Business, Marketing, and Life Advice for Play-Based Business Owners

6 Ways You Can Apply Disney’s Magic TODAY To Elevate Your Indoor Playground Business

Jun 07, 2024

 

You may have noticed that I’ve been covering some HEAVY topics on the Profitable Play Podcast lately.

We’ve talked about regulating our nervous systems to prevent a lot of the health issues brought about by chronic stress which is unfortunately not uncommon for indoor playground owners. 

We’ve talked about handling conflict with customers and within our own teams, and most recently we’ve talked about navigating divorce as a business owner. So, like I said,...

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Timed Open-Play Sessions Vs. Drop-In Play: Which Is Right For YOUR Indoor Playground Business?

Apr 10, 2024

 

When I first entered the family entertainment and indoor playground industry, the “norm” was for play spaces to just have set open-play hours where customers could come-and-go as they please without reservations. Our open-play hours, for example, typically from 8am-4pm on weekdays and 8am-12pm on Saturdays. During the weekday evenings and weekends we of course did classes, parties– all that good stuff– but here I want to focus JUST on open play hours....

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5 Sneaky Places Money Might Be Hiding In YOUR Indoor Playground Or Play Cafe Businesses (That You Should Check NOW!)

Jun 27, 2023

 

In this article I want to share something that I have set up as a regular recurring task in my Asana task management software that has helped me ensure that I am not leaving ANY money or profits on the table in my current online business OR my indoor playground business.

Today we are talking about 5 places where money might be hiding in YOUR business, and I want you to add checking these places to YOUR task list– wherever you might keep it— either monthly or even more...

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Create A Summer Membership Offer That SELLS: Here's Your Marketing Plan To Boost Your Indoor Playground's Summer Profits

May 24, 2023

 

As the summer sun begins to shine, teachers eagerly await their well-deserved break from the classroom. It's the perfect time for an indoor playground owner to tap into this enthusiastic and adventurous demographic by offering special summer memberships geared towards teachers or anyone who will have more free time over the summer months.

Since many indoor playgrounds, especially in states with more mild summers, see a drastic decline in open play and parties during the summer, this...

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Revolutionize Your Family Entertainment Center Business with A.I. and ChatGPT

Mar 28, 2023

 

 

In this article we are talking about A.I. and chatGPT– something you’ve probably heard a TON about already in the news cycle. But if you haven’t, that’s OK– because we are going to start from the beginning.

The new tools available to us business owners are completely changing the game– and after testing them for MONTHS behind the scenes, I am ready to share my very best tips with you. 

And the best part? 

While there are a THOUSANDS...

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The Ultimate Guide: Making Money as an Indoor Playground Owner Through User-Generated Content for Toy And Playground Equipment Businesses

Mar 15, 2023

The world of content creation has evolved at a rapid pace, with the power of user-generated content (UGC) playing an increasingly significant role in the success of businesses today, regardless of whether that business sells in-person or online. 

UGC refers to any type of content created by users, customers, or fans of a brand, including text, images, videos, and reviews. In this article we'll dive deep into how you can capitalize on this phenomenon and make money creating user-generated...

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Thinking Of Expanding, Franchising, Or Licensing Your Indoor Playground Business? Read This First

Feb 28, 2023

When an indoor playground or play cafe business reaches a certain level of success and wants to expand its operations, two popular options include licensing and franchising.

While many of my members have opted to open a second location of their own, such as Elle from Pikopye’s Town in Austin, Texas or Renee from Mezanmi Play Cafe in Michigan–

It’s not always possible to comfortably or effectively operate multiple locations yourself due to life, time, or distance constraints....

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Prepare Your Indoor Playground, Play Cafe Business, Or Family Entertainment Center For A Recession

Feb 27, 2023

 

In this article, we are covering a bit of a heavy topic, but I know it’s one that’s likely been on your mind and heart lately- so we’re going to dive right into it.

That’s right, today we are covering recession prep. But fear not because I actually feel very strongly that if you are reading this right now and if you are constantly seeking to learn and improve and invest in your success– whether it’s here with me or with another business or life...

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Increase The Value of Your Play Cafe Membership Offer WITHOUT Discounting Other Services

Feb 27, 2023

 

 

I talk a lot on this blog and on my Profitable Play podcast about how crucial recurring revenue and specifically memberships can be for an indoor playground businesses’ long term sustainability and success.

We talked about the importance of memberships quite a bit recently in episode 169, and I also did a deep dive into memberships way back in episodes 63, 64, 65, 66, and 69. And in episode 69 I even talked about how creating a strong recurring revenue stream with...

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Book Out Your Birthday Calendar At Your Indoor Playground Business Quickly With Content Marketing

Feb 24, 2023

In episode 169 of the Profitable Play Podcast I explained one of my MOST effective strategies for giving an under-performing offer or service a massive boost in a short amount of time. And that is a super intentional content blitz.

If you haven’t listened to that episode, make sure you go back it’s episode 169 and listen to it– because it was packed with information and I’m not going to repeat all of the background strategy behind what a content blitz is and why...

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