Maybe you think that sounds like a crazy question. Yes, of course you do, right? At least a little bit, or you wouldn’t be very good at what you do!
I want to share with you a (relatively) easy way you can give back to your clients.
It began this way —
Last week I met someone who obviously cared about his clients and patients. Our Veterinarian. The two visits to his office were a blurr and heart-wrenching for me and my family. We found out our 11 year old cat had cancer and had to take him in to be euthanized two days later. But we also met this professional that was kind and caring, even in how he delivered the worst news.
Since we wanted to say “thank you” to him I tried to find his email address online. And there he was, with a blog and twitter account. I felt like it was a bit of a gift – that I got to see this very human side of him which obviously was part of him, but not something that could be shared at work.
Social Media made this possible. It allowed this Vet to share both information on a wide variety of animal health topics (and I found some of this really useful) and also allowed me to get to know him.
From a purely small business perspective, and if I put on my official “Marketing Hat” I’d say that using Social Media is a good way to grow his business – it allows potential clients to find him online, get to know, like and trust him and therefore choose to take their pet to him.
But it’s so much more than that. I think that you as a wellness provider have so much to offer. There is so much good you can do, but only one of you. (and possibly a slightly burnt out one of you) Social Media allows you to give back and in a way that may be less emotionally draining.
Whether you choose to share information about common ailments such as our Vet chooses to in his blog, or quick and easy tips as he does on Twitter, you can help many more people through social media than you can by seeing patients one-on-one.
It also allows people to get to know you, and feel more comfortable with you.
This may seem like I’m preaching, but I’m not :). If you’re already using Social Media, I’d challenge you to look at how you’re using it and whether you’re both helping others and enjoying the opportunity it gives you to connect.
If you want some tips on getting more organized with your Social Media so it doesn’t take over your life check out this article: Simplify Your Social Media.
If you’re thinking about starting, but don’t know where, think about your ideal clients and what social media they are using. You could best help them by being there.
If you want help figuring this all out or taking it to the next level, just email me. I’m happy to help!
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