Introducing the TeamLinkt Marketplace

Playing sports is expensive. From registration fees to travel to equipment – parents are spending a large amount of money to have their children involved in sports. As a way to help offset some costs incurred throughout the year and to aid in team fundraising, TeamLinkt has introduced a new feature called the TeamLinkt Marketplace. This new feature allows TeamLinkt users to earn cash-back and credit at local businesses for their team.

The first city to launch the TeamLinkt Marketplace was Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It currently includes businesses from a variety of different industries including sports bars, restaurants, gyms, spas, recreational activities, supplement shops and more. There are new businesses being added continuously as businesses are eager to participate and offer a fundraising alternatives to sports teams in Saskatoon.

How does the TeamLinkt Marketplace work?

Fundraising through the TeamLinkt Sports Team Management app is very simple. The user will download the TeamLinkt app and create a team (or access their existing team), find the Team Fundraising button in the app, select the business and show the merchant their 8-digit code at point of purchase. Once the merchant enters their transaction into the system, the cash-back or credit earned by the team will appear in the app.

The TeamLinkt Marketplace is a new and easy way for teams to earn cash-back and credit for team parties, team fees and more. Download the TeamLinkt App today to get started at https://www.teamlinkt.com/gettheapp

Businesses looking to join the TeamLinkt Marketplace can call 1-888-420-5635 or send an email to hello@teamlinkt.com


About TeamLinkt

TeamLinkt is a proudly Canadian Sports Team Management App that allows teams to share rosters, schedules, availability, chat, share photos, polling, game reminders, player statistics, in-game feeds, live video stream, fund raise and more. Teams across the world trust TeamLinkt as the tool to connect and organize throughout the season.

Through TeamLinkt’s community partner licensing program, businesses can offer TeamLinkt Pro for free to teams, leagues and associations in their communities. In return, they receive exclusive promotions to local players and parents. This builds good will in the community, promotes their brand and in turn increases sales.

New Feature: Polls

You asked for it and we delivered! New to the TeamLinkt Sports Team Management App is the polling feature. With TeamLinkt Polls, your team can now cast their vote on important issues. Polls are anonymous and include a start and end date and time and can include as many options as you need. You can find this feature on the messaging tab in the mobile app. 

So whether you are trying to decide where to go for a team meal or if your team would like to attend an extra tournament this year – it can all be settled in TeamLinkt Polls. 

Download the TeamLinkt App today to get started at https://www.teamlinkt.com/gettheapp

About TeamLinkt

TeamLinkt is a proudly Canadian Sports Team Management App that allows teams to share rosters, schedules, availability, chat, share photos, polling, game reminders, player statistics, in-game feeds, live video stream, fund raise and more. Teams across the world trust TeamLinkt as the tool to connect and organize throughout the season.

Have a question? Send an email to hello@teamlinkt.com

Apparel and Equipment Sales just got more Competitive!

Teams rely on Sports Team Management apps to organize and communicate during their season – sharing rosters, schedules and more.   These apps drive extremely high engagement with players & parents checking game times, setting player availability, chatting and sharing photos on average 4 times per day.

As usage grows, Sports Team Management Apps become an extremely valuable and targeted channel to promote & sell equipment and apparel to players and parent.

In fact – TeamSnap, one of the available Team Apps, has partnered with Amazon to aggressively promote Amazon equipment purchases  to their 15 Million+ users, and now TeamSnap is competing with branded Apparel & Uniform ordering options.  Their objective is for teams is to  “SKIP THE TRIP TO THE STORE AND GEAR UP VIA AMAZON”.

And TeamSnap isn’t the only company trying to own this channel – over the past year, Dick’s has acquired Team Management app Gamechanger in efforts to connect their brand and offers to teams.

So what does this mean for local Sports Stores?

Local Sporting Good Stores have two predominate options available:

#1  Allow TeamSnap/Amazon & Dick’s to Own this Channel.
#2  Join the TeamLinkt Community Partner Program.

Through our  Community Partner Program, Stores and Team Dealers license and provide the TeamLinkt App to teams in their community.  Teams get all the core features plus new to market live video streaming and built-in team fundraising.

As a TeamLinkt Partner, you’ll sponsor the app for teams helping them save money on technology, you’ll build goodwill … and best of all, you’ll own this new marketing channel!

Have a question about TeamLinkt?  Contact us at: 1-888-420-5635 ext. 201

 

TeamLinkt Case Study: Al Anderson’s on Track for 300+ Teams

Al Anderson’s Source for Sports is now entering their second year as a TeamLinkt Community Partner and are on track to surpass over 300+ sponsored teams, giving them exclusive access to over 10,000 local players and parents.  

Through the TeamLinkt Partner Program, sporting goods stores of all sizes and in all types of communities sponsor and provide sports teams in their market with free access to the TeamLinkt Sports Team Management App.  The app helps teams connect and communicate during the season by sharing rosters, schedules, availability, game feeds, live game streaming and more. In exchange for sponsorship, the store receives exclusive marketing opportunities via the app back to the players and parents.

