The clock is ticking down to the launch of the GNN Forum on Monday and it’s becoming clear that the Canadian golf industry sees a variety of reasons for using it, according to the current GNN Poll on the home page.
The launch of the GNN Forum and what appears to be a positive reaction to it brings us one step closer to fulfilling a mandate we set when we first established www.GolfNewsNow.ca.
GNN, which launched last September, was designed to be a news and information source, but it also had the goal of becoming a web-based community for the Canadian golf industry.
Opinions and comments are welcomed below each GNN story and readers can respond to questions posed on the GNN Poll, which is now asking the question about topics of discussion that will interest you most on the new GNN Forum.
At last view, 56 per cent of respondents were looking forward to asking questions of industry leaders, which isn’t surprising in this economy when we might be looking for leadership during a difficult time.
Various associations have set their own courses over the next few years as both the Royal Canadian Golf Association and Canadian PGA have introduced new strategic plans recently and there may be a few questions or opinions about those strategies.
There are always issues to contend with, even in the best of times, but this tough economy brings new challenges to the table for everyone from owners to superintendents to equipment/apparel companies to club managers and professional tours.
The response from executive directors of the various associations I’ve talked to is that they look forward to the opportunity of answering specific questions from the golf industry about various issues.
GNN will forward questions to the applicable person when posed, so please be patient after asking and we will try to get the responses posted in a reasonable time, but many executive directors and presidents are not readily available due to their schedules.
Issues will be a big part of the GNN Forum as 44 per cent of respondents said they look forward to such discussions with industry people around the country.
Meanwhile, 31 per cent said they look forward to seeking solutions and advice on common problems within the golf industry, while 19 per cent seek information on products and services and 13 per cent would read/publish job postings.
Six per cent have other interests in the forum and one of those interests might be a coming events portion that we plan to have on the forum.
The coming events aspect of the GNN Forum might include meetings or seminars for regional, provincial and national associations. Keep in mind that GNN is a trade website, so trying to post coming events of interest to consumers would be fruitless.
If you haven’t responded to the current GNN Poll yet, why not wander over to it on the home page and let us know what interests you.
It looks as if the golf industry is looking forward to discussions with other people around the country through the GNN Forum.
As we introduce it on Monday, we will take you on a step by step walk-through on how to register for the GNN Forum. Everybody will be able to read the forum, but in order to participate, registration is necessary for moderation purposes.
We also encourage you to sign up for GNN’s daily e-mail blasts, which will keep you informed about what’s new on the website. To do that, just write your e-mail address into the “Be An Insider” box on the upper right portion of the home page or drop me a line at email@example.com.
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