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6 Features to Help Your Venue Go Paperless

6 Features to Help Your Venue Go Paperless

Now more than ever, conversations about protecting the environment are taking center stage in many aspects of our everyday lives. This includes how consumers are choosing to spend their free time and money. Transitioning your venue’s operations over to more sustainable practices might seem like a daunting task, but one easy way to start is to reduce paper use at your venue. With Earth Day right around the corner, now is a great time to lean into using your technology to help your venue go paperless!

Boosting Your Bottom Line and Guest Satisfaction with Alternative Payments

Boosting Your Bottom Line and Guest Satisfaction with Alternative Payments

At accesso, we support providing options for alternative payments not only because it helps make your goods and services available to a larger audience that may not have a credit or debit card handy; but also because it allows for contactless payment processing, increasing on-site efficiency and freeing up time for your staff to focus on delivering a best-in-class guest experience. Additionally, this helps remove many of the barriers that can lead to abandoned purchases, thus significantly improving your conversion rate and the customer’s overall experience.

The 10 Hidden Costs of a Bad eCommerce System

The 10 Hidden Costs of a Bad eCommerce System

There are many factors that go into choosing a new eCommerce system. Often, price tops the list. Can I afford this?” Most decision-makers want a fast and easy answer to this question, but unfortunately, the true answer is much more complicated than a simple sticker price. When you look at the opportunity costs, the better question is, Can I afford not to do this?”

Free Download: Staging Your Comeback: Reopening Live Entertainment Venues Safely & Successfully Post-COVID

Free Download: Staging Your Comeback: Reopening Live Entertainment Venues Safely & Successfully Post-COVID

As the coronavirus pandemic wages on, operators in the entertainment and leisure industries continue to navigate new challenges presented by COVID-19. The massive impact this time has had on the global economy is undeniable. And, given their historical nature and people-driven infrastructure, the live entertainment and performing arts sectors have felt this impact. Download our free e‑book to discover our step-by-step guide on how your reopening can serve guests safely and successfully in the age of COVID-19

6 Essential Ticketing Features for Live Entertainment Venues

6 Essential Ticketing Features for Live Entertainment Venues

A ticketing platform can do so much more than simply sell a ticket! With the right tools in your box office ticketing software, it’s easy to increase revenue, streamline operations and reduce headaches. See how these six features can help you stress less and accomplish more in 2021.

People of **accesso** Antoun Aziz on Principles of Design and Improving the User Experience

People of accesso Antoun Aziz on Principles of Design and Improving the User Experience

Our​“Peo­ple of acces­so” series has given us the opportunity to spotlight our diverse team of remarkable individuals. So far, we have looked at the journeys of our Direc­tor of Euro­pean Tick­et­ing Oper­a­tions Robin Good­child, Prod­uct Own­er of Tick­et­ing Research and Devel­op­ment Valerie Wieren­ga, Glob­al Imple­men­ta­tion Direc­tor Jus­tine Dong, our Vice President of Sales Mechele Larmore and, most recently, heard from accesso LoQueue® legend Scott Kelley on the nonstop innovation he’s seen in more than two decades of serving the industry. This month, we sat down with Senior UX Designer, Antoun Aziz to learn about how he’s applied his passion for design to his work here at accesso.

Now and Next for Ski: 2021 and Into the Future

Now and Next for Ski: 2021 and Into the Future

On its surface, ski season participation growth is nothing but promising. Per the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a record-breaking 10.3 million participants in the U.S. alone hit the slopes for the 2018 – 19 season. And, even with a premature end to the 2019 – 20 season due to COVID-19, U.S. participation still topped numbers from two seasons prior.

Productivity-Boosting Tips for Working From Home in 2021

Productivity-Boosting Tips for Working From Home in 2021

We may have rounded the corner” on a new year, but many things remain the same, including COVID-related restrictions and enforcements that affect the way we work. Bottom line: our temporary remote-work setups might be sticking around for a bit longer.

5 Ways to Use Technology for Social Distancing

5 Ways to Use Technology for Social Distancing

As we see industries gradually begin to reopen and redefine what the New Normal” will look like, many organizations are using technology to meet the growing expectations of guests for a safe experience. Research done by Sedco has concluded that 84% of customers expect brands to find ways to maximize digital interaction to keep them safe. Whether it’s thinking outside of the box or returning to core principles of crowd management, there are many ways that your technology can help. Read on to discover 4 ways to use technology for social distancing.

Pets of **accesso**: Volume 2

Pets of accesso: Volume 2

Earlier this month, we introduced you to some of our pawsitively purrfect co-workers in Pets of accesso: Volume 1. Truth be told, we had so many submissions to this series that we needed to split it into two! Fur-tunately, this gave us time to brush up on our pet puns and compile this second post. We hope you enjoy getting to know some more of our beloved pets of accesso.

