Every Time I Get A Sale, My Philips Hue Lights Turn Green

July 27, 2017
By: Ryan Salinas

I have always been a very independent worker, just give me what I need to do, I'll lock my self in a room and overnight it's magically completed.  

One of the way to get people motivated is visually. Studies show that are purposefully beneficial for my blog today is that 65% of people are visual learners. Humans are creatures of habit and  repetition ...it's how we learn people. 

I love working from home! It's one of the many perks of being an entrepreneur. One of the things I have been enjoying most for the last two years or so is having my Philips Hue Lights hooked up to my booking system. 

The Philips Hue Lights are currently programmed to do two things. First, whenever a guest wants to check a date, I have the lights set to blink.

Second, I also have them hooked up to the booking system so whenever someone makes a payment the lights magically turn green. I'll tell you the best feeling is waking up in the morning and the room is green 😍.

Now! How does this sorcery work? 

Same things I currently use! Twillo, Typeform, Zapier, and IFTTT

First, to make the lights blink I simply connected the Typeform account to Zapier. Here you are gathering that there was information collected from Typeform and telling Zapier to go through Twilio to send a text message. This is all hashtag based, so think of it as a command. 

In this instance I am having Zapier send out a text to my Twilio with the hashtag #checkadate. 

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Second, I go to IFTTT, then tell it when, I my Twilio receives a text message marked with #checkadate, it will blink whatever light you tell it to. In this instance I am telling it to blink the desk light. 

You can select a specific color to change to. 

So in the instance of my lights changing to the color green, every time I receive a payment. I have my booking system send a text message with the hashtag #payment. 

I do this anytime I receive a deposit or if something is paid in full. 

Instead of telling it to blink a light, I tell to to change colors. 

It's a fantastic tool to be visually motivated. If I see the lights go off, I run over and send out the quote real quick! Statistic show the early bird gets the worm and the faster you respond to your inquiry the more likely someone is to book with you. 

Additionally, if your phone is say on silent mode or you're doing something else, it gives you a visual clue so you won't miss a notification that could potentially mean money!

 

Ryan Salinas is an Adele Lover, Entrepreneur, and Photographer...in that order. He has been in the events industry for over 14 years. If you have any questions about the article you just read, send him an email

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