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Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Training

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Systems are ready. Offerings are updated. Capacity management controls are in place. For many facilities, it's showtime. But is your team ready?

To wrap up our blog series, Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach, we’d like to share a quick word of encouragement along with a few tips to consider when outlining your training plan for reopening your FEC. Take these three final steps to prepare to reopen.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Trampoline Parks, Museums, Waterparks, Zoos & Aquariums, Customer Loyalty, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Employee Management, Facility Operations

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

CenterEdge Pro Tip: New Communication & Education Tools

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

We're excited to introduce CenterEdge Community, a new software training webinar series, and a revamped Help Center. 

Today’s CenterEdge Pro Tip provides a virtual tour of new communication tools and software training resources to help you manage your FEC or amusement facility. Watch the video to learn more.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Trampoline Parks, Museums, Waterparks, Zoos & Aquariums, CenterEdge News, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Facility Operations, CenterEdge Client Success

Top 5 POS Mistakes FEC Owners Make

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

POS systems are a central component of your operations. Your software touches every part of your facility, from guests to the accountant, so you need a solution that can meet all of your needs – including needs you don’t even have yet.

At the same time, you don’t always know exactly what you need until you realize your system of choice lacks a particular function or causes more problems than it solves.

This might seem like a double-edged sword. With so many POS systems, use cases and unknowns in your industry, how can you possibly make the right choice?

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Topics: Point of Sale, Facility Operations

5 Tips for Implementing a New Software Solution in Your FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Dec 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

How to set up your business right from the start.

You’ve made the decision to open or expand your FEC or amusement facility (congratulations!), and you’re ready to implement your new software solution to help you manage it all.

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Topics: Point of Sale, Facility Operations

When to Look for a New POS: 5 Warning Signs

Posted by Sherry Howell on Sep 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Fall is fast approaching (yes, go ahead and order your pumpkin spice with wild abandon), and most of us in the amusement industry are gearing up for fall trade shows to learn what’s new and hot in the space.

While you’re on the hunt for your next attraction or product offering, it’s also a good time to evaluate the current state of your facility’s operations to make sure your systems and capabilities are enough to support your continued growth.

Your point of sale touches every guest and every dollar, so it’s a critical component of your success. Here are five warning signs that will let you know it’s time to consider an upgrade.

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Topics: Point of Sale, 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 Ways a Poor Online Sales Experience Costs Your FEC or Amusement Park Money

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

You work hard to run your business and offer your guests a safe, clean and exciting place to have fun; naturally, you want it to thrive.

One important tool that successful businesses have in common is a well-performing online purchase experience.

Some of the benefits include receiving revenue in advance, shorter wait times and “sales while you sleep” – but if implemented ineffectively, your online store could be working against your business.

In our experience, there are a handful of common pitfalls many FECs, trampoline parks, and amusement and water parks still succumb to … and they could be costing your business money. Here are the top five:

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Topics: Point of Sale, Sales, Birthday Party & Groups, Online Sales & Ticketing