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5 Tips on Entrepreneurship – A Keynote to Our Franchisees

September 20th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company No Comment yet

Monday, September 17th, 2018 was an amazing day for our team and me, as we saw our dream of franchising our platform realized. Only 90 days after we announced the launch of GetintheLoop Local – Canada’s First Offers Franchise – we hosted our first ten franchisees at Loop University.

Loop University is a 3-day crash course on everything GetintheLoop, equipping franchisees to launch the platform in their own community. We kicked off Loop University at 8:30 a.m. sharp with an opening keynote by our Franchise Advisor, Cliff Shillington, followed by my rundown of the GetintheLoop story, from day one.

Entrepreneurship has run in my veins from a very young age, so seeing so many fantastic entrepreneurs gearing up to launch their new business was a dream come true. I finished my opening keynote with five tips I have learned on my journey as an entrepreneur, through my mentors, advisors, and the path Loop Media Group has taken me on.

1. Play the long game
Build win-win relationships. Look at commercialization as true partnerships. If you build value-based partnerships, you will build a long-term business. Everything we do as entrepreneurs should be about playing the long game.

2. Listen first
To find a solution we must first understand the problem. GetintheLoop was built to solve problems for golf courses. By listening to our customers and members of our community we have been able to add features, adapt, and build solutions for our ever-growing Loop Community.

3. Stay positive
You need to actively practice having a positive outlook. Look for the opportunity in challenges and believe in yourself. Running a business is hard. It’s like riding a roller coaster. Staying positive is the key to succeeding in the long run.

4. Be thankful
Building a business takes an army of contributors. Reward your early customers and thank your true believers. I am so appreciative of the many people that believed in me, my idea, and believed in our company. Without believers, early adopters, and our supporters, us entrepreneurs wouldn’t get very far.

5. Enjoy the journey
It took me longer then I would like to admit to really start to enjoy the journey. I am lucky to speak with so many entrepreneurs who have sold their business or retired and they all look back and say, building it was the best time of their life.  For a couple of years now, I wake up every day excited about what I do. I embrace that I am a workaholic but I also love every day and feel so fortunate to be a part of an ever-growing team of passionate professionals helping to scale GetintheLoop across Canada and soon internationally. What a dream!

 

In closing, I left our inaugural franchisees with a line that I repeat almost daily. It’s a line that was passed on to me from a friend and mentor.

“I can live with someone else having a better idea, better timing, more money. Those are factors we cannot control. One thing that is for sure – we will never get outworked.”  

This is the culture that threads the walls at GetintheLoop and is a big reason why we get to sit here today and watch our first ten franchise owners head out and launch markets across Canada. I couldn’t be more honoured and excited to continue to grow this business alongside our current and future franchisees.

– Matty

GetintheLoop Launches in Fort McMurray

September 17th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company No Comment yet

Fort McMurray, we’ve been working hard on something pretty cool…

GetintheLoop is thrilled to announce that they’re heading North and launching within Fort McMurray! With this exciting news, Fort McMurray residents will soon have access to offers and experiences and local businesses in their community, delivered directly to their phones.

Currently, GetintheLoop members across BC and Edmonton enjoy access to offers and experiences at restaurants, hotels, sporting events, golf courses, wineries, and so much more! 

Why do our members love the GetintheLoop app? They experience something new in their city that they never would have known about before!

The GetintheLoop team is so excited to bring this mobile experience to Fort McMurray, that when Fort McMurray residents sign up to be a GetintheLoop member, they’ll also be entered into a draw to win up to $500 at local businesses.

Sign up to be a GetintheLoop member HERE.

Since it’s beginning in 2014, GetintheLoop has grown into the top-rated iOS and Android application of its kind in Canada, used by hundreds of top national and local brands.

“It’s an exciting time! With the expansion of GetintheLoop Local, our franchise division, we can’t wait for local businesses to be able to reach Fort McMurray residents through our mobile platform,” said GetintheLoop founder and CEO, Matt Crowell.

GetintheLoop is an intelligent mobile marketing platform that connects businesses with local consumers. The online offers platform allows businesses to deliver real-time experiences and exclusive offers directly to the mobile phones of engaged consumers, enabling businesses to attract new customers, develop meaningful relationships and obtain immediate in-depth data on their behaviour.

The GetintheLoop network reaches millions of Western Canadians every month and connects tens of thousands of members with exclusive offers in over 30 cities across Western Canada.

