golf course marketing strategies

7 Ways The App Is A Lifesaver

 

“Running a business is all smooth sailing.”

- Said no one ever.

 

As much as we plan and prepare to make business operations seamless week to week, we are bound to occasionally hit a snag. In the golf industry, this can look like employee turnover, unpredictable weather, or last minute cancellations, among many other potential hiccups. When blindsided by these challenges, it can often lead to quick reactionary marketing decisions that may not be the best message to deliver to your customers.

In this blog, I’ve outlined a series of “trouble scenarios” and ways to get your golf club out of a bind using your app. By learning more about these slightly out of the box best practices, hopefully, you’ll feel more proactive communicating to your customer and maybe even find marketing opportunities when faced with similar challenges.


 

1. Last Minute Outing Cancelation - How To Fill Your Tee Sheet

Have you planned on having a packed course due to a scheduled outing and then the day before this planned event, the tournament organizer has to cancel? This can be a headache, especially because you probably spent that week turning golfers away, who wanted to play at your course. If in this position, sending a push notification to your app audience is a fast and effective way to fill your tee sheet. The message should direct users right to your booking engine to view and make tee times in the app within a couple clicks.

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2. Sunshine In February? Get More Out Of Your Golfers!

Ever been in the middle of your winter or off-season and out of nowhere you have a few days of clear skies and sunshine? This is typically great news, but it can involve scrambling to get the word out to fill an open tee sheet for the next day. Again, this is where in-app messaging is a reliable channel in immediately delivering that message to your audience. You can even set up an in-app deal featuring a golf package for up-sell opportunities since most likely your golfers are ill-equipped to play golf this time of year.

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3. Course Renovation or Update

Whether you are experiencing unpredictable weather or planned course renovation, it’s always a good idea to keep your golfers in the loop with any on-course updates for the day. When these scenarios come up abruptly it can be difficult to notify golfers of an update or to kindly abide to on-course change in play, such as cart path only due to heavy rains. This is when a geofence message over the course becomes a quick and seamless solution to notifying your golfers about course updates for the day. You may be thinking sending out an email to your whole database is just as easy and will be received by a larger audience. That is correct, however, broadcasting a message about your course being in a less desirable condition can have a lingering effect of keeping customers away from your course. By placing a location-based message over your clubhouse or parking lot, only golfers on site will be notified of the course update or instructions. Another useful messaging tool in this scenario is an on-course pop-up message. Using pop-ups allows you to add an image to the message, making your golfers aware of what to prepare for on a particular hole.

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4. On-Course Engagement

Engage with your golfers while they are on your course! Using pop-up notifications you can trigger messages based on which holes they are located at. This function can be applied in a number of ways to benefit your golf club. On hole 8, send a reminder to make an order at the turn or after their round, encourage them to “head to the clubhouse to enjoy a cold one”. Also, you can use pop-ups as a way to promote “digital hole sponsorships” during tournament play. Your club or tournament organizers can present a fee to local businesses for in-app advertising during the tournament day, making your course tournament experience stand out against your competition.

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5. Connect With New Tournament Players

Your course will be packed with players for an upcoming outing. Some of these players may frequent your course often, but others it’s their first time. You may think having manicured fairways and pristine greens will keep them coming back, but it’s not always that easy to keep your club top of mind. Take advantage of tournament days by promoting your app for live scoring, golf GPS, and tournament specific offers. This in-app deal can be anything from “Get $10 off a $50 spend” to “$1 off a sleeve of balls”. The key components are to make this deal exclusive and available for only one day to drive app downloads. This will not only provide a positive course experience but also the opportunity for you to market to these new customers post-tournament.

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6. Direct Foot Traffic To Your Operations Needing Help

When it comes to email marketing, we know promoting greens fee specials will get your golfers to your course, but often times, food & beverage or merchandise specials are not as strong of an appeal. You could send an email out on Thursday about daily happy hour specials and merchandise sales and by the time it’s Saturday and those golfers are at your club, they have already forgotten what deals are available to them. With geofence technology, you can create a custom message for your golfers as they arrive at your club with all new specials and offerings available. 90% of US mobile users keep their location services turned on, and because your customers will be in the vicinity of these offerings, the likelihood of purchase is much stronger.

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7. Driving Range Golf GPS

This spring we launched our Golf GPS feature for driving range facilities. This feature is easy to set up and allows for your golfers to have accurate yardage to range targets no matter what their location is on the driving range. No longer will your staff need to post grass tee yardages on a daily or weekly basis.

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Golf Operator Spotlight - Ryan K. From Westminster National Golf Course

It’s always great to get to have a conversation with our course operator partners, and recently I was able to sit down and talk shop with Ryan Kraushofer, GM at Westminster National Golf Club in Maryland.  Ryan and Westminster have been with us since April of 2015, and I started with Gallus in March of 2015, so he is one of the first new partners I had the privilege of working with, and some of the things Ryan has done with the app have been very outside the box creative.

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Here’s our conversation in a nutshell:

 

Rob:  Talk to me about your career in golf. What got you started and what is your favorite part of the industry?  And why are you good at it? How did you get started?

Ryan:  I got started in golf when I about was 12 years old.  I would go to the golf course with my parents and hang out with them in the evenings and ride around the course. My dad started working in the Pro Shop and snack shack area, I would hang out with him. Then my parents would play golf and I would hang back in the clubhouse. I would do things around the club, like take out the trash, do some other odd jobs around the course and make $20-30 bucks, and I thought “this is kinda a cool gig”. Luckily my middle school was right around the corner and during my time in middle school and high school in the evenings I would go to the nearby course to help out with landscape and just work as much as I could.

 

Ryan is well respected for his agronomic skills and has been called upon by the USGA to help set up US Open Courses as recently as 2015 at Chambers Bay.  He’s pretty humble about it, but I am fairly certain in Opens since he would have been there as well had it not been for little things, like getting married!

 

Rob:  Having been in golf then your entire adult life and more, what do you see as the biggest challenge golf as an industry has experienced in the last 5 years?

Ryan:  I think the biggest challenge is simple,  getting golfers out to play, growing the game through younger golfers and women, and keeping them coming back. For me, that is the biggest challenge.

 

Rob:  Do you feel we have turned a corner and succeeded, or will that continue to be a major challenge for courses and the game as a whole?

Ryan:  I think so. I think initiatives like what Topgolf is doing will continue to help. In my experience, they are reaching a point that they are getting people interested in going out to the golf course. I have heard some people that say Topgolf hurts the industry but I don't believe that. I think they are doing great things, and I think as a professional in this industry you're always going to have to do something to get new people involved.  It’s not just the growth of our games, but sustaining our careers.

 

Rob: I think that is the case with any business.  If you're not looking to grow your customer base you're probably planning to fail.  

Let’s talk about technology and your mobile app - what impact do you think they have made on your course and your business?

Ryan:  Technology is changing all the time. From agronomics to golf balls, to GPS, to golf balls with GPS!  And smartphones - people are always on the phone on the golf course and instead of looking for ways to end that, we should look for ways to capitalize on it because we are not going to separate people from their phones. We have found they're looking for ways to keep score when playing, whether it's with our app or another technology,  golfers are using it in their games.

There is nothing wrong with technology. It is a change and change is often tough, but people will adapt and change and if your business doesn’t adapt along with them, people will pass you by.  As I mentioned in your first question, Rob, the challenge in our industry is getting people to golf, so accommodating their lifestyles and giving them something to enjoy in that mix is an important part of answering that challenge.

