by Cris Rodriguez
As I was thinking of a title for this article, I tried not to be overly dramatic, but I’m standing by my statement that “Facebook is changing forever.” It’s certainly a big deal, but it shouldn’t come as a shocker — with any technology, the one thing you can count on is that nothing is going to stay the same for long.
My goal in writing this is that by the end of the article, you’ll understand what’s taking place, why it’s happening, how it will impact your advertising and, most important, why you need to prepare for this.
As I write this in late March 2021, there are still many unknowns surrounding Apple’s next iOS 14 update for the iPhone and iPad, so much so that even Facebook is unsure of the impact it will have. With that being said, I’ll be transparent about what I’m unsure of, as well. Until the “ATT prompt” goes live, there will be much speculation.
by Tu Le
In May 2018, my team at InCourage Martial Arts and I were preparing to open a brand-new martial arts studio in Fairfax, Virginia.
This studio was going to be in a new location, starting completely from scratch with no existing students. On top of that, as the owner, I would be off-site. We would need someone to handle the onsite operations.
Considering all these factors, I concluded that resources were limited and costs needed to be kept as low as possible.
The existing business model in most martial arts studios requires both a program director and an instructor to keep things running smoothly. For this new studio, however, our goal was to do it with just one full-time staff member.
Of course, running anything with just one person (at least, one full-time person) is challenging because there are so many things that need to be done: marketing for new students, keeping current students, coming up with fun and engaging class plans, recruiting and hiring part-time...
When looking back on 2020, there were so many lessons that were learned.
My mantra during Covid was pretty simple:
After every recession - there is a rebound.
After every recession - there IS a rebound.
After every recession - there IS a REBOUND.
And that’s where we are today. Many of you have your schools opened — some of
you with restrictions — and then there are places like Florida where we have absolutely no restrictions in our academy.
And it’s time to rebuild.
It’s time to RECRUIT.
Which means it’s time to go pedal to the metal with getting your school back to pre-COVID numbers and beyond. Which is what brings me to this blog today.
One of the things I missed most during 2020 was live events. While virtual events like the Super Show and my 8-Hour Marketing Mastermind Course were amazing, there is nothing like being there in person.
Now that the pandemic is slowing down here in the states, we are seeing more live
What do you think of when you hear the word "summer"?
• Do you think of traveling?
• Time at the beach or the pool?
Unfortunately for some school owners, when they hear the word summer, they think:
• Low revenue
• Tons of freezes
• Empty mats
If that’s you, this blog was perfectly crafted with you in mind.
When I first started working with Mr. Metzger, he taught me some marketing gold.
He said, “There are 3 times a year in your school where you have to increase your
Those times are:
• Going into summer
• Coming out of summer
• And going into the new year
Why is it you might ask that those 3 specific times are when you should go pedal to the metal with your marketing?
It’s because during those times, people are making transitions that affect their day-to-day lives.
When it’s summer time, school is ending, vacation time is taken, new activities are booked, and our typical...
When we first started martial arts, we never thought we would be where we are: full-fledged entrepreneurs making an impact on our communities. But here we are!
Many of us had to learn on-the-fly how to run a business. We spent long nights trying to figure out how to grow our schools into businesses.
Sometimes, we were moving so fast we barely knew what we knew, or more importantly — what we didn’t.
Do you know what a lead is? Truly? We know we want them, but what is the difference between a lead, a prospect, or a customer?
That’s why I want to stop and take a second to slow down and really talk about it.
Let’s start with the basics: your Customer Journey
[See video above]
Before your prospect is — well — a prospect, they are a lead. A lead is someone who has a one-way interaction with your school or your brand.
During this stage of the Customer Journey, your Lead will be determining if they are interested or not and will likely need...
by Beth A. Block
Mats, bags, video gear, audio systems, oh my! Many of us transport our equipment to other locations. We might be traveling for a test or a graduation, or maybe we’re moving to a new studio space. Some of us might even be using a trailer as a permanent storage unit. Surely, there are more reasons for moving our things than those, but you get the point.
What none of us thinks about while we’re doing this is insurance for all our “stuff,” whether we plan to store it or move it. Be honest — does insurance ever come to mind unless you have a claim? I’ve got a quarter that says it doesn’t. (I’m smiling as I type. Please don’t contact me with serious quarter claims.)
A few months ago, I received a call from a studio owner. She said that during the summer of 2020, she would work out in the park and take her equipment with her every day. In the evening, she would clean the equipment and drive the...
by Megan Baker
InCourage Martial Arts, the parent company of MyStudio, is a successful martial arts chain located in Northern Virginia. Back in 2017, InCourage’s two locations made about $1.7 million while impacting the lives of close to 1,000 students. This revenue was generated via martial arts memberships, an afterschool program, award-winning summer camps, birthday parties, “parents night out” events and more.
Managing and selling all those programs required several seasoned staff members who could handle multiple registration appointments, repetitive follow-ups and the constant daily stress of managing a long line of customers waiting at the front desk.
On November 30, 2017 — the last day of its summer camp pre-registration sale — the lobby of the Springfield InCourage studio was packed. The crowd was composed not just of students trying to squeeze in and take class, but also of parents who had lined up out the door while waiting for...
With everything going on with the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), I wanted to cover the 3 basic tips you need to know before submitting your application.
In our business, we are always pushing the importance of building and nurturing relationships. We all know the importance of building relationships with our students, their families, and our community.
On the business side, we have to be committed to building relationships with the people that can potentially help us accomplish our goals as well.
It’s imperative that you nurture specific relationships with people like your CPA, your lawyer, and in this case, your bank.
Which brings me to Tip #1 — You’ve got to establish a relationship with a smaller bank.
Many school owners experienced a painful first round of PPP where their “large” bank was unable to get them a distribution. This is why developing a relationship with a small bank is an absolute must.
They are much more personal,...
by Kurt Klingenmeyer, MAIA Elite Consultant
Teaching martial arts is an honor. We instructors have the opportunity to instill confidence, focus and self-discipline in kids of all ages. Furthermore, we help adults learn how to protect themselves and, in the process, foster a sense of empowerment that will aid them in all areas of life. No other profession makes an equivalent impact on the community.
As fulfilling as making a positive impact is, a martial arts school is still a business. That means tasks need to be done, people need to be employed and bills need to be paid. In other words, you need to guarantee your revenue stream and ideally grow it. Perhaps the most efficient way to do that is to focus on the hours of the day when you’re not teaching your regular classes.
Think about what happens at your school during non-class hours. Yes, there are lesson plans to be written, cleaning to be done and miss-you calls to be made — all the normal duties that come with...
While 2020 wasn’t the year we asked for, we have to lean in on the positives that came out of it.
I can think of 5 really great things that came out of 2020 that I’d like to share with you.
First, as an Industry, we became more tech savvy.
Prior to COVID shutting down our schools, many school owners weren’t the most “tech savvy” individuals.
Having our brick and mortar businesses shut down forced us to think outside of the box and learn new skills.
Most schools pivoted to online classes which required them to learn new technologies such as Zoom.
We had to figure out what types of web cams, mics, and lighting would help us best offer our services.
And I look at those items as an investment - because without them, many of us
would have had to permanently close our doors.
Second, we all became better instructors.
As a whole, as Instructors, most of us prefer to teach our students on the mats in
our academies. But COVID changed...
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