Unique Groundcare research released - Part one

To gain further sector insight,  TAP has commissioned a survey in Turf Pro, the industry’s leading Weekly digital media offering. A total of 77 groundcare professionals responded making this a valuable piece of research.  This follows on from TAP’s first phase of research targeting the actual machinery dealers themselves, helping build a picture of perceptions from a retailer and customer perspective.

Part One - Where and why do groundcare professionals choose to buy their equipment? 

The Professional end-users of groundcare machinery are often looking to get the best for their money, whilst making sure they purchase from a reputable dealership. At TAP we work closely with both the professional end-users, and also the dealerships so the unique research we have gathered will be shared with you over the coming weeks and the findings will be posted below.

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A local dealer's expertise and support is the most critical purchase factor for professional end-users.

Unique Groundcare research released - Part one

When groundcare professionals are looking to purchase a new piece of kit from a dealership, they will consider a number of factors which will influence their final purchasing decision. Compared with our previous research on the buying behaviour from a dealer’s perspective (which can be found here), there is a significant difference in the factors affecting what individuals choose to buy and from where.

In this part of our groundcare research, we wanted to focus on a number of key areas that would be crucial to professionals in the industry - specifically those who subscribe to the Turf Pro weekly update (7,000+ distribution).

In our survey, we asked groundcare professionals to rate the level of importance associated with various attributes that influence where they shop. These were rated from 1 to 5; 5 being the most important/critical and 1 being of least importance.

Interestingly, our respondents valued ‘local dealer expertise and support’ as the most critical buying consideration, with 91% of individuals giving this a score of 4 or more. At the lower end of the scale, heritage is viewed as the least important with only 30% of individuals giving this a score of 4 or greater. 

‘Price’ was the second most important factor with 90% of individuals rating this as important - this is unsurprising given that at least 50% of consumers have shifted towards a more price-driven mind set (Stax Inc, 2016).

Many professionals look to upgrade their equipment to better suit their own uses, so it is interesting that 83% of individuals thought ‘attachment options’  were important.

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