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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
A Few Shameless Self-Promoting Tips to Build Your Practice
By Angie Patrick
Promoting your business does not need to be a huge task weighed down with labor and expense. Often, all you need is a groundswell of ideas, and then follow with a little effort. Before you know what hit, you could in the enviable position of having a plethora of customers and needing to clone yourself to keep up with demand.
Some of the best promotions are the easiest to do. For example, let's say that your goal is to learn about potential customers in your local community interested in the services you provide. You could pay a marketing guru tons of money to buy lists and build campaigns, or you could take on the task yourself with some simple ideas. All you need is the willingness to give a couple of hours of your time a week to make this qualified prospect list grow.
We have all been in the local lunch spot and witnessed the goldfish bowl at the cash register offering a chance to win a cruise or family vacation if you put in your business card. By the end of the week, this bowl is filled with names, addresses and contact numbers for people interested in cruises and family vacations; a list any travel agent would want to cultivate. What if we took that same idea, but instead of a vacation, we gave away a massage or spa treatment. Would it not stand to reason that the business cards and information amassed in this little goldfish bowl of opportunity would encompass people who are specifically interested in massage and spa treatments? By giving away one massage a week, you can increase the number of qualified prospects to whom you can market exponentially, for no cash outlay and only an hour's worth of your time.
Let's now imagine you have these little bowls in several locations throughout your local area. Your information base is growing, and now you are ready to make the decisions on how you will draw in the customer prospects to become legitimate paying customers. You already know these contacts are in your local area, have disposable income (since they are buying lunch out instead of brown-bagging it) and are interested in what you can provide. How do we make this information work for us?
The first step is to organize your information. A simple Excel spreadsheet can organize your information and keep your database of interested potential clients in a manageable form. There are a number of software applications that can also manage this task such as ACT or Microsoft Access. You can create mailing labels for outbound mail marketing or amass a list of customers to e-mail special offers and promotions. These are the beginning building blocks for your business customer base, so treat this information like gold. It will pay off for you in the long run.
Postcard mailers are an effective means to reach your target and offer a "Special Introductory Offer for New Customers." You can offer a 20 percent discount, or a free gift on their first visit. Consider offering packages providing deep savings on multiple bookings. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Just remember the offer must be compelling enough to call the prospect to action, making them want to take advantage of the opportunity you have presented to them.
Once you have booked your customer, be sure to follow their visit with a personalized thank-you card. This will make the customer feel very special and is a great way to build a relationship with your new client. A great idea is to include three or four business cards with your card, and offer a free massage for every customer that books with you based on their referral. Word-of-mouth is priceless and can pay huge dividends when your client has yet another incentive to spread the good word about you.
Remember special occasions and be sure your client knows you care. Always gather information such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc on the client intake form. Making a point to wish someone a happy birthday or sending a little reminder that their anniversary is just around the corner can make you look like a hero for caring enough to track this kind of information. Often, it can result in a booking, especially if the reminder is accompanied by an offer.
Promotion is easy and effective when it is done with attention to detail. Cultivate your client base by providing quality goods and services, and always acting with integrity. Your customers will recommend you to their friends, purchase your gift certificates and frequent your storefront for their own needs. A little investment of your time and attention can result in positive cash flow for you and your business.
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