Create Better Engagement by Adding Virtual Reality To Your Event’s Entertainment

Amusement Masters Virtual RealityThe use of virtual reality for event entertainment is a growing trend and it’s no wonder why. Statistics show that by the end of 2018, there will be over 170 million virtual reality users worldwide. With prices for this entertainment becoming more affordable, now is a great time to start engaging your event audiences by creating a unique brand experience.

THE WHY
Virtual reality technology immerses your audience in your brand’s world, all within a small space. No need for large presentation screens or lots of materials to pack. With limited equipment, this technology provides more impact than a flyer or brochure. Consider these survey results regarding consumer awareness and interaction with virtual reality:

• 92% of survey respondents in 2017 were familiar with the term “virtual reality.”
• 35% of respondents rated their experience with a virtual reality headset as “very exciting.”

As the virtual reality trend continues to grow, so will the statistics as more audiences engage with the technology at events.

THE HOW
You don’t have to be a multi-million corporation to incorporate virtual reality at your events. Just remember the key ingredient to Virtual Reality success is focusing on the user experience. Here are a couple of tips Amusement Masters shares with clients for getting started:

• Keep the Virtual Reality experience short at 2 minutes or less.
• Make the experience easy to do with simple controls.

VR Button Amusement MastersFrom playing games to experiencing destinations, virtual reality is changing the way audiences participate in events. As the technology continues to evolve, more opportunities will become available for brands to develop unique experiences. Virtual reality is fun, exciting, and an available marketing tool no matter the size of your company. If you’re ready to jump into using virtual reality to engage your audiences, contact us. With the latest in virtual reality equipment, Amusement Masters’ professional staff stands ready to help you get started!

Casino-Style Activities For Your Event

There is something uniquely glamorous about going to a casino. The excitement of watching the dice tumble, or that moment knowing that the next turn of a card might be what doubles your winnings. You don’t have to go to a casino to capture that feeling, though. In fact, you can bring it to your next event by making sure you have the right activities for your guests to join.Blacklight Craps Amusement Masters

Why Turn Your Event Into A Casino Night?
Whether you’re hosting a corporate holiday event, or you’re trying to get people together for a non-profit fundraiser, it’s important to have a theme for the evening. It immediately sets the tone for how people should dress, how they should act, and the sorts of games that will be available. And when you tell your guests they should come with a Las Vegas mindset, it can get them excited for the night to come.

The other reason a casino night is a good idea is that it provides something for every guest’s tastes. From card games like poker and blackjack, to table games like roulette and craps, there’s always something to do. Even better, these games provide a simple place for attendees to socialize. While it might be awkward to make small talk just standing around a bar height table, it becomes a lot easier to do when you’re both holding cards in your hand. A game provides something to talk about, and a shared activity breaks a lot of ice.

Low Cost, High Reward
It takes less than you think to plan and bring in a casino-style event. Companies like Amusement Masters make it easy by providing game tables, inventory (chips, cards, dice, etc.) and experienced game dealers to lead activities. You can even rent larger games, such as a roulette wheel or unique variations on the games, like Black Light casino activities. Scale up with lots of games or down as your event requires – a theme that provides flexibility without losing out on the potential for attendees to enjoy themselves.

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Amusement Masters Wins ‘Best Booth’ At The Special Event 2018!

We’re home from The Special Event in New Orleans, and proud to announce that we won the tradeshow’s ‘Best Booth’ Award! A shout out THANK YOU to our onsite team for this year’s show. They showed up and delivered in every way – bringing fun and memorable booth experiences to every attendee that visited.

Thank you to every TSE attendee that visited the booth to play games, create artwork on our Giant Etch-A-Sketch, take selfies at the photo station and engage with our team to learn more about Amusement Masters’ nationwide entertainment services. Over two days, we had SO much fun meeting and playing with attendees from all over the world!

