As talk continues to move towards getting the UK back to normal, pubs and clubs face an uphill climb not only to recover from the immediate impact of the Covid-19 closures, but to entice punters back in a climate of ongoing reluctance to socialise in enclosed spaces.
Social distancing robs the coronavirus of its ability to spread, but while that may be a sensible strategy during the peak of infection, it is not sustainable for the long term, and many people are ready to spend time with friends again.
Once you reopen, there are several things you can do to bring your old punters back and potentially benefit by adding some new long-term regulars to your customer base.
Pool tournaments are a great idea for pubs and especially for social clubs where your members are more likely to already know each other.
Our pub pool tables can easily be set to tournament mode, and you could charge an entry fee and offer a prize or trophy as an incentive for people to join in.
Remember to advertise your pool tournament well in advance – including online if your pub or club has a Facebook or Twitter profile, to reach those customers who have not yet returned to your premises.
This increases the number of participants but also raises your chance of earning revenues from people paying to practise on your pub pool tables.
After weeks at home, many people will have become even more accustomed to on-demand entertainment – so why not cater for this with an on-demand disco?
Our pub jukeboxes put your punters in control of what songs are played, but you still have ultimate admin privileges to remove unsuitable songs or genres from your database.
You could go retro with a database of decades gone by, or put new chart releases front and centre for a music night that looks towards a brighter future once the current virus is vanquished for good.
Finally, a lot of people have been holding amateur quiz nights via Zoom and other video conferencing apps, and even some pubs and social clubs have kept in touch with punters in this way during social distancing.
Don’t miss out on the positive sentiment you have generated – or if you haven’t held quiz nights during lockdown, make it your time to start.
Again, our pub jukeboxes make it even easier to host quiz nights and pub bingo, with a variety of built-in entertainment options played out via video screens or audio-only across your premises.
Get in touch
There’s no denying this has been a challenging period for many countries including the UK, but especially for businesses in the hospitality sector – so be ready to bounce back when the opportunity comes.
With profit-share arrangements, Manco Automatics can supply you with the equipment you need to attract punters back to your premises, without increasing your exposure to any upfront costs. Call us on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll be available to help.