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News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
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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