 

Rob:  You have done some pretty unique things with your app, for example selling sponsorships in the tournament Portion of the app to help fund your investment.  I remember you did the same thing with the tournament software registration, where you were selling hole sponsorships through a player registration page you altered to make work this way for you.

Can you talk about some of the ideas you have had and things you're doing to get outside of the box and separate yourself from what others are doing?

Ryan:  It's always tough thinking of different ideas. We will often run a Skins competition through the app.  It’s a quick and easy way to get people engaged, downloading, and using the app because it is something they understand and have been doing for years anyway. Skins competitions are the biggest thing we do in the way of getting people to download.

As far as selling the hole sponsorships I try to do that every year. It's a nice way to offer businesses a new way to reach people, more than just a sign in the ground. It may only be $200, but when you carry that out over a handful of businesses and a number of tournaments, it’s an easy way to cover the investment of our app each year.

The Loyalty programs you have built for us are working very well too.  We are punching loyalty cards every day. So those golfers are using the app every day and they are seeing the hole sponsorships, playing in the Skins games, keeping and posting scores - each way contributes to us being connected to our customers and is worth the effort to separate ourselves in a challenging business like golf.

 

Rob:  Let’s talk briefly about a challenge I hear way too often - the older demographic.  A lot of courses, ones I am afraid are going to be closing shop in the next 10 years or so without an adjustment, tell us that the bulk of their clients are much older and just won’t download and use the app.  What’s your take on this?

Ryan:  You know when we first launched the app, I agree, the older guys weren’t using it as much as the younger guys. But with the development of the loyalty program in the app, we offered free golf after 10 rounds of golf, and the older guys end up wanting the rewards so they end up downloading the app. I would say my senior group has downloaded it just to get the rewards and I think enticing them with the rewards has pushed me over the edge to using all of the other features.

 

Rob:  Any other predictions on technology in the golf industry in the next few years? Whether it's app, payments, upgrades to POS with the course?

Ryan:  You tell me haha!

5 Ways To Use The Offer Locker This Season To Drive Additional Spend!

The 2018 Season is upon us... The days are longer, the weather warmer, and the golfers are flooding to courses after what many experienced as a painfully cold and wet spring in much of North America. Now that the weather has turned, you may be asking how you can get the most of the 2018 Season and stand out against the competition? How can my golf club attract more golfers without heavily discounting tee times via online booking services?

 

We Have Good News For You…

The beauty of having your branded golf app is that you now have an engaged golf audience, who are interested in your club, and strong potential to be a loyal customer. Of course, putting in the time and marketing efforts is essential to keeping the customer relationship alive.  Fortunately, the messaging and loyalty tools you have available with your app will help drive additional spend and increase the lifetime value of your customers!

The Offer Locker is a rewards tool with the flexibility to bring in-app deals to your customers to encourage engagement and drive loyalty. Since the inception of the Offer Locker in Fall 2017, 580 offers have been created by our partnered clubs. These offers have produced over 10,000 viewers during that short time and produced over 3,100 direct revenue driving redemptions. This equates to a conversion rate of 31%, during a time that is slower part of the season! Considering, the average conversion rate for digital marketing methods is anywhere from 2.35 - 5.31%, it's safe to say mobile marketing will drive more revenue to your club! Plus, unlike advertising on Facebook or Google, it's included with your app!

31% > 2.35% - Lets Take A Second To Think About That...

 

If you need more persuading, below are a list of more reasons why you should use the Offer Locker this season:

  • Generate More App Downloads

  • Attract Quality Customers

  • Keep App Content Fresh And Fun For Your Audience

  • Market To An Engaged Audience

  • Increase Positive Word Of Mouth

  • Promote Value-Added Packages, Not Discounts

 

This article will break down 5 ways you can use the Offer Locker tool to create value-added bundles to generate additional customer spend, and best ways to market those offers via in-app messaging.

 


1. Tournament Specific Offer

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Often times when golf clubs are booked for a tournament, they host players for the day on their course, hope any new golfers enjoy their experience and cross their fingers that they return. Now with the Offer Locker, you can proactively retain new customers by providing a Tournament Specific Offer. Depending on the golfer type, you can create something that is a deal on Food & Beverage or special on something at your golf shop.  By creating a same-day and exclusive deal to players, you will generate more downloads, customer spend, and ongoing communication post tournament. When using the Gallus Tournament Software, include these details in the tournament description and rules. Even if players are not redeeming the offer, they still have your app on their phone and now you have the opportunity to market to them!

 

 


2. Golf Packages

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When golf is top of mind, promote an investment - not a discount! By having a golf package, for example Buy 4 Rounds for $150, you are providing the golfer with an ongoing value they can use throughout the season. This in turn, lays the foundation for stronger customer connection and opportunities to upsell in their return visits via food & beverage and merchandise spending. Having an offer like this involves some discount, of course, but it’s well worth the price for ensuring return visits by new customers and opportunities for additional spend.

 

 

 


3. Summer Golf Bundles

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Use your course offerings as a way to package up the perfect Summer Bundle or Experience for your customers. This will depend on what inventory is available and what profit margins are for specific items when bundling together, but you can get creative with this!  Create a summer bundle for a hat, sleeve of balls, and sunscreen for $35. Or promote a golf package of polo shirt and $50 range card for $75. Capitalize off the season and create a sense of urgency that these deals will not last long, so your customers jump on the opportunity to redeem.

 

 

 


4. Big Ticket Items

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Often times courses feel the only way to drive spending to their club through heavily discounted offers on tee times and/or merchandise.  Although the Offer Locker has the flexibility to promote discounts on lower priced items in your golf shop, we want to suggest ways to increase spend. Get your golfers to think big picture in their investment to play this season by creating Unlimited Range Special Pass or Mid-Season Membership Special. With a higher price tag attached, there is no denying the redemptions may be lower in numbers, however, you are providing golf deals to your customers without diminishing the value of your brand.

 

 

 


5. High Season & Busy Holidays

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Use the busy season and Holiday weekends, to promote new offerings at your club. With the flexibility of the Offer Locker you can market new menu items, golf instruction clinics, Summer merchandise, and more. Want to drive more spend to your golf shop? Have an offer that is spend $100 get $10 off. With the proper in-app messaging (we will dive into that later..) you can direct your golfer foot traffic right to operations of your business that need extra attention.
 

 

 

 

 


Promote Your Offer. Here’s How:

Now that you have your offers activated in the Offer Locker, let’s go through the best methods of promoting them using our in-app messaging tools. Some of the benefits of having a branded mobile app with Gallus Golf is that you have an engaged following of customers, who you can market to - FOR FREE! Following the recommended steps below will only help in increasing the conversion rate from offer view to redemption, and more importantly, average customer to loyal customer.

 

1. Promote Via Push Notification

It goes without saying, but the first thing you should do when your offer is live, is send a push notification to your audience. This will get instant views, and if any customers receive the message at your course, it may even result in immediate redemptions. Keywords with strong call-to-action conversions are “Learn More”, “Shop Now”, “Get X% Off”, “Buy Now”, “Last Chance”, “Today Only”, among others, according to recent report by Sprout Social. If your offer is available for a month, continue to push the message every 1-2 weeks.

