Last Minute 4th of July Ideas You Can Implement Today

So, you just barely realized it's a holiday week. It's way too late to do anything fun, right? Wrong.

Keep reading for some last-minute ideas you can use to turn the 4th of July into a great opportunity for you.

Fireworks get all of the attention during Independence Day festivities, but there are so many people who don't get hyped on explosions in the sky. Offer a discount for families with young children (who might be scared of the loud noises and lights) to give them a good reason to pass up fireworks in the park.

Alternatively, you might want to keep it simple and light off approved fireworks in your parking lot on Wednesday. There are a lot of people who would like to celebrate, but don't want to deal with the hassle of parking a mile away and walking to a nearby park. Consider buying some sparklers and smaller fireworks to put on a show, and really boost the goodwill for future customers.

Last, don't be afraid to advertise! Blast your plans on social media, and print out a sign to post over the next few days at your location. Make sure it's big, bright, and gets the point across.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Update: Recap of IATP Conference

If you've been calling us lately, you may have heard us say we've been pretty busy. One of the reasons we've been so busy is the International Association of Trampoline Parks Conference, which was recently held in Amsterdam! We had a pretty great time meeting new people and educating customers and potential customers about all of our amazing features. Keep reading for more about last month's conference!

From May 20 to 22, we got to explore the rapidly expanding world of trampoline parks in Europe. The International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) decided Amsterdam was the place to be, and we can't fault them for that. It was a great location that allowed us to meet a lot of people we might not have been able to otherwise.

This conference was similar to past conferences in the best way. We got to attend educational sessions, show off our software's latest features, and network with people from all over the world. It truly offered a great group of people the chance to meet and learn from each other. From other vendors, trampoline park owners, and operators, we certainly kept busy!

Nothing makes us more excited about this industry than being able to connect and help newcomers find their footing. If you're interested in learning more about our software and how it can streamline your business, call us today at 1 (888) 500-2618.

Talk soon!

Updates and New Parks: June

Summer always seems to fly by quickly, but this summer has been especially busy for us here at Active8 POS. We've been traveling all over the world helping companies transition to our trampoline park software and even have facilitated some new park openings, too.

Here's what we've been up to lately:

  • Inflatable Planet is our first inflatables park, and we're so happy to have helped them launch their first location in Newcastle. We're branching out from trampoline parks, and can't wait to see how they use our software to bring more bouncing to England. They have five more locations in the works, so keep your eyes peeled for more Inflatable Planets.
  • We helped Planet 3 launch a new location in the early part of May, and we already have another location in the works!

  • Did you attend IATP's 2nd Annual European Conference & Trade Show? We met so many of you, and had a blast making connections in the international trampoline park community. If you missed it, we look forward to seeing you at the next meet up!

As always, if you're looking to up your game with the best point of sale software in the trampoline park business, give us a call today.

How to Get Your Employees to Feel Invested

Memorial Day signals the real beginning of spring for so many kids throughout the country. Summer vacation is close, and might already be in full swing in your neighborhood. It's a big day for barbecuing and getting ready for summer. So, with the Memorial Day dust settled, how did you feel about your first trampoline park's foray into summer? Maybe you're looking to upgrade your Trampoline Park Point of Sale Software. (If you are, we can help.) But, if you're looking for improvements from your employees, keep reading to learn how to help them feel more invested in what you do.

Make Work Fun

Having a good team that gets along can make all the difference between happy employees and workers who can't wait to punch out. Encouraging your team to get along with a quick get-to-know-you game or party can help them like coming to work a little more. They might not show how happy they are on the outside, but getting a chance to learn a little about each other can really help down the road when they need to switch shifts or pass the time on a quiet morning.

Game-ify It

Encourage good work ethic by showing employees that their extra efforts won't go unrewarded. You don't need to offer a huge bonus to make it worth their while. Buy a gift card every once in a while and have a competition. Who can sell the most grippy socks in a week? Who can make the perfect ice cream cone swirl? 

If you're looking for Trampoline Park Software, Trampoline Park POS, or Birthday Party Booking Software for your trampoline park give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618 today to learn more about Active8 POS.

Trampoline Parks Vs. Backyard Trampolines

There are not-so-fun jobs and dream jobs. Thankfully, we like to think we operate under the latter. After all, we work with some amazing companies who are do their best to help people have the best time ever. We're constantly gathering feedback to help your trampoline park run smoothly (which only allows patrons to have an even better time). We know your Trampoline Park Software needs to support your staff and help you reach your goals easier. If you're curious about trampoline parks–maybe you're even thinking about starting one–then keep reading to learn about how they differ from your average backyard trampoline.

The end-all be-all of any successful family entertainment center is safety. Not only is it key to your bottom-line, keeping your patrons safe will keep them happy and improve your relationship with them. When you have customers who trust you, they're more likely to come back more frequently, speak positively about you, and even give you valuable feedback about what might not be working for you. Essentially, you're likely to gain some new friends if you show you're a trustworthy business-owner. 

