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Tune in as George Fourie from Martial Arts Media™ covers Marketing Tips and Strategies for Martial Arts Business and School Owners. Get modern ideas from the digital world for lead generation and retention. Guest interviews with successful industry experts.

Martial Arts Media™ Business Podcast George Fourie

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Tune in as George Fourie from Martial Arts Media™ covers Marketing Tips and Strategies for Martial Arts Business and School Owners. Get modern ideas from the digital world for lead generation and retention. Guest interviews with successful industry experts.

    150 – George Fourie: From Life Lessons To Founding Martial Arts Media™

    150 – George Fourie: From Life Lessons To Founding Martial Arts Media™

    The tables turn as the interviewer becomes the interviewee: George Fourie shares his life experiences and journey through marketing and martial arts on the Kyl Reber Podcast.
    IN THIS EPISODE:
    George's journey from studying computer programming to selling computers, working on a cruise ship, and eventually starting Martial Arts Media™The story behind George's most impactful $37 saleGeorge's near-death experience as a pivotal wake-up call that transformed his outlook on life and careerHow George discovered a passion for martial arts and saw potential in combining this with his marketing expertiseHow Martial Arts Media™ was founded, focusing on supporting school owners to grow their businesses through digital marketingAnd more
    *Need help growing your martial arts school? Start Here.
    TRANSCRIPTION
    Hey, it's George Fourie. Welcome to the Martial Arts Media™ Business Podcast. Today, I am going to feature an episode, an interview that I had on the Kyl Reber Podcast. Kyl, a good friend of mine, interviewed me. You can look him up on kylreber.com.au. Also, martialartsmedia.com/145.
    I had the pleasure of having Kyl on our podcast. By the way, I was looking at it. In episode 145, we were talking about him having 370 students. I know that number's almost up to 500 now. They are booming, to put it mildly. Anyway, go have a listen to that if you haven't yet.
    For this episode, I really wanted to feature it because I got to tell you. I've been trying to record a podcast where I tell a bit of my story and just background where I came from, how this all got together, and I've given the pieces and inside of this over the years. I just had a look. We had episode 150, and I actually started this podcast in 2016, July of 2016.
    I'm probably in the race for the longest-going podcast with the least amount of episodes, but 150 awesome episodes it has been, and I'm going to continue to do this for a while. Anyway, I've really wanted to have an in-depth– about my story, and I tried to record it a couple of times solo by myself, and I've got to say, it felt weird.
    I did it about three times, and I deleted it every time. Then, I got on Kyl’s podcast, and Kyl gave me 10 questions just to prepare for the podcast. I did that, and I thought it was going to be enough, but Kyl's questioning technique was really solid and in-depth. Every time I answered, he dug a little deeper and dug a little deeper.
    I’ve got to be honest. I probably spoke about things that I maybe just haven't shared over the years. Nothing too serious, but just things that I've buried in my past and let go. But Kyl did a really good job of unpacking all the details about me and asking a lot of questions. So, this podcast is going to be a bit longer.
    I highly recommend you check out Kyl Reber’s podcast. I will have all the links for that at martialartsmedia.com/150. That's it for me. I hope you enjoy...

    • 1 hr 46 min
    149 – What Happens When All Your Martial Arts Leads Are “Tire-Kickers”

    149 – What Happens When All Your Martial Arts Leads Are “Tire-Kickers”

