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November 20, 2017 Justin Jowett

Are You Targeting Millennials Or Missing Out On Bookings?

 With Millenials increasingly becoming the biggest sector of the global market it's imperative photo booth operators of all generations know how to reach and appeal to them. In fact a recent Deloitte* survey predicted that by 2025, Millennials will account for 75% of the global workforce. So if you haven't already made Millennials part of your marketing strategy then consider this your wake up call!

And yes you absolutely need a marketing strategy just for them. The reason being is that Millenials, also known as the Y Generation, are very different to the previous generations so unless you are also a Millenial you're unlikely to intuitively have any clue how to appeal to and reach them effectively.

Millenials In A Nutshell

There is loads of articles with more in depth characteristic trait breakdowns to be found online for those of you interested but in a nutshell a Millenial is:

The most numerous, tech savvy, well educated, impatient and adventurous generation of truly global citizens in Western History.

How To Target Millenials

1. Give Value Not Sales Pitches – Millennials have an in built sales pitch detector and once you trigger that you've lost their attention for good so don't try. Instead offer them value to get and maintain their attention. Great content especially something entertaining which helps them understand your product in a more passive way is a much better tactic. For instance a video with cool music showing off your booths and attendants in action will be far more appealing to them than pages of text telling them how good you are.

You can also give them great value by building an ecosystem of free to access content via your blog eg “Our 10 Best Tips For Choosing A Wedding Venue” or “Must Have Inclusions For A Great Prop Box” All of these articles will position you in the mind of the Millennial as a trustworthy expert and that all goes a long way to convincing them that you are the photo booth operator they want to book with.

2. Make it Convenient To Book You – This is the generation that has grown up with on-demand services and entertainment. They aren't used to waiting for things so make booking you super convenient and super easy. Add a “Book Now” button to your site and ensure it's not just a static inquiry form you're sending them to but an easy to use booking and payment engine. Services like Check Cherry integrated into a photo booth website absolutely nails this and will really appeal to the Millennial client.

I can already hear those of you from the other generations saying “I would never book a photo booth or something similar without talking to the company first!”. On this point as a Gen X'er myself I totally agree but this article isn't about appealing to us old fuddy duddy's it's about appealing to Millenials and they aren't like us. The good news is this is not an either or scenario, you can have the best of both worlds by catering for both.

3. Mix In Their Social Circles – I'm not talking about hanging out with them (although that can be an effective albeit possibly creepy strategy) so much as make sure you're engaging them online via their favorite social networks.  Forbes** recently found that despite Facebook being the no.1 social site it has increasingly become yesterdays news for Millenials have moved on to newer and more cutting edge social sites like Snapchat. So make sure you are up to speed with the latest social sites and how they interact with them to maximize your engagement with Millennials.

4. Be Mobile Responsive – Millenials spend more time on their mobile devices than any other and they are using them for every part of the sales process. If your site isn't mobile friendly then chances are they are gone as quickly as they arrived. Wordpress and many other web platforms are making it increasingly easier to ensure your websites are mobile responsive and Google is even basing their search ranking on how responsive sites are too so there is no excuse not to be.

Once again this isn't an either/or scenario you can continue to appeal to your traditional markets who like me prefer to use a PC by having great website pages just make them mobile friendly too.

5. Integrate Video – Millennials go mad for video content, especially if it's good and easily shareable. This is a double bonus for those photo boothers that do this well thanks to the SEO boost video content gives your website rankings. Just make sure you create something of value, if you're not confident enough to create your own employ the services of someone who is.

Conclusion

If you can improve your reach and appeal to the fast growing Millennial market the bookings are going to follow. And no matter what generation you're from that can only be a good thing for your photo booth business.

Happy Boothin!

* https://www2.deloitte.com
** https://www.forbes.com

More About Justin Jowett

An active member of the photo booth industry since 2010, Justin is a serial photo booth blogger and occasional speaker who enjoys helping photo booth operators by sharing his knowledge and helping others. He knows first hand about boothing having run a successful photo booth rental business from 2010 – 2014 in Australia. Justin is now the Head of Operations for Photobooth Finder a free to list marketing platform and lead generation directory for North American and Australian photo booth operators. He is also the Organizer of BoothCon, the yearly Australian photo booth educational conference and trade show.

November 14, 2017 Judd Lillestrand

Over $1 Million Booked On Check Cherry

Good news! We just surpassed a milestone here at Check Cherry. Thank you to everyone who helped us get here.


Over $1,000,000 in reservations have been booked with the Check Cherry booking platform. We're pretty pumped. A huge thank you to all our customers for helping us reach this point: we're just getting started and can't wait to hit the next milestone.

Expect more new features and enhancements in the coming months designed to help grow your business and maximize your earning potential.
November 8, 2017 Judd Lillestrand

FEATURE ENHANCEMENT: Electronic Signatures

Good news! Check Cherry now offers an enhanced version of the electronic signature.


We're always looking for ways to make our online booking system better.

When your customers book your services, they will now be required to electronically sign and agree to your Terms and Conditions by typing their name. Check Cherry will track the date of the signature and the IP address of the person signing and display them at the bottom of each invoice.


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Navigate to an invoice to see a customer's signature.


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October 25, 2017 Judd Lillestrand

Photo Booth Business Plan [Beginner's Guide]

If you're thinking of starting a photo booth business, it's wise to write up a business plan to understand how it will work and whether or not it's something worth pursuing. While your business plan will constantly evolve, you'll learn a lot during the process of creating a photo booth business plan.In this article, we'll cover several areas of your photo booth business plan you'll want to cover as you work your way towards opening your new photo booth business.Local and NationalMost photo booth businesses service a drivable region and are considered local. That's because it allows them to transport the photo booth, staff the photo booth, and ensure guests have a positive experience at each event at a reasonable price.

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September 6, 2017 Matt Goatcher

Our Photo Booth Expo 2017 Experience

In March 2017, Ross and I attended Photo Booth Expo; it was Check Cherry's first trade show and we wanted to share our experience because we think it will be helpful for others who are considering the next installment in Las Vegas, March 11-14, 2018.Great People, Smooth EventFirst off, we've been to our share of trade shows over the years. Both Ross and I were really impressed with the quality of the people at the event. Everyone was friendly. There seemed to be a high quality of like-minded professionals in one location focused on a similar goal and in my book, that's a recipe for a great trade show.Furthermore, the event was super smooth and well organized.

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June 22, 2017 Judd Lillestrand

Five Ways To Get More Photo Booth Business From Your Website

Does your website close business for you? It should. If you're like most photo booth entrepreneurs, you're spending meaningful time getting people to notice your business online. A website is often the first and only chance you have at winning new business. Over the years, I've developed a lot of websites for a number of different businesses as a web developer. This post offers some tips on ways maximize the number of people who pull the trigger and go with your service.1. Invest in a modern website.Appearance matters. Prospective clients will judge the quality of your service based on the look and feel of your website. You don't need anything super fancy or expensive.

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June 12, 2017 Ross

Adding Pricing To My Website Nearly Tripled My Revenue

Generally, event-based business entrepreneurs fall into one of two camps: We list pricing on our website for all to see. We stand exposed.We hide our pricing and ask prospective clients to "contact us".I started in the "contact us” camp and did not show pricing.I think there were two main reasons why I chose not to publicly advertise my pricing:I didn't want to miss out on a single lead. There was an underlying fear: if someone were to come to my website, see my pricing and determine I was too expensive, they might not contact me and I might not get a chance to close the deal.I wanted to make sure my customers were happy.

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