Your average backyard trampoline has getting a bad rap over the last fifteen years. Unsupervised kids have been bouncing each other too high and causing injuries that suck the fun out of that trampoline. Thankfully, improvements like netting and padding on springs have helped reduce injuries. But we still believe that kids (especially young kids) need to be supervised while jumping. 

Family entertainment centers with trampolines are designed with safety in mind, but that doesn't mean they're foolproof. Padding and other safety precautions won't do any good if kids aren't supervised. One of the nice things about trampoline parks is kids are usually there with parents. So, while parents can be distracted when kids are in the backyard, they're usually a little more focused when they're at the trampoline park. Plus, many trampoline parks have extra supervision in the form of employees (especially near foam pits).

If you're concerned about safety, then know that Active8's Trampoline Park Point of Sale Software can help you manage overcrowding (which can lead to accidents), and make sure parents know the risks of jumping with our Electronic Liability Waiver system. At the end of the day, safety comes first because only after that's taken care of can the fun happen.

Interested in learning more about Active 8 POS and our capabilities to help your run your park smoothly? Get in touch by calling +1 (888) 500-2618 today!

 

Summer Camp Replacement Ideas

The lawnmowers are roaring, the bees are buzzing, and is it just us or are the kids getting louder too? No doubt about it, summer’s starting to roll into town and we’re pulling out all the stops. Keep reading for tips on how to crush this summer’s expectations and keep customers coming back for more!

Know What You’re Up Against

If you’re based in the east coast, chances are that kids start going to summer camp in the next month or so. And though not every summer camp is all summer long like we imagined when we were kids, it can still mean a month or two away from home. How do you compete against something like that? Honestly, it’s a task we can’t recommend. But what you can do is make your trampoline park as fun and exciting to keep the kids who are staying home as happy as if they were camping.

Think about forming your own summer camp, with rotating crafts and s’mores galore. Make it even easier by partnering with a non-profit or after-school program in your area.

Look at what works for your park and try to make it better. Experimentation never hurts! Consider summer camp-themed birthday parties or movies out on the lawn to celebrate summer.

Streamline Your Processes

Worried about adding too much to your park’s offerings? Our trampoline park software can easily be edited to include new snacks and activities. Keep everyone safe with our electronic liability waivers and make sure parents have activities, too! At the end of the day, your job is to ensure people are having fun, and our trampoline park point of sale software helps you do that better than ever.


Looking for a demo of our software in action? Shoot us an email at sales@active8pos.com and we'll schedule something!

How Your Customers Can Do Everything Online

*File this under: Easy Peasy*

Americans are spending more and more time online than ever before: we shop, learn, and plan parties all online. We price-compare, fact-check, and dig into the Yelp reviews of various ramen restaurants around town before we head out for dinner. It's safe to say that we love the convenience of staying at home and getting chores accomplished in our pajamas and we're definitely NOT tossing out our laptops anytime soon. How can you use this information to help make your trampoline park a success? Team up with Active8 for family entertainment center software that helps your customers plan their outing right from home!

Keep reading for a few ways your customers can tap into your park (via our trampoline park software) at home. 

Ticket Sales

It seems like a no-brainer, but we're still shocked by how many companies don't allow for purchases online. We make buying tickets to your park super easy!

Party Booking

Looking to book a party? Our birthday party booking software is specifically designed to make booking large groups a breeze. 

Event Management

Need to make changes to your event, like adding a few extra guests? Not a problem! Your guests don't need to call you to update guest lists. They can just log in to edit and tweak guest lists and food items.

Waivers

The biggest hassle and time-waster in a trampoline park is getting in to have some fun. Even if your park allows for purchases online, chances are good that that's where the convenience ends. Your guests are wondering what's the point of buying tickets online when you still have to wait in line to hand in signed waivers? We allow for parents to sign waivers online. They're linked to the customer in our system so your guests have a speedy check-in experience.

Family & Friend Management

We keep things simple, intuitive, and quick. We looked at how people use trampoline parks and tailored our software to their experience. When was the last time two ten-year olds just showed up at your park by themselves? It's probably pretty rare! So, it just made sense to group people together in who they jump with. Families are linked together to keep everyone organized and happy.

Just remember this when it comes to your customers: the easier the better! Keep thinking about how to streamline processes for your customers. What else would you like to see from Active8 POS to make things easier for your customers?

Interested in learning more? Call us at +1 (888) 500-2618 for the full scoop.

How to Hire for your Family Entertainment Center

It seems like spring has taken its sweet time coming to the U.S., but soon enough summer will be here. And with summer comes summer jobs. And while our trampoline park software can do a lot for your trampoline park, there are some jobs that are best done by a good old-fashioned person.

