Growing Your Practice: Marketing 101 for Massage Therapists

How do you attract customers to your business through advertising, personal selling, promotions and publicity? Below, find basics on everything from business cards, direct mail, newsletters, newspaper advertising and gift certificates, to participation in volunteer events and public speaking engagements.

Advertising

Advertising is how you reach new clients and remind former clients of your services. This might include placing an ad on a local company's website or creating a direct mail piece that you send to potential clients. It could also include posting your business card or brochure on community bulletin boards at neighborhood retailers. Promotional advertising motivates prospective clients to take advantage of a specific promotion or event.

Sales Promotions

Sales promotions refers to creating a specific offer or event for clients. Examples might include:
Bring a Friend: Promote multiple appointments by encouraging friends to celebrate a special day out together. Offer a discount for the referring friend or both.
Self-Care Workshop: To expand your practice or improve customer retention, consider inviting clients and prospects to a short seminar regarding a single topic such as stress reduction.

Promotions can also be valuable to show support of a cause, such as attracting attention to AMTA's National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, or a charity that is special to you.

Personal Selling

Personal selling means face-to-face contact with prospective clients. Sometimes personal selling is part of an overall strategic plan in which you make appointments with targeted contacts. Other times, personal selling is part of who you are as a massage therapist. Always be prepared with your business cards and a 30-second "elevator speech" regarding the benefits of massage therapy.

Public Relations

Public relations refers to non-paid communication to influence opinions and beliefs. It includes issuing press releases, conducting informational events, disseminating educational materials and participating in community involvement activities or speaking engagements. More about effective public relations.

Getting the Right Mix

Knowing where to spend your time and money to get the most impact from promoting your business is dependent on having a good marketing plan. Your marketing plan will help you define your goals and objectives and then establish a strategy and action plan for achieving your goals. Marketing plan basics.

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