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A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Offline Marketing Techniques: Opportunities to Help Grow Your Business
By Daniel Ruscigno
In a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by connected devices, when we think of marketing, we often think of online and social media marketing. A lot of attention is given to Facebook and Twitter, as well as CPC advertising.While those channels often provide great results, it's important to take some time to remember that the offline world offers plenty of marketing opportunities to help grow your business.
While marketing occurs at various points throughout the customer life cycle, we will primarily focus on marketing strategies to obtain new clients. The key to growing any business is getting your name out there and while it will happen organically through word of mouth (if you provide a service worth talking about), there are quite a few things you can do to get the ball rolling.
The first strategy to discuss is direct mailing of acquisition post cards. This means sending a post card to all the homes in your neighborhood to let them know your business exists and you are looking for new customers. In terms of content, you want to use relaxing imagery and focus your writing on only the most important message. You will want to include your business name, address, contact information and a list of the services you provide. Acquisition cards work best when you have a special offer. For example, you can offer a 10% discount to people that bring in your post card. Not only is this a great incentive, but it also allows you to measure how effective your direct mail campaign is.
Once your card is designed, the next step is choosing where to send the post cards. For a highly populated area, you might only send to all homes within a one or two mile radius of your business. For a more rural area, it may be a ten-mile radius. The goal is to reach people within a reasonable distance of your clinic. Sending mail this way is referred to as ad-mail and there are plenty of companies that can help you organize mailing out your campaign.
Another great way to get your name out there is to get involved with the local community. Most neighborhoods throw community events and look for sponsorship money to help fund the event. These are great opportunities to get your name out there, because in return for your sponsorship dollars, your business name will be placed on banners, in brochures and often mentioned during speeches. Showing your support for the community is a great way to gain publicity and leave a positive impression with people. As with acquisition cards, you may want to offer a special to go along with your sponsorship.
In addition to neighborhood events, communities also often host trade shows or markets. What's available in your area largely depends on the size of your city and you may see opportunities ranging from exhibiting at large fitness trade shows to smaller street festival events where you can set up your massage table and promote your business to festival goers.
Continuing with the theme of getting involved with your community, the next marketing strategy is the sponsorship of a local sports team. This really seems to be an untapped opportunity for massage therapists. It's likely that your community has adult sports leagues for football, baseball, basketball and several other sports. This is great opportunity because when people play sports, they often sustain injuries and would benefit from a visit to your clinic. As the sponsor of a local sports team, your name will be first and foremost on the minds of the team you've sponsored, as well as all of their opponents, which amounts to hundreds of active adults in your neighborhood.
The strategy of targeting active adults doesn't stop there. You can also get in touch with your local gym and ask to leave some business cards or put up posters promoting your business. Active people tend to want to keep their muscles healthy and going to the gym is just one part of it. Letting them know that regular massages will improve their performance is a surefire way to grow your business. To reciprocate, you can offer to promote their gym to your clients.
Local, offline marketing can really be fun and allows you the opportunity to really get creative. We've only scratched the surface here, but the key take away is that you and your business are part of the local community and you shouldn't be afraid to get involved, shake a few hands and be shameless in the promotion of your business. After all, it's much harder to put a face to a name if you're trapped behind Facebook or Twitter all day.
Daniel Ruscigno is the co-founder of ClinicSense (previously PatientCal). ClinicSense offers practice management software that helps with scheduling, soap notes, billing, electronic insurance claims and more. For more information, visit www.ClinicSense.com.
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