So, you’ve got a marketing plan, you’ve honed your content-creation skills, and you’re ready to get down to (marketing your) business. As with any new endeavor, the road ahead might be a little bumpy—but that’s okay.
On March 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists as essential critical infrastructure workers. However, the pandemic has significantly limited rehab therapists’ ability to treat patients, as social distancing presents unique challenges for providers whose care is predominately hands-on.
In a way, telehealth is like the wild, wild west for rehab therapists. It’s totally new, relatively unexplored, and chock full of opportunity for patients and providers alike. That said, just because therapists are beginning to venture into the unknown, it doesn’t mean patients are ready to follow along.
It’s a psychological fact: the human brain loves symbols. They can evoke emotion, inspire movements, and communicate big ideas with one simple image. For that reason, when physical therapy practice leaders choose their logos, they’ve got to think critically about the message they want to send. After all, that’s the image every patient, referral source, and business partner will come to associate with their practice.
So, you’ve got a Facebook page for your physical therapy practice. Now what? Well, posting great content that grabs your audience’s attention (and doing it often) should be a top priority on your social media profiles. But knowing what to post can throw some would-be PT social media managers for a loop—especially when you’re focused on treating the patients you already have in your practice.
The key to growth is stepping outside of your comfort zone. This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received, and I can personally attest to its validity. Whether it was trekking solo across a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language or trying a totally new sport (side note: roller derby is no joke!),
Physical therapists and chiropractors are sort of like the oil and water of the musculoskeletal community. They have differing perspectives on a lot of things, and they haven’t always gotten along.
I love a little healthy competition. From burning up the court as a collegiate basketball player to founding and growing a market-leading technology company, I’ve learned the value of building an intelligent strategy and keeping my eye on the ball.
Some people believe it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to completely master a skill. It’s a (sometimes) divisive school of thought, but let’s say—for a second—that we live in a world where it’s completely true. Well, in this world, I’m a master social media user.
They say wisdom comes through experience. And when it comes to physical therapy marketing, there’s no one wiser than the PTs who’ve struck out on their own and built successful businesses. If you’re just starting out on your physical therapy business journey, you probably wish you had some of that knowledge.