Ep20 - November 2016 in Retrospect

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They say hindsight is 20/20 and that one can learn much from the past so, today I take a moment to discuss a critical month for any retail business and one that serves as the gateway to the busiest time of the year. In today's roundtable I join Wayne from Dueling Grounds, Gary from the Haunted Game Cafe' and the host of the Manaverse Podcast, Thomas, in discussing the ups and downs of November 2016 in our shops, along with taking a shot at predicting what will happen for us in December. (Stay tuned for the next episode, in which we figure out how close to the mark our predictions came).

 

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Ep19 - Live From Canada

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In today's special episode, I pay a visit to Wayne and his store Dueling Grounds, all the way in Toronto Canada! Together with Manaverse Podcast host Thomas Traplin, we discuss the importance of product mix in a round table recorded in Dueling Ground's very own game room.
(Please note: due to the 'on scene' environment of this recording, audio quality is not ideal - thank you for your patience).

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Ep17 - Selling Online

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Ecommerce is everywhere: on our computers, our tablets, our phones and, thanks to Amazon's Dash Button, even on our washing machines. It's a valuable resource but also a dangerous competitor. Personally, I've embraced the internet as a selling channel over twenty years ago but, in today's business enviroment, is a hybrid selling model the right choice for a start-up game store?

Join me, Thomas Traplin, host and producer of the Manaverse Podcast, and Gary Sproul, owner of the Haunted Games Cafe' in this round table dicussion on the basics of ecommerce for game store owners. We cover topics such as shipping, receiving, logistics, and hosting as well as giving you some industry background on the current nature of ecommerce. We also give you some good reasons why you should or why you should not deal in online commerce as a brick-n-mortar store.

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If you have questions about the industry that you would like answered, you can ask them by sending an owl through our shop's contact page or you can friend me on Facebook and send me a message there.

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Ep18 - Top 5 Games

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It's not always work, work, work around here. One of the great things about running a game store is that you occasionally get to have some fun by playing  a game or two. In a departure from our traditional 'business talk' format, and based on the suggestion of our good friend and customer Greg Grant, today's roundtable deals with the topic of our favorite games: what I, Thomas and Wayne consider to be our current top five. Check it out: one of these may just become your new 'best game ever'!

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If you have questions about the industry that you would like answered, you can ask them by sending an owl through our shop's contact page or you can friend me on Facebook and send me a message there. You can find Thomas and Wayne on their respective websites: the Manaverse Podcast and Dueling Grounds.

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Ep16 - Web Presence

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So you're opening up a small business and you're wondering if you need a website or not. The answer should be obvious but, strangely, many shops in our industry rely entirely on social media for their web presence or simply go about their business without ever establishing so much as a domain name.

In today's round table we discuss the basics of choosing your domain name, getting the website hosted and online, and building a website that will serve as a gateway for customer acquisition. Joining me as always is Thomas Traplin, the host and producer of the Manaverse Podcast and Gary Sproul, owner of the Haunted Games Cafe' in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

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If you have questions about the industry that you would like answered, you can ask them by sending an owl through our shop's contact page or you can friend me on Facebook and send me a message there.

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