When Wellington Health & Fitness Club Commercial Services manager, Ian Davis sat down to devise this promotion, there was a set of objectives he was looking to achieve.
He was looking to devise, first and foremost a club recognition scheme for his members that would give them a series of ongoing training targets to aim for and incentivise and increase visits, to improve the already excellent retention rates at his club.
In addition, he wanted something that could be launched to help new members that were starting out who needed a little bit more support and instruction with a formalised programming system. (A way for new starters to have their training sessions tracked and exercise gains measured in the critical first 42 days of membership).
A by-product of the more controlled visible programming system was that it was hoped to easily identify those who had achieved the most significant improvements with a view to advertising their results online to further establish Wellington Fitness Club’s growing “authority” in the community and provide valuable “social proof” of the club efficacy.
He also wanted to create a reason to connect with his members and find out whether any of them would benefit from this style of reprogramming session. He was also keen to “wake up sleeping members with a positive intervention.”
The promotion would help to re-engage customers who had either recently stopped visiting or had lost the motivation to train.
Finally, he was keen for his fitness staff to utilise a readymade promotion to reconnect with the existing members, establish enhanced levels of expertise (using the programming component of the promotion) and build more relationships with members they hadn’t previously encountered with.
Ian based the promotion methodology on the proven theories, notably the S.M.A.R.T motivation theory. The S.M.A.R.T theory says that members are motivated by a principle, best described by description using the S.M.A.R.T acronym.
S – Members must have a SPECIFIC goal.
M – The goal must be MEASURABLE.
A – The goal must be ACHIEVABLE.
R – The goal must be REALISTIC.
T – The goal must be TIME-BANDED.
The final consideration was the “prize for completion”. In addition to the underpinning S.M.A.R.T theory, well documented research into recognition and customer association schemes were considered and the “Wear the Shirt Campaign” was finalised.
The prize was to be a Club T shirt, this was to be UNIQUE to the programme. The shirt couldn’t be bought if members hadn’t achieved the goal and they looked significantly different to any other “for sale” garment that the club retailed. It was the uniform of the “Wear the Shirt Graduates” and Wellington hoped that the shirts would be worn in the Club as a personal badge of honour as well as, providing free promotional coverage for the Club within the local community.
A Special Programme Card was devised for use by participants of the campaign. It covered 14 exercise sessions with the aim to achieve completion within 42 days of starting the promotion. The club felt that exercising 2- 3 times per week would generate the scale of physiological benefits needed to encourage members. The targeted number of visits in the 6-week time banded programme was therefore 12- 18 sessions. 14 was considered OK and was used as the target number because the level deemed to be a reasonable volume for most members to achieve regardless of individual lifestyle. Members completed the details of their workouts on each visit, logging the intensity and results.
If you want to make your fitness club “remarkable”, book in a short online demo to find out more about how Xperio can change your club for the better.
Book a slot in by 1st July and you’ll qualify for some special bonuses!
Have you had your FREE quote yet for our awesome Progress Packs? If the answer is “no”, then you must!
The Momentum Progress Pack Scheme uses the S.M.A.R.T steps that I’ve just discussed to track and measure the progress of your members, keeping your members motivated and making you stand out from the competition.
So, click on the link below and get your FREE quote now.