Helpful Tips – Edition 4

Bringing Entertainment Home

Your building may be closed for now, but you can still offer your customers entertainment experiences in their own homes. Read on for some creative ways of providing family fun and enjoyment to your customers.

Host Virtual Tournaments

Have families compete for prizes at creative challenges like back yard putt-putt. You provide the clubs and ball rentals for the contest entry fee. They design their own course using whatever they have available at home, and send a video of the result. Family with the most creative course wins a free round of putt-putt. You can even get your social media followers to vote on the winner.

Get Creative With Rentals

Let customers rent gear like karaoke machines, portable game systems, laser tag equipment, or bouncy castles for a weekend. Offer free equipment delivery and pickup. Let customers know that everything is sanitized between uses.

Family Game Night

Sell Escape Room or Murder Mystery puzzle kits for purchase on your website. Make sure the games are customized for in-home use with everything they’ll need.

Put Costumed Characters to Work

Does your FEC offer meet & greets with popular children’s characters for parties? Upsell advance party packages with personalized greetings for the birthday boy or girl. The character can let the child know that their birthday hasn’t been forgotten, and that they can’t wait to celebrate with them at a later date. Popular character ideas include princesses and superheroes.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt

Sell a scavenger hunt checklist that’s personalized for your city. Make it challenging but with activities in compliance with social distancing guidelines for your area. For example, require a photo of a certain landmark taken from the car. Families that complete the scavenger hunt successfully can then redeem their list for a game card equivalent to the entry fee. This is a creative way to get customers “purchasing” preloaded game cards while also enjoying an entertainment experience for the whole family.

Helpful Tips – Edition 3

Great Ideas for “Buy It Now” Promos

Generate revenue for your family entertainment center by selling discounted game cards and packages now, for validation later when you reopen.

Future Fun Pass

Get customers thinking ahead for future fun. Offer a special discount that’s only available for purchase now, with redemption at a later time. Make it clear that the validation dates will be for when your business reopens.

No Expiration Dates

Let customers know that the play time they purchase now won’t expire.

All-Inclusive Packages

Offer play packages that come with a fun extras like a free t-shirt, food & beverage voucher, redemption prize, and other freebies — when purchased in advance.

Flash Sale

Try offering different special deals for only 24 hours, once a week. Include a countdown timer to create urgency to purchase.

Create a “You Deserve Some Fun” Campaign

Offer special party packages that can be prepaid and gifted to a group of essential employees, such as the staff at a doctor’s office. Give customers the option to include a personalized message, and free surprise delivery to the business of choice. Market it as a way to let workers know they’re appreciated and can look forward to enjoying a fun coworker outing when life gets back to normal.

Helpful Tips – Edition 2

Meal Delivery and Pickup

Keep your restaurant or quick service cafe operating by advertising meal delivery and curbside pickup to your customers. Benefits they will appreciate include:

  • Convenient and easy to order
  • Helps support a local business
  • Highest standards for sanitary food preparation
  • No evidence of COVID-19 transmission associated with food, according to the CDC

Stand Out In Customers’ Minds

Be a guest’s first choice for meal delivery with these creative ideas:

Get Charitable

Donate meals to essential workers like doctor’s offices. Consider offering a discount especially for essential employees like healthcare professionals, first responders, delivery drivers and grocery store employees.

Cater to Kids

Most FECs sell quick service food that’s kid approved like burgers, chicken tenders, and hot dogs. But you won’t be on most people’s minds for meal deliveries. Stand out by providing customized “Kid Meals” with extras like helium balloons, activity sheets, stickers, and a surprise toy from the redemption counter.

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But Don’t Forget Parents

Does your FEC have a liquor license? Let customers order a bottle of wine or six-pack of beer along with their meals. Put that margarita machine to use. Add specialty cocktails and mixed drinks to your adult beverage menu, and include those to-go options with meals. It’s a simple way to stand out from other quick service restaurants who have similar food choices, but don’t sell alcohol. Be sure to follow your area’s rules and regulations regarding ID checks and delivery.

Sell Meal Kits

In addition to offering prepared quick service food, consider selling meal kits. You provide the ingredients (purchased wholesale) and instructions for a family-fun cooking experience. Get started with simple kits like pizza dough, sauce and toppings – and grow from there. Other easy meal kits could be supplies for a nachos or hot dog bar.

Specialty Creations

Try creating wacky, limited-time-only menu options with what you have. For example, invent a crazy stacked burger with donuts and other toppings. Promote the item’s sales on social media with video eating challenges and prizes to those who can complete in under 20 minutes.

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Deliver Specialty Party Treats

Parents can surprise their kids with treats like a bag of snow cone ice and a selection of syrups in to-go vials. Other treats they might enjoy having delivered (and that other restaurants don’t sell) include cotton candy, funnel cakes, or flavored popcorns.

Publicize Specials

It’s simple, but it works. Consider offering specials like a free kids meal with purchase of two adult meals. Other ideas could include a free beverage, side or dessert.

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