 

2. Welcome Geofence Message Over Your Course

In your Gallus Golf dashboard, you can create up to 20 geofence messages. These are typically placed over competing course, golf megastores, and shopping centers with heavy foot traffic. However, the most important location to put a geofence is over your own course. We call this a “Welcome Geofence” and in most cases, this will deliver the most messages to your golfers than the other 19 geofences combined. When you have the opportunity to deliver a message to hundreds of golfers arriving to your course over a weekend, strike while the iron’s hot and send them a message about your Offer Locker deals. They could receive the message while being 50 yards away from the Clubhouse, where you are promoting a food & beverage special, so the conversion can be much more effective.

 

3) App News Item

You always want to keep your app content fresh and fun, and who doesn’t like a deal?! Creating a news item is fast and simple, as well as has the effect of capturing the attention of users opening the app, as a featured banner. Be sure to guide users to “find more information in the Offer Locker” so they can review and redeem when at your golf club.

 

If you have any questions about the Offer Locker and/or need assistance in setting up a deal, please reach out to your account manager or contact us at support@gallusgolf.com.

A “Best-in-Class” Future for Your Business

Highlighting the Importance of Integrations, a Sneak-Peek into our thoughts on the future, and what you can do to help make it happen.

 

What is an integration when it comes to technology?  The way we see it, an integration will bring information (data), objectives, goals, and your overall strategy into alignment.  More importantly, the integration will include the ability to not just have these pieces aligned, but also working directly with your customers.

 

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Let’s begin with some reasons (and explanations) of why we feel integrations from Best-in-Class providers are important.

 

Improving Quality & Reliability

Let’s face some facts, not every provider is the best solution for every need for your business.  We at Gallus Golf feel we build a Best-in-Class solution with our custom apps for golf courses, but don’t expect us to be able to provide you with a Best-in-Class solution for a tee sheet and booking engine.  That is why we have positioned ourselves to be able to work with any of the many great providers out there in this realm. However, please continue reading below to learn why a full integration with your provider would be huge for you!

 

Raising Your Game with Your Clients

Data collection has been quite the buzz over the last couple years.  No offense, but each time I hear it spoken about and take a look at the audience watching the speaker, at least half of the people in the crowd are very engaged, but also very confused, and rightly so.  Speakers can go on until they’re blue in the face about collecting info from your clients, but without some method to put this knowledge gained to practical use, what’s the point in doing the extra work?  This is where integrations, and Artificial Intelligence, can begin to play a significant role for your success. If you can create a bridge between data collection and smart usage of that data, well then you’re cooking with gas!  Keep reading…

 

More Efficient and Cost Effective Use of Personnel

A good team can be your most valuable asset, however it is daily becoming more and more expensive to build that team.  As wage rates increase and needs to provide benefits become more expensive, it is key that you are able to get the most out of your investment in that team.  Integrations can provide methods to get your team having conversations about programs your course offers, showing clients merchandise, and able to get out from behind the counter from checking people in. All of these things can provide not just a higher level of service, but also more loyal customers spending more money with you, raising that return on the investment in your team to compensate for rising labor costs.  Again, keep reading for that peek into the future below for what we see integrations can provide you.

 

Okay, so you’ve kept reading as I begged you to!  Thanks!

I could have continued with more reasons why integrations are so important, but I assumed if I kept asking you to read on, eventually you would have given up on me!  Let’s get to the meat of the discussion - the future.

 

This is where I am going to lean on our collective imagination…

Scenario:

  1. Joe Golfer arrives at your golf course.  He has your mobile app installed on his phone and he has a tee time in 45 minutes from now.

  2. His phone triggers a geofence because he has arrived that sets a chain of events into motion.

  3. All of your systems are integrated and working in concert with one another and the following steps ensue:

  4. Joe gets this message on his phone “Welcome Back Joe! We are happy you’re here and see you have a 10:30 tee time. Tap “Yes” below to check in for your tee time now.”

  5. Joe taps “Yes”, and gets a confirmation message - “Thanks Joe, you’re all set. Your cart number is 32. Would you like to hit some balls on the practice range to warm up - Tap “Yes” if you do”

  6. Joe taps “Yes”, and gets this confirmation message - “Time to get your swing in the groove - your code for range balls Joe is 4356. Hit them long and straight!”

  7. Then 10 minutes before he is to tee off Joe could also get this message, “Joe, we know you usually play a ProV1x ball and enjoy a Bloody Mary at the start of your round.  Would you like us to deliver either of those to your cart before you tee off?” He is given a couple buttons to choose from for this then and makes his selection and your staff fulfills that order.

  8. Finally, 6 hours after he tees off Joe gets this message - “Thanks so much for playing the course today Joe. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please tap the button below to complete a quick 3 question survey and receive 10% off your next round for doing so!”

 

I am sure you can see where I am heading with this.  Do you have to send that many messages? No. But I wanted to highlight how the integration would come into play for you, especially with Artificial Intelligence in the mix to interpret all of the data on each customer’s behavior and preferences and then ask smart questions to them.  Without an integration of your systems, none of this is possible. However, this is not some far off capability. We are not talking about the year 2045 here. This technology exists now and we have begun to implement some of it, and we are even working on the beginning of some integration capabilities now with providers you may already employ.


 

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What do we see happening while all of this technology is at work?

 

  • Your staff is able to interact with your customers in ways that don’t include the heft of having to process a lineup of transactions and then move on to the next customer.  They are out from behind the counter and talking with customers about upcoming events at the club, membership opportunities, general conversations about the customer’s kids or golf game right now - bottom line creating a more personal experience for your customer and making them feel as though they are at home when they come to your course.  Can you imagine how that will affect loyalty among your clients?

  • Your course goes viral!  This kind of experience, if you are among the first in your market to provide it, will launch a viral quality for you, having golfers talking among themselves about how cool it is to play your course and driving more traffic to you through the all important marketing tool - WORD-OF-MOUTH!

  • Relying on setting the technology to do the work for you will eliminate the lack of reliability in staff members remembering to ask the age old “do you want fries with that?” types of questions.  No stone will be left unturned, and it will happen with the language and timing you specifically choose because you have set it up that way. The pain of this not being done every time, or just not being done exactly how you want will be over.

What do you have to do to get the ball rolling with implementing these types of integrations?

 

Great question, glad you asked!  If you’re reading this blog post, in all likelihood you are either already a customer of ours, or you are seriously interested in becoming one.  We have started the process in the last 12 months to make these things happen for you with our technology and we feel the app because it is on your customer’s phone should be set up as the communication hub.  So, we have the ability for your other tech providers, where so much of your data resides and is collecting dust, to integrate with us. It is there, and we have forged a partnership with a Best-In-Class Artificial Intelligence provider to facilitate all of this.  We have been in some discussions with your other tech providers to highlight the importance we feel these integrations hold, and some have begun working on them.

 

You can help by simply keeping the conversation moving along with them.  When you speak with your other reps, or when you talk with us, ask about this.  Ask your booking engine, tee sheet, POS provider(s) if they are working on this type of integration with us to implement this for you.  We are open to working with all of them. Your success is always our goal.

PGA Show Recap: New Golf GPS, Mobile Food Orders, Marketing Help & More

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The 2018 PGA Merchandise Show is in the books and, per usual, with over 1,000 golf companies showing off their latest equipment, technology, and fashion - it did not disappoint!  Leading up to the Show, we had been fine-tuning and updating many new features and solutions to be released at the PGA Show. For those of you, who were not able to attend this year, here is a recap of what you missed!

