And today we’re going to talk about the top marketing trends of this year and the, I think you’re going to be quite fascinated by some of the things I’m going to be sharing with you.
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I think the acupuncture profession that you need to know about and pay attention to so that you can apply it to your practice, to have things be most effective for you and not waste time on things that are already going in the other direction of. Likely you’re going to be working as well. So this is Chen Yen, 6 ADN 7 figure, practice, makeover mentor at introvertdivisionary.com your show host.
And today we’re going to talk about the top marketing trends of this year and the, I think you’re going to be quite fascinated by some of the things I’m in. I’m going to be sharing with you. And I would love for you to type in the chat. Where are you watching this from? What are you curious about with trends and that week I can look at this and help you the most.
So the number one trend that you’re going to see an upcoming years and including this year is AI and its effect on how Things will be easier to write things like content, blog articles and things like that. Where, for example, did you know that with AI? They have even the ability to pull the, a blog article topic on something that you may want to write about that they can pull from online, different articles and everything, and then reorganize it into a blog article and then pop it out on the other.
So things like that are going to become more prevalent and available, making it easier for you to share things that are educational and helpful for your potential patients and existing patients. Another thing is that there you’ll probably notice that the. Voice search will become more important as well.
So there are some statistics on this and in that voice search continues to grow and will be. And I, and what guests, what platform is and a platform for you to pay attention to? Because one place that if you are, or one thing that if you would like to be getting more patients in the door and getting the phone ring more one avenue to help support that online is by getting on the top of search engines through.
Google reviews and Yelp reviews and then sites like Healthgrades, for example, why is this it’s because then if you have a bunch of five-star reviews and more of them than your competitors in the area, then you start to pop up on top of the search engine. And there. Now I hear a lot of things from acupuncturist about how, oh, I don’t like Yelp and I, and stories about how, oh people take reviews.
Y’all takes reviews down if you don’t pay for the service. So this is the thing you don’t have to pay for. Yeah, hope to be getting lots of reviews. You just need to have a systematic way of attracting those reviews. In fact, there’s actually an automated software that helps support getting those reviews.
And if you would like that, you can message private message me or send me an email, go to our firstname.lastname@example.org and then just contact us. And then I’ll, I’m happy to share that resource with you. And the, that our clients have been using, actually it’s introduced to it by a client of ours who, in terms of what software we’re recommending now.
And we checked it out. Cause she, she said, oh, this is really good. And then we checked it out and it’s very reasonable and it can help you with getting found more online. So it’s the key is being consistent with getting those reviews. But how does this tie into to voice search? So for example, There will be progressively more opportunities for voice search dish to be effecting things.
For example Yelp has voice search and then including Amazon Alexa, Google home, you can end up basically it has a major influence on voice search Yelp and You know what users can just ask Alexa for the kind of business in the local area or the best kind of acupuncture practice in the local area through voice search.
So if you don’t currently have that optimized, then consider having that optimized so that you are able to get potential patients that way without having to spend a dime. And the, as we look at the growth with. Things like AI and automation, one of the things that will become more and more important is your uniqueness factor, because when things are easier to share and get the word out, that means you have more competition.
In a way. And so then if the market’s more saturated, then it is even more important for you to, the good side of it is that it’ll save time and, but in the but the downside of it is that. There’s just more saturation of people doing it. And so then how do you stand out from other acupuncturists in your area?
What really differentiates you? How are you communicating that effective? A lot of acupuncturists who reached out to us for help often struggle with that. And it is directly reflected in their patient numbers and income, even though they might not think it’s really that big of a deal. They’re like, oh, I know.
So the, that is really important as you look at the coming years and this year you’ve been to as far as how do you step more into your uniqueness factor and really own it and be able to share it in such a compelling way that, that people get it and appreciate your unique, what you uniquely bring to people aside from just, oh yeah.
I can help you through acupuncture or Chinese. So the other thing is that also online courses because of the whole I know how many of you would love to have a way of bringing in another stream of income and be able to reach more people at once through something like an automated online course go and have them try it.
Yes or no, if that’s, you let’s see. So yeah, so the Online courses and consuming things online have become more and more popular, especially because of what happened with COVID and people being more used to things virtually. And so people are more comfortable with it virtually, but But then it’s going to be even more important now than then prior to COVID because again, we talk about more people doing it, right?
