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If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
Did You Know eBay Sells Massage?
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
While aimlessly surfing eBay.com recently, I decided to type the word "massage" as a search item. As expected, I found several massage related items such as tables, massage oils and tools.What I didn't expect to find were massage gift certificates. My interest was peaked. With 32 listings, I was pleased to see there were 32 adventurous people in our industry who were thinking outside the box with their advertising efforts.
I'm always exploring new marketing methods, so I decided to contact as many of the sellers as possible to find out if selling massage gift certificates on eBay was worth their efforts. Thank you to everyone I spoke with.
Overall, it was agreed that the advertisement alone was worth their time. Although none of the items sold at full market value, many contacts were made by random viewers and additional sales were made, making it a worthy investment. The number of viewers for each auction item varied from 25 to 90.
The fee to list and sell a massage gift certificate on eBay runs around $3 to $4. If your item does not sell, the fee is less. The therapists I spoke with claimed nearly every gift certificate on auction, sold. Most used a starting bid of around 40% to 60% of the full value.
If you're even slightly interested in marketing gift certificates via eBay.com, here are some valuable tips I learned from my interviews.
If you have a Web site, add the URL to the description area. This allows viewers to obtain more information about you and your business, emphasizing professionalism. One therapist I spoke with did not have a Web site, but he added his wedding photo to the description area so viewers would perceive him as a nice, family man. Now that's smart marketing, especially for male therapists who have to deal with gender issues.
When you do sell your eBay item, you are given the option to contact all of the losing bidders with a'"second chance" offer to purchase a gift certificate at the highest bid they placed. Therefore, if the auction item sold for $60 and the last bidder who was outbid offered to pay $55 as their highest bid, you can contact that bidder and offer to sell them an additional gift certificate at their highest bid of $55.
Because eBay.com is a national online auction and your prospective buyers are local residents, it is important to add your city location or multiple close locations in the item description area. Therefore, when buyers are searching for gift certificates and type in "Dallas," for example, they will find your auction item.
Because buyers want to see what they will be bidding on, adding a picture of the gift certificate will increase bids. If you offer to gift box the gift certificate, you will increase the bids even more, as many of the buyers bid on the auction items to give as gifts.
Another way to increase bids is to add testimonials to the item description. Each time you sell any auction item, the buyer has the opportunity to leave feedback on his or her experience. This feedback, whether positive or negative, is available for everyone to see. By making a notation within your description about the positive feedback or simply by adding testimonials from your satisfied clients, you instill confidence in your prospective buyers.
Some sellers added an expiration date to the gift certificate. Others did not simply because state laws prohibit them from using expiration dates.
If you are concerned about your regular clients purchasing the gift certificates, then you can do what one therapist I interviewed does, and add a waiver to the auction item stating that the item is for new clients only, but buyers always can purchase a gift certificate to give as a gift. You also might want to add that the gift certificate is non-refundable for cash and may not be used with any other offers or discounts.
Every auction item I viewed was listed for 7 days, and it was agreed by all that adding the "Buy Now" option, where you list a set price to end the auction immediately upon that bid, did not work. The seller incurs an additional charge from eBay to include the "Buy Now" option.
So how do you start selling your massage gift certificates on eBay? Go to eBay.com and press the "Register" button on the top of the page. Once you're registered, you can begin auctioning your gift certificates.
Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
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