Standing out in a crowd may not be the goal of most individuals, but in the realm of business, it is the goal. The ability to make your business stand out amongst a sea of competitors can often prove frustrating. However, if you truly want your business to survive and thrive you need to be able to articulate what makes your business unique to potential customers. How do you do that?

There is a variety of ways to differentiate your business. Here are just a few suggestions to explore:

Start by looking at your products and services. Do you offer a unique product or service that your competitors do not? Differentiating yourself in the fitness industry can sometimes prove challenging, given the multitude of approaches and products out there, but it is definitely not impossible. Also, think in terms of the experience you bring, or any areas you may specialize in that others may not.

Carve Out a Niche. We can’t be all things to all people, and trying to, can often sink a business. If you are especially successful in working with one or two particular client segments, and have generated great results, then think about specializing in those areas with that client demographic. Often, you can create your own niche by looking for holes in the products and/or service offerings of your competition. Have they failed to address a specific problem? If they have, find the solution and then use your competition to point out the differences.

Make an offer they can’t refuse. Another great way to differentiate yourself is to put out an offer that may garner you a little notoriety. For example, offer a money-back guarantee or the first month of membership free. While making an offer customers can’t refuse is a great way to differentiate yourself, be sure that you deliver what you promise. If not, this unique approach will prove useless and could irreparably harm your good reputation.

Offer outstanding customer service. The fitness industry is a very customer-service oriented industry, but unfortunately, many businesses often overlook this important selling feature. Outstanding customer services – the kind where you go above and beyond for your clients – will generally provide the best word of mouth advertising you will ever encounter. If you can give your customers more than you promise, more than they expect, then you definitely have a unique way of standing out from your competitors.

Once you have pinpointed what makes you stand out from the crowd, you will need to communicate that difference to your customers. Be sure to that all of your advertising and promotion efforts clearly communicate this to your intended audience, and more importantly, be sure that you remain consistent and committed to that message. Keep in mind that you are building a brand, and it will take time. If you wonder off point or head in another direction, thinking the approach isn’t working, when all it needed was time, you may potentially harm your business.

Author's Bio: 

Darrell Morris is the V.P. of Business Coaching for the Achieve Fitness USA Licensing Program. He is a dedicated toward helping fitness professionals achieve there goals of running a successful fitness business. For more information visit | |