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Customer Feedback: the Good, the Bad and the ‘Could be Improved’ Why health clubs need to take action in 2020 to retain their New Year customers

Gyms need to look at ways to deploy technology that helps them engage with customers on a human level. This can be done by encouraging customers to leave as much real-time feedback as possible
– Hugo O’Neill, consultant at Critizr

Hugo O’Neill has 10 years of experience working in the UK health and fitness industry, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the challenges the industry faces. Working on the gym floor as a personal trainer allowed him to gain a real insight into the everyday experience gym members undergo: the good, the bad and the ‘could be improved’. He combines this knowledge with his experience at Critizr: Europe’s leading Customer Feedback platform.

Founded in 2012, the Critizr platform is used in 25 countries by more than 80 of Europe’s biggest companies, transforming the way they listen to and understand their customers to build a better customer experience. With more emphasis on customer experience, 'CX', than ever before, companies are beginning to see the true value of exceptional customer feedback.

Invitation
A great customer experience has never been more important for the health and fitness industry than it is in 2020. If you want to unlock the secrets of improving your company’s CX and how technology can help, please join us for Critizr’s 2020 health and fitness industry webinar on 4 February at 11am
To register go to business.critizr.com

Here Hugo urges health clubs not to miss out on the business benefits of improved customer feedback - with his tips on how to use smart, disruptive technology in 2020 to win at customer listening, engagement and retention.

Anyone who has ever worked in a gym understands that January is going to be busy. Traditional festive overindulgence leads to New Year health and fitness resolutions, which in turn drives new members to sign up in hordes. Cut to the end of February however and the crowds start to thin. Newly signed members slowly reduce their attendance frequency and in the end, cancel their membership as their high hopes of toned abs and reduced love handles fade. But that’s okay. They’ll most likely rejoin next January and repeat the cycle, assuming they don’t try out a different gym.

This will sound familiar to everyone working in the health and fitness industry. And yet, there are so many business benefits to keeping those New Year newcomers engaged, interested and active. So how can gyms take a more proactive approach to retain these members and build an emotional connection with them for the long term, in such a short period of time?

Firstly let’s understand: who is the post-Christmas member?

More than likely, an individual who has put on a few pounds over the festive season and has been thinking about joining a gym for a while - but they’ve put it off until the start of January. New year, New me! They will be driven and motivated at the beginning, though with little experience of being in a gym environment, let alone doing exercises, they will most likely stick to a fairly basic routine - treadmill, chest presses, a few bicep curls. They are intimidated and a bit embarrassed in this new environment, and after a few weeks their enthusiasm starts to wane.

The opportunity for gyms at this stage is to take action to stop their new members losing interest and leaving. They need to capture their attention and engage them in a way which will see them not only get better results but also continue their membership. How can this be done?

The importance of customer feedback

For shy, nervous new gym members who are unsure about how to use equipment or perform exercises correctly, having a variety of ways to communicate with their local Gym Managers and staff is extremely beneficial. For those who don’t sign up with a personal trainer, it’s a way to be honest and upfront about their experiences and, if handled correctly, this gives the gym a golden opportunity to address their reservations at point of dissatisfaction, making members feel more comfortable, satisfied and at ease at being at the gym. This leads to greater satisfaction and longer commitment.

Establishing trust and building relationships is key to retaining this new member, so creating a place where they can feedback honesty and comfortably is imperative in maintaining their membership.

The rise of fitness technology

Technology in the fitness industry is predicted to be one of the biggest trends for 2020 - usable technology, online workouts or even Nintendo fitness games. Some of this tech is helping people work out more effectively in their homes, with all the convenience, comfort and lack of judgement this brings. For gyms, this means using smart technology to their advantage to maximise the in-gym experience at every stage, which is vital for the longevity of new members.

Gyms need to look at ways to deploy technology that helps them engage with customers at local level and with a human touch. This can be done firstly by encouraging customers to leave as much real-time feedback as possible; and secondly by staff being proactive and taking action, whether feedback is negative or positive, to create stronger relationships. Feedback from new members in particular is key, since they have a fresh perspective and brand expectations that can provide some powerful insight into the gym’s customer experience.

The importance of empowering local staff

The biggest challenge for gyms is taking action when customer feedback is received. It’s easy to respond to feedback, but there are often several barriers to actually doing something about it, and taking the steps required to build trust and keep their nervous new customers happy, engaged and loyal.

Empowering local staff to deliver great localised customer service brings many business benefits. Responding to feedback and taking action could be the defining factor that sways a member who is ‘on the fence’ towards sticking with their contract, appreciating the active interest in their personal experience. Addressing feedback locally allows for health and fitness facilities to truly understand their membership base and their expectations. It also organically creates a sense of trust and ensures staff are well placed to advise members on their personal programme - maybe to take on a personal trainer, come at a different time to join a class, or to bring a friend or family member as motivation.

Use technology to help

Technology enables organisations to transform their approach to member feedback, and by utilising specific customer feedback systems, health and fitness companies can significantly reduce numbers of lost members. The key is empowering local representatives to action feedback, maximising the detection of dissatisfied members and winning them back in real-time. So, as new members flood through the gym doors this January, it’s time for health and fitness organisations to use customer feedback to win the retention battle, maximise the in-gym experience and put the interests of their members first.