    If you’re running Facebook ads and all your martial arts leads are tire-kickers, your problem might be two-fold. Here’s the fix.
    IN THIS EPISODE:
    What’s potentially causing the wrong quality of martial arts leadsThe pitfall of labeling your martial arts prospects as tire-kickersHow better Facebook ads attract better martial arts prospectsFixing low-quality martial arts leads with paid trialsAnd more
    *Need help growing your martial arts school? Start Here.
    TRANSCRIPTION
    Hey there, George Fourie here. Welcome to another Martial Arts Media™ Business podcast. Today, I want to talk about your martial arts leads being tire-kickers. What if they are all tire-kickers, non-responsive, or just the wrong demographic or bad quality when you are running Facebook ads, Google ads, or from any other marketing source?
    I’m going to dive into the details with a few little twists to this conversation. For show notes and all the resources of this podcast, head over to martialartsmedia.com/149. Let's jump in.
    What happens when all my leads are tire-kickers? They inquired via the website, Facebook ads, or Google ads. They've put their hand up, disappeared, or never put their hand up. We can't get hold of them, and that's that. All the leads are tire-kickers, or they are responsive, but they're just the wrong type of lead.
    They won't fit the culture of your club, or they won't be fit for the products that you have, the martial arts services that you offer, and the classes that you run. These are all things that can be fixed within your targeting, quality, and messaging. But here's the danger. I want to address the danger of labeling all your prospects as tire-kickers.
    A few of my members in our Partners group brought this up: I love you, and you're not being singled out. Actually, I can count about six or seven encounters where this has come up, and that's just this year. So, you're definitely not being singled out. This is done with love. I hope that this is helpful for you and for you, the listener, as well.
    Labeling all your leads as tire-kickers. Here's the danger. Let's say you're running an ad campaign, and you've got 20 to 30 leads in your CRM. It's just a list of names. And you get one bad response, two bad, three, and all of a sudden, your sales mojo motivation dies out.
    And you're like, “Oh, really?” They’re all tire-kickers. Maybe it was only three, maybe it was five, but all of a sudden, you give everybody this unanimous label. Now, what if you took those 20 to 30 people off the list and put them all in a room together, all in a room together, or all on the mats? And you looked at all these people, all their faces, and they all put their hand up.
    They responded to your ad, right? Can you look them all in the eye and say, “You're all tire-kickers. All of you are wasting my time. It's like all of you got together and collectively decided that you're going to waste my time.” A bit unrealistic, right? But it's very easy for us to look at a lead list and then throw a label out.
    The danger that I want to address is it's their fault and not yours. So, immediately, you relinquish all responsibility for the leads, not furthering the conversation or signing up, and it's their fault and not yours. Now, I'm not here to debate whether that's true or not because there can be parts where it's their fault.
    But if it's all their fault, you've got no room for improvement. They've got nothing that you can fix. You could...

    • 12 min
    148 – 3 Ways To Increase Your Show-Up Rate For Martial Arts Trial Appointments

    148 – 3 Ways To Increase Your Show-Up Rate For Martial Arts Trial Appointments

    Here’s how using an irresistible martial arts offer can almost completely squash your no-show rate for martial arts trial appointments.
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: 
    Adding a human touch to automated messages with martial arts prospects How to write a successful follow-up email sequenceComparing free and paid martial arts trialsUsing high-converting landing pages when you’re time-poorUsing The Messenger Signup Method to sign up prospectsAnd more
    *Need help growing your martial arts school? Start Here.
    TRANSCRIPTION
    Hey, it's George Fourie. Welcome to another Martial Arts Media™ Business podcast. Today, I'm going to be talking about how to reduce no-shows.  Prospect inquires, books a trial appointment with you, but then ghost you; they don't show up. And sometimes, it's really hard to re-engage and get the conversation back going and get them to reschedule. 
    So, I'm going to be talking about a couple of ways that you can reduce no-shows, almost eliminate them completely. Some are going to be simpler, and some are going to be a little bit more complex. There's going to be a few options for you to consider. I'm going to cover those. Make sure to head over to martialartsmedia.com/148. That is where we've got the show notes, downloads, and everything for this episode. Head over there, and hey, let's jump in. 
    Okay, some context first. I was talking at a martial arts business event in Texas late last year, that’s 2023 and was chatting to a lot of martial arts business owners that were experiencing a lot of no-shows. A bunch of these guys was using different types of marketing agencies and just various problems that were coming up, mainly no-shows. 
    Out of the 10 leads that they were getting, only three were actually showing up—three to four. I’m kind of shocked, to be honest. That's like a really, really high no-show, right? So, there are a few things that you can do to mitigate this now. There are a couple of dangers and a couple of things to consider here, right? 
    If you are trying to automate things as much as possible and be as hands-off as possible, that might be the price that you're going to pay, right? Is that you're going to have some no-shows, and there's going to be little investment of time and following up and doing things, but you're going to get fewer leads. You're going to be paying a lot more for leads to show up. That's just going to be the nature of the beast for you.
    But, if you're keen to be a bit more invested and thinking, “Well, I want to get my dollars’ worth.” Like, “I want to really reduce the cost per acquisition of getting these students in, really want to bring that cost down, control it.” There are a couple of things that you can do, so let's explore them. 
    Number one is, first up, just looking at the automation that happens, your automated follow-up sequences. What happens once a new trial, a parent or an adult books a trial to come and take their first class with you? What happens from that point? 
    Are they getting automated email messages instantly and then timed all the way to their appointment? Are they getting text messages or follow-ups? What else? Is there some...

