KIDCHECK GIVES OWNERS & PARENTS PEACE OF MIND

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Getting to know your members and tending to their needs is important. Do you know which of your members are parents? Chances are, you have quite a few walking into your facility every day. Or you have prospects lined up who are looking for a gym or fitness club that has a kids’ area and a way to safely and quickly check them in, so parents can go about their workouts stress-free.

Being a parent is a whole separate job in itself. They’re always on the go, constantly running around, picking up toys and cleaning up some kind of mess. For many parents, the last thing they want to do is neglect their workouts because they don’t have time to take their children to daycare or because daycare is too expensive.

This applies especially to mothers who are trying to get back in shape post-pregnancy. To ensure you’re keeping these members satisfied and attracting all types of prospects, it’s best to have great check-in software in your kids’ area. That’s where KidCheck, a secure and mobile-friendly children’s check-in system comes in to make your facility more efficient and make your members’ lives a little easier.

REDUCES LIABILITY 

The biggest peace of mind for a parent is the safety of their children. KidCheck increases child security by ensuring only authorized care takers can check kids out. Once a child is checked in, KidCheck software displays any allergy or medical information that your staff needs to know regarding your member’s child. In the event of an emergency, the software also gives employees the ability to quickly know where parents are located.

EFFICIENT AND SECURE

Since parents are busy and on-the-go, it’s important to have a system that is fast and easy to use, whether a parent is checking in at the kids’ club in your facility or using a mobile app. With KidCheck Express Check-In, right on their own phone, parents can start check in at home while finishing a cup of coffee and getting ready to run out the door, or in the parking lot right outside the gym, wherever it’s most convenient for them.

That means that as a fitness club or gym owner, you won’t have long lines or stressed parents because members can easily and conveniently check their kids in which ultimately results in more efficiency for your facility. Parents also receive automatic, one-way text messages to confirm that they have checked their child in and reminder texts for when it’s time to pick their child up–this way they can enjoy their workouts but also be in the loop at the same time, keeping everyone on the same page.

REDUCES COST

Understanding your club and your members is crucial, and it’s essential to track when parents and children come into your facility, both for the sake of members and reducing costs. Just like how our reports offer your club real data, KidCheck manages trends so you can understand information like how many parents are coming to work out and at what times.

By understanding your peak and slow times, you can decide how many employees you need working your kids’ club, so you don’t spend money over-staffing. There are also benefits with reduced liability as a secure children’s check-in system improves child safety. You can also market things like mommy-and-me classes on certain days and at specific times, depending on what your data shows. Not only will these types of activities attract current and possible new members, but you’ll make more money in the long-run just for knowing when people are coming to work out.

For more information about KidCheck, visit kidcheck.com/fitness

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP YOUR GYM

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It’s no surprise that social media has completely dictated how we interact with each other and how we operate on a daily basis, so much so that if you aren’t on Facebook, then you must live under a rock in an isolated forest with absolutely no cellphone reception. Whether you’re an active user who Instagram’s your breakfast every morning or you’re that person who posts an occasional blurry photo on Facebook after a fun night out, there are mixed opinions about its benefits and setbacks. On the downside, many would argue that it takes us away from the authentic human element of face-to-face interaction, therefore it’s detrimental to society.

The counterargument would say that we can make a greater impact because of its large reach and instant capabilities, and when used correctly, companies can shed positive light on their brands and consumers. Despite its occasional bad rep and people’s mixed opinions about it, you need social media–whether you like it or not. Because let’s face it, you probably checked Facebook not too long ago and are reading this on your phone as we speak, and your members are doing pretty much the same thing. Here are some ways both supporters and haters can use it and how it can help your gym.

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INSPIRES, MOTIVATES AND INFORMS YOUR MEMBERS 

For anything fitness-related, not only are these the three things you need to actively be doing on a daily basis as a gym owner, but they are also the three key ingredients to your online success. When it comes to fitness and working out, your members need to constantly feel inspired and motivated. If you put yourself in their shoes, motivation and inspiration come and go all of the time. Lucky for you, social media allows for immediate feedback.

Being informed comes into play because people who are especially new to working out need to know how to do certain exercises correctly, know what foods they should be eating to see results they want and how to operate a lot of the complex equipment that are in most gyms. A lot of the time, being misinformed or clueless often leads to insecurity, which leads to giving up, which impacts you as a gym owner because if your members aren’t informed, then they probably aren’t motivated either because they don’t know what they’re doing, and then it just becomes a snowball effect, resulting in lower retention for you. So, then what are some of the things you can do to ensure you’re inspiring, motivating and informing your members?

