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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...
Create an Effective Marketing Plan to Bring in Revenue this Year

Create an Effective Marketing Plan to Bring in Revenue this Year

It’s a new year and now is the time to plan out your integrated marketing calendar for the upcoming year. Planning ahead will get you organized and allow for the proper time and organization to create higher caliber and more effective marketing campaigns. Here is a 5 step plan and some helpful campaign download links to get your marketing off the ground and patients in the door… Step 1 Brainstorm Campaign Ideas: Brainstorm ideas for thematic or time-related/seasonal campaigns: Make a list of all the holidays (national and local) and eye care observance days (Glaucoma month etc.) and their dates. Consider running a FSA campaign late in the year. Here is one idea: Use It or Lose It campaign. Now list seasonal themes (ski season, spring allergies, beach season, back to school, college vacations etc.) you might want to use for a campaign. Download a free allergy video and campaign here. Add any specialties or relevant eye care or product topics that you might want to highlight (children’s vision, dry eyes, UV, transitions lenses, etc.). Try this campaign with a pediatric focus. Think about local events such as country fairs, sports, educational or cultural events, that you might...
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...
Bright Revenue Ideas for the Holiday Season

Bright Revenue Ideas for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for big spending, and with a little strategy, your Practice can get more than its fair share of it. Here are 6 quick marketing ideas that can boost your Holiday Season revenue even more. • FaceBook Ads Now is the time to consider spending $100 on Facebook ads. The Holiday Season is indeed a social one and ‘sharing is caring’. Consider a FB ad that attracts your community to your FB page and encourages them to engage and share your content. Practice awareness leads to more appointments, which in turn leads to more sales. • College Students Holiday time is about family time and that means students come home for college breaks to reunite with friends and family. Most universities have at least a few weeks off around the New Year, allowing students time to schedule a yearly eye exam and update their wardrobe with a new pair of specs or a refill on contact lenses. If college students are part of your clientele, run a student promotion through January such as a discount on frames or lenses or a relevant giveaway with a purchase. • Gift Givers While it may be hard to pick out a pair of prescription glasses for a loved one, sunglasses and frame...
Industry Veteran, Bob Main, Forms Internet Education Company: ECP Web Coach

Industry Veteran, Bob Main, Forms Internet Education Company: ECP Web Coach

Bob Main, a 35 year optical industry veteran, announces the formation of a new internet education company, whose main purpose is to provide free education to ECPs on how to use the internet and social media to grow their practice. The primary source of educational material will be presented on a new website, www.ECPWebCoach.com. The company also has a Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Google+ page, where ECPs can connect to get valuable and timely information on how to improve their social media engagement. The website is designed to be a single source of information, by covering a wide variety of topics including: ECP websites Facebook page design and management Google+ LinkedIn e-Newsletters Online marketing SEO and much more The educational material is presented in a variety of formats including: Webinars (live and recorded) Articles Videos E-Books Open forum chat room where ECPs can get answers to internet and social media related questions. Free Weekly e-Newsletter and Webinars- The Company is also sending out a weekly e-newsletter dubbed, “Weekly Web-Tips for ECPs”. The e-newsletter has quick-tip videos, article summaries, webinar announcements and links back to new website...
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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
Five Important Things to Consider Before Creating Your Blog

Five Important Things to Consider Before Creating Your Blog

It seems like everyone today is starting a healthcare blog. Sounds easy and is easy on the surface, but blogging is a lot of work and needs a well thought out plan before getting started. Blogs can be a great addition to your website. They are an excellent means of delivering health information quickly to a broad audience in a more colloquial and comprehensible way. Once your blog is up and running, it is easy to add new content and cross-market your blog with social media such as Facebook and Twitter posts. Your blog can be well integrated into your website and with some forethought refer the reader back to your website for even greater information on the subjects you are writing about in your blog. This will keep your website content fresh and make a positive impact on your search engine results. It’s important to determine what you want to accomplish and what type of content you want to create to build engagement with your community. Before launching your eye care blog, review these five important considerations: Determine how much time you will need to invest to produce a quality blog. In addition to writing, you’ll want a separate pair of eyes to edit. Many optometrists choose...
Essilor & Essilor Vision Foundation Launch Campaigns To Promote Upcoming World Sight Day

Essilor & Essilor Vision Foundation Launch Campaigns To Promote Upcoming World Sight Day

