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Techniblock sees online and mobile sales soar with new technology

28 May 2019
Techniblock sees online and mobile sales soar with new technology
Skin care retailer Techniblock Suncare has seen sales almost double after implementing new technology to improve customer experience.

The sole UK distributor of the South African range of sun protection products reported that online sales increased by 97% over three months in 2019 following the revamp, compared to the same period the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of visitors rose by 80%.

Techniblock Suncare is working with ecommerce specialist Oxatis Group to upgrade its web operation. The platform’s range of features gives Techniblock Suncare the flexibility to customise its site regularly with fresh content and promotions. It has implemented a ratings and reviews feature, while offering a money back guarantee to inspire confidence. Shoppers can also create a personal account, encouraging repeat orders. 

"Working with Oxatis Group has enabled us to develop a site that is user-friendly for our customers, and showcases our products to their best advantage,” said Tracey Parry, Director at Techniblock.

Techniblock Suncare also saw m-commerce sales rise by 11% following the launch of a new mobile site powered by progressive web app technology.

"We are seeing a real uptake of customers shopping this way,” Parry continued. "Buying sun protection products is on everyone’s to do list before they go on holiday and our mobile site has been designed to create a quick, smooth, intuitive journey.”

The retailer is running SEO and Google Ads campaigns with Oxatis Group to drive business to the site, and during the first month saw a return on investment of 19%.  

"Techniblock Suncare has successfully built up its brand from scratch in a fiercely competitive market,” said Marc Schillaci, CEO of Oxatis Group. "By investing in digital technology which enables the site to evolve as business grows, it has created standout web and mobile stores tailored to the needs of its customers.”

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PGA South Africa Endorses Techniblock

10 May 2016

Special Offer for Golfers - Techniblock Sun Protection

11 Apr 2016
Special Offer for Golfers - Techniblock Sun Protection

The PGA has recently partnered with sunscreen provider, Techniblock® to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting your skin whilst enjoying a game of golf.  Techniblock® is an Official PGA Supplier, offering golfers a long lasting, high quality, easy to apply sunscreen.

What makes Techniblock® different to all other sun protection brands available in the UK is its non-greasy, long lasting formula.  The clear aerosol spray dries instantly, leaving little trace on the skin – no scent, no oiliness – an invisible barrier.  One application provides up to 5+ hours protection, perfect for a round of golf.   Techniblock is resistant to water and perspiration, fragrance-free and breathable so it won’t block pores or irritate the skin, reducing the risk of heat rash and prickly heat.

It comes in a sealed canister that won’t leak in your golf bag and its extended shelf life means there’s no waste. 
Golfbreaks Business Development Manager Darren Bragg has been putting Techniblock through its paces on the golf course and given it a resounding thumbs up.  "I thought the application was extremely easy and thorough and the non-greasy feel was amazing and so efficient particularly when applying some mid golf round.  The protection was great and no sun burn speaks for itself, I highly recommend Techniblock and look forward to using the product ongoing now and will definitely be spreading the word whilst out and about meeting fellow golfers”.
And Golf Pro Jamie Cundy agrees "It’s the best sun protection on the market by far and an absolute must-have for your golf bag.  It’s really easy to use and is very resistant to perspiration, perfect for sport”.
Whether you play for leisure or are a PGA Golf Pro, if you’re spending several hours on the greens a good sun protection is vital.  Forget sticky, messy traditional sunscreens and try out Techniblock’s lightweight, dry formula.

If you are interested in becoming a stockist, please contact Tracey at Techniblock on 07769 943200 or email [email protected]

Jo Habgood, Editor, Surrey Golf Magazine

PGA Pros Back Benefits of Techniblock Sunscreen

8 Dec 2015
PGA Pros Back Benefits of Techniblock Sunscreen

Two PGA Professionals have welcomed the arrival of sunscreen manufacturer Techniblock as a PGA Official Supplier and hope it will significantly raise awareness of protecting against skin cancer among the golfing fraternity.

Jamie Cundy and Andrew Simmonds, who have both being diagnosed with skin cancer, back the three-year agreement with Techniblock, which offers a non-greasy, fast drying, ethanol-based sun spray alternative to traditional rub in emulsifier and oil based lotions.

Cundy, the head PGA Professional at Dudley Golf Club, is already using Techniblock at his club.

