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Dec 21, 2016 10:30 AM
By inchol
We're back and revved up for the 2017 dance season! To kick off the year we are doing a four part series on the evolution of DanceComp Genie. This first part will provide a macro overview of our company, products, and services. Then we will dive into some history in parts 2 and 3 and wrap things up with a look into the future of dance competition technology.
 
Part 2 - How We Started
Part 3 - How We've Changed the Game
Part 4 - The Future Trends We're Working On
 
 
How Did We Get Started Building Software for Dance Competitions?
 
Almost 10 years ago, we were approached by a national competition that was headquartered in Vancouver. At that time, we were a boutique software company focusing on highly secure database systems for corporations and government bodies. The competition hired us to build them a registration system for their events. The system had to be very secure to protect the children of their clients and extremely user-friendly. We built them a beautiful registration system and they were blown away by its power and simplicity. DanceComp Genie Registration 1.0 was launched in 2007!
 
What Happened Next?
 
We researched the market and started contacting competitions that were not offering online registration. The reason they weren't offering online registration was mostly due to the cost of developing one, or the fear of studios not wanting to move away from paper registration. DanceComp Genie sold like hot cakes once people caught on. Our pricing was, and still is today, very reasonable and fair.
 
But DCG Registration wasn't enough; our clients were quick to let us know that they needed a complete software suite to manage all aspects of their business. The next logical step was DCG Scheduling and DCG Tabulation. We built and launched these for our clients and the core DanceComp Genie suite was complete. But we didn't stop there ...
 
Then Came DCG Video
 
We were shocked when we found out what companies were paying to have a video team come in for video judge recording. We knew it would be much more affordable to do in-house with the right software. DanceComp Genie Video was released in 2009 and is now used by over 100 dance competitions. It's such an easy way to record and send videos to studios. Our clients were the first competitions to provide online critique downloading and streaming. As of 2016, you can even stream and download them on the Dance Events app!
 
Then Came the Dance Events App
 
The future is on mobile and we're leading the charge! You can do so much with an app and your customers are hanging out on their phones ALL day long at your events. Why not take advantage of this to give them the experience of a lifetime? We created the app 2 years ago and have almost 100 competitions using it this season. We built a solid foundation of features that covers the core needs of your events and we offer it for free for any competition, even those not using our other products. This year we are taking the app to the next level and may begin charging future competition companies to use it. Now is the time to get on board if you haven't already!
 
Stay Tuned!
 
In the next edition we will dive into the many ways we have changed the game and altered, for the better, the methods competitions, studios, and dancers do business within the dance competition market. 


   
           
Nov 25, 2016 10:51 AM
By inchol
We're back and revved up for the 2017 dance season! To kick off the year we are doing a four part series on the evolution of DanceComp Genie. This first part will provide a macro overview of our company, products, and services. Then we will dive into some history in parts 2 and 3 and wrap things up with a look into the future of dance competition technology.
 
Part 1 - What We Do
Part 3 - How We've Changed the Game
Part 4 - The Future Trends We're Working On
 
What Does DanceComp Genie Do?
 
DanceComp Genie (DCG) is a software provider focusing on the competition and convention industry. We are the leading provider of technology for event producers in the world with over 200 companies using our software for Registration, Scheduling, Tabulation, and Video. 
 
Where Are We Located?
 
Our head office is stationed in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is the tech capital of the north and is like a brother to Silicon Valley. We have incredible talent working for our company. When the young minds from Silicon Valley mature and start their families, the often move to Vancouver. It's where some of the best minds in technology reside.
How Many People Work For DCG?
We develop all of our software in-house and provide a holistic development process. We have researchers that seek the best new innovations in tech, programmers, bug testers, project managers and an in-house support team. There are currently 17 Genies on the team working with our clients.
 
What Are Our Products and Services?
 
We provide a full software suite for dance competitions. Our product line is like a warm blanket for your entire business. 
Online Registration
Scheduling
Tabulation
Video (Performance, Critiques, Live Streaming)
Dance Events app
Customized Mobile Apps
Marketing Solutions
 
What Makes Our Products Special?
 
Power and simplicity. We have been servicing the industry for almost 10 years and work with over 200 event producers around the world. This works out to about 70% of all event companies in North America. The experience and the feedback we have collected has allowed us to create an incredibly powerful product base that is extremely easy to use. Nothing on the market, including your own software (unless it's DCG software), comes close to the features and reporting abilities of DCG. We have features you haven't even thought about but would love to have. You're welcome to take a tour so we can prove this to you. No one understands your needs better than DanceComp Genie. 
Is DanceComp Genie Expensive?
No. If you were to ask a software development company to build a product as powerful and complete as DCG, they would quote you a figure over a million dollars. You obviously wouldn't need something as robust as DCG just for your competition. Most companies will receive quotes that are over $100 000 for a customized software system to cover their Registration, Scheduling, and Tabulation. This excludes any on-going fees for maintenance and enhancements, an app, a video recording system ... etc. 
 
Here are our prices. We have two pricing options. 
 
Pay-Per-Use starts with a one-time fee of $750 and an on-going fee of $2 per routine.
Buy-Out starts with a one-time fee of $8500.
We also provide free updates and actively build new features at no cost to our client base. 
 
"I'm Very Unique, Will DCG Work For Me?"
 
Yes, we have seen it all and done it all. Our software works for most companies right out of the box. The odd time we need to build a customized feature. We build these at cost, which means we don't mark up the price. This internal rule ensures our software is affordable to any competition no matter how different you do things. But like I mentioned above, we have seen it all and done it all. We work with over 200 competitions and have over 10 years of experience building software for dance competitions like yours.
 
"How Can I Adopt DCG For My Business?"
 
Let me walk you through the adoption process to show you how easy it is.  First, you will need to connect with one of our knowledgeable consultants. Visit our website and have a chat, we're online almost 24/7 to speak with you via the cute little chat box in the bottom right corner of every page. Or call our office at 1-866-663-2555. 
 
We will go over your registration forms, pricing, scoring structures, and internal needs to plan the best setup for your business. We will then set up our demo website to your competition needs and take you on a tour to show you how it will work exactly as you need it. 
 
After you see how incredible our software is, pick a purchase option and we will complete the working agreement and review the decision with you. From that point, we need about 1 week to setup the system on your website and 1 week to train you.
 
The entire process takes 2-3 weeks.


   
           
Apr 06, 2016 03:41 PM
By inchol
 
 
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” -- Douglas Adams
 
5 Great Chances to Meet the DCG Software Genies!
 
Clients, friends and curious companies; let us know if you will be in the same area during these dates and we would be happy to meet up!
 
The food and entertainment are on us!
 
 
1. Norfolk, Virginia
When: April 7th-12th

2. 
Las Vegas, Nevada -  IEP Conference
When: May 24th - 27th

3. 
Houston, Texas
When: Early-Mid May

4. New York, New York - Dance Teacher Summit
When: July 29th - Aug 2nd
*If you are in New Jersey we are happy to come visit you there.

5. 
Las Vegas, Nevada - ADCC Annual Meeting and Industry Excellence Awards Gala
When: September 21st - 23rd
 
 
Feel free to send us a message to setup a date/time to meet.