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.
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.
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.
Congratulations! Your company has decided on a new software solution to better fit the needs of your company and the clients you service. Now what?
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.
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).
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.
As we enter the new year, we want to take the time to reflect on 2017, celebrating the innovations and acquisitions that have propelled accesso even further as a leading international technology solutions provider, and to take a look at what 2018 has in store for the markets and industries we are so proud to serve.
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.
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.
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.
Education, networking, collaboration and some pretty stellar musical performances – where can you find all of these things in one place? At our accesso Siriusware client seminar!
There will always be consumers who wish to deal in cash or swipe their actual credit card. But for those wanting to refrain from more traditional forms of payment and settle the score in other ways, there are a variety of new cashless payment options to save the day.
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.
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?
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.
accesso Blog Series: Discovering the Latest and Greatest Feature Updates in our accesso ShoWare solution!
We’ve been working hard to release many new features and enhancements in our accesso ShoWare solution. In fact, so many features have been coming out that we created a messaging system to alert our clients to new enhancements every time they log into the site.
Katie Reilly introduces us to our accesso ShoWare solution’s new enhanced checkout and how it can help increase conversions in your eCommerce store.
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.
Drew Belmont discusses how our accesso ShoWare solution’s integration with GoodData provides advanced analytics and reporting capabilities.