It seems strange that online ticketing has only been in the mainstream for a decade or so. For a while, it was mostly concert tickets purchased through Ticketmaster. Then, slowly but surely, movie theatres and some larger parks like theme parks and zoos started to offer tickets online. Now, nearly every entertainment venue from trampoline parks and laser tag facilities to water parks and aquariums offers some type of online ticket sales.
With CenterEdge Advantage 12.1, we released an iPod-based platform for mobile validation of tickets and cards called CenterEdge Mobile. We recently released a lot of great new features, but this is one of my personal favorites. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities for parks and family entertainment centers, and does so at a very reasonable cost.
Certainly the most frequently asked question of us is not "how long will it take to pay for the software?", but rather "how much does a system cost?". I can completely understand and appreciate the mentality when there are so many POS software sales people out there pushing their "low monthly fee", without highlighting their features (or lack thereof). If cost and a spiel from a slick salesman are NOT the most important factors in your evaluation of point of sale software, we have created a calculator just for you! I'm not saying cost shouldn't be a factor...it most certainly should be a major factor. However, if you can find a system that can assist in increasing your bottom line; through expense savings and revenue generation; then why pay the "low" monthly fee for something that is no better than a cash register?
In a fast-paced FEC, efficiency and accuracy are the keys to keeping the lines moving and the revenue flowing.
Recently I got into a discussion with one of our trampoline park operators on whether they should charge a transactional fee for their online tickets. The conversation reminded me that I wrote a blog a few months ago titled "How Much Is Convenience Worth?", where I discussed the viability of charging a "convenience fee" for online transactions.
It doesn’t matter if your business is laser tag, roller skating, trampoline parks or anything in between – one thing that every family entertainment center needs is signage. Whether you are showing concession prices above your POS, movie times in your theater, or just saying Happy Birthday to one of your party guests of honor, nothing draws a customer’s eyes like a well-designed sign.
Have you ever noticed that the chores we dislike the most are often the tasks where we are most reluctant to change our methods? I cannot count how many times my wife has complained to me about spending hours creating a schedule that finally balances all of our employees requests for time off with their complaints that they need more hours, only to get a last-minute "emergency" time off request that changes everything. So being the ever-helpful and thoughtful husband, I would usually reply with "Why don't you ditch the excel spreadsheets and the sticky notes and find some good scheduling software?"
Topics: FEC, laser tag, point of sale, theatres, trampoline parks, museums, waterparks, zoos & aquariums, parks, managing your business, time clock & scheduling, skating, restuarants & bars, retail, inflatables, camps & daycare, time clock
Topics: FEC, laser tag, point of sale, theatres, trampoline parks, museums, waterparks, zoos & aquariums, parks, managing your business, loss prevention, skating, restuarants & bars, retail, inflatables, camps & daycare
Advantage Web allows you to sell tickets to your customers quickly and easily. It supports both regular and will call ticketing, and uses barcodes to control access. The barcodes can be validated at any Point of Sale station, or using turnstiles. Even better, we collect customer information for each transaction, helping you to build your customer database for marketing.
For our clients who operate movie theatres, laser tag, or other
capacity managed venues we can also sell capacity managed tickets. The web server and your local server remain in constant communication to prevent overselling tickets, and allow you to continue to sell tickets online right up until the time of the show or event
The biggest advantage of using Advantage Web is the seamlessness of the integration to your existing software. You manage the system directly from Manager Console, just by enabling specific ticket items for sale on the web. You can also provide pictures, descriptions, alternate pricing, convenience fees, and many other options. After a sale is completed, all of the sales data is immediately transmitted back to your local system, and appears alongside all of your other sales data.
Also, setup is quick and painless. We will host the service on our servers so you don't need to worry about internet connection stability, security, or any of the other issues related to operating a web store. You just have to add a link from your web site to the store. We can even work with your to make your online store look as much like your website as possible.
Also, later this summer we'll be adding web-based party booking to the system. Once that system is complete, you'll be able to use the same web system for both ticket sales and party bookings, with the same seamless integration to your existing software.
So if you're interested in quickly and easily adding online ticket sales to the services that you offer your customers, just give us a call at (336) 598-5934 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to increase your business and join the information era!