(Topic ID: 247018)

Pinball club creation, ideas?

By Nihonmasa

5 days ago

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  • Latest reply 5 days ago by TwoHeartedMale
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    #1 5 days ago

    Hi all,

    In September we will be opening with my wife a flipperclub here in Switzerland
    We don't think it'll make money; if it can pay for the room rent and the machines maintenance that'd be great already!
    Visitors will pay a small fee for a daily membership.
    All members will be able to play for free, non members will not be allowed in (this keeping the room "private").
    We will be starting with 15 pins and 3 video game arcades.

    Question is:
    Feel free to share your ideas, feedbacks...
    We are still planning stuff and are open to any idea.

    Budget is thin though

    #2 5 days ago

    Will you be selling booze and food as well. I think that will help.

    #3 5 days ago

    Yep, only beer and snacks cause that's the max we can do without being an official bar.
    But that is indeed planned

    #4 5 days ago

    I think you will be alright then. You have a good number of games going in. as long as you change out games when new ones come out once in a while. I’d also organize tournaments regularly that are fun not just who has the most points wins.
    Just remember with owning your business the first two years are usually hard. But after that you should be able to find a way to profit. Good luck with my dream I mean yours.

    #5 5 days ago

    Beer and snacks always help. Good luck!!!!

    #6 5 days ago

    I'd offer up a few free days, get the locals a taste, and help build members.

    #7 5 days ago

    Promotion! Events, Social Media, Local schools, Store that might cater to your demographics.
    TV coverage, if you can get.

    #8 5 days ago

    Sorry, look like I forgot some important info

    We will only operate between 2 to 4 evenings a month. Demographic is low, more is unlikely to bring more people, but we'll see in the future. That is how the few clubs in Switzerland work, not enough people.

    We are not opening a business but a non-profit; we doubt we'll get even but that is fine, that is a hobby we'll manage on top of our job.

    I thought of facebook ads, but tv is clearly a nice idea.

    Tournaments will be organised, I am already in touch with our IFPA director.

    Locals are not really the target anyway, we are 1000 locals when summing up the 3 villages in the area, which is a mountain/farmer area.
    Target audience is the pinheads who would not travel up to 2 hours to the nearest club, in the german speaking part of Switzerland. We are in a central position where most people would only need to drive 1 hr max to reach us.
    Swituerland is small

    Worst case, we'll do this for a year and it'll be a nice place to hang out with the friends.

    We'd love a shuffle alley, but that's extremely hard to find here.

    Do you think it would need a small area for people to seat, chat... or pins only?
    What do you expect to find when you go to one?

    #9 5 days ago

    Maybe a small table and chairs in case people bring food.

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