HR Insights with Ali: 3 Ways a Strong Social Media Presence Helps Your Practice
Posted on 12/28/2016 by Ali Oromchian, Esq.
Social media is a wonderful way to connect with friends and even to get your daily dose of news; however, when it comes to a small business, social media can be so much more. A strong social media presence can be beneficial for your practice’s bottom line in a number of ways, making it an important tool in the arsenal of companies of all sizes. Here are three simple ways that you can use social media to benefit your practice:
Locating new hires Whether you are looking to staff a new practice or simply need to fill a vacancy, time can equal money in terms of the hiring process. Using social media to announce your vacancies is a fast and efficient way to locate potential hires and to save you both headaches and resources when it comes to locating new employees.
Reducing office time spent answering common questions Simple questions can be answered that are likely to come up again and again, such as where your office is located, whether you provide parking, what types of insurance you accept, etc. If you provide the answers to those questions online and in an easy-to-read format, then you can reduce the need for office personnel to spend time addressing those issues over the phone. Given that many people simply prefer to look up information than to call somewhere asking for it, you are less likely to lose potential clients for whom the ability to find your practice information online is important.
Giving your practice its own “persona” From your office furniture to the magazines in your lobby, your practice has a “personality” which it presents to your patients every time they walk in the door. Your social media pages are a great way to demonstrate that personality to potential patients as well. Whether you want to project yourself as professional, funny, approachable, or all of the above, effective social media usage can help you to accomplish those goals.
As every practitioner knows, running a successful practice requires more than medical skills. It sometimes requires thinking outside of the box, and looking at new ways to bring in business and to keep current patients happy. A strong social media presence is an essential part of any modern practice, giving medical professionals a unique way to communicate and to showcase their business.