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Sponsored: Hussle: A risk free route to new members

More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months. Find out how Hussle can help your business bounce back

Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 4
Hussle says its business model has been developed to protect the interests of gym operators / photo: HUSSLE
Hussle says its business model has been developed to protect the interests of gym operators / photo: HUSSLE

Operators lost 30-40 per cent of members during a year where the pandemic saw our industry forced to close three times. With estimates suggesting UK gyms have lost in the region of £2.3 billion in revenue it stands to reason that this year’s primary focus is going to be rebuilding memberships to recoup lost revenue and drive new income streams.

Naturally this will involve re-engaging old members and anecdotal feedback suggests operators are expecting a post-COVID ‘bounce’ on reopening, caused by significant pent-up demand. But once that wears off and the tougher summer months kick in, a more important consideration will be how to attract the 85 per cent of the population who don’t currently interact with our industry at all. This cohort is exactly the customers that fitness marketplace Hussle can help operators target.

A wider appeal
Hussle appeals to very specific customer wants – choice, freedom and flexibility.

There are customers who need more than one venue to fit their lifestyle – with access to facilities in several locations – so wouldn’t join a single gym. Then there are customers who are keen to try venues before joining directly and who try-before-they-buy via Hussle.

“This is where our Membership Conversion Service (MCS) comes into its own, generating new direct members with no marketing costs,” says Jamie Owens, director of fitness partnerships at Hussle. “We proactively encourage users to join clubs they attend regularly. On average, 26 per cent of Hussle customers go on to become direct members – more than 30,000 users have been turned into exclusive members in the last 18 months alone.

“With MCS we present a unique offer to gyms. We make joining a seamless journey for the customer and, in doing so, convert more high-value direct members.

“What makes Hussle unique in the market is that a member converted is just that, an actual member. Most marketing partners provide operators with revenue, but the customers will never become their own. Hussle isn’t trying to own the customer, just enabling them to make an informed choice – and if one gym offers the right fit, we actively encourage them to join.”

Hussle also attracts hybrid customers. “This is the area we’ve seen grow hugely during the pandemic”, says Owens. “These are the customers who get fit in numerous ways, who spend on other fitness services, but still want occasional gym access.”

Keep them engaged by being flexible
Peloton saw its quarterly workouts more than quadruple during 2020 – from 19m in Q1 to 77m in Q4, while ClubIntel reports that 72 per cent of global operators now offer on-demand and livestream workouts – up from just 25 per cent in 2019. With tech giants like Apple and Google getting involved, this member cohort is only set to grow.

These services could represent a threat to operators’ wallet share, but an October 2020 IHRSA report found 95 per cent of members miss at least one aspect of the gym; evidence that a flexible offering will be the way to ensure these modern members, who don’t want a one-size-fits-all gym, continue to use bricks and mortar facilities at least on some basis.

Increase footfall
By offering two types of pass to access venues, Hussle enables operators to create an even broader appeal. Members who need more than one venue can opt for the Multi-Club Pass – priced at a premium to protect operators’ own direct membership.

Try-before-they-buy members, alongside those wanting occasional gym access, can opt for the Day Pass, based on operators’ own prices.

Either way Hussle gets footfall through the door, risk free. “We appeal to customers by investing in two main marketing channels – direct to the consumer through big-brand partnerships with companies such as American Express and Vodafone, as well as via big-name employers providing fitness-as-a-benefit, such as Travelodge, Facebook, Channel 4, and multiple NHS trusts,” explains Owens. “And finally, our key audience is aged 20-35 – the next generation of gym members, who are typically younger than most operators’ core 40-plus audience, offering yet another opportunity to get new people engaged.”

To find out more about Hussle or to become a partner visit www.hussle.com/list-my-gym. It’s free to list a gym on the platform and we’re always keen to discuss building a recovery partnership with operators.

www.hussle.com

photo: HUSSLE

"Our audience is aged 20-35 – the next generation of gym members – offering yet another opportunity to get new people engaged"

– Jamie Owens, Hussle

“When I was working across the UK, Hussle’s flexibility allowed me to explore some great gyms that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. “When I’m based in one place, I use Hussle to test out the best gym for me in the area and then purchase a direct membership. I always keep an eye on Hussle for new gyms, so that I can try them out when I’m travelling in different areas”

– Jordan, 36-year-old engineer, Cardiff

Rebuilding memberships is a priority as the industry comes out of lockdown / photo: HUSSLE
Rebuilding memberships is a priority as the industry comes out of lockdown / photo: HUSSLE
Hussle invests in marketing to consumers via big-brand partnerships and corporate health / photo: HUSSLE
Hussle invests in marketing to consumers via big-brand partnerships and corporate health / photo: HUSSLE
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/900597_184107.jpg
More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months.
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features

Sponsored: Hussle: A risk free route to new members

More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months. Find out how Hussle can help your business bounce back

Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 4
Hussle says its business model has been developed to protect the interests of gym operators / photo: HUSSLE
Hussle says its business model has been developed to protect the interests of gym operators / photo: HUSSLE

Operators lost 30-40 per cent of members during a year where the pandemic saw our industry forced to close three times. With estimates suggesting UK gyms have lost in the region of £2.3 billion in revenue it stands to reason that this year’s primary focus is going to be rebuilding memberships to recoup lost revenue and drive new income streams.