Al Anderson’s participation has helped them build goodwill in the community and given them tons of exposure to their target audience.

In just their first year, through outreach to local teams via their Team Sales Reps and weekly Facebook posts, 135 teams have signed up through Al’s offer.  Across these 135 teams, Al’s has accumulated over 775,000 targeted ad views to players and parents.

Now, with new League tools offered by TeamLinkt – Al’s will be sponsoring TeamLinkt across Minor Hockey and Lacrosse in their community…. with other Leagues yet to come.  Al’s has their team growth figured out and is now looking at leveraging their exclusive advertising access to drive online and in-store purchases.

For the fall season, Al’s will take advantage of loyalty program options offered by TeamLinkt.  It is a perfect opportunity since the TeamLinkt Loyalty program encourages teams to shop to earn rewards, and at a $2,500 per reward threshold – across 300+ teams Al’s has the opportunity to drive in $750,000 in loyalty revenue.

If you’re a Sporting Good Store looking to reach players & parents in your community – touch base with our team today at partners@teamlinkt.com Learn more at: www.teamlinkt.com

TeamLinkt protects Local Sports Stores & Team Dealers from Amazon

Sports Team Management Apps are an essential tool for player and parent.  These apps enable teams to share schedules, automate reminders, set player availability, streamline communications… and really focus on the game.  Engagement in these apps are higher than many social media platforms – and targeted access and exposure to players and parents via these apps means big dollars.

TeamSnap, one of the recognized Sport Team Management Apps in North America – used by baseball, hockey, soccer and many other sports – has now leveraged their connection to millions of players and parents to drive equipment and apparel sales away from local retailers.

TeamSnap has partnered with Amazon and from their app’s dashboard, and within the TeamSnap ‘Emails’ to players and parents, TeamSnap is aggressively promoting local shoppers to “SKIP THE TRIP TO THE STORE AND GEAR UP VIA AMAZON”.  For Local Stores and Team Dealers, this is yet another channel that’s pushing players and parents to Amazon.

 

At TeamLinkt, we recognize that it’s critical for Local Sporting Good Stores and Team Dealers to own this channel – and without it, companies like TeamSnap and Amazon will continue to chip away at these local relationships and equipment & apparel revenue streams.

Through our TeamLinkt Community Partner Program, Stores and Team Dealers license and provide a competing Team Management App (with many added features that teams love!) to teams in their community.  You sponsor the app for teams helping them save money on technology, build goodwill … and best of all, you’ll own this new marketing channel – exclusive advertising & a direct link to your store!

Take action today to protect your business from online giants!

Are your a Local Sports Store or Team Dealer?  Contact us today to set a demo:  partner@teamlinkt.com

TeamLinkt – Live Video Streaming is Here!

With multiple kids, work and travel – it’s just not possible to make it to every one of your kids baseball, hockey or soccer game.  Live in-game score updates are cool, but it doesn’t replace watching from the stands.  So, we’ve been working hard to get you as close as possible to the action… and now, right from the TeamLinkt Sports Team Management App, you can live stream & share the game with those that can’t make it.  And, from initial testing… we’re getting huge smiles from busy parents & out of town grandparents!

With live streaming, you’ll want to setup ahead of the game, here are some tips and best practices.

Once setup, for the rest of the season, you can begin streaming right from your smartphone with just a few clicks.  When a live stream starts, we instantly notify all team members – they’ll get a push notification that the event is live, and can click a link to begin watching the game right from their smartphone, computer or can cast it to their TV.  Team members have the option to re-share with other friends and family.

Games and events are recorded and accessible afterwards, making it perfect for coaches wanting to review game tape, and kids who want to see the highlights.

Live Streaming is included in the Free and Pro plans of the TeamLinkt Sports Team Management App.  To access the latest features and connect your team, download/update TeamLinkt from your app store (iPhone and Android).

TeamLinkt – Integrated with Order My Gear!

Do you sell team apparel through Order My Gear?  Are you frustrated with building stores that don’t get traffic?  Do you want to put your OMG stores at the fingertips of players & parents – and drive more sales?

TeamLinkt is excited to announce its relationship & integration with Order My Gear (OMG).   TeamLinkt Partners that sell through Order My Gear can now seamlessly promote and drive apparel sales via the TeamLinkt App!

Here’s how it works:

  1. OMG feeds us your store data.
  2. From the TeamLinkt App, your sponsored teams can access their stores and shop.
  3. We even send push notifications to remind team members of closing dates so they can get their orders in!

If you’re a current TeamLinkt Partner – contact your OMG Success Rep, let them know you’re a TeamLinkt Partner, and they’ll add your stores to our feed.  That’s it!

If you currently sell through OMG and want to drive more sales, reach out to us for more information on becoming a TeamLinkt Community Partner.

