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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Happy Birthday to Me!
By Perry Isenberg
During a recent convention, I spent a considerable amount of time away from the BioFreeze booth to spend time with some of our wholesale distributors and business associates. This time, coupled with the fact that our company is celebrating our 10th year in business, caused me to reflect on how privileged and fortunate we truly are.
In the exhibit hall, there were 11 wholesale distributors of our product; at least seven of them have been selling the product for as long as we have been in business. Although the other four dealers have been selling our product for only a few short years, they have benefited from the best efforts of our first group of wholesalers, who together helped us achieve national distribution and demand.
This thought process sparked the following question: How much of our available resources (time, money, energy, etc.) do we direct to acquiring new business, vs. helping our established customers sell more product?
After thinking it through, I concluded that we spend at least 85% of our resources working with current customers, with the remaining 15% going toward finding new business. I'm content with these percentages, although I have no point of reference as to whether industry norms exist. I also noted that we had no prior objectives or strategies to structure our resource distribution.
I started to think of massage therapists, and wondered if they recognize the importance of programs to take care of current customers vs. promotional activity to attract new customers.
We all execute programs to attract new customers -- but do we always take the time to allocate resources to existing customers? Consider yourself a customer who responds to a promotional offer in a local paper from a massage therapy clinic. The ad offers 50% off your first massage treatment. Obviously this type of offer is great to generate new clients - at this point, it's a win-win situation. Now you are a client, and you continue to see the 50% offer every month in the paper. How impressed would you be if on your birthday, the therapist gave you your treatment for free as a thank-you for your continued support? After all, the therapist offers 50% off the first massage to a first-timer, with no guarantee the prospective client will become a regular client who could also generate new business via word-of mouth-referral.
Let's do the math:
Ten consumers take the 50% off first-time offer. Two become regular clients; one becomes a semi-regular client. Assuming regular is once a month, and the hour session is $60.00:
This provides you $1,530 in revenue for 12 months. Ten regular clients provide you with $7,200 in revenue. If you offered one free treatment to each of those clients, it would cost you $600; $7,200 - $600 = $6,600 in revenue for 12 months.
This exercise clearly demonstrates that heavily skewing your resources to existing customers is a worthwhile strategy. The word-of-mouth referrals alone for the "birthday" gesture would be worth thousands of dollars to any therapist.
Staying in touch with customers, and treating and rewarding them with the respect they deserve, is a worthwhile business decision. Review how you use your resources, and make sure you take care of those who take care of you! In the meantime, be healthy, be good, stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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