Counting in a Pandemic

TallyFi has been counting people for years in demanding applications where speed and accuracy are of utmost importance. Never before has this been more true than with the recent introduction of capacity restricting safety measures put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

While these new safety measures are important and necessary, for many business owners this is easier said than done. Many businesses operate with multiple points of entry and exit, making it difficult to accurately track the number of customers in their venue at any given time.

For some businesses TallyFi has been a perfect fit. Multiple synced counters placed at each point of entry and exit provide a live accurate count of the number of customers currently in the business. Additionally, TallyFi requires virtually no setup. The counters operate on your existing WiFi network, and the dashboard requires no software installation, operating in any standard web browser on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Whether you operate a large or small business, we may be able to help. You can start with as little as a single counter, or operate with 50+ synced counters. There’s really no limit, and the service can be scaled up and down as necessary as we navigate this pandemic.

In addition to the live count, historic data accessed through the online dashboard provides an invaluable tool for comparing performance throughout the pandemic, and generating any reports that may be required for regulatory purposes.

When we designed TallyFi we could never have anticipated that our counters and service would ever be used for such an application. However, we’ve done our best to keep up with demand and continue to deliver a simple, reliable service that our customers have come to rely on. 

If you think we may be a good fit for your business please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. We’ve also summarized some of the ways existing customers are using TallyFi during the pandemic on our website.

Feature Spotlight: Notes

The events that occur during a particular day obviously have a big effect on your numbers. This week, we’ve decided to highlight “Notes” – a feature that will help you keep track of what happened and why.

A note is simply a centralized place for you and your team to share information tied to a particular day – for example, special event details (“VIP Visit” or “Beatles Concert”), or for daily operational logs (“ticket machine broke”, or “extreme weather”). There are two places you can get started with notes:

  1. From your main dashboard you can add a note to the current day by clicking the note button in the upper right hand corner.
  2. From the calendar view you can add a note to any day by first selecting the desired date and activating the “Add Note/Sales” button.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be provided with a free-form text area that you can fill with whatever information you’d like. The text will be visible from the calendar view alongside your daily numbers.

Adding a Note from the dashboard (left) and from the calendar view (right)

Great! The next thing you’ll want to tryout is ‘Note Search’. Visiting the calendar page, you can use the search button to find all the days that contain matching text. For instance, say you are looking to review the last three times a particular event called the “Campfire Ball” was held.

Note search button (top right hand corner of calendar page)

Performing the search will list each of the times the phrase appeared in the note text, so that you can easily find important events and compare their impact on daily totals. For multiple venue owners, the search results include matching days across all of your venues, which makes it easy to track events that move between locations.

Search Results – each of the days referencing the “Campfire Ball” appear in this list


Introducing the Newly Designed “TallyFi TF-2” Counter

TallyFi is proud to announce the release of its second generation counter technology, the “TallyFi TF-2”. Looking back on 3 years of real world usage and millions of counts, we set out to improve upon the original TallyFi TF-1 design.

While functionally similar to the existing counters (and fully backwards compatible) the new counters offer improved connectivity, durability, and water resistance.

The TallyFi TF-2 also comes equipped with a new WiFi setup technology, blinkbit.io, to simplify the setup process even further. Developed completely in-house, blinkbit.io provides a secure and simple method for transferring WiFi credentials from any smartphone or computer directly to your TallyFi device.

You can check out all the latest features at tallyfi.com/support/manual, or if you’ve already got a device and are looking to get started you can try our Quick Start Guide at tallyfi.com/start.

5 Remarkable Ways TallyFi Can Quickly Benefit Your Museum

If you’ve been reading our last few blog posts, you’ve seen several ways that our clicker counters can benefit bars and nightclubs. They can help you nurture a unique company culture, boost upselling to new and returning customers, and ultimately increase your bottom line.

But did you know that our clickers can benefit a variety of venues? From pubs to concerts halls to stadiums, TallyFi clickers can make a powerful difference in many different industries. Today, we want to focus on museums. After all, as of spring 2015, 32 million people visit American art museums every year, and museums receive more visitors than all major league sporting events and theme parks combined.

Yet, very few museums receive federal funding, and more than two-thirds of museums struggle to bring in enough revenue to provide a consistently enjoyable experience for their visitors. Today we’ll take a look at five key ways that TallyFi clicker counters can help make running a museum more efficient and profitable.

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How to Create a Unique Company Culture at Your Bar

If you’ve been reading the TallyFi blog for awhile, you know that the employees at your bar can make a huge difference in nightly sales, customer happiness, and the overall success of your business. Whether you personally manage your team or you have middle managers to help out, one of your key concerns as a nightclub owner is how to attract and retain the best talent for your team.

Company culture” has become a bit of a buzzword over the last few years as office environments have implemented features like standing desks and bring your dog to work days, but the idea behind the phrase can be the difference between happy, driven employees and resentful, lazy ones — no matter where they’re employed.

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New Feature: TallyFi Email Reports

Today we are launching a new feature that many of our customers have been asking for, and we think you’re going to love it – Email Reports!

Boring, right?

Start each week with a quick review of last week’s performance and stay on top trends that affect your bottom line. Track the performance of your promotions and always keep on top of guest counts.

Focus on doing the things that grow your business, making more money is never boring!

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4 Powerful Ways to Boost Upselling at Your Bar

Though turning a profit at your business includes many details, increasing your cash flow can really only be done in two ways: bringing more customers in, and/or selling more to the customers you already have.

On the TallyFi blog, we’ve already discussed ideas for attracting more customers to your nightclub and we’ve examined how hospitality training can help you keep happy customers. The next step is to nudge those happy, paying customers to spend more money at your bar. How can you do that? Upselling.

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4 Fun Ways to Boost Your Bottom Line During Off Hours

Any nightclub owner can tell you that downtime is normal. The problem is that, even when customer count and sales are low, most nightclubs are still staffed and ready to serve. One of the clear solutions involves increasing marketing to target those off hours. But if you’ve already tried that route or you’re looking for something a bit more creative, read on for some unconventional ideas that can increase the money your nightclub brings in.

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The 3 Numbers You Need to Know as a Nightclub Owner

So, you’ve closed down your nightclub or bar for the night and it’s time to check your till. You count the earnings, deduct expenses, and are eager to find out if you’ve hit your sales goal for the night.

But is this the best number to use when measuring the success of your nightclub? It may seem simple enough to compare your sales goals to your actual sales, but it turns out there are three numbers that can be much more telling of your business’ short-term and long-term success.

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3 Reasons Your Security Staff Needs Hospitality Training

First impressions matter. People form their first impressions within the first few minutes of an interaction, and that impression is difficult to change.

At a bar or nightclub, this important first impression lies in the hands of the bouncers and security staff. They are a customer’s first point of contact, so it’s no surprise that many customers form a first impression of a nightclub based on their interaction with security.

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