POST QUOTES OF THE DAY

A little goes a long way, and although it might sound silly, a short, quick post telling people, “you can do it!” might be just the thing someone needs to get moving, and once again, the beauty of it all is that it reaches your followers instantly. Quotes and inspirational sayings are like the bread and butter for the fitness industry. They’re simple, easy and can make a huge impact. How you go about presenting quotes is up to you and depends on the platform, but it’s usually a safe bet to display them in attractive, eye-catching ways. If you choose to go the visual route rather than just plain text, make sure every image is cohesive in some way and jives with your specific brand. Feel free to use any of ASF’s content for ideas or your own posts: FacebookTwitterInstagram

POST MEMES OF THE DAY

Before we go into why you should post this, let’s first define what a meme is. For those who don’t already know, it’s an element of culture that is passed from one user to the next, usually imitating a common thing or idea. It’s typically in the form of a humorous image or a short video that spreads quickly throughout the internet.

So why would you want to, let alone need to post content like this on your gym’s social media? Since motivation comes and goes all of the time, posting something funny and relatable might also be just the thing someone needs to get moving. When it comes to fitness, especially people who are going through weight-loss journeys and need the extra push, we as humans like being in harmony with others, knowing there’s more people out there experiencing similar struggles.

Whether its self-esteem issues, or simply being too tired to work out, we find comfort knowing that we’re not alone and that something is also difficult for someone else. Humor is typically an effective outlet for connecting and relating to others on very personal levels, and when you take a common fitness struggle that many people experience like trying to keep up with a healthy diet, suddenly weight-loss and exercise become more realistic, and fitness goals become more attainable since everyone is fighting a similar battle. Make your life easier by getting ideas, reposting and sharing ASF’s content: FacebookTwitterInstagram

SHARE PROGRESS AND TRANSFORMATION PHOTOS

Transformation and progress photos are like gold medals for your members. They celebrate your members’ accomplishments, therefore, helping boost your club’s brand and retention. As humans, not only do we thrive on positive feedback, but the success of others inspires and motivates us. By seeing proof that goals are being achieved by real people, fitness journeys seem more realistic. Plus, your members get to be in the spotlight, which boosts their confidence and pushes them to keep going.

POST COMPANY UPDATES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

Regardless if your health club operates on a 24-hour basis, social media is your saving grace for keeping members up to speed on what’s happening with your gym. Your members need to know about weather updates that affect your hours of operation, specific holiday hours or if you have special offers going on with point of sale items, and social media is a wonderful tool that allows you to instantly inform them about these things.

BUILDS YOUR GYM’S CREDIBILITY 

Social media is so engraved into today’s society that it has become a way of life. That’s why majority of companies out there have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Whether or not they are active on the platforms every day is another question, but regardless, having some social presence helps users trust your brand and makes your business legitimate overall. We strongly recommend that you pay close attention to common fitness hashtags and the hashtags your members use in their social media posts.

A hashtag is a tool that can be used organically to target prospects. It ultimately helps your online traffic and builds your social following, which ups your credibility. People trust what other people like, so typically, the more followers and engagement your platforms receive, the more credible your company is to outsiders. Be mindful, however of posting too much. This can often make companies look spammy and steer people away, hurting your credibility. Try posting once every day or every other day on each platform. This way, you’re staying consistent, but you’re not flooding people’s feeds.

CREATES A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

We are all about community and that is why this is our favorite benefit of social media. Although the opposing side argues that we are so glued to our screens that it takes us away from authentic face-to-face interaction, we would say that it actually brings people together. As a gym owner, you can share not only progress/transformation photos as we mentioned before, but you can also share different images of your gym and your members using certain equipment and doing certain activities in it–especially pictures of fun group classes that embody community. This not only visually markets your gym to possible new members, but it makes your club feel inclusive overall.

Social media also helps you better understand your members. Majority of them are all on social media, hashtagging their gym selfies and Instagramming their healthy food. As a fitness club owner, we encourage you to engage with those members by liking, commenting on and reposting their content. It allows them to interact with your brand and makes them feel important, which is a win-win for everyone.

Above all, social media helps you understand your members more which is vital to healthy retention. If you’re following them and engaging with them on social media, you’re learning about who they are and what interests them, even outside of the gym. This will help you recognize details like if they’re on a weight-loss journey or training for a half marathon, so that you can more effectively market to them and offer more fitness-related things that match their interests and needs.

IN A NUTSHELL

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to generate content for social media. If you’re stuck and are not sure how to get photos and content, use something as simple as your smart phone to capture images of your members and your fitness club.

We also encourage you to share and repost our content to help you engage your members. Access ASF’s social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram