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Have you been growing your clinic's business through word of mouth from existing patients and practitioners? Maybe your team has joined a few events and tried to spread the word about your clinic.
Did you know, doctor referrals to PTs dropped 50% between 2003-2014? In this digital day and age, word of mouth is simply not enough to run a thriving clinic — but that's what you want, don't you?
So what patient lead generation strategies should you be using? There are thousands of lead generation tools and marketing strategies, but you want to leverage the patient lead generation strategies that are best suited to your clinic. After all, that is why you're here, right?
Focusing in on lead generation means that you need to connect with potential patients on all four parts of your sales funnel (Awareness, Interest, Decision, Action). Most clinics fail to see through the entire lead generation process, or throw a 'net' to capture new leads that is too narrow. Now is the time to step up and create that finely tuned patient lead generation strategy.
We've done the research to give you the 8 Best Patient Lead Generation Strategies for Clinics — time to put your business hat on!
Instagram and Facebook are two of the best social networks to focus your time on when it comes to an inbound lead generation strategy with social media, and the stats don't lie.
Each platform lets you connect to thousands of potential patients by showcasing your clinic's facility, clinic team, treatment procedures, patient stories, and your team's day-to-day. Just don't forget to reach out directly to potential patients and make each post personable!
Remember, on both Facebook and Instagram, place a link back to your appointment bookings page or direct contact information such as a clinic phone number so that patients can easily book appointments.
Facebook and Instagram serve as some of the ultimate branding tools for your clinic. They are personable and they connect you directly to a targeted audience. Don't forget that persistence and knowledge of the tools within both platforms allow your clinic to extend its lead generation funnel.
But don't forget organic posts have a limited reach. If you're serious about growing your clinic, why not invest in a few Facebook or Instagram ads? There's more on that later, keep following along!
'Google My Business' is a key component to being found online and again, the stats don't lie.
Interesting Google My Business Stats
Start to attract new customers with a free Google My Business profile. When potential patients search for your clinic on a search engine such as Google (the #1 used search engine), they want to see more than just a link to your website and a boring write up. So how do you stand out?
Stand out from your competition by creating a full Googe My Business profile that encompasses:
After creating the ultimate clinic profile you might be wondering, what does Google's algorithm take into play when potential patients search for relevant clinics?
Leverage Google My Business to be found when potential patients are looking for services nearby. It's easy to set up, easy to monitor, and easy to gain insights into your potential patients!
Organically growing your social media following is a long term play, but to supercharge your clinic's follower base look into paid advertisements.
The internet is increasingly becoming a pay-to-play space, which means that your clinic should invest in ads if you want to see an influx of new patients from the internet.
Paid advertisements help you stand out from the organic clutter, be it at the top of a Google Search, on the side of a Facebook Feed, or an Instagram Post from a company that you don't follow.
The most common method of paid online advertising is PPC (pay per click). This advertising is seen in Google Ads (formerly Google AdWords) and allows businesses to pay only when the ad receives a click. It also allows your clinic to potentially appear on the first page of Google!
While many practice owners may have dabbled with ads before because they thought "Wow, this platform is user friendly and it's easy to create an ad!" a vast majority of them tend to see a low initial return-on-investment (ROI). It's important that practice owners such as yourself, leverage experts to help with a digital ad strategy to maximize the effectiveness of ads and your return on ad spend.
If you truly want to unlock the potential of digital marketing and online lead generation through ads, you're going to want to talk to the experts. Leveraging the knowledge and specialties of a marketing partner can get you a larger ROI when it comes time to spend on digital ads. Focus on your patients and let the experts focus on driving in leads through a professional ad strategy.
You're reading content and we know that with some research and intuition you could create your own clinic branded content on your clinic's website that patients would love to read. You're personable, you're an expert, so why not?
Great content connects and builds trust with your audience. Feature articles like 'Patient Success Stories' or 'Specific Injuries Paired With Treatment'. Connect success stories or insights to the reader. Your clinic and practitioners need to 'fit' the lifestyle of the potential patient before they trust you with their diagnosis, treatment, and business.
Post on a scheduled basis. You might have heard this before but consistency really is key. Consistent, high-quality content establishes credibility and brand awareness to patient leads that view your portfolio of content on your website.
Use compelling content to establish yourself and clinic team as experts, after all, it's been shown that when it comes to treatment, patients trust those with more expertise. Don't forget to leverage rapport, relatability, and trust into the content by including quotes from patients.
Don't forget that while you're trying to educate your readers, it's always nice to add flairs of personal touch and entertainment. Again, use patient success stories, images, videos, and white space to capture the readers' attention and keep them locked into your content.
