Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Additional Twists..

So as we approach our 12th season of Cashunt in a couple of weeks we always love to recreate ourselves this time of year just to make things always "fresher" for our upcoming players.  So what do we have in store this upcoming season will involve a few different aspects to the game in a tech level as well as a strategic level. How we are coming to approach this aspect of our games will be by us including 4 additional pages to our game books.  Now by what we have seen thus far it looks pretty cool and we also included these new aspects in "test games" this past summer to see if they indeed work and they did perfectly.  A couple of weeks ago we had a viral campaign called Operation: Lenguini that if read closely led the public to some cool promotional prizes as well as one individual scoring a pair of tickets to an upcoming bruins game in a week from now.  As always we encourage our readers to follow us on our facebook and twitter pages, at times we issue viral campaigsn that will lead the public to some cool prizes and the best thing is they are FREE.  Our mission from year to year is to continue growth as a business and as a product by giving what the public want and by leading the pack in this wacky industry.  We will be introducing a teaser photo soon on the "new look" to our "Mad Dash" very soon.  look closely :) Cheers and Happy New Year Cashunters!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Going Smart...

 If there was something I had been trying to avoid not getting our games into is using  “smart technology” in our games.   As of this past season we have had several individuals call us and ask us if we offer that type of game, which we didn't at the time.   After researching it a little bit and knowing that a few games companies within the country does use “smart technology” we went ahead and created a test game this past fall. The game worked out pretty smoothly and I was pretty happy with the results, but quite frankly just using smart phone technology I think  limits the game and quite frankly that's not what  our games are known for. So we tweaked it, and tweeted again and we have created a game for 2012 which will be tentatively called “The Smart Sprint” it will be the only game  we offer that will use smart phone technology. The game will also include additional challenges that are typical to a Cashunt competition, honestly we wouldn't have it any other way and I believe our players would agree.  We are looking to offer "The Smart Sprint" in the Summer of 2012.  We will also be offering a couple of promotions prior to that time to get people interested in using this technology and playing for free by having contests that will be open to the public.  All you would need is an Iphone or Android phone and we will let you know what Free App you will need to download to play and you are all set!  The promotions will start in the Spring of 2012 and will be posted unexpectedly on our Facebook fan page, these contests will have prizes in the form of tickets to sporting events , restaurant gift certificates, local Boston tours and more.  More details will come next year when we come closer to the reveal...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hunting across the pond

   From our last post we had indicated that we have now a department on our website that now offers “do-it-yourself” versions of some of our top games. The games  have had a great start  and the response has been great. We will also be introducing international versions of our games with the first one being "The London Dashunt". This game will be available most likely in the month of December and will be the first of four games that will be designed for an international market. The reason for this is because we have been seeing a big draw in international interest.    We will be announcing each new location the moment they are available to the public,    but as of right now we only see four for 2012. We will keep you posted on this blog and of course on our social media fan sites that being Facebook, LinkedIn, and twitter. That's it for now have a good week!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Museums to be a part of library in 2012

This is one area we have been playing around with for the past few years and I think we are ready to add museum games in our library.  There are versions out there that involve indoor scavenger hunts in museums and what we found them to be is a tad dull.  So we said to ourselves if we were to create a game in a museum what would we do in order to make it fun and entertaining and less feeling like a tour.  So we have created a couple of versions that in typical Cashunt form will include multiple challenges that will keep our players on their toes throughout the game.  Theses games will be in beta form from December 2011 thru February 2012..and after that trial time we will be offering it in a full time basis in the spring,  These games were supposed to be ready and active in 2010 but we really didn't like what we were about to release so we decided to rethink it and go back to the black board to give our players the ultimate museum scavenger hunt experience.  These games will appear on our website in December for bookings. If you want more information on these indoor games please feel and give us a call and speak with a game coordinator.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Old School VS New School

