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BUILDING A GREAT ALTERNATIVE THERAPY WEBSITE

July 24th, 2019 Posted by Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, Consent forms, Consultation Forms, Electronic signatures, Holistic Health, marketing, Medical History Form, Paperless, Sports Therapy, Uncategorized, Web Design No Comment yet

Building a great alternative therapy website is part of iPEGS series of blogs on marketing your Alternative Therapy Practice. A covert plan to force our clients to use more paperless new client forms, informed consent forms etc.

Your website is your shop window, having your surgery in a prime location would be great but most of us can’t afford it. However a great website is the next best thing

YOUR SHOP WINDOW

There is only ever one chance to make a first impression, make it a good one. If you have ever used online dating sites you know exactly what I mean.

If you are the new kid on the block, by building a clean and modern website, you can get an edge.

Be clear about your mission, tell your visitors about your team, the services you offer, the prices you charge. Be welcoming and ensure your contact details are easily found.

Websites that are attractive create a greater feeling of trustworthiness and professionalism.

‘FORM IS EMPTY, AND EMPTINESS IS FORM’

Shakyamuni Buddha 500 B.C.

The right amount of white space creates a clean website, crucial to communicate a clear message.

A page, crammed full of text or graphics, is difficult to read and is busy.

White space is not wasted space, empty space is an important part of your design. Space between graphics, margins, gutters, space between columns, between lines of type or visuals.

From this emptiness arises information, typography, colour and images.

A clean page is not just about eye appeal, don’t clutter your pages with too many offers, or too much information either. Simple is nearly always best. Know what it is you want to achieve, and just do that.

RULE OF THIRDS

It’s old hat ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ but it’s true. 

The best images mostly follow the rule of thirds. An image should be divided into nine equal parts. Think noughts and crosses. 

Important features should be placed along these lines or at their intersections. 

By aligning a subject with these imaginary lines and points, where they cross you avoid filling the centre, or a horizon from splitting a picture in half. Avoid symmetrical images they are not pleasing to the eye. 

YOUR SITE IS EASY ON THE EYE BUT IS IT EASY TO READ?

Light text on a dark background is harder to read than the reverse. 

Your text cannot be too small as not everyone has 20:20 vision, as a therapist you will be sympathetic to that. If you use text that is too large, it can appear to be shouting at your visitor, also capitalised text.

Align to the left, not the centre. Westerners are more comfortable with that.                

CONSTANT AND CONSISTENT

Typefaces, sizes, headings and footers should be consistent throughout your web page.

You are, building a brand. How would you feel if Coca Cola changed it’s logo?

Consistency shows reliability, something your client is looking for in a therapist, and makes your site easier to navigate. 

The more options a user has on your website, the more difficult it is to use. Every additional choice increases the time required to take a decision.

You’ve experienced this countless time in supermarkets. Twenty different types of crisps is just confusing. The more choices you give, the easier it is to choose nothing. If they only offered a handful of options, making a choice would take a fraction of the time. 

IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY

Check out other alternative therapy sites. Not only UK sites, the States and Oz have thousands of Holistic Medical Practitioner’s websites. See if they follow these rules. Don’t be afraid to learn from other’s successes and their mistakes. 

Undoubtedly your web presence is your best new business driver but unless you can get that site in front of your potential patients, it is just a vanity project. You may like to check out the blog on marketing my alternative therapy practice.

This blog is one of a series written by iPegs paperless forms in order to help Holistic Practitioners grow their practices.

By using the iPEGS Paperless System you present a professional approach for your Consultation Forms, Consent Forms, Medical Histories and Treatment Plans. Save time and money and keep your client’s data safe.

As the data processor we store and encrypt your data in a secure, state of the art, UK data centre. We are Cyber Essentials Certified giving you peace of mind that our defences will protect against the most common cyber-attacks. We have achieved the IASME governance standard in relation to GDPR where we have demonstrated wider governance for management of the controls protecting personal data.

If you would like to know more simply email me: steve @ipegs.co.uk or call me directly on 01244 955350 and we can discuss how iPEGS can help improve your clients experience.

MARKETING ONLINE FOR ALTERNATIVE THERAPISTS

July 24th, 2019 Posted by Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, Consent forms, Consultation Forms, Holistic Health, Hypnotherapy, Medical History Form, Paperless, Sports Therapy, Uncategorized, Web Design No Comment yet

Marketing Online for Alternative therapists is part of the iPEGS series of blogs on marketing your Alternative Therapy Practice. A covert plan to force our clients to use more paperless new client forms, informed consent forms etc. Here is a list of places you can cheaply promote your practice.

Having built an excellent website, we need to get it an audience. However until you can get that site in front of your potential patients it is just a vanity project.

“The man who has a thing to sell, and goes and whispers it down a well, is not so likely to collar the dollars as he who climbs a tree and hollers!”

