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Tip Of The Week Archives

Mark Jerram and Nick James

Every week we will email you a free profit tip, technique, or strategy about running a successful Bouncy Castle Rental Business.

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How to easily get reviews from your customers
Mark Jerram
How you can easily get reviews from your customers. This is essential for the long-term success of your hire business. This tip will show you the trade secrets of how to get those pricless positive reviews.... keep reading

19 Ways to advertise your hire business for free
Mark Jerram
19 ways to advertise your business free of charge 1. Thompsons Local 2. BIHA Website 3. LeisureScene Website 4. Referrals from customers 5. Press releases 6. Search engines esp. Goggle + y keep reading

30th Oct 2010 - Big changes in the way your hire company is listed in Google.
Mark Jerram
If you have been a full member of the BIHA / BouncyCastleOwner.com for any length of time you will have noticed that I have a minor obsession with Google Maps (also known as Google Places or Local Li keep reading

The Seven Deadly Sins of Inflatable Hire (Video)
Mark Jerram
Video on YouTube showing 7 deadly sins of inflatable hire. param name=" keep reading

Excellent opportunity to be promoted in both ThomsonLocal and Google Maps simultaneously Excellent opportunity to be promoted in both ThomsonLocal and Google Maps simultaneously
Mark Jerram
The British Inflatable Hirers Alliance (BIHA) and Thomson Local are pleased to announce a partnership allowing members to take advantage of some fantastic Corporate Advertising opportunities with Thomson Local online and in the print directory. keep reading

Complete list of discussion forum threads (topics) Complete list of discussion forum threads (topics)
Mark Jerram
Here is the link for the complete list of 1,565+ topics (threads) on the discussion forum on BouncyCastleOwner.com (Since 2008) keep reading

Why you should ALWAYS display the BIHA logo shield on your business stationery and website etc.
Mark Jerram
If you are a member of the BIHA then you have full permission to download the BIHA logo shield, and put it onto your website or business cards, letter heads, vans, uniforms, or anywhere else connected keep reading

How to Instantly Increase Your Hire Bookings By 10% or More
Welcome to another profit-producing tip from www.BouncyCastleOwner.com and www.biha.org.uk HOW TO INSTANTLY INCREASE YOUR HIRE BOOKINGS BY 10% OR MUCH MORE BY ACCEPTING PAYPAL FROM YOUR CUSTOM keep reading

Different names of bouncy castles and other play inflatables throughout the world.
Mark Jerram
Bouncy castles - traditionally very popular for childrens' birthday parties, are known by different names throughout the world. In the UK, they tend to be known as bouncy castles or inflatable castle keep reading

Check that your website works when viewed on a mobile phone
Mark Jerram
Why it is vitally important to check your website works when viewed with a mobile phone? If you have a web site, you need to get or borrow either an iPhone, Blackberry, Droid smart phone, or any other phone which can surf the net. And then you need to visit your web site using one of those phones to see how usable your site is. keep reading

12 magic words to reassure your customers that you will deliver the inflatable(s)
Mark Jerram
When someone books an inflatable to hire from you, whether it is for a small back-garden party for half a dozen children or a massive event with thousands of people, one of the concerns at the back of the organiser's mind is: "Will the inflatables turn up on the big day?? keep reading

Why you should wear your company name and logo everywhere you go.
Mark Jerram
Do you regularly wear a jacket, tee-shirt or sweater with your company logo on the front or back? keep reading

How to double your profits - virtually overnight (Tip 1)
Mark Jerram
Welcome to the "Tip of the Week" 17 Nov 2009 fromBouncyCastleOwner.com (inpartnership with the BIHA) Thanks to this excellent profit generating tip go to Julie at KBLEvent Hi keep reading

What Two Colours On A Bouncy Castle (or any other play inflatable) That Should Be Avoided Like The Plague!
Mark Jerram
Try and avoid the colours yellow and white in too much quantity. Small amounts of yellow or white are OK. The reason these two colours should be avoided like the plague is simple. Over tim keep reading

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    • How many seconds does it take for your main bouncy castle website to fully load up on the small screen of your mobile phone (smart phone).
      1 - 4 seconds
      5 seconds
      6 - 10 seconds
      11 - 15 seconds
      16 - 20 seconds
      21 - 25 seconds
      26 - 30 seconds
      31 - 50 seconds
      51 - 60 seconds
      More than 1 minute

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    • Do you hire out mini-marquees (AKA Gazebos, instant pop-up-shelters) and/or full-size marquees alongside your inflatables to boost cash-flow and profits?
      No
      Thinking about it now after the wet 2012 summer
      Yes - but mini-marquees and gazebos only
      Yes - we hire out full size marquees only
      Yes - we hire out all sizes of marquees

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    • You discover that one of your competitors is illegally hiring out domestic "toy" bouncy castles to the public - which could cause a serious injury to a child as they are not robust enough for commercial hiring. What action would you take?
      Just warn them that they are breaking the law
      Call Trading Standards but warning them first
      Call Trading Standards without warning them first.
      Do nothing, but wait for others to report them.

