The Secret to Business Success: Intentionality

Ultimately business success depends on human intentionality which is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet.           — George Leonard

Business success doesn’t occur by accident! Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Michael Dell didn’t succeed on a whim. They consciously and intentionally pursued, explored, and diligently worked hard to attain the brass ring. Therefore, so must you!

You took the time and effort to hire a real estate person, find an office space, and secure your loan.  Then, you had that office space built out to your specifications.  After that, you hired contractors to fill your new clinic with phone lines, computer equipment, and medical equipment. One can only presume that your intention was to be as successful as possible.

You were diligent in your efforts to create a suitable location for your chiropractic practice. You secured a beachhead for your enterprise.  Now comes the moment of truth; the time when you must attack your prosperity intentionally!

In this spirit, your task is to raise your hand and to tell the world that you are open and ready for business!  Additionally, your effort needs to be to stand out in your area, to become a local expert. In so doing, you can begin to develop your foothold on being considered the “go-to” DC and town.

 “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

To become that local expert, you must approach every promotional effort with Business success with intentionalitythese primary objectives in mind: Every advertising piece should have a strong and compelling headline. Your content should allure and appeal to people’s self-interest. You must provide a tantalizing offer.  You must clearly define your unique stature in the area (your brand). And, you must provide testimonials for those prospective patients who don’t know you and need reassurance.

This is the point at which many chiropractors ask vital and telling questions:  “So, what do I say in my promotional pieces (other than the obvious — I’m a DC)?  How do I know who I’m supposed to reach? Because at this stage of my career, I treat everyone!

The questions listed above are extremely legitimate! I find that many doctors, though they excel at medicine, they don’t often have the time handle the marketing. What they do have, is an abundance of knowledge. Use your knowledge as currency, which if done properly, can reach and touch multitudes. Continue reading The Secret to Business Success: Intentionality

5 S.E.O. Tactics You Must Start Doing IMMEDIATELY!

We’ve all heard it, if you want to attract more patients, you MUST improve your SEO!

 

To begin with, for those readers that are less tech savvy than others, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of your website in an organic (“natural” or unpaid) way.

Therefore, the above statement is fine and well, but how exactly is that optimization achieved?  In our many conversations with Chiropractors, we find that it falls upon many of these doctors to generate new business.  Actually, we have similar conversations with doctors in other disciplines as well such as Dentists, Veterinarians, or Pediatricians and they too tell us that they are the ones who write their sites blogs and articles to attract more patients.

At the end of the day, there is an undeniable fact that a medical practice is a business.  As such, it is subject to the same realities of every business — if you don’t get more patients, you go out of business!

Whether you are the person responsible for blogging or not, your content must attract patients!  Moreover, it must draw those patients from a finite geographical pool.

Therefore if your content doesn’t draw patients in, your advertising is reduced to the equivalent having a billboard in the middle of the desert.

When we refer to “Content Marketing,” we mean creating and sharing valuable information to attract and convert prospects into patients.  Additionally, impress them enough so that they emerge as repeat buyers of your service.

The type of content you share is closely related to the service you provide.  In other words, you’re educating patients so that they know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

Examples of this would depend on your particular specialty, such:

  • If your specialty is in sports medicine: Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff
  • If your specialty is veterinary chiropractic care, you may wish to write something like: Where Does My Horse Hurt?  Consider writing a blog providing a hands-on guide to evaluating pain and dysfunction.
  • If your specialty deals with pediatric chiropractic care, write about that, etc.

According to Whatisseo.com, “A successful search engine optimization campaign will have, as part of the improvements, carefully select, relevant, keywords.   Then the ‘on-page’ optimization will be designed to make prominent for search engine algorithms.  SEO is broken down into two basic areas: on-page, and off-page optimization. On-page optimization refers to website elements which comprise a web page, such as HTML code, textual content, and images. Off-page optimization refers, predominantly, to backlinks (links pointing to the site which is being optimized, from other relevant websites).” Continue reading 5 S.E.O. Tactics You Must Start Doing IMMEDIATELY!

Powerful Headlines Equal Advertising Success!

