Are you looking for fitness marketing strategies that’ll boost your revenue? Most fitness businesses know the benefits of advertising and promotions… But surprisingly few have a solid plan behind what they’re posting.
Having a marketing strategy gives you a huge competitive advantage. While other businesses are being reactive about their promotional activities, everything you do will be contributing to your business goals. And developing effective fitness marketing strategies doesn’t need to be time-consuming or complicated.
In this article – we explain how to create effective marketing strategies for gyms or PT studios and align them with your business goals. Plus, we share lots of wellness marketing strategies, tactics, and ideas that you can replicate.
Marketing Objectives, Strategies & Tactics
Let’s start with an overview of the 3 fundamental parts of any fitness marketing plan…
- Objectives ⇒ WHY are you marketing?
- Strategies ⇒ WHAT are you going to do?
- Tactics ⇒ HOW will you execute it?
Now let’s dig into each of these areas in a bit more detail…
#1 – Objectives ⇒ Why?
Identifying your objective or ‘why’ is a crucial first step. In order for social media to make a significant impact on your business, everything you share needs to be aligned with your end goal. But if you don’t have a defined objective, then how can you work towards it? Unless you know your destination, it’s very difficult to get there.
When it comes to fitness business objectives, there are a few themes that we hear consistently…
- I want to build credibility in my niche area
- We want to launch a new program or online course
- I want to attract more clients or members
- We want to keep existing clients loyal
Do any of these apply to you? Once you know your theme, you need to get specific and make it measurable. How many clients do you want? What % loyalty are you aiming for? By what deadline? Here are some examples of specific and measurable objectives…
- Build credibility ⇒ Get featured in 5 industry publications or websites by 31st December.
- Launch program ⇒ Launch course and gain 20 students in the first month.
- Attract clients ⇒ Attract 10 new clients within the next 2 months.
- Maintain loyalty ⇒ Increase retention to 70% by 31st July.
#2 – Strategies ⇒ What?
Now you know your end goal, you can define WHAT you’ll do to achieve it. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so you’ll need to tailor your approach based on your own specific objectives.
- If you’re trying to build credibility then an educational approach is probably best.
- If engagement is your goal, then an entertaining and interactive approach might be ideal.
- But if you’re trying to attract new clients, then a mixture of educational and inspiring content would be better.
Here are a few examples of fitness marketing strategies that you can adapt to your own business…
Building credibility is about establishing trust and positioning yourself as an authority. You can do this by…
- Hosting polls and surveys, then publishing results
- Summarising or evaluating scientific journal articles (like Precision Nutrition)
- Educating through tips, tricks, and time-saving hacks
- Educating by clarifying facts v.v fiction
- Promoting your credentials, qualifications, or experience
- Providing social proof and case studies
Launch new programs or online courses
Launching a new product involves building buzz and excitement, communicating the benefits, and getting people to purchase. Ways to do this include…
- Sharing teasers, snippets, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks
- Getting member input on the format or naming of new classes
- Counting down the days or hours until launch
- Telling stories about why you developed your solution
- Describing what people actually get for signing up (features and benefits)
- Addressing objections
- Sharing quotes or testimonials from beta testers or founding students
Attract more clients
If you’re already selling a product or service, then it never hurts to have more customers. Here are some marketing strategies for gyms and personal trainers that’ll help…
- Encouraging referrals
- Running competitions
- Building relationships
- Answering FAQs
- Networking with other social media accounts who share the same target audience
- Motivating and inspiring followers to take action
- Advertising via sponsored posts
Existing clients need a reason to stay loyal. So, motivate them to keep working towards their goals, and surprise them with extra bonuses. Effective loyalty marketing strategies for fitness centers and health clubs include…
- Providing exclusive bonuses like recipes, meal plans, shopping lists
- Sharing motivational quotes and photos
- Previewing future releases like workout videos or new classes
- Running community challenges
- Publishing inspirational success stories from other clients
- Addressing their problems or issues
- Offering exclusive access to you or your team (e.g. live video Q&A)
It’s much cheaper and easier to generate repeat business, then spend time and money attracting new customers. Not to mention the fact that they’ve already invested in your business, so deserve to be looked after!
Once you have an idea of your fitness marketing strategies (aka WHAT you’ll do to achieve your goals), you can move on to brainstorming exactly HOW you’ll do it…
#3 – Tactics ⇒ How
When most people think about fitness marketing strategies, they usually jump straight to this stage. We all want ideas that we can implement quickly to get results straight away. But it’s crucial that we go through the first two steps first, to ensure that the ideas we come up with are aligned with our bigger business goals. Otherwise, we’ll waste time and money on marketing activities that don’t actually move us in the right direction.
So, now you know exactly what you’re trying to do, you can brainstorm ideas for HOW to actually do it. This is where you get really specific about exactly the kind of activity you’re going to do, the format you’ll use, and platform you’ll promote through. There are so many things we could do, but don’t be tempted to go off topic. If your ideas don’t align with your objective and strategies, then park them for another time.
We find it useful to put our ideas into the following structure…
Purpose + Format + Platform
Here are some practical examples of fitness marketing tactics…
- Address common fitness objections with a ‘time-saving tricks’ article on the Facebook
- Run referral competition where people enter by tagging friends on Instagram
- Provide motivational case studies in infographic format on the blog and Pinterest
- Share testimonials in video format via Youtube
- Provide exclusive recipe bonus in ebook format via the blog and Facebook
- Share inspirational photos of previous clients using before and after collages on Instagram
By following this structure, you’ll include all the fundamental elements of a strong marketing tactic. We’ve included more formats and platform ideas on the right to help you with your brainstorming…
Fitness Marketing Strategies – Summary
These fitness marketing strategies will help you achieve your business goals faster. By aligning your objectives (why), strategies (what), and tactics (how), your marketing activities will become MUCH more effective.
If you’re looking for more inspiration then check out our article on fitness marketing ideas, which includes a free ebook download.