Pets of **accesso**: Volume 1

Pets of accesso: Volume 1

As the end of 2020 approaches, we thought it would be a great time to celebrate some of our most loyal co-workers, those very special individuals that help us bring our best selves to work every day as we weather working remotely during a pandemic together — our pets!

8 Ticketing Tools for Giving Back

8 Ticketing Tools for Giving Back

The season for giving back is especially meaningful this year, with COVID-19 taking a dramatic toll on people and organizations around the world. Whether your venue has been able to reopen or not, you can look to the tools in your ticketing system to help you recapture revenue and engage with your audience. Read on to discover 8 ticketing tools for giving back. No matter your industry, our feature-rich solutions are here to help support your venue’s efforts to boost fundraising initiatives this year!

5 Takeaways from IAAPA’s “Safe, Secure and Successful Operations in the New Normal” Panel

5 Takeaways from IAAPA’s “Safe, Secure and Successful Operations in the New Normal” Panel

Attractions from all industries are dealing with the challenges of social distancing and how to operate safely in a COVID environment. We had the privilege of sharing the IAAPA Education stage with Matt Blumhardt from Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and Daine Appleberry of Audubon Nature Institute to discuss ways to enhance the guest experience, boost revenue, build brand loyalty and serve guests safely during this challenging time. Below are our top 5 takeaways and recommendations from the session.

5 Pieces of Ski Tech to Invest in This Season

5 Pieces of Ski Tech to Invest in This Season

Ski season is just around the corner, and it’s exciting to see so many ski areas announcing their plans for re-opening. Is your technology ready to support a great guest experience? Protect your guests and staff with these 5 pieces of technology that can help you solve the social distancing challenges of today while building the foundation for a better guest experience tomorrow.

People of **accesso**: Scott Kelley – On Virtual Queuing, Innovation and 20 Years in the Industry

People of accesso: Scott Kelley – On Virtual Queuing, Innovation and 20 Years in the Industry

In this feature, we were thrilled to interview an accesso LoQueue® legend, Scott Kelley. Kelley holds the unique distinction of being the 2nd employee hired in America for our accesso LoQueue team. As a Product Support Manager, he has stepped foot in every park that has implemented our accesso in-park solutions like ticketing and virtual queuing over the last two decades. He and his team visit each park to run cables, set-up the onsite equipment, and troubleshoot concerns once implementation is complete. Kelley has also played an integral role in the innovation and growth of our virtual queuing solutions.

6 Ticketing Tips for Holiday Events in the Age of the Coronavirus

6 Ticketing Tips for Holiday Events in the Age of the Coronavirus

It’s been quite the year for the live entertainment industry, but if there’s one thing the coronavirus can’t cancel, it’s the holidays! At accesso, our teams are gearing up to help support venues as they launch their holiday-themed events, and it’s been nothing short of inspiring to see the creative approaches our clients are taking. We’ve seen a large increase in drive-through or pop-up walk-through events featuring movies, concerts, circuses, holiday light displays and more. Make your event a success in the era of 6 feet apart” with our top 6 ticketing tips for holiday events.

Creating a Seamless Visitor Journey in the Age of Coronavirus

Creating a Seamless Visitor Journey in the Age of Coronavirus

With the escalation and continued risks of COVID-19, the traditional process of visiting museums and cultural attractions has transformed in many ways. As visitor-facing sites are beginning to reopen, many are finding that they have to rethink the visitor journey end-to-end in order to facilitate a seamless, contactless experience.

Free Download: Re-Imagining the Guest Journey in the Age of COVID-19

Free Download: Re-Imagining the Guest Journey in the Age of COVID-19

Finding ways to safely serve your guests while 6‑feet-apart is no small task! Luckily, with a proactive approach and the right insight, you can re-imagine your guest journey to solve the social distancing challenges of today while building a stronger foundation for tomorrow. Download our free e‑book to access our step-by-step guide on serving guests safely and successfully in the age of COVID-19. You’ll learn how guest expectations have changed during the pandemic and what you can do to build loyalty, drive revenue and deliver an exceptional guest experience.

Safe Visits Without a Ticket Counter: How to Shift Sales Online Successfully

Safe Visits Without a Ticket Counter: How to Shift Sales Online Successfully

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced venue operators to have some difficult conversations over the past few months — how do we reopen safely? How do we staff appropriately? How do we make up for lost revenue? While the answers often vary by industry, there’s one constant we’ve seen across all venues: the dominance of the onsite ticket counter may soon be ending. In order to protect staff and guests, venues are embracing online ticketing as their dominant sales channel. This may seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be! By following these best practices, you can prime your eCommerce store for success, safely serve your guests, unlock new opportunities for maximizing revenue and transform the guest experience. 