GetintheLoop Expands to Red Deer

September 17th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company No Comment yet

Red Deer, we’ve had a secret that we’re finally ready to share. GetintheLoop is thrilled to announce that we’re launching within Red Deer! With this exciting news, Red Deer residents will soon have access to offers and experiences and local businesses in their community, delivered directly to their phones.

Currently, GetintheLoop members across BC and Edmonton enjoy access to offers and experiences at restaurants, hotels, sporting events, golf courses, wineries, and so much more! 

Why do our members love the GetintheLoop app? They get to discover new businesses in their city, never prepay for an offer, and experience more for less. And it’s so easy – simply show the offer in-store and redeem the offer on the spot.

We are so excited to bring this mobile experience to Red Deer that we decided to launch a giveaway. When Red Deer residents sign up to be a GetintheLoop member (it’s free), they’ll be automatically entered to win up to $500 in prizes from local businesses.

Sign up to be a GetintheLoop member HERE.

Since it’s beginning in 2014, GetintheLoop has grown into the top-rated iOS and Android application of its kind in Canada, used by hundreds of top national and local brands.

“It’s an exciting time! With the expansion of GetintheLoop Local, our franchise division, we can’t wait for local businesses to be able to reach Red Deer residents through our mobile platform,” said GetintheLoop founder and CEO, Matt Crowell.

GetintheLoop is an intelligent mobile marketing platform that connects businesses with local consumers. The online offers platform allows businesses to deliver real-time experiences and exclusive offers directly to the mobile phones of engaged consumers, enabling businesses to attract new customers, develop meaningful relationships and obtain immediate in-depth data on their behaviour.

The GetintheLoop network reaches millions of Western Canadians every month and connects tens of thousands of members with exclusive offers in over 30 cities across Western Canada.

Class is in Session

September 16th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company No Comment yet

September 17th, 2018. Kelowna, BC – GetintheLoop, Canada’s leading local offers platform, has officially launched ‘Loop University’ which is rolling out its first class of GetintheLoop franchise owners across Canada. It was exactly three months ago today that GetintheLoop announced a new opportunity for entrepreneurs across North America to open their own digital franchise through GetintheLoop Local.  

“Today is a very special day for everyone in our organization. I am so proud of the work our team has put in over the past 5 years to make the dream of launching an all mobile franchise possible. Our technology was built to help businesses owners succeed at local marketing, now we’re seeing new markets roll out across Canada with local entrepreneurs at the helm. It’s a dream come true for me and will make a huge difference for businesses owners and our members alike “ said Matt Crowell, Founder and CEO of GetintheLoop.

GetintheLoop Local provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to own and operate a business from the palm of their hands. GetintheLoop Local owners become their own boss, while creating significant income and controlling their schedule and destiny. GetintheLoop Local franchisees operate a turn-key mobile marketing solution, leveraging GetintheLoop’s proven technology platform, to make local marketing simple and affordable for businesses. 

Loop University will be held in downtown Kelowna with franchise owners from 10 markets across Canada including Red Deer, Saanich, Saskatoon, Vernon, Penticton, Whistler, Loydminister, Fort McMurray, southern Alberta and the Atlantic provinces.  Each Franchisee will go through an innovative 3-day Loop University training workshop with a focus on mobile marketing, digital media, offer management and market development.

“We’ve developed Loop University to educate our entrepreneur partners on all key aspects of digital media and mobile marketing.  Our customized program will give our franchise partners the tools, processes and support to successfully build their local market” stated Chris Pinkerton, President of GetintheLoop.

Our next Loop University is already scheduled for early November with a new wave of franchisees bringing GetintheLoop to even more markets soon.

To learn more about GetintheLoop Local and to enquire about bringing GetintheLoop to your community,  visit www.getinthelooplocal.com

GetintheLoop is Coming to Lloydminster

September 10th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company No Comment yet

Lloydminster, are you ready?!

We are thrilled to announce that GetintheLoop is launching in Lloydminster! Very soon, Lloydminster residents will get access to offers and experiences from local businesses in their community, delivered directly to their phones.

Currently, GetintheLoop members in several Western Canadian cities enjoy access to offers and experiences from restaurants, hotels, sporting events, golf courses, wineries, and so much more!

GetintheLoop - Coming Soon to Lloydminster

Why do our members love the GetintheLoop app? They get to discover new businesses in their city, never prepay for an offer, and experience more for less. And it’s so easy – simply show the offer in-store and redeem the offer on the spot. 

