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How to Align Marketing with Operations to Create a Better Guest Experience

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For many FECs, one issue close to everyone’s mind remains how to bridge the gap between sales and marketing and operations.

In many businesses, these three departments (or job functions) couldn’t be further apart. The reality is, though, that the best companies create a symbiotic relationship between all three.

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Topics: Marketing, Sales, Facility Operations

Maximize Holiday Season Gift Card Sales in 5 Steps

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Selling gift cards is a terrific way to introduce new people to your facility and increase revenue.

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Topics: Marketing, Sales, Facility Operations

5 Up-To-Date Rules of Email Marketing Engagement

Posted by Sherry Howell on Sep 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Inbound and content marketing strategy is a practice that requires the perfect cocktail of art and science – and it’s always changing. But what hasn’t changed is that your consumer desires relevant, personalized content and offerings that speak directly to their needs, wants and interests.

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Topics: Marketing, Reporting & Analytics, Sales

FEC Competition: 5 Situations That Steal Your Summer Customers (And How to Win Them Back)

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM


There are already plenty of amusement outlets competing for the entertainment dollar, but for many indoor family entertainment centers, the summer presents even more challenges to keeping your guests loyal.

Before you decide to change your hours or do a rain dance in the parking lot, consider this sage advice from marketing expert, Jill Konrath: “Know your competition, but don’t obsess over them.”

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Topics: Customer Loyalty, Marketing, Sales, Facility Operations

Free FEC Sales and Marketing Checklist

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Are you doing all you can at your FEC to maximize your bottom line?

Get guests to come in and keep them coming back for more with a solid sales process and a toolbox full of marketing efforts to entice guests ... and improve profits. Here’s what you can do to keep your facility top of mind and guests jumping for more.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Marketing, Sales, Facility Operations, Online Sales & Ticketing

5 Questions to Ask Before You Send Your Next FEC Marketing Email

Posted by Sherry Howell on Feb 20, 2019 1:06:11 PM

Tips to help you develop a successful email marketing campaign for your family entertainment center.

Crafting the right email marketing message can sometimes feel like the quest to find the elusive unicorn. But an effective email marketing strategy is a great tool you most likely can’t afford to skip. If you’re new to FEC or amusement email marketing, check out these tips to get started. When it comes to creating the right message, though, there are five questions that every great email should answer.

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Topics: Marketing, Reporting & Analytics, Birthday Party & Groups

5 Ingredients to Deliver a Strong Guest Experience in Your FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Dec 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Great experience and customer loyalty go hand-in-hand, don’t they? It isn’t easy to consistently capture a customer’s loyalty but the best parks and FECs manage it so flawlessly that they immediately stand out.

I recently had a purchase experience that was so noteworthy I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Here are five things I experienced that have turned me into a loyal fan and can help you impress even the most jaded, guest-experience critic.

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Topics: Customer Loyalty, Marketing, 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

5 Automated Conversations You Should Be Having with Your Park and FEC Event Guests

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 18, 2018 10:05:18 AM

Whether you've booked a waterpark, amusement park or FEC event, don’t let a budding relationship fail by missing out on these essential touchpoints.

The birthday party or event is booked and you’re well on your way to making memories with a whole new group of prospective guests. Take this opportunity to further lay the groundwork for a world-class guest experience. Your event sales staff might be busy, but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on communication. Let your party software help you set and manage guests’ expectations from beginning to end, so you can focus on delivering wow-worthy events and turning one-time party guests into return customers.

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Topics: FEC, Trampoline Parks, Customer Loyalty, Marketing, Memberships, Sales, Birthday Party & Groups

6 Checklists To Keep Your FEC Team on Target

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 11, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The bigger your FEC gets, the harder it is to keep an eye on every location or department, much less every team member.

Consistency is a key element of a great guest experience. How can an owner, operator or general manager ensure everyone hits the mark every single time? Training and employee education are essential, but when it comes down to the day-to-day, it's not always easy to remember what was said in that workshop three months ago. Or what the key take-aways were from that long team training day.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Marketing, Reporting & Analytics, Sales, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups