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The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
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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