According to industry consultant Art Curtis, who spoke recently at the 2016 IHRSA Convention and Trade Show, “the industry has never been more competitive.” In fact, he explained more health clubs are popping up than there are customers who are willing to buy health club memberships. As a result, it’s more important than ever to differentiate your club from the competition. And according to Curtis, first impressions play a huge role in this. “You better bring your A game,” he said. “And unfortunately, many clubs have no idea how their clubs are being perceived.”
As an example, Curtis referenced a number of small things, that when overlooked, can make a big impact on customers — and not in a good way. Bad landscaping, clutter at the front desk and overflowing trash cans are just a few examples of things that can leave customers with a bad taste in their mouths.
So, what can you do to ensure your club is making a positive first impression?
And make sure it touches every aspect of your club, from the front desk to the janitorial staff. Every interaction a customer has with your club should be stellar — whether they’re calling to inquire about a new program, or asking to speak with a manager to file a complaint. Treat your customers like you would want to be treated.
“How many prospects are lost before they even walk through the front door?” asked Curtis.
Find out the answer. Fix it, and you may find more sales and better retention headed your way.