Tips To Keep Your Business Jogging On The Road To Success

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Decades ago the secret to a successful business was simple. Sell for more than you buy. Concentrate on the 4 P’s : Product, Place, Price and Promotion. Pay your taxes. Today not much has changed. (Well, perhaps the last one). But the stage where it’s playing on is very different. It’s called the Web. And it’s spanking new. And there’s a site there for each and every one of us. Come with and let’s visit.

Go with the ever-changing information flow

In the new business environment everything is changing. It is, most of us suspect, because of the Information Age. Each day, information is flowing in and it keeps on updating and changing all the information that flowed in the previous day. One has to go with the flow. Keep updating your skills and keep updating the business model. By the way, today’s business gurus call it growth.

Contribute to the information flow but keep it relevant

After having parked off in a website we should keep it up to date. The design of the site should include tools so that in no time at all we can post our latest service, trumpet the latest benefit and digitize the latest testimonial. We must listen to what our customer base is telling us and play it back on our website. Using beautiful fonts, splashing colorful images and inside glorious moving frames. In short: inform through the use of multimedia.

Basic business marketing concepts will always remain the same (that’s why they are “basic”)

Business is about having a conversation and word-of-mouth is the jackpot. The only modification nowadays is that the currency also includes email, blogs, website-based calendars and gift certificates. As long as you keep delivering the goods the website should keep them coming back for more. A business’ best asset is repeat customers. It is all about relationship building. So be sure to have a website replete with all the tools to keep it attractive and interactive.

Service is the name of the game

At the end of each session or treatment it’s worthwhile to remember that you are in the service industry. Whatever you did was, I know, the best you had to give. But now you are asked to give even more. Make life easier for them, the people that are the most important in your business. Help them to find you every time through the online map on your website. Help them not to give in to that loser part of them and miss the appointment due to an unscheduled stop at McDonalds. Allow them to pay online via your website and watch them whizz past each temptation right into your welcoming parking space.

When making that leap onto the Web, you start creating a site that reflects yourself and your business values. Make sure you have the tools that will give your customers the best of the best: a professionally designed site. This allows them to easily connect to you thus allowing them to help themselves.

Turning Out Healthy Bodies In The Digital Age

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With the digital age firmly with us it is virtually impossible to successfully run a business without a virtual presence. Such a presence is called a website and is akin to the reception area of a studio, a gym or a practice where people can gather to get information about your services and decide which of your offers suit them best. Let us exercise our creativity and see how easy it is to manage a business in cyber world.

Hang up your welcoming sign

Look around you. Everyone has their eyes firmly fixed on the Internet. There’s nothing wrong there except that your business exists in the real world. To link those eyes to where you are you need a website. The best is to go to a company that can not only help you to create a website but that is also able to host if for you. A business that knows how to get those intricate little road signs in the virtual world to point to your site and to open the road that will lead them all to your web door.

If it looks like your business and acts like your business then . . . . .

A duck’s quack and walk can never be mistaken for a turkey’s. That’s what makes a duck survive Thanksgiving. For you to survive in the modern business world your website has to match your business in look and feel. Take a look at how other businesses similar to yours have stamped their image into their website. Look at the colors they used, the feel, the design elements used, the complete package. See which one resonates most with how you see your business and base the choice of your website’s design on your inner convictions. Take your time to choose and you will recognize it when you see it.

Make it relevant and keep it interesting

Think like a visitor to your business would. Can one easily make an appointment and even pay for a service online? Reading text can get you to the dilated pupil stage but it takes professional images to really make the endorphins rush. Also think about the lost souls. Everyone with a sore back or an underdeveloped hamstring nowadays has a GPS system and feed off Google Maps. Make it easy for them to find you while on your website. Allow them to purchase visits to give away as gifts to those they would like to impress. Keep them coming by changing the website as your business grows..

Leverage the technicalities without becoming a techie

Behind each successful website there is a search engine and volumes have been written on how to optimize a site so as to fare well on a search. Rather than thinking in zeroes and ones use a tool that will help you to incorporate the tricky elements. And before you know it your website’s friendship circle will include names like Google, Bing and Yahoo!

Nobody bakes their bricks any longer to build a house. Similarly everyone uses tools to create a website. All those successful business with those magnificent websites did. And so can you. Go for the gain!

4 Reasons Why Your Massage Business Needs a Facebook Page

Some business owners think it’s not necessary to have a Facebook page for their business, and others may think they simply don’t have time for it, but not having one could result in losing a potential customer, or worse,  affect your reputation.  We’ve conjured up a list of the BEST four reasons why your business needs to have one.