For more information please visit business.critizr.com

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Do you have something to say about the health and fitness industry? Would you like to write an opinion piece for us? Call Jan Williams on +44(0)1462 471909
Hugo O’Neill has 10 years of experience working in the UK health and fitness industry, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the challenges the industry faces. Working on the gym floor as a personal trainer allowed him to gain a real insight into the everyday experience gym members undergo: the good, the bad and the ‘could be improved’. He combines this knowledge with his experience at Critizr: Europe’s leading Customer Feedback platform.
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Gyms need to look at ways to deploy technology that helps them engage with customers on a human level. This can be done by encouraging customers to leave as much real-time feedback as possible
– Hugo O’Neill, consultant at Critizr

Hugo O’Neill has 10 years of experience working in the UK health and fitness industry, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the challenges the industry faces. Working on the gym floor as a personal trainer allowed him to gain a real insight into the everyday experience gym members undergo: the good, the bad and the ‘could be improved’. He combines this knowledge with his experience at Critizr: Europe’s leading Customer Feedback platform.

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To register go to business.critizr.com

Here Hugo urges health clubs not to miss out on the business benefits of improved customer feedback - with his tips on how to use smart, disruptive technology in 2020 to win at customer listening, engagement and retention.

Anyone who has ever worked in a gym understands that January is going to be busy. Traditional festive overindulgence leads to New Year health and fitness resolutions, which in turn drives new members to sign up in hordes. Cut to the end of February however and the crowds start to thin. Newly signed members slowly reduce their attendance frequency and in the end, cancel their membership as their high hopes of toned abs and reduced love handles fade. But that’s okay. They’ll most likely rejoin next January and repeat the cycle, assuming they don’t try out a different gym.

This will sound familiar to everyone working in the health and fitness industry. And yet, there are so many business benefits to keeping those New Year newcomers engaged, interested and active. So how can gyms take a more proactive approach to retain these members and build an emotional connection with them for the long term, in such a short period of time?

Firstly let’s understand: who is the post-Christmas member?

More than likely, an individual who has put on a few pounds over the festive season and has been thinking about joining a gym for a while - but they’ve put it off until the start of January. New year, New me! They will be driven and motivated at the beginning, though with little experience of being in a gym environment, let alone doing exercises, they will most likely stick to a fairly basic routine - treadmill, chest presses, a few bicep curls. They are intimidated and a bit embarrassed in this new environment, and after a few weeks their enthusiasm starts to wane.

The opportunity for gyms at this stage is to take action to stop their new members losing interest and leaving. They need to capture their attention and engage them in a way which will see them not only get better results but also continue their membership. How can this be done?

The importance of customer feedback

For shy, nervous new gym members who are unsure about how to use equipment or perform exercises correctly, having a variety of ways to communicate with their local Gym Managers and staff is extremely beneficial. For those who don’t sign up with a personal trainer, it’s a way to be honest and upfront about their experiences and, if handled correctly, this gives the gym a golden opportunity to address their reservations at point of dissatisfaction, making members feel more comfortable, satisfied and at ease at being at the gym. This leads to greater satisfaction and longer commitment.

Establishing trust and building relationships is key to retaining this new member, so creating a place where they can feedback honesty and comfortably is imperative in maintaining their membership.

The rise of fitness technology

Technology in the fitness industry is predicted to be one of the biggest trends for 2020 - usable technology, online workouts or even Nintendo fitness games. Some of this tech is helping people work out more effectively in their homes, with all the convenience, comfort and lack of judgement this brings. For gyms, this means using smart technology to their advantage to maximise the in-gym experience at every stage, which is vital for the longevity of new members.

Gyms need to look at ways to deploy technology that helps them engage with customers at local level and with a human touch. This can be done firstly by encouraging customers to leave as much real-time feedback as possible; and secondly by staff being proactive and taking action, whether feedback is negative or positive, to create stronger relationships. Feedback from new members in particular is key, since they have a fresh perspective and brand expectations that can provide some powerful insight into the gym’s customer experience.

The importance of empowering local staff

The biggest challenge for gyms is taking action when customer feedback is received. It’s easy to respond to feedback, but there are often several barriers to actually doing something about it, and taking the steps required to build trust and keep their nervous new customers happy, engaged and loyal.

Empowering local staff to deliver great localised customer service brings many business benefits. Responding to feedback and taking action could be the defining factor that sways a member who is ‘on the fence’ towards sticking with their contract, appreciating the active interest in their personal experience. Addressing feedback locally allows for health and fitness facilities to truly understand their membership base and their expectations. It also organically creates a sense of trust and ensures staff are well placed to advise members on their personal programme - maybe to take on a personal trainer, come at a different time to join a class, or to bring a friend or family member as motivation.

Use technology to help

Technology enables organisations to transform their approach to member feedback, and by utilising specific customer feedback systems, health and fitness companies can significantly reduce numbers of lost members. The key is empowering local representatives to action feedback, maximising the detection of dissatisfied members and winning them back in real-time. So, as new members flood through the gym doors this January, it’s time for health and fitness organisations to use customer feedback to win the retention battle, maximise the in-gym experience and put the interests of their members first.

For more information please visit business.critizr.com

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Do you have something to say about the health and fitness industry? Would you like to write an opinion piece for us? Call Jan Williams on +44(0)1462 471909
Hugo O’Neill has 10 years of experience working in the UK health and fitness industry, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the challenges the industry faces. Working on the gym floor as a personal trainer allowed him to gain a real insight into the everyday experience gym members undergo: the good, the bad and the ‘could be improved’. He combines this knowledge with his experience at Critizr: Europe’s leading Customer Feedback platform.
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