Prepare for the new year with pub fruit and quiz machines

A new year has begun and as business returns to normal, it’s a great time to consider installing pub fruit machines and quiz machines to attract more punters during the remaining winter weeks.

There’s nearly three more months of winter still to come, followed usually by a rainy spring, so indoor entertainment can play a big part in keeping people on your premises for longer.

If you have the floor space, you could opt for pub pool tables as a way to entertain customers while adding a new revenue stream to your business.

But if floor space is at a premium, pub fruit machines and quiz machines create instant entertainment without requiring a very large physical footprint.

Just place them against a wall, up against a pillar or in a quiet corner and you can add an immediate revenue stream to a part of your premises that has perhaps been underused in the past.

Why fruit machines and quiz machines?

It’s not just about the amount of physical space they need. Pub fruit machines are a familiar fixture in many establishments up and down the country and having the latest titles installed can help your premises to look upkept and up to date.

Quiz machines are an even more modern addition and cater for small to medium-sized groups of friends who either take turns or designate one person with the authority to touch the screen.

Together these coin-operated pub machines raise revenues, provide entertainment for customers and help your premises to look relevant to present-day punters.

Revenues without the risk

If you want a low-risk way to add to your revenue streams, opt for a quiz machine or pub fruit machine on a profit-share arrangement.

This means instead of paying a fixed rental fee for the machine, you instead pay a percentage of any profits you make.

You get to keep the rest – so in a good month you make more, and in a slower month you pay less.

In this way, you get added peace of mind that your operating costs for the fruit machines and quiz machines on your premises should be more than made up by your profits.

Add fruit machines and quiz machines to your venue today and you can immediately start to benefit from this direct revenue stream, as well as the indirect increase in food and drink sales as customers stay for longer during each visit.

 

If you’re looking to hire a fruit machine or quiz machine for your venue, call Manco Automatics today on 0161 870 7777 or ask for a quotation via our contact us page.

How pubs and clubs bring people together for the holiday season

This holiday season, many of us will be spending time with friends and family, whether at home or going out to a local venue to escape the chaos back at the house.

It’s a time when homes are full to the rafters with guests, gifts and gourmet foods, and with the usual household chores put firmly on the back burner until January, it’s important to get some time out of the house here and there.

Pubs and clubs are the perfect place to do this. The UK’s pub culture is unique in the world, offering a home from home and a place to catch up with friends, neighbours, and visiting family.

Members’ clubs even more so are a place to see the same familiar faces and celebrate the season with a group of friends who share your interests, whether that’s a particular sport, hobby or just geographical location.

Both pubs and clubs can cater for the larger groups of the festive season by installing some modern entertainment in the form of quiz machines, jukeboxes and pub pool tables.

Go beyond fruit machines for festive success

Fruit machines are the default entertainment option for many licensed premises. They have a small physical footprint, good revenues and they only need one player.

But if you want to attract larger groups, especially at Christmas when your customers are likely to be a mix of different ages and interests, there are a few good ways to do this:

  • Pub pool tables can be enjoyed by players of all ages, four (or even more) people can play in pairs and small groups, and customers nearby can watch the game too.
  • Quiz machines can be enjoyed by individuals and by groups, with customers 2-3 deep around the screen all offering what they think is the correct answer.
  • Jukeboxes have little to no floor footprint as they’re wall-mounted, they keep your music varied with no manual intervention from staff, and they can support other entertainment features like pub quizzes and bingo.

Any one of these is a great addition to pub and club premises but together, two or more of them alongside fruit machines give you a great variety and wide appeal to customers of all ages – even young patrons can play pool with parental supervision.

We’re moving rapidly into the new year, but all of the above holds true all year round, allowing you to accommodate different groups of guests whether it’s Christmas lights or summer sun shining down on them.

5 of the best themes for fruit machines

Pub fruit machines are certainly eye-catching with their colourful glass fronts and flashing lights, but what keeps customers attracted to their favourite fruit machine?

It’s not all about how much a fruit machine pays out. Players will come back again and again to a machine as long as they feel entertained, and understand the features and gameplay.

Some of the best fruit machines for pubs actually have very simple gameplay or features that are intuitive or recognisable so new players can immediately understand them.

Here are five of the best themes for fruit machines to keep players coming back for more…

1. Fruity fruit machines

It might sound obvious, but many players appreciate a theme that pays homage to the origins of fruit machines, with reels and features based around the classic fruits.

Despite decades of new games and new gameplay, for these players you can’t beat the appeal of cherries, oranges and plums.

2. TV & movie tie-ins

Favourite TV shows and movies make popular themes for fruit machines too. Whether it’s the latest superhero or a popular daytime TV show, fruit machines span the gamut.

Again, although the theme might be purely visual rather than directly affecting the gameplay, it’s the familiarity that players like, and they may naturally feel more trust towards a machine themed around their favourite comic book hero.

