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Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 04:10 by NancyRausman

If you are feeling Facebook phobic, you aren't alone.

Social media can be overwhelming when you don't have a well-thought-out plan of action, especially if you aren't a frequent user. However, with a little bit of know-how and strategy, your Facebook page can be manageable and an effective part of your overall web marketing.

First you need to define realistic goals. While it is not very realistic to think that you will generate an influx of new patients and exam appointments from a Facebook post, you can set a goal of getting more fans, increasing your exposure or establishing expertise and loyalty from patients. Facebook is an effective retention tool which allows you to maintain a relationship with your patients, keeping your practice top of mind when they do decide it's time for a visit.

Next, plan a campaign. Choose your goal, stay focused and plan ahead. In addition to weekly posts on a variety of topics, a targeted campaign will enhance engagement and potentially bring more people to your page. Here are three different types of Facebook campaigns and how they can impact your social media success.

1) The “Like” Campaign: To increase fan base, reach more viewers and create greater brand recognition.

A “Like” Campaign gives Facebook users an incentive to Like your page by encouraging fans to share a post to get their networks to like your page. Often it will also be publicized outside of your actual Facebook page so people that aren't already your Facebook fans will see it - such as a pop-up ad on your website homepage, an email campaign or printed materials such as postcards, posters or business cards. Your incentive can be anything- great information and deals or a gift, discount or prize.

2) The Awareness Campaign: To promote specific educational topics, publicize areas of specialty, increase expertise and trust, and enhance loyalty.

An awareness campaign is a series of posts along with engagement opportunities that focus on a certain topic. You can take a seasonal approach (back to school eye concerns or seasonal allergies) or focus on a particular area of interest (Ortho-K or glaucoma) and post facts, links to articles, photos, giveaways, testimonials etc...the opportunities are endless. Awareness campaigns can also be integrated with other online or offline media such as posters, emails, lectures, events, blog posts, press releases and more. Here is a good example of a back-to-school awareness campaign from Wesson And Mothershed Eye Center which included a backpack giveaway.

3) Post (Theme) Campaign: To provide entertainment or share interesting facts to keep fans coming back to visit your page and encourage engagement.

Create a series of posts including photos or images around a particular theme to keep visitors coming back to your page. You can create a thematic schedule for certain days of the week (Funday Monday or Trivia Tuesday) or run a few weeks of posts about a fun, interesting or entertaining topics. Make your theme interactive to increase engagement. Some ideas for successful post campaigns include Celebrity Eyewear (show the celebrity’s eye wear and have fans guess who it could be), Celebrity Eyes (the same concept as eyewear but just by the eyes), and Eye Beauty tips just to name a few. Take a look at Complete Eye Care; this Practice Facebook page has a great variety of interactive post campaigns.

Like any marketing platform, to succeed with Facebook you need to set realistic goals and plan out a strategy to achieve them. You want to post at least once a week, more often if possible, to gain exposure for your page and create engagement. Campaigns that involve incentives, entertainment or important educational messages that establish your expertise will help to retain fans by way of loyalty, interest and recognition.

 

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 13:55 by admin

Over 900 registered users, over 1000 CE Sessions attended in the first week ... and over 1000 booth visits!

We would like to thank the optometric community for their collaboration as we connected once again on an exciting virtual conference platform over four information-packed days for the CEing is Believing Virtual Conference and Exhibition. We extend our gratitude to all of those that contributed to CEiB; our Speakers, Exhibitors and Supporters and to our Attendees that helped make this conference a huge success.

CEiB On Demand is now live! Registrants can log in on the CEiB homepage: http://www.ceib2014.com/ or if you would like to take advantage of the full conference and have not registered you can register here: https://www.vconferenceonline.com/event/regeventecp.aspx?ID=1051

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Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:58 by admin

Looking for ideas to create more unique and interactive posts? Need to grow your social community? EyeCarePro has added a free, new feature [in addition to our social media campaigns] developed especially for our Web Marketing customers.

Introducing Social Sabina Says! Sabina Fonseca, our social media extraordinaire is here to provide tips and post ideas to help build a loyal social following. Throughout each month, Sabina will send each client six timely, engaging and fun post ideas to enhance their Facebook page. If you are interested in this feature or would like to learn more about web marketing programs, email Jason, jason@eyecarepro.net

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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:48 by NancyRausman

During a recent interview, Dr. David Kading, co-founder of Optometric Insights, a career coaching organization for optometry students and expert in private practice, commented that the future of optometry lies in specialization. “By specializing, optometrists can set themselves apart and open themselves to greater opportunities in patient care.”

Whether your specialty is contact lenses, pediatric eye care, glaucoma or vision therapy, or you have multiple sub-specialties within your Practice, you need to get the word out about it in order to really establish your reputation as an expert in that market.