**accesso®** Blog Series: Navigating the Age (and Aftermath) of Social Distancing

accesso® Blog Series: Navigating the Age (and Aftermath) of Social Distancing

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been intense and far-reaching. From the devastating loss of life to the economic impact of industries being brought to a grinding halt, the vast majority of people across the world have been impacted by this crisis in one way or another. As we begin to emerge from several months of quarantine, it’s encouraging to see venue operators take careful steps to reopening safely. We are all entering an age that redefines the norms to which all of us had become accustomed – a time that will most surely be defined as a new normal,” if not a new abnormal.” Guest expectations will most certainly change, and operators will be faced with the challenge (and opportunity) to meet and exceed those re-shaped expectations. Read on to discover 4 trends that we predict will emerge from the age of social distancing, and what they mean for your venue.

Make Summer 2020 Your Best Camp Season Yet

Make Summer 2020 Your Best Camp Season Yet

Summer 2020 can be your best camp season ever with a little help from technology, which has evolved to cover the multistep process of camp enrollment – finally making registration and execution simple and stress-free for both program providers and participants. A cloud-based solution like the new Camps Module, a feature of the award-winning accesso Passport® online ticketing system, may be exactly what you need.

People of *accesso*: Mechele Larmore – On Her Passion for the Ski Industry and Empowering Her Team

People of accesso: Mechele Larmore – On Her Passion for the Ski Industry and Empowering Her Team

In 2019 we launched our People of accesso” series to feature some of the extraordinary individuals who are essential to our team. We shined a spotlight on our Director of European Ticketing Operations Robin Goodchild, Product Owner of Ticketing Research and Development Valerie Wierenga and most recently Global Implementation Director Justine Dong. In this month’s feature, we are excited to introduce you to our Vice President of Sales, Mechele Larmore.

How to Prove the Value of Your Mobile App

How to Prove the Value of Your Mobile App

You’ve put blood, sweat and tears into planning the launch of your first mobile app. It’s going to be a feature-rich, (mostly) bug-free application that you believe customers will love and adds value to your business. You have a robust go to market strategy including thousands of planned dollars towards marketing the app as soon as it’s released on the Apple & Google Play stores. But how do you know it’s successful, post-launch? How can you prove that it enhances the customer experience and simultaneously drives toward your company’s goals? If you can continually prove your app’s value to internal decision-makers via cold, hard KPIs and metrics.

6 Security Tips for Staying Safe While Holiday Shopping

6 Security Tips for Staying Safe While Holiday Shopping

Nothing beats being able to shop from the comfort of your own home! But with the holiday season in full swing, keeping your information secure may be harder than you think. The increased number of transactions during this time could leave you as a prime target for a malicious hacker. Have no fear, we are here to help! Read on to discover 6 security tips for holiday shopping.

IAAPA Expo 2019: Our Three Biggest Takeaways

IAAPA Expo 2019: Our Three Biggest Takeaways

From exciting trade show exhibits to enlightening educational sessions, the annual IAAPA Expo is packed full of opportunities to learn from the brightest minds in the attractions industry. Each year, we leave with several key takeaways on where the industry is headed and what attractions operators can do to position themselves for success, and this year was no exception! Read on to explore our three biggest takeaways from IAAPA Expo 2019 and see how you can implement them to create positive guest experiences and drive increased revenue.

*accesso* Blog Series: 5 Tips for Increasing Online Donations

accesso Blog Series: 5 Tips for Increasing Online Donations

The season for giving is here! With Thanksgiving soon approaching and end-of-the-year donation campaigns on the horizon, how can you be sure your organization is maximizing your potential to do good? Read on to discover tips for optimizing successful, efficient donation campaigns.

The Secret Ingredient to Exceptional F&B: How Technology Can Make Your Service Sizzle

The Secret Ingredient to Exceptional F&B: How Technology Can Make Your Service Sizzle

Enhancing the guest experience is critical to the success of your attraction. Understanding where your organization shines and eliminating points of friction can help you curate better experiences that result in higher spending, positive word of mouth and increased guest loyalty. One area that is especially prone to friction is the Food & Beverage sphere: As guests try to experience everything you have to offer, waiting in line for food can cause undue frustration. Guest expectations are rising, and with 41% of Quick-Service Restaurant operators planning on devoting more resources to technology to improve the guest experience in the next year, expectations will only continue to grow. These changes can sound daunting, but they don’t have to be! By embracing innovative technology that empowers guests and staff alike, your organization can be well-equipped to exceed guest expectations. Read on to discover what your organization needs to know about F&B technology.

The Science Behind the Guest Experience: Takeaways from the 2019 IAAPA Expo Europe Floor

The Science Behind the Guest Experience: Takeaways from the 2019 IAAPA Expo Europe Floor

In the theme park and attractions industry, there are few things as important as the happiness of our guests. The question we should always be asking ourselves is how can we ensure a positive guest experience that results in repeat visitation?” Based on this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe conversations, this is a question that many of you are asking. From the educational sessions to our discussions at the booth, there was a heightened focus on understanding and transforming the guest experience. Read on to discover our most valuable insights from the show and see how you can apply them to help you exceed guest expectations at your park. 