Old School vs New School has been a battle when it comes to technology especially in this day and time.  Now, I happen to be a huge fan of tech and have been for many many years.  But I have to admit, I am a bit old fashioned when it comes in and tries to take over old concepts.  I am not crazy about the idea of books now being  replaced by tablets and DVDs being replaced by streaming video, it has become the death of book, video and music stores/chains.  Now it has even entered the now "Scavenger Hunt Industry"...(never thought in a million years their would be such a thing by I was told recently that it does)  I assume it's a good thing ;) 
     There are companies that use hand held smartphone and have now created "scavenger hunt like" apps.  To those companies I think they are fantastic companies and I respect them to utmost..but the old fashioned interaction of a physical scavenger hunt can never really be replaced by an app.  I think there should be a "physical social" element that should be personal and upfront and to be quite frank becomes much more enjoyable and talked about.  Social physical interaction might start becoming a thing of the past and as the years go by and  if we continue to  hibernate in our homes in front of computers, tablets and smart phones, then the human element of socializing will eventually diminish.  So we must try to swerve that from happening and as entrepreneurship I think it our duty to keep that aspect alive.  At the end of the day it's very very important and it will show in your customer's reviews.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Creating Your Buzz..

The one thing I love to see is when certain businesses or individuals stand out from their pack, it's a very interesting thing to witness and study.  People have mentioned that in order to stand out and reach a successful level, you must not be boring.  Simply stated "people do not talk about "boring"  they talk about "interesting, controversial  funny, inspiring..but never ever do they talk about.. boring.  One thing I have always said is that if I was in a room that contained several people of various respectful occupations (salesperson, attorney, carpenter, dentist, and a clown from Ringling Brothers Circus) I would have no problem  starting a conversation with the clown in the room...why?....he's interesting.  Now am I saying for you to join the circus or the other occupations mentioned are not good ones? Of course not.   What I am pointing out is that interesting individuals  occupations, or businesses create interest and get people talking.   Businesses such as the apparel comapny called "Johnny Cupcakes" that has rerevoultionized the t-shirt business to one of the biggest rebels in business and a personal hero of mine Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group are people that stand out and get people excited as to what is coming next.
         I believe most people have that ability to outshine from the pack, I see it often when I speak to people that are very passionate about something.  When I see that in someone, I get very excited because I can feel their energy and I know that they are capable of becoming that interest and creating something special.   The problem with that?  90% never follow through and that is very disappointing.  The most popular excuse of not following through is quite simply "I do not have time"..guess what you do.  Do you watch TV, sports, spend hours on the internet..then if you do..simply get off the couch and do something with that time, be productive, study, and keep learning it will turn out very well in the end.  Create that swagger , that interest , that will make people notice and it does get contagious.
      You have been given a ticket to your life that eventually has an experation date that none of us knows when that will be.  So with that said it's a gift that you want to use and make something of it..that is clearly not boring. When you grasp that and continue to educate yourself on that passion it will be a part of your identitiy from that day on...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Marriage Proposals & Some Changes Taking Place

So as we wait on the eve of Hurricane Irene, I figured I would keep you up to speed as to what is going on at this moment in our little universe that we call CASHUNT!  As you might remember that in our last blog that we had been approached by several suiters for us to design and coordinate their marriage proposals using our game..   I'll be the first to say I was totally skeptical when it came to this uncharted ground, but after coordinating a couple of proposals all I can say after both girls screamed "YES!!!"  it was a  Piece-Of-Cake :)  This for some reason landed on or lap without even thinking about designing this sort of thing, now that we got the hang of it and we are being challenged with each "proposal call" we get..  I think we may just have stumbled onto a new venture..stay tuned:)
      The next thing that I wanted to mention are two big changes that will be taking place asap.  First will be our annual championship.  The championship always took place every April of the following year because of the weather quite frankly here in New England was not doable for a game here in the winter.  With that said we will be hosting our championship game in October so we can have the final within the current season as opposed to the start of the new upcoming season.  We thought by waiting too long might tarnish the thrill of the championship and holding it every October keeps it fresh and our invited teams are even that more enthusiastic!   So this season's Championship XI will take place in Salem, Ma on October 30th at noon!
          The second change will be in regards to team photos and videos, all team photos and videos will be up now for 2 months and will be available for purchase at very affordable prices and will be given a variety of different options for professional printing as well as some cool gift options that will present great memories from your game.  That will start taking place with anyone that books a game a starting September 1, 2011.
      With that said we are closing in on the tail end of our 11th season...we still have many, many games to go until we close this chapter.  There are some new things up the pike that we are pretty excited about but do not want to hint about it until it is all official.

