“The action steps for a successful Groupon campaign” Golf Pro Marketing 2012


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“I hope you enjoy this article and it helps you plan an effective Groupon campaign.”
Matt Reagan PGA, Founder Golf Pro Marketing


Matt Reagan (Founder & Contributor of GolfPro Marketing) is very passionate about teaching others about the passions in his life. Matt is a PGA Professional who has a very strong marketing background. On top of being an avid Golf Instructor Matt started his own web development business 2 years ago called Reagan Website Solutions. Matt built and trained small business owners on how to maintain a website. His passion for teaching led him to start helping others learn about marketing and the most cost effective tools, and thus GolfPro Marketing was born!

Matt is very active in finding ways to grow the game of golf in any way he can. He believes by educating golf professionals about all the latest tech and marketing trends it can be very helpful in accomplishing this feat. Matt understands how hard it is to understand all of the modern tools that are available and how to apply them effectively to grow your business. GolfPro Marketing plans on growing the into a location where the leaders in the industry can share their marketing and sales tips, and review the products and services in the golf industry.


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Groupon is a great example of one of the modern marketing tools that can be used to increase sales. Being the Head Professional at a semi private facility Matt had the opportunity to use this tool first hand, and question ways to use it more effectively.


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“What steps should you take before running a Groupon promotion?”
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The steps listed on the left are some items you should consider or plan to get the most out of your Groupon Promotion. These steps will be explored further after we dig into some vital information you should know about Groupon. We hope you enjoy.



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roupon is a “deal-of-the-day” company that sells coupons or gift certificates redeemable at partnering businesses. Deals found on Groupon are generally only those that offer 50% or more off of the retail price. Coupons create incentive for consumers to either try a product or service for the first time, or to revisit the business. Each Groupon user has an interest profile to keep their deals personalized. Every morning, the subscribed user would receive emails of featured local deals related to their interests. When a groupon is purchased, it is saved under “My Vouchers” ready to be redeemed. The consumer can either print the coupon or bring it up on a mobile device to redeem at the place of business.


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retail price. If overlooked it can be disastrous for your business.

Groupon does offer great tracking tools and a merchant dashboard for you to be able to easily track your promotion. They give you all the tools you need which is really nice, and it may sound like a great deal becuase it costs you nothing to run a promotion, but it does cost you more than you think.


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The Groupon users largest segment is a group I like to call the “Deals” segment. They need to be understood to make your action steps more effective. Although you may sell 1000’s of vouchers, it does not guarantee you repeat sales or even that they will purchase other goods when they redeem the voucher. The “Deals” segment is a tough croud to influence to be loyal to your business. They value Deals not your business. Seniors are a perfect example of this! They are retired and very tight with their money. There consumer habits will be based around a trail of coupons, promotions, and anything that is discounted.

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Why is this important to note?

When you start your Groupon Campaign it is important to plan your action steps accordingly to target this segment. Below are just a few ideas and thoughts you should be considering when setting up your action steps: • • • •

Every item needs to look like a deal Must plan a “Stair Step” marketing plan for the “Deals” segment How do I get them to come back without using a Groupon? Need to try twice as hard to make these customers loyal


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Coupon’s are marketing tools that are used to entice customers to purchase your products or services because of a specified discount. In some businesses that are highly competetive (product or service can be sold everywhere ) it is important to utilize coupons and have plans in place to keep customers coming back to their business. Grocery stores and pizza places are great examples of this. There are new deals and coupons found in your local newspaper every week. It may just look like these are randomly selected, but if you look deeper each of these coupons are strategically planned and tracked.

Although you may think that Groupon takes care of everything for you and all your problems are solved because of these new sales and exposure you better think again!

“Golf Courses especially need to strategically put a marketing plan in place to get the Deals segment to become repeat customers without coupons. “

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1 STEPting a Customer a

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Groupon does not provide you with customer contact information. You have a much better chance of getting them to come back to your business if you can capture their contact information. You can then build a segmented list of Groupon Customers you can develop an email marketing plan to educate this segment about special offers that you are offering. How do I capture information? There are multiple ways that you can request customers information, but the best way for this segment is to offer them another deal as soon as they arrive at your business. They were already comfortable enough to give Groupon their information, why would they not give you the same?