    • 11 min
    147 - Buzz Durkin: The Martial Arts Master For Lifetime Student Value

    147 - Buzz Durkin: The Martial Arts Master For Lifetime Student Value

    Discover how Buzz Durkin, the headmaster of Uechiryu Karate, effortlessly keeps martial arts students for as long as 52 years. 
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN: 
    Internal marketing – a strategy used by Buzz Durkin to attract new studentsCommunity building within a martial arts schoolTeaching beyond physical skills and the importance of using the physical curriculumWhat is AAA theory – Awareness, Appreciation, and Action, and how is it important to martial arts studentsAn overview of Buzz Durkin’s Success is Waiting: The Martial Arts School Owner's Guide to Teaching, Business, and Life bookCharging fair tuition for martial arts classesAnd more
    *Need help growing your martial arts school? Start Here.
    TRANSCRIPTION
    GEORGE: Hey, it's George Fourie. Welcome to the Martial Arts Media™ Business podcast. Today, I am interviewing a true master in martial arts and business, Buzz Durkin. I was really fortunate to spend some time with Buzz when I hosted our Martial Arts Media™ Intensive event, which was part of the Bushi Ban Power Week hosted by none other than Grandmaster Zulfi Ahmed.
    As part of the Bushi Ban Power Week, we hosted the Martial Arts Media™ Intensive, and I had Buzz share a talk in regards to retention and keeping students for life and how they basically work all their marketing from the ground up. I was so inspired by the speech; well, so was everyone else. He got a true standing ovation, and I invited him to speak at one of our events online, which is the Partners Intensive. Our members were just blown away by the information. I wanted to bring that over to you as part of the podcast, so I'm going to share a video on this page. If you want to go visit it, martialartsmedia.com/147.
    Buzz shared a video during his talk showing how every Saturday, how much experience, and how many black belts they have. It ranged from four years to, I think, 44 years of experience, and I can't recall counting. There were at least 20, 30, got to be like 30 people at least.
    Anyway, Buzz is truly a master at keeping it simple, keeping students for life, and he's got some valuable strategies to share. So, without further ado, jump in all the show notes on martialartsmedia.com/147. That’s the numbers one, four, seven. Jump in. Let's go.
    GEORGE: Buzz Durkin, welcome to the Martial Arts Media™ Business podcast.
    BUZZ: It's my pleasure to be here. I'm happy to be here with you, George.
    GEORGE: Good to see you again, and we'll loop back to that story. But a question I always like to ask first is, what's the number one thing that you do to attract new students into your school?
    BUZZ: Well, the number one thing we do after all these years that's evolved is internal marketing. We do internal marketing with some social presence, too. We do a lot of posting on Facebook, and Instagram, just about every day or at least every other day. Our main venue for acquiring new students is through internal marketing. Parent's nights out, pizza parties, and birthday parties, where we encourage our students to bring their friends, inviting their friends and school teachers to our black belt promotions.
    So, we concentrate mainly on the student body that we have

    • 40 min
    146 - The Partners Intensive: A Deep Dive into Australia's Premier Martial Arts Business Event

    146 - The Partners Intensive: A Deep Dive into Australia's Premier Martial Arts Business Event

    George Fourie explores the highlights and game-changing strategies shared from the Partners Intensive - a live martial arts business event held on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
    IN THIS EPISODE:
    What Was Covered At The Partners Intensive: A Premium Martial Arts Business EventThe 1 Thing That All Martial Arts Business Owners DesireWhat’s Special About Hosting Martial Arts Business Events On The Sunshine Coast?The Magic Delivered By Bushi-Ban International’s Grandmaster Zulfi AhmedThe 90-Day Growth Plan That Eliminates Overwhelm, Clarify Goals, And Delivers Martial Arts Business Success
    *Need help growing your martial arts school? Apply Here.
    TRANSCRIPTION


     Hey, it's George Fourie. Welcome to the Martial Arts Media™ Business Podcast. Today, I'm going to be doing a bit of a review of an epic martial arts business event that we ran here on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. We are going to be talking about the highlights, epic, real cool things that we did. And most importantly, also talk about the next event that's coming up and how you can potentially be part of it.

