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Angels Childcare Centre:
March 2020:
https://www.angelschildcare.co.nz

 A beautifully designed centre with plenty of space for children to explore the natural outdoors. The playgrounds are equipped with high quality climbing equipment and are shaded to allow for all day exploration outside. 

From 72% to 92% full – exceeding our capacity target

In 6 months of getting the virtual tour we were sitting at 92% full, we’ve never sat that high. We have grown quickly from 72% to 92% in a matter of months. As a result of that, we able to give teachers pay rises and pay them what they’re worth. We’re able to maintain the building and the equipment of the centre. It’s been a huge help. And Brian, the owner, is really happy with how full it is now.

20% increase in profitability 

We’ve increased profitability by 20% already and we have a wait list until end of 2021.

 “If you want to save time on making sales and you want a quick turnover, then I would invest into it. We’ve increased profitability by 20% already and wehave a wait list until the end of 2021”

Jeanette Manu

Centre Manager, Angels Childcare Centre

Awesome technology

I’m just so amazed when you go through the tour about the clarity of the pictures, it’s just so surreal. It’s just awesome, the visuals, the clarity of the pictures is so good. It’s like you’re there.

Saving time

It saves busy parents time and makes my job a lot easier too. The whole family can make a decision by seeing the virtual tour. It is visual so it speaks all languages. Because they have already seen the virtual tour, everyone that comes in is 100% enrolled or going on the waitlist. 

“It was really quite effortless”

Working with Dean was easy as. He was super organized and he knew what he wanted and how things were to be placed. It was just easy, he is just really easy going. We set up the place and he just came in and did the shoot. It was really quite effortless. We didn’t have to do a lot.

SAVING TIME

“The virtual tour’s really helped me because I’m the only person that makes the sales.”

EXEEDING TARGETS

“We had the virtual tour and in 6 months we were sitting at 92%,”

EFFORTLESS

“Working with Dean was easy as. He was super organised and he knew what he wanted and how things were to be placed. It was just easy.”

AWESOME TECHNOLOGY

“It’s almost like you’re in there”

Full Case Study

Jeanette Manu – Centre Manager – Angels Childcare

Angel’s is a great facility, we’re really unique because we have a great outdoor area, huge playgrounds. We serve a really diverse wide range of community of people. It’s such a great group of people that work here and such a committed team of teachers.

The vision that the owner always had for Angels, was that it’s more than childcare, it’s more than education. He wanted it to be run like a ministry, and it’s run like that now. So we do a lot of volunteer work for the community and we support families in need and children that need extra help. So, it’s more than a job for me as well.

I’ve been at Angels for 10 years and I’ve seen it decline profit-wise, quality-wise and then I’ve seen it at its best as well. So previous to the virtual tour we used to be running at about 80% to 88% full. And that was okay. That was actually my target as a manager to keep it at 88%. And so that was manageable. And then a couple of years ago we dropped as low as 72% full, which meant it was a real financial struggle.

EXCEEDING CAPACITY TARGET

We had the virtual tour and in 6 months we were sitting at 92%, we’ve never sat that high. We have grown quickly from 72% to 92% full in a matter of months. As a result of that, were able to give teachers pay raises and pay them what they’re worth now. We’re able to maintain the building and the equipment of the centre. It’s been a huge help. And Brian, the owner, is really happy with how full it is now.

SAVING TIME

The virtual tour’s really helped me because I’m the only person that makes the sales. Whereas before people would come in and say, “Oh, can I just have a look around? I just saw your sign on the road”. Afterwards, they won’t call back and I  would have to follow up. But now they’ve seen the virtual tour, they say, “I’ve seen your facility, it looks great. I just want to see if I can enrol and if I can meet the teachers.” And that’s pretty much it and it takes five minutes and the conversation with the client is a lot more authentic. I offer them a seat and a coffee and they fill out the form right then and there. Because before they’ve already seen the virtual tour, they’ve already decided to enrol, so everyone that comes in is 100% enrolled, or going on the waitlist. There’s no mucking around. They know what they want and they’re here to secure their space. And that makes my job a lot easier too.

Before we would have a mom come in and then she would need to go home and talk to her family. Now it is so much easier for them to show their husband or grandma or granddad. So the whole family gets to make the decision on the spot. And one thing that’s come about is we have a few families that don’t speak English, and they have grandparents in their homes that don’t speak English. So showing them that virtual tour is just so easy for them as well.  The virtual tour speaks all languages because it’s visual and everybody can understand it.

I used to get probably two to three walk-ins a week, now I’m getting about two to three walk-ins a day. Walk-ins or phone calls, so people that have viewed it and they’ve called us. Or people that live in the neighbourhood and they’ve just viewed it and they’re just popping in to meet us. So, it’s been really busy.

Previously we had to do open days. Open days are really hard, you’re spending a lot of money by paying teachers to come in extra hours on a weekend and you’re just sitting there waiting and hoping for someone to pop in. Whereas the virtual tour is like an open day 24/7! So it has saved us time and money.

The team are actually quite proud of the virtual tour because they get to show off what they do and they show it to their family as well and say, “This is where I’m working, come to have a look online.”. I’ve shared it on my personal Facebook page and said, “Hey family, check out my work.” And I’ve actually had a few inquiries from my personal Facebook page as well.

It’s been a really great investment and we’ve been able to reap the rewards pretty much straight away.

AWESOME TECHNOLOGY

I’m just so amazed when you go through the tour about the clarity of the pictures, it’s just so surreal. At the beginning I was like, Oh my gosh, this is so surreal. It’s so futuristic. But it’s just awesome, the visuals, the clarity of the pictures is so good. It’s almost like you’re in there, which is what you’re trying to create. It’s like you’re already there.

If you want to save time on making sales and you want to make a quick turnover, then I would invest in it. It’s just so valuable, you can’t go wrong with it. It’ll never bring your business down. If anything, it’ll get you out there quicker, faster, and you’ll reap the rewards real quick. We’ve increased profitability by 20% already. And we have a waitlist until end of 2021. Oh my gosh, we even changed our logo, we got new road signs, everything. And it hadn’t quite, it was going up slowly, but it didn’t really hit the spot until we got the virtual tour and then that was it.

I worried that people wouldn’t like it. And people were still wanting to be old school and come in and look around. And people wouldn’t visit it through the website or anything as much. But I think in the first couple of weeks that proved me wrong. Mom and dad don’t have the time to both come in in the middle of the day, they’re both working. So, we have to just move with the times and move with technology. And we’re all time-poor. So, creating that resource where they can just be on their tea break in the office and have a look around the centre. Boom, they’ve already made 90% of their choice. All they’ve got to do now is call me. I can scan through an enrolment form or they can do a quick visit after work to pick up a form and meet me and the teachers. And that’s it.

EFFORTLESS

Working with Dean was easy as. He was super organised and he knew what he wanted and how things were to be placed. It was just easy. And he was just really easy going. And we set up the place and he just came in and did the shoot. It was really quite effortless. We didn’t have to do a lot.

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