Running a youth sports league can be difficult. Whether you're a coach in charge of your school's youth sports programs, or a staff member at a third-party youth sports organization, you've got a lot on your plate.
This means that, all too often, youth sports leagues suffer from focusing only on the short-term. You're so focused on the next game, the next practice, or the next event that you have no time to think about long-term improvements to your league.
And we understand that - it's difficult to look ahead when there's already so much going on. So, to help take the pressure off, we've put together a list of four ways that you can improve your youth sports league and provide a better experience for all your little sportsmen and sportswomen!
1. Encourage Coaches to Collaborate
This is especially important if you're running a large youth sports league. If you can manage to get all of your coaches together to talk about coaching strategies, practice techniques, recommended drills, and other topics, you can increase the overall quality of your coaching - and this leads to a better experience for the kids in your youth league!
Don't encourage an atmosphere of hostility or competitiveness among coaches and their teams. You're there for the kids - and coaches in youth leagues should be more like camp counselors than drill instructors. Coaches are meant to help their kids improve and succeed, but at the end of the day, you're all on the same team.
So encourage coach collaboration in your youth league. It's especially helpful if you have inexperienced coaches in your league, who can always use advice from seasoned veterans.
A coach's dinner at the beginning of the season each year is a great way to do this - get every coach together, and they'll start talking shop almost immediately!
DialMyCalls has implemented several development changes during the months of June and July to create a better user experience for our customers. Most of the changes were behind the scenes but a couple of them are improvements on existing features - please take a few moments to take a look at the current changelog below:
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If you're running a small business, you should be performing regular surveys to understand the experiences of your customers - that's just a fact. Surveys are one of the most powerful methods to obtain honest, truthful customer feedback, and track the overall performance of your business.
But what's the best tool to perform surveys? There are dozens of online platforms, but these can be difficult to use, and usually require quite a bit of effort on the part of your customers. That means that you're less likely to get much engagement - rendering your survey somewhat useless.
DialMyCalls, however, offers powerful survey functionality. By sending surveys via SMS text message and phone call directly to customers who have opted-in, DialMyCalls can provide an unparalleled level of consumer engagement, and allow your business to benefit from the feedback of your customers!
Read on, and learn about the top 6 reasons that your business should be using DialMyCalls for surveys.
1. Get Honest Feedback From Past Customers
There is nothing more powerful than honest feedback from your past customers. Whether it's good or bad, customer feedback allows you to improve your business, and see how well you and your staff are doing.
And because DialMyCalls makes it simple and easy to obtain feedback from past customers, you can count on a strong engagement rate! Your customers will be able to quickly and easily respond to your surveys, and they'll give you the honest truth about how well your business is performing, and where you could improve.
By using this feedback - whether good or bad - to improve your business, you can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace, and have a better understanding of the overall performance of your company.[click to continue...]
If you're running an auto shop, you're probably looking for a way to increase your profits, gain a better reputation in your community, and win over loyal customers for life.
Communication is the best way to accomplish all three of these goals. By simply communicating with customers more effectively, you can ensure the success of your auto shop. Read on, and read about the top 4 ways you can increase your communication skills, and enhance customer loyalty - and satisfaction!
1. Listen To Your Customers
The first thing you need to do is truly understand your customers. Let's face it - nobody really wants to come to an auto shop. From basic maintenance to full-scale repairs, most people view your business as an inconvenience.
Because of this, you should do everything you can to listen to your customers, and be honest and genuine when interacting with them. Empathize with their issue, and truly understand what they want from you.
This is the basis of all effective communication - listening. Listen to your customer, and they'll tell you what they want. This makes it easy to deliver services that will satisfy them, and increases the effectiveness of your communication![click to continue...]
Many gym directors focus most of their efforts on the recruitment of new members - especially when it's summer, or the New Year swings around. This is important - many gyms rely on the profit gained from new members to continue operating.
However, just recruiting new members to your gym is not enough to ensure your success. In fact, most gyms and health clubs suffer from a 50 yearly "attrition" rate - meaning that around 50% of your membership will leave each year. Reducing this number is critical to maintaining profitability, and running a more successful gym.
