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The United States is filled with amazing local venues, charities, and programs that immensely benefit their surrounding communities. However, many of these programs struggle to receive the funding and support they need to keep running. As a program director, you have the power to drive real change in your local community by inspiring individuals to donate their time and resources to these important programs. One tool that can help you do this is FYI Tags –  a geo-targeted content management system that connects visitors to facilities with content that will inspire them to donate to local programs. In this blog, we'll explain how you can utilize FYI Tags to drive local donations for the programs you support.

Use Compelling Content: FYI Tags allow parks and recreation facilities to showcase inspiring content encouraging visitors to donate to local programs. This content can include videos, images, calendars of events, and more. Make sure the content you showcase is engaging, creative, and emotional – it should make visitors feel a real connection to your cause.

Make it Easy to Donate: One of the biggest reasons people don't donate is that it's too difficult. FYI Tags makes it easy for visitors to make monetary or volunteer donations to your cause. You can link to any e-commerce site to facilitate monetary donations and use features for registering volunteerism in specific programs like feeding the hungry during holidays.

Utilize Geo-Targeting: FYI Tags is geo-targeted, which means visitors to your facility will receive relevant content based on their location. This allows you to make direct asks for donations that pertain to the specific program they are visiting. For example, if a visitor is at a park ranger station, the FYI Tag is about supporting local wildlife rehabilitation programs.

Share Real-Life Examples: Visitors are much more likely to donate if they understand the real-life impact donations can make. Share stories, success cases, and behind-the-scenes footage to show visitors exactly how their donations can make a difference.

Create a Call to Action: Finally, make it clear what visitors can do to help support local programs. Use FYI Tags to create a clear call to action for visitors to donate or volunteer. Make it easy for them to take action, and be sure to thank them for their support.

FYI Tags is a powerful tool for driving local donations and volunteerism. Together, we can make a difference in your community. 

As the CEO and Visitor Services Coach for FYI Tags, I am donating my time to contribute to your charitable program goals by offering a free consultation. We'll review your donation strategies to increase your programs. By supporting you, we are helping as many communities as possible.

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Author, Lesly Birkner, CEO and Visitor Services Coach, FYI Tags, LLC

Resources: https://doublethedonation.com/nonprofit-fundraising-statistics/

Running events require effort and support from team members, volunteers, and attendees, each with their roles and responsibilities. As a park and recreation department manager or director, it's your job to provide training and support to your staff and volunteers. However, training can be time-consuming and overseeing each team member to ensure a smooth event can be challenging. FYI Tags provides a solution to streamline employee and volunteer training and ongoing support.

FYI Tags consist of physical tags and content management software (CMS). These tags are placed in key locations where team members and volunteers perform specific tasks for events. Scanning the unique QR code on the tag with a smart device allows them to access essential information, including training videos, step-by-step instructions, and necessary forms. This eliminates the need to search through a training manual or ask a supervisor for guidance.

FYI Tags work by connecting with our proprietary CMS software, which provides necessary tools for management to update content in real-time. Each tag is uniquely identified by its location, allowing managers and directors to ensure that team members have access to the most up-to-date information.

Moreover, FYI Tags can reduce liability for your department by consolidating training videos and forms in one accessible platform. With automatic updates, team members can quickly access the latest policies and procedures, minimizing confusion. Plus, FYI Tags have an intuitive design that doesn't require IT expertise, making it accessible to everyone in your department.

Additionally, when volunteers and employees feel supported and well-trained, it fosters a positive workplace culture with reduced turnover and increased recruitment efforts.

Author : Lesly Birkner, Visitor Services Coach

Connect with the author: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

and other ideas to take your fall festival to new heights.

Experience the excitement and engagement of fall festivals with new and thrilling activities! Join the worldwide phenomenon of pumpkin chunkin' and learn valuable lessons in safety, teamwork, physics, and engineering. But why stop there? We've got a few creative ideas to take your autumn celebration to the next level.

Bonfire Pods -Gather around a cozy bonfire with loved ones and make lasting memories. Create a separate bonfire areas that provide plenty of seating for everyone. And remember to offer a smores basket for participants to make the perfect fall treat!

Scarecrow Making Competition-  HAY!  Pumpkins shouldn't always have the spotlight. Get creative and compete in our scarecrow-making competition. Use straw bales, old clothes, and other materials for teams to create a character for judges to crown the winner.

