With the internet being awash with online fitness coach in the UK searching for clients . Each battling for your business. Incredibly good looking young fitness professionals appearing from nowhere, providing home workouts for free on YouTube every day. Every fitness Instagrammer these days is trying to compete with you on pricing for their new ‘shredding programme’. Be a step ahead and do your market research.
How would you feel if I told you that it’s all noise? Once you discover these simple tips, you will be able to double your leads of online personal training and compete in a crowded market.
Get To Know Your Market
There are several tools at your disposal for conducting market research into your ideal client. The aim here is to have an understanding of their needs and wants.
When you search on Google, it gives you an aggregate search of the related searches. This is useful because it gives you the exact trending questions people ask when they’re searching for a solution. Being able to identify the exact words and phrases that your clients use will provide you with insight into their thought processes, their language and the things they consider to be their real problems.
I typed “best fitness” into Google and found that trackers, watches and apps are a big deal right now. People want to know which is best. I could create a tonne of content around this for my audience like reviews and case studies.
Answer the Public
Answer the Public is a search tool that allows you to enter one phrase, and it generates a spider diagram of related issues in the language that any potential client may be using. Aside from a powerful research tool, it can be a fantastic well of content ideas.
Forums, hashtags and Facebook search features are all places that your prospects are looking for help with their diet and fitness goals. Using these features yourself will allow you to see what your ideal clients discuss or what help they need with their fitness; giving you scope to position yourself as the authority in helping them solve their problems. Provided you do this ethically, and genuinely offering help rather than spamming random social media users, this can be a brilliant way to build relationships.
Building an Audience
I know, I know. Building an audience takes time and you need clients right now! at the time of writing this we had more then 5,000 Institute of Personal Trainers members and I get a good look at how a lot of these trainers are doing.
I can say with absolute certainty that during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, when everyone was quarantined and the whole fitness industry moved online, those with an existing audience fared much better than those that didn’t.
An audience can be made up of
- Personal Facebook page friends
- Facebook group members
- Facebook page fans
- Email subscribers
- Instagram followers
- Twitter followers
- Pretty much any person on any platform connected to you in some way
Want to get started. Here what you do:
- Connect with more people on Facebook
- Create a group, ask them if they want to join
- Create a Facebook page and post regularly
- Create a lead magnet to get more subscribers
- Email them weekly
- Connect with accounts on Instagram and show real interest
- Same for Twitter
- Create blog content regularly
- Post that content on all of your platforms
That’s a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it. And the best time to start this is yesterday.
Write Great Blogs
The copy are written words that support the online personal training service that you’re selling. It might be in an email, a blog or even a caption on social media. Generally speaking, all your copy should follow the following format:
- A Bold Headline which is informative, engaging and relevant.
- A sub-heading, segue or ideally some emotional story into the main body of the post – people love stories.
- A great offer – which we’ll go into in more detail in the next section, but where you focus on the benefits of your offer over the features. Here you might choose to use bullet points to make the benefits as clear as possible.
- And finally, a single call to action – just one thing you want your client to do. Drop a comment, like this post, click this link, etc. Don’t confuse them by putting in multiple calls to action.
Writing is so important that we literally have a whole course dedicated to it called Become a Better Writer. You can see the content here:
Have A Genuinely Great Offer
Great services can sell even when the copy is weak, but excellent copy can’t save a terrible offer.
Having a couple of service tiers at variable price points is a smart option if you’re looking to double sales. Potential customers might not be prepared to enter into your full coaching package of £300 a month – but they might be open to a mid-tier package of your online coaching at £150 a month. Or even a low barrier offer of a training programme with monthly check-in £60.
Another example is what Mitch Kahn has created for his online 1:1 coaching packages; separate tiers based on the level of accountability and programming the clients need.
Promoting a low-barrier offer, like a limited time trial or similar would allow potential clients to get some experience of working with you – which gives you scope to help them at the level that they are willing to invest currently.
It allows you to email them regularly to over deliver value in the future, and when they are ready to spend more money on their health, you’ll be the personal trainer they will contact for support.
How To Search for clients online
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