Just as an added bonus, we thought that you would appreciate some keywords for clinics. If you don't know what SEO or keywords are, don't worry!
"Keywords are ideas and topics that define what your content is about. SEO uses keywords and keyword phrases that searches enter into search engines to optimize the results."
Did you know that a repeat customer is 60%-70% more likely to buy from you? Therefore email marketing is an essential tool for rebooking patients and generating referrals!
Patient lead generation through email marketing success depends heavily on how your message is written.
Provide relevant information for the reader. Cut to the chase and provide the reader with relevant information. If your clinic is running a promotion or hosting an event nearby, be sure to include the details in the body.
Close your email with a call-to-action that leads the reader directly to where you want them to go, whether it's your clinic's 'Book an Appointment' page or 'Program Sign-Up' page.
To successfully use email marketing you'll want your clinic management software to provide you with a list of all patients with an email address, segmented patient lists, and lists of new patients (Hey, doesn't Juvonno do that?). Leverage those email lists to stay in front of existing patients and capture new patient referrals.
Want to rank higher in the organic search ranking? Online Reviews, period.
Online reviews allow potential patients searching for a practitioner or clinic to see how others perceive the services, facility, treatment and overall experience of your clinic. Having positive reviews is a great way to leverage social proof, and shows that other patients have trust in your clinic and practitioners, as positive reviews are just as important as recommendations by friends and family.
Encourage your existing patient base to share their reviews through Google or Facebook (that's where potential patients are going to find you). Use a follow-up email after the patient has used your clinics' services thanking them for visiting and if they would be kind enough to rate your services online. Or put a link in your email signature so that patients can directly rate your clinic.
Does your clinic have positive reviews with comments? Why not reach out to the patient and ask if you can highlight their review directly on your website. Doing so will improve lead generation and strengthen the trust for potential patients.
Feedback whether good or bad is valuable. It lets your clinic team know what people appreciate and what could be changed for a better patient experience, after all, you want to be #1 don't you?
Events are a great way for your clinic team to meet potential patients, and there's no better interaction than a face-to-face meeting.
Events can offer your clinic's team the chance to not only interact with potential patients, but also the chance to showcase your expertise and treatment methods.
To stand out with event-based marketing you will want to incorporate digital and physical marketing.
Events can be integrated by posting pre-event, live event, and post-event content through Instagram stories, or Facebook Live.
Try holding a contest or giveaway at the event that has potential patients fill out a form that allows you to capture their information for email marketing purposes or follow you and post about your event and clinic to spread the word directly to their social networks.
Don't forget to let your team and potential patients know which hashtags to use before and during the event! This allows you to search and connect with anyone that has used the hashtag while creating a post.
Be sure to come prepared with business cards, pamphlets, and clinic branded clothing to events on site. Leaving potential patients something physical to hold on to and remember your clinic by is a way to keep them in your sales funnel.
Event Marketing Locations
So you've put on your marketing hat and looked through your clinic's website insights on Google Analytics. It seems that there are numerous visits, but your goal of appointment bookings has not had the greatest conversion rate. Why are visitors not booking appointments online?
Maybe it's time to look at creating customized landing pages for appointment bookings. Customers like to be guided through a funnelled process, along with having a customized direct message depending on how they found the landing page.
Let's say that you work with a local community sports team to provide a 10% discount on therapy for all of their teams. It would be best if through their own team's website they linked directly to a 'Book An Appointment' landing page that outlined their discount with team branding instead of linking directly to your website and getting lost before their booked an appointment.
Further yet, link the landing page directly to your Juvonno portal where it shows services and appointment openings. The number one reason why patients come to a website is to find if the clinic has an appointment slot available, meaning that online booking is essential when it comes time to building a landing page for booking appointments.
Whether it's appointment bookings, programs classes sign up, promotions, referrals and more, clinic lead generation landing pages have a specific goal that should easily be acted upon by the visitor.
Patient lead generation success is not something that happens over night. It's something that takes patience and a strong focus throughout the lead generation PDSA cycle (Plan, Do, Study, Act) with an emphasis on the 'Do'.
Generating high-quality patient leads that will take the steps to connect with your clinic and use your services is key.
Your sales funnel will not convert all leads so be sure to 'study' by analyzing information on your patient lead generation funnel and then 'act' to tweak your lead generation funnel. The more active you are in the PDSA cycle of your patient lead generation, the more leads you can look forward to.
If you're tried and failed to want to talk with the experts, connect with the customer service team at Juvonno to see how you can leverage your data and reports within your Juvonno Clinic Management Software.
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