Example dialogue for capturing information :

A golfer comes to your course with a Groupon to play 18 holes with a cart. As you check them in you might say: 1. Give them something - “We are actually running another promotion (they love this word) for our Groupon Customers. If you provide us with your name and email address we can provide you with another coupon to come back and play with us again for the same rate as this groupon.” They will usually jump at the bit and give them your email address right away, but if they do not you can also persuade them by making the Groupon sound scarce:

2. Scarce Tactic- “ We are actually only going to be running the Groupon’s for 1 or 2 more promotions. We are going to be offering the same deals but it will be through our email system and not Groupon. If you want to receive more deals like this you can sign our customer appreciation sheet.”


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You have to be sure to educate every Groupon customer on your businesses product and services offering. View each Groupon customer as someone who has never been at your course. Before you run your promotion you should write down exactly what you would want a new customer to know if you had a chance to educate them on your offering. Some of these might include: 1. The services you offer 2. Membership Options 3. Where to look for updates (Facebook, Twitter) 4. The Products that you provide 5. Where your business is heading After you have thought of this it is up to you to get creative and find a way to provide them with this information. When they come in with a Groupon they already feel like a different type of customer. They will be open to learning about your facility because they will feel like they should be for getting sucha good deal.


Examples of how to give information: 1. Provide Groupon Appreciation Package- For less than a $1.00 you could put together a very nicely branded packet of information about your business. To get them to read through it put a coupon page in the last page of the packet.

2. Educate Verbally- Have your proshop attendant or sales associate verbally educate them as they check in with their Groupon. Remember they have already puchased the Groupon and they are at your discretion now!


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3 STEPting a positive a

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This step should be in your day to day business opperations anyway but it is worth mentioning. The “Deals” segment are not easily persuaded to become a repeat customer who are going to pay full price.

It is work ... ...but you need to CREATE VALUE!

Example: Think about what would happen if you went to a golf course with a 50% off coupon. Lets say you spend $20.00 on a $40.00 greens fee and a cart. At the end of your round you evaluate and think the course was not in great shape, the shop staff did not make you feel welcome, the snack bar was closed when you were hungry, and play was slow. With a mediocre experience the customer is only going to value you at the 50% off level. They will wait for another coupon before they come back.

On the other hand what happens if they come to your course and are greeted by a friendly shop assistant, the course is in great shape, they are asked how the round was, the snack bar had great food, and they never waited on a tee box! A majority of players will find the experience much more valueable then the 50% rate and come back and pay full price to have the same experience.

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If you have implemented a plan in place for steps 1-3 you are now ready to start your marketing plan. I like to call it a funnel, because you are trying to take a mass amount of Groupon customers and funnel them into becoming a full paying repeat customer. You should have already captured the customers information, educated them about your business services, and provided a valuable experience. When you create your Marketing Funnel Plan you should take a stair step approach to turning them into full paying customers.

STEP 4 arketing Funnel to

1. OFFER THE SAME DEAL A good start is to offer them the same deal they got with the Groupon but do it through your email database that you captured in Step 1. You are going to make twice as much on these promotions because Groupon is not taking their 50% cut. Ex: A $20 Groupon Voucher will make you a return of $10.00. A $20 voucher through your database will make you a return of $20.00.

2. SPIN THE PROMOTION -OFFER OTHER ITEMS After the initial offer you can start to raise the offer slightly, or put a spin on the promotion. Ex: Raise the price of Greens Fee and Cart but offer a FREE ball repair tool and bag of tees.

3. REMINDER MARKETING Through this process you should be reminding the customers of other services and specials you are offering. You become the King of the “Deals” segment when you can sell someone into a full priced product or service! EX: They should be educated about golf lessons, merchandise, memberships, snack bar specials, and everything in between. Remember it needs to look like a deal!



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