 

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ABOUT THE SPECIAL EVENT
The Special Event (TSE) is the world’s largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals including: event planners, wedding planners, corporate event planners, caterers, event product and service providers, and event production companies. Each year, more than 5,000 professional attendees attend TSE’s renowned education program, featuring more than 100 sessions in eight tracks, as well as multiple showcasing events and an exhibit hall floor filled with event products and services. Visit the website, TheSpecialEventShow.com. TSE’s sister publication Special Events, in addition to producing the prestigious Gala Awards, provides industry information, and editorial support.

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Event professionals, producers and planners around the world flock to The Special Event (TSE) conference year after year – finding it to be an invaluable resource for education, networking and creative conversation with others in the industry. Since 1985 professionals in the field of special and live events have mingled and learned from an array of industry leaders sharing their knowledge. This year, TSE will be held in one of our most favorite client and event cities, New Orleans! Conference education sessions and the much-anticipated exhibit hall will be conveniently hosted by the  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

From January 30 to February 1st there will be over 100 educational sessions, an exhibit floor (where you can stop by to see us!) and several showcase events that attendees won’t want to miss. We’re thrilled to announce that this year Amusement Masters is a leading sponsor for the conference and will have our team both in attendance of the conference and exhibiting on the exhibit floor with many other leading companies in the special and live events industry.

If you’re an event professional attending, we invite you to come see us in Booth 1501 and PLAY!  This year our booth is going Hi-Tech – expect to have fun playing with Spot My Photo, our Giant Etch a Sketch, Calligrams and several LED Collection games! We’ll also have representation from our nationwide gaming experts team in the booth who can speak with you one-on-one and share more about our nationwide event entertainment services.

We can’t wait to see you in NOLA!


 

About The Special Event

The Special Event LogoThe Special Event conference is the world’s premier conference and trade show that is directed at the top decision makers and trendsetters in the event planning industry. The event professionals that attend The Special Event work in a variety of markets, whether they are sporting event planners, caterers designing social events, wedding specialists, event, meeting or festival producers, corporate meeting planners or creators of extraordinary extravaganzas.

The conference mission is to offer experiential education and resources to the Event Planning Industry by offering over 100 event-focused conference sessions, an exhibit hall jam-packed with event products and services, a Hands-on-Hundred learn-as-you-go program, and a week full of showcasing events. Along with the exhibit hall and education conference tracks, The Special Event hosts several over the top showcasing events.

For more information about the 2018 conference or to register and attend click onto The Special Event.

The Evolution of Inflatables For Special Events

The use of inflatable structures in the special events industry has changed a lot in the last ten years. Historically, inflatable structures were great options at carnivals, block parties, birthdays, and other events that would be heavily populated with children. The classic ‘bouncy house’ is where the inflatable structure industry started, but since the introduction of the bouncy house those structures created and used have evolved. Inflatable structures are no longer just for kid’s birthday parties!Lagoon of Doom

In the last few years, inflatable structures have gotten a lot more sophisticated, and they have been getting use in many types of special events with the focus on adult users. The corporate world now brings in inflatable games, obstacles and amusements as part of team building exercises or entertainment for company retreats and picnics. For other types of events Inflatable walls and igloo structures are also commonly used. At the 2017 IMEX America conference recently in Las Vegas several large inflatable structures (igloos) were used as meeting areas throughout the conferences’s ‘Inspiration Hub.’Adrenalator

Big inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and use as structures have really changed the scope of inflatables in special events. The industry of inflatables that was once led by bounce houses has really moved from a niche, a rather large niche market of child entertainment to be fair, into more widespread usage. It is rare to go to any large event today and not see at least one inflatable structure at it. An item that used to be used only for kids has now become the staple of any good event. The numerous possibilities that inflatables can be used for is a major reason why they are so popular. Also, they are just plain fun!