Sign up to be a GetintheLoop member HERE

We are so excited to bring this mobile experience to Lloydminster that we decided to launch a giveaway. When residents sign up to be a GetintheLoop member (it’s free), they’ll be automatically entered to win up to $500 in prizes from local businesses.

Since it’s beginning in 2014, GetintheLoop has grown into the top-rated iOS and Android application of its kind in Canada, used by hundreds of top national and local brands.

“It’s an exciting time! With the expansion of GetintheLoop Local, our franchise division, we can’t wait for local businesses to be able to reach Lloydminster residents through our mobile platform,” said GetintheLoop founder and CEO, Matt Crowell.

GetintheLoop is an intelligent mobile marketing platform that connects businesses with local consumers. The online offers platform allows businesses to deliver real-time experiences and exclusive offers directly to the mobile phones of engaged consumers, enabling businesses to attract new customers, develop meaningful relationships and obtain immediate in-depth data on their behaviour. The GetintheLoop network reaches millions of Western Canadians every month and connects tens of thousands of members with exclusive offers in over 30 cities across Western Canada. 

If you own or manage a business, connect with us here to learn how GetintheLoop can drive more customers to your business.

Go Eskimos!

August 16th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Things To Do No Comment yet

The City of Edmonton is preparing to throw the party of the year when they host the 2018 Grey Cup, and we’re thrilled to share that GetintheLoop members can now get a variety of offers for Eskimos games and access to Grey Cup tickets!

The second most successful CFL franchise in history, the Edmonton Eskimos have brought home the Grey Cup championship fourteen times already! Cheer on the home team as they fight for their place in the championship game with GetintheLoop. Members get great offers from the Eskimos like exclusive ticket prices and access to view warm ups from the field!

Click HERE for all Edmonton Eskimos offers

Have you got your Grey Cup tickets yet? The Grey Cup Festival begins on Wednesday, November 21, with the Tim Hortons Kick Off Party and runs through the championship game on Sunday with different events every night! Some events are free for the public, while others require tickets. For more information on the Grey Cup Festival events and to purchase tickets to festival events, click HERE.

Tourism Kelowna Groups Loop

August 10th, 2018 Posted by blog, Company, Okanagan No Comment yet

With the new Visitor Centre officially open in Kelowna, we’re  proud to announce our partnership with Tourism Kelowna! Part of this partnership includes GetintheLoop offers prominently displayed on an interactive touchscreen monitor inside the Visitor Centre, estimated to have 420,000+ annual passersby. We can’t wait to connect hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals alike to the offers and experiences at our business partner locations!

In addition to this, we have also created a Groups Loop within our app. GetintheLoop members can now receive exclusive offers from our tourism partners for group bookings! Planning a wedding, corporate retreat, bachelorette party, family reunion, or any sort of group event? Check out our Groups Loop for offers and experiences from our partners including Bluestar Coachlines, Quails’ Gate Winery, Ramada, The Cove Lakeside Resort, and 50th Parallel Estate. Click HERE to browse the Groups Loop.

Clover Valley Beer Fest 2018

July 25th, 2018 Posted by blog, Food + Drink, Things To Do, Vancouver No Comment yet

The team behind the Whistler Village Beer Festival and the Great Okanagan Beer Festival are finally bringing the brews and good times to the lower mainland! Grab your friends and head on down to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre on August 11 for the Clover Valley Beer Festival presented by The Property Twins! With 40 breweries, local food trucks, and a sweet lineup of live music, we’re guaranteeing FOMO if you don’t have tickets.

Breweries from across BC, out of province, and across the border are invited to sample two brews of their choice. Get excited to enjoy some of your go-to’s and to try some new favourite lagers, IPA’s, ales, porters, saisons and sours! Not a beer fan? Don’t worry! There will be plenty of cider houses sampling their delicious (and gluten-free!) creations.

Listen to the live bands while you snack on food from Sammy J’s Grill and Bar, who are serving up gourmet grilled cheese; Mike’s Perfect Perogy’s, one of our personal favourites (is anything better than perogies?!); Urban Woodfired Pizza, with thin crust and fresh ingredients, it’s hard to beat this pizza; and Meat2Eat, who have everything from authentic mediterranean cuisine to hot dogs!  

