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Blog 116: Health Club Marketing Deceptive Advertising

Deceptive advertising in my book is criminal. There is never a scenario where deceptive advertising is acceptable or even necessary. Deceptive advertising is for example seeing someone advertise a smartphone for $99 and when you get to the store, the staff tells you the smartphone they just advertised is out of stock and they try to upscale you to another smartphone that is far more expensive than the one you saw in the advertisement.

Using the scenario above, the smartphone, if it truly was out of stock is not deceptive advertising but if the advertiser just advertised that special price knowing they only had one or two available and there would be hundreds of people coming to take advantage of this offer and respond to their advertisement, that would absolutely be a deceptive advertisement. That is called “the bait and switch” which is absolutely unethical and illegal. When marketing your health club, always keep in mind that there are many positive attributes to your health club that you can highlight and it is absolutely unnecessary to be deceptive.

Think about your strong points; think about what it is the prospective member wants, think about how you can satisfy the prospective member’s emotional needs, etc. I said it a million times; prospective members buy for emotional reasons and justify their purchases with logical reasons.

Marketing your health club is taking the very best of what you have to offer and shining a spotlight on it and making sure that the health and fitness community is aware of what you have to offer. Marketing your health club needs a little bit of creativity and lots of research but never be deceptive.

Research is the key thing when it comes to health club marketing because if you know your prospective member’s wants and needs, you will be able to design your health club marketing campaigns around the positive aspects of your health club product and health club services to where the prospective member will want to come in to train and see what the health club has to offer. In no way is deceptive advertising ever acceptable or necessary.

Never deceive the prospects/ members in your community and you will grow your health club and your health and fitness career.

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