*accesso* Client Seminar 2019: A Fun-Filled Week of Learning in the Mile High City!

accesso Client Seminar 2019: A Fun-Filled Week of Learning in the Mile High City!

Now that we have settled back in from a fun-filled week of learning and networking at our 2019 accesso Client Seminar in beautiful downtown Denver, we’re excited to share the highlights with you! From the feedback we have already received, this was one for the record books! This year’s Client Seminar housed over 250 attendees from 95 client sites for in-depth software training, collaborative roundtable discussions, festive fall evening events and an exciting new Answers Portal” unveiling!

Best Practices for Staffing Your Ski Resort

Best Practices for Staffing Your Ski Resort

Based on my conversations at this year’s NSAA Conference, the need to attract and retain quality workers is still top of mind for ski area operators, and with the industry predicted to grow in the next five years, this need will become even more pressing. Is your resort ready to handle this additional demand? Read on to discover best practices for staffing your ski resort, from recruitment to retention and beyond.

5 Ideas for Marketing To Single Ticket Buyers

5 Ideas for Marketing To Single Ticket Buyers

Today’s consumers have a wide variety of entertainment options and outlets vying for their attention. For theatres and performing arts centers with limited budgets and staff time, it can be challenging to develop marketing campaigns that engage patrons enough to close the sale. Luckily, there are ways to optimize your marketing communications and ticketing operations in order to drive sales and pack the house! Read on to discover five cost-effective and easy ideas for marketing to single ticket buyers.

3 Ways Guest Data Can Help Optimize Your Business

3 Ways Guest Data Can Help Optimize Your Business

The idea of leveraging data to tailor customer experiences is not a new one, but in the wake of recent high-profile data usage scandals, it is certainly understandable that both consumers and businesses are wary of the practice. However, though four out of five consumers are concerned about data privacy, recent studies have found that the majority of consumers are willing to share personal data in order to be provided with marketing communications more uniquely suited to them. In fact, 72% of consumers will only engage with personalized marketing messages!

3 Reasons to Consider Call Center Outsourcing

3 Reasons to Consider Call Center Outsourcing

I hear it all the time in my travels visiting large and small venues across North America: from sports arenas to non-profit theatres, venues just do not have enough time and labor resources to provide the customer service they wish they could. Budgets are tight and labor costs continue to rise, resulting in leaner box office operations and often, stressed out staff. The solution in the past has been to either reduce box office hours or cut back on staff, but there’s a third option: to extend your ticketing operations with a white label call center. Read on to discover three ways that partnering with a white label call center can benefit your venue.

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Client Seminar

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Client Seminar

A client seminar is a great opportunity to learn from industry experts. Attendees have the chance to participate in sessions that focus on specific educational topics, ask questions and share ideas with other attendees. Most client seminars act as an intensive training camp that usually take place over the course of several days. From interactive time with a new product to open discussions, multiple speakers and teachers take the time to share their perspectives and helpful hints related to the topics at hand. Attending a client seminar provides many benefits, including improving communication skills, gaining expert knowledge, and renewing motivation and confidence.

How to Sell More Tickets Using the Principle of Scarcity

How to Sell More Tickets Using the Principle of Scarcity

Scarcity is a powerful driver in purchasing behavior. Consumers tend to place additional value on items they believe are in limited supply or difficult to acquire, making them more inclined to purchase. If you’re not leveraging the principle of scarcity to sell tickets and promote events at your venue, you are missing out on a great opportunity! (See what we did there?). Read on to discover new ideas for using scarcity in your marketing promotions so you can sell more tickets, increase revenue and reach new audiences.

3 Alternatives for the Time You Spend on Vouchers

3 Alternatives for the Time You Spend on Vouchers

One of the biggest opportunities for revenue growth in institutions of all sizes is third party ticket sales, but this can be easily offset by the labor burden of reconciling vouchers. Luckily, there’s a fix for the old-school voucher process with Ingresso, our real-time distribution platform that utilizes a single digital connection to allow venues to sell live inventory directly from their museum admissions software. With a digital reinvention of your third-party live ticket sales, you might wonder what you’ll do with your new-found time when your institution stops selling ticket vouchers. Below are some ideas. 

How to Apply Supply Chain Principles and Reap the Benefits

How to Apply Supply Chain Principles and Reap the Benefits

From international conglomerates to single-location attractions, ski resorts to live entertainment venues, popular historical sites and more, every business relies on a chain of suppliers to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. And, regardless of market segment, scope of operations or number of employees, every business can benefit from taking a closer look at how to make the most of each link in their chain.

5 Opportunities to Serve Your Members Better

5 Opportunities to Serve Your Members Better

Let’s start with two simple questions. Are members important to your institution? Is time important to our members? If we can answer affirmatively to both, then why do we often unintentionally create hurdles to their experience interacting with our institutions? Whether due to lack of time or resources, we often miss opportunities to increase, serve and retain our members better. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Ryan Burtram shares five insights into how you can better attract, retain, and engage members.

