With the stay-at-home mandate extending to the month of May, franchise studios everywhere are finding themselves navigating unknown territory caused by the current pandemic. While COVID-19 has forced nearly all fitness studios and gyms across the U.S. to close their doors in an effort to “flatten the curve,” it doesn’t mean the businesses have to close – it just means you have to adapt.
As COVID continues to affect our world, now more than ever sports facilities are responsible for ensuring player and staff safety. As part of initiatives to maintain social distancing and mitigate risk of COVID transmission, these facilities are encouraged to offer low-risk and low-touch workflows for their athletes. This means minimizing time spent at the front desk completing tasks that can be optimized for quick and efficient digital capabilities.
While the world scrambles to find solutions and formulate a vaccine, sports venues can prepare themselves by finding alternative roads for revenue outside their traditional events, as well as ways to integrate new regulations to ensure health and safety throughout the venue. We can’t know how long closures and/or social distancing will last, or if the virus will rebound, so it is essential to take the steps we can.
As studios, gyms, and sports facilities begin reopening, an important element for owners and operators to know–in order to set their business up for success– is new expected consumer behavior. We surveyed 1,200 consumers who frequently train at local sports or fitness businesses to gain insights into their thoughts and feelings about reopening.
Our team has been hard at work creating the resources you’ll need to fine-tune your re-opening strategy. Our checklists, guides, research briefs, and templates are built on a foundation of meaningful consumer behavior insights and valuable industry leader expertise, and will arm you with the tools you need to make important decisions for your business in the coming days and weeks.
D-BAT is one of the top indoor baseball and softball training franchises in the country, aiming to provide quality teaching environments and high quality instruction for athletes of all ages, from little league to the pros. When their franchise locations temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Upper Hand understood the importance of continuing to provide quality training to athletes, and immediately began working on a solution for the business.
Although studios and gyms will soon reopen, the lessons taken from this pandemic, if implemented effectively, can strengthen offerings moving forward. Based on the insights from our Product team who worked quickly to pivot their daily operations in the face of COVID-19, we compiled 5 ways to adapt your offerings now to prepare for whatever the future may hold.
Gyms and studios across the nation are temporarily closing their doors in an effort to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus, so more and more businesses are quickly adapting to the situation and launching online training to keep people active and exercising from home. Luckily, WHO’s recommendations can still be achieved at home with little space and equipment.
Now is the time to invest in this technology, as your clients rely on virtual connections to engage with your business. Plus, this new revenue stream will continue to grow with your business as you reopen, setting yourself up for future success. Here are a few key reasons why you should incorporate video analysis technology into your business today.
By now, many studios and gyms have begun offering virtual training sessions, lessons, and classes. But creating these plans is only half the battle. How do businesses promote these offerings to reach their members, engage new clients, and perhaps most importantly, profit?