3. Game themed slot machines

There’s some crossover between this category and the one above, as many of the most popular daytime TV shows are game shows.

But all kinds of games – including classics like snakes and ladders – can translate across to slot machines to make a feature-packed theme that requires no introduction.

4. Computer game themes

Again, there’s some crossover here, but this time we’re focusing purely on videogame themed slot machines.

The features that appear on computer game themed fruit machines can be more complex, representing the authentic gameplay of the relevant title.

Again, players might already be familiar with the basics of the game so they can get right down to enjoying the fruit machine version of it.

5. Brand new fruit machines

Flying in the face of everything we’ve said above about familiar themes and titles, some players are always looking for the next new experience.

Brand new fruit machines can freshen up what you offer to your customers, with the latest jackpots, video displays, touchscreens and modern capabilities like polymer note feeders and contactless card readers.

All of these make it easier for players to engage in a variety of different ways, helping to keep them entertained and playing for longer.

Keep a crowd in for autumn with pub quiz machines and jukeboxes

Autumn is an unusual season for pubs and clubs. There are the isolated events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and the run-up to Christmas, but you need a strategy for the weeks in between.

It’s seven weeks from November 5th until Christmas Eve – realistically giving you six weeks in between to host any events you might have planned to draw in the crowds.

A regular schedule can be a big help at a time of year when the nights are drawing in and many people are looking for ways to brighten up their evenings, as well as to start getting into the seasonal spirit.

Here are just a few ways pub quiz machines and jukeboxes can help you to do just that, keeping customers on your premises for longer and encouraging them to make the cold journey out into the autumn evenings from home.

Pub quiz machines keep pals entertained

Pub quiz machines are a great way to entertain groups of friends and family, and although in theory only one person can play at a time, you’ll see patrons stood two and even three deep around your quiz machine at times.

Anyone within arm’s reach of the screen can lean in to tap the correct answer to a question, so this kind of huddle is not unusual.

It’s also an easy way to introduce trivia into your establishment – so even if you’re not holding a full-blown pub quiz at the time, customers can still challenge their wits.

Jukebox bingo and pub quizzes

Another low-effort way to offer pub quizzes and even bingo is to install a pub jukebox such as the Sound Leisure VenueHub.

It features free, professionally recorded pub quiz and bingo audio, plus other marketing capabilities like the ability to display adverts for upcoming sports events you will be screening.

This of course is all in addition to its functionality as a pub jukebox, playing music as audio and/or video to generate an additional revenue stream from customers who want to choose a song.

Pub pool tables and fruit machines

Finally, give pairs and individuals some entertainment by installing pub pool tables and fruit machines, again allowing customers to play whenever they want.

Coin-operated pool tables are a great source of revenue and can keep customers on-premises for longer while they complete a game, increasing the chances of them buying drinks, snacks and other products in the meantime.

Compared with leaving to head home in the cold, dark and probably wet conditions of an autumn evening, any of the above can provide a compelling alternative to keep patrons on-site and purchasing for longer.

 

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New player’s guide to fruit machines (tips and tricks)

If you’re new to playing fruit machines, there’s no need to be daunted by all those flashing lights and bonus features – even most experienced players learn just by playing new titles when they are released.

Remember that fruit machines should always be fun, so as long as you’re having a good time, don’t be afraid to lose along the way until you get to grips with your chosen machine.

Of course, a big win is the aim for many players, so there are a few tips and tricks to making sure you’re in with a chance of the biggest pay-outs.

Tips and tricks for bigger slot machine wins

Most modern fruit machines will tell you what the previous player won – often by pressing down one of the hold buttons, but look for the scrolling text display to tell you how to display the last win.

It’s a handy way to see if the jackpot has just paid out. Fruit machines typically aim to pay out a certain percentage of total stakes over time, so while there’s some randomness involved, you might feel like you’re in with more of a chance if the previous win was small.

Many machines let you play for several different stake amounts – e.g. 25p, 50p or £1 a spin – and while you’ll get more spins for your buck at the lower levels, remember that the biggest jackpots and some of the juiciest features are restricted to that £1 stake.

By pitching your stake sensibly depending on the machine and how primed you think it is to pay out a big win or jackpot, you can focus on big pay-outs from fruit machines that are ready for a win.

How to play fruit machine features

Fruit machine features can have a lot going on, so take your time and familiarise yourself with all the options.

Look for a hi-lo reel, as this can sometimes give you a second option rather than accepting whatever is happening on the main feature board.

Check the location of the ‘game over’ and ‘bonus’ or ‘chance’ squares on the feature board. In many cases, ‘bonus’ will include the risk of an immediate game over, so if you have the option of a decent prize, it might be worth cashing out at that point.

Finally, know whether you have more than one life and/or the chance to earn extra lives, as these can keep you in the game even if a chance or bonus square doesn’t go your way – and have fun, whether you win or lose!

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