CLEVELAND, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- While many companies struggled to find their footing during the economic downturn, an Akron Ohio man saw an opportunity to breathe life into a stale industry. In only five years, he established Ohio Mobile Gaming as the leading provider of mobile entertainment & children's party rentals in Northeast Ohio. Ohio Mobile Gaming, known by kids simply as "OMG", re-defined what consumers should expect when renting an inflatable or other entertainment device in Northeast Ohio.
In 2007, Jason Hoffman opened Akron Bounce Inflatables. His small selection of inflatables was supposed to fill a void in the Akron market, but he soon realized that the void was much larger than he anticipated. "It wasn't that there weren't other companies to choose from. The problem was that there weren't many good companies to choose from," says Hoffman. "We were getting calls from as far as Sandusky for our services because people were fed up. They had dealt with the 2 or 3 big rental companies in the area and weren't satisfied. They didn't like the customer service, the condition of the equipment or even the demeanor of the delivery crews. We constantly heard horror stories about these companies that had been dominating the local market for almost 20 years."
After nearly 3 years of rapid growth, Hoffman decided it was time to expand into the Cleveland market while simultaneously re-creating the image of the inflatable industry in NE Ohio. The industry, nationally and locally, suffered one black eye after another at the hands of incompetent and complacent business owners. "People just didn't take things seriously. There were guys operating out of their garage with no training, licenses, insurance or permits and the entire industry suffered as a result," says Hoffman. "We decided to create a truly sustainable 21st century business instead of trying to fix a 20th century concept."
In late 2010, Mr. Hoffman overhauled his two operations known as Akron Bounce and Cleveland Bounce. Anchoring the big change were two cutting-edge mobile gaming theaters – now a hot trend in the Akron and Cleveland areas- as well as 20 new inflatables and a variety of other items. He moved Ohio Mobile Gaming Corp's principal offices to Solon Ohio, and blitzed the market with ads, social media campaigns, local appearances, donated services and brightly colored vehicles (if you see one of OMG's digitally wrapped trucks or trailers, you won't forget it). Apparently, the marketing barrage worked. The company saw 200% growth in 2011 and another 65% in 2012.
"People expect…and get…so much more now when they call us to plan a party or event. Long gone are the days of limited options and old ideas. If they want technology, they can rent one of our Mobile Video Game Theaters. If they want something more traditional, we have over 50 very-well-maintained inflatables for them to choose from. We rotate our inventory every 2 seasons. We have photo booths, dunk tanks, laser tag, and even concessions. If they want to go big, they can rent our mechanical bull or surfing simulators. The options are endless because we're always evolving" said Hoffman when asked what differentiates OMG from other companies. "We offer an exceptional experience from the moment people see our logo or visit our website until they receive a follow-up survey after the event. It's a pleasure to plan an event with our help…it's not a hassle like it was before we came along. Our concept is simple, really. We provide a variety of excellent services at a fair price. We focus on safety, we listen, we adapt, and we always set the bar high."
Since 2010, four of OMG's competitors have sold or closed their businesses. A fifth competitor decided to sign a marketing agreement with OMG 2011, effectively turning their front end operations over to OMG while allowing them to benefit from Hoffman's marketing techniques and catchy logo. According to Hoffman, there's more big changes around the corner. "I can't get too specific, but the Cleveland & Akron event rental markets are going to change a lot in the near future. While everyone is trying to catch up, we're working on another "first" for Northeast Ohio."
While it's anyone's guess what they have in store for the greater Cleveland and Akron areas, one thingis certain. With momentum on their side and a region full of fans, the possibilities are endless for a company that single-handedly transformed their local industry.
For more information about the company or to join their ongoing expansion into Ohio, visit www.ohiomobilegaming.com or call 330-745-4545.
Media Contact: Jason Hoffman , Ohio Mobile Gaming Corp, 330-745-4545, firstname.lastname@example.org
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