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5 Keys to Customer Retention

Roger and Jim discuss the difference between customer retention and customer loyalty. Many businesses and clubs implement customer retention systems expecting they’ll create more loyalty. Unfortunately, points based discount programs don’t breed loyalty as many operators would like them too. Jim and Roger also clarify the difference between loyalty and retention with a story about how Roger became a loyal customer of certain restaurant after they nearly failed to retain him.

3 Tips for Better Member/Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Surveying your members and customers is one of the best ways to understand what’s working and what needs improvement. In this episode, Jim and Roger talk about ways to make sure you’re getting useful information from your surveys, that your not getting too much data that can be confusing or cumbersome, and that you make sure the people you’re surveying are in the right frame of mind to help you grow as a club and as a manager.

How To Build Successful Relationships with Your Vendors

The relationship between club and vendor is ever-evolving. Clubs want vendors that provide value for the operation as well as enrich the experience for the members. And vendors want customers that will do great things with their products and services. This is a unique episode; Jim shares a few stories about his experience with certain vendors as well as an event The Derrick Club held for their vendors, casting them as partners in the club community. Jim and Roger also offer their personal insights from opposite sides of the club/vendor equation.

5 Marketing Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2020

Roger spotlights five marketing trends that are on the upswing in 2020. Each one of these marketing tactics are available to clubs of all types and sizes. Each of these marketing tactics is also a low-cost way to drive customers and leads to your business. You’ll notice in this episode that Jim has a laugh asking Roger about website links that read “Click Here.” This has to do with website user experience, accessibility, and SEO. For more details (and to fully understand why Jim is laughing so hard) check out episode #128 – 5 Things to Stop Doing on Your Club’s Website in 2020.

Stellar Advice from Top Club Managers

Jim and Roger share their thoughts on a recent piece in the Fall issue of Club Manager Quarterly from the CSCM.

The Most Important Thing to Focus on in 2020

Roger and Jim talk about the importance of having a strong brand in 2020. There are a number of challenges facing the club business from changing demographics to economic realities. Things that used to work may not be working anymore. This illustrates the pitfalls in competing on attributes and features; things like golf course conditions, special menus, or price. For a club to have staying power, it has to have a strong brand. If you can’t confidently say your club’s brand is strong and prominent in the minds of your members, this episode is for you. Other episodes referenced in this one: The 3 Pillars of Brand: Awareness, Association, Advocacy (Affinity)

5 Ways To Be a Better Team Member

Jim and Roger break down five soft skills great team players possess. Each of these traits is an undeniable asset in a team player and all are things we can improve on with time and purposeful work.

How to Start Every Day Like a Champion

The morning routine is the foundation of the day. Starting the day purposefully leads to better personal productivity and value. Jim and Roger have spent a lot of time contemplating and structuring their morning routines. In this episode, you’ll hear how Roger starts his day by nurturing his body and his mind before he sets out to do anything else. Jim uses a journaling tool to take inventory of himself and his day before setting out to make his club better today than it was tomorrow.