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Gallus News - 69 Golf Courses Have Launched Their Mobile Apps With Gallus Golf In The Last 90 Days!

Released on The Golf Wire June 8th, 2018

 

 

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From March 1st to May 31st, sixty-nine golf courses have launched their apps with Gallus Golf. When comparing numbers of apps added by Gallus in years past during this same time period, this is a 150% increase from 2017 and 330% from 2016. These statistics reflect the value of mobile technology and it's vast penetration into market. This summer of 2018 marks the 10 year mark of mobile applications inception, and in that short time there are over 2.2 million apps available in Apple App Store with over 197 billion mobile app downloads worldwide. When comparing the time people spend on technology devices, on average, 57% is spent on mobile devices.

Given the market's dependency on mobile applications, it's no surprise we are seeing golf clubs adopting this technology more and more each year. Golf clubs understand the value mobile brings to their customers in a variety of areas such as online bookings, tournament scoring, on course golf GPS, messaging, direct food & beverage ordering, as well as utilizing their branded app as a hub for marketing initiatives. 

Mobile apps connect courses and golfers directly, enhancing the customer experience on and off the course. Among the 69 new courses added, 14 are private country clubs. Adding to the member experience and expected customer service a club should provide its members, the apps are a perfect fit.

Included in the private clubs and resorts added are The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club, Falmouth Country Club, Legacy Pines Golf and Country Club, and Cherry Creek Golf Club.

In the short time these clubs have been promoting their app they are experiencing a strong customer demand with their engaged users. For example, Cherry Creek Golf Club began promoting their app in the beginning of April 2018, and within a two month time period they have nearly 1,000 app downloads and have produced 147 direct revenue generated activities. 

Because of this enormous growth, Gallus is investing considerable efforts and funds into deepening the connection between course and customer/member. Short and long-term future plans include integrations with Point-of-Sale systems with Artificial Intelligence for smart messaging, manufacturers for direct E-Commerce opportunities, and other software providers to include a suite of best-in-class services all from the mobile app as a hub.

 

Read Article at The Golf Wire

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

How Are You Using Your App?

This week from our National Sales Director, Brandon Clark....

I’ve spoken to thousands of golf course operators around the world about mobile apps. The one unifying factor is everyone realizes they need an app. In fact, there are very few operators that don’t think they need a branded mobile app. Those operators are akin to unicorns, you know they are out there, but they are very rare and difficult to spot in person!

All kidding aside, courses are unified in understanding they need a branded presence on their customers smartphones. The question becomes when do I take the leap and what am I looking for  in my course app? Every operation is different and has unique needs and goals.

 

In my experience, there are 5 dominant reasons for courses wanting apps. These 5 reasons are usually a direct of result of those courses’ individual needs and goals.

 

Communication:

Your Gallus App should be your primary method of communication. When I speak to courses before they take the leap to mobile their primary channels of communication are email, bulletin boards, word of mouth, Facebook, newspaper ads, and on occassion TV. In today's economy you need reliable, efficient, cost effective, and instantaneous communication. The only way to do this is through a branded presence right on your golfers smartphone where you can send segmented push notifications and set up location based messaging (Geofencing). Our most successful courses are active communicators on a weekly basis.

 

I need to compliment my website:

A common quote I hear from future partners, “I’m not sure what the possibilities are with Gallus, I just know we need an app because my website isn’t getting the traffic it used to.” This very common sentiment strikes at the very nature of mobile. Industry data suggests the vast majority of smartphone users do most of their internet surfing on their phone. Gallus Apps are specifically designed to work seamlessly with your golfers smartphones. Then when you need more “detailed” content we can simply “point” to a specific URL within your website. Most app users will still “feel” like they are within the app when in fact they are on your mobile enabled website. This is what I mean by complimenting your website. Do you have enough or the right content on your app?

 

I fear becoming stale as an operation and I want to offer my golfers and/or members a new amenity:

It is important for businesses of any type to remain relevant and continue to add value to their product. Your Gallus mobile app will add value to being your customer. Value can be articulated as GPS, easy tee time booking, live leaderboards, built in loyalty programs, stats and data tracking, course tips, F&B ordering, GHIN score posting. These are the types of improvements that your golfers will notice and appreciate. Are you offering enough value to your customers?

 

Live scoring and tournament management software:

As a former course operator I ran over 100 tournaments annually. Financially speaking, I fully understand how important tournaments are to most courses. I also realize that winning tournaments and keeping them at your courses year after year is very important and a constant challenge. Our tournament software kills two birds with one stone. First, your golfers will get that “PGA Experience” with our live leaderboards. Secondly, each participant must download your app to in order to keep or observe the leaderboard. The Gallus App separates itself from other tournament software providers because you will own real estate on players smartphones and “go home” with them long after the tournament ends.

 

Tee Time Booking:

I would have a really large piggy bank if I had a nickel for every time a course operator told me he or she was tired of their golfers booking rounds with 3rd party tee time providers. Course operators know golfers want to book through their mobile devices. Operators also want their golfers loyal to their own branded booking links. Gallus solves both problems, you just need to use our other tools and services to drive them to your apps’ booking link. Make your branded app your primary booking channel.


So how are you using your Gallus App? If you feel like there's room to improve app utilization, I encourage you to reach out to your Account Manager. We would love to set up a strategy session on ways to improve and realize the potential of YOUR Gallus App!