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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.

Update: Altitude Trampoline Park

Unfortunately, one of our partners located in Rincón de Milberg, Tigre in Argentina has experienced a scary interruption during construction recently. A fire broke out in the shopping center where the park was being built. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

We’re so sorry to hear about this, and are glad that everyone is okay. We’re sure the Altitude team is ready to rebuild and get back on track. Let’s do this, guys!

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.

The Slow Season: The Best Time to Test and ReTool

You may be thinking that summer is the best time of year for your trampoline park or family entertainment center, but how much would you like being busy every moment of every day of your life? We need sleep, guys.

And even though you may be wandering around your park and thinking of pulling in people off the street, restrain yourself and keep reading. We have a few reasons why you may love this time of year after all.

The Slow Season

A slow season is a great time to re-calibrate. When we’re busy, we often react to issues and problems. We don’t have time to think or analyze. This can feel like we’re getting plenty done, but is it being done well? Nobody wants to feel like a short-order cook.

In fact, taking time to analyze why you’ve done things a certain way is the best way to illuminate what you’re doing right, and what you can fix. This is the time to check in with employees, ask questions, and test theories you were too busy to try before.

It’s a great time to update your website too. Make sure your hours are listed, and the phone number links correctly so people can click and call when they find your site on their mobile devices. Also, check to make your location is clear and your photographs look professional. If they don’t, it’s a good time to update them.

If your sad old point of sale system is barely limping along, it’s time for an upgrade. The last think your business needs is an out-of-date system that crashes or doesn’t work properly. Your birthday party booking software should make your life easier, not harder. Plus, did you know that Active8 can help streamline your entire system?

Keep yourself busy, test theories, reorganize, and ask your employees what they think could be improved. If you’re ready to upgrade your family entertainment center point of sale system, well, we can help with that. Call us at 1 (888) 500-2618 to learn more and schedule a demo today.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.