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The Best Ways to Transition from Old Software to New Software

So, you’ve finally decided to take the leap and upgrade to new software. Honestly, it’s about time. Old software can gum up the works of your business, or even lead to loss of crucial data. But, just because you know something’s wrong, it can take a while to get to the point to make a change. As behaviorists and psychologists explain, loss aversion rules many of us. Loss aversion refers to the idea that the pain of losing something is actually stronger than the joy of getting something. Essentially, we cling to what’s familiar. After all, the unknown is a lot scarier than the known: it could always get worse, right? But that’s negativity for you. Good on you for realizing that good things can come to those who make changes.

But, now that you’ve decided to make a switch, it’s important to do it right. There’s a reason we fear the unknown, after all.

Research

Before anything else, spend time researching your options. You might think you’re wasting time, but nothing feels more like a time-suck than discovering your new software actually doesn’t do what you thought. Examine your options with a list of your needs, and compare the two until you find the best fit. Cost, features, and support will all be worth understanding before you sign on the dotted line.

Plan

Once you’ve chosen new software, make a plan for how to make the transition as seamless as possible. Ask questions about how long the transition will take, how to transfer data from old to new software, and if it would be best for employees to be out of the office during the switch. Understand how the new software can impact all aspects of your business is important, but people are important too. Does the new software impact your accounting department, for example? Should you plan the transition during a slower season, or do you need it ASAP?

Communicate

How many of us have experienced a well-organized roll-out, and a poorly planned one? The differences are staggering in how long it takes to get employees up to speed, and the learning curve can affect everyone differently. Make sure everyone affected understands what’s going on, and incorporate training as soon as possible to minimize lost time.

Have a Training Plan

Set aside more time than you think you’ll need to effectively train everyone on staff. If your team understands the new software and all the new features, they’ll be able to help customers get back to having fun. Don’t assume the team will have time to train each other. Make time and you’ll be able to avoid issues with various levels of knowledge. Gameify the training if possible to make the new knowledge stick.

Follow Up

Check in with the key stakeholders affected by the new software as soon as possible. Questions can come up immediately, or during special circumstances. If your new software is able to track more data, make sure your team knows how important it is not to cut corners. Give people the space to learn, and they’ll reward you with a smoothly-run business.

You know you’ve got it made when you can’t imagine waiting so long to upgrade your software. If you want to learn more about new software and the capabilities you’re missing out on, give us a call to schedule a demo today.

Get Ready for 2019, Baby

Well well well, look who’s survived the holidays. We hope you are ready for one last night of fun and merriment, and celebrating all of the good things that happened this year. We know we’re so incredibly grateful to everyone we’ve been able to meet and work with this year through our family entertainment center software. It’s been wild.

And we can’t wait to see what happens in 2019. We’re looking forward to another amazing year full of great people, hard work, and good times.

If you’ve been thinking about getting in touch, make 2019 the year you do. Our birthday party booking software can help you streamline your business, and even help you be more profitable. Yes, we’re actually willing to say that, because we believe it and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. So, let’s help you reach your business goals this year.

Give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618 or email us at sales@active8pos.com to learn more, or to schedule a demo to see our trampoline park point of sale software in action. We would love to show you what we have to offer.

Resolutions, Goals, and Plans

Though December isn’t even halfway over, it’s most wonderful time of the year. Yes, that’s right. Time to plan out your New Year’s Resolutions. *cheering, crying, etc.*

You may have terrible memories of New Year’s Resolutions (or NYR, if you’re hip), gripping the pencil as you write that you WILL learn Spanish this year, or not being allowed to leave your grandparents’ table until you come up with ten whole resolutions. We’re not here to make you relive those awful memories. But, we do know that making resolutions can help you grow and become the person you want to be. *cue the sentimental music*

Are you ready for 2019 to be YOUR YEAR? These things don’t happen by accident. You’re going to need to make personal and business goals to have the year you want. And before you go putting down that you want to drive a new Porsche by the end of the year, take a step back and think about if that really would make your life better. Maybe it would, but maybe spending more time with your family would, more. (You know, Porsche might make an SUV so you can spend time with your family on a road trip…)

We recommend taking a few days to really hash out your goals. Don’t write them down over an hour and think that you’ve got it all figured out. Really think about what you want to do, and where you want to spend your energy this upcoming year.

