golf deals

Why Mobile Loyalty Works

After nearly two years of incorporating some form of loyalty programs into apps we offer, we are seeing some astounding results.  I wanted to share some statistics of not just our app, but the mobile loyalty world, in general, to help you draw some of your own conclusions about these types of programs, and as always, my team and I are at the ready to help you set your own program up, or refine the one you have.

DownloadAppGraphic.jpg

Before I dig into how our apps are doing, let me share some about mobile loyalty programs in general.  

Customers have choices.  Whether it is where they get their coffee each morning, what they are doing for dinner, which hotel or airline they will travel with, or which golf course they will play regularly - loyalty can be a make or break proposition for a business of any size, but in particular a small to medium size business like a golf course.  When a company with a brand as strong as a Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, or Marriott International that can live on its brand alone is recognizing the importance of rewarding loyalty, if you are not doing the same in your golf course, you are likely missing out daily.

Further, when a low margin business like a Starbucks (maybe making $1 per purchase per customer at times) is willing to provide a discount or freebie for loyalty - you have to stop and take notice of that when you are reeling in sometimes dozens of dollars in profit per customer per purchase.  

starbucks-reward-d3f3c9edf9.jpg

But it’s not just the fact that brands are winning with rewards programs now - it is the fact that consumers are becoming accustomed to them and traffic to the businesses offering them is following.  In 2017, 64% of businesses that offered a loyalty program reported an increase in memberships over 2016. The majority of those cited the fact that mobile components of their loyalty programs were the largest contributors to that growth.  

Getting the program onto the device that is attached to their hand constantly works!

In a study recently, customers reported they would be further engaged in loyalty programs if they were simple to join and easy to access.  Having the program on their phone is the easiest path to satisfying that requirement.

Our statistics reinforce this:

  • In one year of offering points programs for loyalty within our apps we have had 74 clubs employ them.  These 74 clubs have accounted for over $5.3 million in spending within the programs, an average of over $71 thousand per club.

  • Further, the number of users in those programs averaged $483 each in their spending within the loyalty program

  • In addition to this, within our punch programs, 159 clubs have added one of these programs or more and they have accounted for an average of 98 participants each with nearly 33,000 punches recorded.

  • In the punch programs, 22% of the programs have been completed, meaning 1 in 5 people have been engaged enough to earn a reward, and that is early in the season that I am writing this - you can imagine what that number will be by the end of this golf season!

I could continue to ramble on about this and share more and more stats, but the bottom line is this - add a program if you don’t have one.  Promote the ones you do have if you do. Consumers are looking for them, and they are producing significant results - plus you already have the best tool to deliver it to them with your app!

Let us know how we can help!  support@gallusgolf.com

Gallus News - Gallus Proves Golfers Want Mobile Loyalty Programs!

 

Gallus Golf introduced their mobile loyalty tools for punch card programs in 2016, and followed with a points program in 2017. Since that time, there has been major growth in loyalty participation and program adoption for their partnered golf clubs. In a recent report, Gallus Golf's partnered clubs using their loyalty points tool saw a total spend of over $5.3 million since 2017. This averages more than $71 thousand per course with an average spend of $483 per participant. 

In 2017, 64% of brands reported an increase in loyalty memberships over the last year, and accredited mobile components as the biggest contributor. When it comes to marketing communications, 60% of customers said mobile app messaging is their preferred channel to engage with a loyalty program. It is commonplace today to see big brands in the retail industry adopt these mobile marketing strategies for loyalty redemption and tracking. With the abundant resources major brands have, it's no surprise they would engage with their customers through their branded mobile apps. 

"We hope these results are eye opening for the golf industry, proving golf clubs can also expect to see stronger customer engagement with loyalty programs via mobile" says Jason Wilson, Gallus Golf CEO. "The loyalty program concept is nothing new, but making it instantly available via the course app on the consumer's smartphone is a change from the traditional method. It is a common misconception that much of the golfing demographic is less inclined to adopt mobile technology. Based on these loyalty statistics, this is simply not the case." Most consumers prefer mobile over other forms of communication channels. With the continued penetration of mobile apps, wallets, and general dependency on technology this is only anticipated to grow in demand.
 

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

Image1_Tournaments.jpg

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

Screen Shot 2018-06-14 at 8.28.38 AM.png

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

Image3_SummerBundle.jpg

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

Image4_RangeDeal.jpg

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

Image5_Holiday.jpg

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.