 

Engagement with Your Customers- If the customer feels that you care enough about getting to know your community it will boast moral for your business. And since we live in such a digital age, people are turning to social media more as a platform to voice their opinion.  This will help to gain confidence in your customers and reassure them that they made the right choice by choosing you.  It just over is a huge help with networking and building a relationship with customers.

 

bullseyeYou’ll be easier to find-  Unlike Facebook, searching and finding a website through Google, or Yahoo might be more difficult.  This is because it requires more upkeep with websites due to relevance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  Facebook has it’s own search engine to help bring in traffic. Just having a Facebook makes it easier for potential clients to find you.

 

Your (Potential) Customers are Already on Social Media- Sometimes social media has a surprising factor to it, and individuals can discover a new friend, new band, or new business.  By simply using a hashtag or links, it creates discussion among other Facebook users about your company.  Let’s think about it, 350 million global users, 100 million U.S. users, and on average, a Facebook user spends 55 minutes a day on it.

 

It Helps to Promote Yourself – If you are hosting an event to gain more customers, you could post the event on Facebook, and you will more than likely get more people to come.  Usually the users find the event either through Facebook, or other users that are attending the event.  You could try posting a promotion for your customers to your business Facebook, and generate more income.  In the end, it doesn’t hurt to try.

 

Why Your Website Should Offer Gift Certificates

 

Gift certificates do so many different things for your Massage or Spa business that you as a body worker are throwing away a lot of important contacts without them on your website. What do I mean?

  • Word of mouth!  It lets your clients spread the word. I personally love to give a massage gift certificate for special occasions. Easy, always appreciated, minimal wrapping, nothing to dust, and it lets me help my massage therapist. I love referring people to him, and a gift certificate for a loved one is the best way of doing both.

  • Makes Great Presents. It also makes it easy for the friends of your clients to treat them. My own mother’s birthday is coming up. And her Massage Therapist in her town 300 miles away has a website with gift certificates. Guess what mom’s getting for her birthday? I know it is a massage she will love with her therapist.

  • Online Accessibility = Easy! Having online gift certificates makes it easy for everyone. Like in the above example, I didn’t have to go anywhere special, or even deal with financial information over the phone. A quick, secure connection and over my break I had a wonderful gift for my mom. We do so much in the way of ecommerce anymore that it becomes difficult to customers when they don’t have a way to pay online.
  • Convienence for the Clients  And just because your client or their friends don’t use them, don’t think it doesn’t have an impact. All the time as consumers we are offered services and conveniences we don’t need, but might want. How often do we pick an agency or a service because they have everything? The simple idea that they can use this gift certificate feature if they want to makes a client feel like they are getting more without you even having to do anything. And for the new client researching Massage Therapists in your area it makes it just one more reason for them to pick your practice over the competition

So gift certificates are great! But how hard are they to set up? Well I can’t speak for other places but here at Bodysite Builder it’s pretty darn easy. And it comes standard in our “The Works” plan. Drew and Nadia set up the functionality on your website. Then there are a couple steps you need to take to link your PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account, we recommend the Website Payments Standard option – you can sign up for this free account at http://paypal.com

4 Great Tips to Keep Your Social Media Updated

Between keeping track of appointments with clients, scheduling more appointments, and generally trying to stay organized, we know how hard it can be with running a massage, fitness, or physical therapy business and keeping up to date on all of the latest Internet trends. So we’ve organized 4 great tips for your convenience to help you integrate all your social media platforms into your weekly routine:

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1.)  Spend at least 10-15 minutes a day on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+:

It’s really that simple!  Just show up, look around, and make an appearance.  Ok, well it might not be that easy, but what we’re trying to say is make an effort for a little time of your day, and it will take you a long way.  This can help your activity, attract new fans, and help your local “word of mouth” marketing.

 

2.)  Link your Facebook and Twitter account to each other:

This is SUCH a simple task, and can end up saving you some time.  What this does is if you post anything to your business’s Facebook, it will automatically be shared on Twitter.  It’s like getting a 2-for-1, and you get attention on both social media platforms.  Here is a great link with photos showing step-by-step how to link the two together:

http://www.wikihow.com/Link-Twitter-to-Facebook

 

3.)  Post one thing a day:

Clear and simple, right?  Some people have issues with coming up with something to post, which is understandable.  Just think about what you’re business’s voice is, and go from there.  You could post an inspirational quote, a healthy tip, a funny picture, or a question to get to know your audience more.

