/ Loyalty Schemes at Climbing Walls
I prefer to lead on my own rope rather than one I don't know the history of.
I think most walls already have "loyalty schemes" in the form of direct debit memberships, often at a very substantial discount.
Cheaper entrance fees for climbing more often. Everything else just feels a bit gimmicky to me.
> I prefer to lead on my own rope rather than one I don't know the history of.
it's an indoor wall rope hardly worth worrying about imo, it just saves me taking my 50 or 60m one there, but I understand your concern but I don't think walls would use dodgy rope. but correct me if I am wrong.
I don't think *walls* would, but it's a question of whether climbers log falls etc properly or not. I think it's an overhead they wouldn't want.
Why not buy a cheap 30m rope for wall use?
You pay your normal fee for entry 5 times, 6th time is free etc...
Reward for your loyal customers, without having to commit to paying for a whole year.
That would be great I think.
> I don't think *walls* would, but it's a question of whether climbers log falls etc properly or not.
i have never logged a fall at a wall, and fall a good bit. do walls you visit require this?
Some walls already do that up to a point eg pre-paid sessions at ten for the price of nine or whatever. A "loyalty scheme" that doesn't reward people who come more often kind of defeats the object, though...
But yeah, I'd agree that apart from fixed time passes and "six for the price of five" passes (or whatever), trying random rewards for regular climbers seems a bit weird and gimmicky.
I think more walls should adopt it though I suspect its all down to cost!
Maybe the stamp idea is a good one, I feel I'm more likely to return if I feel I'm getting a good deal every time I go though (discount for bulk buy/longer term passes etc).
In the US it's common for walls to insist on providing lead ropes (because they don't know the condition of your own ropes). They insist all falls *on those ropes* are logged.
Have a Google about. I don't think it's something we would want to get into.
Big Rock do one of those, 10% discount for buying 10. It's a good idea, saves both a bit of cash and the hassle of having to pay each time.
Thanks everyone for some great replys so far.
Since our wall is already considerably cheeper than all of our competition i have been considering other ways to reward loyal climbers.
I do see what you mean though, free teas and coffees can seem a bit gimmickey.
Anyone interested in free cake nights?
> That would be great I think.
Awesome walls already do that - but you get one free climb after 50 paid ones. (they give you 2 point per pound spent, which you can spend as you like, on a climb, or on tea, coffee etc)
they have a more boring electronic points card now...
Brought to you by the country where safety is about who might or might not get sued and how much for rather than actual safety.
Regular informal competitions seem like quite a good thing to give people something extra to keep coming back for. "Do as many of these routes as you can in a month" things (like the Big Rock leading aggregate or the Castle boulder ladder) seem particularly good, because they don't get in the way of people who've just turned up for a climb. And the boulder ladder is based on month-on-month improvement as well, so it's not just for the wads.
Yes, I've come across this at quite a few of the walls I've climbed at in the US. Most of the time you can only get them if you are 'lead certified', which is an additional test on top of the 'belay certified' one.
For me, who visits the walls while on business travel, this system works very well as I only need to pack my boots and harness and then find someone to partner with when I get there.
Which means that you have spent a mere £350
> Which means that you have spent a mere £350
Ha, I will not be showing this thread to my wife :)
You also get free tea and coffee,15% off in the shop,2 free entries a month for new climbers and 2hrs free instruction a year,so I'm happy. Had to sign a 1yr contract but was happy to do that
I haven't seen a scheme yet that's enticed me since it would mean using the same wall too much and I get bored of them quickly
Which is exactly what The Foundry offers with their winter bouldering league.
Thanks everyone for for some good quality replys.
Hi Folks, sorry about the late reply to this thread!
As has been stated we do a loyalty scheme that gives you back 2p in the pound. We picked this in line with many other companies offering loyalty points.
I agreed that the fun has been taking out of it now we don't have the old style monopoly cards in use. The smiles we used to get when someone got their free cuppa or their eventual free climb was great!
So, moving forward we are going to introduce a new scheme soon that will bring the cards back but with a twist! Full details will be announced here soon once we have finalised them.
As some big supermarket said once 'every little helps'!
Happy climbing everyone.
Awesome Walls Climbing Centres Ltd
Liverpool/Stockport/Stoke-on-Trent/Dublin (opening September 2012)
Paying me to climb at them in Summertime?
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