The Fitness Professional Online Toolkit
You’re a professional. You’re busy. You need tools online to help you not only rise to the occasion, but that will help you get more free time while rising above the competition. This is a tall order, but you can leverage technology to drive business and free time. Here are 7 to help you reach that goal.
Contactually has saved my life. As a fitness professional, business owner, and entrepreneur, I’m constantly juggling my contact lists between prospects, current clients, and people I need to be in front of. Contactually gives me 10 people to contact each day, provides me with sample templates, and even offers me sugestions if I’m not sure what to say.
The best part is Contactually will connect with my Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts to make sure I stay on top of each person. You can set up groups, or what Contactually calls “buckets”, and configure the setting for each person such as how long you want Contactually to remind you when to contact someone if you haven’t already (30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months).
This is a robust system and you can get a free trial by clicking this link: http://www.contactually.com/i/tkivdmqp
Need a logo, business card, or other graphic artwork done? I recommend 99 designs. I’ve used them dozens of times to help clients with their projects and have never been disappointed. The customer services is great and you get hundreds of designers looking at your project rather than just a few.
If you haven’t jumped on the Evernote bandwagon yet, this is the time. Evernote makes it easy to clip things from the web and email and keep them stored for easy access and search. You don’t have to keep 30 tabs open anymore. With the Evernote extension, you simply click a button and you can come back and read an article later when you have down time.
Dropbox is my choice when sharing files. I share files with my staff, my friends, and when working on projects. It’s easy to install and use. I also use Dropbox to backup files on the go.
Hootsuite makes automating and tracking all your social media easy and in one place. For a small fee, you get access to unlimited profiles and excellent analytics. You can automate your blog posts to populate on all your major social networks by setting it up once and forgetting about it.
Moz provides advanced SEO monitoring and other tools. This is for the more serious entrepreneur, but can provide big benefits if you stay on top of it. Moz also comes with a learning center and other tools to help you beat the competition.
Sound Gecko will take a webpage and turn it into an audio file for you to listen to on the go. I use this to catch up on blogs, news, and updates while going for run or in the car. It’s easier to stay on top of what’s going on around you without having to sit in front of the computer all day.
These are just a few of the many online tools for Fitness Professionals. If you have others that you love, please share them below in the comments.
Doug Holt is the managing owner of the Conditioning Specialists in Santa Barbara, running the day to day business operations as well as providing fitness services to clientele. Doug is able to draw upon his experience as the former Assistant Director for the International Sports Sciences Association’s Education Department, Director of Information Services for the National Board of Fitness Examiners, and his years in the exercise equipment industry to give clients a well rounded offering of services. Doug Holt is also the publisher of Santa Barbara Fitness Magazine.
Doug is currently working on developing certification courses for health and fitness professionals. He is a regular contributor to many publications and has been featured as an expert in the field of fitness.
Mr. Holt has over 18 different degrees and certifications in the health and fitness field. Click here to read more about Doug's fitness background.
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