Another month coming to an end means another Friday Five!
Running your youth activity center in the fall of 2020 looks a lot different than you anticipated a year ago. We may not all be in the same boat but we are definitely navigating the same river – deep, I know. But, the point is there are some additional tools that integrate with Jackrabbit Class that your youth activity center could benefit from now more than ever.
5 Integrations with Jackrabbit Class that your Youth Activity Center Needs
Jackrabbit Class has an entire ecosystem of integrations and partnerships that are available to you as a Jackrabbit client. The integrations are there to create a great experience for you, your staff, and your families. With dance, swim, gymnastics, cheer, and music lessons looking a bit different, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 integrations you need right now!
1. Online, contactless payments
Also known as ePayments, having online payments set up so parents can make all of their payments to you anytime from anywhere is so important. Having ePayments setup has always been beneficial because it ensures that you get money quickly and spend less administrative hours chasing those unpaid accounts. But now, it may be the only way to make sure you are getting paid at a time where parents are encouraged to wait outside of your facility.
Jackrabbit integrates with both C&H Financial and SafeSave Payments so you have the option to pick which company you want to process with – something a lot of class management solutions don’t offer. With our meet or beat pricing strategy, our ePayment partners are committed to giving you the best deal possible!
2. Affordable payroll solution
Payroll – it’s one of those things that is completely necessary but not exactly the most fun thing. And that’s exactly why we integrate with a payroll solution that is made specifically for youth activity center owners, Express Payroll.
Sean Dever, the owner of Express Payroll, owned a gym himself and knows his stuff! As a former gymnastics turned CPA, Sean goes above and beyond to help clients make payroll easier than ever before. But, don’t take my word for it. Reach out to Express Payroll for a free, no-obligation demo and quote!
“We love Express Payroll. We switched from another payroll service and have no regrets. The price is reasonable, customer service is great, and the Jackrabbit integration makes things simple. Sean has also been very helpful with PPP information and application, providing timely info to help us in the midst of pandemic closure.” – Becci Sallie, Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
3. Customized branded mobile app
There’s literally an app for everything. Why shouldn’t you have an app for your families and parents to use to connect with your youth activity center?
Mobile Inventor has been a long-time partner of Jackrabbit and is the industry-leading app creator for dance studios, swim schools, cheer and gymnastics gyms, and music schools. While Jackrabbit’s Parent Portal does provide a lot of opportunities to communicate with your customer base, the mobile app:
- allows for new families to find you in Google or Apple app stores
- send out important messages with push notifications,
- encourage fast enrollment with deep links,
- sell and track punch cards,
- and much more!
For the rest of 2020, Mobile Inventor has a great deal on pricing so there’s no better time to check them out!
4. Live streaming for a virtual viewing room
Live streaming classes was a cool concept that we started to see introduced in the youth activity space in 2020. Enter Spot TV. In a matter of a few months, it was clear live streaming was a necessity for some gyms, studios, and other youth activity centers to offer in order to reopen their facility.
Creating a unique connection with families to have a one-way, secure view into their child’s classes without being in the building is probably one of the coolest things I have seen to date. Especially for gyms that are navigating COVID-19 while staying Safe Sport compliant.
Watching those exciting milestones happen in real-time is priceless. Connect with our friends at Spot TV today!
5. Collect monetary donations online
A brand new partnership in 2020 and the timing couldn’t be better. The team at the Hope Floats Foundation worked with the Jackrabbit Product team to make it possible to accept monetary donations through the Parent Portal. While the initial release is phase 1 of a much bigger and better feature, it’s a new functionality that we couldn’t wait to have in you (and your families’) hands.
Why is this important right now? Great question! During the pandemic, a lot of small businesses and non-profit organizations suffered. Fewer swim lessons were being held, which means higher drowning rates and a lot of you needed support from your local communities just to keep your doors open.
Allowing you to set up charitable donations through the Parent Portal paved the way for you to support your favorite charity. Jackrabbit Swim is already set up to support the Hope Floats Foundation if you choose to turn this feature on and our remaining editions can choose the organization or charity of their choice! (—>Learn how to set up charitable donations in your Jackrabbit application)
As I mentioned above, Jackrabbit has an entire ecosystem of integrations and partnerships available to help you streamline processes, increase revenue and enrollment, and much more! Join us in December for our BOOST 2020 Virtual Conference where you can connect with our partners to learn more about their services!