The summer months can be very slow for many businesses, fitness and wellness businesses probably more than others. However, this is the perfect time to spend that extra time and energy you have and focus on what you love to do, which is work with your members and create amazing things for them!
Have you been brainstorming any ideas yet for this summer season? If you haven’t, I would love it if you would at least consider the options we have come up with to help you get those creative juices flowing.
Four Top Tips to Beat the Slow Summer Season for Fitness Business Owners
- Keep Communicating with Your Members
One of the first things you should remember to do is keep communicating with your members! This has been true forever, and you should be doing this all the time, but it is extremely important during these summer months.
Do you remember when your clients were first becoming members? We suggest you had seven touches with them because that’s normally what it takes to convert a cold lead into a member. Some of those seven touches include sending those extra emails after class, sending text messages, saying thank you, and remembering their name when they walked in the doors.
The summer season is the perfect time to get back to those seven touches, so all your members come back to you when they’re back from vacation.
- Plan Events
Planning events in the summer might be tricky because many members and clients are out of town. However, you should be thinking of what types of events you can do now and throughout the summer. Even if it’s close to the end of summer, there’s value in gathering people together either in person or online.
This is the perfect time to encourage people to get outside where they can and get a workout in. That workout can be included in the event you are having at the time, whether it is a mile run, 5K, or a series of workouts that should be completed over a course of a few days.
- Create Partnerships
People are looking to get outside during the summer months, and you may want to take advantage of that as much as you can with partnerships. Since many people are planning on camping and visiting parks, you can see if you can partner with those destinations. You can offer a yoga class or another type of class to those that are visiting your area. This is the perfect time and place to share your business, who you are, and what you do.
It is best to focus on the parks that are close to where your business is located, because no one is going to want to travel too far for your services. You can even be creative if you have a state park nearby and invite your members to take a class with you there.
- Increase Your Online Presence
For years, we have been telling our clients that having an online presence is a really good idea. Well, this is the perfect time to increase that online presence with online classes and trainings. While this can be an additional revenue source right now, it will also be helpful in the future for those members who have moved away and still want to take your classes or those who don’t want to lose their motivation when they are on vacation. They can simply log on and take the class from wherever they are.
This is the time to really start to learn what it takes to be a good online trainer and promote that. As we’ve learned over the last few years, you never know what the future holds and diversifying your revenue streams is incredibly important.
You will want to promote this online presence to everyone in your community too, because there will always be people who can’t go to you. You may be surprised at how many new members you gain just from these online classes and trainings!
I hope this has been helpful and it has generated some ideas for you. I would love to know what you’ve tried already this summer and which one of these ideas you are excited to try! Do you have any other ideas that you would love to try and share? I can’t wait to hear about everything you are doing for your business this summer!