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Here's Why You Need to Use Online Marketing for Your Fitness Startup

Online marketing is essential for any business these days. No matter if you are a personal trainer, own a gym, fitness studio, gym apparel company, or an online coaching service; your business can benefit a lot from a solid online marketing strategy.

Anybody from a stay at home mom to a CEO will Google any product a service before they buy it. So you have the make sure that wherever they search for anything in the niche you’re serving, your fitness brand is up there on the 1st page of Google.


The quick and easy way to do that is through AdWords – Google’s advertising service. Sure, you’ll need a budget for it, but the good part is that you will only pay when someone actually clicks on your ad and they come to your website.

Speaking of websites, you want to make sure your landing page speaks your brand. Make it energetic and motivational. This is fitness we’re talking about, and you want the people to get pumped up just by looking at your business website.


The alternative to AdWords is SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. This is a long-term strategy that will cost you a lot upfront, but it should pay off in the future. It will take for up to 1 year before you start seeing regular leads coming to your website from your SEO efforts. That’s just how Google works now. So don’t expect to get anything back from it right from the start.

You always want to be on the 1st page of Google. Getting listed on the 2nd page or lower will not drive you any business, or if it does, it will be very few leads. So if you’re doing SEO you need to go all out.

It’s important to decipher between two types of SEO, “traditional” and “local”, and it is important to know which one you need based on your type of business.

If you are only looking to expand your in-person personal trainer or a single brick and mortar store/gym, you will want to perform “local SEO” which only targets the search results related to that specific geographical area.

On the other side, if you are looking to expand your online personal training business or online apparel store, you need to focus on traditional SEO which targets more general search results that are nationwide or even worldwide.

Be sure to determine which one you require and focus your research and efforts there as the two types of SEO do have some significant strategic differences.

Email Marketing

Once you start driving traffic to your website you want your prospects to give you their email address and names. You can later use this data to send out marketing campaigns and get more sales.

People hold on really tight to their emails these days so you will need to offer incentives to get any. Free downloads or discount coupons for specific products or services that you sell are great ways to get your people to sign up to your list.

Once you have a solid email list, you can regularly get more sales from email marketing, so this is definitely a strategy that you should start from day one.

Social Media

Social Media is a great way to put your name out there. There are so many platforms you can use – there’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, LinkedIn and more.

Ideally you want to be active on at least 2 of them, but if that’s overwhelming at first, you can just start out with one single platform. Pick any that you like most and get active on that. Build up a following on any platform and then expand to a second one.

Regardless of the platform you are using, you want to make sure your message is consistent with your brand strategy. This is where you interact with your clients, where you engage with them and where they get to know you better.

Types of content

Back in the day, when I got my personal trainer certification, the only form of content people were consuming online were blog posts. To this day, written content still represents a big chunk of what is generating sales for many businesses in different niches. So putting your time and effort into writing compelling articles is not a bad strategy.

Then, the next big thing was podcasts - so audio content. Podcasts still work great and are perfect for people who want to listen to your stuff in their car on their way to school or to work.

Now, there’s a big hype about video content. Thanks to the technology advancement, watching videos online is possible anywhere at any time. On top of that, it is more convenient than reading a blog post for example.

So, what type of content should you go ahead and create? The best thing you can do is pick whichever you feel comfortable creating or the one you’re best at creating. If you’re a great writer, go ahead and do that. If you like filming videos, go for it. Picking something that you enjoy doing will make you stick with it, which is more important that the type of content you’re creating.

Sure, at some point you may want to expand to a different type of content as well. But for starters, pick just the one that you like to most and focus on that one alone.


So that is pretty much it in a nutshell. I know this barley scratches the surfaces of online marketing, but I think it opens up your appetite for learning more about it. Bottom line is if you’re not already doing online marketing for your fitness business, get on it now!

I know it may be overwhelming at first, so start off with just one thing, focus on that one thing until you get better at it, and expand from there.

Author bio

Tyler Read is an NASM certified personal trainer with over 10 years of experience and a M.S. in Kinesiology. In addition to training a wide variety of clients, Tyler is also the founder and senior editor of Personal Training Pioneer; a website designed to help people become industry leading personal trainers.