Posts Tagged ‘how to market my fitness center’

Security system battery backups and Should you have your security system for your Fitness Center, Health Club, or Gym monitored by a company.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Security system battery backups and Should you have your security system for your Fitness Center, Health Club, or Gym monitored by a company.

In my case i don’t.

I have a DVR (digital video recorder) that has a battery backup on it. You can get battery backups from 5 minutes for cheap ,or a few days that are expensive. But always have a battery backup no matter what. The bigger you can afford the better.

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You don’t want the power going out for a few days because of a hurricane and people being able to come in and rob your gym or someone get hurt and you not have any proof they didn’t. 

I have battery backups on everything from my door access system to my computers, a backup not only helps when there’s a power outage, but also protects in the case of power brown outs, which are not the same as a blackout, a brown out simply allows the power to go off for a second and the surge of power coming back on messes a lot of electronics up.

I monitor my own camera system and door access because i don’t have to pay that fee and if something does go missing or someone takes something, all i have to do is look back to see. my DVR records up to 40 days before it starts recording over the first day again.

So, to recap:

  • Have a battery backup on your system
  • Have a big enough dvr to record a long time so you wont have anyworries about looking up something that happened 3 weeks back.

P.S. when selecting a company to install your system, make sure they understand what you need and want your system to do. Write out everything you want it to do and when you both agree on a particular system, Make them sign it. They will say they don’t remember you saying that or they misunderstood you, and that mistake cost me over $4000.

No one is too smart to learn from others experiences.

To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

Shannon Cook is avaliable for hire to market fitness centers or to turn your club into a 24 hour automated club by contacting fitnessmarketing@comcast.net

Should you allow the BIG MARKETING COMPANIES to come into your gym, fitness center, or health club to do your marketing or use someone smaller who has been in the trenches?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Should you allow some BIG marketing company to come in and take over your gym and tell you what to charge, who to market to, and when to market, and then leave you with the cheap members that will never respect you when your prices go back to normal rates?

Well, you can guess what my answer is can’t you?

To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

Here’s why i don’t like some of the companies

  • They come in and lower your rates to 19.95 or less per month
  • They intimidate your staff and members into doing things they will regret like, pressuring existing signing up for too long of a contract and causing them to not resign again, and making your employees feel like they have to pressure new members to sign up for longer than they want to thereby causing most of them to default on their contracts by closing their checking accounts or canceling their credit cards.
  • They also take all the income from all the first members that sign up until their initial investment is covered.
  • They then take 1/2 of the rest of the contracts they sing up or you  sign up anytime you run one of their campaigns.
  • Then lastly, they leave you with the cheap members that they attracted by their campaigns. This is the worst of all the above. I tried to be the low price leader for the first two years i was in business, and had tragic results. I got all the cheap people that were so cheap they would “look over their glasses to keep from wearing them out”. I had them fuss about everything from wanting a special piece of equipment to the color of the walls to wanting childcare when we told them we didn’t have it in the first place.

 To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

When you go to the websites of these big companies, and please do, you will see all the testimonials from “BIG GYM OWNERS” saying they made them $250,000 in 3 months. Well what they don’t tell you is that’s the total contract amount from signing up members for 2 years and that’s including the amount they paid the company, then they get their take. In the end they might end up with $100,000 and that’s before taxes and then its spread out over 2 years in most cases.

I have increased my membership by 200% in 8 months and while raising my prices by 30% and lowering my labor by 300%.

I love marketing because I took the time to invent my own specialized marketing campaign for gyms of all types and it worked. From fitness centers, gymnastics clubs, karate studios, etc…   any kind of gym type membership club can use my system. 

 

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