CenterEdge Software Blog

6 Things to Consider Before Adding a Small Footprint Attraction

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 13, 2022 3:43:59 PM

The right small attraction strategy can make a big difference in your guest experience - and your bottom line. 

Maximizing profitability in your family or location-based entertainment center means operating efficiently in all areas, and one of those areas is in utilizing your space in a smart manner. Small-footprint attractions can be a terrific way to boost revenue and give you an opportunity to engage more with your guests. But like everything else in your facility, success won’t happen by chance. 

We sat down recently with Ryan Borton, CEO of Funovation, the manufacturer and distributor of some of the most popular small-footprint attractions available, including Laser Maze Challenge®. We asked Ryan to share his best advice about adding a small footprint attraction to your mix.  Read on for his top things to consider before you add a small-footprint attraction.

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Topics: Sales, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

5 Tips to Increase Motivation

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 7, 2022 1:30:00 PM

Motivation can be found in many (surprising) places. Boost yours today. 

This week I had the pleasure of delivering three sessions at the most recent Foundations Entertainment University event in Dallas. Educational events are a big source of motivation for me because I get inspired by meeting new people to share ideas and learn about their backgrounds and reasons for joining the industry. 

When you’re trying to open or operate a business, the hectic nature of those efforts can really take a toll on your motivation. This dip can cause tasks to take longer than they should and negatively affect your ability to focus. The good news is that motivation is easy to find if you know where to look. Here are five of our best tips to help increase your motivation today. 

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Topics: Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

How to Manage Projects More Effectively

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 21, 2022 1:34:52 PM

See your projects through to success with these tips.

Projects, goals, resolutions, new initiatives, and group meetings. Do one or more of those fill you with a sense of dread? If so, it's probably because, in the past, you've been overwhelmed or frustrated when they haven't gone the way you planned.

While it's easy to take these failures personally, it's important to remember that they've happened to nearly everyone in every industry. 

The good news is that failure isn't final. By taking the proper steps and building the right habits throughout every project, your project will have a fighting chance at success. Read on for five tried and true strategies for managing projects more effectively. 

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Topics: Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

3 Steps to Successful Holiday Gift Card Sales Programs

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 15, 2021 12:43:59 PM

Review your data, plan your strategy, and implement your program better than ever.

Today’s CenterEdge blog comes from our Customer Success Manager, Kate Jackson. Kate’s a long-time industry veteran who, before coming to CenterEdge, spent eight years as a franchisee trainer for a large entertainment center chain. Bottom line, she knows a thing or two about using your CenterEdge Software tools to manage your business. And with the holidays coming up, Kate wanted to share a few tips and best practices to help you maximize your gift card revenue potential. Here’s what Kate had to say:

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Topics: Point of Sale, Reporting & Analytics, Sales, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

How to Analyze Your Business and Plan for Success

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 1, 2021 12:48:02 PM

You need to be both S.M.A.R.T and D.U.M.B to achieve realize your business' full potential.

Whether you're a new operator and need to know where to start or a seasoned pro who wants to grow in a certain area, this framework can help.

Read on for a step-by-step guide to help you strengthen any area of your existing business, or set out on the right path forward. 

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Memberships, Sales, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

7 Ways to Motivate Your Workforce

Posted by Sherry Howell on Sep 23, 2021 7:55:07 PM

Keep your team healthy and high-performing with these tips.  

With all of the challenges in hiring and maintaining front-line staff today, cultivating a strong work culture is more important than ever. While some factors may be beyond your control, you can still set your business up for success by being the kind of employer that people want to work for.

Today, we're sharing a few no-cost ways to keep morale high, so you don't have to worry about unnecessary attrition on top of everything else. May the odds be ever in your favor. 

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Topics: Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

5 Steps to Successful Promotions and Projects This Fall

Posted by Sherry Howell on Sep 16, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Settle in with a pumpkin-spice latte and move your business forward with these tips.  

I'm not saying I'm ready to say goodbye to summer, but the recent cooler temperatures are bringing to mind the very real fact that fall is nearly here.

In years past, have you noticed that that latter part of the year seems to fly by in a rush of work and obligations? With all that the holiday season entails, many FEC owners have shared that there never seems to be enough time to take full advantage of one of the most profitable times of the year. 

That's why we put together a quick list of five steps to take now that can help you plan for a strong finish to 2021.

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Topics: Marketing, Memberships, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

10 Things Great Leaders Never Do

Posted by Sherry Howell on Aug 6, 2021 12:35:51 PM

Poor leadership habits and traits can negatively impact your team, your guests, and your bottom line. 

Great leaders often share many of the same characteristics and habits, and there's no shortage of lists of personality and leadership traits that we can all strive to develop. But sometimes, those tricky bad habits can sneak into our behaviors and hinder our ability to be the best bosses or teammates. But they're not always easy to recognize.

That's why we put together this quick list of 10 things great leaders never do to help you identify any derailing behaviors that are keeping you from being the leader you want to be. 


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Topics: Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

How to Onboard New FEC Team Members

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 29, 2021 6:18:55 PM

A well-structured new hire onboarding program can help your facility build a strong team culture and an impressive guest experience. 

Staffing is a major issue affecting many family entertainment venues these days. But when you do manage to hire new staff, failing to onboard them properly can not only derail your guest experience but also your employee engagement.

You have one shot to make a first impression with your guests -  and your new team member(s). That's why we wanted to revisit this important topic to help you build or strengthen your onboarding process and start new team members off on the right foot. 


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Topics: Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

3 Tips for More Meaningful FEC Goal Setting

Posted by Sherry Howell on Dec 9, 2020 9:25:29 AM

Set the right goals for your FEC with these tips and resources.

You’ve taken the first steps by beginning your year-end analysis and deciding how to streamline your system so that you can work more efficiently. Now it’s time to make the plan for 2021 by setting meaningful goals. American historian and poet, Bill Copeland said, “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” Read on for three tips and many additional resource links to help you get well on your way to planning for, and more importantly, scoring success in the new year.

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Sales, CenterEdge Team, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, CenterEdge Client Success, Online Sales & Ticketing, Goal Setting