Four Takeaways From NSAA 2019

Four Takeaways From NSAA 2019

Last week, the accesso team traveled to sunny San Diego for the 2019 National Ski Areas Association Tradeshow and Conference to meet with some of the greatest minds in the industry. We left the event feeling inspired and excited about the future of the ski industry! Read on to hear why.

7 Tips for Selling More Ski Season Passes

7 Tips for Selling More Ski Season Passes

It’s the end of snow season and season pass sales are well underway. Are you focused on the right areas to ensure a strong sale? Read on to discover our top seven tips for increasing ski season pass sales. 

7 Reasons to Stop Selling Ticket Vouchers and Switch to An API

7 Reasons to Stop Selling Ticket Vouchers and Switch to An API

A ticket is one of a venue’s most prized possessions. Every single ticket represents an opportunity to provide a memorable experience to a consumer, and every ticket sale gets you one step further to a sold-out show. Working with distributors and promoters can be an amazing way to push that last bit of ticket inventory over the threshold and reach new audiences, but if you’re using ticket vouchers or bulk tickets, have you considered all of the risks? Read on to discover seven reasons why you should stop selling ticket vouchers, and how you can do so without disrupting your valuable partnerships.

7 Tips for a Successful Renewal Season

7 Tips for a Successful Renewal Season

It’s that time again! Season renewal time can be both exhilarating and stressful for a venue. There are so many exciting possibilities of getting patrons officially signed on for another wonderful year of programming, yet so many pieces and parts to juggle – from decisions on pricing structures to season mailers, advertising and more. Are you focusing on the right areas to ensure a smooth transition for your loyal customers and new subscribers? Read on to discover our top seven tips for a successful renewal season! 

**accesso** Blog Series: Buyer Beware! How to Help Your Patrons Avoid Ticketing Scams.

accesso Blog Series: Buyer Beware! How to Help Your Patrons Avoid Ticketing Scams.

Ticket spoofing is a major problem facing the ticketing industry. Every day, our accesso ShoWare ticketing call center receives at least one phone call from an upset patron who has fallen victim to one of these schemes, convinced that an unscrupulous vendor was actually the primary ticketing source for an event. These stories can be heartbreaking, and unfortunately, there is very little that can be done once the tickets have been purchased. Once the patron realizes they purchased from a broker, it can be challenging to help them understand it was actually their error. Read on to discover the latest tactics used by these vendors and our best advice for tackling this issue.

People of **accesso**: Valerie Wierenga – On Culture, Teamwork and Working in Tech

People of accesso: Valerie Wierenga – On Culture, Teamwork and Working in Tech

In October, we kicked off the People of accesso” blog series with the goal of highlighting some of the incredible and passionate professionals that make up the accesso team. Beginning with CEO Paul Noland and on to EMEA Director of Ticketing Operations Robin Goodchild, we’ve returned to the states to share some insight from one of the leaders of our office in Lake Mary, Florida – accesso Product Owner of Ticketing Research and Development Valerie Wierenga – to take a closer look at the accesso company culture, the importance of investing in others and what it’s like to be a woman in technology.

Client-Driven Development and 3 New **accesso Siriusware** Features

Client-Driven Development and 3 New accesso Siriusware Features

As a member of the QA team at accesso, I spend most of my time testing enhancements and fixes that are requested or suggested by our clients for our accesso Siriusware POS software. It‘s rewarding to help our clients with these specific requests, and often, the resulting improvement is something that all clients can utilize. Here’s a glimpse into client-driven development and three recent features that have come about as a result of requests from our customers.

**accesso** Blog Series:  Reasons to Embrace Continuous Learning at Your Venue

accesso Blog Series: Reasons to Embrace Continuous Learning at Your Venue

In the fast-paced entertainment and leisure industries, change is the ultimate constant. In order to stay on top of these changes and remain competitive in the marketplace, business leaders are embracing continuous learning programs as a way to nurture their most valuable assets – their people. Read on to discover what is driving the need for continuous learning and to explore options that make sense for your organization, whether you are a theme park, museum or ski area!

People of **accesso**: Robin Goodchild – From England to America and Back Again

People of accesso: Robin Goodchild – From England to America and Back Again

At accesso, many of our team members come from backgrounds working within the industries we serve. We pride ourselves on being experienced operators who run a technology company serving the attractions space, versus a technology company that happens to serve the market. 

accesso EMEA Director of Ticketing Operations Robin Goodchild is a shining example of this, having spent 16 years in amusement and attractions management before joining the accesso family. His passion for people first attracted him to the industry in 2000 and has served as the driving force of his career ever since. So, we sat down with Robin to learn more about his time in the industry, his change of course to the supplier side and what he sees as the greatest priorities for our European clients. 

