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CEU Shopping Guide

In some social circles, shopping is considered a sport. In others, it’s merely an obligation or simply a pastime. But when it comes to shopping for continuing education units (CEUs), one point most social circles can agree on is that determining the right educational courses is far more important than say, the quest for the perfect pump. That’s because—in most states—earning the right CEUs is mandatory in order to maintain your license.

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Happy Birthday, Marketplace!

Happy birthday WebPT Marketplace! Check out this blog post to see how we’re celebrating two years of saving our Members time and money.

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How to Manage Your Online Marketing

Today’s blog comes from President David Straight, PT, DPT. With the current level of over-regulation and increasing pressure from competition, payers, and POPTS, running a physical therapy private practice can be a challenge.

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Making the Most of WebPT’s Webinars

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about WebPT’s super informative, spectacularly relevant, and extremely educational webinar series. We’re pretty proud of them. That’s why, today, I’d like to take a few moments to answer some frequently asked webinar questions. 

What is a webinar?

A webinar is a seminar that takes place over the Internet (a web-based seminar = webinar). Unlike a traditional seminar, you can participate in a webinar from anywhere you’d like as long as you have a web-enabled device (i.e., desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone). 

How do I attend WebPT’s next webinar?

To learn the topic of WebPT’s next webinar—as well as the date and time—check out this page or watch for WebPT’s monthly newsletter to arrive via email. (If you’re not receiving the newsletter, click here to subscribe.) Find a topic you’re interested in? Great. Simply register for the webinar by completing the registration form. 

What if I can’t make the scheduled date and time? 

No worries. Register anyway, and we’ll email you a recorded version of the webinar within a week after the webinar airs. Or you can view recorded webinars here

How do I join the webinar that I’ve registered to attend?

The day of the webinar, you’ll receive an email from WebPT Co-Founder Heidi Jannenga containing a link you’ll click to access the webinar through GoToMeeting. If it’s your first time attending a WebPT webinar on the device you’re using, you may need to download the GoToMeeting software—but you’ll receive prompts to do so along with instructions. Then, just make sure your computer speakers are turned on and the volume is up. You’ll be able to listen to the webinar directly from your web-enabled device. If you’re unable to download GoToMeeting or wish to listen to the webinar on your phone instead, you may do so by calling the number on the webinar email. 

How do I ask a question during the webinar?

Because WebPT webinars typically have a very high attendance rate, it’s often difficult for the hosts to take questions on air. So, if you have a question during the webinar, please type it into the GoToMeeting text box. The webinar moderators will answer your question via text in real time, pass it on to the webinar hosts to answer on air, or provide you with an answer via email following the webinar. 

Now that you’ve got the answers to these frequently asked WebPT Webinar questions, get a to watchin’. Click here to register for the next WebPT webinar.

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Living and Breathing Company Culture on Social

When it comes to company culture, there may be no better way to see what a brand is all about than to check out its social media sites. Sure, establishing a company’s core values is (for the most part) an internal initiative, but as Brooke pointed out in a post earlier this month, your company culture is essentially the personality of your brand. And whether you intend to or not, your personality will shine through in all your interactions—internal and external—especially when it comes to social.

And because—as this BrassTacs Thinking blog post stresses—your values as a company are demonstrated—and judged—through the people you entrust to embody them, it is especially important to choose the right person to speak on your and on your brand’s behalf.

So, whether you are aspiring to land your dream social media job, are already tasked with engaging patients and colleagues while maintaining your brand’s voice, or are a clinic owner setting the tone and strategy for your company’s social media initiatives, you may want to consider the following few tips:

The Candidate

Delete your profiles

I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but if you are in the job market, I recommend deleting all your social profiles, erasing your hard drive, and ditching any mobile devices you have. A bit much? Okay, fair enough. At the very least, you should conduct a seriously thorough audit of your social media profiles and ditch any pics or updates that might offend a potential employer. You do know that your potential employer is going to check out your tweets, right? It’s true.

Picture the future

Do you aspire to work for a specific clinic or know the type of employer you’d like to work for? You can take steps today to position yourself for your dream job in the future. Make it a point to exhibit the types of qualities and online behaviors that align with your dream company’s core values.

The Voice

Don’t be a jerk

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a new intern charged with running your company’s Twitter account, you are now your brand’s official spokesperson. No one likes snarky remarks, inside jokes, or incoherent ramblings, so always play nice. And remember, people are absolutely judging your company’s brand based on the content you post, how responsive or nonresponsive you are to comments and questions, and your overall tone and presentation.

Don’t assume everyone shares your sense of humor

Having a well developed and lively company culture is great! However, culture tends to be very specific to each company that embraces it, so it isn’t a given that your social followers will share your enthusiasm for something so distinctly yours. So while your best bet is to simply be yourself, you also should be approachable, engaging, and fun—and keep it light on the inside jokes.

The Big Wig

Set the vision

Congratulations! You’ve taken the time to clearly define and document your company’s core values, and you’ve succeeded in having staff embrace your company culture. You might even consider your company culture as a competitive advantage or a special something that sets you apart from the rest. Now it’s important to define your voice and tone—and to stick to it.

Hire the right person

Earlier this month, Charlotte talked about the importance of hiring for cultural fit, and this is especially important when filling such a visible, public-facing position. “Hiring for cultural fit means hiring people based more so on their  ‘below the surface’ qualities rather than their technical abilities. Why? Because you can’t train people to genuinely possess the same values that you and your business do.”

No matter your role, your best social media strategy is to be genuine and stay true to who you are. And don’t forget, people won’t judge you for who you say you are. They’ll judge you for who you actually are, the type of content you share with your followers, and the way you interact with your audience.

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