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World Gym Exec Brea Ballard on How Digital Is Changing Fitness Marketing

World Gym Exec Brea Ballard on How Digital Is Changing Fitness Marketing

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As vice president of marketing, Ballard will play a key role in shaping World Gym’s marketing initiatives

World Gym, one of the originators of the full-service gym model, recently appointed Brea Ballard as vice president of marketing. Ballard has 25 years of experience in both the fitness and franchise industries, and spent 13 years in marketing leadership roles at national franchise concepts. She previously served as chief marketing officer of Row House, led marketing for a big-box fitness franchisor and helped launch several boutique fitness concepts.

Ballard spoke with Athletech News about her new role with World Gym, her goals for the company and how fitness marketing has changed.

Athletech News: What is the first item on your to-do list in your new role? 

BB: Word Gym’s strategic plan includes significant growth in 2023 and beyond. My first task is to understand the plan in detail and ensure that the marketing efforts align with the strategy while staying true to the brand’s legacy.

ATN: What made you excited to join World Gym? 

BB: With a history spanning over 46 years, World Gym boasts a rich legacy. Its longevity and iconic status in the fitness industry stand as a testament to the brand’s ability to evolve over time.

Moreover, with the recent brand refresh, World Gym International is poised to continue its legacy of providing exceptional fitness experiences to its members while also being an innovator and thought leader in today’s fast-paced marketplace. I am thrilled to be part of this success story and excited for the opportunity to drive it forward, helping World Gym reclaim its leadership position in the fitness industry.

ATN: What’s the biggest opportunity in fitness marketing today?

Brea Ballard: Leveraging digital marketing and technology to create personalized and immersive fitness experiences is the biggest opportunity for brands today. By prioritizing inclusivity, sustainability and overall wellness, fitness brands can build stronger connections with consumers and drive growth and success in the competitive fitness landscape.

ATN: How has fitness marketing changed most over the past several years?

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BB: In recent years, fitness marketing has undergone significant changes due to shifting consumer attitudes and technological advancements. Previously, fitness marketing mainly focused on promoting weight loss and attaining a particular body type. However, the focus has shifted towards promoting overall wellness and healthy lifestyles, reflecting a broader cultural shift towards holistic health and wellness.

Digital platforms and social media have been one of the most significant drivers of change in fitness marketing. Social media influencers and fitness bloggers have emerged as important sources of inspiration and motivation for consumers, with an abundance of educational information readily available.

Personalized experiences have also become a significant trend in fitness marketing, and at World Gym, our goal is to stay at the forefront of this movement. Our focus is on delivering customized programs and experiences to our customers, with a strong emphasis on building a sense of community and establishing a collaborative partnership with our members. It’s about creating more meaningful connections with our members which will go a long way.

ATN: What’s your long-term goal for World Gym in your new role?

BB: My goal is to preserve the brand’s iconic status in the fitness industry by constantly innovating and adapting to meet the evolving needs and preferences of consumers. In addition, I will aim to prioritize the growth of the franchisees’ businesses and drive revenue growth across the entire network by providing them with the support and resources needed to be wildly successful.

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