Do You Like Being Invisable In Your Marketplace?

Learn Proven Tips to Use Your Branding & Standout and Get Genuine Practice Dominance!

“When you look at strong branding, you see a promise!” — Jim Mullen

What if every time you send a promotional piece to your patients, that message gets received with great excitement?  It is possible to attain genuine dominance of your marketplace; and, it’s only a few key steps away.  An essential aspect of fruitful and predictable marketing begins with superior branding.

A properly developed brand identifies you as the absolute “go-to” doctors in the area.  Excellent branding allows you to accurately achieve your reward with stable, dependable, and genuine, programmable response and communication rates.

Think of your marketing promotion like a three-legged stool.  You need each leg to be sturdy, or the stool will fall. In this case, the legs of your stool represent your niche, your content, and your credibility.  Therefore, to achieve great branding, you must also focus heavily on the content of your message.  You must spotlight that segment of your market (your niche) for which you want to be known.  For example, prenatal care, make it your mission to provide fresh, innovative, and helpful information that compels Moms to read.

In fact, in an article written for the Balance.com, author Laura Lake says,

There is a lot of confusion around branding, there are multiple definitions, so what is branding?  Decades ago branding was defined as a name, slogan, sign, symbol or design, or a combination of these elements that identify products or services of a company. The brand was identified of the elements that differentiated the goods and or service from the competition.  Today brand is a bit more complex, but even more important in today’s world of marketing.

It’s the perception that a consumer has when they hear or think of your Brandingcompany name, service or product.   That being said, the word ‘brand’ or ‘branding’ is a moving target and evolves with the behavior of consumers, I think of it as the mental picture of who you as a company represents to consumers; it is influenced by the elements, words, and creativity that surround it.”

As you can see, to create a successful brand, you must understand the needs and wants of you patients!

You must also establish your credibility.  In a crowded market, where your patients have a lot of choices, you must stand out as a leading expert.  Incidentally, this would be the complete opposite of mass marketing.  You will never be an expert if you try to be all things to all people!

As stated earlier, credibility starts by targeting your market and developing your reputation as a great resource.  In essence, becoming a mini-celebrity to the right people because you’re trustworthy, knowledgeable, and close at hand.

Because of your status, everything you send must be excellent and incomparable.  You must position yourself as the best and only solution! Think about it; you’re not breaking new ground, organizations like the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins set a masterful blueprint.  You too can achieve similar results, if you dedicate your brand to that level of preeminence.

*I would invite you to discover more about our unique strategy to develop your Authority Brand.  Read our article on becoming a “resident expert” in your field.  Learn how to create division (from a patient’s perspective) between you and every other chiropractor in town. Continue reading Do You Like Being Invisable In Your Marketplace?

The Secret to Success: Branding

Branding:  Don’t be scared to present the real you to the world, authenticity is at the heart of success.

 

Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, large or small, retail or business to business (B2B).  An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does “branding” mean? How does it affect a small business like yours?

Your brand is that ADHESIVE image you carry, that has the ability to STICK to the minds of people you meet physically or otherwise. Brand yourself positively because whoever gets to know you when passing by takes your image along!” ― Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Recently, John Williams wrote in a very informative article in Entrepreneur Magazine, titled the Basics of Branding.  He points out that simply put, your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your competitors’. Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be.

Now that you know what branding is, how do you attain it?  How do you form it?  How build your business off of it?

The first place to begin is to look in the mirror.  Who are you?  Who is the principle patient?  What is your specialty?  If you don’t know, you will need to do some soul searching.  Figure out where your passion lays.  Maybe your answer is right in front of you?  Do an inventory of your entire patient base and establish each patient’s unique need.  Clarity may be closer than you think.

The next step is to figure out your practice’s mission.  Based on that information establish the unique benefits and features of your services.  Now build off of that Brandingby establishing what your patients think of your service.  Finally, determine what qualities you want patients to associate with your practice.

Congratulations, you have just determined your unique selling proposition (U.S.P).  In short, that unique benefit, essence, appeal or promise that you hold out to the patient (one that no other doctor offers).  It must be a clear, concise, compelling reason that makes your patient aware of what your practice can do for them. Continue reading The Secret to Success: Branding

5 Secrets for Building Deep Patient Pools

If your desire is to create successful and predictable marketing campaigns; you’ve come to the right place!

What you share with your patients determines your desired outcome — developing deep pools and long-term relationships is directly tied to successful and predictable marketing efforts!

The sole purpose of advertising is to say to the world “Hey, I’m here and ready to serve your needs!”  Also, the only point of sending periodic notes to your patients is to give them information they want!  Successful and predictable marketing shouldn’t be some random thing that is merely thrown together.  You want to provide information that compels.

*Note, these correspondences include your e-mails, newsletters, special reports, etc.

Why? Because reliable and authoritative content builds loyalty within your patient base.  The more fidelity you build, the more consistent business you can count on, and the greater the referral possibilities.  By providing valuable tips, in easy to understand portions, on the topics your patients need, you create that allegiance.

You will be building upon your reputation as the authority in a particular ailment within your field.

Again, why is any of this so important?  There is an excellent article in HelpScout.com, titled the “The art of customer loyalty,” explains this principle succinctly:  In a world where your competitors are only a click away, customer loyalty really is the new marketing. Today’s customers have access to an endless amount of information about your business, and research shows that they’re ready and willing to stop dating around and stick with companies who go above and beyond to create a fantastic customer experience.

Therefore, if your intention, when sending out your communication pieces,  is to touch, educate, compel and build deep bonds with patients, then you have to make sure each piece is read.  Successful and predictable marketing

As you read on you will learn strategies  to achieve that very topic.