    All show notes can be found at martialartsmedia.com/146. Head over there and download everything, and you'll get all the resources on how you can potentially join us for the next event. All right, let's jump in.
    A couple of months back, we hosted our Partners Intensive. Now, some context: you've heard me talk about Partners if you've been on the podcast. If you haven't, Partners is our martial arts business group that we work with, school owners from around the world. We get together online a lot, well, two to four times per week.
    But it's also important to get together in person. And so, we put together the Partners Intensive, which was a three-day event that we hosted on the Sunshine Coast here in Australia. I've got to be honest; it way exceeded my expectations of how amazing it was. We had speakers from multiple parts of Australia and also Grand Master Zulfi Ahmed from Bushi Ban International, who flew over from the United States to come and join us for the event.
    I'll tell you what. You've probably been to a business event, but if you haven't, it's the one thing that brings it all together, right? It's great that we've got all these online tools, and we can switch on Zoom and teleport virtually altogether from all different locations and connect fast.
    And there’s nothing that beats that quick way of accessing information. But when it comes to human-to-human connection, we martial artists like to be around people, and the same goes with the events. Plus, you can get all the content that you want online, but it's that one conversation you have with a person who sits next to you, that insight that you get, that conversation that you're a part of where the magic happens.
     
    And I want to say, whether it's my event or someone else's, but if you're going to go, look at the business, look at it as a nice little tax write-off to get away and do it because whatever you spend, you get back tenfold plus form awesome relationships with...

    • 18 min
    145 – How Kyl Reber’s Martial Arts School Serves 370+ Members – All Through Referrals

    145 – How Kyl Reber’s Martial Arts School Serves 370+ Members – All Through Referrals

    Kyl Reber shares his secrets to 27 years of successful growth in his martial arts business, driven by the power of organic marketing through word-of-mouth referrals.
    IN THIS EPISODE:
    How Kyl grew his martial arts business through organic marketing, primarily via word-of-mouth referralsThe link between Imposter Syndrome and martial arts studio’s pricing strategiesWhy martial arts school owners often undersell themselves and encounter growth challengesKey areas to prioritize in your martial arts school beyond the curriculumThe history behind their martial arts school's empowering slogan, ‘Back Yourself’And more
    *Need help growing your martial arts school? Start Here.
    TRANSCRIPTION
    Hey, it's George Fourie. Welcome to another Martial Arts Media™ Business Podcast. Today I am interviewing one of our great clients, one of our members of our Partners community, Kyl Reber. Kyl is from Brisbane. Chikara Martial Arts. You can look them up. 
    And this interview is a bit of an extension from the Partners Intensive, which is an event that we hosted here on the Sunshine at the beginning of June. And Kyl was one of the featured speakers talking about the things that they are doing in the community. 
    And what is mind-blowing for many other school owners is Kyl and his team, they're just pushing past the 370-member mark. And at this point, they've only focused on organic marketing strategies. 
    It's all about community. It's all about giving back. It's all about the things that they do in their school and the impact that they make within their community. 
    And so I wanted to get Kyl on and dig a bit deeper, talk a bit more about the strategies, what they do. 
    And the great thing is I've been working with Kyl for a little more than six months, and I haven't really tapped into that backstory about how he got started on this journey when they opened their school, what got him into martial arts and so this was a great opportunity for that. 
    So jump into the episode. All the show notes and resources are on our website, martialrtsmedia.com/145. 
    That's the numbers one, four, five. Head over there and download the transcript and resources. That's it. Let's get started. Jump in. 
    GEORGE: Mr. Kyl Reber, welcome to the Martial Arts Media™ Business podcast.
    KYL: Thanks, George. Thank you for having me. It's a pleasure and an honor to be here.
    GEORGE: Awesome. Long time coming.
    KYL: Long time coming. Third time lucky.
    GEORGE: Third time lucky. Hey, so thanks for jumping on. I'm really excited about this conversation and what I'm excited about is I've known you for a little while, we've been working together for a little while and I haven't really tapped into the back story of you and how everything came about.
    So I'm really excited to chat about that and just witness a lot of the things that you're doing in your school and how you approach things differently. But first up, I always like to kick off this being … We always talk about marketing and attract, increase, and retain strategies.
    If you have to share, what is the one thing, your go-to strategy that's helped...

    • 54 min

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