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    • Do you charge your customers a "booking deposit" when they book an inflatable with you either through the phone or online? (E.g charge their credit card or ask them to send in a cheque, bank transfer or PayPal payment)
      Never - we're happy for full payment on delivery
      Sometimes - depends on the booking
      Yes - but only if they are a new customer
      Yes - for every booking, unless very short notice
      Yes - we won't deliver without a deposit up-front

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    • How many bouncy castles and other play inflatables do you own which you hire out?
      1
      2
      3 - 5
      6 - 8
      9 - 10
      11 - 13
      14 - 16
      17 - 19
      20 - 29
      30 or more

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    • Which is your most popular add-on hire product?
      Jenga (all 3 sizes)
      Connect-4
      Croquet
      Giant Chess
      Giant Drafts
      Didi Cars
      Pitchburst
      Boom Blasters
      Giant dartboard
      Basketball Shooters

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    • Do you charge a little extra for hiring bouncy castles to weddings? (and other very special events?)
      No, we keep the same hire price
      We charge an extra £10
      We charge an extra £20
      We charge an extra £30
      We charge an extra £40
      We charge an extra £50
      We charge an extra £60
      We charge an extra £70
      We charge an extra £80
      We increase price in accordance with their budget

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    • Do you use Facebook and/or Twitter as a marketing tool to reach your local prospects and customers?
      Yes
      No

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    • There are 10 main benefits of your membership to the BIHA and this sister site (BCO). Which one do you find MOST useful?
      Learning about Health & Safety / Legislation etc.
      Getting help & advice from the Discussion Forum
      Displaying the BIHA logo to increase your prestige
      Learning from the mistakes (& successes) of others
      Directory listing of your business on BIHA website
      Receiving ideas to help increase your hire profits
      Saving money on PL insurance and other services
      Getting the FREE Tip of the Week from this site.
      General sense of belonging / Less loneliness!
      Hearing about special deals etc.from manufacturers

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    • Which payment methods do you accept from your customers who hire inflatables?
      Cash and Cheque only
      Cash, Cheque and PayPal only
      Cash, Cheque, PayPal and Credit/Debit cards

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    • Do you ask your customers for referrals when they are happy with your inflatable hire service?
      No, never.
      No, unless the customer recommends me to a friend
      I sometimes ask for referrals
      I always ask for referrals at every hire
      I have a system to collect referrals at every hire
      I have a system & they get rewarded for referrals

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    • Should hire prices of your inflatables be included on your website?
      No, I prefer people to call me to discuss prices
      Yes, but only one price e.g. From £50 per day
      Yes, all my prices are displayed on my website
      Cannot answer as I don't yet have a website

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    • How much do you charge for a standard 12ft x 12ft bouncy castle (including 12 x 12's with a 4ft+ safety step) delivered LOCALLY in your town.
      £35 per day
      £40 per day
      £45 per day
      £50 per day
      £55 per day
      £60 per day
      £65 per day
      £70 per day
      £75 per day
      £80+ per day

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    • What is your most profitable type of inflatable which you hire out?
      Childrens bouncy castles
      Adult bouncy castles
      Small inflatable slides (Max 6ft to platform)
      Large inflatable slides (incl. mega slides)
      Castle/slide combis
      Sumo/super hero suits
      Bungee runs
      Rodeo bulls / surf simulators / multi-rides
      Bouncy boxing / Gladiator duel
      Activity centres / Obstacle courses

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    • Do you reduce hire prices in the winter?
      Yes
      No
      Only if the customer wants additional hire items
      Sometimes

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    • Do you own an Apple iPhone (e.g. 3G, 3GS or 4)
      No
      Yes

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    • Has The Soaring Price Of Fuel Made You Stop Taking Bookings Further Afield?
      Yes
      No

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