Because back in the day, for example, we had clients back in the day where there was much a lot less competition because they got started on an early even before COVID and but now things are becoming more saturated. And so if that’s the case then you, if you want to be successful with offering an online course and bring in another stream of income through that, cause imagine, having something automated that could be, bring you an extra few hundred dollars a month or an extra few thousand dollars a month or an extra $10,000 a month.
Would you like that? How many of you liked that? It’s totally doable still, but it’s going to become more important at it being good quality and it’s solving a practical issue, that doubt a practical issue. So what’s less helpful is just overall about Like how Chinese herbs are great. And, or even the idea of someone was approaching me and saying that they wanted to do something around longevity and they tried to put it up an online course and it wasn’t really selling.
And so how, what have a practical issue right now does that, what he teaches about longevity help with the. The person’s whoever’s interested in it. They’re practical issue right now. How does what you teach really into longevity, help with someone’s likely practical issue right now.
Okay. So now let’s talk about what else to pay attention to so that you can apply this to your practice and be ahead of other acupuncturists who aren’t listening to this. One other thing, trend that you will start to see more and more is that people will Open their emails less than in the past.
So if you’re using email as an avenue to stay connected with your patients, then you might notice that habit, but does that mean, oh, you should go and start. Emailing people. No, because email is still one way that it’s like where you truly have that connection with that patient through one, one way. And you have their email.
Whereas if you were only communicating with potential patients or educating them through things like social media, like Instagram or Facebook or YouTube, you don’t have. There or even a Facebook group you might think, oh yeah, they’re in my Facebook group, but what happens if Facebook or Facebook decides to change what they allow you to.
Tomorrow or what happens for example, and this did happen where things were screwed up earlier this year in terms of Facebook for a day or something, it’s then you panic, you don’t have a way of being able to stay connected with your potential patient base or patients.
So it’s still really important for you to stay connected with your potential patients and patients through email for that reason. However, because you’ll also likely see that less people will be opening up their email and then consider going on to other platforms too, like other avenues of building community, whether it be reaching people, whether it’s, it is things like Instagram or other kinds of avenues as well.
And then there’s also, I’m going to talk a little bit about the writing on the wall for certain platforms and things. In every stage of, and by the way, if you like what I’m talking about right now, you can go to. Introverted visionary.com and get access to six and seven figure practice make-over tips.
And also we give out free templates and at training as well to, to those of us who are connected with. And you can also check it out, but just directly on, on the website with what applies to you, if you’re finding what I’m talking about today, helpful and wanting to stay in the loop with updates as well, with marketing trends and different things.
Cause you know, you possibly, you can’t possibly keep up with these things. You’re busy seeing patients. So let’s talk a little bit about the writing on the wall. So the. What is writing on the wall right now, as far as the platform, let’s talk about first about what are the three there, actually, I would say three and then four, four phases of any platform.
What are the three or four phases of any platform? And when I say platform, I need a way to get the word out. For example, whether it’s Twitter, whether it’s Instagram, whether it’s Facebook, whether it’s YouTube, it goes through a few key phases. Typically, number one is the new phase. That’s when it starts getting out there.
An example of that was tick-tock where that got started, and then people were hopping on it, trying to check it out. And that was like a big hype and everything. Then number two comes the adaptation phase and in adaptation phase, what happens there is then people start to that, the adopt to it more.
And then third phase. Is saturation. So that’s when there’s more saturation of people on that platform. And then number five, I’m not sorry. Number four, the fourth phase is dying down, or they might still be around. So if you look at platforms like Twitter, if you look at platforms like MySpace, I was just thinking about that, the other right.
That’s what exactly what happened. And so there’s writing on the wall with one platform that many of you are using and perhaps even using to watch this right now. And I’ve been calling this for years, even before, before this year I was bringing it up. I was bringing it up like a few years ago. I was saying, writing’s on the wall right now.
And it continues to be down that trajectory. My, I believe that the writing is on the wall in terms of the amount of Rachel get for the efforts you’re putting in. And, or even if you’re spending money on the platform, same thing, right on Facebook and the, where, first it was where it was newer.
And then everybody got on it. And then, Then the groups you used to be able to not groups, but the Facebook business pages, you were able to post on there and most people would see it. But then they started, it started becoming more of an ad platform. And so you would have need to pay for ads or a post on your personal page for it to be seen more.