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, and Essilor Vision Foundation will join Essilor Group subsidiaries and partners from around the world in a digital campaign—#bettersightbetterlife— to raise awareness of the importance of vision care for World Sight Day on Oct. 9. The #bettersightbetterlife campaign is being launched by Essilor and Essilor Vision Foundation to build awareness of the significant socioeconomic costs resulting from poor vision, compared with the relative ease of correcting and preventing vision problems. World Sight Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is an annual day that draws global attention to blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The event serves as a significant opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of good vision through regular eye exams and effective vision equipment. Through #bettersightbetterlife, Essilor and Essilor Vision Foundation are urging social media users around the world to sponsor World Sight Day by pledging support through their Twitter and Facebook profiles. The #bettersightbetterlife video is available here. To pledge support...
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...
Your Practice Is Unique: Differentiate By Promoting Your Specialty

Your Practice Is Unique: Differentiate By Promoting Your Specialty

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...
How to Get Your Patients Through Your (Website) Door

How to Get Your Patients Through Your (Website) Door

As we explained in our last digital tip 27, your website is open 24/7 representing your Practice to attract and engage patients on your behalf. In addition to driving new patients to your Practice, an equal priority of your website should be to service your existing patients by offering assistance, time-saving conveniences, information about services and products and your professional expertise by way of vision-related content. But if your existing patients are already happy with your services, how do you get them to your website? The first step in creating an online Practice that works for you round-the-clock is to ensure that it offers value through patient forms and continually updated content. You need to create a reason for existing patients to visit and much of this is done through educational content and practice news items via blog updates, press releases, videos etc. Click here to access more information on how to create engaging content on your website. Once your website has valuable things to offer, you need to incorporate a few best practices into your office procedures and marketing efforts to drive existing patients directly to your website on a more regular basis: Add...
Why Do I Need to Attract Existing Patients to My Website?

Why Do I Need to Attract Existing Patients to My Website?

While a large part of online marketing is geared toward obtaining high rankings to get the attention of potential new patients, this is not the only audience you want to attract to your website. The truth is, if you are only getting traffic to your website from new patients, and none from existing ones, you are doing something terribly wrong. You can generally track existing patient traffic by looking at how much direct traffic the site receives. Direct traffic shows up in Google Analytics as ‘Direct’ traffic, and means that the visitor either typed in your address into their browser (and therefore knew it already, likely an existing patient), or they clicked on a link from an email as a result of your practice marketing (also usually a new patient – as those are the email addresses that you have). This begs the question, “If I am doing a good job of interacting with existing patients in person and keeping up with them through Facebook, texts, phone calls, emails etc., why do I need them to go to my website? From an ROI perspective, why does an existing patient need to visit the Practice website?” The answer is that without a focus on the audience of your current...
Modern Optical International Celebrates 40 Years in Eyewear

Modern Optical International Celebrates 40 Years in Eyewear

Value eyewear leader, Modern Optical International, marks its 40th Anniversary this year and reflects on four decades in the eyewear industry. Modern Optical fondly recalls its humble beginnings in 1974 that started in a modest square office space furnished with two desks, two phones, metal shelving for inventory, a six foot table to process orders, and a Rolodex of business cards. Its eyewear collection consisted of 20 styles displayed on an 11×14 flyer. All frames except two were metal; most had a double bridge. Customer orders were hand delivered on Fridays when Yale Weissman, the company’s co-founder and only sales rep, returned to the home office after a week in the field. He phoned in orders deemed urgent. This is how it all started. Over time, Modern broadened its frame selection, hired more sales reps, increased office staff, installed fax machines and bought a few computers. With immeasurable tenacity and sweat equity, the company grew each and every year, one optical office at a time. Today Modern Optical is an international company offering over 800 styles and a host of eyewear-related products as featured in this year’s 110-page catalog. Designs have come and gone...
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Costa Releases OCEARCH Gear to Support Shark Tagging Expeditions

Costa Releases OCEARCH Gear to Support Shark Tagging Expeditions

Costa Sunglasses continues its ongoing partnership with OCEARCH, a non-profit organization actively researching great white sharks and other oceanic apex predators, with the release of custom designed, limited edition gear supporting the program. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Costa’s OCEARCH shirts and hats benefits the organization’s collaborative research expeditions around the world to study and advance knowledge on the ocean’s giants. OCEARCH is known for its groundbreaking tagging of great white sharks and other apex predators, working with world-class fishermen, researchers and corporations like Costa in an effort to support governments and their fisheries in need of hands-on access to large, mature sharks. Its online Shark Tracker allows scientists, researchers and educators a first-hand look at the species’ migratory patterns and other data. Tagged great white sharks Mary Lee and Katherine, both originally spotted in the waters off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., have routinely pinged in up and down the Atlantic coast, near locations including Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga. and Jacksonville, Fla. In 2014, OCEARCH is on a mission to South America, visiting...
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