Here are five ways to market your Practice specialties so that they will distinguish your Practice from the competition.

  1. Big and bold on your Practice homepage: Your areas of specialty should be displayed loud and clear to anyone that lands on your homepage. Also include pronounced links to additional information about the topic either on or off site. One of EyeCarePro's clients, Eye Services of Jackson, features Lasik on their homepage, have a look here: EyeServicesofJackson.com.
  2. Make it part of your Practice biography: Anytime you have an opportunity to write a description of your Practice whether it is on a social media site such as Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, an online business listing such as Yelp or Yahoo business pages or an 'about our Practice' section on a press release, include your specialties in the description.
  3. Create a landing page for each specialty on your website: To really hone in on your experience and expertise, create a dedicated website page specifically about each of your specialties. For each area of expertise, you should have a page that is optimized for that particular topic by including key terms and links to any educational information you create about the topic to those pages. In addition to bringing attention to this area of expertise, you will rank better and improve visibility in the search engines for your specialties with pages dedicated to these topics. Here is a landing page which features City Optometry's dry eye clinic: City-optometry/dry-eye-treatment .
  4. Educate your patients and the community: Education will not only raise awareness of the availability and importance of your specialties but it will also establish you as the local expert. Reaching out to the community will build awareness and name recognition for your Practice. Write articles and press releases on the topic to post on your website, social media and in local news publications both on and off line. Seek out interview opportunities or when appropriate hold informational events in your office or throughout the community. Create information sheets to place in your waiting room and repost on Facebook. Visit schools or retirement homes. Create opportunities to get involved in the local community, specifically where it relates to health education.
  5. Run an integrated marketing campaign. Every once in a while it is worthwhile to run an integrated marketing campaign to promote your specialty. This can involve a sale, event or even just an organized promotion of one of your services. Create a slogan and a poster with enough information to show your audience the importance of the service. Distribute in print and online via social media, email marketing and your website.  
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:05 by NancyRausman

A 2014 Key Internet Trends Report that came out in May gives a powerful message about online marketing. The report was presented at the esteemed Code Conference by Mary Meeker, a highly respected partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers which produces this report annually.

The report covered a lot of ground but a few key points were particularly relevant to ODs including the following stats (statistics gathered with help from our friends at The Optical Vision Site):

First, a few facts related to Internet and device usage:

  • The fastest growth in device usage has been in tablets and mobile data traffic.

  • Tablet units increased 52% in 2013 to over 80 million – this growth is faster than PC growth ever was.

  • Mobile traffic has grown over 80% from 2012 to 2013.

  • Mobile traffic now accounts for 25% of ALL web usage

  • Internet advertising rose 16% and Mobile Internet advertising rose almost 50% in 2013

  • People spend 20% of their media time on their mobile devices

  • Facebook leads social traffic referrals with 21%

  • Photo sharing is up 50% over 2013 in the first 6 months of this year

  • Smartphone subscribers are growing at a 20% annual growth.

  • Social media fans are more active than passive traditional marketing audiences – they choose to tune in, they share and they advocate.

Now check out these statistics and trends specifically related to healthcare:

  • 52% of consumers want health care related information online including tools, rankings for quality/satisfaction, reviews of doctors etc.

  • The US government has enabled change that push technology, including electronic health records (EHR) and even penalties for non-compliance.

  • Digitization of healthcare is happening: EHR is rising, 62% of consumers are happy to communicate via email

  • New health related technologies, apps and online health incentives are constantly being developed to aid in well being, medical diagnosis, health monitoring and more, bringing healthcare into the digital realm.

You can view the entire report presentation here: http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

What does all this mean?

The Internet and mobile revolution is happening at a rapid pace and the realm of healthcare is no exception. Don't get left behind. In order to grow your Practice you'll need to employ effective and efficient marketing strategy and you MUST have a presence online, on mobile and on social media.

 

 

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Daniel Rostenne Daniel Rostenne is a leader in the online optometric community and has made a career of creating and promoting effective web sites for optometric practices. He is a COPE educator, editor of Optometry Web, a regular speaker at eyecare events & conferences and has been widely published in Optometric e-zines. Daniel is an expert in Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Optimization, in particular as it relates to best practices for Optometrists. You can sometimes find Daniel daydreaming on Google+.

Contact Daniel: 866-886-4442 or danielr@eyecarepro.net

Nancy Rausman Nancy Rausman is the managing editor of the EyeCarePro blog and Optometry Web Newsletter. She is responsible for providing ECPs with educational content that helps them advance their practices through technology, management strategies and digital marketing.

Contact Nancy:nancy@eyecarepro.net