MVP071: Distribution… It’s Not Just The Games That Are Analog, It’s The Industry

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John Coviello (Little Shop of Magic) and Gary Sproul (The Haunted Game Cafe) join me to discuss every retailer’s favorite topic: dealing with distributors and figuring out your supply chain.  If you want to run a game store, you need to have games to sell and the only viable way to get those games is by dealing with distributors. In this episode, we explore how the supply side of the industry works and why it is the way it is. We … Read More

MVP070: MTG Arena And Counterfeit Games

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The round table is back.  John Coviello (Little Shop of Magic), Wayne Mittlesteadt (Dueling Grounds), and Gary Sproul (The Haunted Game Cafe) join me to discuss two things: Wotc’s new digital offering MTG Arena and the impact of counterfeit games on the industry.  In the first half of the show, we talk about the MTG Arena announcement and what we know about the software. We’re in the Alpha phase right now but the Beta will be opened to the public soon … Read More

MVP069: 3 Growth Hacks For Your Game Store That You Can Implement Today

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Learn about the three growth hacks that you can implement in your game business today that can potentially lead to exponential growth. Discover how to build in a viral component into your events and your offers that will make your customers want to bring their friends into your store. Find out why community outreach can help you grow your bottom line and why if you aren’t doing it, you’re leaving money on the proverbial table. And finally, learn about the … Read More

MVP068: The Future Of MTG E-Commerce

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Nate Petersen is the owner of Backstage Hobbies and Games, West Michigan’s premier vintage Video Game, Board Game, and Trading Card Game store. This episode isn’t just a feature on Nate’s game store in Michigan. Nate is also the Director of Retail Operations at ION Retail, which some of you may know as IMP POS. ION Retail is a software & subscription service for game store owners to manage their brick & mortar operations with online, eCommerce outlets. Today we’re going to … Read More

MVP067: The New Dueling Grounds

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Welcome to another episode of the Manaverse Podcast. Wayne Mittelstaedt is back on the podcast for a one on one interview and we’re going deep into the trials and tribulations of a major business move. Wayne shares a ton of valuable lessons and insights that he has learned in the process of packing up his store in Toronto, Ontario and moving it to the smaller city of Peterborough. Topics Covered Overcoming major setbacks with the WPN. Negotiating a lease takeover. Researching and … Read More

MVP066: How To Build A Winning Team

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Welcome to another episode of the Manaverse Podcast. We’ve got a great show for you today because today the whole round table is here to talk about finding and hiring the right people so you can build a team that helps you grow your game business. Wayne Mittlesteadt is back on the podcast and he shares what’s been going on since he recently moved his store Dueling Grounds to Peterborough, Ontario. John Coviello, the owner of Little Shop of Magic … Read More

MVP065: Personal Development And Tools For Success

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This is the third episode in the series where we’re exploring the question “If a game store wants to grow their game store business today, what should they do?”    If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes of this series, I recommend you go and do that before diving into this one. You can find episode 062 Marketing Your Game Store by going to manaversesage.com/mvp062. And episode 063, How To Craft An Exceptional Experience by going to manaversesage.com/mvp063.   WooWoo warning, we’re … Read More

MVP064: Round Table – The Games Industry Is Changing

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The round table is back! John Coviello and Gary Sproul join me to discuss the recent changes in the gaming industry and their impact on the business. We go over Game Workshop changing their policy about online shopping carts, minimum advertised prices, and organized play changes made by Wizards of the coast in the past few days. We also talk about the recent influx of counterfeit product hitting the market and the impact on publishers and retailers alike. Resources mentioned: … Read More

MVP063: How To Craft An Exceptional Experience

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One of the most common threads among the game stores that have been featured on this podcast is that they provide their customers with an exceptional experience. Each transaction in your business fundamentally comes down to how your customer feels before, during, and after it happens. If a customer feels dissatisfied with the experience they are unlikely to make returning a priority or they may never come back at all if the negative emotion is strong enough. They may actually … Read More

MVP062: Marketing Your Game Store

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How would you like to wake up every day, knowing that your game store is steadily growing. Events are pulling in larger and larger numbers of people. The number of sales is going up, along with the size of each transaction. And your customers are happy to spend money in your store and are actively asking you to communicate with them about what you have planned for the future. All because you have a system set up that shows you … Read More

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