Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we use Brainstormer for our trivia supplies?
Brainstormer has been providing quiz packs and trivia content to clients since 1996. During that time, we have learned what works best to ensure the quiz is entertaining for your customers and keeps them coming back for more, week after week!
Brainstormer Materials: Our
materials (play cards, hand outs, picture rounds, pencils, advertising materials, posters, and promotional items) are second to none. Your regulars will know they are playing a quality pub quiz when they attend your Brainstormer event.
Brainstormer Questions: If you have ever written your own trivia questions you will now how time consuming this chore can quickly become.
Put your valuable time to better use. Let us do the work! With 15+ years as a leader in the pub quiz industry, we know the types of questions that work. We write our questions 'in-house,' which ensures the content is original and relevant to your audience. We also take care to ensure that our questions are challenging AND entertaining. Additionally, we provide a pronunciation guide for some of the more challenging words/names that appear in our questions, which helps ensure your emcee comes across a slick and polished quiz host! (We do not copy questions from other trivia games, websites, etc ...) When you order from us on a regular basis you can also be sure that there will be no repetition of questions. Our database program records each set of questions delivered to you to ensure each quiz features fresh, topical, and entertaining content, which is constantly being updated. Many of our long-term clients have been hosting weekly events since 1996!
Brainstormer Photos: Copyright is important to us! Our picture rounds feature photographs we have paid for and licensed from top suppliers of stock images.
Weekly Downloads: Regular clients receive access to download weekly current events questions from our website.
How do we promote our Trivia Quiz event?
We have an array of advertising materials available to ensure maximum turnout for your Brainstormer Pub Quiz® event. Items offered include full color posters and table tents with blank space that can easily be personalized with your logo and text. We can also supply beer coasters upon request. Importantly, regular
clients also receive a listing at our Venues page.
This helps customers easily find YOUR location when doing a web search for 'Pub Quiz' in your state, city, or town. The Brainstormer free app allows users of it to find the nearest Brainstormer venue.
How long does it take to build a regular quiz clientele?
It was been our experience that it can take up to 8 weeks, or more, to build a crowd. While our marketing materials are very helpful, word of mouth is key. Consistency in hosting the quiz every week is also important.
So, we want to host Brainsormer. What do we need to do?
Brainstormer provides everything you need to run a professionally produced quiz night. Our quizzes include the team booklets, pencils, entertaining and fact-checked questions, licensed full-color picture rounds and promotional materials. If you are not using one of our hosts to run your event, all you need to do is have a member of your staff act as emcee. When you order our 'Starter Kit', we can provide training via Skype to make sure your host is familiar with our program. Please ask us for more details.
When do we place our order?
It is important to obtain our promotional advertising materials prior to your event. We recommend that you place your order at least three weeks in advance by visiting our Store. New clients can take advantage of our specially priced 'Starter Kit,' which is designed to get your Quiz program up and running at a low cost! Learn more.
To ensure timely delivery, we will ship your order within days of receiving your order. Normal shipping time is 2-5 business days, depending upon your location. You can also make special arrangements with us to have expedited delivery made at short notice.
How do we reorder?
Visit our Store and reorder about 2 weeks in advance. If you prefer, call us with your credit card information and we can place you on an automatic delivery schedule so you don't need to worry about reordering. With this service, we send new supplies to you on a regular basis, usually every eight weeks.
What other equipment do we need?
A 'Public Address' sound system is essential if you are hosting your event in a large venue. It is also a good idea to have a selection of music on hand to play during breaks in the action. An iPod is a very useful tool for this and will help add to the social atmosphere.
How long does each Trivia Quiz last?
Each event is designed to last about two hours and our quizzes consist of six rounds of ten questions each. The breaks in the play allow for adequate intermission time and opportunites for purchasing food and drinks!
What is the ideal team size for each event?
This is at your discretion, but we suggest that you divide the players as evenly as
possible. Four to six players per team is generally accepted as a good average team size.
What do you suggest we use for prizes?
We suggest that you award prizes for first and second placed teams. Awarding a prize to the team with the 'perfectly average score' rewards the 'less serious' quiz teams, and keeps them coming back for fun week after week :) If your quiz attracts a lot of large teams, offer a 'best small team' prize to the top scoring team of, say, four players or less. You can also ask bonus questions and award 'spot-prizes' at random. Prizes normally consist of shirts, beer bucks, bottles, etc... Need Prizes? We offer a variety of Brainstormer 'Genius!' branded gear including t-shirts, pint glasses, coffee mugs, bottle openers, pens, wine keys, purse holders, etc... Ask us about out quiz merchandise.
Any other advice?
Make sure that the contestants do NOT use smart phones, pads, and other electronic devices during your event! This can be a problem and should be dealt with accordingly. We suggest taking the offensive items and throwing them into your drinks blender :)
What other services does Brainstormer offer?
In select markets, we can provide an emcee to come to your venue and host your events. We also host private parties for companies, clubs and other organizations. Learn More.