**accesso** Blog Series: 5 Tips for Creating Effective In-App Marketing Copy.

accesso Blog Series: 5 Tips for Creating Effective In-App Marketing Copy.

Every business wants to create an amazing app experience, something that increases conversions and has lovable and useful features all wrapped up in an engaging user interface. Implementing effective marketing copy within your app is equally important, yet is often understated. It’s easy to think that engaging website copy will translate into similarly engaging app copy, but that isn’t necessarily the case. We’ve come up with these 5 tips to remove that learning curve and give your in-app marketing a boost to grow user satisfaction, increase app store ratings and drive conversions for your brand. 

**accesso** Blog Series: The Benefits of Programmatic Virtual Queuing.

accesso Blog Series: The Benefits of Programmatic Virtual Queuing.

It’s the stereotypical tribulation of visiting a theme park: standing in line for seemingly hours on end, sweating in the hot summer heat, packed into stalls like cattle with hordes of impatient and screaming children. Oh, if only one could avoid all that! As many operators know, that’s quite possible.

7 Tips for a Successful Renewal Season

7 Tips for a Successful Renewal Season

It’s that time again! Season renewal time can be both exhilarating and stressful for a venue. There are so many exciting possibilities of getting patrons officially signed on for another wonderful year of programming, yet so many pieces and parts to juggle – from decisions on pricing structures to season mailers, advertising and more. Are you focusing on the right areas to ensure a smooth transition for your loyal customers and new subscribers? Read on to discover our top seven tips for a successful renewal season! 

**accesso** Blog Series: Serving Up a Hit Musical to New Audiences with **Ingresso**

accesso Blog Series: Serving Up a Hit Musical to New Audiences with Ingresso

In the theatre world, connecting with new audiences is extremely rewarding. Yes, opening night performances and sold-out houses are both exciting and gratifying, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing quite as special as knowing that you helped an audience member discover a performance, an idea or story for the very first time. Our Ingresso solution is designed to fuel experiences just like that by connecting events to new audiences from all around the world. We are pleased to be partnering with the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End to introduce audiences to the Tony Award-nominated hit musical Waitress this year. It’s common to hear of shows that promise something for everyone, but Waitress has so many different layers and messages, and carries an incredible backstory of empowerment that can inspire many people in different ways.

**accesso** Blog Series: Volunteering with a Purpose

accesso Blog Series: Volunteering with a Purpose

The world today is more connected than ever, and we realize our business not only impacts our clients and employees but the global community as well. That’s why we provide volunteer time each year for our team members to give back to a charitable organization of their choice.

**accesso** Blog Series: Why Attending Trade Shows is Important.

accesso Blog Series: Why Attending Trade Shows is Important.

We are less than a week away from one of the attraction industry’s largest trade shows of the year. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) will soon be bringing attractions, suppliers and vendors together for a week of education and collaboration in Orlando, Florida for the 100th anniversary Expo! Several trade shows come and go throughout the year, but are you taking advantage of all the great opportunities they can provide to you and your company? Whether you are thinking about attending a trade show for the first time or going to your 50th show, make sure you are benefiting from everything they have to offer!

**accesso** Client Seminar 2018: A Week of Learning in Paradise!

accesso Client Seminar 2018: A Week of Learning in Paradise!

We’ve just returned from a week of learning, networking and fun at our 2018 accesso Client Seminar in sunny San Diego, and based on the feedback we’ve received, this has been one of the best years yet! It was so much fun to catch up with familiar faces and to meet some of our new clients. This year, we were pleased to welcome over 225 attendees from 106 venues for intensive software training, collaborative roundtable sessions, breezy beachside breakfasts and tropical-themed evening events. Read on to discover more highlights from our week in paradise.

**accesso** Blog Series: How to Create an Effective Journey Map for Your Museum.

accesso Blog Series: How to Create an Effective Journey Map for Your Museum.

A hot topic in and around museums is the visitor journey. Not just reserved for the museum community but in many experiential leisure industries, the guest journey has become central to conversations around road mapping, planning, exhibition preparation and engagement in general. If your venue has not yet begun this exploration, you may be asking what is a journey map and why is it important to my organization? Read on to discover why journey mapping is important and what it can do for your cultural institution.

**accesso** Blog Series: Three eCommerce Site Features to Close the Sale

accesso Blog Series: Three eCommerce Site Features to Close the Sale

Turning a guest’s initial visit to your eCommerce site into a sale is the goal of every business but as we all know, interruptions often get in the way. Many visitors are simply browsing, with no intent to purchase. Others may be in the process of researching and comparing options; still more may simply just get distracted. Recent research suggests that there are over 1.6 billion websites in the world, so how do you ensure that yours is primed for success? As a follow-up to our blog on maximizing eCommerce sales, we’ve got three more eCommerce site feature tips that can help you close the sale!

