[ September 5, 2017 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

Avoid These Personal Training Referral Program Mistakes

Nearly every business owner lists word of mouth and/or referrals at the top of their list for lead generation activities.

Would you do the same?

Then key to figuring out how successful this business is the answer to “How do you get referrals?”

The common answers include point of sale referral programs and sometimes referral rewards.  However, the business owner is usually taking a very passive approach to promoting the programs and getting referrals.

A Simple Personal Training Referral Program

If you want to maximize referrals in your business you need to implement a plan to market the program to your members and keep it in front of them at all times.

Your first step is creating the referral reward you will give out.  Discounts are rarely effective.  Instead, aim to hand out $25-50 in cash or gift cards to the client that produced the referral.  The impact lies in the act of recognition not the dollar amount of the reward.

After you’ve got your rewards program in place you must avoid theses common mistakes…

Referral Program Mistake #1

Personal Trainer Referral ProgramThe biggest mistake that personal trainers make with their referral program is a lack of marketing.  They might mention it to their clients when they sign up or here and there, but an active marketing plan is not implemented.

Here’s how you should do it:

  • Mention the rewards system and ask for referrals at the point of sale
  • Integrate referral requests and reminders of the program in your new client follow up or onboarding
  • Prepare a checklist for where you’ll announce and share images or mentions of referral rewards you are handing out

This allows you to reinforce the referral program early in the client/trainer relationship and also keep it in front of them throughout the year.

Referral Program Mistake #2

Do you clients know how to identify someone that would be a good fit?

Most trainers simply ask for a referral and don’t guide the client or give them any idea of who they should refer.  It’s best to be very specific in who you are asking a client to send your way.

“Hey Jane, I’m looking to help more women that want to lose 15lbs and just can’t seem to get it off or keep it off.  Do you know anyone like that?”

The above example is a great way to let your client know exactly who you are wanting them to refer into your program. It helps them eliminate a majority of the people they know and allows them to focus in on one type of person.

Referral Program Mistake #3

The final piece of a referral program and mistake to avoid is being crystal clear in how your clients can refer clients to you.  Most of your clients have no idea how to tell someone to connect with you or how to explain what you do for them.

Make referring business to you easy by providing your clients a simple way to refer their friends or family.  It may be $100 VIP Gift Cards, marketing material on your Front End Offer or something as simple as a referral sheet.

You don’t have to get overly creative here but you want to make it easy for clients to refer and keep the process simple.

Give Your Referral Program A Lift

Make sure you avoid these key personal training referral prorgram mistakes if you want to maximize the high quality leads it could produce for your business.  By implementing just a few simple steps in your program and making sure you give it the attention it deserves you’ll be able to see an increase in new clients quickly.

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