Health clubs and urgent care can be a match made in heaven for mutually beneficial promotion of services.
Both facilities—the urgent care and the gym—have core messages of wellness and overall health. To succeed in marketing through a nearby health club, you need to position the urgent care center as a go-to place for injury care, accessible preventative services (such as flu shots), and possibly physical therapy.
Other opportunities may exist for the urgent care staff to provide mini-wellness seminars at the gym, static displays, and a wellness flyer library.
Consider the target audience: Many health club users are young, active people who are subject to sport-related injuries. The “regulars” tend to be technology savvy, with a high discretionary income—and many also work in jobs without full benefits and aren’t established with a primary care physician. Another subset of users are overweight and out of shape—and this population has a higher rate of urgent care utilization across all issues (not just sports-related).
To optimize promotion through a health club, make sure it’s a location in close proximity (within 5 minutes) to your urgent care center. Since the gym manager is interested in increasing membership and retention, pitch your center as providing added value to members and increasing the club’s business. Also, make sure the center is open extended hours (at least until 9 p.m.) and at least one weekend day to be available to gym members.
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