“The headline is the most important element of an ad. It must offer a promise to the reader of a believable benefit. And it must be phrased in a way to give it memory value.”  — Morris Hite

 

Every day a business entity goes out of business!  Why?  Very often it is because of a lack of new patients.  So, how do you attract more patients?  You advertise!  But what if you do advertise; yet, your ad doesn’t attract a single call?  If you want to attract more patients, your message MUST grab their curiosity and pull them in!  So how do you do that?  First, you write a compelling headline!

The power that a well-written headline adds to your advertising is immense!  The study of the effectiveness of headlines is a principle component of all advertising and marketing education!

But why is a headline so important?  According to a 2014 article in The New Yorker Magazine, author Maria Konnikova writes that “a headline determines how many people will read a piece, particularly in this era of social media. But, more interesting, a headline changes the way people read an article and the way they remember it. The headline frames the rest of the experience. A headline can tell you what kind of article you’re about to read—news, opinion, research —and it sets the tone for what follows.

Psychologists have long known that first impressions do matter—what we see, hear, feel, or experience in our first encounter with something colors how we process the rest of it. Advertising messages such as print ads and articles are no exception.

Just as people can manage the impression that they make through their choice of attire, so, too, can the crafting of the headline subtly shift the perception of the text that follows. By drawing attention to certain details or facts, a headline can affect what existing knowledge is activated in your head. By its choice of phrasing, a headline can influence your mindset as you read so that you later recall details that coincide with what you were expecting. ”

As you can see, the way you present your chiropractic services, benefits, incentives and offers set-the-tone for experience the reader can expect!  HeadlinesAdditionally and pragmatically, if your ad doesn’t grab the attention of all prospective patients reading the same ad immediately (which may be right next to your biggest competitor’s ad), your ad becomes invisible, impotent, and you wasted your advertising budget!

According to marketing legend, David Ogilvy, “Write great headlines and you’ll have successfully invested 80% of your [advertising] money.  Further, on the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” Continue reading Powerful Headlines Equal Advertising Success!

Secrets to How to Write a Better Ad — The value of a compelling headline

Let’s face it; everyone wants to learn the secrets to how to write a better ad.  That’s the point of advertising, to grab your patient’s attention immediately; so as to develop dependable, steady streams of new patients, and maximize your return on investment.

 

Learning “the secrets” of how to make a better ad would mean that you would never again have to play advertising roulette with your ad budget!  The key to an effective ad begins with a captivating headline!  Headlines play monumental roles in the strength of your ads.

Your goal needs to be to have predictable results every time you run an ad.  Your ad must be a salesperson in print, online, on the radio, in the television ad, etc.  A weak or non-existent headline works as a highly skilled and master saboteur against your advertising effort!

Unless your display ad convinces a patient to pick up the phone and call you or come into your office, your ads are useless.

Unfortunately, many Chiropractic display ads all look alike and say the same things, such as: “Free Consultation,” “Adjustments,” “Family Oriented Practice.” All important points on their own merits; unfortunately, in most ads, the only elements that change are the name of their practices.

To have your next patient pick up their phone and call you, your ad must stand out and be different!  Worst still, some chiropractors only state their name in their ad.  What benefit does a potential patient derive from this information? Absolutely nothing!

There is an absolute law that applies to all advertising (from the consumer’s point of view):  The client (all clients) only cares about one thing: “What’s in it for me?” (WIFM).  Otherwise defined as individuals exercising their own self-interests.

Your ad needs to quantitatively enumerate reasons why a patient “MUST” choose you over everyone else providing the same service.

There’s a secret your advertising sales representative (the person representing the particular vehicle in which you advertise) won’t tell you.  When your ad appears, or is heard, your competitor’s ad will also be seen or heard in that medium.

When you advertise, you are competing in an arena where there are multiple competitors for the available clients.  Highly successful and profitable display ads have very specific things in common, they include:

A Great Headline A Compelling Sub-Head What Makes You Unique?
Offer Specific Benefit Make a Decisive Offer Include a Call to Action

Though many media forums provide the basic elements of these key ingredients, too often, they [the media outlets] simply provide some variation of a cookie-cutter formula for “advertising success.”

* It is important to stress that there is nothing wrong with a generic advertising format; so long as it yields the intended results!  If, however, if you aren’t getting the responses you expect and need, then you must re-evaluate your message!

