Inktd Offers Cloud-Based Scheduling for Tattoo Shops

November 19, 2013

9:00 am

The biggest problem for tattoo artists is no-shows, and the percentage of no-shows for tattoo appointments is very high compared to other industries. Based on industry statistics, tattoo shops lose an average of $300M per year due to this problem. The issue is compounded by the fact that most tattoo shops don’t use any kind of comprehensive appointment scheduling system. Point being–there is a lot of room for improvement.

Inktd has come up with a solution for this niche problem. They have created a cloud-based scheduling platform for tattoo shops.  Inktd is a subscription-based appointment book that organizes appointments for tattoo artists and utilizes automated rescheduling and text message reminders for clients to minimize the occurrence of no-shows.

Think of it as OpenTable for the tattoo industry. However, unlike OpenTable, which is expensive to set up and has a costly monthly membership to maintain the service, Inktd is very affordable. There is a monthly fee, but it is negligible compared to similar services. So far, their only real competition is a company called Inkbook, which is a full-service shop management software, and according to the founders, “the costs are much higher, and the system is difficult to use and very complex.”

I think the strongest feature that Inktd offers is the SMS text reminders.

“No-shows will be a thing of the past with confirm, cancel and reschedule options all handled via SMS text messages. Never waste your time waiting in the dark; using Inktd keeps the tattoo artist and shop always informed.”

There is also a marketing benefit for tattoo artists who use Inktd. Social sharing capabilities are built into the platform, so customers can share their appointments – and the results of those appointments – with their social network.

Inktd won the Readers’ Choice poll at Tech Cocktail’s Pittsburgh Mixer and Startup Showcase in October.

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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