This article is a continuation of The Truth About Referral Marketing. If you haven’t done so yet, we recommend reading the first article to get a better context when reading this one.
The following is a list of other successful actions you can do to promote your practice and get new patients. They are all very inexpensive and easy to do:
✓ Ask for referrals!
✓ Ask for referrals!
✓ Ask for referrals! (ok, point made)
✓ Send patients birthday cards.
✓ Send out a quarterly newsletter that educates patients.
✓ Put up a new patient/client welcome board in the reception room.
✓ Put up a “Thank you for referring us.” board in reception listing out the patients/clients who referred new patients to the practice.
✓ Send thank you letters to every patient/client who referred anyone into the practice.
✓ Reward referring patients/clients by sending them to dinner or the movies, etc.
✓ The doctor and staff hand out business cards anywhere and everywhere that is appropriate. Yes, anywhere and everywhere that is appropriate.
✓ Post your practice “mission statement” in your reception room.
✓ Make post-care calls to patients/clients to ensure that they are doing well. This shows that you really care.
✓ Give tours of the office to school children.
✓ Offer family discounts for cash patients.
✓ Put up educational posters in all treatment rooms or areas to educate patients about the health care you deliver.
✓ Have TV monitors with educational videos that are on a continuous playback loop showing in reception and/or treatment rooms.
✓ Have a patient/client appreciation month.
✓ Participate in health fairs.
✓ Give brisk service with lots of care and affinity.
✓ Have all staff who are on the phone always “smile on the phone.”
✓ Stay in good communication with any patient or client who is waiting – never let them just sit in silence for any long period.
✓ Never make patients/clients wait. Deliver on time.
✓ Call your patients/clients by name.
✓ Develop a logo and place it in every possible place that you can – letterhead, newsletter, business cards, posters, etc.
✓ Call patients/clients 2 weeks and then 2 days prior to recall appointments.
✓ Confirm appointments the day before.
✓ Have simple informational pamphlets. Create your own if you have to.
✓ Make follow-up calls after sending a postcard mailer.
✓ Use oversized or odd-sized business cards. People will notice and remember them more than a normal card.
✓ Take photos of happy patients and clients and place them on the bulletin board.
✓ Have the doctor write a column for a local newspaper or other publication addressing issues within your profession.
✓ Share successful results of patient delivery with your staff.
✓ Once per year, offer 10% off for payment in full off on all old accounts receivables.
✓ Provide a staff reward for generating referrals.
All of the above actions will cost you very little up front, but will generate the highest quality patients for your practice. Put these into place, and you will see your new patients numbers not only increase, but the quality of your patient base will increase.
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