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Booking Birthday Parties

What differentiates good businesses from great businesses? Being able to anticipate clients’ needs. It gets harder and harder to impress clients, because expectations are rising. We expect flawless customer service, great packaging, and personality from the companies we buy from. And, when it comes to customer service, we want you to have all the best tools to wow your clients.

When your customers are looking to book a birthday party, they have their minds on a million different things. They have a guest list to confirm, food and drinks to order, scheduling conflicts to account for, and so much more. If things are too hard, you may lose customers halfway through the booking procedure, and they could change their mind entirely about where to host the party. Plus, trampoline parks also require safety waivers, which is just one more thing to do. So, the easier you make booking a birthday party for them, the better.

Watch the short video below to see just how easy we make booking a birthday party with our trampoline park software. We go over the entire process of navigating your site to book a party, step-by-step. From choosing a date and time, checking availability, picking the party details, identifying the guest of honor, ordering food, booking the event room, choosing optional add-ons (like socks and wristbands), and taking a deposit payment, our birthday party booking software makes it simple. Phew. It’s almost like this software does everything for you.

Check it out.

Interested? Intrigued? Get in touch with us to learn more or schedule a demo. Email us at sales@active8pos.com or give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618.

BizInspo: Business Inspiration

Are you ready for warmer weather? As the cooler weather lingers on and on and on, you may find yourself loosing steam. Waking up to pitch black darkness is getting old, and snowstorms are no longer fanciful winter wonderlands.

If you find yourself stuck and uninspired, a vacation might be the panacea you’re looking for. Or, if you’re not ready to hop on a plane and jetset down to the sunny part of the world, you might just need a little boost of inspiration. Keep reading for some of our favorite motivational & business personalities to get you excited and bustling again.

Gary V

This guy is a must-follow on Instagram. He’s always dispensing nuggets of wisdom from how to succeed, what to value, and how to keep hustling.

Tony Robbins

The OG. If you want to follow someone who inspires and helps keep you focused on the bigger picture, Robbins is your guy.

Jean Sincero

Her straight-forward reasoning in You Are A Badass can help you turn a corner in your life. Plus, her energy is infectious.

Brooke Castillo

This life coach helps talk through problems that we create for ourselves. If you think you’re getting in your own way, find her podcast immediately.

How’s that for a breath of fresh air? Now that you’re feeling all recharged and ready to take on the world, tackle your to-do list. Is upgrading your out-of-date trampoline park software on there? Call us at 1 (888) 500-2618 to learn more about how we can help.

Happy Holidays

*Warning: Sappy content ahead*

We just want to take a minute and express our gratitude for all of you. Whether you’ve been a customer for a long time, a friend for a short time, or are just here for the first time ever, we are so thankful for the people in our lives. Who knew that trampoline park point of sale software could bring so many people together? You make our lives better, and we can’t say thank you enough.

This time of year can be a little crazy, and we all can get wrapped up in the shopping or distracted by the long to-buy lists. And while we don’t mind showing our appreciation through gifts, that’s not really what it’s about, is it? And while we wish it were about the family entertainment center software, we know that’s not it, either.

We are truly so happy to be here, working with each and every one of you. So thank you. We’re so excited to move forward with you, and meet even more of you, in the new year.

P.S. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us at +1 (469) 654-4357 for support or +1 (888) 500-2618 if you want to learn more about our trampoline park pos software.

FAQs and Features You Need to Know About

We know you’re imagining your immediate game plan of how you’ll soon be running around shopping (or staying home and baking delicious holiday goodies), because the holiday season is HERE. Note: If you celebrate Christmas, you have ONE WEEK to get your stuff together. *Panic ensues*

So, what could be better than a little procrastination? Keep reading for some of the most frequently asked questions about our trampoline park software!

How do people sign waivers?

We know your struggles. Customers sign waivers online, but then they get frustrated when your employees can’t find them. Why have people sign ahead of time, if it takes just as long to check in? We’ve streamlined the waiver structure, helping your customers get in and get jumping faster.

How do you handle groups?

If you have a lot of repeat customers, it can get a little time-consuming to find every single person in your system. With Active8, you don’t need to search high and low for each customer. In fact, families and grouped are linked together. So, if you have the same group coming in every Saturday, for example, you can find them and check them in all together. Genius, right?

Why do your customers like you?

Well, we like to think they like us for our charm and great sense of humor, but the truth is they love our product. Our trampoline park point of sale software makes life easier, linking concessions, booking, and point of sale all together in one seamless product. We’re constantly retooling and improving our system to make your trampoline park run more smoothly. And, we’re working on bigger and better products to help you make more moolah.

What happens if I need help?

We don’t expect you to be tech experts, which is why our customer service is on point. If you need support or just have a question about how to do something in the software, give us a call at +1 (469) 654-4357. Or, head to http://www.active8pos.com/contact/ for contact information for our support in countries other than the U.S.

I’m just opening up my trampoline park and I need everything. Can you help?

Actually, yes. Our family entertainment center point of sale software is no slouch. In fact, we offer the hardware to help you and your team stay streamlined and working optimally. If you need the works, we can help. We can even help hook you up with some of the best trampoline park designers in the industry.

What will it cost?

It all depends on what you’re looking at. Get in touch with us to learn more about our family entertainment center software and pricing.

Looking for more info? Give us a call at +1 (888) 500-2618 to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.