Doctors and Nutritional Supplements…

  It’s almost funny,  ​ … when you think about the reality of this very common occurrence. ​ How many times have you heard one of your clients say something like this: ​ “My doctor says I don’t need vitamins. He says I can get everything I need from foods alone.” ​ Really? ​ Well, I have nothing…

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How to Convert $11.99 into $23,000 – Old School Style

  At first, it was hard to believe. But then, again, there are some really smart fit pros and health coaches in our industry.   And they use their creativity to help leverage their branded fitness products into some very effective branded fitness marketing.   It also explains why Erica will become a gazillionaire if she…

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How to Build Coaching Partnerships

  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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Stupid Idea that Works!

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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How to Get Your Clients to Take You Home!

  If you’ve ever spoken to me on the phone, you know that I often talk about SMIT.     The Single Most Important Thing.     It can be big or small.  It can be a long-term or instant.  In all things, SMIT is about FOCUS.  CLARITY.   Sometimes the SMIT can take a…

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What 1978 and Fitness Have in Common

    I moved to Orange County, California in 1978.   My very first job in my new state was working for Jack LaLanne’s European Health Spa as a young 24-year old aspiring fitness manager.   “I loved the job.  I loved helping people learn how to get healthy.”     But another big part…

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Fitness Ferrari

If I were your fitness business marketing consultant, here’s the next thing we would do… together.  We would hop in my car and go visit a few car dealerships!   Let’s Go!   There are several similarities among fitness clubs / studios and auto dealerships.  At the local level, they are similar in that both…

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Take No Prisoners…

  A business consultant once told me this:  “Business takes no prisoners!”   I have never forgotten it.  If your business is losing money, you will eventually “go out.”  It’s that simple.   Business is a black and white proposition.   No gray area.  Either you’re making money or you’re not.    END OF STORY! …

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How to Become the Lead Dog

    You get the idea. In the business world there are “followers” and there are “leaders.”   The followers simply punch the clock, do as little as possible and attempt to stay invisible.   Meanwhile, leaders seek new challenges, provide solutions and always put in the extra effort. It’s a mindset.   This really…

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Raise Your Rates with Love

  I just counted 3 different fitness marketing forums discussing the same topic: How to Raise Your Rates.   Listen… this is nothing new. The issue of rates and price-point strategies has been a “front-burner” topic for more than 50 years! It’s discussed among fitness business owners at every trade show, conference and workshop.  …

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