Gallus News - Gallus Golf's New Mobile Commerce Tool Produces An Astonishing 31% Conversion Rate!

Released in The Golf Wire June 14th, 2018

 

San Diego, CA - Gallus Golf introduced the Offer Locker in the Fall of 2017. This powerful piece of their mobile app solution allows for their partnered golf clubs to create exclusive in-app deals for their customers. Unlike a loyalty program, the Offer Locker provides flexibility beyond normal points and punch programs. For example, clubs can create and promote a one day special on a Food & Beverage item, or a month long Golf Package including a variety of course offerings. Since its inception, there have been 580 offers created by Gallus Golf partnered clubs. These offers have produced over 10,000 viewers during that short time and produced over 3,100 direct revenue driving transactions. This equates to a conversion rate of 31%, during a time that was a slower part of the season. Considering, the average conversion rate for digital marketing methods is anywhere from 2.35 - 5.31%, the Offer Locker and proper messaging reflect the value of mobile marketing in the golf industry. In addition to customer loyalty, Gallus partnered clubs who have implemented the Offer Locker have seen an additional customer spend and an increase in app downloads. 

"Part of the reason our conversion rate is so strong is because our clubs have an engaged golf audience within their branded app. Although this audience size may be smaller than a golf network database, it shows quality over quantity performs better and ultimately increases the lifetime value of the customer. Additionally, clubs utilizing the Offer Locker during their high season, when golf is top of mind, can use this tool to promote a golf investment - not a discount, which like any hot deals out there can have the lingering effect of diminishing the value of a brand", says Molly Jasco, Marketing Manager of Gallus Golf. 

Rob Hoffman, VP of Operations says, "At Gallus Golf we are fully engrossed in finding ways to help golf courses, country clubs, and resorts reach the right person, at the right time, in the right place, with the right message. Their mobile app on the customers' phones is proving through conversion rates like this to be the right delivery tool, and the Offer Locker the right venue within the apps. Because of this high rate of success, we are excited to be working with clients on the importance of pointing more of their customers to the app and the Offer Locker through their email, social media, and other outlets. At nearly a 1 in 3 conversion rate, the math becomes easy - refer 3 people through marketing efforts, get one sale."

Get Your App Ready For The Season

It’s getting that time of the year when golf season is about to begin and clubs are gearing up to open. You may be asking yourself, what can I do this year to get more value out of my golf club app? How can I grow downloads and provide a better app experience for my golfers? We are going to break down a few of our features and what content makes for an engaging and valuable app to your customers!

 

Monthly Deals

offerlocker - dont delete.png

A great way to engage your audience is to provide a special or promotion. Our offer locker tool makes it easy to create and track one-time deals you want to offer to your customers. For example, you could offer a Free Bucket Of Balls for downloading our app, Spend $75 in our Pro Shop and get $10 on next purchase, or buy four rounds of golf for $150. We suggest updating these deals each month to provide fresh and valuable content in your app! Test different offers to see what is having a positive response and feel free to reuse the following month. Having these deals exclusively in the app will drive downloads and word-of-mouth about your app.

 

Push Notifications

pushnote_bg - dont delete.jpg

What is going on at your Club this season? Events? Leagues? New monthly deals in the offer locker? 

Keep your users in the know about upcoming events and specials that are being offered. This connection to your customers will keep your Club top of mind to your customers and help you stand out when offering great deals and specials. 

You can also add a fun element by using emojis, too! In a recent study with over 2.6 push notifications, data showed that emojis drive push notification opens by 85% and conversion by 9% 😃. You can easily copy and paste emojis using the Emoji Keyboard Online. Of course, push notifications don’t have to always be used for promotional purposes. This is a fast and effective tool to get the word out on any course conditions and delays.

Tips:

  1. The frequency of Push Notifications: one push notification a week is expected and not perceived as an interruption.

  2. When to send: this can depend on the message, but research from Localytics states, Thursdays from 10 am - 1pm generate the best click-rates.

  3. If attempting to gain sign up participation for an event, send the push notification one month prior, then two weeks, and one week until the date of the event.