As such, the cornerstone of your practice’s prosperity is a proper communication strategy which yields both successful and predictable marketing campaigns.

What if every time you send an email to your patient, that email was received by that recipient with excitement?  An essential aspect of successful and predictable marketing includes superior branding.

Brand (ing): The marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies and differentiates a product (your service) from other products. An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets.

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Important Lessons – How Online Marketing Won 2016 Election

Online marketing is real, and it won the 2016 election!

Regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on, the facts are in, and the brilliant use of online marketing won the day!  This should by a classic lesson for every Chiropractor wishing to attract more and better patients!

Let’s face it, the current economic conditions haven’t been kind, and have touched everyone.  To overcome, succeed and excel, you need to adopt better marketing techniques.  Further, if you are using online promotion, you will want to read this blog and upgrade what you’re doing.

The online phenomena was first mastered and seen four years ago during the Obama-Romney race.  Actually, we saw it at its earliest stages during the Obama-McCain run.

According to noted marketing and sales strategist, David Meerman Scott, author of “News Jacking: How to Inject your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage.”:

“We live in a 24/7/354 world, second-by-second news environment!  The most prosperous and savvy operators realize there are new ways to generate media attention.

The rules have changed.  The traditional PR model—sticking closely to a pre-set script and campaign timeline—no longer works as before. Public discourse now moves so fast and so dynamically that all it takes is a single afternoon to blast the wheels off someone’s laboriously crafted narrative.

To be effective, you must launch your business ahead of the competition and attract the attention of highly-engaged audiences. You do this by taking advantage of breaking news.  Additionally, you do that by generating attention and growing business in a real-time world.

Our always-on, web-driven world has new rules for competing and growing business. ‘Advance’ planning is out and agile is in! Those who embrace new ways will be far more successful than those who stay stuck and afraid to change.”

Recently, he wrote and interesting piece and an accompanying video on th 2016 Campaign.  The piece is titled: How Inbound Marketing and Sales Decided the 2016 US Election.  He believes that Donald Trump won because he understood his buyer personas better than the Clinton campaign.  He passed that information via his online domination.

Meerman-Scott says that Trump created a strong, memorable message from the moment he announced his candidacy in 2014. “Make America Great Again” (#MAGA) captured his promise to buyer personas. People all over the country knew the slogan. Trump used inbound marketing to make himself the 45th President of the United States. Continue reading Important Lessons – How Online Marketing Won 2016 Election

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!

10 Secret Benefits of Instagram for Your Medical Practice

How do you stay in front of your patients throughout every lives’ cycles?  Highly successful marketing requires that you stay in touch with your patients during the course of the year — enter Instagram.

 

Few doctors realize that the sales process has multiple levels of opportunity; even less (those who do realize it) do anything about it.  So how do you stay in front of your patients has their lives evolve?  Moreover, how do you do it cost-effectively, efficiently, and reach as many people as possible?  The answer may lay in an area you are currently overlooking, social media, specifically Instagram.

Incidentally, the multiple levels of opportunities are referred to as a patient’s unique buying cycles.  In this case, these cycles are considered secret benefits because to those doctors that can tap into these key and specific points, there are very lucrative benefits.

“There was a time when social media was considered by some as a passing fad. Something that “the kids” were using that business could never really benefit from. Over time, the skeptics were proved wrong. There are over 3 billion internet users—and over 2 billion of them have active social media accounts.”

Popular social platforms have become marketing giants, offering businesses valuable data about their customers and a (mostly) free way to reach them. The jury has spoken: social media for business is no longer optional.

Recently, Emily Copp wrote an excellent article for Hootsuite.com, titled “10 Benefits of Social Media for Business.”  For all those readers who believe that social media has no place in their marketing, please read on!

Ms. Copp points out that today, most of our social interactions are infused with visuals – snapping a quick photo to text to a friend, posting a selfie at a bar, or killing a few minutes scanning through newsfeeds filled with photos and videos.

The impact of the rise of visual content on social networks is most apparent on Instagram.  As a result, many medical practices are scrambling to understand how to best use Instagram benefits.

Instagram’s rise has been astronomical – and understandably so.  We’re visual creatures, which is why content like photos, videos, and gifs have such great engagement rates.

And Instagram is so huge because building a social network that connects people solely through visual elements is a powerful way to capture – and sustain – our attention.

Brands and marketers have raced to capitalize on the immense growth of the social platform and many are successfully learning how to sell on Instagram.

Brands that excel in mastering social commerce trends like this know something that companies who flop don’t: Instagram photos convert.  Additionally, you’re not getting the full benefit of Instagram because you don’t know the real secret to using these photos for marketing! Continue reading 10 Secret Benefits of Instagram for Your Medical Practice

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

Digital marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices

Medical practice growth depends highly on a steady stream of new patients.  However, your patients don’t buy medical practices; they buy doctors!

On Friday’s Internet Health Magazine, author Ken Robbins writes an extremely informative article concerning the online challenges for healthcare marketers.  The title of the article is Digital Marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices.   The underlying current of the piece is that your medical practice growth depends on your communication.

There is tons of information available online, and patients are conducting plenty of their research before selecting providers.

  • 84% of consumers said they are likely to visit a provider’s website before booking an appointment,
  • with 61% saying they are very likely to do so. What they find there makes a massive difference in whether they book an appointment or continue looking elsewhere.
  • Consumers may also start by looking for what’s covered by their insurance.  While some practices can rely on the fact that they are in networks for a class of patients.  Those that want to use marketing to grow need to connect with doctors in the market.

The best strategy for practice marketers to reach these consumers is to build websites that contain individual pages for each clinician highlighting Continue reading Digital marketing 101: Consumers buy doctors, not practices