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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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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