"How do I get new members?" This is a question that many gym owners ask themselves. The answer? A gym referral program. Referral programs cost effectively attract new customers, and they’re not hard to set up. Here’s what you should know to build a program that works.
A Gym referral program is a form of word-of-mouth marketing. You reward current members for bringing in new ones. Done right, loyal customers will become brand advocates for your health club.
Customers are more likely to refer if there is a worthwhile promotion to offer their friend. For fitness businesses, we recommend enabling your customers to give their friend a much better offer than a regular prospect would get in an ad or if they walked in the door. This makes the offer valuable to the referring member and their friend.
Some examples that we’ve seen work well include:
You can read our blog post for more information on creating a successful referral offer.
Your members shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to refer their friends. The process should be simple, straightforward and fun. For these reasons, we recommend using a referral marketing software.
Perkville, for instance, makes it easy to refer through social media, email and text. Gym members can track the status of their referrals online at any time. Clubs can host promotions and challenges to further motivate members. And run reports to see how well their referral campaigns are working.
You can learn more about Perkville’s referral features at https://info.perkville.com/reward-features.
Gyms can reward their members in a few different ways. Some gyms use gift cards with a service like PromotionVault. Perkville’s platform rewards with points so that members can choose the reward they want. If you're looking for ideas on what kinds of rewards to offer, here are some suggestions:
Check out info.perkville.com/partners for a list of systems that Perkville integrates with.
Finally, make sure you are actively promoting your referral program. Let your members know about it and include it in your marketing materials. The more people who know about your program, the more successful it will be. The following tactics can help you get started:
We see lots of fitness clubs grow their membership with referral marketing. We highlight one below:
Schedule a demo with one of our teammates here and we can help you set up a referral program that’s easy to implement and cost-effective for your business.