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How to Use Your FEC's Displays and Signage More Effectively

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 29, 2022 8:55:26 AM

Digital signage can be a strategic tool for your business. 

In several online family entertainment forums lately, I've seen questions from operators about how best to leverage monitors and display signage.

Some advice they received was to load up images onto a USB thumb drive and plug them into the TVs and "set it and forget it." The issue with using an approach such as this means often that keeping the content fresh also gets forgotten, which means the business could lose the revenue-boosting potential of these displays.

When you use a digital signage system, like CenterEdge's Digital Signage, the system works in tandem with your point of sale. This enables you to keep the content, specifically pricing, fresh. Today, we're sharing the tips from one of our most popular posts with tips to help you reap all the benefits of using your CenterEdge Digital Signage.

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

5 Benefits of Capacity Management Tools for Your FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Nov 3, 2021 2:55:32 PM

Improved guest experience, seamless scheduling, and barrier-free buying experiences are just some of the benefits of careful capacity management processes and systems.

Many amusement facilities have needed to adjust how they manage capacity for admissions and attractions over the last year. Processes for ticketing, access control, and cash handling have most likely all been affected. But even though COVID brought a sense of urgency around reimagining our businesses, it always makes sense to review your processes and systems from time to time to ensure you’re operating as effectively as possible.

In conversations with new operators at recent educational events, I’ve found that people are unsure whether or not to use capacity management tools or offer timed experiences for guests. When carefully implemented, robust capacity management tools can create significant benefits for your guests and your business. Read on for our top five to help you decide how your facility should proceed.

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Topics: CenterEdge Advantage POS, Employee Management, Cashless, Online Sales & Ticketing, Food & Beverage

5 Simple Steps to Help New Shift Leaders and Managers at Your FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 23, 2021 4:38:05 PM

Today’s blog was written by CenterEdge Trainer, Alex Buenrostro, with input from two FEC industry veterans from our training team, Andy Rye and Matthew Mayer. 

By Alex Buenrostro

There has been a recent influx of onboarding new FEC and amusement team members and that includes a lot of new supervisors and managers. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about onboarding new managers and the skills they need to be able to run effective shifts and oversee operations. So we put together this getting started guide to help new managers build a strong foundation. And as always, we’re here to help.

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Topics: FEC, Trampoline Parks, Amusement Parks, Reporting & Analytics, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Online Sales & Ticketing

6 Powerful Lessons to Learn from CenterEdge Client Combat Ops

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 22, 2021 10:10:27 AM

Being able to mobilize a high-performing team quickly, respond to challenges, and maximize the tools at your disposal make all the difference to success. 

You can never know how one seemingly small moment can have a massive impact on your business. This week, we sat down with David Dimberio, owner of Combat Ops Entertainment in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He shared his team’s response to a social media wave that caused significant changes for his business. Their ability to remain agile, enthusiastic, and flexible made all the difference. 

We’re sharing his story and the lessons we learned from Combat Ops’ experience.

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Sales, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, CenterEdge Client Success, Online Sales & Ticketing, Payment Processing

8 Tips to Increase Online Sales in Your FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 14, 2021 7:37:07 PM

Offer your guests a better sales experience online with a cohesive online store. 

Your online store is a critical component of your sales team. But there is a lot more to effective online sales than simply adding your inventory to an online store. Today’s blog features insights first published in our CenterEdge Help Center by Technical Writer and client eCommerce theming expert Lena Plaut. 

Though she’s been a member of the training team for nearly five years, she also has a wealth of knowledge in this area, with 15 years’ worth of experience in digital media. Read on for Lena’s top tips to help you deliver a better online experience, and be sure to check out other training team blog posts and documentation in the CenterEdge Help Center.

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Topics: Sales, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Birthday Party & Groups, Online Sales & Ticketing

New FEC Manager Training Resources

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 1, 2021 9:41:24 AM

New resources for FEC managers to learn more about personnel, inventory management, Advantage Groups, point of sale, web store, and reporting functionality in your CenterEdge system. 

As you hire or promote new managers to lead your FEC or amusement park, they will need a deeper understanding of your facility management tools to help you operate more effectively. 

That’s why CenterEdge is rolling out a new, four-part manager training series to give new managers comprehensive training of the key software functionality. Each session will last for one hour. 

The series is free for all CenterEdge clients with an active Licensing and Service Agreement (LSA) or a current support agreement. Read on for an overview of what the sessions will cover, and then register for our upcoming event series.

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Topics: Point of Sale, Reporting & Analytics, Sales, CenterEdge News, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Facility Operations, Online Sales & Ticketing

Introducing the New Advantage Memberships

Posted by Sherry Howell on Mar 10, 2021 12:30:59 PM

The new Advantage Memberships provides new ways to implement meaningful membership programs for your guests and your business.  

Membership programs can be a terrific way to differentiate your business from your competition, which is more important than ever during our industry’s recovery.

Our CenterEdge team has been hard at work reimagining our current Memberships and Recurring Billing offerings to give you brand new tools to help you develop, manage, and maximize your membership programs. In this three-part blog series, we’ll share these tools, a real-world client case study, and tips to help you implement your program successfully. 

First up, let’s take a look at the new Advantage Memberships.

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Topics: Memberships, Sales, CenterEdge News, Facility Operations, Online Sales & Ticketing

3 Credit Card Processing Assumptions that Cost You Money

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 27, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Find out the assumptions that keep your FEC overpaying for merchant services. 

There are many misconceptions regarding merchant services that can cost your business significantly every month and year. But understanding all the ins and outs of credit card processing could be considered a full-time job. That’s why we’re introducing this three-part blog series to help you get to the root of the costs, which types of fees you have control over, how often you should be evaluating your program, and the most important considerations to scrutinize when you decide to dig in. 

Let’s start by tackling the three biggest assumptions about credit card processing that can cost operators like you a lot of money - and what you can do about it. 

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Topics: Point of Sale, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Facility Operations, Cashless, Online Sales & Ticketing, Payment Processing

6 Tips for a Better FEC Liability Waiver Experience

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 14, 2021 9:51:05 AM

Give your waiver and check-in processes a boost with the new Advantage waiver system.

As you’re setting the stage for a successful 2021, you’re no doubt reviewing all of your processes. Two that can make or break your guests’ perception of your facility are your liability waiver and check-in processes.

This past year, CenterEdge released a new waiver experience available for free to all users with an active license and service agreement (LSA), and if you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to schedule your upgrade. Also, check out these six tips to help you refresh your waiver, improve your guest experience, and reap all the benefits. 

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Topics: Integrated Waivers, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, Online Sales & Ticketing

6 FEC Management Strategies You Need in 2021

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 6, 2021 12:50:00 PM

Continue to adapt your approach in these key areas to meet your business' needs in the ever-changing amusement landscape.

Many times over these last months, it seemed like all we could do just to survive some days. We had to reimagine our businesses as we fought to reopen and recover. As you look forward to the new year, now is a good time to review the management strategies that you implemented and decide how you need to change them in the new year. 

We brought back our facility management blog series to help you analyze your approach around the key areas that can help your amusement facility thrive as you move forward. Each section links to a more detailed blog for easy reference so that you can start where it makes the most sense.  

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Topics: Customer Loyalty, Memberships, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups, Online Sales & Ticketing