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The Internet is a crowded space. And day after day it becomes more congested. This has led to a small minority of chiropractors capturing the lion’s share of new patients from the Internet.
With 12 years experience managing the online presence for thousands of practices, we’ve discovered that the following five digital marketing factors are essential to maximize new patient results.
Not all great looking websites are created equal.
Just about any web designer can create a beautiful website. But it’s not a beauty contest; it’s a business tool.
Any design studio can add slick animation. But have they studied the online behaviors of millions of chiropractic website visitors?
And the content of your practice website must be persuasive, while building trust. It must inspire hope and convince visitors to make an appointment. It must capture that “special something” about you and your practice that will compel new patients to choose you.
Secure a high-converting website before investing in website traffic.
“And thank you for that,” they said. “But we’re just not getting new patients.”
They were getting traffic, but it wasn’t converting.
Like many, we assumed high rankings meant more new patients. Not so.
So, we devoured website analytics. We studied visitor behaviors. We conducted A/B tests. We reviewed heat maps. Sentence length. Emotional sentiment. We became obsessed with discovering what it takes to turn visitors into new patients.
When you choose Perfect Patients you benefit from what we’ve learned (and continue to learn) about the conversion experience.
Based on our study of 32,000 new patient conversions, 79% began their chiropractic journey on Google. Those new patients will find you by your organic listing or by a paid listing.
While Google uses hundreds of ranking factors, we focus on the handful that produces the majority of SEO value. We supply the trust signals Google wants so they will risk their reputation on your reputation.
On-page trust signals.
This includes responsive design, clean code, proper schema markup and fast load times. Plus, small factors such as proper title tags, photo optimization and dozens of other elements that add up to make a big difference.
Off-page trust signals.
We standardize your name, address and phone number across hundreds of online mentions of you and your practice. Besides backlinks from key directories, we often must disavow bad links to your site. This is needed if it has been the subject of “black hat” SEO techniques in the past.
Google My Business.
We complete and optimize a single GMB listing for your practice. This, along with consistent five star reviews enhances your map listing—a key element of local search.
To generate traffic from adjacent communities.
It’s impossible to rank organically in jurisdictions other than your own. But PPC can put you on top.
To generate traffic for a new practice.
With the head start enjoyed by established competitors, PPC is the only way to get onto page one quickly.
To generate traffic for specific admitting complaints.
Our clients have had success targeting sciatica, headaches, carpal tunnel and other admitting complaints.
If you’ve tried PPC in the past, you’ll appreciate our integrated approach. That includes high-converting landing pages, impressive quality scores, reduced click costs and optional call tracking. (Converting those clicks into new patients often ranges from USD $30-$50.)
Like chiropractic, generating traffic is an art and a science. We’ve managed millions of dollars in paid traffic for our clients. You’ll appreciate our strategy, conservative expectations, clear explanations and reporting transparency.
Email marketing consistently outperforms all
other digital marketing channels.
We use a multi-prong approach. We contact your database often enough to maintain top-of-mind awareness—without creating email fatigue. (That’s why opt-out rates are a mere 0.03%.) This reduces no-shows, educates patients and stimulates referrals.
Like clockwork, we research, write and publish your monthly newsletter. It’s a collection of short, bite-size articles on topics that patients find interesting. So interesting, the typical patient remains subscribed for over three years!
Blog Posts Roll-Up
Twice each month we make a post to your blog. These are more in-depth pieces that position you as the natural health authority. Like the newsletter, you’ll preview each piece before it’s posted. Then, each month we alert your patients, generating traffic to your site.
Optional Seasonal Messages
You may want us to send seasonal greetings for national and religious holidays. Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Choose from a variety of email templates and use your console to email your own messages.
Birthdays are one of the times each year that patients think about their health. We make sure you’re front and center, stimulating reactivations. What you’ll save in postage with a never-miss electronic greeting can be significant.
Have you introduced a new service? Hired a new associate? Planned a practice event? Based on your service plan we’ll get the word out.
Tag your email list by age, gender, admitting complaint, payment type or virtually any other subgroup. This permits highly targeted campaigns that produce great results with fewer opt-outs.
Your most valuable asset is your reputation. And you have two of them.
There’s the reputation you have with active and inactive patients. That reputation includes your personality, affordable fees and tableside manner to your compassion, staff and clinical skills.
Your other reputation is digital. It resides with Google, Facebook and Yelp. But Google has no way of knowing about your endearing sense of humor, patient-centered procedures or other aspects of your real-world reputation.
Research shows that a majority of people trust reviews almost as much as a recommendation from a friend. Plus, there’s evidence to suggest that Google gives weight to your review profile in its ranking. In fact, health care is the third most popular review category after restaurants and hotels.
Our propriety first-visit survey stimulates reviews at a time patients are most optimistic and hopeful.
Clearly, a regular stream of five-star reviews is essential if you’re serious about digital marketing.
Maybe you already have.
It can be devastating.
How it’s handled is crucial. We have three proven methods to help our clients manage the risk from bad reviews. In fact, respond properly and the incident can actually serve to enhance your reputation.
Besides providing reminders to solicit positive patient reviews, we partner with clients to assist them with dealing with poor reviews.