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Get Your Staff’s Social Media Gears Turning [Part 2]

Get Your Staff’s Social Media Gears Turning [Part 2]

Looking for ideas to get your staff involved in social media? Our social media expert Sabina has plenty of ideas which she shares with our ODLingo clients each month. Here is an example of a couple of her suggestions from this past January: 1: Get A New Year’s Resolution! Everyone has something to aspire to in the new year, whether it is spending more time with family, eating healthier, exercising, or finishing school. Throughout the month of January, take a picture of each staff member working on his or her resolution and add a sentence about what the goals are. Encourage fans to share their New Year Resolutions as well. Example: Our ophthalmic technician’s New Year’s Resolution is to lead a healthier lifestyle. With a family history of diabetes, she doesn’t want to be the next one going down that road. Check out a few of her recipes for eating healthy and staying fit. What is your New Year Resolution? 2: January 28th Is Fun At Work Day! Work is not always fun but there are moments in the day when fun happens. When that time of day comes, take a picture and post it with a sentence or two about the fun that is happening in the picture. Add some hashtags like, #FunAtWorkDay. Social...
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5 Reasons You Want Your Staff Involved in Social Media [Part 1]

5 Reasons You Want Your Staff Involved in Social Media [Part 1]

Many business owners are apprehensive to say the least about letting staff members represent their business on social media. And based on a number of “staff gone wild” horror stories out there, this fear could be justified…unless you take the proper steps to train your staff to post responsibly. Those that refrain from allowing their staff to take an active role in social media outlets, such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., are actually minimizing the impact social media can have on getting their practice name out, engaging patients and creating buzz in their local community. Alternatively, involving your staff in social media marketing can exponentially increase the effectiveness of your outreach. Before we go into some steps on how to engage your employees in social media, here are some reasons you want your staff to contribute to social media in the first place: 1) Your employees can be some of your greatest brand ambassadors. Hopefully more for better than for worse, your staff represents your brand and each one has a lot of expertise and ideas to share. With the right guidance, you can engage your staff to promote a vibrant and valuable image of your Practice...
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7 Cost-Effective Online Marketing Strategies For Your Eyecare Business In 2015

7 Cost-Effective Online Marketing Strategies For Your Eyecare Business In 2015

Last month, Best Image Optical’s founder and CEO, Mark Dolabany, presented an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certified course at the Opticians Association of Massachusetts (OAM). In an ongoing effort to help the independent eyecare professional build their brick-and-mortar business and compete with online optical retailers, we have outlined his course today to help you start thinking about the marketing strategy of your business in 2015. “While traveling on the road and visiting my customers, I find that our conversations turn to the internet and what can be done for a brick-and-mortar business to increase their exposure on the internet. I try to share my knowledge and experience with the independent, and relay to them the steps that my own independent business has taken.” – Mark Dolabany The following strategies were put together to help independent market their business cost-effectively. Here we briefly touch upon strategies that will help you increase your exposure on the internet and grow your business if you are committed to taking these steps. Before we proceed, there are two terms we’d like you to get familiar with: Keywords and SEO (Search Engine Optimization). A...
Facebook Kills Organic Reach – What does this mean for your Practice Marketing?

Facebook Kills Organic Reach – What does this mean for your Practice Marketing?

After months of gradually reducing organic reach for “overly promotional posts,” come the New Year, Facebook will finally be ending organic social marketing for good. According to a Facebook study, there is now far more content being made than there is time to absorb it. On average, there are 1,500 stories that could appear in a person’s News Feed each time he logs onto Facebook. For people with lots of friends and Page likes, as many as 15,000 potential stories could appear any time they log on. As a result, competition for any story to gain exposure in people’s News Feeds (the place on Facebook where people view content from their family, friends and business Pages) is growing. Facebook has determined users don’t want to see promotional content and as a result, less of it will be appearing within the News Feed. Facebook defines any of the following as being promotional: Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads Facebook recommends that page owners continue using the most effective strategy to reach their targeted audience...
How Much Is A Video Worth?

How Much Is A Video Worth?

Everyone knows about YouTube. But have you ever considered whether it’s right for your business? YouTube is great for product demonstrations and how-to videos, but what if you sell something like wrestling mats? What type of video would be best? For our client, Roll Out Mat, we focused on teaching wrestling moves, something of interest to all their customers. Each week during wrestling season, we rolled out a new engaging video like this one. How did teaching about the sport help sell wrestling mats? Well, before we began our video campaign, Roll Out Mat didn’t appear until the second page of search results. As we released new videos, we watched as Roll Out Mat moved to one of the top search spots on page one. Not only did Metro Studios make it easier for customers to find Roll Out Mat, our strategy resulted in $50,000 of additional website revenue. We didn’t use YouTube for a hard sell. Rather, we provided compelling content we knew their clients would appreciate and watch. What type of video would your customers like to view? How can you use your business and brand to create content that helps your customers? I believe in the power of YouTube. Here are 17 reasons I think you...
Filed in: Marketing, Social Media
FaceBoo is Back! ClearVision Begins its Annual Halloween Photo Contest on  Facebook