 

New Golf GPS

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Our biggest announcement at the Show was the unveiling of our new app.  Now, when your players are using GPS, they can view each hole from an aerial view. At a quick glance, they know the front, center, and back of the green distance and when they select any location of the hole, they will get yardage. Each hole is beautifully customized and accurately mapped to ensure that if a player needs to avoid that tricky fairway bunker, they will have the tools to do so with your app.

 

Scorecard

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Other enhancements to the app include vertical scorecard, which opened up space to track players’ scores, as well as upload profile images for an interactive feel. Game formats are still available at the top right of the screen and players can share their scores with our social sharing feature at the bottom of the screen.

 

Add Visual Content

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A new general theme of the app is to incorporate more visual content to capture the attention of your audience. It’s no surprise that in this day and age of Instagram and Snapchat, that customers are compelled more by images than text. In fact, articles with images get 94% more views than those without. Another recent study found that posts with video receive nearly 300% more inbound calls. You may be asking yourself, how can I apply this to my Club App? Here is how: Now, with every Club Event, Pro-Tip, or News Item, you can add images and video. By adding visual content, your customers will value your app as a resourceful place of Club information they can easily find on their smartphone.  Do you have Spring and Summer Golf Clinics around the corner? Add videos of your Golf Professionals providing quick instructional tips! Let them show off their skill and experience to convert your customers to Golf Lessons, Clinics, etc.

 

BOOST | Golf Marketing Solution

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Given the success of BOOST in 2017, we brought on additional team members to represent their latest marketing solution at The PGA Show. This proved to be a smart call, as much of the three days at the show were filled with new and current clients interested to learn more. A common theme our BOOST Team heard at the Show from golf operators is difficulty in managing their daily marketing tasks. Also, when marketing is outsourced, often times it is handled by a team who may have a marketing background but is unfamiliar with the game of golf.  The BOOST Team is made up of marketing professionals specialized in the golf industry, who have refined a system to save time and money for their golf club clients.  BOOST manages weekly email campaigns, social media, in-app messaging, content, and graphic design for any marketing collateral. Based on the positive response at the Show, we anticipate significant growth for BOOST this year!

 

onTAP | Mobile Food Ordering & Delivery

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Some of our most exciting feedback at the PGA Show came from discussions about onTAP - click-to-order food and beverage app solution. This app enhancement allows for a seamless ordering and payment experience for customers. Gallus Partners were excited to hear they now have the ability to essentially offer the same mobile order and delivery option as national brands like Dominos, CVS, and Postmates.  

The Gallus Team had an amazing and productive week at the PGA Show. Thank you to all who were able to stop by and visit us! It’s always a pleasure getting to connect and visit with our partners. We can’t tell you how excited we are to implement the new app in the coming months!

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If you were not able to attend the show, but would like to learn more about the new app and Gallus Golf solutions, please contact support@gallusgolf.com.

Learn more about Gallus Golf Solutions at www.gallusgolf.com.

4 Holiday Messaging Ideas You Should Use

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The Holidays are in full swing and when looking back at 2016, spending exceeded $1 trillion, with the average U.S. adult spending $419 on holiday-related items.  Early forecast calls for the 2017 holiday season to be even stronger... So what does this mean for you? It's time to start marketing your Golf Club specials and memberships! We are here to help you stand out against the competition so your customers keep YOU in mind when crossing off their Holiday Gift List! Fortunately, with 76% of Americans using their mobile device for their holiday shopping, you have a good bet of converting in-app messaging to dolla dolla bills, ya'll!

 

How do you do this, you ask? Let's dive in...

 

1) Holiday Sale Message

Do you have any Holiday golf shop specials or an annual Holiday Sale? Send a Push Message out to your audience to promote your sale. Emphasize the significant discount with terms like "Major markdowns" or "Up to 75% OFF" and a sense of urgency using phrases like, "Limited Supply", "2 Days Only", or "Will SELL OUT!".  These examples may not exactly apply to what you are offering, but the key takeaway with a holiday sale message is to highlight the discount and demand for the products being offered.

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2) Gift Card Promotion

Year after year, more people prefer receiving gift cards for the holidays. In fact, the total gift card volume will reach $160 billion by 2018. That is a BIG piece of holiday-spending pie! But how do we compete with national sport retail stores? Well, we may have to get a little creative.  Offer a holiday special when a customer buys a gift card, they receive an additional free item with that purchase.  For example when a customer buys a $50 gift card, they get a free $5 gift card or sleeve of golf balls.  By adding value to their purchase, you are able to stand out against your competitors and drive incentive to spend. You can make it fun by calling it a "Naughty or Nice Special" - Be nice and give the additional gift to a friend, or naughty and keep for yourself.  Send this promotion out in a push message linking them right to your Online Store, so they can complete their purchase in 3 clicks, without even having to get up from the couch! Christmas shopping has never been so easy!

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3) Secret Santa Code 

Make shopping at your golf shop or online store fun this holiday season!  Send out a push message with a "Secret Santa Code" or phrase your customers can use at the time for payment for a special discount.  Maybe the message is, "Say 'Rudolf' at your time of payment for 20% off your golf shop purchase" or "Enter code 'MERRY' to get 10% OFF your online purchase", directing them to the Online Store in the push message.  One thing to note is to provide an expiration date so there is a sense of urgency to shop and take advantage of the special discount.

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4) 12 Days of Christmas Special

Create 12 "Daily Deals" and promote them each day using with a push message. These deals and specials can be small and range from anything to "$5 Off Greens Fee" to "Appetizers - Buy One Get One Half Off". When sending out these series of messages, it’s best to be consistent in the time of day the message is sent. We would suggest sending these out in the late morning, as it allows time for customers to redeem these offers the same day. Of course, if 12 days is too long, you can always shorten the length of the campaign to “7 Days of Christmas”.  Making it unique to your Golf Club and fun for your customers is the idea here.

There you have it, four ideas that your Golf Club can use to promote your holiday specials directly to your customers.  In addition to in-app messaging, be sure to advertise any holiday specials on social media and email. If you need marketing help or would like to learn about our BOOST Marketing Program, please reach out to Molly Jasco. She is our BOOST Client Success Manager and handles the marketing strategy for many of our golf course clients.
 

If you need any assistance in setting up a message, please reach out to your Account Manager. We are happy to help and wish you a VERY MERRY HOLIDAY SEASON!

The Geofence Message, And it’s Competitive Advantages

This week's app tip from Denny Hathaway, National Account Manager, Gallus Golf

A Geofence is an area that you can designate, that will initiate an automatic push notification (marketing or informative message), to APP users that have allowed for notification services.

All of our mobile APPs have the ability to set up to 20 Geofences.  These Geofences can be set anywhere on Earth, all you would need is an address.

A Geofence message is similar to a Push Notification, in that it is a text style message, limited to 120 characters or less.  The big difference between the type messages is that a geofence notification is a message you create, and then bury in the sand, like  a trip-wire, for your downloaders to receive when, and only when they cross that specific geofence area, versus the push notification you are actively crafting and sending at a designated time.

 

A specific, strategically placed message like this, allows for golf courses to get very aggressive with the type of marketing message they wish to impart because they know that the only people who are going to see that message, are the people that have downloaded their APP, and have crossed into that specific location.

 

Let’s talk about some ideas for strategic Geofence placement

We know that every facility is different, and every market is different.  That said, these practices have been proven to be successful ways to augment your marketing efforts, and communicate with your audience in an intelligent way.