The importance of a headline –

Fact, up to 95 percent of all Chiropractic ads have no headlines.  Multiple marketing studies, covering several decades, reflecting consumer’s buying habits demonstrate that fully 80 percent of all potential patients only read headlines when deciding which company to use.  Further, it has been pointed out in these many studies: Continue reading Secrets to How to Write a Better Ad — The value of a compelling headline

Why Social Media Is Essential for Business Success

Fact, in this modern electronic world, social media is essential for your business growth!

 

It seems that every day the world is moving faster and faster, and the pressure to build and strengthen your medical practice is that much more intense!  As such, as members of society are reaching out and connecting in record numbers on a multitude of issues, including business referrals; it is more important than ever for chiropractors to embrace this truth:  Social Media is Essential For Your Business Growth!!!!

To strengthen the social media reality further, many reports and articles pointing out staggering numbers like:

  • Online adults aged 18-34 are most likely follow a brand via social networking (95%). (Source: MarketingSherpa) Think about your audience and see where they are most likely to follow your brand.
  • 71% of consumers who have had a good social media service experience with a brand are likely to recommend it to others. (Source: Ambassador) Use social media as an effective customer service tool to increase brand engagement and win new customers. 
  • There are 1.65 billion active mobile social accounts globally with 1 million new active mobile social users added every day. (Source: We Are Social) Make sure to optimize your mobile social media campaigns and since mobile ads are relatively cheap and easy to produce, test multiple versions to see what works the best. 
  • 96% of the people that discuss brands online do not follow those brands’ owned Social Media is Essential For Your Business Growthprofiles. (Source: Brandwatch) Companies need to go beyond their channels and monitor those unbranded conversations to gain valuable insights and manage brand health.
  • Visual content is more than 40 times more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content. (Source: HubSpot) Flying Point Digital has a great post on how to create an innovative content strategy on social media.
  • There were over 4.4 million videos uploaded directly to Facebook in February 2016, generating over 199 billion views. (Source: ReelSEO) Video marketing is a powerful tool that personalizes your brand and increases conversions.
  • There are 40 million active small business pages on Facebook, but only 2 million of those businesses pay for advertising. (Source: Brandwatch) Therefore, small-sized companies should consider paying for Facebook ads to gain visibility and surpass competitors relatively easily.

*  Source: Dreamgrow.com 

The figures above are quite compelling.  If nothing else, from the perspective of attracting new patients, they are interesting.  Even the most cynical among us must concede that a serious argument can be made for the notion that social media is essential for business growth.

Additionally, in a recent Huffington Post article, titled Why Social Media is Essential for Business Success, author Harmel S. Rayat (who is a prolific investor, entrepreneur, business owner and author of his right)sums up the advantages to your medical practice quite succinctly.

Mr. Rayat writes, I’m often surprised at how many CEOs refuse to use social media. Perhaps they feel that having a social presence could be risky. Perhaps they fear that saying the wrong thing could ignite a PR nightmare – a firestorm not easily extinguished. Or, maybe they worry it could open them up to disgruntled customers who could threaten their company’s reputation.

On the surface, this seems to make a lot of sense, but based on my experience, a social presence is a necessity for success.

Social media ‘sociability’ shows that I’m listening; that I’m open to engaging in conversation and comfortable with technology. In short, it shows I’m a human being.

In fact, setting up a Twitter account and my blog was the best thing I ever did. Not only can I communicate with my friends and co-workers, but I’m also better able to tap into my intended core audience.

Remember, constant communication is key to growing a business. I’m the first to say that there’s no immediate value to penning a blog or tweeting a message to followers. It may even take valuable time out of my day. But the long-term benefits are difficult to ignore. Blogging, for example, helps nurture ideas. It also helps me build an audience and a following.

I now have more than 700 Twitter followers that I can speak to and listen to daily for inspiration and ideas I may not have thought about. Often, this ‘social’ interaction helps me shed further light on projects I’m working on.

I’m often surprised at how many CEOs refuse to use social media. Perhaps they feel that having a social presence could be risky. Perhaps they fear that saying the wrong thing could ignite a PR nightmare – a firestorm not easily extinguished. Or, maybe they worry it could open them up to disgruntled customers who could threaten their company’s reputation.

Continue reading Why Social Media Is Essential for Business Success