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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
July, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 07
The Importance of Knowing What to Outsource
By Stephanie Beck
We are all in business to conduct a service or provide a product. Most would agree what drew you to the massage profession was ultimately to "help others." And if that was all you had to concentrate on every day, all day, you would be the happiest person on the planet, correct? So, is your current massage business generating the same feelings it did when you first started? Have you ever thought, "When did life get to be so complicated?" Perhaps you got into this profession to help people through massage and now find yourself performing tasks and doing things you never thought you would have to do instead of doing the ONE thing you love to do, MASSAGE.
Running a business seems more complex today; the internet provides more ways to touch peoples' lives that need our help. Finding those people requires more of our time, especially if you want to try to do everything yourself. Understanding your limitations and knowing what items are best to outsource can relieve a lot of the daily pressure so you can concentrate on what you were most passionate about when you started.
A big secret that everyone knows is that marketing drives the sales of the business. Believe it or not, one of the most effective marketing tools to use is to remove you from this equation. You are in business to conduct a service, perform a massage, or provide a treatment, and that is what you LOVE to do. What you should be concentrating on is outsourcing those tasks that are time stealers. What is a time stealer? A time stealer is a project or task that for all intensive purposes you are able to perform. But, the truth is you are not the most efficient at it and end up doubling or quadrupling your time. When mentioning marketing, most think about websites. Having a website just isn't enough anymore, you need to constantly be updating, creating, being "social," blogging, posting, subscribing, liking, creating fans, or making friends ... which can leave you feeling overwhelmed. To make life simple, see the five most common marketing areas considered vital to today's business owners success and the most common marketing time stealers:
As mentioned, this list can be your best friend or worst enemy when it comes to your time; so these are the easiest to outsource. First, web design, almost anyone can create a word press site or join a business group site that will allow you to "choose" colors, layout, upload photos, make a video, and presto you have a website. Sounds simple, however, what about the extra time to create content for each section, deciding how many pages, what is your objective, and how you want it to look. Did you know that web designing and marketing is not the same thing? You can have a web designer that is a graphic artist but knows absolutely nothing about keyword research or how to get your website ranked so your ideal customer can find you. The most beautiful website won't matter if the content isn't delivering the right message or capturing the potential customer's information. Therefore, when you are considering web design, make sure you include these four features:
Ask the web designer if they are familiar with any of these or if that is included with the service. Find out if the service also includes SEO research for keywords. Having a good web designer to create a custom website so it easily functions for your customers is important. Most people assume a designer is also an expert on keywords, creating content or marketing and are disappointed when expectations and assumptions do not produce desired results.
The second thing to consider is video editing. Video is a great way to communicate with your clients and potential clients. Almost everyone has a video camera so creating a video isn't rocket science. However, there is a real art when it comes to editing it and adding fun applications to make it appealing to viewers. Common knowledge is it takes approximately five minutes of shooting and one hour of editing to equal a two minute video. So, save the editing for a more experienced person and give a clear directive of your objective and how it will be used. Some editors are $50 to $100 an hour, others charge much more and make sure you end up with the final product and not just a link to it.
The third thing to consider is content creator, as mentioned before the content shelf life online is extremely short lived. You have an average of six seconds to grab attention before they are moving on to the next piece of information. The average time spent on any online piece is about two minutes. That is why content is so important! Communicating with the right message, to the right person, at the right time equals success. Today's market message has changed. Every potential customer has a "what's in it for me" mind set. This isn't meant to sound negative. The truth is everyone is over inundated with information. Having to sort through information available everywhere can be so time consuming.
Therefore, to be in the top five of any search term is the most desirable position. You are the expert of your business and you know what you do and how you do it, you also know why you are doing it. Being able to communicate that to your ideal customer within six seconds is something most cannot do effectively. Prior to searching for a content creator establish a clear communication strategy for your business including:
Think about your company, your mission and your goals, why are you using these tools and what you want to accomplish so you can achieve your desired outcome.
The fourth thing to consider is research marketing. Understanding how to use keywords and getting the most traffic is a combination of strategy and luck. Researching how your ideal customer is searching for products or services you offer is time consuming. Knowing what tools to use and how to know if people are actually entering those terms into search engines is complex. Especially when the search engines keep changing the way the search results are produced on our computer screens. When working with an SEO expert or keyword research expert, they should be able to explain how competitive the terms are. The goal is to find the best keywords or keyword phrases that best that your ideal customers are searching for on a monthly basis. Since the search engines love to change the rules, consulting a research marketing expert two to four times a year should help to keep you at the top of the Google game. Any new changes in keywords take approximately 60 to 90 days for the website to begin to rank for those new terms. This, of course, is dependent on how competitive your keywords are and how "fresh" you are keeping your content.
The final area to consider is social media marketing where fresh content is the most important! Share your communication strategy and guidelines with this person as well. You will want all of your social media coordinated with your off line marketing and funneling traffic on line to your website. All while entertaining and maintaining the attention of your customers and potential customers. This should be someone you trust to manage the comments, answer questions promptly and update content timely. When people are engaged and connected they will convert to new business.
No one ever claimed running a business was easy. Luckily you don't have to do it all yourself to be productive, efficient and successful. Recognizing where your limitations are and how to use your time is a decision every business owner must make for themselves. Appreciating and understanding the different roles within the marketing process can help you to decide which ones are best served by you or someone else.
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