Hustling: Photography Classes at Your Trampoline Park

Maybe you thought that owning and operating a trampoline park would be easy. Granted, in the right areas, it seems like the money doesn’t stop rolling in. But, depending on where you are located and how long you’ve been in business, you might notice a big difference in how busy your trampoline park is around this time of year. Trust us, it’s not a glitch in your family entertainment center software reports. It’s normal in a lot of markets.

The kids are back in school and it might be a little quiet. Like, a little too “are-there-ghosts-in-the-bathroom” quiet. But, have no fear because we’re here with another tip to keep you hustling. After all, success comes to people who are lucky, smart, and a little opportunistic. If you don’t see the patrons banging on the door like it’s Black Friday at Walmart, keep reading for another way to put your trampoline park to work for you.

A few months ago, we mentioned that you could host exercise classes at your trampoline park (keep scrolling down to find that post), but what if that’s not your idea of a good time? Finding other ways to keep your family entertainment center on top of people’s minds is key, so why not find some other way to get people in the door?

Photography classes and trampoline parks are perfectly-suited for each other.

Think about it. So many people are learning about photography these days. Whether it’s because they’re starting a business, taking more pictures of their children, or are aspiring influencers, there are more photographers than ever before. And they are looking for ways to learn and practice their skills.

Team up with a local photographer and offer up your location as a perfect place for photographers to practice capturing people in motion. They’ll be able to capture great shots of happy faces, and experiment with blur and other effects. Plus, you’ll be connecting with your community on a different level, which is really good for your reputation.

Don’t know any local photographers? A quick internet search can help you link up. Or, try the old fashioned way: someone you know probably is or knows a photographer who could use a few extra bucks teaching on the side. Keep us posted how it goes!

Interested in more ideas? Maybe just looking to upgrade your trampoline park software? Give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618 to get the party started.

Labor Day is Coming!

 As you probably know, fall is coming. That means fewer kids and a dip in overall attendance until summer kicks back into gear. It's time to get ready for winter and upgrade your family entertainment center software (we can chat about that later)–but first there's one last hurrah.

Labor Day is a great time to throw a bash to thank your patrons for a great summer. Even if you treat the day as another "business-as-usual" day, it's important to make the most of it. Do you have all the food items you need? Do you have skid-free socks? Consider offering some items on sale to get them out the door before school really sinks in.

This is also a great time to remind your patrons about birthday parties (did we mention our birthday party booking software?) and other events they can hold at your trampoline park. Will you hand out coupons or encourage email sign-ups to stay in peoples' minds?

What are you doing to prepare your trampoline park for Labor Day? Tell us below!

If you want to learn more about the best trampoline park software in the biz, give us a call at 1 (888) 500-2618 to chat with a real, live person.

How to Photograph your Trampoline Park (For Ads, Websites, and Marketing)

There are few things more intimidating than picking up a camera when you've never experimented with photography before. Granted, nearly everyone has a camera attached to their phone these days, but that doesn't mean that you know how to wield a DSLR. Clicking one button on a smartphone is great for capturing memories, but those photos may not be high quality enough for your more professional needs, like advertising materials, marketing (like social media posts), and your website. Keep reading for some basic photography lessons to help you point and shoot your own trampoline park. Not looking for photo skills, but for trampoline park POS software? Jump to the bottom of this post.

Find your Subject

Identifying what you're going to be photographing sounds like common knowledge, but you'd be surprised how many people just wing it when it comes to photography. A DSLR takes beautiful pictures (if you know how to use it), but the best photographs also have a great subject that is interesting. That means that plotting out what you want to focus on is very important. Think about your customer and what they want to see from your family entertainment center. If you can set yourself apart from the competition, make sure to highlight that!

Lighting

For many trampoline parks or family entertainment centers, we have a limited range of lighting. That's totally fine. Understanding that your trampoline park isn't an intimate restaurant will help you shoot it. Those bright lights can help show off all the colors and design of your park, so make sure everything is clean and organized. Clean windows and make sure everything looks in good repair, because bright lights won't let you hide anything.

Having bright lights can also help you photograph everything clearly, since darker locations require more time to photograph. We won't go into it here, but you have a less chance of blurry photos when you have plenty of light. Right on!

Focus

Twist the lens of your camera to focus, and make sure to check your photos as you go. Sometimes you think what you want is in focus, but it's actually not. If you aren't comfortable shooting manually, switch your camera to Automatic Focus so you can save yourself a lot of hassle. 

Take a lot of photos to make sure you have options. Shoot from far away, but include some closeups, too. Understanding the scale of your park can be really helpful for customers, as can seeing the details of food and other features you offer.

