Online Marketing Tips For Sports Medicine Practitioners
Sam Chadson Ng
Assistant Director of Content
Marketing sports medicine businesses takes a new dimension when you go online. Although a lot of the basic principles are the same, e.g. know your product; know your customer; understand market dynamics, etc., there are some strategies that you can adopt to ensure online marketing success for your sports medicine business. Here are some factors to keep in mind when putting together and executing online marketing strategies for sports medicine businesses.
Tap Into Your Networks
It is often said that it is easier and cheaper to get an existing client to expand his or her business with you rather than getting a new customer. With that in mind, take a critical look at the networks that you already have and work toward getting more from them. In this case, it may mean selling more to them, but it may also mean getting them to refer you to other clients.
Word of mouth is typically a powerful marketing tool and their endorsement of your products to their networks carries far more weight than any online ad you can put out there. Using your existing clients and contacts effectively could necessitate the use of a client relationship management tool to help you keep in touch with your clients in an organized manner.
Optimize Your Website
It is important to ensure that your website is optimized for search engines so that customers can find you when they search for products or when they are looking for information about sports medicine. Typically, if your website does not appear on the first page of the results, you are practically invisible to your potential clients.
In an ideal world, your website should appear right at the top of the search results and this is done through a series of deliberate actions. Firstly, ensure that you understand the keywords that your prospective clients are likely to use when searching for sports medicine products and services. Secondly, ensure that these are incorporated into your page content, title and meta description. Other ways to optimize your site for SEO include ensuring that other sites (especially credible sites) link back to your site.
Publish Ever-Green Content
Beyond the information about your products, ensure that your website and other online tools such as newsletters offer a wealth of information that is relevant to prospective clients. Such information can include new innovations and trends in the sports medicine industry as well as other relevant information. This serves a dual purpose namely to turn your website into a resource center where prospective clients will regularly visit to learn and also position you as an authority in the field of sports medicine. This ensures that they are likely to patronize your business now or in the future.
Other ways that you can ensure that you are successful in marketing your sports medicine business is to ensure that your brand is closely aligned to other businesses that target the same customers but are not competitors. For example, people who are likely to use your products are also likely to be members of various gyms. Working with gyms to offer value added services to their members (such as injury prevention workshops) can give you a valuable platform to market your business as well as grow your database. These simple online marketing tips can help you expand your business in a cost-effective yet impactful manner.