Here are some questions that might help you get started:

  • What would make me feel most accomplished this year?

  • What are you naturally good at?

  • How do you want to be remembered?

Not deep or overwhelming at all, right? Take your time and keep in mind that you don’t need to figure out everything right now. Finding the deeper reasons why you do what you do can help you focus on what’s important, and that may change as time goes on.

Give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618 or email us at sales@active8pos.com to schedule a demo of the best trampoline park point of sale software in the biz.

New Year, New Business Goals

Ah, the last day of November, which means that the shopping panic will surely strike us all right in the heart tomorrow morning. The holidays are truly upon us, and we hope you’re out enjoying yourself instead of stressing about how you missed all the Black Friday sales. Maybe you’re like us and just taking a few extra jumps at the family entertainment center to blow off steam.

Instead of worrying about shopping, take some time to plan out how your 2019 is going to go. And, chances are that you’ve taken the time to understand your market, scope out the competition, and solidify your business plan already. But, does your three- or five-year plan have all the details you want to focus on this year? Take some time to dial in what you will work on this year in order to reach those goals. Keep reading to see some great suggestions and get your brain working.

  • Adopt new equipment or technology

    We promise that we didn’t choose this one just because we make the best trampoline park point of sale software on the market. Hand-to-our-heart, upgrading your technology or equipment can help you get the edge on your competitors. And, the nicer and safer your park looks, the happier customers will be. So, take a look around and see if you need to upgrade foam cubes, dodgeball balls, trampoline springs, tables, or anything else that isn’t doing it for you.

    Of course, you should look at your point of sale software and birthday party booking software. If it’s a hassle to use, isn’t intuitive, or makes your life harder, you’re wasting time on a tool that isn’t cutting it. We believe that tools should be adjusted to the task at hand, and not the other way around. We make your park run smoothly, so you can get back to your other tasks.

  • Reach new target audiences

    If you know there are customers out there that haven’t visited you, this may be the year to find them. Whether you hire a consultant or experiment with social media marketing, finding new customers is a great way to grow your business.

  • Improve employee benefits

    If you’re just starting out, you may not have the ability to give your employees the raise they deserve. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give them anything. Providing leadership training can help them boost their resume, and snacks in the break room can help them stay in a people-pleasing mood.

  • Develop your long-term plan

    If you don’t have a five-year plan for your business, it’s time to sit down and get serious. Prevent mistakes by having a clear roadmap for the future, and make sure everyone involved is on the same page. You can include a plan for retaining customers through stellar customer service, boost your PR by being involved in the community, and how to increase revenue.

  • Improve your finances

    Be strict with your expenses, and separate all business expenses from your personal ones (if you haven’t already). Look at expenses that bring your business down and brainstorm ways to improve that area. For example, if you are constantly throwing out food that doesn’t sell, order less, or donate that food to a non-profit. You may even find some tax benefits you overlooked before.

No matter what you do, having a clear framework will help you move toward your goals in 2019. If you want to learn more about our trampoline park pos and how we can help you grow your business in 2019, give us a call at 1 (888) 500-2618 today.

How to Take Advantage of Holiday Time Off School

Though it feels like Corporate America started the official holiday season the day after Halloween this year, the truth is, you should be thinking and planning that far ahead, too. Even farther, when it comes to behind the scenes work. When it comes to business (not just trampoline parks), it’s the people who are organized and plan ahead that often succeed. So if your business model is more of the “winging it” or “we’ll figure it out later” type, well, we have a resolution for you. And, we also have a trampoline park point of sale system that can help you streamline and understand your business better, by the way. ;)

Being able to take full advantage of the holiday season doesn’t require too much. A little forethought and time spent understanding who your customer is and what makes them happy will go a long way. Keep reading for one key thing you need to know to keep your family entertainment center thriving.

Who (or What) Is the Competition?

Identifying your competition is key to a successful campaign. Why are people choosing that option? Alternatively, what would keep them from choosing that route? Knowing where you fit in the picture gives you your “in.” And though you likely know your competition, you may not have realized that it can change with the weather. Whaaaa?

For example, if you’re located in a cold state that gets a lot of snow, your trampoline park may be competing with the great outdoors. Sledding, skiing, and ice skating all become way more popular this time of year, if only because you can only ski in the snow (unless you’re “ a creative” maybe). Going further, understand who is and who isn’t taking advantage of that weather. You may find a perfect market in families with kids too young to go skiing. Or, alternatively, your target market could end up containing all of those people who transplanted to your cold weather city for work, and never liked the snow anyway.

