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GKR Karate

Redeveloped website for Go-Kan-Ryu karate club operating across four countries.

The Challenge

GKR Karate operates across four countries: Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. As such, the website was required to service their consumers in all of these locations.

As the website is often an initial point of contact for consumers, GKR Karate wanted it to better reflect the quality of the organisation and improve the first impression given online.

Primary outcomes sought included increased lead generation and immediate online conversion. Another important consideration was the ease of use of the website for members of staff, leading to increased engagement of current staff and students.


Project Goals

  • Update to the WordPress CMS

  • Geolocation specific personalisation

  • Ease of use for management

  • Web design for lead conversion

  • Information hierarchy in line with user journeys

Geolocation Specific Personalisation

As GKR Karate spans four countries, certain content such as tournaments and staff pages are region specific. Our solution to this was to provide geolocation specific personalisation functionality. Now, users of the website are presented with information relevant to the area in which they live.

GKR Karate have the ability to assign content to a region through a user friendly Content Management System (CMS). This allows them to update the site universally (displaying content to all four regions) as well as uploading country-specific content.


Ease of use for management

GKR Karate recognised that parents liked seeing competition results and photos of their children competing in tournaments on the website.

While guidelines were previously in place to facilitate regional managers to take photos and upload results of competitions, a difficult to navigate website backend hindered this. The lack of photographs and readily available competition results led to complaints from parents. Our newly implemented, user friendly WordPress solution makes it easier for regional managers to source and upload this information quickly.

As parents were frequently seen taking photos on their own devices at tournaments, we also incorporated an automated feature that can source and gather these photos from social media using tournament specific hashtags. These photos are then displayed on the website, satisfying consumers and reducing pressure on regional managers.

Web Design

The average customer of GKR Karate does a limited number of classes before trailing off, making the pursuit of lead generation crucially important in the website redevelopment.

Considered, strategic calls to action were implemented throughout the website to encourage conversions. These relevant calls to action present information in a familiar web design layout and encourage the user to complete desired enquiry forms.

Prior to working with Need a Web, GKR Karate had ‘Location’ and ‘Shop’ sections of their website developed by a third party. The look and feel of the previously created sections were inconsistent with our newly commissioned web design and posed a technical challenge to integrate. They were incorporated through the utilisation of subdomains with the goal of developing them within the new WordPress CMS framework at a later stage.


User Journeys

GKR Karate had many types of content they required to appear on the new website. We established a clear navigation path through this content by analysing the needs of the consumer and the desired outcomes of GKR Karate. With user journeys outlined, we created a clearly laid out menu bar and information hierarchy to be of use to all GKR Karate users.


Since launch, GKR has seen a roughly 50% increase in leads compared to the same time last year. They attribute the majority of this increase directly to their new website.

“The site has 100% generated a positive ROI within 6 months which is well beyond what we hoped for.”
– Stafford Pascoe, Digital Marketing Manager

The newly developed mobile responsive website provides GKR staff with an easier system to navigate and upload information, contributing to what the management team considers to be an all-time high level of morale amongst the management and instructor base.

The website also provides students with easier access to tournament information, and potential consumers with location specific content and calls to action promoting conversions.


' ' GKR Karate engaged Need a Web to undertake the redevelopment of our website. As international club with over 1000 locations and a current digital presence that could be described as ‘shambolic’ at best, this project was as complex as it was crucial. From our first discussions the team at Need a Web impressed us not only with the ease of communication, ideas and expertise they brought to the table but also the speed, effortlessness and high quality with which they executed the redevelopment. We couldn’t be happier with the end result and what it means for our future digital marketing efforts. Thank you to all the team for your help, looking forward to continuing to working together into the future! ' ' 

- Stafford Pascoe, Digital Marketing Manager

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