Get in Sync with Your Gym Sales Team
Building Morale, Spotting Slumps & Making Money
Closing a sale is not the easiest part of business for any company but is a vital function and the lifeblood of your club’s success. In the fitness industry, we tend to focus most of our energy on attracting, maintaining, and motivating members. To do this well, we also need an equal amount of energy to build, support, and encourage the sales team members who keep the gyms full.
So how do Gym sales managers and owners motivate a team? What are some simple practices?
Motivating a gym sales team means managers and owners need to look at the team as a whole and as individuals. Individual motivation is essential to team morale. The best sales managers follow some of these simple practices to energize teams and individuals alike.
- Goal setting – Set goals that are reachable yet competitive. Sales teams are driven by the desire to be good and get results. Whether daily, weekly, or monthly, set team goals and individual goals.
- Recognize success – Reward good practice and achievements. Everyone likes to feel wanted and appreciated, especially when those goals are achieved. Rewards don’t have to be huge, but they should be something the sales team desires and will drive towards.
- Learn – Get to know your team and listen. The sales team looks up to the sales managers and owners for inspiration and support. They also look to them to understand their needs and emotions. Learn about the individuals who make up the team by talking about their life outside of work and what they enjoy (this also helps build individual reward schemes).
- Develop Team Members – Include team members in the conversation. Share information with them – larger business goals, competitor industry news, learning opportunities, etc. Knowledge is power, and it shows you’re vested in their growth and success.
- Be open to ideas – Be open to ideas from the sales team; some may just be creative enough to drive the business further. Managers and owners may have been in the same role for some time and be stuck in their ways. The art of sales is a moving phenomenon, and people must change to adapt to new technologies, tactics, and modern skills.
- Tool up – Provide the sales teams with the tools needed to do their jobs with ease. No one likes working with outdated technology and systems. Modern, intelligent systems like GymSales powered by ABC deliver a connected sales tool that enables teams and individuals to connect with customers to offer the opportunity to upsell. Its proven formula gives the team the chance to capture, nurture and convert leads in an easy-to-use, modern format. It automates many mundane aspects of prospecting and timely communication allowing teams to focus on more exciting parts of the job. An investment in modern technology demonstrates to the team that you are serious about giving them the tools to reach goals.
- Have fun – A miserable, dull work environment is conducive to a sales slump. Let the team talk together in quiet times, celebrate birthdays, achievements, and enjoy team successes.
Spotting the Sales Slump
Sales have highs and lows, and at some point, every salesperson hits a wall. For a sales manager, the ability to spot signs of demotivation, react and re-route before numbers and moral begin to slump is critical. So how do you know if your gym sales team is at risk? Here are some of the signs:
Increased holiday requests and sick days – One of the easiest ways to spot an unmotivated individual is their absence trends. Are they taking more days off sick or booking holidays, just so they don’t have to meet targets, make calls, and justify their days?
Drop in Performance – Is there an unusual low in the performance of the team or individual? Has the sale cycle increased? Can outside factors explain it? Remember, members, are in a constant state of flux.
We hope these simple practices increase the chances of having a stable, motivated team that feels valued in their role and in turn, a strong and thriving business.