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Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Smart Marketing

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

It’s unlikely that you will have a bottomless marketing budget to dip into when you are in the early stages of welcoming guests back. 

What is likley, however, is that you'll need to rethink your marketing plan in light of phased opening approaches and ever-changing guidelines. It will be important for your facility to create a strategic communication and marketing approach that will drive key guest behavior. That’s why we’ve put together these five steps to help you get started. 

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Zoos & Aquariums, Customer Loyalty, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Reporting & Analytics

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Recurring Revenue

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

With the economy struggling, soon entertainment businesses will once again be positioned to offer guests a safe place to escape and play. But consumers will likely be more careful of where and how they spend their entertainment dollar, at least in the early phases of the recovery.

The facilities that will rebound the best will most likely be those with well-planned programs and packages. It will be important to deliver value and excitement to the consumer while building a strong revenue stream for your business. We’ve put together five things you need to know when building recurring revenue programs in your park or FEC.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Zoos & Aquariums, Customer Loyalty, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Memberships, Facility Operations

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Process Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

You have been inundated with articles, webinars, and letters from CEOs regarding business approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you prepare to reopen, you’re going to have so much more on your plate than just welcoming guests and ensuring your team members are creating memorable experiences. It’s a good idea to take time now to outline some of the most important processes you’ll need to implement or revise, and then automate where you can. Read on for a few quick tips that can help lighten your burden. 

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Zoos & Aquariums, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Reporting & Analytics, Facility Operations, Food & Beverage

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Events Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Just as they have been a vital part of your pre-COVID-19 overall revenue strategy, group events and birthday parties will likely be a critical component of your recovery strategy.

While you may not be able to recoup all that your facility lost during your time closed, these seven tips can help you set up, manage, market, and sell your events once you’re ready to offer them. 

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Topics: FEC, Zoos & Aquariums, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Sales, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, Food & Beverage

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Guest Interaction Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In addition to planning your capacity management approach as you prepare to reopen, it will also be important to rethink how you invite guests to interact with your staff and other guests once onsite.

Like when creating your product offerings, it’s a good idea to give guests options to help them choose the experience - and the interactions - that work best for them. Here are five interaction points to consider.

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Topics: FEC, Zoos & Aquariums, Amusement Parks, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Integrated Waivers, Facility Operations, Cashless, Online Sales & Ticketing, Food & Beverage

Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Capacity Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

As you consider the facility management systems that you will need to adapt to meet new operational guidelines, one of the most important considerations is how you will manage capacity.

Many indoor and outdoor attractions are already leveraging capacity ticketing for unique attractions, admissions - even for locker rentals and parking. Here are five new ways to use capacity controls that you may want to consider. 

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Topics: FEC, Zoos & Aquariums, Amusement Parks, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, Cashless, Online Sales & Ticketing

How Small Attractions Can Increase FEC Revenue and Grow Your Amusement Business

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 30, 2019 9:35:02 AM

Get the real ROI on small attractions and 4 tips for picking the right one.

You don’t need to take up a ton of space to boost your bottom line. Small attractions can pack a big punch and deliver incredible ROI if you’re smart about it.

"Small attractions in what might otherwise have been 
unused space can produce $400,000 or more annually."

We talked to Phil Showler, the Director of Sales at Amusement Products, in advance of the FEC Success Institute about how FECs and other amusement facilities can increase revenue. His answer: Small attractions.

Read on for some trade secrets and get Phil’s top tips for selecting the right attraction for your business.

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Topics: FEC, Amusement Parks, Facility Operations

Grow Your Revenue by Getting out of the Box and onto the Mat

Posted by Sherry Howell on Aug 8, 2018 9:15:33 AM

The benefits of offering classes at your facility and how to make the leap from the marketing to the technical.

I just finished a yoga teacher certification this summer, so imagine my surprise when I picked up the July issue of Funworld and saw the cover article was none other than Namaste! How Museums Are Attracting New Audiences with Creative Ways to Enhance Guests’ Well-Being. Talk about worlds colliding! I love their idea of using healthy-living classes to introduce new patrons to the art museum. 

The article inspired me. How can entertainment and amusement facilities also capitalize on this idea and create a meaningful—and lucrative—set of complementary and alternative activities during off-peak times?

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Topics: FEC, Trampoline Parks, Museums, Waterparks, Zoos & Aquariums, Customer Loyalty, Marketing, Amusement Parks, Memberships, Sales, Parks & Rec

4 Rules for Building an Amazing Frontline Team at Your FEC or Amusement Park

Posted by Sherry Howell on Aug 1, 2018 3:30:13 PM

We asked three experts to share their secrets for building the best teams and added one ourselves! Find out what everyone had to say.

Hiring frontline staff is tough today. There are fewer teens in the workforce than there were a decade ago when the US last achieved nearly full employment. Tougher school schedules, increased participation in higher education and more outside commitments are just some of the reasons the pool of workers has gotten smaller over the last 10-15 years. Bottom line: entertainment facilities need to know how to recruit, train and manage this young workforce in such a competitive environment.

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Topics: FEC, Trampoline Parks, Museums, Waterparks, Zoos & Aquariums, Amusement Parks, Employee Management

5 Effective Ways to Resolve Complaints with LAST

Posted by Joshua Liebman on Jun 27, 2018 11:03:30 AM

How one simple model can help you turn friction moments into great guest experiences.

NOTE: I had the opportunity to meet Josh Liebman of Amusement Advantage at the 2017 Rockin’ Jump Conference and he had a lot to say about guest experience. He has some great, actionable thoughts around handling customer friction moments with guests, and how to get great at service recovery, and so we asked him to share the process that he teaches. Read on for his ideas about what he calls the LAST model for service recovery, and how it can help you make memories that last much longer than the moment of friction. Let us know what you think! 

~ Sherry

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Topics: FEC, Trampoline Parks, Waterparks, Customer Loyalty, Amusement Parks