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The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
Better Than Word-of-Mouth Marketing
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
When it comes to marketing your business, or any service-oriented business for that matter, word-of-mouth marketing consistently is believed to be the most effective means of getting referrals.After all, it's free marketing because zero advertising dollars are needed. And, the rate of return on your investment begins at 100 percent, and can only go up. It's risk-free advertising. Surprisingly, however, if you want a thriving bodywork business, word-of-mouth marketing is really not a good way of attracting new clientele. Now, if your head is shaking with disagreement, let me explain why.
People who have a bad experience with a service will tell between six to 10 people. Bad news travels quickly, and people love to complain and receive sympathy. If you don't believe me, turn on the news and count the number of good and bad stories in one 30-minute segment. The bad stories will always grossly outweigh the good stories.
Conversely, people who have a good experience with a service will tell only one or two people, and often only when it happens to come up in conversation. Therefore, although it's good when it happens, word-of-mouth marketing is really not a reliable means of marketing your business - not if you are serious about building your clientele. Many bodyworkers rely on word-of-mouth marketing solely to build business. If that's your current game plan, you can look forward to a long, slow journey toward a full appointment book.
Now that I've depressed you with bad news, let me share with you the easiest, most highly effective, cost-efficient way to market your business. This marketing strategy will reach a larger, captive audience with a personal testimonial about your business, prompting the audience to pick up the telephone right away. What's even more exciting is that it won't eat up your advertising dollars. It's called a joint marketing venture (JMV).
A JMV is created by partnering with another service-oriented business and endorsing each others' businesses with testimonial letters. This marketing strategy works well because it's a direct referral from a satisfied client to people who know and trust the client. Essentially, it's word-of-mouth marketing with a call to action offer.
Finding a JMV Partner
The optimal people for this joint marketing venture are your current clients who own a service-oriented small business and have an established clientele. Make a list of your clients who are also business owners such as attorneys, accountants, doctors, financial planners, plumbers, restaurant owners, dry cleaner owners, and so forth. Your most satisfied, loyal clients will be at the top of our list. If you are fairly new in the business and just establishing clientele, make a list of your relatives, neighbors and friends who operate their own businesses.
Establishing Your Endorsement Letter
Your endorsement letter needs to be a brief but strong endorsement for your JMV partner. Here are the three essential components:
Paragraph One: Explain the problem you are having. For example, if you are writing an endorsement letter for your chiropractor (JMV partner), begin the letter by stating the problem you've been experiencing such as, "I don't normally sit down and write a letter to all of my clients; however, I have had this ongoing chronic disc problem...I've tried everything...nothing came close to alleviating the pain until I met Dr. Jones."
Paragraph Two: Write a strong testament attributing the chiropractor's care as the solution to your problem such as, "After three years of living with chronic back pain and limited range of motion I can now say I'm pain-free and working on my golf game thanks to Dr. Jones."
Paragraph Three: Add a call to action offer such as, "Dr. Jones is such a terrific chiropractor that when I told him I was going to spread the word about him to all of my clients, he offered to give each of my clients a free initial examination. That's a $60 value! Did I mention that he's also very generous? If you're in need of some pain relief you would benefit from Dr. Jones's magical hands. Call him today at (555) 555-1212, and tell him I sent you."
When your endorsement letter is complete, type it on plain white paper to be copied onto your business stationery.
Implementing Your Joint Marketing Venture
Have your JMV partner write an equally compelling endorsement letter praising you and your business (including a compelling call to action offer), and copy it onto his or her business stationery. The final step is to choose an equal amount of clients to send the letters to - 100? 200? 500?At an investment of $.37 per client, in my opinion, there is no better strategy than a joint marketing venture for marketing your business and gaining clientele. Once your endorsement letter is complete, you can repeat this marketing strategy using your list of JMV partners. Hence, you don't have to keep reinventing the wheel when it comes to creating a marketing plan for your business.
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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