  4. Emojis will help increase conversion - use them! 

 

Food & Beverage Mobile Orders

food&bev_2_dont delete copy.jpg

 

Gallus onTAP is our latest click-to-order food & beverage solution. onTAP allows customers to make orders in your app for pick up and/or delivery. This seamless ordering experience aligns with growing trends in mobile food ordering and delivery. Although food & beverage is the main operation featured in this solution, it’s functionality can be applied to other areas of your business. Now Pro Shop merchandise can be accessible for purchase in the app for golfers looking to grab new gear. If a sleeve of balls or hat is needed mid-round, golfers can initiate that order on their app and either have their order delivered to them on the course or available for pick up at the turn.

 

Add Videos To Your App

ProTip Video. - dont delete.jpg

In the age of the iPhone, it’s never been easier to create great looking videos that showcase your Clubs offerings. Simply, use your smartphone to capture images and video of club events, instruction clinics and camps, and leagues. Import these videos into iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to put any finishing touches on, such as an Introduction title and closing fade out (don’t worry, these video editing applications are free and user-friendly!). Once ready, import to Youtube and place the YouTube URL in your app. These videos should be short, up to about 2 minutes, for optimal engagement.  75% of viewers will tune in for a 1-2 minute video, anything longer you will see that number drop significantly.

 

Interactive Leaderboards

leaderboard_bg - dont delete.jpg

Whether you are operating an Annual Club Championship or casual weekly league, your golfers can use the app to track their score, as well as see where their competitors are placed. This makes for a fun and interactive experience for players. Using the URL links in the dashboard, you can easily stream these live leaderboards to any TV or monitor at your facility.

In summary, there are a number of features and tools that can enhance the golfer experience and provide a connection to your customers. First, make sure all app content is up to date and use visual content to highlight your club’s amenities. Second, consider exclusive deals in your app via the offer locker or loyalty program tool. Communicate these deals and any other Club events with push notifications and geofence notifications in areas your clients frequent. Third, enhance the golf experience and grow your revenue by utilizing our tournament software and onTAP food & beverage solution.

If you have questions or need assistance in setting up any of these features - or anything custom you would like to include from great ideas of your own, please reach out to your account manager or support@gallusgolf.com.

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

e069e382c42d4fed9882002b124c7eda.jpg

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

c40c206a958449d1987d4536ecad169e.jpg

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

472412cf54da445990e94755d57e2c74.jpg

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

fdc0939593314cb48ce54e68360b3356.jpg

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

4d561d47af79498c87cf64bc9502789c.jpg

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

b69d37af418c48cf9b53b5cf330be879.jpg

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!

c68817f26d914529982b7c741a4dbd56.jpg

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.

Driving Customer Loyalty With Your App!

Creating a simple to use, easily accessible, and enticing loyalty program can make a significant impact for any business. Earlier this year, Gallus Golf made some great enhancements to the Loyalty Program in your app, adding a new points-based option, in addition to the punch card loyalty program.

IMG_5623.png

 

You can now reward your loyal customers for every dollar they spend with you. Each customer will earn a point for a dollar spent, and you can create rewards for different point levels they reach. As always, you control and customize this for what works at your club.

 

Creating a loyalty program that lives IN your app is beneficial for everyone.

 

  • YOUR CUSTOMER has easy access to how close they are to their next reward, and which is important when they are making the decision on where to play their next round.

  • YOU increase the number of customers downloading YOUR app because to benefit from the loyalty program, they must have the app on their phone.


Below are a couple more examples of some easy to set up Loyalty Programs in your app, to drive different areas of revenue at your club. Reach out to your account manager, or contact support@gallusgolf.com if you want help setting up loyalty. GET SOMETHING SETUP FOR YOUR 2017 season!

IMG_5625.png
IMG_5624.png

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.

4th Hole.jpg

 

  • 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

 

 

Gary.jpg

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):

 

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 1.26.55 PM.png

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Flyer.jpg

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

Setting up your Loyalty/Rewards Programs

 

It's new.  It's LIVE on your dashboard.  It's Simple.  It's going to be huge for you!

 

Introducing YOUR OWN, Custom, Branded Loyalty/Rewards Program.

 

Check out how one of our clients is branding and promoting it:

 

Here is a little more about the program:

 

PLEASE, give us a call to help you set these up in your app.  You can reach out to me directly at rob@gallusgolf.com or 858.437.9262.  Also, here is a link to watch a tutorial video for setting up your loyalty programs:  https://vimeo.com/16563422

 

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

Screen Shot 2018-05-31 at 11.17.48 AM.png