If you’re considering bringing an inflatable to your next event contact Amusement Masters and learn more about our inflatable games and amusement options!Zorb BallPlinkoLeaps and Bounds

What Is A DMC And What Can They Do For You?

At Amusement Masters we love working with some of the best DMC companies across the United States. We’re known for providing exceptional event entertainment and amusements to DMCs and their clients – a win-win relationship for all involved. However, when we mention that this type of company is a niche that’s a large percentage of the clients we service we often receive the question, ‘What is a DMC?’. In the spirit of educating today, we’re sharing more about what exactly a DMC is and how using one might just be a great fit for your needs!DMC Blog Artwork BMT


WHAT IS A DMC?
A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a service offered by professionals to help provide you with an extensive array of services including expertise and knowledge on various events, event coordination, tours, trips, and locations to which you are choosing to travel to. They can also help you work out the logistics of you and your group’s trip, such as travel and accommodations as well as events, activities, and things to do once you arrive at your destination. These services can continue throughout the continuation and duration of your stay.

WHAT EXACT SERVICES DOES A DMC OFFER?
A DMC can offer whatever kind of service you as need as a business traveler to make your trip (and the trip of your group) a memorable one. Most DMC companies will provide an array of services including anything from meeting venues to a business group to transportation from the airport to a final destination. Many DMCs will be happy to help book events during your stay if you want to visit local attractions or museums or find other fun activities and excursions to do. Many coordinate for business people the use of conference centers and places to hold their meetings. Others are happy to secure venues for parties and events. They are wonderful resources for finding someone to cater food, provide event design and decor, or entertainment for any event you may be hosting.

HOW MUCH DOES A DMC COST? 
Cost will really depend on the services you need and how much work the company has to do as to what it will cost you to hire their services. Most DMC companies will charge a fee to hire their staff, and this fee will cover their research and booking costs for their time for the workers at the company. You will also have to pay separately for the services you receive based on the vendors or external companies they recommend you use for various services. DMC’s are great at working with budgets for functions and events to find something that meets the client’s price range. Be sure to let them know up front what you can spend so they find activities that fit within your budget.

BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
When you are giving the DMC descriptions of the events you want to book be sure to be as thorough as possible. Give details of what exact events you are going to hold or what specific kinds of travel your group requires. Specify the types of transportation and lodging you prefer. There’s no such thing as giving too many details. The more the DMC knows about your needs list the more they can do to meet your specific needs and expectations.

CHECK TO SEE IF MARKUPS EXIST:
It’s also a good idea to check with the DMC to see if their fee for their services is all they charge, or if they charge an extra fee for each individual event they book or service they provide. For example, many services can be marked up much as 10-20% of the cost of the service than if you were to find and book it yourself. This is in addition to the fee that the agency or company will charge on their own to even get them to do the research and booking for you. Be sure you are willing to pay all these fees by reading the fine-print before moving forward.

From Nashville to New Orleans to Austin, Texas and beyond, we work with wonderful DMCs that are accomplishing great things for their clients across the United States. If you’re looking to build a relationship with a Destination Management Company feel free to click and connect with us – we’d love to connect you with a great DMC company or service near you!

Light Up Your Event With Our LED Games Collection

Are you looking to add entertainment to your event that’s an ‘attention getter?’ We have your challenge solved – the Amusement Masters LED Games Collection!

Our LED and glow activities light up any event space and captivate attendees from start to finish. From glowing billiards to radiant ping pong to electric dance floors and more. LED games add unique entertainment to events instead of the traditional. From corporate company events to team building training meetings, if you want to see your guests leave the event with a glowing smile…let us help you LIGHT UP your event!

What type of events do you host? Click here to connect with us and we’ll come up with a plan to LIGHT IT UP!

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Our DC Digital Photobooths Share Your Event Across Social Media!

