It is just as trivial to consider that this revolution, the second web revolution, has not spared the world of Fitness & Wellness advice, and we should be conscious of web marketing courses that present the following title on their day's schedule: the new way of communicating on social networks.
But what is the new way to communicate?
Those who want to communicate and do it well - must be able to adapt to the sudden changes that the various platforms continue to impose towards transformation. Platforms have become real contacts factories that in addition to the management of relations allow us to create profiled databases that we can use to better target published content.
Let's not deceive ourselves that we are innovators and try to keep updated with the times, but there needs to be a balance of writing about the trends of the moment and focusing on what topics can be dealt with in a dedicated editorial plan for Fitness centers.
Today more than ever, even entrepreneurs in the sector who are more reluctant to change entrust the management of their Facebook pages or their You Tube Channels to agencies. They invest, even a few pounds, in people, who might be social media managers or internal staff, who can take the management of the Club's contents to show online.
So let's talk about channels to follow, but with the right attention in the right amounts using the right strategies.
Let's consider the definition that marketing experts Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein gave to social media in 2009:
Social media is a group of applications based on the Internet and built on the ideological and technological principles of Web 2.0 that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.
Kaplan and Haenlein define the existence of different types of Social Media:
- Blogs and microblogs
- Social networking sites (e. g. Facebook)
- Virtual game worlds (for example Age of Empire)
- Virtual social virtual worlds (e. g. Second Life)
- Collaborative projects (Wikipedia)
- Content communities sharing multimedia material (e. g. Youtube)
It is therefore a social structure, a network that arises from the relationship between people who share an interest or value. It is not tools or applications that characterise social media. Online social networks have been born more recently and are nothing more than the virtual transposition of these social communities. Social networks are therefore not used by people (as often improperly said) but lived, to share objectives and interests. They can therefore be considered as a subset of social media, a part of it.
This list of 4 Social Networks, which we believe are the most functional to the cause of fitness centres, do not however, exclude others. The choice is for the Club and it must be a balanced choice because of the resources required to run them adequately. Undoubtedly all platforms can be activated, but will it be possible to follow them with interest and engagement? With a schedule and a programmed series of effective posts without getting your competitors to overtake you on all platforms?
- generate traffic to your website
- create engagement
- give visibility to your brand
- provide customer service
It must be considered, and this is a fact, that every social network requires original content. You should not make the mistake of confusing the platforms or thinking that you can "post" content and re-purpose it using copy and paste on all the pages of the different social networks.
Let us take a practical example:
A Club decides to publish a video with a technical explanation of a specific workout, the video after editing has a total duration of more than 4 minutes.
At this point, you would be ill-advised to share it as is on all of your social accounts.
You could for example, activate your Youtube channel to share the video in its entirety. You could also share a picture of the video on your Facebook fan page account but this time using engaging copy to convince your fans its worth watching. You can then link to the video on Youtube where the most interested fans will indeed watch it.