And remember, we offer options to monetize your event with FYI Tags. Get in touch today to customize your revenue capture points. Together, let's create an unforgettable fall experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Author : Lesly Birkner, Visitor Services Coach

Connect with the author: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

Struggling to engage visitors for your next event or festival? FYI Tags is the perfect solution.

1. Prompt Visitors to Get Involved: With FYI Tags, you can easily grab visitors' attention and make them aware of your event calendar right at your facility. This helps to encourage engagement and participation.

2. Seamless Event Reminders: Utilizing calendar items with FYI Tags allows you to create events in visitors' digital calendars automatically. This convenient use of calendar features ensures that participants receive timely reminders about upcoming events, directly on their own devices.

3. Easy Sign-Up and Interaction: Maximize participant engagement by utilizing submitted forms with FYI Tags. These tags are practical tools for promoting sign-up sheets, reservations, and event suggestions. By placing these tags strategically, you can prompt visitors to engage with your program precisely when they are thinking about it.

By leveraging FYI Tags and incorporating them into your sign-up process, you can efficiently provide vital event information, including a brief description, date, time, and location. This approach not only entices your target audience to attend but also saves them time by eliminating the need to sift through lengthy event descriptions. With FYI Tags, you can streamline your sign-up process and encourage visitors to participate actively in your upcoming events.

Connect with the Author : Lesly Birkner, Visitor Services Coach,  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

Three tips on how to use AI in visitor communication. 

That's almost 65 years ago! Since then, AI has come a long way and is now being used in various industries, including visitor communication. Here are three tips on using AI in your visitor communication to enhance your guest's experience and streamline your operations.

1) Consider using chatbots to provide 24/7 customer support.

2) Use AI-powered writing tools to stay on-brand with your visitor communication, like in this blog that was 90% written by jasper.ai. Now that's meta.

3)  Lastly, use voice assistants and enable voice searches to enhance the accessibility and ease of your visitor communication.

With these tips, you can take your visitor communication to the next level with the help of AI.

Connect with the Author(s). Lesly Birkner, Visitor Services Coach, and jasper.ai  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

Oh yeah, this image was made by AI too!

Explore how to connect to Statues and Monuments in Parks.  

Have you ever visited a park and wondered about the significance of the monuments and statues you come across? With the recent debates around removing statues and monuments across the country, there has been a renewed interest in understanding the history and meaning behind these structures. But how much do visitors learn from them? In this post, we will explore the educational value of monuments in parks and how FYI Tags can help you connect with a deeper understanding of their significance.

Monuments often serve as a reminder of a significant event or person in history. They are meant to honor and pay tribute to these individuals or events. However, the educational value of monuments in parks depends on how well they are interpreted and communicated to visitors. Unfortunately, many monuments lack this important component, leaving visitors to simply admire the structure without truly understanding its significance.

FYI Tags addresses this issue by providing a platform for visitors to exchange information and opinions about the monuments they encounter in parks. By scanning QR codes on the tags, visitors can access a wealth of information, including historical and cultural context, artistic interpretation, and conservation efforts. This feature allows visitors to delve deeper into the monument's history and to develop a more comprehensive understanding of its significance.

In addition to gaining knowledge, visitors may be inspired to get involved in conservation efforts or join discussions about the meaning of a particular monument. For example, statues of Confederate leaders have recently been the subject of much debate, with some arguing that they glorify slavery and racism. By using FYI Tags, visitors can access a variety of viewpoints and engage in constructive discussions about the implications of such monuments.

Moreover, FYI Tags also provide an inclusive platform for underrepresented voices to be heard. For example, monuments to public figures or events may only sometimes consider marginalized communities' perspectives. FYI, Tags allow individuals to share their experiences and views about how such monuments may affect them.

Monuments in parks can provide significant educational and cultural value if they are properly interpreted and communicated to visitors. FYI, Tags contributes to this effort by providing a platform for visitors to learn more about the history and meaning behind these structures. In addition, by establishing a space for constructive dialogue and inclusivity, we can deepen our collective understanding of monuments and their significance in our society.

