20 Ways Your Next Event Will Benefit from Online Ticketing Software

You work hard to provide great programs for your community and probably have a recreation software system to help you out with the logistics. But how do you manage your events? Whether you are hosting a dance, play or race, it’s a lot of work. If you’re managing all of your events by hand, it’s taking too much of your time.

With online ticketing software, events get booked easier for the organizer, his or her staff, and the attendees. Here are 20 ways you and your event attendees will benefit from an event ticketing software system:   Continue reading

What’s Your ACTIVE?

We’re making some changes that we’re pretty excited about and we wanted to let our loyal #AlwaysACTIVE blog followers know!

For more than 10 years, we’ve been focused on developing world-class technology to power the world’s events and activities, and connect people with the things they love to do every day. Starting this week and over the next few months, you’ll notice a new ACTIVE Network logo  on our websites, articles, emails and more…as well as in the products our customers use every day.


We’ll also be updating our look and feel with a vibrant energy that truly captures what it means to be ACTIVE, demonstrates how we impact the markets we serve and brings our vision for the world we live in to life.

Experience our company story in the video above and tell us…….what’s your ACTIVE?


4 Parks & Rec and YMCA Blogs to Learn From

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What comes to mind when you think of a blogger? If an image of a techie posting thoughts from his basement comes to mind, your imagination deceives you. In today’s digital world, blogging can be a powerful marketing tool if done correctly. A blog is a combination of search engine optimization, social media, and a news engine all wrapped into one.

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New App Picks up Where Couch-to-5K® Left Off!

The wait is over! Did you fall in love with the ACTIVE.com Couch-to-5K® mobile app training plan and subsequently crush a 5K? Want to take it to the next level, but not sure how? Our new mobile app picks up where the Couch-to-5K app left off!

The new ACTIVE.com 5k-to-10k app lets you train for a 10k, or a little over 6 miles, in 9 weeks. The trainers you know from Couch-to-5K (Billie, Constance and Sergeant Block) will still guide you along the way and you can continue tracking pace & distance with GPS, listening to your own playlists, logging your workouts and more. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play – check it out. Good luck and let us know which 10k you sign up for!

7 Things to Expect from a Software Provider Beyond the Technology

Software providers love to talk about the bells and whistles. As important as the features are – technology has to meet your functional needs – there are other crucial factors to take into account when selecting a software provider. If you are considering recreation software, be sure to ask providers about these eight factors:    Continue reading

ACTIVE Heads to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Conference

Attending GBTA this week? Be sure to visit us at booth #2331. Our Business Solutions group will be there demoing our latest event technology including StarCite® Meeting Locator, a nifty new tool that calculates the optimum location for your next meeting by factoring in travel and hotel costs, and even the carbon footprint of the destination city.

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7 New Recreation Programs for Your Organization to Try

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People like “new.” And to stay on the cutting edge of programming, parks and recreation agencies are always looking to improve their classes and events. New and different program ideas are exciting and can increase participation and revenue. Today, we’ll outline seven new and/or little-known recreation programs and sports that you could offer at your facilities: Continue reading

Activity Matters: Mom Fuels Fortune 500 Company and ACTIVE Family

It’s interesting that yesterday’s news about Marissa Mayer and her appointment as Yahoo’s new chief executive has almost been eclipsed by the news of her pregnancy.

I find it refreshing to see an increasing number of tech companies startups co-founded or run by women, and many of these women also expertly balance busy families, volunteer their time, sit on executive boards and maintain a healthy lifestyle through sport or yoga on top of their already demanding, high profile booming careers. For instance, Mayer is on the board at Walmart and other various nonprofits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet. People nowadays do it all. Mayer is quoted to have said, “”You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.” Source: CNN.

I’m inspired by someone like Marissa who does seem to do it all. But, take pause, she works hard. Her work ethic is legendary. As I reflect on being a businesswoman and a mom, I have to work hard every day to find both energy and balance. I find energy in our work at ACTIVE and I find energy in being active. I chase my girls to ballet class. I am joining ACTIVE to raise money for Challenged Athletes Foundation. I’ve committed to a distance swim challenge with my husband, brother, sister and co-workers. Uh, oh. The one thing I’ve realized is that I only have time for things I love.

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Parks & Recreation: Avoid These Common Budget-Cutting Mistakes

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This is an excerpt from a report by Barbara Heller, President of Heller and Heller Consulting: Making the Most of Your P&R Agency’s Resources. Well known throughout the industry for her expertise in leading park and recreation agencies and her commitment to innovation and best practices, Barbara operates outside of the typical parks and recreation industry mindset. This reports covers six key areas where parks and recreation agencies can become more efficient:
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