3 Reasons you need to customize your Trivia Nights

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Brianna LeCompte

I still remember attending my first Trivia night back in 2013. A group of my coworkers were discussing some options for happy hour venues and when we saw that a spot down the street was hosting a Trivia Night, we decided to go for it. I was instantly hooked. When the opportunity arose to join the Last Call team, I was ecstatic. Working with a talented and creative team to spread my love of trivia across the country-what could be better! I currently manage sales and outreach in our west coast areas. Outside of work, I love to travel and am also an avid equestrian and Disney movie lover.All Posts

Let’s say you’re playing Trivia at the bar with your friends. The host reads the question, or maybe even just the category, and you instantly think, “Well, I’ll never get this one right.” It’s a feeling that every Trivia player is familiar with, and to some extent, it’s part of the fun. That is, unless you’re left with that feeling after every question. At that point, Trivia begins to feel more like a test than a game.

If your Trivia Nights are suffering from “standardized test syndrom,” you’re missing out on the revenue and excitement that a great show can generate.

So, how do you take your Trivia Nights from buzzkill to buzzworthy? The answer is simple: create a custom Trivia Night.

If you’re like most bar owners, you probably don’t have hours on end to research, write, and fact check your own Trivia show every week. That’s why we’ve created Last Call Trivia Flex. With Flex, users can filter Trivia questions by category, difficulty level, and keyword, to craft a show that perfectly fits the needs of their audience.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can customize your Trivia Nights to turn your shows into must-do events.

Focus on the categories your players love

Are there certain categories that instantly get your audience fired up? And other categories that seem to get a unanimous groan as soon as they’re announced? For many bars, the biggest advantage of creating their own custom Trivia Nights is the ability to filter questions by category, so their show is full of crowd favorites.

Every bar has a unique customer demographic, and by tailoring your Trivia Nights to focus on the categories your players enjoy, you create a one-of-a-kind event that they can only experience at your bar.

The excitement around your show will naturally generate a buzz, which is increasingly valuable in the age of social media.

Not only will a customized show keep your players coming back week after week, it will also encourage them to spread the word to their friends!

Balance the difficulty level so your show is fun without sacrificing the competition

With standard, one-size-fits-all Trivia, it can be difficult to predict the audience experience. Often, the questions will be too difficult for an audience of casual players, leaving them frustrated and disengaged. Or, for locations with teams of Trivia enthusiasts, the questions will be too easy, and the competitive aspect is lost.

Another benefit of creating a custom show with Last Call Trivia Flex is the ability to filter questions by difficulty level. Whether your audience prefers an easy show, a challenging show, or something in between, you can easily find questions that allow you to create a competitive Trivia Night.

By finding the balance of difficulty your players prefer, you can keep all of the teams engaged and excited throughout the show. Which means they will stay for the entire game, and continue coming back to play again.

Add questions specific to the interests of your customers

As a Trivia player, one of the most exciting moments of the game is hearing a question that covers your area of expertise. It’s an incredibly rewarding feeling to contribute to the team through your unique passions and experiences.

When creating a custom Trivia Night, you can throw in a question that you know one, or many, of your customers will know and get excited about. For example, if a lot of your regulars are huge Green Bay Packers fans, by adding a question about the Packers to the show, you can instantly ignite the interest of the players.

Try to include one or two questions specific to the interests of your regulars in each of your Trivia Nights. This will encourage them to spread the word about your show, making them your best ambassadors. 

This is another element that Last Call Trivia Flex can accommodate. In addition to filtering by category and difficulty level, users can also search for specific keywords. By adding a few questions specific to the interests of your players, your Trivia Nights will become even more lively and enjoyable.

Trivia Nights present a great opportunity for bars and restaurants to turn a typically slow weeknight into the most profitable night of the week. But, in order to achieve that, the show has to be entertaining and exciting for the players. Rather than rolling the dice on a one-size-fits-all Trivia Night, create your own custom shows to ensure that your event will be a success!