 

Other Daily Fee or Semi-Private golf facilities in your market

If you have 2 3,4, or more golf courses in your market that you compete with, go ahead and place a Geofence message in their driveway and around their clubhouse.  A well-executed and placed message here can literally result in you pulling business out of the parking lots of your competitors.  Ex:  “Head on over to Broken Elbow Golf club where our rewards programs give you free golf with every 6 rounds you play."

 

Big Box Retail

If you have a Golf Galaxy, PGA SuperStore, or Dick’s Sporting Goods in your market, you might be well served by setting a geofence in their parking lots and around their stores. If selling some equipment this year is a goal for you, or maybe achieving a 10 or 15% uptick in equipment sales, this would be a great place to start.  Ex: “If you’re looking to purchase some golf equipment this summer, head on over to Broken Elbow GC, for a free club fitting."  Let’s remind our audiences to bring this business back to the green grass pro-shops, and patronize your local club.  

You can get everything you need at a full-service pro shop, get fit correctly, and maybe even earn some loyalty program points as to boot.

 

Strategic Locations in town, or on Major Highways 

You are experts in your markets.  We suggest everybody pick some areas in town where your downloaders are apt to travel and congregate and set a geofence in those locations.  Ex:  “Afternoon traffic got you down?  Head over to Broken Elbow GC for Happy Hour!"

 

Free-Standing or competing Driving Ranges in your Market

Looking to boost golf lesson revenue this summer?  How about advertising to YOUR APP audience, by setting a geofence in the parking lot of the local driving range? Ex: “ Having swing troubles?  Head on over to Broken Elbow, mention this message and receive $10 off your next lesson.”

Another great feature of these Geofences? Once you have some set, you can see how they are performing.  In the Geofence tile of your dashboard, you will have access to review all of your geofence performances over the previous month or other timeframes you designate.  You will be shown how many people have crossed your Geofence and viewed your message.  Don’t like how a Geofence is performing for you?  Delete it, and make a new one.  You will quickly find the sweet spots in your market, where your audience is most susceptible to your efforts.


As always, if you have any questions on this or any other feature in your APP, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! support@gallusgolf.com

Making Your App Your Primary Marketing Channel

This week's post from Brandon Clark, National Sales Director
 

Your Branded Mobile App Will Be Your Primary Marketing Channel In 2017 And Beyond!!

Sure you’ve heard it all before.

  • “Mobile technology is revolutionizing how businesses (including golf courses) communicate with their customers.”
  • “In the 2017 business environment it is critical your facility has a branded presence on all of your customers’ phones.”
     

Well, the data is in, it’s all true!

In 2017 it is imperative for your facility to not only get onboard with mobile technology but your staff, top to bottom, must embrace your app. With you and your staff working together to actively promote your Gallus app the sky's the limit for generating new revenue and providing a better customer experience at a fraction of the time and cost of other marketing and advertising channels.

 

  • In 2015 40,402 business apps were created
  • Smartphone users now spend only 14% of their time in web browsers while they spend 86% of their time on mobile apps.
  • In 2016 62% of businesses surveyed either have an app or are planning on building one. Of those surveyed 20% use their apps for branding, 30% for generating revenue, and 50% to engage their customers.
  • We spend 174 minutes on our mobile devices every day.
  • $74 Billion in sales were made through mobile apps in 2015. That is up 32% from 2014. We expect a similar jump when the 2016 numbers come in.
  • For mobile shoppers there a fewer transaction on mobile websites and more transactions on mobile apps. Today's consumers prefer mobile apps for purchasing because it’s a smoother checkout process, an app is easier to navigate, and an app is easier to read.
  • 30% of baby boomers download retailer apps, 50% of Gen X’ers, and 60% of Millennials. For those in the golfing demographics, the numbers are much higher.

 

The lesson to be learned...

Driving downloads is absolutely essential. If you are not, your competitors are. We promise you that. The math is obvious - the more downloads you have, the larger your audience - the larger your audience, the greater your effect.

Here are some great previous tips to click on to learn some unique ways to drive more downloads to your app. (click on each to read them)

  1. Mapping Your Practice Range
  2. Flash Tournaments
  3. Drive Downloads through a Facebook Call to Action Button
  4. Video to Promote your App
  5. Automated Smart Banners on your mobile website
  6. The Gallus Tournament Wizard
  7. Overcoming Download Objections

 

Featured App/Operator of the Month

Out of the norm for our App of the Month interview, I actually got to spend some time with this month's app operator from the Golf Wichita app, their super dynamic Assistant Manager of Golf, Shana Appelhanz.  We were both attending the Golf Inc. Strategies Summit in Austin, Texas last week, and I was fortunate enough to capture a quick conversation in video with Shana about their app.

ENJOY!

Entering the Off Season with Relevance!

A little bit of a re-tread here, but just as valuable this year as it was last!


For so many of our courses, entering Autumn means entering the stretch-run for the year, knowing winter and closed golf courses are right around the corner.  For those of you out there who experience the opposite season and are just coming into the prime time of the year, pay attention anyway because May is not that far away for you!
 

Believe it or not, your off-season is when your app can really shine.  While GPS, live scoring, playing tips and all of the other great things the app provides are truly wonderful---the best thing your Gallus app may provide is a link to your clients when they are not coming to see you on a weekly basis.  With that in mind, here are EIGHT KEYS TO DIMINISHING YOUR SEASONALITY:


Grow Your Database While the Season's Still Hot
You've got some time left before you prep to shut down for the winter.  The weather is still great and golfers are still flocking to the course.  NOW is the time to begin a season ending full-court press to get your app downloaded to their phones.  Make sure every golfer checking in to play knows about the app, have promotional materials posted everywhere, run events like a skins game or any tournament that will drive downloads in bulk by featuring live scoring within the app, run some kind of season end giveaway where the entry form resides only in the app forcing a download to register, and of course feel free to reach out to us for more ideas.

The more users you enter the off-season with, the stronger your off-season will be.


Gather Customer Reviews
Positioning your course to be prepped to hit the ground running when the next season begins should be a huge priority all of the time, but more often than not during busy times we get caught up in being so busy we forget to be doing everything we should be, all of the time.  Don't let the season escape you without gathering a bunch of Golfer reviews of your course to be able to use as you begin marketing for the next season.  In fact, if you know the golfer would be writing a great review, ask him/her to post it on Yelp, Google+, greenskeeper.org, etc.  Any time is the right time to be working on your reputation, so don't let the season get by without making significant effort.


Continue Creating Remarkable Content ... With an Off-Season Twist
You work hard all season long to compel golfers to come to your course.  Your content runs the gambit from praising your course conditions, to talking about the great events you are hosting, to sharing about holes in one, and so much more.  Don't stop in the off-season because golf has stopped.  Share a golf joke via push notification.  Read about our last tip here of offering sales and discounts during the off-season and create content to share surrounding those. Share golf vacation info from your members---"Congrats to John Doe on his 76 at Florida Golf Course during his golf vacay, bring that game back here in May JD!"


Basically, use the app to keep your audience engaged this off-season. After all, their love of the game hasn't waned, the weather just stinks!


Stay Social All Year
Your golfers don’t vaporize during the off-season. It’s important to stay in contact with leads and customers throughout the entire year. Consider social media and push notifications your virtual, year-round storefront -- because even if your audience isn't hangin' in the clubhouse, they are certainly phone-in-hand perusing their social media feeds! That means leveraging Push Notifications, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, the whole shebang to stay top of mind year-round. You should be using this real estate to offer special discounts for next year, gather (and publish) reviews and testimonials, run contests and polls, and generate hype for the next season.



