Sports Management Apps: So Much More Than Credit Card Processing
Creating, managing, and growing programs that develop youth through sport. These are the priorities of any youth sports organization. Demosphere understands this.
We also understand that evaluating the technology needs of your organization can be a daunting task. Finding the right partner, price, and product is an ambitious endeavor when exploring the growing number of options in the market.
But I Just Need a Way to Process Payments!
There are a lot of well-known, reputable credit card processing organizations out there that you’ve heard of: PayPal, Square, Authorize.
The erroneous perception that “it’s all about the credit card processing” has grown over the last several years. This can be attributed, in large part, to a few investment-backed organizations who entered into the youth sports technology space with the intent to monetize member data and exponentially grow the volume of online transactions. While their lower prices are initially enticing, the lack of understanding of what it truly means to be an authentic youth sports technology partner results in underperforming and outdated technology solutions. Where does this leave your organization? Unhappy, frustrated, and unsupported.
The good news is that with some recent changes in the industry, we’re starting to see the pendulum swing back to center – to a place where people expect to pay a fair price for good solutions and good service.
Why Should I Look for a Youth Sports Technology Partner?
It’s so much more than credit card processing. When you partner with an organization like Demosphere to be the online face of your organization and how you interact with your members, you get three decades of experience, industry-leading technology solutions, superior customer service, and a partner that shares the same love and value of developing youth through sports. You get the team behind team sports.
As a privately-held, family-owned business, we certainly understand the importance of properly vetting new partners and managing costs. But, when it comes time for your organization to evaluate the cost of sports management apps; like the integrated solution built by Demosphere to service Clubs, Leagues and Associations; it’s important to keep in mind that you’re evaluating so much more than a credit card processing fee. You’re looking for:
- Website design and hosting
- Online registration of players and teams
- Team formation and rostering
- League and tournament scheduling
- Automated data sync to governing bodies like State Associations and US Soccer
- Data reporting and financial management
- Household management tools
- Risk management workflow
- Communication tools
- Team management and communication app
- Referee management
While Demosphere also provides a fully integrated solution for processing credit and debit cards online, including:
- PCI Compliance
- Tokenization of cards for auto-installments
- Refund processing
- Chargeback processing and dispute resolution
- Detailed financial reporting
…our solution is so much more than just credit card processing.
How Do I Move Forward?
When your youth sports organization is evaluating proposals for technology solutions and you see fees that are trying to compete with the likes of PayPal and Square, be wary. Ask yourself: how is this organization funding the development of their products? What kind of service will I get for my investment? How long will this company be in business?
With so many organizations in the youth sports technology space getting acquired, going out of business, or stitching together aging technology, ask yourself: isn’t it worth the cost of a Starbucks coffee every year for each of your members to have access to an industry leading platform that delivers and a team who will safeguard their data? Because it really is so much more than credit card processing.
Contact our team, The Team Behind Team Sports, to learn how we can help your organization today.