SEO Tips for Escape Rooms – 5 Tips For Traffic!

So - you've got your finances together, found some partners, created the most AMAZING theme rooms in the Province - and now it's time to open the doors. Now that you've built it...will they come? Anyone who has opened an Escape room with any hope of success needs to take the promotion and advertising thing pretty seriously. With new facilities popping up every other week, you'll need a gameplan. Promotional Tactics for Escape Rooms - Social Media FTW! For most escape room operating in Canada (and indeed across the world), Social media is the weapon of choice - and with good reason. Gamers love to share and chat about their experiences via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and beyond. By ensuring you have a solid social presence (and someone listening), you can quickly build a large and loyal audience of followers who will spread the good word for you. However, this post isn't about Social Media, Newsletters, or any other form of promotion - this one is about and o…
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Escape Room Deals: Holiday Listings Blowout!

Make 2017 Your Best year ever with a Listing on Escaperoomsource.com! Escaperoomsource.com is North America's #1 source for Escape Game information and Escape Rooms listings. We've partnered with all sorts of bloggers and reviewers across the Country, receive thousands of visitors every month, and have even been featured in Yahoo news! Learn more about our listings here, then contact us and mention 'holiday deal' to grab your savings. Happy holidays!!  
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5 Tips & Tricks, Hints, & Techniques To Beating Escape Rooms

Escape rooms are an interactive way to challenge yourself, your family and friends. Being quite a famous pass time and having immense recognition, many people have indulged in this puzzle game and recommended it to others. The luring escape routes, with sneaky clues and tricks would lead you and your team to an adventure. You can take note of these tips and tricks to enhance your experience when venturing into an Escape Room of your own: Choose Tour Team Wisely Since it’s a team game it is highly recommended you choose your team players carefully. Most people who are unaware or are misinformed might consider participating with strangers in an Escape Room escapade. Keep That Team Small Play at less than the maximum team size so there is less physical crowded-ness and everyone has something to work on! Divide & Conquer Divide and  conquer is the way to go. You should distribute your tasks amongst your team so that the puzzle would be easily resolve…
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Trends In BC Escape Gaming – Who’s Searching Online?

Escape Gaming continues to be a hot ticket item across Canada. Last week, we explored online searching 'trends' to try and determine the popularity of Escape Gaming in Alberta. This week, we're going to explore searches in British Columbia to see how searches are trends for Escape Gaming in BC. The Data Once again, we're using data via the Google Adwords Keyword Planner and using a sampling of what we know to be the 3 most common search terms used to find an Escape Room. Abbotsford: Looking at the City of Abbotsford, there would appear to be a trend of increased searches during the winter months of Jan-Mar, with another spike to approx 1400 searches in September of this year.   Surrey: Surrey appears to show modest growth in online searches, with a spike in August of this year.   Vancouver: Interestingly, Vancouver seems to to be relatively flat, with again with a small spike in September. Perhaps British Columbia escape …
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By The Numbers: Who’s Looking For Escape Rooms In Alberta?

We've seen traffic to our website rise dramatically over the past year, and in that, we've seen some interesting trends emerge. To be certain, different parts of the Country 'Google' Escape Games more than others, and within that we've seen some interesting trends have emerged. So, for the next several weeks, we're going to explore 'who' is looking for 'what' on Google when it comes to Escape Rooms. The Data We're using data via Google Adwords Keyword Planner and using a sampling of the 3 most common search terms used to find an Escape Room. Alphabetical seemed as good a place as any to start. Let's go! By the Numbers: Alberta Calgary: Calgary looks to have 'peaked' in the summer of 2016, with around 10,000 related escape game searches. Edmonton: A city on the rise! Edmonton by far has shown explosive growth in online searches, topping neighboring Calgary with over 10,000 searches in September and a clear growth trend. Lethbridge: Lethbridge hol…
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We were Featured In Yahoo News!

