20 Ways Your Next Event Will Benefit from Online Ticketing Software

You work hard to provide great programs for your community and probably have a recreation software system to help you out with the logistics. But how do you manage your events? Whether you are hosting a dance, play or race, it’s a lot of work. If you’re managing all of your events by hand, it’s taking too much of your time.

With online ticketing software, events get booked easier for the organizer, his or her staff, and the attendees. Here are 20 ways you and your event attendees will benefit from an event ticketing software system:   Continue reading

4 Parks & Rec and YMCA Blogs to Learn From

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What comes to mind when you think of a blogger? If an image of a techie posting thoughts from his basement comes to mind, your imagination deceives you. In today’s digital world, blogging can be a powerful marketing tool if done correctly. A blog is a combination of search engine optimization, social media, and a news engine all wrapped into one.

Here are four blogs to check out that will give you some guidance in launching your own blog:   Continue reading

7 Things to Expect from a Software Provider Beyond the Technology

Software providers love to talk about the bells and whistles. As important as the features are – technology has to meet your functional needs – there are other crucial factors to take into account when selecting a software provider. If you are considering recreation software, be sure to ask providers about these eight factors:    Continue reading

7 New Recreation Programs for Your Organization to Try

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People like “new.” And to stay on the cutting edge of programming, parks and recreation agencies are always looking to improve their classes and events. New and different program ideas are exciting and can increase participation and revenue. Today, we’ll outline seven new and/or little-known recreation programs and sports that you could offer at your facilities: Continue reading

Parks & Recreation: Avoid These Common Budget-Cutting Mistakes

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This is an excerpt from a report by Barbara Heller, President of Heller and Heller Consulting: Making the Most of Your P&R Agency’s Resources. Well known throughout the industry for her expertise in leading park and recreation agencies and her commitment to innovation and best practices, Barbara operates outside of the typical parks and recreation industry mindset. This reports covers six key areas where parks and recreation agencies can become more efficient:
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5 Winning Videos from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Video Challenge

Back in February, First Lady Michelle Obama invited faith and community leaders to join in the effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity. She launched the Communities on the Move Video Challenge and asked for organizations to submit 3 minute videos about how they were helping to combat childhood obesity in a “creative, effective, sustainable, replicable, and inspirational” way (read more here). Each video highlighted that organization’s community program that centered around one of the focus areas of Let’s Move - physical activity, access to healthy and affordable food for children, or healthy eating practices.

And today, First Lady Obama announced the winners! “Everyone wants to see our nation become healthier, and these contest winners have shown us that by taking steps big or small, each of us can play a role in solving the problems of childhood obesity,” the First Lady said.    Continue reading

4 Online Recreation Guides That Will Make You Green With Envy

The days of sending out paper copies of your recreation activities to every household each season are gone. Not only is it too expensive, but it’s also bad for the environment. But the internet came to the rescue! You can create your recreation guides online and spread the word about upcoming activities right from your website. That way, you save time, money and the environment, and members of your community can view the guide whenever is convenient.

Here are four recreation organizations that have created great online guides with four different publishing websites. Click on the link to view each guide, and see the highlights from each listed below:    Continue reading

5 Reasons to Attend the Free Webinar: ‘Event Ticketing Made Easier’

Does your organization host events? The ticketing process can be tough if done manually with a few Excel files, tons of phone calls, and manila folders full of cash and checks. But with today’s technology, you can offer your own fully-branded ticketing page right from your own website.

We’re offering two free webinars to show how you and your customers can benefit from easy-to-use event ticketing software. Here are the details:

Tuesday, July 17
10:00 AM PDT
Length: 60 minutes
Wednesday, July 25
10:00 AM PDT
Length: 60 minutes
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In the webinar, you’ll learn how to:

1. Securely sell tickets online from a branded web-page

2. Offer customized seating charts and discounts

3. Allow attendees to print tickets at home, receive in the mail, or pick up at will call

4. Use reporting tools to analyze results by event, section, price level discounts

5. View up-to-date sales summaries by event

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5 Facebook Mistakes To Avoid (That You Haven’t Heard Before)

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Your organization has a Facebook page. Maybe you set one up because everyone else has one so or you heard about hundreds of millions of users and Googled, “How to set up a Facebook page.” Either way, we were all rookie users at one point (still are in many ways) and searched for the how-to articles. But once you did some more reading and posting on your own, you probably came across the basic mistakes to avoid like “not listening to your audience” and “posting too often.”    Continue reading

Top 10 Recreation Apps To Inspire Your Mobile Strategy

In 2011, the number of smartphones sold exceeded the number of PCs sold (10 Mobile Statistics You Need to Hear). With the internet, email, and apps right in their pockets, people access the world from the palms of their hands. That’s why cities, parks and recreation departments, and other community organizations have built mobile apps to connect with visitors and customers to inspire activity. Here are ten mobile apps that will help you with some ideas when you develop a great app for your organization:

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