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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.

 

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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!

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