Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018
Google is the largest search engine in the world and thousands of times each day, race directors and athletes are searching for products and services in our industry. You’ve likely seen those ads that appear at the top, side and bottom of a results page. Those are paid ads that attract buyers. At Innovative Timing Systems, we spend thousands of dollars every month to advertise, and it’s likely that you found us on Google as a result of our ads. We’re not alone when it comes to paid advertising, our direct competitors do the same. Races promote themselves in Google and even race timing companies run ads to generate more business in their area. It’s an amazingly effective tool because you have the opportunity to target every potential race in your geographic area.. It’s easy to see why you want to begin an ad campaign on Google, and this document will teach you how to do so successfully.
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2018
For many years, students at Tuscarora School celebrated the end of the school year with a trip to the local amusement park with teachers, staff, and family. When budget cuts put an end to this fun tradition, fourth grade teacher Paul Beatty sat down with representatives from the PTA and administrators to come up with a new and exciting “Fun Day” for the kids to enjoy.
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Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018
PhotoBooth is a tool that allows participants to take selfies "photo booth style” on a tablet. The software runs in the Windows environment, so it will work on most PCs and windows-based tablets. Participants will walk up to the tablet to enter a bib number and press a button that begins a countdown. Once the countdown has completed, the software captures a photo of the participant from a USB camera. If given an internet connection, the photos will automatically upload to ITS YOUR RACE.
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
So, who exactly is Kurt Hansen? Drum roll please....... The coolest guy you'll ever meet. The absolute best story teller of our time. An undeniable animal lover..... (Jaguar, duh!) Yep, that's him! Oh, and did we also forget to mention he's the CEO and Founder of Innovative Timing Systems? Which means we should most definitely add timing system extraordinaire to his list of credentials. We caught up with Kurt to ask him a few questions about Innovative Timing Systems and the timing industry. There's no better way to get to know our company than from Kurt Hansen himself.
Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018
Do you want to increase revenue while decreasing your workload? Begin by building a timing staff. Having a team of qualified staff working for you creates a safety net for your business. A well-trained staff also gives you the flexibility to choose which event(s) you will attend. After your staff is thoroughly trained, you can book multiple events on the same day, which will allow you to build your business and increase revenue.
Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
Millennials (ages 20-35) and Gen Z’ers (19 and under) are an underutilized resource, but their value should not be overlooked. Both these generations can be utilized as race participants or volunteers. Studies have found that these younger generations are more willing than ever to help charitable causes. So how do you engage with them?
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Support crews are the unsung heroes of race day. They stand for hours, sometimes in less than pleasant weather, to see you run by for only a few moments. Still, it is important to have someone there to encourage you on race day. Like most goals, having your family and friends involved will hold you accountable and incentivizes you to show up when race day arrives. Beyond that, having a support crew at your races can be a bonding experience. Whether your crew is your friends, family, or even strangers, here are some ways that you can give back to them before, during, and after the race.
Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018
Race day is set! You’ve nailed down a location and confirmed the logistics. You’re ready to rock n’ roll on race day, but there’s just one problem, you have to make sure people actually show up. In order to have a successful race day, you have to get the word out about your event. Budgets only stretch so far. If your race budget is running dry, it’s time to get creative and find free ways to promote your event. You’d be surprised at the number of marketing strategies available that are little to no cost to you. Here’s 5 free (or almost free) ways to promote your next event to ensure it’s a success!
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Offer runners the opportunity to choose their own starting line by providing a virtual race option. A majority of charities are opting to host a virtual run or to have a virtual run component in addition to their event. A virtual race is the ideal option for runners that want the convenience of running at home. So, what exactly is a virtual run, and should you host one?
Posted on Monday, October 01, 2018
Have you ever been out for a run in the woods and come across a plastic wrapper someone has left behind? You are not alone, some runners will even carry a bag with them to pick up the trash they see along their route. Nature shouldn’t be mankind’s dumpster, and while you can’t force other people to respect the outdoors, you can still make an effort to do your part. With recycling becoming more prominent in recent years, it’s getting easier to cut down on litter. Here’s some tips to host an eco-friendly race that will reduce your carbon footprint.
Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2018
Lynda Newhart of Upper Merion Cross Country shares her thoughts on the Jaguar Users Conference and why you should attend this annual event! Her responses are truly inspirational for anyone looking to build their business.
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2018
ITS today announced a new series of camera solutions for the education market. PhotoVision is already a comprehensive platform for the sports industry, and now the product offers features ideal for schools of all types including Middle, Junior, High Schools and Colleges.
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019
You know what they say, “A family that runs together, stays together.” Okay, that might not actually be the saying, but you get the point. Parents who attend racing events are faced with unique challenges when they decide which races they will sign up for. Learn more about how to deal with these situations.
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019
For June's Timer of the Month, we go North to Canada. Denis Gagon and his team at Chrono900 are working hard to provide memorable events in Quebec and beyond. Learn about the craziest thing that has happened to them during a race day, what event they are looking forward to timing, and what advice they would give other timers.