You’re really good… {online presence}

Yup — you are… here are just a few reasons why:

  • You invest in yourself
  • You invest in your business
  • You invest in your education

TRX-Kettlebell-Male-Personal-Trainer-Female-ClientWithout having a vested interest in continually trying to make yourself better, you would be at a standstill. Listening to this podcast, being part of online communities of trainers, reading industry magazines, taking courses, attending conferences and workshops — those are all things that make you REALLY GOOD.

In the eyes of your clients, you are also really good because you provide them ongoing motivation and that is amazing. You being in the gym, showing up, doing the work for yourself and your fitness. Not to mention eating right and getting enough sleep — all these contribute to you being seen as REALLY GOOD.

You are already really good at so many things — it’s now your opportunity to show more people how good you really are!

For the rest of this episode, we’re going to be discussing two lesser seen but extremely valuable online tools that you can use to grow your business and reputation.

Let’s talk about Thumbtack.com

According to the website – they help you “accomplish your personal projects.” People who visit thumbtack are looking for freelancers or independent professionals to fill their unique “job posting.”

If someone goes to thumbtack they type into the query box “personal training” and their zip code to get started. If you meet the criteria that the searcher is looking for, Thumbtack will notify you, based on how good a match you are with the prospects request.

You then have the option to bid for the job. You can decide if you think you’d be a good fit and based on that determine if you would like to reach an agreement with the prospect. All you need to do to have this opportunity is to open a free thumbtack account.

Thumbtack is a referral service. They get paid when you land a contract — they get a commission. So when you decide to apply for a job, you have to use credits, when your proposal is accepted those credits are cashed in as your referral fee.

If you’ve ever used Thumbtack — leave a comment and let us all know how it went!

Let’s now talk about Yelp.com

There are two ways of getting listed on Yelp.

  1. You setup your own profile, that’s called “Claiming your Business listing” which is done from biz.yelp.com. This will allow you to put your own pictures and information up on the site.
  2. Someone who wants to review your business (for good or bad!) can add your listing themselves. (you can still claim the biz at a later time)

Many businesses don’t know if they have a yelp listing — go check to see if you do!

When you have a Yelp listing, you can drive clients to leave you a review on there. Since “You’re Really Good” as I stated at the beginning of this episode, this is a great place for people to see that you’re really good — so encourage your clients to leave reviews/testimonials.

What’s the difference between Thumbtack and Yelp?

Thumbtack is self-promotion and a vehicle for matching you with likely clients whereas Yelp is a review site and traffic you get from it is purely based on what others have to say about you.

Using these tools will help you to grow your training business, your tribe/community and your reach within your city/town.

Your call to action: Claim your listing on Yelp and get listed on Thumbtack.

You don’t have to use either of these tools on a regular basis, but getting listed and keeping tabs will allow you to have more control over your online presence is important.

Please use the comments below to let the Fit with Flair community know how you’re doing with Yelp and Thumbtack

 

  • Ariana Fotinakis

    Thumbtack looks really interesting! I’ll have to look around to see if there’s something similar in Canada.

    I have had HORRIBLE experiences with Yelp. I set up a business profile and after getting my first review I was contacted by a Yelp rep. They tried to sell me a monthly advertising package of $300 per month, which at this time is way outside my budget. After politely declining, my review was no longer posted on my page because it didn’t meet Yelp’s standards, and I had another client inform me she tried to write a review multiple times but it never appeared.

    When I was contacted again I told them I wasn’t interested and why I wasn’t interested, and then after being called “closed-minded” I decided to hang up and never answer any phone calls coming from San Francisco anymore 😉

    • Sorry about about your experience with Yelp. I used it once as a business and had no major issues, but I can see that would be a huge headache!
      As far as thumbtack (and the dozens of other similar tools) I’d love to know what you find is available and works well in Canada!