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Thanksgiving Marketing Ideas for Medical Practice Owners

With Thanksgiving just two days away, I thought it would be neat to look at some of the ways Medical Practices across the nation have used this opportunity to give back or to market their Medical Practices in their communities. Their ideas may help you come up with ideas to incorporate into your marketing plan for next year. HealthCARE Express (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana) Each year for Thanksgiving, HealthCARE Express celebrates "Pilgrims & Indians Day" on the Tuesday before the holiday. In their decked out gear, staff from the different clinics create a "Thank You" video to send as an…

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How Your Advertising May Be Helping the Competition

In my final prep for the Medical Practice Success Summit this week, I have been reviewing marketing materials and websites for Medical Practice clinics from across the country who will be joining us in Las Vegas. In doing so I have continually asked myself the question, “How does this marketing piece distinguish the Medical Practice from its competitors?” The easiest way to answer this question is by answering another question. “If I were to take someone else’s logo and replace it with the logo on this current piece of marketing collateral, would it make a…

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4 Easy Christmas Medical Practice Marketing Ideas

Christmas is one of my very favorite times of year - not just on a personal level, but on a professional level as an Medical Practice marketer. There are so many fun and creative ways you can incorporate the holiday season into your marketing plans. 1. Deliver a Hot Cocoa Bar One of the members of my marketing team came up with a really creative idea this year. She delivered "Hot Cocoa Bars" to area businesses to promote our Medical Practice. The investment was minimal, but the smiles it brought made it much easier for her to be able to share information about our Medical Practice facilities…

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Small Business + Small Marketing = Big Problems

Have you ever had a really good marketing idea, implemented it, and it went off super successfully? Then you tried to emulate it the following year – or perhaps in another market – and you didn’t have the same results? Congratulations! You haven’t failed at marketing, you’ve learned one of the cardinal sins of marketing. Strategies and tactics vary by market, time of year, and the audience you are talking to. The number one question I get whenever I speak at a conference on marketing is, “What is the one thing I should be doing right now to market my…

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What You Really Get Paid For

As anyone who's ever started a business can confirm, there are plenty of unknowns when it comes to being an entrepreneur. "Who's my target customer?" "Should I have employees?" "What kind of website do we need?" "How much should I charge?" And many, many other questions besides. But before you go too far down any of those paths, pause a moment and ask yourself this key question: "What Business Am I Really In?" It's a critical question and one you need to ponder carefully. And it's not necessarily as easy to answer as you might think. Consider what Charles Revlon had to say about his: "In the…

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Six Steps to More Successful Events

When done successfully, working a booth at a local event, health fair, business expo, or other type of trade show can be a great way to grow awareness of the services your Medical Practice provides to your community. But many Medical Practice marketers flop when it comes to successfully working their booth and maximizing the number of touch points available to reach potential patients both during and after the show. Unlike doing cold calls to try and drum up new business, where often times you’re met with resistance from the person you’ve just interrupted, people who attend local…

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3 Ideas to Track Medical Practice Marketing

The first day of each month is one of my favorite days. I typically spend the first few hours of the first day of the month compiling monthly marketing reports to see how our marketing efforts fared for the prior month. The great thing about these metrics is they help me make educated decisions on where to shift my marketing efforts for the coming month(s). I relay on six marketing reports to track our monthly marketing efforts, but today I’m going to focus on the top three. Report One: How Patients Found Us Before we had an EMR with a good reporting element, we tracked how patients…

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How Changing an Employee's Story Can Lead to Success

I am a firm believer that you can be taught a lesson multiple times, and each time it is taught to you, you take something different away from it. Why? Because the lesson you’re going to learn depends on the situations you’re facing at the time. This past week at the UCAOA Conference in Glendale, AZ, I was listening to Dr. Tim Reynolds give a talk on leadership. I have heard the talk before at the Medical Practice Success Summit. I have heard it before at our executive leadership trainings at HealthCARE Express. But on this particular day, I had a particular issue with one of my…

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Are You Creating a Culture of Problems or Solutions?

While watching my nine-year-old cousin play soccer this weekend, I received a text message on my phone. The team member sending it had raised two concerns she felt were going to hurt our patient volume numbers. Caught up in the excitement of the soccer game and not really thinking, I instantly forwarded the message to our managing partner for review, and he sent back a message explaining the backside to the issue and why it was a mute concern. He also wrote, “Start looking for the good, it’s easy to find the bad.” As I pondered that entire situation this weekend, I realized…

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The Problem with the Professional Visitor

By: Tina Bell Each time I interview a new person for our marketing team, I always ask them this question, “When selling, is it more important to you to make someone happy, or is it more important to you to get their business?” If you haven’t done sales before, you may be surprised to learn this is not a trick question. I am specifically looking for one answer, “To get their business.” Yet after interviewing close to 100 marketers over the course of my career, I’ve only received the correct answer from one candidate – and he got the job! You may be…

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