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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.
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.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
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 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.
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.
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.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
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.
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?
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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!
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
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.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
Eight Ways to Help You Manage Your Online Content
By Stephanie Beck
You have just completed your last massage for the day, checked your voice mail and emailed a new client about their appointment, but something it gnawing at you, something you just can't quite put your finger it on.As the last customer is leaving the office she turns back and says, "hey, the post last week on your page was hysterical," and as you smile and thank her you realize what it is you forgot to do: create new content for your page!
Today, it is all about keeping your customers and potential customers entertained and engaged. Relationship building is what it's all about on social media and the best way to identify with your client is to share helpful, relevant information in a timely basis. However, have you ever noticed the shelf life of information on social media has a quick expiration date? Sometimes, you feel like you just populated your page and you blink and it is time to do it all over again.
Or maybe you are one of the "drive by" updaters- they have an hour before the next client shows up so they quickly tweet or post five to six updates right in a row to try to cover the next three hours of back-to-back massages. That is a difficult way to build a lasting, trustworthy relationship with your fans. Consistency is one of the keys to building that relationship. If we took a poll right now of your customers to ask which is their favorite social media site, we would might get a varied response like Etsey, Snap Chat, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn or YouTube. For the majority of massage clients, Facebook is still a solid bet to build plenty of engagement with clients and potential clients. So, for the sake of time and limited space in this article, I'm going to focus on steps for Facebook. So, how do you keep the engagement going while you are trying to run your practice? Here are eight ways to help manage your content and engagement so you can maximize your effectiveness.
Schedule Your Posts
This is a huge time saver! It also will help you be more consistent. Facebook has provided a free tool to use. When you are updating your post and before you hit the update button, look for the small clock in the left corner below the text or photo of your post. This enables you to select your day, hour and minute when you want your post. When you have a few minutes to populate your page, just schedule one post every two to four hours. This keeps your page updated, your content looking fresh and increases the possible connection times with your fans when they log on.
Evaluate Your Content
If you find that your content is not getting any likes, shares or comments, consider re-vamping it. Perhaps re-evaluate how you are trying to connect to your fans. What kind of content are you sharing and, more importantly, how are you sharing it? In the New York Times bestseller, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Gary Vaynerchuck provides some great questions to ask yourself when creating Facebook content:
To help keep engagement as consistent as possible, having the right content that is relevant, timely and entertaining is going to be a vital part of building a lasting relationship.
Keep The Engagement Going
When others like your post, make a point to go back and post a comment or question to try to help boost the engagement even more. Sometimes, if you have a post with a lot of likes, you can ask an additional question in the comments or share your personal response to a question, as this will encourage some of the "likes" to participate.
Try to post daily and keep a manageable number of posts on the page. You are trying to build a relationship, so if you can't commit to posting three times a day consistently, then just post once a day, seven days a week. That is much better than posting three to four times a day, then not posting for two to three days. When there is a gap in content, you run the risk of losing fans. This is why that free scheduling tool I talked about earlier comes in handy, because when you have 20 to 30 minutes of free time, then schedule out four to five days of posts.
Check Your Insights Regularly
This is to see what kind of posts are getting the most engagement and to try to keep a balance or variety of different types of posts. These types of post can range from: photos, article links, videos, blog posts, infographics and more. Six months ago, I advised you to include photos or images with the majority of your posts, now the testing data is showing that straight content is getting more comments. That is the beauty of social media; it is constantly going to be changing so you need to adapt your deliverables to meet the needs of your fans. Facebook really stepped it up and improved the insights tools to give us a lot of information about our posts and engagement, so make a point to review this weekly.
Share From Industry Experts
Share pages or groups to build your credibility. Select a non-competitive page(s) or group(s) popular with your target market. If you are trying to reach females between the ages of 30 to 50 looking for pain relief, where are they hanging out on Facebook? What local community pages or groups have fans that are your target audience? Once you narrow this focus, then start to share content (if appropriate) from their page to yours. Also, make comments on that page or group and be sure you are contributing to the dialogue and not spamming it. This process should take you less than three minutes and is easy to do.
Instead of using them, they, everyone, he or she when asking a question or posting content, make it personal by using the first person like you, I, we or us. There is a lot of noise on social media and when you try to talk to the masses people will not pay attention because they don't feel like you are trying to talk directly to them. Instead, treat it as if you are having a conversation with one person. That way all your fans will actually feel like you are talking directly to them and your chances of them responding, liking and sharing increase significantly.
Always post photos with some type of description, tagging the person or persons in the photo, filling in the section "where the photo was taken" with your page name and, if at all possible, add a relevant website link or call to action when appropriate. I have done this myself, uploaded new photos and started filling out descriptions on the first few and then get interrupted and before I know it, have people commenting on the blank photos, whoops! It happens, but people love to "like" photos and when you optimize them with your page name it helps drive up your engagement. Also, tagging people in the photos not only alerts that fan, but all those fan's friends are notified that so and so was tagged in your photo and the stats are high they will want to see what their friends are up to and in the process find themselves on your page.
I realize this may feel like a lot to remember or try to implement. Before you start to feel overwhelmed, remember the first time you starting giving massages. It felt like there was a lot to remember and think about. Soon, you developed a habit and it is now second nature. Apply that same mindset with this task. Just follow the steps, be patient and soon it will be like second nature.
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