Amusement Masters DC Digital CollageAmusement Masters is proud to bring the DC Digital Photobooth into our corral of photo novelty offerings with social media integration! ‘DC’ is Digital Centre, which for our clients means this photobooth can be a digital center for the event. Photobooths are almost a necessity and very popular at events in our current digital environment. Everyone wants to put their best photo forth on social media platforms and they want to do it in as close to real time as possible. This piece of entertainment technology allows that, and without the annoyance of holding one’s phone and angling it for the perfect ‘event selfie’. The DC Digital Photobooth provides a pro-like photo with the perfect lighting for each and every guests that steps in front of it’s camera!

Amusement Masters DC Digital PhotoboothThe strip photobooth can accommodate photos of anywhere from 1 to 50 people, including custom screens and strip designs with the event image – it’s completely customizable to your company brand or event theme. The booth allows for sharing of photos and even video messaging that can be sent out through event guests favorite social networks. These features put you and your event guests in control. The unit is also ultra portable which makes for easy location changes.

Amusement Masters DC Digital Photobooth 2Don’t miss out on booking this entertainment opportunity to the more expensive photobooths or something that takes up valuable floor space without the rewarding returns. Having your event attendees posting to social media directly from your live event can put you on the map and increase your social cred. Click here to connect with us for more info on the new DC Digital Photobooths and let us share with you the rewards!

Photography credit: Joe Keith Photography

Nice Meeting You At NACA!

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We had the best time attending the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) 2016 event this October. A special thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth and visited!

As we move into a new year, let us know if Amusement Masters can help with your 2017 event entertainment. Click here to view our catalog OR connect with our college games expert, Josh Shaw!


ABOUT NACA
The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life. They provide members with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more. School and associate members also have access to one of the largest campus activities networking and talent buying resources in the country. With the assistance of Fluent (their exclusive marketing partner), NACA is able to provide members with additional resources, including internship, educational and networking opportunities. NACA’s vision is to be the recognized leader in higher education for providing the knowledge, ideas and resources to promote student learning through engagement in campus life. Learn more about NACA by visiting them online at www.naca.org.

Add Big WOW To Your Events With Big Amusements!

Event planning, whether it’s for a private affair, a corporate event or for a charity, can be a challenge. After all, you want the most “bang for your buck” so to speak. You want to impress every guest and create a WOW factor. While it’s true that the little details matter, sometimes bigger IS better. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five of Amusement Masters’ biggest WOW-inducing offerings:

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Swing Ride
Taking up to 20 guests at a time, our Deluxe Swing Ride can soar your guests through the sky. This ride is not only a ton of fun, but it also has an enormous visual appeal, so it is sure to make a significant impact. 

Zippin’ Zone Zip Line
Zip lining is so popular today that you can find zip line attractions in tourist destinations ranging from lakes sites to mountains locations to the Las Vegas strip. Take advantage of this popularity during your next event by setting up our mobile zip line. Your guests will find riding the zip line an an event the ultimate thrill!

Tea Cups
The Tea Cups may look like a kid’s ride, but children of all ages secretly enjoy spinning in them! Bringing with it a great classic appeal – with this ride we have control of the speed and can adjust depending on the thrill level of your guests.

Ninja Tower
Ideal for team building or just to get the blood pumping, the Ninja Tower will give your guests a workout. While it is certainly fun, it’s a tall attraction and will draw attention to your event from a long distance away. The Ninja Tower is an active station, and makes a nice change if your affair incorporates other more ‘laid back’ or relaxed areas.

Toxic Drop
One of our newest inflatable obstacle courses is the Toxic Drop. This course is designed to add extra fun and thrills to events for all ages. Kids love the theming, and parents enjoy it too! The bright colors will make your event something to remember.

As you can see, there are many options for amusements and games that Amusement Masters offers than just the standard bounce house (although if that is what you’re looking for, we can help with that too!) Connect with our team and let us help you make a BIG impact at your next event. We know that with Amusement Masters’ on your side the WOW factor is possible, and your guests will love it! We can’t wait to work with you!