Not only that, long-term members can be significantly more profitable to your gym. According to a 1990 study by Reichheld & Sasser, a 5-year member of a gym can be up to 377% more profitable than a new member.
Finally, the competition in the marketplace is getting stiffer. The number of U.S. gyms and fitness centers has been increasing at a steady pace. In 2008, only around 30,000 gyms were in operation across the U.S. Today, that number has increased more than 20%, to 36,000.
The numbers don't lie. To succeed in today's hyper-competitive world, your gym needs to focus on retaining members - not just recruiting new ones.
So to help you create a comprehensive membership retention system, we've put together 3 simple ways your gym can increase loyalty and retain more members.
1. Offer Incentives To Members
People like to feel appreciated - and if you offer long-time members incentives, they're much more likely to stick around. Providing incentives to members who stay active in your gym for a certain period of time is a great way to increase membership retention rates.
Here are a few ways you could offer incentives to your members:
- Coupon booklets - Does your gym offer personal training, massages, or other club activities? Giving members a coupon booklet after a certain period of membership at your gym - whether in person, or via email or text - is a fantastic way to reward them, while still ensuring that they'll use your gym's services!
- Run sweepstakes and giveaways - Using advanced SMS text message technology like DialMyCalls, it's incredibly easy to set up sweepstakes and giveaways for loyal gym members.
You don't have to offer high-value rewards - things like workout gear, nutrition bars and supplements, and branded items are perfect. While the monetary value of these items may be low, your members will appreciate that you're engaging with them. And if they win, they're sure to become more loyal to your gym!
- Set up contests for your members - Everybody likes a challenge, especially if they're rewarded for winning!
Run a contest that helps encourage members to come in regularly. Events like signing in at the gym, attending a group fitness class, or participating in other club activities are rewarded with "points" - and whoever has the most points at the end of the month wins a prize!
If you choose to implement one of these techniques, you're sure to see membership retention climb. Your members will feel more special and recognized, and they'll keep coming back for years to come![click to continue...]
In today's modern, fast-paced world, it can often be difficult to stay connected with our neighbors, and our local community. This is just an unfortunate fact - people are more inclined to spend time indoors on social media and interacting with each other virtually than they are to spend time with one another.
But this doesn't have to be the case! With a little bit of effort, some simple tools, and a few helpful techniques, you can help keep your neighborhood connected, and stay acquainted with your friends, neighbors, and community members!
Check out this list of 5 great ways to keep your neighborhood connected - and help make your community a better place:
1. Create a Neighborhood Directory
This may seem like an old-fashioned thing to do - but collecting the basic information about everyone in the neighborhood is a fantastic way to keep everyone connected.
In a neighborhood directory, you should seek information like the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone in the neighborhood. Lists of the children in the neighborhood and pets such as dogs and cats can also be helpful.
Collecting this information gives you a chance to connect with neighbors who you may not otherwise interact with - and helps bring your community together.
And once compiled, this neighborhood directory is a fantastic way to connect with new people in your neighborhood. You can greet them with a plate of brownies, a smile, and a list of everyone in their new community! This makes it easier for them to connect with neighbors and their families, and allows them to feel welcome in your neighborhood!
2. Host Neighborhood Events - And Start a New Tradition!
Nothing brings people together like a party - so if you begin hosting neighborhood events like a yearly summer block party, you can really connect with your neighbors, and start a new tradition in your neighborhood!
If you and just a few of your neighbors take initiative, it's easy to start a yearly potluck or a barbecue that's open to all residents of the neighborhood. Use your neighborhood directory, flyers, and signs to spread the word about your fblock party!
A potluck block party is a fantastic idea because it minimizes the work that any one individual must do. Even though you're planning the event, you don't have to prepare all of the food. Everyone brings something - and many hands make light work!
And if your party goes well, this could easily become a yearly tradition! Best of all, you can rotate planning responsibilities throughout the residents of your neighborhood - so you won't always have to spend a bunch of time planning the parties![click to continue...]
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