 

4.)  Share, Share, Share!:

So this can get a little tricky, but don’t worry! On Twitter, you should find a few local places around you, and some local news publications to follow.  There is a button that reads, “Retweet” and you will be able to repost and share it.  If you find an interesting article, post it for your audience to read as well.  This helps reach out to larger audiences, and you’ll find that more people will start to follow you, or like your page.

How to Grow Your Business with Facebook!

3 Ways to Get More Fans on Your Massage Business Facebook Page

We know it can be a little shaky in the beginning when it comes to getting “likes” on your massage therapy business Facebook page, but with a little patience and a few techniques, we can guarantee you more “likes”, which ultimately means more fans and more attention.

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  1. Promote Your Page

This is an important first step to getting the word out over the web about you and your massage therapy business. You can start by inviting your friends and family members to like your business page.  This will start as a good, solid base.  Then your next step is to go on your business’ Facebook admin panel, and click on the “Promote Page” button.  It may cost some money, but it is worth the small price.

 

  1. Post and Promote

Post status updates and post them frequently.  While posting, make sure to post content that involves and interacts with your fans.  Ask them questions, for their opinions, and then boost the post.  There will be a button under the post that will say, “Boost Post.” You will see the different payment plans you can choose from.  Now, we are not saying do this for every post you do.  We are saying try this when you feel you have something posted that you would like to reach a wider audience (like a newsletter, blog post, or a special).

 

  1. Link Up!

Post links that have to do with your website and articles that have to do with your field.  For example, you can post your most recent blog post, or newsletter, so you will drive more traffic to your website.  Or you could post an interesting article that you think is important for your audience to know.  This will drive more attention to be focused on your Facebook, and will lead to more “likes.”

 

Having more fans means more people who look you up on Facebook are more apt to trust your business, because all the other fans trust you.  If you try these three tips, you will surely be more popular on Facebook.

 

Get Noticed By Blogging

So for this month’s newsletter, we thought it would be nice to focus on one of Beth’s favorite topics: blogs! Most people think they don’t need a blog for their business, but it’s more of a key part to social media marketing than you know. Blogs can help drive traffic to your website, and shoot your business to the top of the search list at the same time! We offer a blog writing service, so feel free to contact us if you are interested in starting a blog. Here are some reasons why you should start a blog today.


People may search something that is contained in one of your blog topics, find it informative, and want to learn more about you and your business. The reader will become more likely to be attracted to your website. It’s important to understand that every reader is a potential client, and this is another way to help recruit new customers.


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which means where you are ranked in search engine results. When blogs contain keywords and links related to your website’s pages, it helps your site rank higher because search engines like Google and Yahoo will recognize your website as the most recently updated site with the keywords.


Let’s say you are noticing your clients are asking the same questions. You can safely assume that if your clients have similar concerns, other people are asking the same question too. Posting the answers to these common questions in your blog is a way to drive traffic to your website, and ultimately, bring you and your business more attention. It helps you reach a larger audience and attract new clients.


In today’s society, the Internet plays a key role in business marketing. Having a professional appearance does not only include good design, but also good social media etiquette. You are more likely to gain the trust of potential customers if they see your businesses has active Facebook, blogs, and Twitter accounts. It shows that the business has a high level of customer care.


3 Tips to Getting Clients to Trust You

It can get hectic running your own massage therapy business with all the paperwork, marketing, researching for new techniques, and then actual work, but no matter how all over the place it gets, remember there is one thing that is most important when it comes to your business: Clients.  So it’s even more important that you build a relationship with them so they keep coming back. Here are 3 tips to use everyday while working.

 

  1. Be Personable – Get to know your clients on a personal level.  Ask them about their life, their families, and their feelings.  People who get treated on this equal level tend to relax and enjoy the process of seeing you, and will be more likely to return if they feel like they are a valued customer in your eyes.  It’s not that difficult to take some time out of your day to ask your client how they are doing in life.  A little compassion goes a long way.

 

  1. Don’t Push Too Hard – Let them choose what service they want.  If they feel too pressured, they may not feel comfortable with your business, and not file0001154350520return.  We don’t need to be aggressive with a sales tactic.  Most likely, the client has already made their mind up on what they are purchasing from you.  Of course, it never hurts to suggest a different course of action to your client, but just remember to not oversell, and cheapen your business.

 

  1. Educate and Explain – Try to remember that not everyone knows what you know, and that you are the expert in this situation.  Educate your client and explain how you are helping them and their health, but with specific details.  Explaining any actions you are planning on doing, and the reasons behind it also reassures the clients.

 

With these three tips, your massage therapy, physical therapy, fitness trainer, yoga studio, personal trainer or acupuncturist business will get many life-long followers to support you.