TeamLinkt - Order My Gear Integration

Partners – Automate Social Posts to Grow More Teams!

Recent studies show that 69% of adults use social media and that number is growing every day.  Most consumers begin formulating their purchasing decisions through their social media networks.  They ask their “friends” for recommendations and research businesses there, looking for ratings & reviews, interactions with customers and more, before making many of their purchasing decisions these days.  Therefore, your business must have a strong presence on the major social media networks that your customers and potential customers are using.

The struggle many businesses face when trying to implement a social media strategy is a lack of time and resources.  In the day to day running of the business, most owners or managers don’t have time available to update their social accounts as often as they would like.  Often, they do not have staff with time available to do so either.  If they do have staff with time available, they do not fell comfortable having staff as the “voice” of the store and do not have time to train them on how they would like their social accounts managed.

As a Community Partner with TeamLinkt, we help you with your social media presence and content creation through weekly automated social media posts.  Every week, we produce content that touches on benefits of the TeamLinkt sports management app and include eye-catching visuals, which increase engagement and boosts team creations.  The automated social posts drive further downloads of the app and in turn get your store in front of more potential customers.  Connect Social Posts Now

The TeamLinkt sports management app will help your current and future customers have a more enjoyable sports season, while painting your store in a positive light and building goodwill by offering the Pro version of the app to them for free.

Log into your partner account and follow these quick steps to connect automated posts:

https://teamlinkt.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001269933-Social-Media-Posts

THE “SWISS ARMY KNIFE” OF TEAM SPORTS – THINK SIMPLE!

by Marsha McCormick

Isn’t it cool when technology is actually simple yet effective in building your business?

I don’t know about you but the multiple options that are in the marketplace are basically so overwhelming that it’s sometimes easy to just hope that by doing nothing things can go along as they have been going – just using our past marketing efforts in the same way we always have.  The rude awakening comes when we become aware that our “loyal” local customers are ordering gear online from out of province or state.  That is when reality starts to hit!

One of our primary reasons for creating this TeamLinkt app was to give a “swiss army” tool set to sports store owners.  The app is simple, easy to use by players and parents, and being enthusiastically received by teams across the country.  What we have built is a team management app that is downloaded onto smartphones.  It connects the players so there is a strong bond between players, coaches, parents and, thus, the season can be a remarkable one!  It is so convenient even with multiple children in the family and all active in sports programs people know exactly where games are, who will be there, what the jersey color is, and on and on — all in one spot right on their phone.  This simplifies their life and gives parents and players an uncluttered feeling to enjoy the practice, game, season!!

So this is how it works:

  1.  You license the TeamLinkt app from us.
  2.  You offer it free to you customers.

Here is what Dan Court of Bert & Mac’s Source for Sports says,

“This was a way to provide a great tool for teams to get organized without any added expense to them… a way to say thanks to the many people that continue to support us with their hard earned dollars.”

Talk about a simple process.  We work on your behalf in a variety of ways, right from online promotions to postcards printed with your logo to pop into customers bags.  Now your customers will be directly connected to your store – they can click right within the app to their team gear store.  This is a great way to build your business and at the same time show your customers that you are helping keep them connected as a team!

CASE STUDY: SPORTS CONNECTION

Building customers loyalty, reaching new teams and players, and participating in the community are key ingredients to a successful sporting good store.   Matt with Sports Connection Source for Sports in Medicine Hat, AB recently took advantage of the TeamLinkt Community Partner Program and is quickly seeing benefits in all three of these areas.

Through the TeamLinkt Partner Program, Matt is providing sports teams in his community with free access to the TeamLinkt Sports Team Management App.  Teams in Medicine Hat can now take advantage of the TeamLinkt Pro Plan – at no cost to them.  The app makes it easy for coaches, players & parents to stay organized and connected during the season, no matter the sport.  Teams can share player rosters, schedules, availability, photos and more – and through the technology, teams have a better season – thanks to Matt.

In exchange for sponsorship, Matt receives exclusive ads in the app.

“We now have full access to these teams and parents   – our target audience.  The ability to put an ad right in front of them is a really low cost form of advertising for us and I know it’s hitting the right demographic for me” explained Matt.

“In just 3 weeks since joining the Community Partner Program, we’ve sponsored 40 teams and my ads have had over 75,000 views.  Growing teams has been faster than expected,” says Matt. “We reached out to Minor Hockey who forwarded our sponsor code, we use Facebook, and we add the postcards you sent us into customers bags.”

Matt’s excited about how quickly teams are adopting the app and the feedback he’s getting.

“We have had a ton of positive feedback.  I have had coaches and parents stop me in the rink and in my store to thank me for getting this setup.”  

With teams now sharing the app with each other, and the Sports Connection Source for Sports teams’ continued messaging, Matt is expecting a lot more growth!    

To learn more about our Community Partner Program, reach us at: partner@teamlinkt.com

Video Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZkG61f0Li4