Stay In Touch Via Email, Too
So, you think I am only going to talk about Push Notifications and a little social media to push out your message during the off-season, huh?  Not so!  You have a big email database.  Use it.  You should look to ensure your spot as the #1 golf course that comes to mind when the next season rolls around, and to be in that #1 spot the frequency and reach with which you communicate with your golfers can be increased by branching out to email too.  

If you don't have one, this would also be a good off-season to begin your E-Newsletter to share with golfers as well.

Generate Off-Season Hype
The off-season will be a good time to reflect on all of the fun this season has been, and start to build the hype about next year!  Share photos and results from the club championship---start some trash talking about who will put a game together to win next year.  Talk about improvements planned for the course for next year.  Get freaking excited, would you already?!?!


Differentiate Yourself Within a Super-Niche Market
Make this off-season your time to target that one demographic you've been longing to add to your list of clients, or more than one group.  Host off-season parties for them at the club getting them excited about the place they have at your club and how you will cater to them next season.  

Imagine how much better business will be next year if you tackle this group, get the app on their phones this off-season, and begin communicating with them regularly.  In fact, if you land one new group like this, build a league or some kind of event for them, they have 100 golfers, and each one plays 10 times at your course next year at $40 each, your efforts just landed you $40,000 in revenue next year that you didn't have this year.


Offer Sales and Discounts to Locals During Slow Times
So...you thought those shirts and hats would sell out before the end of the season.  It's okay, the holidays and birthdays and all kinds of reasons to still buy gifts for golfers are still upon you, even with your greens and fairways covered in snow.  Two push notifications a month about sales you are running to close out merchandise at the club will land you more business.  Be social about these sales too and put them all over your social media feeds.  Start next season with fresh merchandise, after ending this one by making some money!  Undoubtedly Rickie Fowler will be wearing something newer and cooler next year, so this winter is the time to get rid of what he's still sporting!

Plus, if your website is set up right, you can push these sales to your site and not even have to open your pro shop to sell things, and even make a little money on the shipping to compensate for the discounts if you do it just right.

 

Anyway---hopefully you see what we are driving toward here.  Use the app, which is on their phones, in their pockets, all year round, to keep your golfers engaged and excited about your club 365 days a year.  Reach out any time for more help with these and other ideas, 858.437.9262, rob@gallusgolf.com

Featured App/Operator Of The Month, The Evergreen Club

This month we are very excited to feature a relatively new client of ours, The Evergreen Club in Palm City, Florida, and its very dynamic operator, Alix Dannewitz.  The Evergreen Club has had their app since May of this year, and they are off to a flying start in their off season, getting ready to really kick some butt with the app as they head into the 2016-17 winter season, their high time of the year.

 

I recently was fortunate to sit down and talk with Alix about their operation as it relates to their mobile app.

 

Rob @Gallus:  As a new mobile app operator, can you tell us a bit about what your initial goals and strategies were for your first year with the app at The Evergreen Club?

Alix:  Our first-year goals are to obtain the 33-55-year-old demographic market here in Palm City, and to do that we figure that our online marketing and smartphone marketing are where golfers are today. Not so much print ads or newspapers - people who are younger just aren't there.  So our strategy is trying to get them hooked on the app by having the loyalty program, the ability to book through the app, course flyovers and more.  It all has to do with the innovative ways to have fun at the club.

 

Rob @Gallus:  You and your team have done a really great job so far, especially considering you launched the app out of season and you continue daily to grow your downloads -- I mean you're well into the hundreds and you're still very new at this.  For other new app clients, like yourself, looking to dedicate or rededicate themselves to an effective way of managing the app, where would you recommend they begin or start in managing their app's?

Alix:  I would definitely start with the educational materials Gallus provides- the links, the videos, the marketing materials, are all fantastic tools to educate yourself and your staff, not only to benefit our staff but to get them to go out and use the app.  Once they know first hand how to use it they help our members and customers with exactly what to do because some older people, that aren't so savvy, having a staff member show or actually going out golfing with them and using the app makes them excited to go out and use it the next time for themselves, and to suggest it to their friends. 

 

The dashboard is super easy to use, and definitely take advantage of the webinars that you guys provide. One big thing we did was have those marketing cards, the scorecard inserts you provide, put on every golf cart. Every customer or member who comes out to play sees them for 4-5 hours each time they play.  Those alone provide great exposure for the app.

 

Rob @Gallus:  It's definitely working for you, just to add some perspective for those reading this, at The Evergreen Club, in a typical calendar year, about how many rounds of golf are played on your course?

 

Alix:  Typically we hit about 32,000 but we are now transitioning from a private club to a semi private club-this season, so  there will be a large chunk of new players, and our goal is to hit around 40,000 this year.

 

Rob @Gallus:  Just a couple more questions for you, how do you feel the app is already affecting revenue at the club, and how do you feel it will continue to in the future?

Alix:  So far the revenue driven by the loyalty program in the app has really helped us with members that come in frequently.  They want their punches.  They want to come in and  spend more to pick out that free item, so that has definitely helped.  The increased online booking through the app, that younger customers and members who don't want to talk anybody utilize by going right through the app and booking their tee times is definitely improving our goals of hitting the younger demographic here and increasing revenue along the way.

 

Rob @Gallus:  Again you're still relatively new at this and I imagine your goals are changing as you adapt and grow with the app.  As you continue to grow, being one of the more savvy business people we deal with, what are some of  your long term goals for the app?  What can Gallus do for you to help you reach this growth and what would you like to see happen as we move forward?

Alix:  Honestly, I'm very happy with everything you guys are offering.  I looked into the app before, periodically I would get an email from you guys, saying oh we have this now, oh we have that now, watch our webinar, and so forth.  I'm often surprised by something new, which is fantastic and you do often - it keeps it fresh.  Maybe the only thing that i can think of which could be a bad thing but could be a really good thing is to have a feedback area -- if anyone wants to write a review and they can post about it on there -- maybe write a little review and other app users could read those reviews.

 

Gallus is always coming out with something new and different, it relieves me from having to think! 

 

Rob @Gallus:  Actually, there are ways already we can include something just like this to provide feedback for you.  My experience has been, when it comes to bad feedback, a bad review can be one the best things to happen to your business.  It all depends how you react to it and how you handle it, and if you are viewing it as an opportunity in its constructive criticism.

Alix:  This originally happened on our facebook page on Memorial Day with some veterans who thought they were mistreated.  I went through this whole thing right through the Facebook page and gave them a free foursome and  they came back grateful for us making it right. So, yes I understand what you're saying. 

 

Rob @Gallus:  we are always working with the Gallus Think Tank here, and I'm certain we will have a big announcement of something new at the PGA show this January.

Featured App/Operator Of The Month, Northlands Golf Course

Starting this month, we are replacing one of our Weekly App Tip's each month to share with you a Featured Course App and that course's operator to highlight what has been working for them.  In our first month ever, we have Gary Nedergard from Northlands Golf Course, a municipal course in Vancouver, BC.

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  • Published the app in March 2012
  • To date, 9,567 downloads
  • Approximately one-third of all rounds played are booked through their app
  • From inception of the app, $2.75 million in green fees booked through the app at an average rate of $56 per round 
  • Average of about 48,000 rounds per year played at the course

 

 

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Gary Nedergard, Northlands Golf Course

The success Northlands has had with the app can be directly attributed to their team, and their leader Gary Nedergard.  Their recognition of the capabilities to drive revenue they have with the tools of the app has driven this.  Upon launching the app they immediately had their entire team embrace the app, and from there getting their customers to do the same became easy.  Just like any investment a club makes in its future, Northlands has treated the app as a key piece of its long term success.

