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How To Tell When You Need to Upgrade Your Software

Remember the good ol’ days of MySpace? Or when you got the first iPhone?

Hold onto your hats because MySpace was founded in 2003, and the first iPhone came out in 2007. In less than twenty years, MySpace rose and fell, and the iPhone evolved into its tenth version. Isn’t it crazy to think If you’re still holding on to old technology, you may not even know how far we’ve come?

The same goes for trampoline park software you use every day to run your business. Keep reading for some of the key signs that you’re in need of an upgrade to a more current, nimble point of sale software.

Not Intuitive

If you’re using old software, the first thing you’ll notice is how hard it is to get employees up to speed. You may be familiar with an older software, but old software was not intuitive or designed for a great user experience. You should be able to teach a new employee your software quickly. If your software involves the task of memorizing commands and sequences, your software is way too old to help you succeed in the modern business age. Technology should be working for you, not against you.

Customer Satisfaction

Your customers are what drives your business, so why do so many businesses seem to forget about them? When your customer is unable to work with you effectively and efficiently, they will find someone else to solve their problem. That means, they’ll probably find your competitors. Your family entertainment center software needs to focus on the customers, and how they can work with you easier. They want to spend their money with you, but poor software will make them think you don’t want it.

Money Down the Drain

Software can pay for itself by bringing you more customers, happier regulars, and data to help you make future plans. If your software isn’t pulling its weight, that’s money down the drain. Effective software speeds up your ability to process payments and work with your needs. Amazing software has talent behind it, and the right software will offer state-of-the art options and solutions for your problems. Case in point: birthday parties. If you’re running a trampoline park, you know how much birthday parties matter to the health of your business. Specially-designed birthday party booking software can help take work off your hands, so you can focus on bigger, more timely tasks.

If your software is old, tired, and ready to be replaced, we can help. Contact us at sales@active8pos.com to schedule a demo today.

New Launches!

Well well well, the Active8 family is growing so fast we might need to buy another minivan to get to the Grand Canyon. Do you see an Active8 POS-user in your neighborhood? Click through to see some of our newest launches!

Flight Deck - Arlington

Flight Deck - Ft Worth

Altitude - Malaga (Spain)

Altitude - Round Rock

Altitude - Richardson

TZ Bend

Airdrenaline Park

Yes, you could say we’ve been busy the last month and a half. In fact, some might say that our schedule rivals that of Santa Claus (though we’d NEVER be so bold). So, if your trampoline park booking software is acting up, your family entertainment center point of sale software is slower than a day at the DMV, or your trampoline park pos software is just straight up busted, you know what to do.

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.

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.

Halloween at the Trampoline Park

Wow, how is it October already?

It feels like yesterday that school was starting and we were having flashbacks about 8 AM college classes that we signed up for without realizing our love for sleep.

But here we are.

If you’re the type to get giddy over pumpkin spice-flavored things and take selfies with red and yellow leaves, then Halloween is probably also high on your list. But, what if you don’t love Halloween? Do you wish you could just treat it like another day?

Doesn’t that oppose all the accepted business-to-consumer marketing information out there? Maaaaybe. But that doesn’t mean you have to bow down and trick out your entire park for this holiday.

Keep reading for a few tips on how to get in the holiday spirit without going overboard.

Put on a Movie

Yes, yes, movies are great for warm summer nights in the park, but it’s too cold to go outside for long this time of year. Offering a movie night (or a mini-movie series throughout the month) is a great way to show you care, without investing in a whole slew of animatronic mummies. Put on Hocus Pocus and offer candy corn, caramel popcorn, and whatever other delicious form of corn you can think of, and have a great time.

Discounts for Count Dracula

You know what people love more than dressing up? Free things. We love getting deals, because we’re naturally all little accountants at heart. So, combine cosplay and freebies, and you might just have a winning combination on your hands. It’s easy. Pick a day for a little Halloween party, and make sure people know that dressing up will get them discounted (or, you know, free) entry to the shindig. Parents will love the photo ops of their little flying superheros, and everyone will have a great time. All you need to do is offer a little candy and the rest is taken care of.

Haunted House Hack

How do you create a haunted house without paying a fortune in decorations and employees instructed to dress up and scream at customers? Simple. Buy a large chain, a padlock, and forget about anything else. The night of Halloween, just turn off the lights and hope for a nice creepy wind to blow some leaves by. Voila! Haunted house.

Oh, did we mention that we offer the best trampoline park point of sale software in the business? Call us at +1 (888) 500-2618 to learn more about it.

How Often Do your Trampoline Park Necessities Need to Be Replaced?

If you’re new to the world of trampoline park ownership or management, it can seem a little daunting. Research shows how much you may need to budget to open a park, but there’s little information about how much you need to maintain a park after you’ve gotten it up and running. For example, how often do your trampoline park necessities like trampoline mats, springs, foam pit materials, and family entertainment center software need to be replaced? That’s where we come in. Keep reading to learn how often you’ll need to replace or upgrade some of your most necessary park items.

Foam Squares

Those bit foam cubes that cushion landings may look indestructible, but the little particles of dust they leave behind tell a different story. Each cube breaks down a little bit due to friction, but the damage also comes from how compacted they get inside the pit itself. As kids land in the foam pit, those cubes get pushed down.

That lack of air and increased friction causes them to break down faster. “Fluffing” the pit every once in a while can help maintain the cubes, and it’s easy. Just remove the foam cubes and let them air out. You should look at replacing those cubes every 1-3 years, depending on how well you’ve taken care of them.

Trampoline Mats

The mat is the part of the trampoline your customers see, so keeping them in beautiful, safe condition is crucial to maintaining customer loyalty. If your mats look ragged or have holes in them, expect customers to run for the hills.

Depending on how much wear your trampolines get, you should expect to change them every 2 years or so. This will ensure they’re bouncy and more safe.

Springs

If you’re missing springs, or they’re stretched out, that’s a telltale sign that the trampoline in question needs some help. Don’t let patrons jump until that trampoline is back in working order. Checking on your equipment regularly will help you understand how often heavy-duty supplies like springs need a refresher.

Trampoline Park Software

Now that you’ve budgeted to replace your major components every few years, get ready to relax. Our state-of-the-art family entertainment center point of sale software needs very little upkeep. We’re constantly tweaking and perfecting so you don’t have to. If you do have questions about new features or how to best utilize our trampoline park point of sale software, just give us a call.

Are you looking for more information regarding trampoline park software? Call us today at +1 (888) 500-2618 to chat with us.

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.


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