choosing the right tool

Swift vs. eSoft Planner

We're biased, not ignorant.

We've helped tons of facilities, some that have been with eSoft for 10+ years, migrate over to Swift and they've never looked back.

Despite that, we know that Swift isn't a perfect match for everyone. For some of you, eSoft might be a better option.

Hopefully this page sheds light on when & why Swift is a better fit than eSoft.

Everything boils down
to value and price.

At the end of the day, Swift exists because we believe
that for far too long, facility owners have felt "stuck" with
their existing software.

Our goal is to free you, and deliver the most "bang for buck"
you've ever seen.
Summary

Don't have a lot of time? Here's a quick summary.

When comparing Swift with eSoft Planner - the main differences are in price, mobile friendliness, and scheduling flows.

Price
If price is the biggest factor in your decision and you're looking for one of the most affordable options, eSoft may be a better fit for you.

Swift is definitely not the cheapest option, but we're a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" so we do our best to deliver 10x the value that you pay for.

Mobile Friendliness
Swift's mobile-friendly checkout is incredibly fast, and intuitive for your clients. It allows athletes and parents to self-serve, and register + pay online for rentals, lessons, camps, clinics, memberships, packages, and more - all on their smartphone. We have password-less logins (email codes), and allow customers to view your offerings without having to create an account first.

eSoft also has online booking & payments available, but support for the mobile experience is limited. Login is password based, and requires an account to view your services & prices.

Scheduling
In eSoft, creating and adjusting recurring bookings can take a few steps to achieve. With Swift, the calendar is drag and drop.

This means that you can create multiple recurring bookings in a single flow. Adjusting them in bulk can also happen with a simple drag, with the system automatically checking for any double bookings and conflicts.

Both tools offer great customer service, and are known for the ability to easily talk to someone and get help if needed!
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Active development
Very active; fast turnaround on feature requests and asks
Stable
Pricing & Budget
Best value
Affordable
Setup fees & contracts
None, cancel anytime
Monthly & annual pricing available
Recurring bookings in calendar view
Drag-and-drop to create and adjust bookings
Multiple steps
Online booking
Lightning fast & simple
Available
Mobile friendliness
Optimized for mobile
Limited support
Onboarding & training
$0 fee, get setup in less than 1 hour without any "training"
Unclear fees, onboarding & training can take a few days
Migration
Free
Unclear
Customer support
Great
Great
Interface
Modern
Classic
A person on their phone
customer Checklist

Here's what our ideal customer looks like

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You want to automate or streamline your business and look for efficiencies
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You want to spend less time answering phone calls for bookings
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You get (or plan to get) a large number of bookings per month, and want to bring them all online
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You prefer having a modern, all-in-one system instead of doing things "the old way"
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You are business savvy, and want to grow your business
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You want a powerful scheduling tool that's easy to learn, and requires no additional training for your staff
why swift shines

The rest of this page will help you understand why we think Swift is a better alternative to eSoft Planner both in terms of value and pricing

What can you not do in eSoft?


eSoft Planner is a good standalone option, and great for folks that are more price-conscious - but with that choice, comes tradeoffs.

Here are some key features that eSoft is missing, which come out-of-the-box when you choose Swift.
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Mobile friendly
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SMS confirmations & reminders
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Drag-and-drop calendar
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Bulk-edit recurring bookings
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Branded mobile app
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Hierarchy between spaces
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in summary

When you should chose Swift, and when eSoft Planner

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Price is the biggest factor in your decision, and you're looking for one of the most affordable tools on the market
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You're looking for specific features that Swift is missing (ex: "clock-in" for staff)
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You want a modern tool that is really easy to use and navigate
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Recurring bookings from teams or organizations is important to your business
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You want to automate or streamline your business and look for efficiencies
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You want to spend less time answering phone calls for bookings
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You get (or plan to get) a large number of bookings per month, and want to bring them all online
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You want a powerful scheduling tool that's easy to learn, and requires no additional training for your staff
testimonials

PS: Our customers love us.

We have happy facilities all over the US & Canada - here is what some of them have to say about us:
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Swift has definitely made life easier

“The number of headaches that we used to have with bookings compared to now has lowered for sure. Swift has definitely made it easier.
Jeremias Sucre
Jeremias Sucre
Facility Manager @ Baseline Sports
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Swift blows MindBody out of the water

"How Swift does memberships alone blows MindBody out of the water"
Dustin Geiger
Dustin Geiger
Owner @ Nuclear Baseball
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Outstanding customer service

"Swift was much easier to set up than other booking sites and the tech support I got from them was outstanding."
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Marty Vermillion
Owner @ Farm Club


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