The following results are based on a poll conducted by the AGM to their Golf Shop Retailers and golf retailers on RepSpark’s platform, with 98% of those surveyed making or influencing the buying decisions for their golf shop merchandise. The survey, conducted among leading golf retailers nationwide, has uncovered the valuable insights that every golf brand should know when navigating the world of retail to ensure a hole-in-one for brands looking to win the fairway of retail success.
"The golf industry is a thriving community with unique demands and opportunities," said Meghann Butcher, CEO of RepSpark Systems. "Our insights can help brands drive success in today’s dynamic market to really understand what retailers want and how best to succeed."
"This survey opens up a treasure trove of knowledge for golf brands," remarked CEO of AGM Jennifer Morton. "The results shed light on the changing dynamics in retail, customer preferences, and emerging trends."
Key Survey Findings
Customer Experience Drives Sales
Our survey reveals that 52% of retailers prefer to place orders with sales reps, emphasizing the importance of an exceptional customer experience in golf retail. Brands that prioritize customer satisfaction and provide a seamless shopping experience are likely to excel.
E-commerce and Omnichannel Domination
The survey also highlighted the growing importance of e-commerce and omnichannel strategies, with 68% of retailers preferring to place online B2B orders via RepSpark’s platform over all other options.
As retailers look to save time, improve member services, minimize errors, and streamline the ordering process, the benefits of e-commerce and omnichannel solutions are enormous. Brands that master the art of digital presence and seamless in-store-online integration, like RepSpark’s integration with Golf Genius Golf Shop with over 40 golf brands and manufacturers, stand to benefit the most.
“RepSpark allows me to place orders on time and not wait for a Sales Representative to get back to me. I also love the ease of pre-booking orders. Often companies will place their catalogs in RepSpark, which makes my ordering process so much easier because the catalog is linked to the actual products.” said Tori M. in a review on G2 crowd.
Competition is fierce for new brands
89% of retailers plan on introducing 2-5 new brands per year.
20% of retailers depend on trade shows to discover new brands.
54% of golf retailers only plan on attending 1-2 Trade Shows per year
To stand out from the competition, focus on these three factors Golf Retailers consider when buying from a new brand: Brand Reputation, Local Sales Rep Availability, and Physical Product Experience.
The Future of Golf Retail
With these insights, the future of golf retail looks promising. Golf brands that adapt to an omnichannel experience, prioritize customer experience, and provide an in-person experience via trade shows are poised for success. Retailers have provided the roadmap, and now it's up to brands to take the swing.
RepSpark is the leading provider of digital solutions for B2B wholesale commerce in golf. As the official partner to the PGA Show, AGM, NGSA, GTAA, RepSpark is the leading B2B platform in golf. Designed to be personalized, intuitive, and powerfully intelligent, RepSpark’s platform drives brands to connect and collaborate with their buyers to place orders, create digital line sheets, and analyze key data 24/7. RepSpark brands leverage technology to drive sales growth and better serve their retailers. Founded in 2007, RepSpark is headquartered in Anaheim, CA. To join RepSpark Community, create a retail account at app.repspark.com, and for more information, visit www.repspark.com.
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