**accesso** Blog Series: Fundraising in an Era of Micro Philanthropy

accesso Blog Series: Fundraising in an Era of Micro Philanthropy

Historically, museums and cultural institutions have relied heavily on large annual gifts from generous philanthropists to ensure upkeep and operation. However, while aging baby boomers currently play a high-profile role in charitable giving, they will soon make way for the next generation of donors. Gen X and millennial philanthropists are likely to change the landscape for donations, and operators in the cultural market must adapt to meet future fundraising goals.

**accesso** Blog Series: 3 Reasons to Attend **accesso** Client Seminar 2018.

accesso Blog Series: 3 Reasons to Attend accesso Client Seminar 2018.

It’s hard to believe that in less than 3 months, we will be packing our bags and heading to sunny San Diego for a week of learning and relaxation in paradise! In our last blog, we covered how an individual can justify a trip to accesso Client Seminar for themselves, but what if you’re still not convinced it’s right for your team? Maybe you’ve attended a few times in the past and are questioning the value of returning. Allow us to present 3 compelling reasons why you (or someone from your business) should attend our accesso Client Seminar.

**accesso** Blog Series: Five Tips for Upselling, Driving Revenue and Improving the Guest Experience.

accesso Blog Series: Five Tips for Upselling, Driving Revenue and Improving the Guest Experience.

As technology professionals with backgrounds in the theme park, cultural and attractions industries, we know that gaining new customers is vital to the continued success of any venue. However, it’s important to remember that a ticket sale is only the starting point. Once a guest has purchased a ticket, what’s next? Ideally, the answer is: an experience that drives more sales. Whether you’re in the attractions industry, a retail environment or B2B service, upselling is a critical component in driving revenue. While most industry professionals understand the ins and outs of upselling, it’s important that the practice of upselling not get lost in the ever-present drive to attract new guests. 

**accesso** Blog Series: How to Justify Your Trip to **accesso** Client Seminar 2018

accesso Blog Series: How to Justify Your Trip to accesso Client Seminar 2018

Working in the leisure and entertainment industries can be exciting and exhilarating. Whether you manage ski resort ticketing or a performing arts center box office, you are part of the privileged few who often enjoy behind-the-scenes access to everything your venue has to offer. At the same time, it takes quite a lot of passion and dedication (and sometimes, a few extra cups of coffee) to balance all of the unique aspects that come with managing venues. Do you need a fresh dose of inspiration, insight and some R&R, too? What if you could get all of that in a tropical setting and transform your career during the same week? Well, you can! Pack your laptop, sunscreen and flip flops, and get ready to join us in sunny San Diego, CA from September 16th-21st for accesso Client Seminar 2018!

**accesso** Blog Series: Creating a Location-Based Experience Marketing Plan

accesso Blog Series: Creating a Location-Based Experience Marketing Plan

It’s lunchtime at your theme park and the lines are wrapped all the way around the pizza shop next to your newest thrill ride. Your guests are getting impatient, the staff is feeling slammed and it’s only 12pm. If only you could direct your guests to the pizza shop in the kids’ area that has virtually no lines. Now, you can!

A location-based experience management platform is a tool that allows venues to send real-time, interactive content to visitors before they arrive, during their visit and after they leave. Organizations from theme parks to hotels, quick-service restaurants to hospitals are leveraging this tool to create better experiences for their guests that pay off in a multitude of ways.

**accesso** Blog Series: Managing Your Multi-Venue Installation

accesso Blog Series: Managing Your Multi-Venue Installation

Managing a single venue can be challenging and complex, so when your business grows to include multiple locations, it can be difficult to find ways to accommodate that growth without seeing exponential increases in cost – and gray hairs! Luckily, new advances in technology have made it easier than ever to manage operations across multiple venues. Making sure you have a clear plan for managing your ticketing and point-of-sale implementation can do wonders for reducing stress, streamlining operations and helping you scale your business in a way that benefits your bottom line.

**accesso** Blog Series: Viewing Clients as Guests.

accesso Blog Series: Viewing Clients as Guests.

As with many in our industry, my journey has taken me from operations to support, from front line to leadership, and from Orlando to around the world. The one constant that I can always count on in any role or any culture is that world class guest service is always paramount.

**accesso** Blog Series: Score With Dynamic Pricing!

accesso Blog Series: Score With Dynamic Pricing!

With the abundance of customer touch-points available today, ensuring that each interaction with your fans is as efficient, seamless and meaningful as possible is critical to acquiring and maintaining loyalty. And, as the customer experience begins long before they step foot onsite, nowhere is this more important than with the purchase of a ticket.

**accesso** Blog Series: Staying Relevant & Adaptable in Today's Ski Market.

accesso Blog Series: Staying Relevant & Adaptable in Today's Ski Market.

According to research conducted by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the industry has faced two primary challenges in recent seasons: the aging out of its core target demographic, as baby boomers begin to move away from athletically-driven vacations and activities, and expense. However, with the help of impactful technology, you can seize the opportunity to craft meaningful experiences that your skiers want and deliver them in valuable ways that break down the price barrier.

