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New Release - Version 14.1

New Release - Version 14.1

30 Jan 2019
Version 14.1 has been released and has some handy new features! These new additions are just some of the features we have in store for our customers for 2019. Below is a snapshot of some of these. Completely new and improved waiting list area which offers availability checking. New enrollment finder that allows users to search for specific student enrollments in the schedule. Added ability to view agreements a customer has agreed to from customer profiles. More flexibility with rescheduling failed direct debits. And more... Read More
10 Essential Things to Consider When Choosing Dance Studio Software

10 Essential Things to Consider When Choosing Dance Studio Software

24 Jan 2019
Usually, word of mouth is the way people decide what software product to use. This is a strong voice of reason. If one of my trusted colleagues or friends recommends a software product, I am a lot more likely to take their advice and at least give it a try. If you don’t have a trusted referral, then the guide below will potentially get you thinking about the ins and outs of a fairly important decision for your business. It takes time to set up and learn how to use a new software package, time you don’t want to waste on the wrong product. Most businesses need software that is easy to use, saves time and increases their bottom line. There are many things to consider in a software product such as features, price, usability, support and interoperability to name a few. In this guide, various questions and topic areas are raised for your consideration. 1. Capacity now and in the future A growing business will need software that has the a... Read More
ThinkSmart Software featured on Industry Leaders

ThinkSmart Software featured on Industry Leaders

15 Jan 2019
Andrew Leigh and the Aussie team featured on the TV show 'Industry Leaders', which aired on Foxtel during October 2018. The segment follows the fascinating story of how ThinkSmart Software began and developed into the most successful software solution for class-based businesses in Australia.
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18 Fantastic Ways To Say 'Thank You' To Staff

18 Fantastic Ways To Say 'Thank You' To Staff

05 Dec 2018
It’s that time of year. A time for Christmas parties and thank you gifts. What do you think your staff want? More money, cold hard cash, praise, a new title or a new car? Well, they may have to settle for some food, good times and a little love and attention. The trick with saying thanks is trying to do one or more things that will make your staff feel appreciated and valued without breaking the bank or using up all your weekend putting it together. Below is an assortment of ideas to thank staff and bring in the holiday season with a kick. 1. Money talks, but what does it really say? Cash always is a winner with staff. Who doesn’t feel appreciated when receiving a cash Christmas bonus. For those business owners who have already started this trend, it can feel like a bad idea, particularly if you haven’t had the best year financially. Once the Christmas bonus trend is started, it soon becomes a norm with staff banking on it annually... Read More
New Release - Version 14

New Release - Version 14

27 Nov 2018
Version 14 has been released and is jam-packed with new features! Our software has taken a big leap, which will accelerate the development of new features being planned for 2019. Here is a small snap-shot of some of the features our customers are now enjoying. New and improved user interface with larger text and controls. Mac users now have a native macOS version. New customer portal with improved look and user interface. Ability to add multiple online class registration and customer portal agreements. Users can manage staff qualifications and skills with ease. Ability to see enrolments that haven’t been invoiced. Much, much more... Read More
Marketing Tips For Dance Studio Owners

Marketing Tips For Dance Studio Owners

15 Nov 2018
Gone are the days where a letterbox drop and an ad in the local paper would make up the essence of a sound marketing plan. Now there are a great deal more avenues to explore, such as social media and online profiling. Who has time for it all? To simplify this momentous task let’s focus on the two main marketing areas for any business, your current and potential customers. Current Customers Many business owners are so focussed on potential customers that they forget to focus on their current customers. Below are some ideas on how to market to your current customers and make the most of your relationship. Best service ever! Forget about heavy discounting to win over customers. A better way is to consistently provide the best service around. A good customer experience will encourage brand loyalty, retention and word of mouth promotion. Customers are looking for a friendly face, staff who know their stuff, and great listeners. Always... Read More
SwimBiz Now Integrates With SwimDesk

SwimBiz Now Integrates With SwimDesk

12 Oct 2018
If you love SwimDesk then you'll be happy to hear that it now integrates with Australia's favourite swim school management tool - SwimBiz. SwimBiz can directly push across class and student information into SwimDesk, meaning more detailed statistics and reporting on your students, skills and classes. If you’re a SwimDesk customer and are interested in trialing SwimBiz, sign up at www.swimbiz.net. Use coupon code SDSB2018 to receive 2 months subscription free! Offer valid until 31st December, 2018. Read More
Version 14 - Coming soon

Version 14 - Coming soon

17 Sep 2018
We are busy working hard at getting version 14 ready. While we apply the final touches to this release, we're asking any supportive customers to contact us who are willing to help test it and get it ready. What's in this release?... Updated user interface with larger text and controls. Beautiful native Apple macOS user interface. Brand new customer portal with fresh modern look and Android/iOS mobile app. Staff qualifications and skill recording. And much more... This new version also allows us to move the software forward and develop full-featured Android and iOS versions in the future. Read More
New Release - Version 13.4

New Release - Version 13.4

03 Apr 2018
The wait is over, version 13.4 has arrived! New features include... The ability to define emails for marketing purposes and allow contacts to unsubscribe. Notification of absences through the customer portal. Pre-payment/over-payment credits can be re-opened if unassigned from invoice. And we have support for a new direct debit provider - IntegraPay. To find out how these features work, please see our instructional video. Read More
New Release - Version 13.3

New Release - Version 13.3

18 Sep 2017
Version 13.3 is now available and offers a number of features and enhancements. Our users can now display student names on the schedule, access a worktime report summary for their whole company, view progress reports in Customer Portal and so much more. For a full overview of all the new features, our resident support video producer, Jarrod, has created a useful video. Some other useful features included in this release... Recreating discount credits if invoice deleted Duplicate email address warning Recurring charges, now with pre-payment credits Class finder utility Ability to export attendance history Spell check in email Read More

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