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Let’s Get Creepy

Summer is over, school is back in, and fall leagues are in the air. That also means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween. This is the perfect holiday to get creative and transform your bowling center into a spooky wonderland. There are plenty of ideas when it comes to bowling centers and Halloween events. Today we will share a few ideas with you to help you get started on your successful Halloween event.

  1. Decorating – Make sure to get your staff involved. They will see this as a fun task, and they can be very creative in transforming your center into a fun environment.
  2. Costume Contest – Have customers and staff dress up and offer gift cards and other prizes for winners. You can break this into many categories including adult, child, and staff. This is also a great opportunity to get pictures to post to your social media. This will get customers sharing the photos and posts which will be more exposure for your center. The gift cards can be from your center or from other local businesses. Remember you can ask for these to be donated. Businesses like to be promoted during big events like this.
  3. Trunk or Treat Event – Parents enjoy bringing their kids to a safe event in the community. This is also a great way to get people to your center who may not have been there before.
  4. Halloween Music – Make sure to keep the theme going by playing all your favorite Halloween music.
  5. Set your default BES X environment to HalloPin – Frightfully fun for all ages.
  6. Have a Match My Monster contest – have a staff member bowl to create their monster using Monster Factory and have customers attempt to match the monster for a prize.  Here’s a social media post and MMS Ad to help you get started.

These are just few things we have shared with you today but for more ideas and tips make sure to listen to our Seeds Of Success episode

 S2E Ep26_Let’s Get Creepy. Listen on all major podcast platforms.  

A Reason to Celebrate

When we think of August, a few things that pop into our heads are probably going to be fall leagues and back to school. There is another big event that we might be forgetting about. That event is National Bowling Day. This year National Bowling Day takes place on August 12th. This is a great opportunity to host some special events in your center on that day or leading up to that day.   Bowling holds a special place in our customers hearts, and this is a perfect opportunity to share this passion with them. There are plenty of times when we need a reason to celebrate something in our centers but some of the holidays or events might not work for your specific center. National Bowling Day is a day we can all enjoy since it is celebrating a sport, we all love and enjoy.   So put on those thinking caps and let those promotional and marketing ideas begin to flow and enjoy National Bowling Day.

Here are a few ideas to jumpstart your creativity:

  • Fun competition.  How about most strikes in an hour?
  • How about a low game tournament?
  • Run Lucky Train throughout the day for prizes.
  • Looking for something for the entire family?  Have a Match My Monster Contest.
  • Provide double or triple loyalty points on National Bowling Day.
  • Bring a friend, friend bowls free!
  • Create a National Bowling Day special food item or drink.  Limited time.  Don’t let FOMO strike!!
  • Make sure to have all programs and promotions prominently displayed in the center (digital ads, flyers, POS Displays, etc).
  • Have other activities planned throughout the center.
  • Get the community involved and partner with other small businesses to provide additional fun and opportunities.  (Chair massages, facepainting, clowns, photo booth, etc)
  • Combine National Bowling Day with a school supply drive for an in-need school.  Bring in a new supply (can provide a list to choose from, if desired) and receive a special offer.
  • Got HyperBowling?  Promote HyperBowling with a special offer just for National Bowling Day!
  • We are Mad for Bowling.  Buy 1 hour of Mad Games get ½ hour free. 
  • Create a National Bowling Day Photo Backdrop and provide fun props to encourage customers to capture their memories and continue the fun.   Give bonus loyalty points or a special offer if picture is posted on social media.
  • Invite a local celebrity to show their support by inviting them to kick off National Bowling Day by rolling out the first ball of the day and invite media to cover. 

Running out of time? Click here for National Bowling Day material to help you promote.

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