**accesso** Blog Series: Recruiting for Your Company Culture.

accesso Blog Series: Recruiting for Your Company Culture.

There is an overwhelming amount of pressure these days on tech companies to create a millennial-minded workplace. A place with personality and culture. Somewhere its people can go to have breakfast, play games, hang out with their friends, and make a solid cappuccino with the perfect amount of froth. A place with good bones and thoughtful leaders who are supportive, inclusive and flexible; who aren’t afraid to shower their teams with the recognition they deserve for a job well-done. Mostly – and, importantly – they’re seeking a great place to work; to collaborate and innovate on challenging new ideas; to learn and to grow professionally and, perhaps, personally (if they’re lucky).

**accesso** Blog Series: Ski Technology and the Guest Experience.

accesso Blog Series: Ski Technology and the Guest Experience.

Whether your skiers choose the high-tech route or a less-connected approach, they all benefit from the incredible amount of technological investment that has been made across the ski industry over the past decade. Let’s take a look at where this investment has been in the past, where it is currently and where we see this headed in the future.

**accesso** Blog Series: 7 Customer Experience Predictions for 2018

accesso Blog Series: 7 Customer Experience Predictions for 2018

As 2018 quickly approaches, it’s time for organizations to give serious thought to how they will address the customer experience in the coming year. In recent years, companies in all industries have recognized that it’s no longer safe to compete on product and price alone, and have prioritized customer experience (CX) efforts accordingly. Increasingly, marketers are taking a data-driven approach to CX that allows them to deliver highly-personalized, immersive experiences that make customers feel special and want to return to their brand again and again. As a result, we anticipate that 2018 will bring the highest expectations for a valuable and memorable experience from customers yet, as well as the highest risk of losing these customers to the competitors who can beat you to it.

**accesso** Blog Series: The Importance of Theme Park App User Testing

accesso Blog Series: The Importance of Theme Park App User Testing

User Testing is the practice of connecting with real users to observe them interacting with your product and to understand the goals they want to achieve while using it. It often surfaces pain points in the digital experience that may be a barrier to achieving these goals. This insight is indispensable to building a product that users really want, will continue to use, and will ultimately recommend to others. Simply put, User Testing can be an effective way to predict your Theme Park app’s success and profitability.

**accesso** Blog Series: Why Millennials, Why Now.

accesso Blog Series: Why Millennials, Why Now.

Millennials make up the largest generation to date, representing more than one quarter of the United States’ population and possessing more than $600 billion in buying power each year. By 2020, millennials are expected to account for 30 percent of retail sales in the United States.

**accesso** Blog Series: Tips for Maximizing your eCommerce.

accesso Blog Series: Tips for Maximizing your eCommerce.

September has a tendency to sneak up on us in the theme park industry. With the beginning of the school year upon us, and the carefree summer days behind us, it’s now time to focus on continuing the momentum into the fall. For many of our Clients, this means celebrating the next exciting holiday, Halloween! Beyond the spooky decorations and costumed staff members, what can we do to help make these promotions a success? After a sensational summer, how can we drive sales and revenue? You may be surprised to find that making a few simple changes to your eCommerce site can help fulfill both of these objectives. Here are a few tips that can help.

**accesso** Blog Series: Protecting Guest Payment Cards and PCI Compliance.

accesso Blog Series: Protecting Guest Payment Cards and PCI Compliance.

Have you ever experienced credit or debit card theft? If so, you know the complicated series of emotions that follow: concern, fear, anger, and inevitably a lot of frustration as you deal with closing your card and opening a new one. It can be exhausting, and when it’s all said and done, not an experience that you want to repeat. Sometimes it’s tempting to play detective and figure out where the theft occurred in the first place. When a store has lost your trust in this way, do you think you would be inclined to return?

**accesso** Blog Series: Benefits of Hosted SaaS Solutions.

accesso Blog Series: Benefits of Hosted SaaS Solutions.

Running a major entertainment venue isn’t all fun and games. Guests come to relax and enjoy themselves, but operators know that behind the scenes, it can be a challenging business. Quite a lot of hard work and innovation go into producing that experience for the visitors. Savvy operators are constantly on the lookout for how they can improve that experience, while reducing overall costs and streamline their operation.

Introducing Enhanced Checkout!

Introducing Enhanced Checkout!

Katie Reilly introduces us to our accesso ShoWare solution’s new enhanced checkout and how it can help increase conversions in your eCommerce store.

Give Your Customers Some Credit!

Give Your Customers Some Credit!

Wendi Yanez presents creative uses for patron account credits, a feature of our accesso ShoWare solution which allows a balance to be held on a customer’s account for future use. 

Good Data, Better Year.

Good Data, Better Year.

Drew Belmont discusses how our accesso ShoWare solution’s integration with GoodData provides advanced analytics and reporting capabilities.