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

Five Ways Streaming MTG Can Grow Your Business

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Magic: the Gathering tournaments are the bread and butter of many local game stores. They grow your community of players and help you sell boosters and singles to a captive and eager customer base. What’s not to love? But why stop there? Technology has made it easier than ever to get your events online and share them with a wider audience. Streaming Magic: the Gathering tournaments online is a great way to take your events to next level. Here are … Read More

MVP061: Building Mind Sculpt Games From The Ground Up

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In today’s episode of the Manaverse Podcast we’re talking about Great Bend’s newest game store, Mind Sculpt Games. So new it doesn’t exist yet. Usually, I interview game store owners that have been in business for a few years and have found some success already but we’re doing things differently in this episode.  Today our special guests are Darcy and Daniel Leech, they are the soon to be proprietors of Mind Sculpt Games in Great Bend Kansas. Darcy has been buying … Read More

How to Use Facebook WIFI To Connect Your LGS to New Customers

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Facebook is giving your LGS a great way to reach new customers. WiFi is pretty ubiquitous at this point, it’s almost a guarantee that your business has an internet connection and there’s a very good chance that it’s set up on a wireless network. Instead of going through the standard hassle of setting up and sharing passwords, your customers can just check in on your Facebook page to get access to your WiFi network. There is a lot to like … Read More

MVP057: Breakout Games, Surprise Winners, Unexpected Stinkers, And The Lessons Of 2016 Round Table

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In this episode of the Manaverse Podcast, the hosts of the show look back on 2016 and do a postmortem report. It’s always a good idea to look back on what went right and what went wrong. You can learn some very valuable lessons from your past if you have the data and the willingness to bring a critical eye. Today, we share what we learned over the course of the last year and what we are looking forward to in … Read More

MVP053: The Problem With Pucatrade

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  The problems with Pucatrade are the subject of the show today, specifically the release of the Future Site update and the effects of its crumbling economy. After a fundraising campaign and many months of development time, Pucatrade’s newest incarnation has left many of its user disappointed and wondering at the path the trading site has taken. When you add that into the inflation of the Pucapoint and Pucatrade is in a very precarious position. Let’s explore some of the issues facing … Read More

MVP050: Ecommerce for Game Store Owners

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According to an article by Bloomberg last year, ecommerce sales beat out traditional brick and mortar sales during Black Friday. The trend is now obvious and ecommerce sales are going to become more and more important as time goes on. If you don’t want to fall behind or you’re business is struggling to find new customers, your game store needs to get online.  We go over the nuts and bolts of Ecommerce for game store owners including shipping, receiving, logistics, … Read More

MVP048: Round Table – Does your game store need a website?

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Many game store owners think their Facebook page is all they need to compete online and reach new customers. Tom Traplin, John Coviello, and Gary Sproul come together on this episode of the Manaverse Podcast to discuss the question: Does your game store need a website? Spoiler: You sure do! We break down the process of getting your game store online to make it simple and easy. We discuss the basics of choosing your domain name, getting the website hosted … Read More

MVP044: Round Table – Will Magic Digital Next Make Magic an E-Sport

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Is Magic Digital Next Wizard’s Answer To Hearthstone? In this round table episode of the Manaverse Podcast Tom, Wayne and John discuss the future of Magic: the Gathering. We also discuss how it may impact local game stores. With Wizard’s announcement of Magic Digital Next and the declaration that Magic is in the top 5 of E-sports, it appears that Wotc is trying to make some bold moves to keep it’s current momentum going. With Hearthstone dominating the digital card game market … Read More

Search Engine Optimization Quick Start

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