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Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Defending With Vitamin D: Helps Prevent Progression to Diabetes
A 2014 clinical trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides additional evidence that optimal vitamin D nutritional status may be important in preventing the progression of prediabetes to diabetes in prediabetic adults.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Is the EHR Ship Setting Sail Without Us?
The numbers are in: As of July 2014, 10,253 doctors of chiropractic have received $123,059,868 in EHR stimulus funds – and yet that represents less than 15 percent of our profession.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Not All Evidence Is Equal; An Abundance of Misinformation; A Well-Researched Decision; Far Too Dangerous.
Are Your Work Orders in Order?
There are times when a patient's occupational duties will delay or prevent them from recovering. These circumstances create the need for the doctor to recommend modified duty or remove the patient from work.
Women's Health: Herbal Formulas to Help Patients With Dysmenorrhea
Chiropractors have long treated women for menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea). Since roughly 60 percent of all chiropractic patients are women and 30-50 percent of women have a history of menstrual cramps, the vast majority of doctors of chiropractic will inevitably see patients with dysmenorrhea.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Image Is Everything: The Power of Branding
Successful businesses use color and design to attract people to their service. They understand how important image is and hire experts to create an attractive package. Starbucks works hard to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.
A Dream Come True for Chiropractic: Funding Prevention and Public Health
Back in 2005, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said: "Let's face it, in America today we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Love a Nurse – and They'll Love You Back
According to various sources, there are about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., and according to the American Nurses Association, they are under serious pressure in today's health care reality.
News in Brief
Major Organizations Announce Joint Conference; Fighting for Section 2706; New Vice President of Chiro. Program at Parker; Two Families, One Chiropractic Dynasty.
State by State: Comparing Chiropractic Scope of Practice
"The issue of 'scope of practice' has been a bugaboo ever since our early quests for legal recognition for chiropractic," according to Dr. Claire Johnson, editor in chief of JMPT and National's other two chiropractic journals.
Billing for Same-Visit Extraspinal and Spinal Manipulation
Q: I have always been under the premise that when billing 98943, extraspinal chiropractic manipulation, on the same visit as spinal manipulation, 98940-98942, that the extraspinal manipulation requires modifier 51.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
The Art of Day-to-Day Assessment and Treatment: Clinical Pearls
Let's focus on the day-to-day process of assessing and treating the patient. I am proposing a particular attitude; a way of looking at the patient. This often evolves over a few treatments and then changes as you figure out what is significant.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Overcoming Barriers to Exercise Compliance
One of the most common questions other practitioners ask me is, "How do I get patients to do their exercises?" I am not frustrated by my patient compliance, as many doctors are; in fact, I am actually happy with my patients' involvement and commitment.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
How to Write "Call Me" Ads
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
Are you curious about what a "Call Me" ad is? Actually, I made it up. But if I've caught your attention and you are reading this column then my intention worked. That is precisely what effective advertising does: It grabs your attention.Keep reading and you will learn how to write effective, catchy advertisements that will increase your volume of responses.
If you've ever tried newspaper or telephone directory advertising to market your business, chances are you've received a mixed response, or no response at all. Don't feel bad, though; most advertising is ineffective. Some believe the specific placement of an ad can result in a poor response, or that a different day of the week can make a difference in the number of responses. Some also believe the larger the ad, the better the response. But bigger ads are not necessarily better.
So, what makes an ad effective? It's simple: the content. Let's pretend for a moment that you are a consumer looking for a massage appointment. Open up your telephone directory to the "massage therapy" section. You will notice display and in-column ads. Which business will you call first? Why did you choose this business over the other ones? For most consumers, making this decision would be easier if they just pulled out a coin and flipped it, because the ads are all the same. The ads typically mention massage and other services offered, and list the owners' names, addresses and telephone numbers. Some ads are fancy and list specific modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy, but to the average consumer, this means absolutely nothing -- it is foreign terminology.
After reviewing the ads, average consumers will typically resort to picking up the telephone and dialing each business until they reach a human on the other end who can answer their questions. The three questions consumers are thinking about as they view the ads are: "Is this a legitimate, professional business?"; "Can I get an appointment today?"; and "Will the money I spend equal or exceed the value of the services?"
Revising your advertisement to address these questions will help your business stand out among the others, and you will dramatically increase your odds of the consumer choosing your business to call first. To improve your ad, the first thing you must do is list what makes your business better and different than your competitors. Here are some ideas to help you:
Depending on the size of your advertisement, choose a few or several of these features to place in your ad.
By now, you may be thinking that it would be great to increase the volume of callers, but what happens when the consumer calls and gets your answering machine? Good for you, for thinking ahead!
Add some of the features above to your voicemail message. Also, you can change your voicemail message daily to indicate the date and to inform callers that you are open, have appointments available that day, and will return their call within the hour. Again, answering some of these questions will increase your chances of receiving more calls and messages.
You can also add a one-line eye-catching slogan. This will be placed on the top portion of your advertisement instead of your business name (which you will place on the bottom of the ad next to your telephone number).
Here are a few examples:
With just a little imagination and effort, you can turn an average advertisement into an effective, high-response ad that far surpasses your competitors!
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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