"A lot of people won’t have heard of it, but it’s a great product,” he said.

"On Saturdays I’ve trialled it with members, spraying them with it and getting them to hold a club and they are really surprised that it is not greasy or slippy like normal sun screen.

"It’s a great addition to the pro shop counter and the key is that it’s making people aware of the dangers, the pro is selling the benefits of taking precautions, giving a service and also making margin too.”

Simmonds, who runs the South Buckinghamshire Golf Academy and Blue Mountain Golf Centre, where he has just been given the all clear after a melanoma on his back, has also given the thumbs up to Techniblock and believes having it readily available in the pro shop will encourage more golfers to take precautions.

"Without a doubt it is massively important, having it easily accessible, and the fact it is easy to use and apply will help,” he said.

Techniblock was developed in South Africa but was launched in the UK five years ago by Bedfordshire couple David and Tracey Parry impressed by its easy to use and apply characteristics.

Set up as an ecommerce business, the Parrys are now aiming to reach more golfers through PGA pros on the back of its widespread use among golfers in South Africa.

PGA Members have an opportunity to encourage golfers to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun as well as significantly boost profit margins following the addition of Techniblock to the stable of PGA Official Suppliers.

With margins of 40 per cent and attractive free branded sale display unit, it is set to be a welcome addition to pro shops next summer.

Full details of how to order your supply of Techniblock and the benefits to PGA Pros will follow in early 2016 or for more information call 07769 943200 or email [email protected]


PGA Pair Raise Skin Cancer Alert

22 Jun 2015

Two PGA Professionals are raising the awareness of skin cancer having both being diagnosed with the disease last summer.

West Midlands-based pro Jamie Cundy and Buckinghamshire pro Andrew Simmonds, who by coincidence both coached at last year’s R&A Swingzone at the Open, have both undergone surgery to remove the cancer.

Cundy, 42, has undergone two operations on his left arm, following concerns over a mole, while Simmonds, who is only 27, had surgery to remove moles from his back having initially gone to the doctors with a chest infection.

Following their experiences, both are keen to ensure that their fellow PGA Professionals – as well as others working outdoors – are aware of ways to avoid heightening the risk of skin cancer.

Cundy, who has recently been appointed the head professional at Dudley Golf Club, is at the forefront of raising awareness as he is working with Macmillan and cancer specialists at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham on a publicity campaign.

He added: "They think it is through the fact I’m a golf pro and spent 20 plus years being outside teaching without any sun protection on, which I generally don’t. I’ll only put suncream when I am on holiday. 

"I’ve never heard of another pro getting skin cancer and I wouldn’t have thought people have thought about the risks. There’s an ‘I’ll be alright’ about it all atttitude because it’s not like we’re sunbathing.

"I’ve spoken to a few pros and most I don’t think put any sun protection on.  The problem is we have six months of winter and as soon as the sun comes out we’re all desperate to get out there.”

Having been alerted to the dangers Cundy had no hesitation in being part of a campaign for Macmillan and the hospital.

"I’m fair and obviously a higher risk, but even in darker skinned people it’s becoming almost an epidemic say the consultants,” he said.

"They are completely flat out with people with different forms of skin cancer. On the back of my diagnosis Macmillan and the QE want to raise awareness of skin cancer with people working outside in the sun – not just sport but any industry.

"They will be doing leaflets and posters with me. I’m completely new to being ill and I said I am more than willing to raise awareness about  the risks of skin cancer.”

South Buckinghamshire golf pro Simmonds (above right), who is also fair skinned, was diagnosed in July. It came just a matter of weeks after he had taken part in the longest day golf challenge – raising £3,000 for Macmillan.

Like Cundy, he was oblivious to the dangers and given his age wants to ensure that skin cancer is not dismissed among younger professionals.

"I’m always outside given my role and protecting yourself is not something talked about,” he said.

"I didn’t wear sun cream but I wore a shirt, however the rays can still penetrate.

"Being told you have cancer can be a shock but I’m quite level headed and carried on as normal going through the process.

"But for me it’s telling my mates and ensuring they get themselves checked and that goes for all of my fellow golf professionals.

"I’m always outside and protecting yourself against the sun is not something talked about or thought about and can be a bit of a taboo subject.

"I want to make sure that there is more awareness and that pros are being more careful and taking the right precautions when it comes to working in the sun.”

 

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