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foreUP Employee Highlight: Kyle Spencer, Partner Relations

Employee Spotlight

Why do we do Employee Highlights? Why do you care about who is behind the software you use to run your business? 

We firmly believe that the type of people in a company tells a lot about who the company is, and why you can trust them with your business.

At foreUP, we've really lucked out. Our company was founded on firm values with a humble goal to help businesses succeed, and we hire people with equally high work ethic and commitment to those goals. People in our office get excited about helping our customers. 

One such individual is Kyle Spencer, who runs all our partner relations. Those apps that integrate with your foreUP software to give you additional tools to promote your business or improve customer experiences? You can thank Kyle (and our open API) for them! 

Kyle's excitement about growing our integrations and partnerships is contagious. It gets us pumped, and we think it'll get you pumped too when you see the great things he's bringing to your software. 

So, say hello to Kyle!


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March 29, 2018 /

Recent Golf Trends

 

The golf industry is changing every year. Critics say the sport’s popularity is waning, that it’s too hard to get into and moves too slowly for our fast-paced society, but the data paints a different picture. Youth participation is up, and some studies find more people than ever are spending time at the driving range and participating in golfing activities. Learn the latest trends, shifts and predictions about golf.

 

Shorter Golf Courses Gain Popularity

People will probably always complain golf takes too long, but some games don’t take as long as they used to. Architects are designing with fewer holes, from family-friendly short courses to 12- hole executive courses. France is planning dozens of facilities they’re calling urban compact courses for the 2018 Ryder Cup, many of which have only nine holes.

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March 19, 2018 /

Benefits of Using Golf Course Management Software

 

If you’re running your course the old-fashioned way, you’re missing out. As facilities become more competitive, courses race to find ways to make the most of every dollar. Golf management software automates processes, improves efficiency and coordinates schedules. Spend your time enjoying your course and let employees concentrate on client interactions when you invest in this game-changing technology.

Centralize Operations Data

You probably already use software that manages the inventory in your pro shop. You may have a customer database with contact and personal information on club members. Your facility may also communicate with vendors using additional programs. Golf course management software contains every related process and activity in a single database.

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March 15, 2018 /

How to Make Your Course a Go-To Golfing Destination

foreUP Tips & Features

There are many factors that go into having a successful golf course. Players are looking for value, good course conditions and excellent service. The membership, the attentiveness of club staff and the facilities all contribute to whether or not players want to return.

Offer a Warm Welcome

Golfers start to form their impression before they reach your facility. Often, it’s possible to see the course, but harder to determine how to reach it. Invest in signs that clearly show where to turn off the main road to reach your location. Include signage that points first time visitors to the parking lot then leads them to the pro shop and bag drop.

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March 11, 2018 /

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Golf Course

foreUP Tips & Features

Maintenance is a vital part of any golf course, but it can be tough to perform maintenance on a schedule that doesn’t impede play. Golfers say noise from mowers and slow play due to maintenance can ruin their game. Here are some of the best tips for keeping your course in top condition every month of the year without interfering with your customers.

Prioritize Sustainability

It takes a lot of water, electricity and fertilizer to maintain all that vibrant green turf. Golfers enjoy the sport because they’re surrounded by natural beauty and connected to their environment. Golf course maintenance should conserve resources and protect that environment.

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March 07, 2018 /

In The Press: foreUP Announces Integration to Enable iPad Credit Swiping

foreUP Technology

March 1, 2018
Lindon, Utah: foreUP has announced the implementation of an integrated iPad swipe solution for golf courses using Vantiv Integrated Payments as their merchant processor.

“The industry is moving, like many other industries, to a more mobile-friendly environment. With everything we do, we are looking to give our golf course operators a way to have more flexibility and efficiency,” said Joel Hopkins, a Senior Engineer at foreUP. “We want to provide cutting-edge technology that drives revenues for our customers.” 

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March 02, 2018 /

Announcing iPad Swipe Payments

new features, POS

We like to think that every day is a good day to be a foreUP customer, but we think that today is a really good day to be a foreUP customer.

