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A selection of articles and tips for the tech and sport industry alike

3D Printing: Changing the Game of Sport

24 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

2018 is the year of 3D printing. Tech enthusiasts everywhere are jiggling in their converse as 3D printing firms its grip on almost every commercial industry. When the technology first surfaced, the world had many questions. Will the machines take regular ink? Does it print everything out onto paper and then fold the pieces into […]

Best Wearable Tech for Sports Coaching

21 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Wearable fitness trackers saw a sharp decline in sales last year, compared with 2016. It begs the question if fitness tracking for the general public is simply a fad: a desperate Christmas purchase hoping to lower your Dad’s cholesterol, buy your girlfriend something other than jewellery (it’s technically different), or because January’s around the corner […]

Why Big Brands should help Grassroots Sports

17 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Whilst global brands may be household names, it is community activities and local venues that win the higher status in a family home. Big Brands have big money and big reach, while grassroots organisations tend to have little money and local support. Brands can and always will release high-end, high-budget adverts, but to establish a […]

Best UK Payment Gateways For Online Booking

11 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

A payment gateway is an e-commerce application that authorises online payments. It is the online version of a card machine that you would find at a shop till. All sales websites must choose a programme that is safe and reliable, as it will store sensitive customer data and will deal with any payment disputes and […]

Marketing Hacks – Cracking Facebook Algorithms

7 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

How will Facebook’s change of algorithm affect your brand? On the 11th January 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced a change to how posts appear on your newsfeed. Facebook wants to rid itself from the spam and clickbait culture that has been clogging our newsfeeds for the past few years. Having always claimed to be a “social […]

Best Practice For Safeguarding Children in Sports

1 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Safety procedures may not be the most glamourous part of your job, but they are the most important, and can even help you stand out from the rest. Once you have a thorough and well executed safeguarding system, be sure to shout about it. Parents will be extremely grateful to know that their child is […]

Australia’s 5 Best Payment Gateways For Online Booking

30 January 2018 openplay 0 Comments

When choosing a payment gateway, it is important to consider whether your business would benefit from an on-site or off-site service. At OpenPlay, we recommend sticking with on-site, so payments remain on your website and the overall process feels streamlined and trustworthy. The alternative leads your customers to the payment gateway website to complete the […]

Five Offline Marketing Hacks for Sports Coaches

27 January 2018 openplay 0 Comments

What if you could get one of the top pros to advertise your sports venue in their next big match? Imagine Serena Williams wearing your logo instead of the overly-dominant Nike tick? Maybe Roger Federer could eat a banana whose skin had printed on it your opening hours and booking details? Perhaps Gareth Bale will […]

8 Ways To Increase Revenue At Your Sports Facility

23 January 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Running sports facilities is both time consuming and expensive once you factor in staff costs, lighting, maintenance and so on. Probably what is most frustrating and challenging is filling up the dead time, particularly off-peak. Below are eight ways to help you increase revenue and usage through booking sports facilities.   1. Experiment with price […]

Slack – Best Tool For Internal Communications For Sports Providers

19 January 2018 openplay 0 Comments

  Only a few years ago, email was the most efficient form of online communication, no matter what the context.  Nowadays, emails swarm our mailboxes like locusts, meaning important messages can get buried underneath automated advertisements, photographs of your nephew’s first solid feed, and the occasional plea from a suspicious royal looking for your bank […]