Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020 by Akada
2019 was a great year at Akada. We celebrated our 25th anniversary, engaged with more customers than ever, and doubled our scholarship program. 2020 is already off to a great start, and we are looking to build off of last year’s momentum. Keep reading to learn more about what we have planned for the year.
First up, a mobile app for our studio users called Akada Express. This app will start off small in functionality, but we will continue to add to it as we learn what functions studios need. From the start, however, your teachers and admin will be able to enter attendance from their iOS and Android devices. Akada Express will save your dance studio both time and money. No attendance sheets or purchasing expensive tablets — your teachers will be able to download the app right to their phones and enter attendance in the classroom. Akada Express will be available in late February or March.
Possibly the most exciting project we have in the pipeline is an app for your parents. We have partnered with Mobile Inventor to develop a parent app that will enable your customers to access their accounts, receive push notifications, make payments, and register for classes. Additionally, all the branding for this app will belong to your studio. Your customers will search your studio name within the app store, not Akada. Currently, the plans are for the app to be available late spring, in time for the summer registration cycle.
We’re also continuing to work on an entirely new studio interface. We’ve been working on this project for several years now, and we think it will have been well worth the wait. The new interface will be completed in the next few months and will then undergo an extensive testing process. Our goal is to have it released as a Beta late in the 2020-2021 dance season. Your studio will be able to opt into the new format, giving you an ample adjustment period before the start of the fall 2021 season.
Last year, through our webinars, trade shows, and social media, Akada was more engaged than ever before. But we can still do better. This year we will again be the title sponsor of the Dance Life Teacher Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Additionally, we’re excited to be joining Studio Owner’s University for the first time next month. During the summer, you can find us at Energize Dance Conference, and we’ll be returning to both Dance Teacher Web and the UDMA teacher expos. If you’re planning on attending any of these shows or have questions about the benefits, drop us a line and let us know.
On the training front, our spring webinar schedule is available now and will have the registration links up within the next few days. We’ll be doing the basics again, but we have added quite a few new topics based on the feedback we received to our intercom question a few weeks ago. As always, if you or your staff would like to schedule one-on-one training specific to your studio, just let us know. Now is the time to review the way your studio is using Akada and to allow us to help you use it as efficiently as possible.
Finally, don’t forget that we offer a referral program. Recommend us to a friend, and when they sign up using the promo code Referral, you will both receive three months free. Tip: Click on the word Referral, and you can share the link with them.
Last, but certainly not least, our scholarship program is back for year three, and we are excited to have EVO joining us once more. This year we will again award ten $1,000 scholarships to students in need, special programs within the studio, or charities supported by your studio. We received four times as many applications last year as we did in year one, and we expect that to grow even more this year. We’ll kick this program off again in May with an application deadline of June 30th. We will announce the winners on Monday, July 13th.