Feb. 19, 2019 - First day of the Paintball Extravaganza (PBX) in Washington Dc started with a Field Owners Forum, before anything else. They started these forums last year, and they are fantastic. The topics for discussion were Drinking & Drugs (cannabis and good signage), Airsoft is still growing (lots of buyers never play), Employee Compensation and Training (S.O.P. Manual and dealing with tips), Paintball quality (better paintballs are more fragile and hurt less, cheap paintballs hurt more, most field switch years ago to better paintballs).
While to number of vendors and attendees were down at the PBX, there was a very optimistic vibe from those here. Maybe all the whiners didn't show up. Most field and store owners were here to make paintball better.
Next up was SEO Optimization with Harry Brooks, which mostly helped with what potential customers were looking for on your website, because if they don't find it, google ranks that too and knocks you down in SEO.
A very good class was "Turning website visitors into paying customers from Rusty Glaze. Rusty has a bunch of tips to keep visitors longer on your page, by making a better website, and his company can help constantpursuit.com
Next up was our old friend Greg Hastings and marketing. Greg is an excitable guy and gets everyone around him up too. Greg loves critical partners and Social Media Influencers. If you don't know who Greg is, he used to own Redz and runs Greg Hastings Paintball video games. Of course, Greg is leading the charge of the Paintball Time Trials across the globe too.
There was a Paintball Field Owners group meeting and there seems to be a good start for a Industry Group, but it will take time.
Of course, it wouldn't be the PBX without a few drinks afterwards with fields, stores, friends and manufactures afterwards.
George Lewko PAg, is a Professional Agrologist, with a certificate in Forensic Agrology. He grew up on his farm, and started Paintball Paradise Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1994. A combine accident left him with only his thumb on his right hand in 1997.