I sat down and had a great conversation with Gary recently about the role of their app for Northlands.  Further below you can listen to our conversation, but here it is in text for you:

Rob @ Gallus Golf:  "Tell me a little about your experience with the app, how customers have embraced it, and what role it plays day to day for Northlands."

Gary @ Northlands:  "We embraced it right off the bat, as soon as we got wind there was an app available that people can book tee times right on their phone, we jumped all over the opportunity.  We like to think of ourselves as being on the forefront of trying new technology and trying to do things differently from what other golf courses are doing, and as soon as we saw the app and how well it worked with our booking engine, we immediately saw opportunity.  It's so hard today to communicate with your core golfers, and as a municipal, public golf course with no membership base, and when people tend not to read emails as much any more, and print advertising is just not effective enough, so we immediately thought when we saw the app, 'you know what, let's give it a try.'  

We knew it was going to be successful, but our customer base here embraced it right off the bat.  We had our staff, along with the promotional materials from Gallus, begin talking about the app right away.  We would show our customers 'it's so simple and it's free, just download it right to your phone.'  We put the QR codes everywhere, our starter was telling people to download it for the GPS, and right from day one it has been just outstanding."

 

Rob @ Gallus Golf:  "Do you think that's been a key for you then, getting your staff to 'buy-in' and make sure you're increasing customer awareness of the app?"

Gary @ Northlands:  "Exactly it has.  To this day, I think we are in year 4 with the app, even though our power carts have GPS screens on them, which are pretty slick, we still promote the app to everyone to download.  We are about a 60% ratio of riding to walking course.  We are constantly letting people know, this is not just for GPS, this is for specials, access to last minute discounts, traffic notifications, again, just communicating with our golfers in general, we let them know the app is the best way for all of that.

 

It is not intrusive, it's not an email with people not opening them as much any more, considering them pretty much junk mail.  So our staff to this day, even with a good core, loyal base here, we are still getting faces we have never seen before each day.  I hear our staff saying all of the time, 'oh, by the way, if you don't have our mobile app and you plan to play here, it takes just a few seconds to download', and they do it right there at the counter.

 

So, the staff does have to buy in, but I know I have been talking over the years with other operators interested in the Gallus app, and one of the first questions they ask me is, 'how did you get your staff to buy in?'  I would reply, 'There really is no buy-in.  That's part of their job, telling people about this great tool we have.'  So at every access point, the counter, the starter, the marshall, on our website, just so many avenues, you have opportunities to drive it home to the customer to get the app."

 

Rob @ Gallus Golf:  "Tell me, Northlands, typical calendar year, how many rounds of golf?"

Gary @ Northlands:  "We budget for 48,000.  Our high mark was 52,000 back before the crash, or before Tiger crashed his vehicle into a tree!  With weather being such a factor, we have averaged about 46,000 over the last 5 years."

 


Rob @ Gallus Golf:  "So it looks like based on the numbers I know, about one-third of your rounds are being booked through the app then?"

Gary @ Northlands:  "That's right.  I would say about 80-85% of all rounds booked are done online or through the app.  We do still take phone calls, but our online booking rate has been that high.  Even before the app we may have been a bit high compared to other courses, but since we got the app up and running, BOOM, it took off big time, and this just proves that simple technology works.  Once you put your information it, it is a quick three step booking process, and that is with a booking engine we consider 'clunky' as it is right now, although we are looking to change it."

 

Here is a screenshot of the push notifications and the dates they have sent them over the last two months (click on it for a larger view):

 

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PLAY THE VIDEO BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH GARY IN ITS ENTIRETY

 

 

 

Better Managing Your Time

Did any of you really get into the golf business to have to spend your days navigating social media marketing, click through rates, and blog posting?!?!  

I didn't think so.

I would like to introduce BOOST, a complete online marketing solution from our team of highly skilled marketing professionals. You can click on the flyer below to get a larger view.

Recent BOOST customer Key Performance Indicator metrics:

  • Social Media Followers, up 800%
  • Social Media reach, up 8,846%
  • Social Media Engagement, up 296%
  • Players Card Sales, up 45%
  • iOS Downloads of their app, up 400%
  • Android Downloads of their app, up 2,000%
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Using The Gallus Tour To Generate Repeat Play

Gallus Golf Monthly Tournament Series

Doing Our Part to Generate Repeat Play for You!

There aren't too many things more important at your course than getting golfers there to play, and getting them back over and over again.  Of course we recognize this---it's not Rocket Science.  However, creating initiatives and reasons for them to be back often can be difficult, especially in markets where there are many choices of courses to play at.

 

We have your answer!  You continue to do what you do.  Keep the greens rolling fast and true, fairways green, food and drinks fresh and cold, carts charged and clean, and golfers happy.  We will provide a monthly competition that pits your golfers against others around the world and their scores will continue to improve the more they play, increasing their odds of winning.  The only way to win is to play your course more!

In your App Dashboard, at the bottom of the home page is a banner for the Monthly Tournament Series.  At the bottom of that banner are three buttons.  One is to "View" the worldwide tournament standings as they are currently.  The second is to "Promote" the MTS to your golfers through a variety of materials our graphic design team has made for you to use.  The third button is to see "My Top Golfers" and know who from your course is competing.  All they have to do to compete is keep score for 18 holes in your app!

Then, at the end of each month Gallus Golf awards the top 100 golfers worldwide with a gift card to GolfBalls.com to purchase all types of golf merchandise.  The more they play, the better chance they can win, and you win by having them there more often.

Feel free to reach out to me with questions on how to promote this at your course and what some clever push notifications would be to get your golfers more engaged with this competition.  rob@gallusgolf.com or 858.437.9262.

 

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Use Your News, As Your Club Events/Offerings Calendar

Usually our tips are 100% app centered.  This week, I am sharing something you can use in any of your writing, app included.

 

www.hemingwayapp.com

 

If you visit this site you will find one of the most dynamic writing tools I have ever used.  I wish I had been made aware of it years ago.  It will help you take something you have written, from as short as a push notification to as long as a thesis, and make it more concise, check your grammar and spelling, and point out ways you can improve it.

 

Here is an old blog post of mine as a screenshot being run through this site:

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I would recommend using this app for newsletters, blog posts, emails, news items in your app, social media posts, push notifications, communications with your spouse...

Anyway, we have found it to be very helpful, and hopefully you will too!

Reach out any time, rob@gallusgolf.com or 858.437.9262.

The Metrics Of Giving

As a bit of a follow up to last week's tip, this week is some food for thought on what you are giving away and what it can net you.  A lot of you may be living in fear of giving away golf, and if last week's tip showed you anything, it is that you don't have to give golf away for your loyalty program to be effective.  That said, let's follow along with the numbers below based on giving golf away as rewards in your loyalty program.

 

The following numbers are an example of what could be with a successful loyalty program.