FaceBoo is Back! ClearVision Begins its Annual Halloween Photo Contest on Facebook

Eyewear industry leader ClearVision Optical begins its annual FaceBoo photo contest on its Facebook page, facebook.com/clearvisionoptical. Since 2010, ClearVision has hosted the annual FaceBoo Halloween contest to engage its customers on social media in a fun, spirited way. This social media contest, held exclusively on ClearVision’s Facebook page, offers customers an interactive activity to engage in friendly competition, as well as the opportunity to win prizes. FaceBoo officially begins on Friday, October 24 and runs through Thursday, November 6, 2014. Customers are encouraged to post photos of their staff dressed in Halloween costumes, or of their decorated offices, on ClearVision’s Facebook page, facebook.com/clearvisionoptical. Submissions are also accepted via email to facebook@cvoptical.com. The top 10 photos that receive the most “likes” by will be entered into a random drawing for gift cards in the following amounts: $200 for 1st place; $150 for 2nd place; $100 for 3rd place. Customers can share more than one photo. ClearVision’s FaceBoo contest is one of its many social media initiatives designed to encourage the optical community to engage and share. To learn more...
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
Safilo Bloggers Day Safilo Social Eyes Studio

Safilo Bloggers Day Safilo Social Eyes Studio

During Paris Fashion week, on September 23rd and 24th, Safilo has been pleased to host its latest Bloggers Day at its Parisian showroom. Around the French fashionista DJ Cecile Togni, Safilo has gathered a community of international bloggers, models, actors and influencers called to interpret the shades of its prestigious brands portfolio and to enjoy a friendly moment colored up by the healthy detox juices of Charlotte Rouah. The newest models among Safilo’s latest sunglasses, available in a wide range of silhouettes, shades and color combinations, were interpreted by the participants in front of Adeline Mai’s camera. The rising fashion photographer immediately succeeded in capturing the mood of every personality, enhancing the shades and highlighting their unique feature. The photos have been framed by playful geometric creativities recalling the Parisian atmosphere. Starting from September 23rd, the official photos have started to be posted on the blogs and social networks of the various personalities who took part to the project called #Safilosocialeyes studio. For more information visit www.safilo.com
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
Create A Blog For Your Eye Care Business

Create A Blog For Your Eye Care Business

At this stage, it’s fair to say that a web presence is critical to the success of your business. As you know, for the last 10 years or so we’ve seen a surge in both the number and popularity of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, making it much simpler to publish content online. Whether you are running a small business or corporation, the numbers make it clear: Your customers are online. They are interacting in social channels with their friends, colleagues, and other brands in search of information, recommendations, and entertainment. If your business is not around to answer, a competitor will be. The first action you should take is to look at what are you’re trying to promote. What are your assets? Who are your target customers? Guide to Using Social Media for Marketing Using social media for marketing can enable a small business to further their reach to more customers. Your customers are interacting with brands through social media; therefore, having a strong social media presence on the web is the key to tap into their interest. If implemented correctly, marketing with social media can bring remarkable success to your business. What...
Three Easy and Effective Facebook Campaign Ideas

Three Easy and Effective Facebook Campaign Ideas

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...
ClearVision Celebrates PuriTi Eyewear By Hosting its First-Ever Twitter Launch Party!

ClearVision Celebrates PuriTi Eyewear By Hosting its First-Ever Twitter Launch Party!

ClearVision Optical celebrates the launch of its premium men’s titanium eyewear collection, PuriTi, by hosting its first-ever Twitter party! The online celebration introduces the high-quality 100% titanium brand to eye care professionals through informative, interactive social engagement. Without having to leave the dispensary, ECPS’s will learn about the features and benefits of the titanium collection and discuss design details and brand positioning directly with ClearVision’s Senior Product Brand Manager and PuriTi designer, Cathy Kaye. Virtual party goers will also: Receive tips on how to sell and maximize the PuriTi experience in the dispensary See firsthand in-store merchandising items Enjoy an exclusive shop-worthy special available only on February 26 Win great prizes by answering titanium-esque triva questions on Twitter Hear from and chat live with ClearVision’s special guest and social media guru, Dr. Alan Glazier OD; recognized as one of the most influential optometrist in the country* PuriTi eyewear showcases timeless design and first-class materials in a competitively priced, private label collection. The premium handcrafted brand provides both fashionable and...
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
Clearvision Will Leave You Guessing!

Clearvision Will Leave You Guessing!