We're SUPER stoked to announce that Escaperoomsource.com was recently featured on the front page of Yahoo News Canada in a piece titled "Why drinking and escape rooms don’t mix and other tips from Canadian game masters". Here, author Elianna Lev chats with various Escape Room owners across Canada on the topics of sobriety, souvenirs, romance, and beyond. "Visit any major Canadian city and one thing is for certain: there’s no escaping the popularity of escape rooms. These puzzle-based adventure games, which challenge groups of players to figure out clues using props and elements of a decorated room they’re meant to escape, have sprung up across the country like mushrooms after a storm." Finally, of course, Yours truly is mentioned as a reference for how many escape rooms currently exist across Canada. Check out this great piece here. Not seeing your Escape Room listed with us? Get registered to sign up today, or contact us for special offers.
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Edmonton Halloween 2016: Hospital of Horrors – A Virtual Reality (VR) Experience

Screams echo around the two brothers as they look at each other and stifle giggles under wide grins. One reaches forward and types something into the computer. The screams from the two women in the padded grey room grow louder — the brother's soft giggles do the same. "Hearing people scream in absolute terror in the room next to me is like music to my ears," said Nathaniel Rossel, the eldest of the two. It tells me we did a good job," Hospital Of Horrors Hits Edmonton Around Edmonton, Nathaniel and his brother Alex are referred to fondly as the VR brothers. The two make up a company called VR Cave, a start-up focusing on virtual reality. Their latest and most ambitious undertaking, Hospital of Horror, is currently scaring the wits out of Edmontonians in a small room provided to them by the entertainment company FunEx. While to the naked eye the room seems plain, to the brothers — and the people consistently screaming — the room holds all the possibility in the wor…
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Edmonton Smash Rooms: The ‘Rage’ That Let’s You Unleash Anger & Your Destructive Side

Stressed? Well, now Edmontonians can have 5 or 10 minutes to smash a table with dishware, chairs, tire, and glass vases. Patrons to this local Edmonton Smash rooms are fully decked out in safety goggles, coveralls, and ear protection to protect themselves, but sadly such courtesy isn’t extended to the objects in the room. You're pretty much allowed to break everything in the room - save for the walls themselves. Smartypantz in Edmonton now runs two 'Rage Rooms' alongside their escape rooms. It's been open for a month, and is touted as the first of it's kind in Western Canada. Therapeutic Angle The time is right for rage rooms to explode. With some research suggesting that 1 in 5 of us have an anger management problem, This stress busting outlet may be just what the doctor ordered (though not surprisingly, it doesn't appear in CMHA's strategies to deal with anger issues). What do you think of the Smash Room rage? Share in the comments below!
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Spin Master Games – Escape Room The Game Now Available in Canada!

Are you ready for "The Ultimate Escape Room Experience at home"? We've been hearing the 'buzz' about this one for a while, but it seems like it's finally hit Canada. Yes, Spin Master Games - Escape Room The Game is Now Available in Canada, and we couldn't be more excited! How it works: The game contains 4 adventures in ascending order of difficulty. Just like in a ‘real life’ Escape Room, you can only play each game once (bummer). However, You can buy 'expansion packs' once you’ve played them all creating a bit more value (and a lot more fun) As in the case in many Escape Rooms found across Canada, you are “locked in” in this game and the object is to find the codes to “escape” within 60 minutes by solving puzzles in riddles. The manufactuer claims "Use your brain! Teamwork, good communication, ingenuity, creativity, logic and attention for detail are also very important." So, indeed, it appears just like a real escape room. Neat! What's in the box? The …
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Escape Room Tourism: Yes, It Really is A “Thing”

Image:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/24/tourist-questions-canada-americans_n_5499973.html Given our opportunity to speak to hundreds of Escape Room owners all over Canada (and even a few International owners) that are looking to grow their customer base, an interesting theme has emerged. While the majority of Escape Room owners  ultimately focus their marketing efforts locally, an increasing number are looking for broader advertising exposure, both at the provincial, national, and even international scale. Why would a local escape room be looking to advertise on such a large scale? Enter the concept of escape room tourism. Some Players Are Simply Hooked In speaking with Newfoundland based Breakout NL, "many patrons are touristic in nature", with owner Aaron adding that some clients are "coming from as far away as Germany". This has wisely resulted in them bringing their advertising to local airports, as well ensuring that they have national exposure by w…
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