You might also be competing with the influx of movies that hit the theaters right around this time of year. Whether it’s the third remake of a kid’s holiday movie, or a nice refreshing action movie with an impossibly fit star in his 60’s (our personal fave), the movies that earn millions year after year sometimes leave us scratching our heads. But, alas, the heart wants what it wants. If your trampoline park’s location is near a movie theatre, consider teaming up with that theater to offer discounted tickets or spruce up your signage to lure in patrons just leaving the theater.

Let’s just say that you’re going after the shoppers this time of year. That can be tricky, if you’re looking at it from a straight-forward perspective. We’re definitely not going to suggest that parents leave their kids unsupervised at your family entertainment center so they can shop, so how can we convince them to spend a few precious hours with you? It’s easier than you think. Suggest that multiple families team up for an afternoon at your trampoline park. That way, some parents can stay and watch the kids, while others can go get some shopping done. Let’s face it, a lot of dads would rather play dodge ball on a trampoline than spend four hours shopping anyway. Not everyone thinks of things like this, so suggesting it can be a real help for guests. A sandwich board in front of your location, a social media post, or a small flyer can all help spread the word.

When in doubt, don’t be afraid to experiment. The last-minute deal might become the tool you use again and again. Once you’ve gotten your post-Thanksgiving deals under control, give us a call. Our trampoline park point of sale software can help you plan ahead for busy days and keep your employees sane. Call us today at +1 (888) 500-2618 to schedule a demo.

Books to Get You Ready for Your Entrepreneurial Goals

Are you confused why everyone is crowding the malls, shopping until they max out their credit cards? Some of us take a while to get to the place where we realize we want something more out of life. And though we all still need clothes to wear when it gets cold, we don’t all need all the stuff.

This becomes much more apparent when you’re ready to start your own business. Suddenly, you may find yourself scouring the bookstore shelves to learn how to secure funding or the best ways to manage people. We’ve read almost everything we can get our hands on, and our family entertainment center software reflects that expertise. But, maybe you’re just starting out. Looking for books to read to get you going? Keep reading for a list of classics and new kids on the block.

Self-Employed by Joel Comm and John Rampton

This book is a little bit of a test. Essentially, the book contains stories about real entrepreneurs who made it happen, and asks you to relate. If you don’t? Well, we’re not saying you don’t have the skills, but starting your own business may be easier with them. We all have to choose at some point whether we want to work for someone else or strike out on our own. This may help you decide which kind of person you really are.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Ah, social media: the ultimate time-waster. This book teaches you how to avoid social media, email chimes, and other distractions that keep you from getting important things done. Being able to dive deep into the work is the goal here.

What If It Does Work Out? by Susie Moore

Passionate about trampoline parks? You know we are. But are you? Moore helps motivate and inspire you to take that leap of faith, and turn your passion into a business. She includes plenty of tips and strategies to get you moving.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

This behemoth contains highlights and interviews that Ferriss touches on in his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. By digging into the minds of some of the most successful and influential, Ferriss allows us to see how other people think. Ready to pick up some new routines and tactics? Grab this brick and attack it over the next year.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This book explores how habits influence everything we do in life. So, whether you want to quit smoking, or just understand why you put off the things you want to do, this book could be the answer. And yes, this does include tips on how you can change and create new habits to be the person you want to be. But, no, it won’t help you run your trampoline park (though we can help with that).

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

You know how people say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Well, that’s pretty much what Manson says in his hilarious book. Embracing the things that you do well is important, but so is understanding what you’re not so good at. Nice.

You are A Badass by Jean Sincero

Looking for some motivation? Go out and get this book. Sincero aims to give you that shot in the arm you’ve been needing with lines like, “Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.” Ready for someone to give you a hug and tell you you’re amazing?

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Looking for more? How about less? This book aims to help you trim the fat and focus on what’s important. So, no more multi-tasking and no more distractions. If it’s not the most important thing, don’t let it take up your time.

What else should be added to the list? Anything we need to read in the new year?

If you’re ready to dive in and start your business next year, we wish you all the luck. And, let’s face it, you’re going to need more than luck. So call us to learn more about the best trampoline park point of sale software in the biz today.

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.