For our friends along the Northeast stay safe with Hurricane Irene, sit tight it's going to be a doozy!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wow it's been a loooong time!

I know it has been a long time since I last posted but as always this time of year it get's really crazy..so I guess that's a good thing!  A lot has transpired since we last posted we won a Certificate of Excellence Award from Tripadvisor which is pretty cool :) Also we are about to launch our home game version of Cashunt into the market which we have been working on for sometime (packaging etc).  Now for the strangest part of what has entered our universe..."marriage proposals"?!?!  Yes, and we are pretty shocked about the turn out.  The funny thing we never offered this service..but a couple of people called and asked us if we can help them propose..and then all of the sudden the phones started ringing with the same request.   Sometimes I feel as if I was Will Smith in the movie Hitch..LOL! So I guess it's a good thing and something new to add in our arsenal ...I just hope no one says NO on the proposal..that would suck.  One thing in business I have always understood that is that expect the unexpected and when it happens..jump right on that train!   I will be more elaborate on all the prior mentions, and really give you all more insight as to everything that is going on this season.  Speaking of which.. Season 11 is insane, a lot of new faces and a lot of old faces has revisited the competition.   Obviously that always brings a smile to my face when I see that, but with the updated versions of all our games..the competition just keeps becoming....Epic.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Special one time games for Moms and Dads!

We figured we would add two new seasonal games to our library this year and those games are geared specifically for Mother's and Father's Day.  We would see in the past years how families wanted to get together on those holidays to play the Boston Mad Dash.  So we figured why not create two games for families for those two specific days.  So we went and created "The MomdasH" and "The DadasH", these two games are completely designed towards the guest of honor.  With these games clients can submit certain information about either their mom or dad and we create a game around them.  The games were announced last week and already our MomdasH for mother's day on May 7th is Sold Out! For more information on these two games and availability give us a call!

Some changes to the championship this year..

One of the most viewed pages on our website is the championship page.  This is where cashunt teams can view where they rank with all the other teams for a possible shot to our annual championship.  What we have always listed were the top 100 teams of the year but we are going to cut it to the top 50, this is simply because of the page load time.  The other thing we are changing is the championship date itself, we would always host the championship game the following year in the month of April.  This was due because the season always ends in the winter and you can't expect to play a championship in the snow :) So as of this season all Championship games will be hosted in the Fall in the months of either October/November, by changing the date we keep the championship in the current season.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Difference...

There are times that I might speak to a potential client and one of their top questions are..."What sets you apart from other companies that offer scavenger hunt competitions?"  Great question!  I can't tell you all how many times in 11 years I had to answer that question..and honestly I am never tired of it.  The answer is pretty simple great price, great experience, and great promotions..with that said I think we stand above the other competitors because I don't think they would drop their price to offer the same thing.  Most of our competition is double the price from what we offer, and 1/4 of what we offer  Now we can clearly charge the amount our competitors do...but why should we? The old saying goes "if it's not broke..."  We love to hear when people are inquiring about our games and ask "so everything that you mentioned is in one packaged game at that  price?"  Our answer..absolutely! At the end of the day it's about the client and giving them the ultimate experience at an affordable price with a professional look all around it.  With all do respect to other companies that offer scavenger hunt competitions all the power to them, that have great businesses and they are doing very well.  We on the other hand our doing our thing and our clients have been happy for the past 11 seasons..and that's all that matters :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Boston Mad Dash Deluxe Kicked Off This Past Saturday!