We fondly remember working our first jobs at sandwich shops, swimming pools, and the now defunct video rental store (RIP Blockbuster). Honestly, we believe that those first jobs give you the confidence to interact with strangers and stretch your math skills, among other things. As an employer, hiring one or a few employees will save your energy and *probably* your sanity. Keep reading for some key things to look for in a new employee and how to hire the right fit for your family entertainment center.

Keep it in the Family

If you have a niece, nephew, or even a kid of your own, consider offering them a place at your family entertainment center. Chances are they'll jump at the chance to earn a little more money, and you're likely to get a more motivated employee than someone who applies from an ad on your website.

Hire the Right Person, and Train

This might be controversial, but we believe personality trumps experience when it comes to most jobs. Certain things can be taught, like how to use specialized trampoline park point of sale software and how you prefer your snack bar organized. Other things, though, like how to be nice to customers and how to get to work on time, can be much much harder to instill. Get a feel for who you're talking to and don't be afraid to train the right person!

Overwhelmed by the thought of running your new business yourself? Get hiring!

Interested in hearing more about our family entertainment center software? Give us a call at 1 (888) 500-2618.

Trampolines and Health: Duh, They're Good for You

It shouldn't be ground-breaking news that jumping on a trampoline is good for your health, but it's always a nice reminder for those of us less inclined to visit the gym. Heck, even for those of us who do like the gym it's nice to switch up your routine and avoid hitting that dreaded plateau. What? You think we spend all our time making Trampoline Park Software? We have to stay fit, too!

So, read on for a few reasons why hitting the trampoline park might just be as good as hitting the gym.

It's better cardio than running, especially if you worry about your knees. Repeatedly hitting the pavement is really stressful on joints, especially knees. Some lower-impact exercises include swimming and jumping on a trampoline (because the trampoline absorbs some of the shock). Who's going to try incorporating trampoline exercise classes into their schedules? Us. 

It's good for your lymphatic system. Studies show that jumping or "rebounding" on a small trampoline can do wonders for that little-talked-about lymphatic system. Essentially, our lymph circulates throughout our bodies just like blood to remove waste, but without a pump. So how does it move without an organ like the heart to pump? It relies on gravity & muscle contractions, but jumping can really help the whole process along. Here's a sample trampoline routine from LiveStrong.com.

It's fun. You can force yourself to go to yoga, pilates, or Crossfit but if you don't like it, you're not really going to go very often (or try hard). One of the biggest things that trampolines have going for them is the FUN factor. We think this is why trampoline parks are growing so fast. This article mentions a study where people even reported being less physically exhausted after jumping on a trampoline. Even though they reached the same level of intensity, they reported it as being less difficult (probably because it's so fun). Sounds pretty cool to us!

Time to go bounce!

P.S. Looking to learn more about our Trampoline Park POS Software (or Trampoline Park Point Of Sale Software)? Hit the "Contact" button at the top of the page.

 

 

 

How to Throw an Awesome Grand Opening Event

Getting to the place where you're finally ready to open up shop might seem like a lifetime away, but before you know it the day has arrived. You've built, painted, hired employees, got your trampoline park pos software running, and it's finally time to let the neighborhood know you're in town for a good time. 

But before you throw open the doors, take some time to make your Grand Opening work hard for you. Because nothing's worse than spending a lot of money on food and monkeys for guests to take selfies with when the guests never come back! Though, on second thought, we can't really see a downside to spending some time with a cool monkey.

Keep reading for tips on how to have a successful family event center grand opening!

Know Your Goals

To make money. Done. 

Right? Wrong.

If you just wanted to make money, you would have picked something else to do. Family Entertainment Centers require a little extra oomph because the product you're selling is FUN.

Know Your Audience and How they Fit with Your Goals

So, your number one goal might be to make money, but you need to do a little bit more to get there. Goal #1 should be to make sure everyone is having a good time at your grand opening. That means fun games, good food, great music, and plenty of time sampling the trampolines. 

But Goal #2 should support that. For example, you're probably trying to convince people to become repeat visitors at your trampoline park. Yes, they need to have fun, but they also need another push to get them to change their regular routine (why go to that scary park with rusty swings when you could hit up the trampoline park?). Consider offering a great deal to people who attend your grand opening, like a 50% off coupon or a 2-for-1 deal to be used in the future. 

Think long term, too. Try to collect email addresses so you can keep customers apprised of your discount nights, fun parties, and menu updates via your newsletter. It's easy. Just tell people all the cool information they'll receive in your newsletter, and offer an immediate incentive to sign up. Consider giving away gift cards for free jump days or free Birthday Parties (you'll already have the birthday party booking software) through a raffle. Who doesn't love free stuff?

With that in mind, make sure everyone leaves with a little something to remember you by. A little treat for the road goes a long way and will keep you in their minds for a bit longer.

What do you think? Did we miss anything important when it comes to your family entertainment center's grand opening? Don't tell us you need trampoline park software or FEC software because we've got you covered!