In case you need another reason to come out on August 11th, proceeds from ticket sales will be going to Twins Cancer Fundraising, a charity created by a couple of rad guys (yes, they are identical twins) who have made it their mission to put an end to cancer.

General admission tickets are $45 and Express Pass tickets are $60. But we’ve arranged a sweet little offer for 15% off tickets! Get the details right here.

Oh… we almost forgot… did we mention that we’re giving away tickets? Keep checking our Instagram and Facebook pages for chance to win tickets to #CVBF2018 for you and your friends!

Have You Been to Fringe Festival?

July 24th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Things To Do No Comment yet

Every year in August, the largest theatre festival in North America takes place in Edmonton, Alberta. Created to showcase unique artists and to foster creativity through interaction with the audience, all artists are selected through a lottery to ensure there’s a wide range of ability and talent.

Back In 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival began when eight theatre companies were denied access to an international festival and decided to set up on the outer fringe of the festival grounds. You can now find Fringe Festivals all over the world, with 23 in North America alone!

Not sure where to get started? Explore the program guide at the beginning of August to read descriptions on each of the performances.  If you’re feeling adventurous you can see which tickets are discounted day-of or choose a performance using their ‘randomizer’! You can watch over 1,600 performances at over 45 venues within Old Strathcona! Between the indoor plays, outdoor street shows, vendors, musicians, and beer gardens, you’re guaranteed to find something you love at Fringe.

For more information on the Fringe Festival, make sure you check out their website and read all of their FAQs. If you’re a First Time Fringer this year, GetintheLoop members receive $5 off their purchase.

You NEED To Eat Here: Edmonton Edition

July 24th, 2018 Posted by blog, Edmonton, Food + Drink No Comment yet

Looking to mix up your regular weekend routine and try out some new restaurants in Edmonton? We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite (and unique) places to go out in Edmonton!

El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

Specializing in traditional Mexican food with a modern twist, El Cortez is one of the coolest spots in Edmonton. Located just off of Whyte Ave, El Cortez has an impressive cocktail list, with no artificial ingredients, syrups, sour mixes or juices. One of only nine establishments in the world recognized by Consejo Regulador del Tequila (Tequila Regulatory Board), El Cortez is the only place to go in Edmonton if you want to have an latin inspired night.

Check out all of our El Cortez offers HERE. 

The Holy Roller

Walk down to the Holy Roller, just a few doors from El Cortez, for a trip back to the 30’s with an eclectic twist. With a “no concept” menu, you have a variety of choices to pick from, which are just as unique as the decor. From pad thai, to deep dish pizza, to pinxtos (an appetizer originating from Northern Spain) you’ll be taken on a culinary journey with Holy Roller’s menu. Make sure you explore the entire restaurant, as each room is decorated different from the rest. You’ll be so enthralled with the decor, you might even forget that you came for a meal!
Check out all of our Holy Roller offers HERE.

Have Mercy

Step in to Have Mercy and all of a sudden you’re transported to a honky tonk in Nashville. With a menu full of southern comfort food, whiskey based cocktails, and live music, Have Mercy is the real southern deal. It’s important to note that Have Mercy is not the place if you want a quiet night out or a light meal. One of their more popular dishes is fried chicken and donuts and their motto is “WHERE WE EAT GOOD FOOD, DRINK BOOZE, AND TALK LOUD!” Make sure you check out Have Mercy on social media to stay up to date on the live music performers for the night.

Check out all of our Have Mercy offers HERE.

Cask and Barrel

Wanting to be your ‘home away from home’, Cask and Barrel succeeds with their cozy decor and home cooked meals. With an affordable menu and daily drink specials, Cask and Barrel is your go to after-work spot. With a sidewalk patio, it’s the perfect place to catch some rays and people watch downtown. Make sure you stop in on Saturday night, when they have live music playing every week at 4 pm.

Check out all of our Cask and Barrel offers HERE.

 

Rocky Mountain Icehouse

Originating in Texas as a way to supply the town with blocks of ice, icehouses were historically a gathering place to escape the heat and enjoy a cold one with friends. Located in a 110 year old building on Jasper Ave, Rocky Mountain Icehouse brings some of that Southern charm to Edmonton. With an extensive menu full of sharable items, Rocky Mountain Icehouse is the perfect place to gather with friends after work, or to meet up at on the weekend. Make sure you give the Hushpuppies and Scooby Snacks a try, they’re some of our personal favourites!

Check out our offers at Rocky Mountain Icehouse HERE.