But now even as are costs are skyrocketing because of things with IRS. And there’s also if you’d notice, even as you go through your Facebook feed, notice that how many different ads are through your feed compared to in the past, when you first started, like you can’t even sometimes see your own friend’s feed feeds as much as you.
So it’s it’s in the direction of, will this die down or will, will it stay around? And so what to do about something like this is that this is where it’s helpful to know the trends that I’m sharing with you right now. And then be on other big, be diversified on other platforms.
For example, Instagram is a better platform at the moment. If you want more organic reach ads platform, it can still be better on Facebook at the moment. But again, I say, I feel like the writing’s on the wall and continuing to be. But the important thing about this is not about just, I need to and by the way, like this, if you’re liking the things I’ve brought up so far today about the AI thing about the even marketing trends about the.
The platform thing and trends, right? So the idea is not to just jump onto a different platform and then start feeling really lost and feeling oh my gosh, do I always have to be getting to know another platform or to hire someone and have to pay more money on this thing? And the key.
Is to an any platform. How are you being clear about what is unique about you and your practice and Being able to convey that in a compelling way. And one of the things about so that it doesn’t matter which platform you end up being on. Cause that’s why people who are actually good at this.
It doesn’t matter what platform, it, they will still always be good at it. And then people who struggle with it, it’s like maybe they just think it’s a platform thing. And one thing that is, it has been a trend and is continued to be a trend is, and even Facebook some of their highest like in, in high positions and Facebook owns Instagram, right?
So they were talking about how video is going to be one of the most. Like it’s mainly going to be video platform and even Instagram, they, the, they had made an announcement about how they’re moving more towards having more video on the platform. And so what that means is that it’s you being able to get the word out in a way that allows people to resonate with you more than just a fleeting social media posts, if you’re going to do things on social media will become more important too.
And I know how it is because I used to be very self-conscious about being like doing a video or being on camera, things like that, but it’s, I could totally relate to that. And it doesn’t mean that you have to be super polished or anything because you could still be just being yourself and sharing what you know, and be endearing that way.
Even if you don’t feel like you have it all together, or even if you feel like you’re. The other thing that in terms of with trends is that another aspect of marketing trends to pay attention to is even just who you might want to focus on helping more or to talk about to help more.
And perhaps you have a general practice, but are there certain kinds of health issues that you could talk about more? In terms of wanting to help more people relate it to that. And so it’s helpful to follow trends of what is happening out there in the world related to that. One of the most impactful things that has happened?
I don’t know about it’s not, I don’t feel like it’s, I wouldn’t say it’s in a good way, necessarily impactful, but did you know that more than. A hundred thousand people died of drug overdoses in a 12 month period. This is ending in April, 2021, and it shattered a previous record for the most ever recorded one year period.
And if to put it in perspective, I, the number of COVID deaths, for example, in 2020, with 350, 2000, right? So that’s still like the drug overdose kill be killed being a doc, having died from that. Very high isn’t it. So this is in the U S the stats that I’m showing you, that I’m sharing with you from the U S so the question is, and, I follow Vedic astrology is sacred sciences of astrology, and they’re actually paid people like when president Reagan followed astrologers and a JP Morgan he often said that millionaires.
Don’t you need astrologers billionaires do. So in any case follow Vedic, astrology, and it’s talked about how, that drug issues in, in this country will likely. Be growing in upcoming years. And and so how can you play a role in really helping with that issue that is, is going to likely continue to grow.
And unfortunately, And the other thing is that mental health issues, and many of you may have seen this within your practice as far as the an increase in mental health issues. So think about how could you play a role in that, or maybe even differentiate your practice with bring up to people that’s an area of focus for you, because there are a lot of people who need that help right now and also coming up as well.
So one final thing that I would like to share in terms of. Trend wise, this is not so much a per se, a marketing trend, but I it’s there’ll be a global shift trend that will likely affect. Each one of us and which is this talk of there’s going to be, there’s like very likely going to be some shifts coming economically and even in financial currencies and things like that.
So just stay tuned for what might happen with that and be on top of things like that, because it can affect you. And it’s good to. Be updated and your patients too. So now everyone and including me. These are just things to pay attention to as you practice this year and continue to.
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