1920s marketing slogan.

INVEST IN GROWING YOUR PRACTICE

Running your own business is a demanding thing. For every hour you get paid for, you can spend two in setting up your practice and building your client base at the start.

That means you are only earning 10 pounds per hour worked if you charge your client 30 pounds an hour.

Fortunately, the return on one hour spent promoting your website can result in bookings for 5 hours according to experienced therapists.

Therefore that hour will pay you 150 pounds in the long run.

After your site has been running for a while, remember to revisit it and refresh it as you would your wardrobe.

WAYS OF DRIVING TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE

WRITE A BLOG...

Publishing a regular blog will help you raise your profile and ranking on the search engines. This is what I am doing now for our website www.ipegs.co.uk.

You are proud of what you do, talk about it, be it Reiki, Acupuncture, Hypnosis Therapy or another alternative therapy. 

By producing original and helpful content about your speciality you will generate interest from potential and actual clients. 

Talk about your teachers and how they inspired you. The courses you have taken to get where you are. 

Share your vision, your journey. You became a therapist because you want to help others and believe you can do that. This commitment will interest and engage by your audience.

By connecting your blog to your website you can help drive traffic to it and improve your search engine rankings. 

‘FOR UNTO EVERYONE THAT HATH SHALL BE GIVEN’.

Mathew 25;29

The more traffic you get the higher you rise in the search engines. The higher you are ranked, the more visitors you receive, it is a virtuous circle.

BE SOCIAL

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Linkedin….

Social media can still be done for free and is one of the easiest ways to market yourself.

You have a great story to tell. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram are all forums to tell that story.

You have an informed opinion so get involved in forum discussions.

Create a business account on these popular sites. Maximise your online presence by posting regularly with varied content. 

FACEBOOK

Create a company page and your customers can easily keep in contact with you.

Video arouses people’s interest faster than any other content, with attention spans shortening you have 1.2 seconds to make an impression and keep their attention.

Make a video and post it, if you are a masseuse, get your partner to star in your ‘how to relieve stress’ massage video.

If Acupuncture is your speciality, do a visual demonstration of the art. Remember in social media ‘show not tell’ is more effective.

Facebook knows this and will share your video far more widely than text. 

You don’t have to be Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg; you just have to show you care about what you do. 

If you can make people laugh as well as inform them, you have 75% of your audience in the palm of your hands.

TWITTER

Is instant and more about sound bites or customer service. Easily accessible to your customers. Having 140 characters means you need to be short, and sweet.

INSTAGRAM

Is all about show don’t tell. Pictures of the team, happy clients, short videos of your services and products in action. Keep it current and create a buzz about your crew.

Instagram is owned by Facebook so any advertising you do may also be shown in people’s Instagram feed everyone loves a twofer.

SNAPCHAT

Is relatively the new kid on the block use it in the same way as Instagram, remember you can post your material on more than one site. So, Snapchat is another string to your social media revenue machine.

LINKEDIN

Is about you connecting with businesses and professionals within your field. This is a longer-term investment in your brand. Gaining credibility with your peers will pay dividends as they link with you and share your posts within the community.

This blog is one of a series written by iPegs paperless forms in order to help Holistic Practitioners grow their practices.

By using the iPEGS Paperless System you present a professional approach for your Consultation Forms, Consent Forms, Medical Histories and Treatment Plans. Save time and money and keep your client’s data safe.

As the data processor we store and encrypt your data in a secure, state of the art, UK data centre. We are Cyber Essentials Certified giving you peace of mind that our defences will protect against the most common cyber-attacks. We have achieved the IASME governance standard in relation to GDPR where we have demonstrated wider governance for management of the controls protecting personal data.

If you would like to know more simply email me: steve @ipegs.co.uk or call me directly on 01244 955350 and we can discuss how iPEGS can help improve your client’s experience.

BLOGGING FOR ALTERNATIVE THERAPISTS

July 24th, 2019 Posted by Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, Consent forms, Consultation Forms, Holistic Health, Hypnotherapy, marketing, Medical History Form, Paperless, Sports Therapy, Uncategorized, Web Design No Comment yet

Here is another idea of how you can cheaply promote your practice as part of the iPEGS series of blogs on marketing your Alternative Therapy Practice, a covert plan to force our clients to use paperless new client forms, informed consent forms etc.

In the blog on Marketing your Therapy practice, I have talked about the power of blogging as a marketing tool. Today I would like to share some ideas on effective blog writing.

PLAN FIRST, WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY

Choose your subject, do your research, decide what you want to say and write it down.

BE INFORMATIVE

Compare these two sentences:

1: iPEGS produces paperless forms for Alternative Therapists.

