It’s a really weird feeling…   It’s that same feeling when I really want to slam down that piece of triple chocolate-chip cheesecake…   BUT,  I also know that it will just totally “whack” my nutrition plan — and probably throw me into a sugar-coma!   You know the feeling..?     You really want it…

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  O.K., O.K…..  Maybe not the “All-Time World’s Smartest Trainer” by your own definition.   But, certainly one of the smartest, most cleaver and profitable marketing approaches I’ve heard about in a long time.     In just one month, it resulted in 27 new clients!   Yes, that’s right. 27 new clients!   One…

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When it comes to fitness marketing, the four-letter word that makes me crazy is the word: FREE!   You probably already know how I feel about “lost leader” marketing.    I hate it.   I come from the school of “make every dollar do the work of $10.”  Be smart.  Never “de-value” your products or…

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  I received a ton of email about the Ultimate Lead Generator post.   So, I am going to go step-by-step in order to demonstrate the basic strategy that was implemented and how it was executed.   This is a simplified version, but will provide a better understanding of the “lead generator” approach.    …

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  Ready for a little “tough love..?”   I am reacting to a flurry of negative, whining phone calls I’ve received, lately.   The negative calls, coming from club owners, studio owners and independent trainers —  have all been about: Not making enough money Unfair competition  Feeling powerless to change their plight!     WTF…???   …

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  Recently, I’ve been writing about partnerships.  Namely, the medical community (a gold mine)!   Hooking up with schools is another great partnering opportunity: Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools  College Athletic Departments   That’s right — partnering with coaches.   Over the years, many top trainers have shared their “coaching” experiences with me.  And…

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  If I were your fitness business marketing consultant… the very first thing I would ask you to do is this:   Go rent, download or stream and watch “Moneyball.”        Honestly, the movie serves as a perfect metaphor for what’s going on in the fitness business right now.     And, why…

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I’m pretty clear on most things “Marketing and Sales.” After all I’ve been at this game for more than 40 years  —  and the last 30 years running one of the most successful “micro-branding” businesses in the country.   So, when one of our customers came to me with this idea… I told him it…

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Most clients have big expectations when they plunk down their money for a fitness, weight-management program or comprehensive health coaching program.   Interestingly… they never tell you “what” those expectations are.  Instead, they just keep it all in their heads.   In their minds, there is a certain weight (they have a number!) A specific…

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Here’s a story about creative PRICING and VALUE and PROMOTION. Here it is…   I once listened to a business owner tell his story. He owned gumball stands – the pedestal kind with the glass bubble “head” and the “quarter-slot” payment mechanism.   He wasn’t doing great.   He had gumball machines in offices (lots…

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