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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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
Why Your Reputation Matters Now More Than Ever
By Stephanie Beck
We are well into the first quarter of 2013, how are your new marketing plans going? Hopefully, you have added an online referral and review program. Whether you are incorporating reviews on Google, Manta, City Search, social media sites or your own website, your customers leaving reviews and recommendations is so much more powerful now than ever before.Why do I say this? Let me share some interesting stats from an April 2012 Nielson Report regarding believability and trust by consumers.
The Informational Age
As you are aware, people search online before they buy and they also put a lot of stock in what they read online. If you want to know anything about anything, you can read and review the subject, product or service online. How to know what you are reading is credible is another story and that is why recommendations and reviews have been making such a strong impact on consumers' buying decisions. In fact, studies show that 74% of U.S. consumers choose to do business based on online feedback. Even when that feedback is from total strangers!
According to the Nielson Report, "Global Trust in Advertising and Brand Messages," 92% "trust completely" or "trust somewhat" recommendations from people they know and 70% trust consumer opinions posted online. This is opposed to 47% trust of ads with TV, magazine and billboards (which, by the way, was a 24% decline from 2011). Even branded websites (58%), editorial content from newspaper articles (58%) and emails they signed up for (50%) showed a higher level of trust than any traditional paid for advertising.
What is even more surprising is that 90% believe recommendations from people they know and 75% believe consumer opinions online were the most relevant when looking for information about the products they want and need. The next three most believable are branded websites (59%), editorial content such as newspaper articles (55%) and emails they signed up for (51%). All of these are still ranking higher than any traditional or online paid advertising. So, what does this mean for your massage business? That means you need to get written referrals and reviews from all the customers who "love" you and what you do, to post it online for you! Select two or three review sites, create your account and encourage your customers to leave the review. My top ten are listed below:
One of the most popular is Google+, but there are hundreds to choose from. You may have noticed I didn't mention the one that starts with "Y" and rhymes with help. Well, that's because they recently implemented a really difficult filtering process that many customers and businesses are not pleased with. When they finally get it working properly, I might consider recommending them again, but in the mean time we have gotten fantastic results with others. I would say stay with the more friendly sites. And, unless you like being online or have full time staff, keep the process simple to start, choose two to three maximum to begin with, otherwise you might find yourself overwhelmed and confused. This isn't a "set it and forget it" process. Be complete; add your photos, product descriptions, and all your contact information including your address, phone, email and website. Be creative and, if given the option, always take advantage of offering a coupon towards your products or services.
So, how do you get customers to leave a recommendation or review? Here are some ideas for creative ways to make it easy for your customers to leave you a review:
Video reviews and video marketing in general have increased in the last few years, and now review sites are implementing video web forms for reviews. When you are at a conference as a guest lecturer or teaching a live seminar, be sure to have a video camera and capture a few attendees feedback. If video reviews are a little intimidating because you wouldn't know how to structure them, here is the information I recommend you should include:
So a typical video review from a customer would be something like this: Hi, I'm Stephanie Beck of SRB Solutions and I wanted to share with you how ABC Massage has helped me with reducing pain and inflammation in my feet, resulting in me being able to resume my walking program again. If you are like me and are in pain and have swelling in your feet and legs from sitting at a computer all day to the point where you have trouble moving, I would recommend working with Jane at ABC Massage because she and her staff will work with you on a program to get you moving again!
Now take the video review and post it as is to your review sites, add it to your website, post it on your social media sites and even have it on a replay on a screen at your front desk of your clinic. Make a customer appreciation day out of it and have a little video session set up. Invite all your customers into your facility and set up a video camera and microphone for your customers to share their feedback. Be sure to have a general video consent form for them to sign. You can get a free consent form for your state here: www.rocketlawyer.com/secure/interview/new.aspx?id=1310&utm_source=103&try=1&v=3&gclid=CPuAhuD00bQCFUxxQgod2lEANg#q1.
If all of this sounds a little too complicated or perhaps you do not have a clinic or facility, then you can still implement several of these ideas for your massage practice. Start by asking your best customers for reviews. We're still in the beginning of a new year so you have time to get started.
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