2: At iPEGS we produce Online digital Consent Forms, Consultation Forms, Medical History Forms, New Client Forms, Treatment Plans, Parental Consent Forms, Patient Feedback Forms and other forms that you may need for your practice.

Which arouses your interest and informs you best?

LESS IS MORE

Be smart, don’t try to sound smart. Use simple terms, make, not fabricate, meet, not encounter, join, not amalgamate.

Keep your sentences short. Easy to read and understand. Every sentence holding a single thought. 

What can be said in ten words, doesn’t need twenty.

Use large fonts, short lines and lots of white space. Create subheadings after at most four paragraphs.

KEEP FOCUS

Rambling on is a fault of many writers. Rambling is commonly used to describe a meandering country walk. Clare Balding hosts a very good radio 4 series called ‘Ramblings’. Self indulgence isn’t helpful. 

AVOID USING THE PASSIVE VOICE

The active voice has an actor (Subject), who does (Verb) something to either a person, animal or thing (Object).

In English, using the active voice, sounds direct and straightforward. Direct and straightforward is exactly what we want our clients to think of us.

Active voice

Passive sentences irritate people.

S Sentences, V irritate, O People.

Passive voice V.S.O. makes your writing more distant and your message is less clear.

Passive Voice

People are irritated by passive sentences.

O People Irritated Sentences.

Although you cannot always avoid using the passive voice, whenever possible try using an, active alternative.

SAY IT WELL AND SAY IT ONCE

Don’t say something several times. If you have to repeat yourself then you didn’t explain your idea properly the first time.

EDIT RUTHLESSLY

Treat every word as if it costs you money. Shorten, delete, and rewrite anything that does not add to the meaning.

DON’T RUSH TAKE YOUR TIME

First write down what you want to say.

Then go away and leave your blog to marinate for a few hours or overnight.

Then rewrite it and finally check for grammar and spelling errors. 

Your blog is more likely to be read, by following these style suggestions. After all you want a best seller not a cult classic. 

One of a series of blogs written by iPegs paperless forms in order to help Holistic Practitioners grow their practices.

By using the iPEGS Paperless System you present a professional approach for your Consultation Forms, Consent Forms, Medical Histories and Treatment Plans Save time and money and keep your client’s data safe.

As the data processor we store and encrypt your data in a secure, state of the art, UK data centre. We are Cyber Essentials Certified giving you peace of mind that our defences will protect against the most common cyber-attacks. We have achieved the IASME governance standard in relation to GDPR where we have demonstrated wider governance for management of the controls protecting personal data.

If you would like to know more simply email me: steve @ipegs.co.uk or call me directly on: 01244 955350 and we can discuss how iPEGS can help improve your client’s experience.

Paperless Consent forms

July 25th, 2017 Posted by Consent forms No Comment yet

If you are offering a treatment or service, then gaining informed consent from clients is extremely important. Due to the nature of the beauty industry, we work with a variety of spas and independent beauty specialists who we have designed digital client consent forms for them to use within their businesses.

iPEGS Remote enables you to operate a paper free business, it improves the client’s experience, saves time, money and improves efficiency. It can also help to protect you from potential legal cases arising in the future.

So how do I get a form completed and signed by my client:

Using a tablet, iPAD or smart phone you can access multiple company branded forms without a wifi connection. Just open the form that you wish to be completed and save the form. This is perfect in a face to face situation (which eliminates the need for paper and a clipboard).

You can also send the form electronically to your clients to complete and sign prior to their appointment. Once completed, this can then be stored on your computer, CRM system or saved on the iPEGS portal for reference.

Click here to see how an example form would look like to your client.

Once this form has been saved you can either:

– Export the form as a PDF and a copy can then be emailed to both you and the client. 

– Export the forms via CSV which can then be imported into your CRM system or used for marketing purposes.

You can also send the consent form to the client / guardian prior to their appointment. They would receive this form on their smart phone, or to any device, to complete, sign and submit back to you.

Features of iPEGS Remote include:

  • Easy to use form builder – where you can build and brand your own forms
  • Folders – To organise forms
  • Feedback forms – Strive to improve your business by customising feedback forms to be completed by your clients
  • Photo and Image Fields – Add before and after photos to your forms
  • Secure Signatures – Add secure, multiple signatures to your electronic form include third party signatures

Why go paperless? 

  • Never receive an incomplete form again! Field types can be set to optional, warning or mandatory
  • Use the unique signature features which includes the date and time stamp of the signature. Even add face stamp for improved authenticity.
  • Save money and the planet through stopping excessive printing
  • Get your business in order with a digital filing system
  • Cut out the administration and have more time to focus on your business
  • Fight off those legal battles with digital consent forms that can never go missing

iPEGS REMOTE PRICE GUIDE

If you would like to have a demo of how the app can work for you then contact Adam on 01244 955350 or email adam@ipegs.co.uk