 

Now introducing our newest foreUPdate: iPad Credit Card Swipes!

If you're looking for a tool to increase functionality (on and off the course), add mobility, and serve your customers easier than ever before, this is for you.

Take a look at our FAQ below to see if credit swiping is in your immediate future. 

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February 27, 2018 /

Pro Shop Tips: Planning Golf Promotions That Drive Sales

Increasing Revenue

Successful promotions rely on these key factors: knowledge of your audience, setting realistic and measurable goals, limited availability or scarcity, sufficient promotion through your channels, and offering a real value to your customers. With this in mind, you can design promotions that work for your specific audience.

One of the most effective ways to drive sales is by bundling products. In fact, product recommendations can account for as much as 10 – 30 percent of sales. This is a strategy you can use with online sales by tagging and recommending products based on what’s in your customers carts or based on what they’ve purchased in the past.

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February 20, 2018 /

foreUP Employee Highlight: Jeff Jensen, User Experience Designer

foreUP News

Every month, Marketing chooses an employee to highlight. We ask them to explain who they are, what they do, and why they do what they do. 

For February, we asked Jeff Jensen, who is a foreUP software User Experience Designer. We think he's great, and once you read his message below, we know you will too! 

Say hello to Jeff! 

During the week, if you can't find him in the foreUP office, he's likely setting an example for the rest of us by using his breaks to take long walks with his headphones in to soak in the beautiful Utah mountain views and vibrant seasonal colors. 


Hey, I’m Jeff Jensen. I work in foreUP’s Product team as a User Experience Designer.

 

Interviewer: What do you do at foreUP?

Jeff: My job is to make foreUP as easy to use as possible by designing it to fit the needs of your golf course.

I research and call courses to see how they like the software, and collect opinions on how we can improve. I then design solutions to problems you all are facing, and then reach out again to ensure that those proposed solutions solve those problems.

Jeff recently got engaged to the love of his life, Sotia Chheng, who he's been with for two years. Marital bliss begins March 17th! 

So, when you see those “How are we doing on a scale from 1-10?” pop ups in the software, those come from us on the product team. And we use your feedback, complaints, and how you are using the software to figure out ways to improve the system.

I’m also in charge of the self-service support system. Ideally, our software is designed in such a way that you don’t need a tutorial. (Click Read More to continue.)

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February 14, 2018 /

Tips from the CEO: Why Joel Is Excited About Golf Texting 

foreUP In The Media

This article from The Orlando Sentinel starts with scary stories of lost cart girls and sunning alligators.


"Every golfer has left behind a wedge following a triple-bogey or discovered a foursome slipped in at the turn.

Some days the cart girl goes missing in action or — for Floridians — an alligator shows up to sun himself by a tee box.Where’s the course marshall when you need him?

Joel Rager, CEO of foreUP Golf Software in Utah, has developed a quick solution to the nagging issues facing golfers and course operators."


The Orlando Sentinel got a first-hand look at the passion we feel from Joel every day in the foreUP office. They grabbed him for a quick video chat during the PGA show and his excitement almost jumped through the camera as he talked about one of his favorite new componenets of the foreUP software, Two-Way Texting. 

The Sentinel nails it on the head when they say, "Ragar's golf course management software features a two-way text messaging component to facilitate real-time dialogue between golfers and the pro shop."

Using Golf Course Texting To Drive Revenue and Loyalty 

In the two minutes he is on screen, Joel suggests some great ways to utilize texting to offer a better experience—and even drive extra revenue.

Our favorite idea from Joel was for the course to place their text number inside the golf carts, so players know they can text in.  (Click Read More to continue.)

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February 08, 2018 /
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Welcome to the foreUP Golf Course Management & Marketing Blog!

Here, you'll find articles that will help you stay up to date on industry news, gather new course management ideas, and find inspiration with easy but up-to-date marketing ideas to keep your course running efficiently and profitably.

We'll also be highlighting new and old features, so you know why they were created and how to get the most out of them.

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