Elance enabled through Doodle

Each day thousands of freelancers and businesses work together on Elance – the world’s leading platform for online work. Meetings are arranged. Time zones are crossed. Deadlines are met.

Elance logoCompanies come to Elance with projects they need completed, posting their jobs online. Online freelancers with the skills to perform the jobs learn about the opportunities and submit proposals for the project.

This gives businesses a global pool of talents to select from, and freelancers a way of escaping their local economy. This happens while they’re accessing a more mobile lifestyle, working with clients who don’t judge them on where they’re from or how they dress – but strictly focusing on the quality of work they deliver.

One big global collaboration every day

To make this work, Elance provides an online work platform where each collaboration has its own online workroom. In this workroom files can be shared, feedback can be delivered, to-do lists made, video conferences held, screens shared and much more.

But as people are creative and continuously seek ways of optimizing their work, what we see on Elance is that they also utilize other tools to perfect the collaboration between the hiring business and the freelancer. One of the most popular tools is Doodle.

Doodle enables collaboration

As Elance is a global platform where people from all over the world work together every day, one of the challenges is to overcome time zone differences. We see projects every day where several workers from several countries and time zones have to speak together to define projects, set milestones and give feedback.

Doodle works well in solving this challenge as:

  • Doodle offers time-zone support
  • Doodle offers multi-user participation in scheduling
  • Doodle offers multi timeslot suggestions

Elance offers a way for companies to work different and be more successful. Access to the best workers is no longer a challenge, as more than 2 million freelancers are ready to tackle your next job today. It’s now possible to focus on what you’re best at, and then offer the other projects to talented freelancers. This includes jobs that you don’t have enough time to do, or projects you need a specialist to perform. With Elance, you can follow your passion and help others follow theirs. Doodle is an important contributor to enable this global collaboration.

About the Author: Kjetil Olsen is Elance’s Vice President for Europe.

Doodle polls reveal how culture impacts online collaboration

A recent research project by representatives from Harvard and the University of Zurich has uncovered some interesting details about the way in which various cultures impact international collaboration on the Internet.

To investigate the influence of national culture on people’s scheduling behavior, the team analyzed more than 1.5 million anonymized  meeting polls from 211 countries that were initiated on Doodle.

Here are just some of the highlights from the comprehensive project:

  • People from countries with strong economies schedule more meetings.
  • Countries that plan their events far in advance (such as Switzerland and Germany) take the most time to respond and decide on a time.
  • In comparison to individualist societies (such as the US), community-oriented countries (such as China and Japan) respond to meeting polls earlier and make more of an effort to select times that will work for the entire group.
  • Only 2% of meeting polls contain 5, 10, or 15 minute meeting time options (such as 4:15 PM).

The full report can be viewed at

Do the results match your experiences?

A real time saver: Doodle BookMe in action

In early September 2012, we launched BookMe, a new reservation service that enables smaller service providers to offer their customers a fast and convenient way to make appointments online. Numerous companies have already taken advantage of BookMe. We wanted to find out exactly how our new offer was being received by business, who was using BookMe in their daily work and for what purpose. We will be taking a look behind the scenes in the coming months and will present in our blog different practical examples of BookMe in action. Today is the first of the series: the float center in Zurich.

The company

float Zurich has been offering total relaxation for everyday life since 2007. Visitors experience the feeling of weightlessness by floating on special salt-water in three floating spaces. float Zurich offers a total of 100 floating appointments a week at 90 minutes each (60 minutes floating + 30 minutes resting time) for one to two people. The high season runs from October to April, when booking rates generally reach 90%.

Why BookMe?

float Zurich works with a small team and has no permanent reception staff. As most appointments were previously made by telephone, the staff spent valuable time every day scheduling arrangements instead of taking care of their customers. On Monday mornings, in particular, the phone would ring incessantly, which meant the line was permanently engaged, leading to a loss of customer inquiries.

Sabine Riess and Oscar Trott, managers of float Zurich, searched for a more efficient solution to a problem that was intruding on their work day. They heard of BookMe when it was still in the development phase and decided to test this new method of appointment booking.

The BookMe experience

float Zurich has been using BookMe since November 2012, setting up a license for each of the three floating rooms. With the exception of special offers such as all-day floating, all current appointments can be booked online. The new service has been extremely well received by both staff members and customers: already 30%-50% of all appointments are booked through BookMe.

Noticeably fewer telephone calls have led to a great improvement in daily work and the system has been a real time saver. Oscar Trott estimates that in the short time since BookMe was introduced, the center is spending six to eight hours a week less on the phone. This is a full working day – valuable time that is now invested in providing the best service to customers.

Asked for his feedback on BookMe, Oscar Trott said: “The tool is fantastic! Customers are also thrilled that they can see all available appointments and book outside our opening times. And the automatic appointment confirmation emails sent by BookMe mean we have to do very little ourselves. Less stress, more time, and satisfied customers – what more could you ask for? We believe that our utilized capacity will increase even further with BookMe.”