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

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

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

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.

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