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How to Overcome the One Thing Holding You Back

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

What’s holding you back from inspiration – and what you can do about it.

At the most recent Amusement 360 event, held virtually in June, we had the opportunity to attend the keynote session delivered by Jason Barnaby, author of Igniting the Fire Starter Within, and owner of Fire Starters, Inc. We’re excited that he agreed to share some of his philosophy about finding your passion and busting through the one thing that holds most people back. Enjoy!

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Topics: FEC, Waterparks, Amusement Parks, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Goal Setting

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

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

How to Maximize the Use of Mobile Stations in Your Water Park or FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Oct 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Upgrade your guest experience and increase revenue and efficiency with these six tips.

Mobile point of sale stations are a no-brainer in large facilities with a fluctuating traffic flow, but nearly any size facility can use mobile stations to improve operations in the front and back of the house. They allow your park to operate flexibly so that you can provide your guests with the best experience and fastest service possible. But are you doing all that you can with your mobile stations? Read on for six ways to take full advantage of mobile stations in your park – and reap all the benefits.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Waterparks

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

Building Your Brand One Important Detail at a Time

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 23, 2018 8:20:21 AM

4 ways to build your brand that won’t cost you anything.

The CenterEdge team recently had the opportunity to attend an industry education event, LaserTAG360, a two-day conference for new and existing facilities. While the focus of the event is laser tag, the top-notch business practices being shared are applicable across all aspects of the amusment industry from FECs and trampoline facilities to amusement, water and adventure parks.

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

One Wristband to Rule Them All: 3 Ways to Make Your Operation More Seamless

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 16, 2018 2:57:20 PM

Common uses for wristbands that increase efficiency and optimize guest experience.

Simplifying the guest experience can be overwhelming when there are so many attractions, food and beverage, payment and access options to consider. Wristbands may sound old-fashioned, but the modern wristband is a terrific solution for not only streamlining your guests’ entrance into your facility, but also helping them more fully engage with everything your business has to offer.

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Topics: FEC, Trampoline Parks, Museums, Waterparks, Zoos & Aquariums, Amusement Parks, Parks & Rec, Access Control, Cashless

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting a Point of Sale for Your Water Park or FEC

Posted by Sherry Howell on Dec 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Don’t fall victim to “if I knew then what I know now” syndrome by carefully considering this advice from some of our operators.

With every decision you make when trying to start or grow your business, you’re faced with the chance that it could be the wrong one. This includes what attractions you add, people you hire, and vendors you partner with. Don't wait to research facility management software until late in the process or you'll fail to have enough time for proper due diligence. Remember, your facility management software touches every part of your facility, from the guests to the accountant, so you need a solution that can meet the most needs of the people using it.

But with so many systems out there that manage different things, how do you know what’s right for you? Consider the advice we’ve heard and make your game plan so you can have confidence that you’ve selected the right solution now, and for years to come.

Here are four mistakes to avoid when selecting a point of sale solution.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Waterparks