ClearVision Optical has designed a fresh look for its Facebook cover image for the month of May. The new image reflects ClearVision’s adoption of technology and reinforces the company’s commitment to helping customers navigate the expanding “maze” of social media. ClearVision’s creative use of Facebook’s prominent new cover photo feature supports its continued focus on social and emerging media.  The spring cover image is a QR code cleverly incorporated into the main Facebook visual.  When scanned, the QR code leads to an opportunity to receive a free ClearVision USB port if participants guess the correct frame the mouse is wearing! The inventive guessing game provides ClearVision with a remarkable opportunity to optimize its company Facebook presence in a fun way, while engaging users and encouraging new “likes” to the ClearVision Facebook page.  To play, Facebook fans can simply scan the QR code on the ClearVision Facebook page and get started.  The QR code links to a form that has a “guessing game” to enter to win the USB port.  Guess which frame the mouse is wearing, complete the form, and submit to win! All entries will be placed into a raffle, and 10...
Best Image Optical Joins Google +

Best Image Optical Joins Google +

Miami, FL., January, 2012 – After successfully launching two Tumblr sites (http://eyestyl.tumblr.com and (http://vintagevsretro.tumblr.com) a couple of months ago, Best Image Optical continues to expand its social media reach through Google +. Google + will serve to update Eye Care Professionals and consumers on the latest eyewear trends, topics, and company news/updates. Some information will mirror Best Image’s Facebook account, while other post topics will run exclusively on Google +. Marketing Manager, Carlos Zamora had this to say, “The platform in which people are reached is changing and we want to change with it. Adding Google + to our social media portfolio will allow Best Image Optical to better reach Eye Care Professionals and consumers alike. Though, Facebook continues to hold its grip on the ‘best reach’ category, I am confident Google + will also be a powerful tool for us. Expect some great insight of Best Image Optical on Google +”. Best Image’s Google + account went live to the public on January 30, 2012. Join Best Image Optical’s circle here: https://plus.google.com/111707992270665704513/posts About Best Image Optical: Best image Optical offers Fashionable,...
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
Every Tuesday is Tumblr Tuesday

Every Tuesday is Tumblr Tuesday

Miami, FL., November 17, 2011 – Every Tuesday is Tumblr Tuesday at Best Image Optical. The eyewear company, home of The Dolabany Collection, Mario Galbatti, and Plume Paris is strengthening its social media hold by joining Tumblr. Through Tumblr – a blog posting site – Best Image Optical will introduce two different Tumblr sites: 1.      (eye)style : http://eyestyle.tumblr.com 2.      Vintage vs. Retro: http://vintagevsretro.tumblr.com The (eye)style Tumblr page will be themed after how eyewear influences style. Topics to be blogged about are: ‘What do (eye)wear?’, ‘(eye)tips’, and ‘(eye)’m inspired’. The Vintage vs. Retro Tumblr page pays homage to true vintage frames and the influence its frames have on the entertainment world. Blog topics include: ‘Vintage Inspired’, ‘Retro on Film’, ‘Retro on TV’, and ‘Retro in Music’. Carlos Zamora, Marketing Manager for Best Image Optical has this to say: “We are always trying to find creative outlets to interact with the Eye Care Professional and consumer. By using Tumblr, we are able to be a lot more creative in how we display our eyewear than with other Social Media outlets to a worldwide audience....
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
ClearVision debuts new Facebook E-Coupons!

ClearVision debuts new Facebook E-Coupons!

Be the first to use ClearVision’s NEW e-coupons, available only through the CVO Facebook page. Providing valuable offers through this new innovative technology, ClearVision is using Facebook’s e-coupon app to offer ClearVision’s Facebook friends exclusive offers.   Utilizing innovative new software tied directly into Facebook, ClearVision’s electronic coupons provide special savings on an item or a group of items, a percentage off an entire order or a special gift with purchase. The coupons are part of brand specific promotional campaigns that are supported with weeklong Facebook posts supporting the brand and are appear for one week, once a month.  ClearVision launched its first Facebook e-coupon during BCBG week with an offer of a free BCBGMAXAZRIA perfume with an 8-piece purchase from the glamorous BCBG collection. For November, Facebook customers can receive a free IZOD umbrella with a qualifying IZOD purchase. Also available on the ClearVision Facebook page are: The Eyewearista, an optical Vlog that showcases the latest fashion trends & style news and translates them to the fashionable world of eyewear and sunwear; MensDay, an insider’s view of style and fashion...
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
Clearvision Optical Facebook Page Hits 1,500 Fans!

Clearvision Optical Facebook Page Hits 1,500 Fans!

Hauppauge, NY – October 2011 – ClearVision Optical, a leader in the eyewear industry with a portfolio of fashionable brands, has reached 1,500 fans on its official Facebook page – www.facebook.com/clearvisionoptical. “Social media plays an important role in our targeted marketing efforts,” says Sheila Haile, ClearVision’s Manager of Marketing & Creative Services. “Our goal is to maintain our status as an innovator in the optical industry, utilizing social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to connect and engage with our customers on a more personal level.” Through the ClearVision Facbeook page, customers can get insight into product releases, gain access to innovative e-coupons and flash sales, read business related articles such as the recent “How to use LinkedIn to grow your business” and learn fashion tips through “Men’s Day” every Wednesday and the upcoming Style Friday! Additionally, ClearVision currently has over 400 Twitter followers.  Its growing YouTube presence reaches viewers with its weekly Eyewearista, an optical fashion Vlog that showcases the latest trends & style news and translates them to the fashionable world of eyewear...
Filed in: Eyewear, Social Media
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