 

  1. In June 2015 you had 10,000 rounds played and gave away ZERO of them because there was no Loyalty program involved.
  2. In June of 2016 you have 12,500 rounds played, and with those additional 2,500 rounds played you can attribute 70% of them to growth because of the Loyalty program, or 1,750.
  3. If you had 25% of your Loyalty participants earn a free round for the month, and you have 400 participants, that would mean 100 Free rounds would be owed.
  4. If the COGS on a round is $25, then this program for the month cost you $2,500
  5. The additional 1,750 rounds if you averaged only $45 in green fees on each of them would get you a gross increase in revenue of $78,750
  6. If you take the COGS for those 1,750 rounds out of that $78,750 and also take out the $2,500 COGS on the free rounds, you are still left with a gross profit on the rounds gained of $29,500, meaning you are basically spending $2,500 to grow gross profit by $29,500
  7. Further, there are intangibles that will only show over time with this kind of program---for example, developed behavior patterns of golfers ONLY choosing your courses to play at, extra revenue driven from 1,750 rounds of additional golf plus the 100 Free rounds where they will spend money while at the course also---this equates to 1,850 more opportunities to sell merchandise, food, lessons, range balls, cart fees, etc., and don't discount the amount of Goodwill this will create among your clients
  8. Another thing to consider with the 25% benchmark for rewards earned is the 75% or higher failure rate.  Is it okay with your customer base as a whole to make efforts to win something if the feeling about the program becomes that it is something unattainable?  I am not sure what the benchmark for that feeling would be, but if it was 10%, meaning 90% failed, then you potentially have 360 of 400 participants who are walking around a little discouraged with your golf course and considering your competition more than they should be.

Make $$ on Your Loyalty Program, and Give NOTHING Away!

 

The new Loyalty/Rewards program is great.  Having spoken with many of you, we are aware that choosing the program and what to give away has been a struggle for some.   So, what if you were PAID to have the program, and didn't have to give away anything from the Golf Club??

HERE'S THE PLAN and the thought behind it:

Small businesses constantly make efforts to acquire new customers.  They are willing to spend their advertising dollars to do it.  Advertising can't guarantee that someone will actually come and patronize your business.  However, with this plan, your customers will have a reason to become a customer of a business local to your area.

 

What we are proposing is to have a local business purchase from you the naming rights to your Loyalty program.  Follow these steps to make it happen:

 

1.  Partner with a local business for your Loyalty program providing them the Naming Rights for the program.  The investment you require from your partner is up to you, but for this blog post's sake, let's call it $500.

 

2.  Come to terms with this business on what you will be offering as a reward and how your golf course customers will earn the reward.  For example, "With every 7 rounds of golf played, receive $15 credit at Joe's Tacos!", or "With every 5 rounds played, receive a complete Platinum upgrade with your next Car Wash at Stars and Stripes Auto Detail".

 

3.  Name your program accordingly to help your partner, for example, the "Golfing for Tacos" or similar for any other business partner, and now your partner has a button on the homepage of your app for the Loyalty Program

 

4.  Include in the package for this business a pop up that appears during the round of golf 

 

5.  Set up a GeoFence Notification around Joe's Tacos advertising the program

 

6.  Start promoting it to your clients

 

The net results are this:

  • Your customers earn rewards that drive loyalty to your club, but cost you nothing to provide to them
  • You actually get PAID to provide this service to your customers
  • The sponsoring business for a low cost is reaching out to and acquiring many new customers in a very targeted market, and is also creating a top of mind awareness among your golf course clients without necessarily having to give up any rewards.  For example, I am craving tacos or my car is filthy, just played your course, haven't earned any rewards yet, but where do you think I am going to go to get my Taco fix or car washed?

Ideas & Tips for Loyalty/Rewards Programs

 

A couple weeks into the availability of a Loyalty/Rewards program, and with some very solid feedback from some of you, we would love to share some ideas and suggestions based on what we have seen and heard.

 

Tip #1:  Set Attainable Goals.  Launching any program that requires your customers to be engaged should compel you to position them to succeed.  Your customers enroll in your new Loyalty program, get excited about it, begin to participate, and then quickly realize they won't ever earn the rewards, they will quickly become disillusioned and the desired effect of increased Loyalty will actually result in exactly the opposite.

 

Tip #2:  Match Your Loyalty Programs to Internal Business Goals.  Use your new Loyalty capabilities to drive traffic to areas of need within your business.  For example, the restaurant at your club has introduced a fantastic new menu for this season and you're excited to debut it and increase revenue.  Launch a program that earns your patrons punches for levels of dollars spent -- "For every $5 spent in the restaurant, receive a star, and when you reach $100 total spent you will be rewarded with $20 on your next dine-in experience."  Some courses are also using the Loyalty program to drive traffic to their driving ranges, pro shops for merchandise sales, and of course to increase rounds of golf played.  Get outside of the typical golf operator box if you want with these programs because you have complete autonomy in what you set up.

 

Tip #3:  If You Don't Want to Give Away Golf, But Want to Build Around Rounds Played, Find Another Reason to Keep Them Coming Back.  Just because you build a Loyalty program based around a certain number of rounds of golf played does NOT mean you have to reward your golfers with a round of golf to build their loyalty to your club.  If a golfer is choosing where he/she would like to play on any particular day and the opportunity is there to earn some reward, any reward, by playing your course, the likelihood they will choose to play your course increases.  A program could be as simple as this: "Play 5 rounds of golf in the month of June, and with every round played after that until the end of July receive a complimentary hot dog and soda."  This drives frequent play for the month of June, and then when given the choice of where to continue to play over the course of the next month, the golfer is motivated to come back to your course, AND you still get to charge him for golf, only giving away about $1 for the hot dog and fountain soda.

 

Tip #4:  Promote Your Program.  Now that you have it, talk about it.  Put it in your monthly emails you send, post all about it on Facebook, have some fun and make a video about it and share it all over the internet, send push notifications out about it, and most importantly, make it a mandate that your staff talks with every customer about it.  It's not any good if you keep it to yourself!

 

FINALLY, it doesn't have to be perfect.  Don't be afraid to follow these tips and launch something just to get it out there and get your customers participating.  For so many of you who are at the beginning of your seasons, your clients are building their patterns for the year right now, take advantage of this and get them engaged and Loyal now.

 

As always, reach out to our team for help if you need it.  You can call my office direct at 858.437.9262 or email our team at support@gallusgolf.com

NOW FROM GALLUS -- Included in Your Apps....Loyalty/Rewards !!!

Reach out to help get this set up in your apps now!

 

rob@gallusgolf.com or 858.437.9262

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Driving Engagement with In-App Contests

Any of you who have been following me know, user engagement is a hot topic with me.  I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about ways to increase your users' activity with your apps.  This week I am sharing one of those middle of the night ideas.  Please let me know if you need any help setting this up in your app.

 

THE CONCEPT:   My example is a Trivia game, but you could do this, or a Scavenger Hunt, or really any kind of game that requires a response from your users.

 

 

THE PATH:  First, build a Google Form for Each question/clue you want to put forth.

 

 

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                        Next, connect that form to your app with a Custom Button:

 

Next, Send a Push Notification announcing your contest and deep linking to the button in your app connected to the question/clue form:

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Finally, Review your responses and notify your winners!

 

 

HERE is what your golfers will see in their apps:

 

 

What's to gain by doing this?

  • Increased engagement and excitement about your app overall
  • With increased engagement, when you send other push notifications, your users are now paying closer attention
  • Users that are tuning into you more than they are your competitors,which means more rounds, happier customers, and higher revenues
  • FUN---you gain some fun!

 

WE WANT TO HELP YOU SET THIS UP IN YOUR APP, SO PLEASE REACH OUT FOR HELP IN GETTING THIS DONE WITH YOUR CONTEST IDEAS.  858.437.9262 or rob@gallusgolf.com