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How to Successfully Promote Your Gym with Flyer Campaigns

Flyers and leaflets give you an inexpensive way to promote your gym and attract new members. Whether or not they offer an effective solution is up to you and what you decide to do with them. Not every flyering campaign brings you the reputation that you want or the clients that you need. If your campaign is not done correctly, you might end up running at a loss and dealing with a bunch of agitated residents complaining about the littering. To ensure that your flyering campaign brings you the good exposure and business that you need, you need to ask [...]

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Multiply Your Gym Marketing With the $5 Membership Promotion

Like I've mentioned before, the fitness center market is highly competitive (as if you didn't know that already). To gain any leverage in the marketplace you have to be extremely creative in the way you attract new members. I've developed some enticements for members by experimenting, building on what works and letting all the rest go. Gym Membership Management With Self Service Marketing There's one promotion that's worked particularly well over the years. I let members work for discounts on their monthly rate by bringing in referrals, down to a certain amount. It works like this: my monthly membership amount [...]

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Minimalist Gym Menus Mean More Marketing Muscle

When it comes to signup time most gym membership prospects want easy choices. Then, of course, there are the more knowledgeable new clients, who know what they want and love to think they got a little something extra in the deal. As the gym owner or manager, you can play your cards close to your chest and make them all happy. This strategy sells more memberships and everybody wins. I'm a huge advocate of making things simple for gym members. When people apply for a fitness club membership they're often looking to you to guide them to the right membership [...]

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Creative Fall Promotion Ideas for Gyms

As the Southern hemisphere experienced a change in season - from winter to spring - on September 22nd, the Northern parts of the world entered autumn. The transition, known as the autumnal equinox, from summer to fall in the North marks the beginning of a season filled with festivals and celebrations in the United States. With important holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween around the corner, it's time to draw up plans for promoting your brand and bringing in more members to your gym. Here are a few ideas to help you with your fall promotion: Halloween Although fitness and Halloween [...]

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Gym Website Basics

From the moment that a potential client first lands on your website they will statistically make up their mind in mere seconds. Those people who decide that your website doesn't offer what they're looking for will leave your website without viewing another page - this is referred to as a bounce. That said there are a few basic things that you can do right now to improve the effectiveness of your website. 1) The first thing that you must do doesn't require that you do any work at all; rather, you simply have to decide what you want the visitors [...]

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4 Tips on Using Memes & Motivational Quotes for Your Gym Business

Meme communication has a longer history than you might think. This form of communication was first coined back in 1976 by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene. Although the concept is not new, its effects have been consistent throughout generations. Memes always had a tendency to "spread like wildfire" or in this day and age, "go viral." If you are just totally lost and wondering what on earth do I mean by meme, I will use trusty ol' Wikipedia to define it for you! "A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be [...]

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Gently Does It Wins The Race For Gym Text Campaigns

Most people have some sort of mobile device connected to an SMS text-messaging network these days. That creates an opportunity for the enterprising fitness center owner to use text messages as another medium in their marketing strategy, with which to engage with gym members. The question is how does that fit into your marketing and how do you get the most out of it? Is Texting The New Email Marketing? As I've stated before, email marketing is a really powerful tool to increase your fitness center's profitability. Health and fitness are such an important marketing demographic that, as an owner, [...]

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Email Marketing Essentials for Gyms

If you are a gym owner, then one of the things you may have noticed is that a large number of people who often sign up for memberships do so with great interest, motivation and good intentions. However, due to the unending demands of their professional or personal life, they slowly stop visiting the gym regularly and seemingly may even forget that they even have a gym membership altogether. This member oversight may, very well, have nothing to do with your health club facilities or services. So it is important to remind your members about your gym and why they [...]

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"Email" as a bulls-eye to a target

Gym Business Email Marketing

As an independent gym owner, I have learned a lot over the years. The growth in knowledge that I have now compared to back then when I opened the doors to my first club is staggering. I constantly have ideas and thoughts running through my head wishing that I could type as fast as they pass by. If I had to time write a book on opening a real gym (step-by-step) from the first day you begin to gather plans in your head to the day it became profitable, I would do so in a heartbeat. However, I do not [...]

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Gym Owner’s Perspective on Providing Fitness for Kids

Everyone desires to be fit and healthy. But unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise can make staying fit a few pounds away. Children, too, need to be made aware of the importance of staying fit. Excessive consumption of processed food, sodas loaded with sugar, fast food, fried food, and so on is not only making them unhealthy. The Z Generation faces even greater likelihood of stagnation. Children are more likely to experience less physical activity from a much younger age because of the accessibility of technology. There is no doubt that the Z Generation is at a higher risk [...]

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Marketing Your Gym on YouTube

We can all agree that in today's world, marketing with pictures and video makes a greater statement than with words alone. However, marketing in these realms has become competitive and tricky. Graphic design work for pictures and professional videographers can also be out of the budget for the smaller independent fitness businesses that are just opening their doors. Thus, many business owners in the fitness industry have taken advantage of social media outlets to market, because they are practically free (other than "boosting" your posts on Facebook) and can reach a countless range of people. Although the amount and variety [...]

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Top Ten Ways to Save Money When Opening a Gym

Guest Post By Cory Damm Opening a gym in today's market may feel like a daunting task. You've got the competition of national fitness club powerhouses, and the cost associated with finding a space, equipment, staff, and insurance. Hundreds of veteran gym owners wish they knew then what they know now. You don't have to find out the hard way. Here are 10 easy ways to save you money, and your sanity, when opening your first gym. 1) Know your options when leasing equipment Leasing fitness equipment allows gym owners pay over extended periods of time instead of all at [...]

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Pros & Cons of Owning a Franchise Fitness Center

Different states have different legal definitions of what a franchise is. However, under Federal Law, three elements must be present in order for a franchise to be recognized. The three elements are the following: 1) Franchisee has the right to use the franchisor's trademark; 2) The franchisor has significant control or assistance with the franchisee's operation; 3) The franchisee has to pay the franchisor for the right to be a franchisee. [i] Hence, under Federal Law, a franchise fitness center is basically a business situation or arrangement through which an individual is allowed to operate a fitness center under the [...]

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