Why take up blogging as a new “hobby?” Because, it’s not just a hobby. It’s a marketing tool that can improve the new patient performance of your website. Blogging is a way to engage existing patients and nurture prospective patients by educating them about their health.
Millions of people scour the Internet each day for all kinds of information. Sure, your website should tell visitors what it’s like to be one of your patients. But it should also be a portal of information for people who are looking to improve their health through chiropractic care.
Say that you’re looking to buy a new TV, but the rapidly changing tech field has passed you by. You might search in Google to figure out what options are available. You peruse some articles from a few tech bloggers and then make a purchase based on their advice.
This wouldn’t be much different from a prospective patient who is looking for a solution to back pain. The only way you become the solution is if you are the source of that information. Blogging is like a “give and take” relationship. You provide free education to prospective patients with the expectation that they might become interested in your practice.
So how does blogging improve your new patient performance online? Consider these ten ways:
1. Improve Credibility
Blogging improves credibility by showcasing your knowledge of natural health. Your blog is a forum to offer a unique take on common patient concerns, frequently asked questions, and the latest trends in chiropractic. Through this content, you validate your skills and establish yourself as an authority in the field.
“Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.” – Penelope Trunk, author and blogger
2. Enhance SEO
Blogging is a great way to improve the search engine optimization (SEO) of your practice website. Just like other pages on your site, new blog articles will be indexed by search engines, which is where prospective patients spend most of their time looking for health information. Google prefers websites that are updated regularly, which is why more indexed pages often translates to higher rankings.
3. Strengthen Social Media
Social media allows you to share new and interesting content with your followers. Whenever you publish a new blog to your site, you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms. This helps you stay in the minds of current patients, while encouraging them to pass your insight on to their peers. Positive social signals may also improve your SEO. Therefore, be sure that your website has social sharing buttons, so readers can share articles directly from your practice website.
4. Start a Conversation
Your blog creates a two-way conversation with your existing patients, current patients, and industry peers. It’s a way to encourage interaction and patient feedback. You can inspire readers with interesting content while providing a unique perspective on your chiropractic philosophy.
“Where the Internet is about availability of information, blogging is about making information creation available to anyone.” – George Siemens, writer and speaker
5. Convert Traffic into Patients
Once your blog is generating visitors, you have an opportunity to convert those visitors into new patients. As visitors read your content, you begin to establish trust. This makes prospective patients more inclined to learn about your practice and ultimately schedule an appointment.
- John finds one of your blog articles on Google
- He reads the content and clicks on your About page to learn more about your practice
- He clicks a button that directs him to your contact page
- He fills out his information and schedules an appointment!
6. Reinforce Patient Relationships
Blogging not only attracts the attention of new patients, it deepens your connection with existing patients. Your website becomes the go-to source for all their chiropractic needs. Providing ongoing education promotes top-of-mind awareness, which will improve patient retention and generate more referrals.
7. Express Yourself
Your blog is a platform where you can express your views on all aspects of health. What are your philosophies on treating whiplash injuries? What would you recommend to a patient who looking for natural back pain relief? What are your views on pre-natal chiropractic? By blogging about these topics, you can attract like-minded readers who could potentially turn into patients.
8. Reduce Marketing Costs
Whether you hire a service or perform the writing yourself, blogging is a cost effective marketing channel. It’s a low-risk way to position your practice as an industry leader, while differentiating yourself from the crowd.
“The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.” – Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter
9. Post Timely Information
New offers, community events, and other timely information are great to post on your blog. Doing so keeps your patients informed of the latest developments with your practice. Are you hosting a charity event? Do you have a new staff member? These are timely topics your patients will find interesting.
10. Drive Long Term Growth
Unlike other traditional chiropractic marketing channels, your website works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you’re working out at the gym or vacationing in Hawaii, your blog never sleeps. It’s always working behind the scenes to produce new patients.
Let’s say that today you write a new article. You post the link on your Facebook page and over the next week you get three interested prospects. Two weeks later you include the article in your monthly newsletter, driving existing patients to your site. They share it with their friends on Facebook and you get three more interested prospects.
It doesn’t stop there. Once your article is ranking in Google, for weeks, months, and years you’ll capture the attention of prospects from that single article.
Additional Chiropractic Blogging Tips
- Blog about topics that interest you and that you believe will interest others
- Blog regularly to keep your patients fed with your latest insights
- Use your blog as a receptacle for content to refer to in the future
- Focus your writing on the interests of patients, not just yourself
- Make your articles readable with headings, brief paragraphs, and bullet points
- Answer questions that are commonly asked by your patients
- Convert new patients from your chiropractic blog