So after really trying to design and redesign the Boston Mad Dash Deluxe so it would make a worthy sequel to the original BMD, it was time to give it a go on 2/19.  We started off at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Ma and had all the teams ready for what was going to be a fun and most importantly unexpected experience.  The challenges that were set forth were place perfectly throughout the city and fell perfectly onto this new game pallet . At the end of the event we regrouped at the Hard Rock Cafe at Faneuil Hall, and the response was fantastic!...WHEW!  There is nothing more nerve racking during the launch of a new game then awaiting the review.  In the end.. the reviews were brilliant and that is always the most satisfying aspect to a new game.  Deluxe presents a longer and more wide spread game then it's original, at the end of the day bigger is not always better but better is bigger.

Keep in mind Deluxe is only for private game not public, but the original Boston Mad Dash can be booked for both.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Team Pictures and Videos Important Information!

Hello Cashunters, This update is all about the team pictures and videos our clients receive from their game.  As always clients receive all their photos and videos from their game where they can download them for Free throughout the whole season.  Being that we are using a 3rd party site in order to host all those files/folders, it has come to our attention that there is good chance of it crashing unless we maintain and trim out the weight from time to time.  With that said, all team files will be available for download  for a three month time period from the time of your game.  If you still want a copy of your event's media files after that time period we can send them to you on a DVD for a small fee.  If you have any questions please feel free and you can speak to a game coordinator by calling 866-276-4733.

The Cashunt Team

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"special" one time competitions scheduled for this spring/summer/fall

So what is going to make these competitions so "special".  Well right now we are working with a third party to promote the Boston Mad Dash for a one time discounted event through their company.  What makes it special is that again it will be discounted and will be open to the public.  The only catch is, that you must register as a team of a minimum of 4 to play and we will not be providing cameras for these 3 dates you must bring your own.  There will be only 3 dates for this type of event and we are looking for a big turn out on each (spring, summer, and fall). For people that have played The Boston Mad Dash before it will not be the same game there will be 4 challenges instead of 6 but the will be fun and wacky as all our games are.  We will announce what those 4 challenges soon as well releasing the dates and the company we have joined forces with to promote these "special" events.  We are also looking to announce "special" competitions in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia .  We will keep you posted.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Bachelor Dash Returns!

After retiring The Bachelor Dash a few years ago we decided to reinstate the game.  The reason is pretty simple for 2 reasons one: The typical Bachelor party is becoming a thing of the past and people are looking for alternatives and two: we got a lot of calls last year if we have a bachelor version to the Bridal Dash.  So after hosting several games for bachelors last year we figured why not reinstate the game all together.  Naturally one of out anchor games "The Bridal Dash" always grabs attention and continues with it's own popularity year after year amongst the Bachlorette market but we have nothing for the guys.  We never believed that there was a market out there so we decided to pull it but as of last year we were mistaken and we found out indeed there is market out there.
      So the Bachelor Dash will be the complete flip side of the Bridal Dash where the game will consist of 6 challenges customized around the groom.  Bachelor Dashes have already started booking for the year, so if you know someone that might be interested let them know!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Season 11 has taken flight...

                                                    HAPPY NEW YEAR CASHUNTERS!!

So first it's an amazing feeling to announce that we have started with out 11the season of Cashunt!  We set a couple of weeks to rest and then we are back in full throttle!  We started our season last week in (a snow storm to say the least) after trying to convince our players "that it's not a good idea to play in the snow"...they were not having it..LOL  We have had "diehard" players in the past..but this would be up there as a bit extreme, but in the end with the snow and all they had a fantastic time:)  So as always we will keep you up to date with the small changes we have made as well as the typical that we do every year (updated lists, etc) So the following is what we have in store for you thus far:

Right now this is what is set for Season 11:
  • New Games:  Boston Mad Dash Deluxe ; The Bachelor Race ; Singles Dash ; and the possibilities of the Museum Hunt
  • All current games are updated
  • Philadelphia & Washington DC
  • Home games will be established on certain games
  • New Prizes
  • and 2 different championships ( Adult and Jr.)
there are also a couple new things for this year..but I do not want to let the cat out of the bag just yet ;)