Distribution Channel Clarity - The ORCA Report's Distribution & Heat Maps

Empower Yourself and Your Team with the Facts Related to Your Online Booking Channels.

When you have the numbers generated from your actual played rounds, you are an equal at the table when negotiating with your online marketing partners.  So often the message from your online partner is to offer more inventory at a 'better' rate.  Your marketing partner presents you with their data and says, look at how we are growing your online revenue!  But at the expense of what?  How can you evaluate whether the growth in online bookings from your online marketing partner is helping, or heaven forbid, hurting you?  ORCA enables you to bring your numbers to the meeting.

Golf third party barter relationships, explaining golf course performance

Observations based on the data above. 3rd Party rounds are 20% and are high vs. the market. 3rd Party Website rounds are booked at the highest average rate per round.  The ratio of paid rounds vs. barter rounds is 1:2.5 (for every one barter round, 2.5 paid rounds are booked).  Barter Rounds at 7% is high and the Opportunity Cost calculation of $79,923 for the last twelve months is significant.  So the question is, Can you spend the $80,000 and do a better job of selling your inventory directly to your consumer?


Paid 3rd party barter rounds in the golf industry report.

 Heat Maps - Third Party Rounds Paid

Know Where Paid 3rd Party Rounds Impact Your Tee Sheet

Very simple, color-coded visual to quickly tell where rounds are being booked on your tee sheet.  If you're like most courses, you'll find that the majority of 3rd Pary rounds are booked on the busiest days and times of the year. 

Your takeaway with this information is to make sure you have your times priced in relation to where they are being booked on the tee sheet!

Heat Maps - Third Party Barter Rounds Played

Keep Your Marketing Partner Honest

So often, you battle with your marketing parter on where the barter rounds are being booked.  You authorize 12:52 PM, but sometimes you notice 11:00 AM, or 12:00 PM, or some other unauthorized time to be booked.  Maybe, in the end, you're okay with it, but with ORCA you have a monthly report, where at a glance you can quickly determine where the barter rounds are booked.

To minimize your cost, provide barter during the slowest part of the day.

Golf data on third party barter relationships, golf industry statistics

Always Remember:

Execute a Customer Conversion Campaign

Many courses are closer than they think to changing their relationship with a 3rd Party, marketing partner.  Many golf courses are shifting the balance of power back in their favor by actively targeting customers booking rounds through 3rd Parties and incentivizing them to book direct.  

Here are the steps:

  • Target these golfers (you see them on your tee sheet!).
  • Greet them and offer an incentive to book direct.
  • Set up your online webpage to accept promotion codes.
  • Measure results monthly, what gets measured, gets done!
  • Evaluate, Modify, Repeat. Consistency is the key here!


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