Client Spotlight: Club Fit Launches Their New Website

March 27, 2017

Club Fit offers comprehensive health and fitness facilities and programming to enhance the quality of life and physical well-being for Westchester community members of all ages.

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Founded in Westchester in 1973, Club Fit operates fitness clubs in Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley, serving more than 14,000 members and their guests.

VWM has been working with Club Fit for the last five years helping them with paid advertising, social media strategy, ongoing development and updates, text alerts and promotions, lead generation, and web hosting.

Two website revamps later, we are now releasing the third and most versatile Club Fit website yet. New features include a custom WordPress web platform, a custom calendar scheduling feature, a streamlined user interface, and dynamic form routing and database integration.

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Club Fit’s Bill and Ellen are all smiles as they get ready to launch their newly designed website. Via @ClubFitNY

Van West Media’s Social Media Manager, Stephanie Cowan, recently sat down for an interview with Jacquie Giannico, the Marketing Manager at Club Fit to talk about the launch of Club Fit’s new website, the effect it will have on the business, and how important it is to find, and develop a relationship with a digital agency that you can trust.

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What part of your business will the new website have the most effect on?

“Everyone is really looking forward to the calendar. Having everything we have to offer all in one place really gives our members the one-stop-shop experience. There is so much to do at our club that sometimes it seems overwhelming to choose where to begin. We really see ourselves as a lifestyle club. We take someone from a single membership to a couples membership when they get married, and then they become a family membership, and finally a senior membership. Because of that, they have children of different ages and likes so we have created a calendar that will lay out clearly all of the classes offered at a given time. This will really be of benefit to our members.”

What has been your experience working with Van West Media?

“You have been great! I look at Van West Media as not an outside business partner but as an inside business partner and that’s important. It’s that trust factor. And it takes a while to develop that trust and we have worked with Van West Media for five years now. I also know when you say you are going to do something, you are going to do it and that is really important. And I know that if we need help on a weekend, someone always answers. The confidence and the quality of your employees is key.”

What is the hardest part of being in the membership business?

“Retention and new members. We need to make sure we are grabbing them as new members and obviously to retain them. I know the new website will draw new members and continue to provide useful tools to get the most out of their Club Fit experience.”

What makes Club Fit such a unique health and fitness club? 

“From a customer perspective, we have so much to offer. We are a health club that cares about our members well being. We offer so many activities for our members to participate in. The fact that you can swim in two different indoor pools, play on any of our tennis quarts, or participate in over 130 group classes is a testament to the range of opportunity here at Club Fit. We think of a company that gives back to our community most of our employees live in the area so it gives them an opportunity to serve their community as well. Our main focus is to keep people healthy and allow them to live longer.”

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What is the most exciting thing in Club Fit’s near future?

“Every month there is a new surprise. Like our March Matters and April Refer a Friend. We try to be very engaging with our members by creating unique events and content throughout the year. Come check us out!”

 

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The Sullivan’s Step Forward Into the New Catskills

March 13, 2012

catskillsRebranding is a powerful thing. It’s a huge plunge into uncharted territory and often quite risky, though it can make a big difference in revenue. The risk factor is high enough that rebranding should be kept for a last, or near last resort. If the brand still has a pulse, it’s better to strengthen it than to start over.

The Catskill region in New York State is a good example of last resorts. Its image has slowly fallen for half a century, dragging its economic stability along with it. Once a vacation spot for wealthy Jewish clientele (which is where it got the nickname borscht belt), the Catskills has been brushed aside only to conjure images of Dirty Dancing scenes.

The strong brand that existed then has surely lost its pulse, and the region’s tourism industry is finally looking for the right fix. The newly formed Catskill Park Resource Foundation has asked people to submit ideas for a new catch phrase and is raising $5 million to get the rest of the job done right.

Some hotels have already started getting ready for the change, namely The Lodge on Rock Hill Drive which is now The Sullivan. The new lodge boasts the Zen, yet chic image that the rest of the Catskills will soon have to offer. Our very own team at Van West Media was tasked with designing a website that would capture the essence of this new brand.

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When it comes to the Catskills, pictures are worth more than 1,000 words, which is why we chose a sleek design centered around large, vibrant pictures. Looking at the Sullivan, I can see the potential of a major comeback for the Catskills. Yoga in the forest, relaxing by the lake, fishing? It’s hard to imagine how something so beautiful could have lost its touch for so long, but that’s the power of a brand.