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5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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 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.
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.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
Marketing Your Practice: A Lesson in Press Release Writing 101
By Cary Bayer
There are certain things to bear in mind when creating a press release. At the top left, indicate who is sending out the release; in other words, the name and contact information (email address, phone number) of the person who will be in charge of receiving any phone calls from inquiring press members.Also, indicate the date that the release is being sent out. This enables members of the press to know how timely the release is should they not happen to attend to it for some weeks.
Underneath the contact information at the top of the press release is the headline. This is an important part of the release for the press because it summarizes the gist of the story. It does so in just a few bold-faced words in capital letters, and in a larger font size than the body of the press release — say 18 point versus 14 point. If the story concerns a licensing of a new massage therapist in Florida, for example, a sample headline might read:
Notice the use of all capital letters for the first part of the headline, and upper and lower letters for the second part, which is called the subhead and which explains the kind of work she'll focus on and where she'll practice. Notice also the use of a skipped line (return) between the headline and the subhead, to make it easier for a reporter to read. After that, to the left, will follow the dateline (see below), and then the body of the release. This text will explain the who, what, where, when and why of the release, and will do so as quickly as possible. As a former journalist, I can tell you with absolute certainty that members of the press never have enough time to do all the things that they are required to do. As a result, they hate when their time is wasted by PR people or people who know little about PR who are attempting to perform that function for a business. Consequently, they want to be able to quickly get the essence of a story. The first paragraph — or the second at most — should convey all the highlights of the story. (See sample press release below.)
A sample press release about the addition of a new therapist at an existing massage office follows below.
Press Release Post-Game Report
Let's take a moment to analyze the sample press release that I wrote above. If you study it carefully, you'll discover that, in 10 words, the headline tells the reporter instantly the name of the new therapist and the name of the office that she'll be joining. The sub-head indicates where the office is based, the modality the new therapist is noted for and how that modality complements the two other modalities of that office. It does all this in just 11 words. To paraphrase a well-known aphorism, brevity is the soul of headline writing.
Then the press releases first paragraph (known in the trade as the lead) tells the journalist the name of the new therapist, her age, where she's joining from and the kind of modality that she's noted for practicing, reinforcing a point made in the subhead. In some cases, this is all that the publication may report on. Depending on the nature of the publication in question, it may also have room for the contents of the second paragraph which quotes the owner of the company that the therapist is joining and also fleshes out, in a succinct manner, how Ms. Doe's addition rounds out the massage business's offerings.
The third graph is pretty superfluous, but the quotation might be picked up by monthly wellness publications; the free weekly community newspaper that reports on the Las Olas neighborhood and Florida's two statewide newsletters, one of which is a bimonthly (every two months), and the other comes out three times a year. The fourth graph is also quite unnecessary for most reporters, but could also be picked up by the state newsletters, as well as the community paper.
The -30- at the end that finishes off the press release is trade talk that lets the reporter know that the release has come to an end. It will also let the reporter know that you know what you're doing. Even if you really don't know that much about what you're doing, the -30- will make the journalist think that you do.
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