Naturally this will involve re-engaging old members and anecdotal feedback suggests operators are expecting a post-COVID ‘bounce’ on reopening, caused by significant pent-up demand. But once that wears off and the tougher summer months kick in, a more important consideration will be how to attract the 85 per cent of the population who don’t currently interact with our industry at all. This cohort is exactly the customers that fitness marketplace Hussle can help operators target.

A wider appeal
Hussle appeals to very specific customer wants – choice, freedom and flexibility.

There are customers who need more than one venue to fit their lifestyle – with access to facilities in several locations – so wouldn’t join a single gym. Then there are customers who are keen to try venues before joining directly and who try-before-they-buy via Hussle.

“This is where our Membership Conversion Service (MCS) comes into its own, generating new direct members with no marketing costs,” says Jamie Owens, director of fitness partnerships at Hussle. “We proactively encourage users to join clubs they attend regularly. On average, 26 per cent of Hussle customers go on to become direct members – more than 30,000 users have been turned into exclusive members in the last 18 months alone.

“With MCS we present a unique offer to gyms. We make joining a seamless journey for the customer and, in doing so, convert more high-value direct members.

“What makes Hussle unique in the market is that a member converted is just that, an actual member. Most marketing partners provide operators with revenue, but the customers will never become their own. Hussle isn’t trying to own the customer, just enabling them to make an informed choice – and if one gym offers the right fit, we actively encourage them to join.”

Hussle also attracts hybrid customers. “This is the area we’ve seen grow hugely during the pandemic”, says Owens. “These are the customers who get fit in numerous ways, who spend on other fitness services, but still want occasional gym access.”

Keep them engaged by being flexible
Peloton saw its quarterly workouts more than quadruple during 2020 – from 19m in Q1 to 77m in Q4, while ClubIntel reports that 72 per cent of global operators now offer on-demand and livestream workouts – up from just 25 per cent in 2019. With tech giants like Apple and Google getting involved, this member cohort is only set to grow.

These services could represent a threat to operators’ wallet share, but an October 2020 IHRSA report found 95 per cent of members miss at least one aspect of the gym; evidence that a flexible offering will be the way to ensure these modern members, who don’t want a one-size-fits-all gym, continue to use bricks and mortar facilities at least on some basis.

Increase footfall
By offering two types of pass to access venues, Hussle enables operators to create an even broader appeal. Members who need more than one venue can opt for the Multi-Club Pass – priced at a premium to protect operators’ own direct membership.

Try-before-they-buy members, alongside those wanting occasional gym access, can opt for the Day Pass, based on operators’ own prices.

Either way Hussle gets footfall through the door, risk free. “We appeal to customers by investing in two main marketing channels – direct to the consumer through big-brand partnerships with companies such as American Express and Vodafone, as well as via big-name employers providing fitness-as-a-benefit, such as Travelodge, Facebook, Channel 4, and multiple NHS trusts,” explains Owens. “And finally, our key audience is aged 20-35 – the next generation of gym members, who are typically younger than most operators’ core 40-plus audience, offering yet another opportunity to get new people engaged.”

To find out more about Hussle or to become a partner visit www.hussle.com/list-my-gym. It’s free to list a gym on the platform and we’re always keen to discuss building a recovery partnership with operators.

www.hussle.com

photo: HUSSLE

"Our audience is aged 20-35 – the next generation of gym members – offering yet another opportunity to get new people engaged"

– Jamie Owens, Hussle

“When I was working across the UK, Hussle’s flexibility allowed me to explore some great gyms that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. “When I’m based in one place, I use Hussle to test out the best gym for me in the area and then purchase a direct membership. I always keep an eye on Hussle for new gyms, so that I can try them out when I’m travelling in different areas”

– Jordan, 36-year-old engineer, Cardiff

Rebuilding memberships is a priority as the industry comes out of lockdown / photo: HUSSLE
Rebuilding memberships is a priority as the industry comes out of lockdown / photo: HUSSLE
Hussle invests in marketing to consumers via big-brand partnerships and corporate health / photo: HUSSLE
Hussle invests in marketing to consumers via big-brand partnerships and corporate health / photo: HUSSLE
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/900597_184107.jpg
More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months.
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Company profile: Xn Leisure Systems Ltd
Xn Leisure is a provider of cutting-edge health and fitness software, offering an exceptional service ...
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Online,
Diary dates
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Diary dates
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Diary dates
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