Author Lesly Birkner, Director and Visitor Services Coach at FYI, Tags, want to connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

Without a doubt, allowing dogs on the trails is one of the most enjoyable experiences for both our canine companions and their trail-loving human owners. For trail managers trying to craft an enjoyable outdoor experience that meets everyone’s needs, however, it can be a tricky balancing act. After all, how do you ensure that the safety of hikers and their furry friends is considered? The good news is that there are many things you can do to promote an enjoyable experience for all users while still following local regulations regarding pet use in parks and other public spaces.

Posting Rules and Tips :

To ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience for both dogs and their owners, trail managers should consider posting rules and tips for hiking with pets on their trails. These guidelines can provide clarity for pet owners, help prevent accidents and conflicts, and promote goodwill among hikers. It's important to remember that not all dogs are suited for hiking, and each trail may have its own unique challenges, such as steep terrain, wildlife, or other hazards. Additionally, pet owners should be aware of leash laws, trail etiquette, and ways to minimize the environmental impact of their pets. Trail managers can help create a positive and responsible hiking culture for all by providing clear and concise information.

At FYI Tags, we want to make posting and communicating with dog owners on your trails easy with our geo-target content management system. Contact a Visitor Services Coach today at hello@fyitags.com.

Want some more tips, check out the blog at outward hound!

Author Lesly Birkner, Director and Visitor Services Coach at FYI, Tags, want to connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

Are you a facility operator looking to keep your visitors entertained and engaged? Then, digital scavenger hunts can be the perfect solution! They are fun and exciting and serve as an educational experience, allowing participants to explore new spaces while learning about them. Imagine the excitement on their faces as they attempt to beat each other in a race to uncover hidden clues, solve puzzles, and complete challenges - all from their own devices. This post will discuss three tips for successfully running digital scavenger hunts so everyone involved has fun!

  1. Choose a fun theme
    One of the most important things to do when hosting a digital scavenger hunt is to choose a fun theme. This will help to set the tone for the event and make it more enjoyable for everyone involved. We suggest a theme that also relates to your facility and brand. Think about the year your facility was established as a fun place to start brainstorming.
  2. Make a list of items to find
    Once you have chosen a theme, you will need to make a list of items that participants will need to find. This can be anything from specific objects to photos of certain landmarks. Be sure to make the list as challenging as you want without making it impossible to complete. Don't forget to integrate rewards for finding objects like coupons or preview day tickets.
  3. Create a leaderboard
    A digital scavenger hunt is not complete without a leaderboard. This will help to add an element of competition and make the event more exciting. Be sure to create a leaderboard that is easy to understand and use so that everyone can keep track of their progress.

Planning a digital scavenger hunt for your facility is an exciting and rewarding way to engage with visitors. With the right preparation and effort, you can create a memorable experience for your guests. Choosing a fun theme, making a challenging list of items to find, and creating an easy-to-use leaderboard are all essential steps in ensuring everyone has an enjoyable time. By implementing these tips, you can host an unforgettable digital scavenger hunt that promises plenty of surprises along the way. We’d love to share our knowledge and suggestions with you; contact a FYI, Tags Visitor Services Coach now, hello@fyitags.com.

Author Lesly Birkner, Director and Visitor Services Coach at FYI, Tags, want to connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

Have you ever heard the phrase, "This is how we've always done it?" It's the ultimate buzzkill for growth. As a young supervisor at a regional amusement and waterpark, I learned that firsthand from a manager who used it to shut down all my questions about our operating processes. Fast forward to my stint as Guest Services and Operations Manager. My goal was to give visitors the smoothest entry possible based on our standard procedures. I had everything planned, trained, and checked for our big Saturday. But within hours, our record-breaking attendance exposed major flaws. My team rose to the challenge with no complaints, and by day's end, we'd held it together. Hats off to my amazing staff, but lesson learned - sometimes "the way we've always done it" just isn't enough.  

A lesson learned early on: Invest in communication and team support for efficiency. I've improved attractions for 15+ years through tech, training, and procedure. So let's share some fun tips!

Author Lesly Birkner, Director and Visitor Services Coach at FYI, Tags, want to connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lesly-birkner-a20836173/

First production run of FYI Tags delivered to Hot Springs Village

The first production run of FYI Tags delivered to Hot Springs Village

New trail benches draw comments

-Hot Springs Village Voice