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Not on Snapchat. Snap to it.

With 100 million daily users, Snapchat is quickly becoming the biggest social media platform. 45% of users are aged between 18 -24, 70% of all users are female & it’s now ranked the number 1 social media platform for teens.

I’ve been on Snapchat for a few years but only signed up as a company a few months ago. Why? Because we all want to do what we know, unlike Instagram, Twitter & Facebook who move up & down, Snapchat moves left & right. We’ve all read it’s the app that’s synonymous with sending nude pictures so we are hesitant to use it but effective marketers will go where the eyeballs go. Right now, they are on Snapchat.

There is a myriad of reasons that forced me to grab my phone & sign up a business account. It’s a free business tool where I can add content easily & literally in 10-second blocks. Snapchat brings with it what other platforms cant, scarcity. Scarcity sells or at the very least brings people back. The fact that my content is permanently deleted after opening (or 24 hours at most) creates not only urgency but also a habit. Followers return daily to get the content before it’s forever lost into the ether. Assuming I’m producing good content, no one will seek out your profile out for rubbish, non-engaging content.

While initially, authenticity didn’t strike me as the most compelling reason to get into Snapchat. After speaking with my clients who watch my snaps everyday, it’s now become the most engaging aspect to making this Snapchat venture work. Snapchat provides authenticity because it’s unfiltered, raw content. I don’t reshoot many things, if I screw up that’s okay, I’m human & people appreciate that.

This authentic approach allows me as a company director to showcase not just our work but also the hard work our clients put in each & everyday that makes my business a success. Our most authentic content is comprised of people in the middle of workouts who don’t have stage lighting, no make up & usually panting heavily. We post free workouts, nutrition tips, my own workouts and my own nutrition to show the people who turn up every week to listen to what I have to say that I do indeed walk the talk. Most importantly I show my flaws, my binge meals, my days I skip a workout & the days I feel like crap, I explain them all.

Snapchat is perfect to combat the intimidation factor that comes with a gym, especially one like ours in a warehouse in an industrial estate. Potential clients can log on, watch us & our content for days or weeks before feeling confident that their starting point is not unique to our gym family. They see our space, our staff, their likeability’s & our training style. Then they have the courage to start their journey.

The mantra of my Snapchat; add value. Everything we post must add value to my followers. Show them something they can’t see unless they are standing in the gym.

Even Speigel turned down Mark Zuckerberg’s offer to buy Snapchat for $3 billion. You don’t do that unless you know you have something much much more valuable. Its here to stay.

Matt Winkley is an exercise scientist with a passion for adding value through his social media influence. For more find him at;

Instagram – @winkfitgym

Snapchat – winkfit

Facebook – Search WinkFit

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