The McMahon Group Mini-Survey™

Mini Survey Chart

Tom Strutz

Not all surveys are the same and McMahon Group offers a variety of them.

Our most common is a comprehensive membership survey that our clients undertake every three to five years. It typically addresses in-depth strategic and long-range planning issues while testing member satisfaction with all aspects of a club’s existing facilities, operations and services.Another is a facility opinion survey. This is used specifically to test member opinions and acceptance of a proposed capital program before it’s put to a membership vote. The results provide the club’s board and planning committee with valuable input, allowing for tweaks to be made (if need be) to the proposed capital program before a vote. Thus, it significantly increases the chance of a successful vote.

A more targeted tool is the Mini-Survey™.

It normally hones in on one or two club areas or departments (i.e., golf, dining, etc.) to test member satisfaction. For example, perhaps a club’s leadership has been receiving feedback from members on specific areas or departments and they need to quantify member satisfaction to determine if the feedback is representative of the entire membership or just the opinions of a vocal minority.

A number of recently conducted Mini-Surveys™ have been for clubs that conducted comprehensive membership surveys a year or two ago that identified specific areas in need of improvement. After the clubs took action to address said areas, the Mini-Survey™ provided them an ideal tool to determine if members felt the “fixes” were effective.

We include our exclusive Value Boundary™ Chart in each Mini-Survey™.

We include our exclusive Value Boundary™ Chart in each Mini-Survey™. The chart visually compares importance and satisfaction to show needs and accomplishments. The Value Boundary™ Chart on the left shows different aspects of a club’s dining program. The goal is for all aspects to be above the Value Boundary™ Curve, especially those to the far right which are most important. Aspects below the Value Boundary™ Curve need improvement in satisfaction. With this and the Mini-Survey™, the club knows what it is doing right and where “fixes” need to occur. As a result, the club’s dining program and its membership’s overall satisfaction can be improved! Because the Mini-Survey™ targets specific areas of member interest, it is a much shorter survey in length compared to a comprehensive membership survey. It also requires less time for members to complete and has a higher response rate. The Mini-Survey™ is completed in a month, compared to 60 to 90 days for a comprehensive survey, and costs much less than one too.

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About Bill McMahon

Bill is a private club planner providing strategic planning, member research analysis and facility planning services for private clubs across North America. Bill joined McMahon Group in 1999 and has worked with over 200 clubs helping to solve their strategic and facility needs.

Bill is Co-Editor of Club Trends, a quarterly report published with the National Club Association (NCA). He has written for many private club publications like The BoardRoom Magazine, Club Director and more, and has been a featured speaker at national conferences, local chapters and other associations serving the private club industry. He is also on the NCA’s Communications Committee.

Bill has been instrumental in developing and enhancing the McMahon Group online presence. He created and runs Clubtopia® ( – an online business directory of firms and companies serving the club industry.

Bill’s club memberships have included Bellerive Country Club (St. Louis), Glen Echo Country Club (St. Louis) and the Missouri Athletic Club (St. Louis). He has served on the Boards of Cinema St. Louis ( and the Tennessee Society of St. Louis (former President).


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