People

Including models into your pictures can help people understand the scale of your park but, more importantly, how much fun they could have there. Have family and friends over to jump for an hour or two, and snap away. Make sure to catch some cool moves and smiling faces! People connect to photographs with people in them, so if you can offer some of these, do it!

Ultimately, photography is so much more accessible than it used to be. You don't need a darkroom in your basement, and you've had plenty of practice with your smartphone camera. Just take it to the next level when you're working on business, and enjoy yourself. 

If you're still looking for information, searching the internet for tutorials can bring you a lot of good options. Just don't let yourself get overwhelmed and remember to ask around. You might know a photographer who will shoot your family entertainment center on the cheap.

Got the photos under control, but don't have good trampoline park point of sale software? Call us today at 1 (888) 500-2618 to talk about what we can offer.

 

 

Back to School

There are so many good things about back-to-school season. Cooler weather is on its way, and it's a great time to re-evaluate what's working for you. Even though we've long forgotten about our New Year's Resolutions, the first cool breeze of fall pulls us right back into the mood of setting goals and starting over. The busy summer months will soon be slower autumn days, with busy weekends and birthday parties keeping our parks full. It's a good time to make sure your birthday party booking software is up to snuff, and that your trampoline park point of sale system is updated. Transitioning out of summer mode shouldn't be challenging! In fact, it should be fairly simple and straightforward (especially when it comes to your trampoline park POS, which is why we're here for you). Just put on some upbeat music and get ready to crank out your to-do list.

Schedule Maintainance

Finding a good time to fit maintenance into the summer schedule can be tricky, because you don't want to eat into the busiest time of the year. If there's an emergency, that's different, of course. But, preparing in the downtime can help next summer go more smoothly. Fall is a great time to fix up leaky sinks and refresh the foam pit. Think about if anything needs a new coat of paint or replacing.

Switch it Up

Now is a good time to start thinking about big projects, too. If you've always been planning on adding a ropes course or making connections with people who could teach classes at your trampoline park, now is a good time to set those plans in motion. Brainstorm with your team about what works, and what could be working better. 

Stay Busy

Ultimately, it's important to stay busy and keep yourself motivated during the school year slow down. Relax and reflect on what went well this summer. Celebrate your accomplishments. Then, make sure to dig in again before you hit a slump.

If you're ready to level-up your point of sale software, you know who to call. Dial +1 (888) 500-2618 to talk to us about how we can help your family entertainment center run smoothly.

 

 

Exercise Classes at Your Trampoline Park

There's a certain kind of comfort in doing what is normal–what is expected of you. When people walk into your trampoline park, they probably expect a few things: trampolines (very important at a trampoline park), snacks, and brightly colored padded walls to keep everyone safe. Though they won't necessarily see it, they probably also expect smooth transactions (brought to you by the best family entertainment center point of sale software). 

Whoever said you can't branch out though? Everything, even the trampoline park POS can be tweaked and tailored to what you want.

One of the things we love about trampoline parks is that they truly can become what you want them to be. You can switch up the music to appeal to younger kids or older teens. You can addd basketball hoops, foam pits, dodgeball courts, etc. Or you can offer services that people wouldn't have though of, but that get them excited to come see you.

For example, exercise classes might not seem a natural fit at a trampoline park. But, what if you set aside a few hours a week in one corner of the park and see what happens? Call a fitness instructor who is excited about trying something new and rustle up a group of people who are ready to get their endorphins going. Your instructor might even want to bring a scheduled class to your park, which means you'll already have a test group ready to go.

When it comes to your trampoline park, how do you think outside the box?

If you're looking for the best trampoline park point of sale software in the biz, call us today at 1 (888) 500-2618.

New Park Alert!

If you're in the Ontario, California area, or are headed that way soon, make sure to stop by our newest partner!

Sky High recently made the leap to our family entertainment center software and we think they'll be pretty pleased with their new system. They're using Active 8's amazing trampoline park point of sale software to give their customers a seamless experience, and we can't wait to visit them soon!

Looking to make good trampoline park POS choices like Sky High? Call us today at 1 (888) 500-2618 to talk about what we can do for you and your family entertainment center.

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!

New Park Update

Man, we have been busy! Click below to visit some of our newest partners!

Jumpmasters in Manteo, North Carolina. In the area? Check them out!

Planet 3 in Muskegon, Michigan offers a really cool Ninja Obstacle Course we really need to try again.

Another awesome Planet 3 park in Flint, Michigan stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for Club Night!

Sky High Sports in Ontario, California is going to blow you away!

Are you ready to join the greatest of the greats with the best trampoline park point of sale software in the industry? Call us today at 1 (888) 500-2618 to schedule a demo of our amazing trampoline park POS.

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.