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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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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TallyFi on your Wrist

Bar and nightclub owners have been telling us how much they love being aware of what is happening in their club no matter where they are or what they are doing. We wanted make it easier for you to get important information you need without the need to constantly be consulting your phone.

As you might have already guessed, we are announcing a custom app for the Pebble smartwatch that brings the core of the TallyFi’s real-time experience to your wrist.

If you are interested in having TallyFi on your wrist, visit our smartwatch signup page. Even if you don’t have a Pebble, head over there to let us know which device you want us to work on next.

TallyFi Tip #3 – Identify Counters with Coloured Bumpers

Did you know that every TallyFi counter comes with 3 coloured bumpers? They’re not just for aesthetics. These bumpers let you easily identify device locations (eg. Front Door, VIP Entrance, Patio Entrance, etc.) so that your staff always grabs the correct counter.

Because TallyFi counters sync together, venue operators have the freedom to add multiple points of entry without ever having to worry about capacity management.