 

8 Benefits of Quality Web Design

There’s no doubt that quality web design is incredibly valuable – but how? What are the real benefits of hiring a professional webpage designer? Some may not believe that paying to have someone design their website will help them bring in more business, but this isn’t the case. Here is how quality web design can benefit your business:

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  1. Consistent brand identity. It’s all about the big picture. Professional webpage designers help to create your brand identity across a variety of contexts, such as your website, logo, business cards, and even your social media profiles. Having a consistent brand identity for your business will give you a competitive advantage over other businesses that seem to be all over the place.

  2. More visitors on your page. Clicks are not what you should be focusing on. Instead, you want visitors who actually browse through your page looking for more information. Most people will leave your site once they get a glimpse of it, but with a high-quality web design, visitors will be more inclined to stick around and show interest.

  3. More leads. By using calls-to-action in your webpage design, you are encouraging visitors to explore. Calls-to-action allow your visitors to “sign up,” “buy now,” or “read more,” so that they can navigate around your site, learn more, and potentially become a customer.

  4. Distinction from competitors. Designing a webpage just to have a webpage won’t cut it. Many websites have the same appearance, which can become pretty dull for visitors. A webpage might say the right things and have a decent layout, but what makes it stand out? Be sure to provide quality content that offers your unique selling points in one clear visual message.

  5. Structured content with a purpose. Content and design need to be perfectly aligned on your site. Nobody wants to take the time to decode what you’re trying to say – large portions of text, confusing navigation, and complicated calls to action are visitor repellent. Professional designers make your content clear and direct so that people clearly understand your message and know what you want them to do.

  6. Polished details. It may not seem like it, but fonts, spacing of text, and colors are all details that make a significant difference in the quality of your webpage design. These factors affect the readability and functionality of your page. By properly adjusting these details, you are creating a good flow for your page and coming of as more professional.

  7. Save in the long run. It’s not worth your time or money to settle on a cheaper design service that doesn’t put out quality work. Down the road, you’ll find yourself spending even more money on that webpage that constantly needs dramatic upgrades and adjustments. However, by hiring a high-quality web designer to create and manage your website, you won’t have to worry about having the page frequently redone.

8. Room for development. A quality web designer builds a solid foundation for your webpage, meaning that after the site has been created, it’s easy to go back and make small improvements if you’d like. It doesn’t matter if you want to change a simple color or add a whole new product or service, your page will already have strong groundwork and you won’t have to start building from scratch.

 

 

7 Ways to Get Better Google Ranking

Google’s uses several different methods to determine which pages are displayed first in the search results. No, we don’t know their formula – it’s a secret – but there are a few tricks than can help improve your positioning. We like to call this: Search Engine Optimization. These tips may not make you number one on the list, but they’re sure to help boost your ranking.

 

  1. Keyword Phrases. You don’t need to focus on one single word.  Instead, create a keyword phrase, but don’t overdo it. If it sounds spammy, then it probably is. Imagine you are searching for your own website – what phrase would you type into Google? It may even be helpful to ask your friends opinions for a different perspective. Google Adwords is a great tool to help determine the most popular keywords and phrases for you to use.

  2. Density. When cataloging pages, Google pays close attention to the density of keyword usage, or how often the keyword occurs. It’s important to use natural phrasing, so don’t overload a page with the same word over and over in an attempt to trick the search engine. The beginning of your page should have a strong paragraph that explains the topic of the page. This will help search engines find your page more easily.

  3. Name Your Pages. It is crucial to give your pages descriptive names with the <title> attribute. Google shows search results as a link using the title of a file2241286730241webpage – who wants to click on a link in Google that doesn’t have a title? You may even want to include the page’s keyword phrase in the title.

  4. Link Often. The use of hyperlinks is a vital factor in improving your Google ranking. Google pays attention to links both to and from your website, as well as the words you incorporate in your links to determine the content of your page. You can use these links to place emphasis on keywords. For example, instead of saying “Click here to learn more about Keywords” you could say, “Read more about Keywords and Key Word Phrases”.

  5. Social Networking. Social networking sites, while a great way to promote your website, aren’t the best way to improve your rank on Google.  However, Google+ promotion might be an exception.

  6. Have Search Friendly Graphics. It’s best to avoid Flash on your webpage; it may be a nice visual, but search engines tend to look past it. Give your images <alt> attributes – this will make your website better for the visually impaired and allows you to place your keywords in Google’s sight.

        7.   Good Design Is Key. Pages with higher ranking in Google are usually very organized and strong. By creating a good, well-organized design for your page, you’re sure to improve your Google ranking.