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Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Are You Using Your Professional Title Ethically?
Many faculty members teaching in the classroom or performing research within academic institutions have earned doctorates and use the title of "Doctor" or "Dr." They are usually referred to as professor or doctor within the classroom by students.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Viewpoints: Pes Anserine Tendonitis vs. Medial Meniscal Tear
What do you think stiff golf shoes, playing with a child, riding a bike, running and swimming the breaststroke all have in common? Each requires knee joint involvement. To quote physical therapist Gary Gray, "The knee is just the dumb guy in the middle."
Embrace the Necessity of Change
My son, David, and my daughter, Deborah, play high-school and club soccer. For those of you who aren't familiar with this lifestyle, each practices two to three times a week, 48-50 weeks a year. Between the two, they play approximately 70 games annually.
How's Your Bucket? Two Key Benchmarks to Help Plug the Holes
Just about every businessperson knows it's far less expensive to hold on to a repeat customer than it is to acquire a new customer.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Sacroiliac Pain: A Complex Puzzle
I don't think we manage SI misalignment properly. First, we tell our patients they have an SI problem. I am not convinced this is accurate, and I will speak to that issue. Second, I think repetitive mobilization of the SI joints is not useful.
A Simple Exam Protocol to Assess Lower-Extremity Imbalance
One of the most common conditions of the human frame is excessive foot pronation, in which the foot rolls inward, creating a foot that is flatter, wider and longer. A resultant subluxation pattern of the various tarsals and metatarsals results.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
Coding for Functional Performance Testing and Measurements
I have noticed a trend for medical necessity of chiropractic services to be defined with statements and language indicating "functional improvement" as one of the standards for efficacy of treatment.
Time to Address the Global Impact of Pain
More people may be living longer, but they're not enjoying it, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Selecting the Right Spa Vendor and Creating a Good Relationship
By Stephanie Beck
We have covered most of the basics: You have selected a vision for your business, you understand which treatments offer the right benefits that coordinate with the vision, and you have a good understanding of what products and equipment you will need to purchase.But, now you are left with figuring out where to purchase your products. So, let's uncover some basic truths that will help you work smarter instead of harder.
Benefits in Ordering From a Distributor
There are many vendor choices currently in the market. Determining the right choice for you can be confusing. Some of you might think that working directly with a manufacturer is the best way to go, but let's take a look at some of the myths and facts.
Myth: I get a better discount if I order directly from the manufacturer. Fact: All the spa and massage product and equipment manufacturers have distributors and all of them have policies not to undercut their distributors. Manufacturers and distributors have to operate on a level of trust and have great working relationships, so if a manufacturer were to compete with their distributor, their relationship would be over. Also, keep in mind that you might be in New York and the manufacturer is in California, but they have a distributor in Illinois; the savings in shipping costs alone by ordering from Illinois rather than California makes that the logical choice.
Myth: I receive fresher products if I order directly from the manufacturer. Fact: Manufacturers have shelf life and turn around times on all their products and most do not keep product inventory for more than 60 days at a time. Any authorized distributor should rotate stock on a regular basis; they never want more inventory than what they will sell in a given period, therefore products from the distributor should never be more than 60 days old, either.
Myth: I need to receive my training directly from the manufacturer. Fact: Every skin care manufacturer offers training, and most of them charge extra for it. Most distributors pay to have their staff trained - not just for one product line but several product lines - and the training can be included with your purchase without additional expense from a distributor. Also, there are several videos and DVD's, manuals and workshops that cover, in great detail, the training needed to operate the equipment or apply techniques and products. Therefore, it's not necessary to spend countless hours and thousands of dollars to end up with multiple trainers from different manufacturers coming to your facility to train your personnel. So, how do you determine which distributor is going to meet your needs the best?
How Supportive Are They to My Business and My Industry?
If you recall, in the first article I touched on the "one stop shopping" theory, in that it makes sense that the more you can order from one place, the better your pricing and service will be. Plus, think about how convenient it would be to make one phone call to order all your products, check on order status, report any claims, schedule training, etc. than to have to make those same calls to a bevy of different people who may or may not be available.
And this brings up another good point: How available are they? How responsive are they to your calls and questions? Do they have a Web site or direct contact information for an expert to call you back or for you to have your questions answered in a timely fashion?
Also, what kind of marketing materials do they offer? Are they able to assist with materials that will drive your sales? How educated are they to your needs and do they understand what is important to help you grow your business? How involved are they in the industry? Do they belong to the professional organizations and contribute to the education process? Think about it. Why would anyone want to support a company that is only concerned about making the almighty dollar and not giving back to their community?
You have a responsibility, too. You need to make sure that you are giving the spa vendor all of the information needed to support you. For instance, if you wait until three weeks before an opening to contact the distributor and you need to order three stationary tables, one wet table and 100 customized robes, you must understand that not even the manufacturers would be able to pull that off in such a short time. That is why it's important for you to plan your work and work your plan. Also, it's much easier for us, as spa experts, to work within your budget and recommend the right equipment and product lines if we know what your financial limits are ahead of time.
It's just as important to know the company's philosophies, policies, shipping/lead times, as well as their general level of friendliness and willingness to help on the phone. What are their return policies, backorder policies, warranties and guarantees? Sometimes it's not just about price. Sometimes that old adage is true: "You get what you pay for," so be aware that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
It makes sense for you to want to conduct business with people who have an interest in you and treat you like more than just another account number. The very famous customer service motto is true, "If you don't take care of your customers, someone else will." You should not have to compromise service, friendliness or knowledge to fit a distributor's needs. We are here, as experts in the industry, to make sure your needs and the needs of your customers are being met.
If you have further questions regarding selecting the right spa vendor, please feel free to e-mail me at , and thank you for the support and feedback from everyone else who has been writing.
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