Attracting vasectomy patients in Orlando

The Sunshine State has no parallel in attracting tourism. From amazing theme parks to tempting cuisine, Florida has left no stone unturned in gaining global recognition as the leader in the tourism industry. Just when we thought the magician has run out of tricks, we are surprised by yet another turn in Florida’s ingenuity – medical tourism.

Being residents of the fifth largest city in the state, medical practitioners in Orlando have a lot to gain from the grants provided by the state to encourage medical tourism. Medical tourism is the latest phenomenon in health care where patients take advantage of low cost treatments, or high-end technology in a land far-far away. While there, why not take advantage of other things the city has to offer?

If you are running a vasectomy service in Orlando, this opens a number of doors for attracting new patients to your business. The city’s investors are constantly looking for new partners to take advantage of the medical tourism boom and you can make yourself more visible through offering attractive package deals to patients. Here’s how a small practice can benefit from the global eyes currently focused on Florida:

1.    Patients from far away will not invest in a medical holiday package without doing their research. The competition is tough so you need to stand out in the web spotlight. Hire an experienced web developer and SEO service provider to make the best use of online lead generation. A visually appealing and engaging website encourages readers to ask questions. Questions lead to sales.

2.    SEO services can put your website on the top ranks of search engine result pages. SEO works through keywords that readers frequently use for searching for facilities such as the one offered by your business. The more often those keywords are used within your online content, the better chance you have of scoring high on a search engine. Moreover, the search engine ranking is also highly dependent on the number of other links that lead to your website – also called back links.

3.    Explore the opportunities of partnering with entertainment service providers to offer attractive bundle packages to patients. Out of towners may be interested in low cost deals at hotels or theme parts. Residents may be attracted by fine dining or other entertainment avenues. Given the growth of the medical tourism business, you are likely to find a number of establishments interested in forming such partnerships.

4.    Attracting new business is useless, unless your current patients are satisfied and willing to say so. Never underestimate the power of reputation in the world of medicine. Reviews by former satisfied patients can make or break your business. Recent surveys suggest that 75% of patients who search for medical services online make decisions based on patient reviews.

5.    Have multiple options available for your patients to leave reviews: email, brochures, websites, social media sites etc. Most consumers are unwilling or just too plain lazy to fill out forms and write reviews when the procedure/sale is done. Help yourself by making it easy for patients to leave reviews. Personalize the process by following up with thank you emails or phone calls.

Starting a home health care franchise

Once a word synonymous with the food industry, franchising has made its way to nearly every business. Franchising presents a fast, convenient and cost-effective way for business expansion, an opportunity that businesses worldwide are fast taking advantage of. One of the trends seen in the past few years in the world of franchising has been the spectacular growth in the home health care business.

Home health care is seen by many as not just a business but a social need. While the availability of such facilities originated in the west it is fast becoming popular by necessity all over the globe. As opposed to other franchise opportunities available, a home health care franchise requires lower investments while promising and delivering a better return on investment not to mention the kind of community involvement that many find fulfilling on a personal level.

With the growing world population, the trend of home health care is likely to increase making it a popular choice for investors looking to start up franchises. If you are looking for such an opportunity, here are some things for you to ponder before taking the plunge:

1.    Focus on the word care. A person involved in this industry cannot do so successfully unless their heart is in it and they truly believe they are helping the community by providing quality health care.

2.    Survey the community you live in. Identify the competition. Is there a potential for another home health care franchise in your area or should you be considering other localities?

3.    Consider the choices available to you in terms of the brand you choose to go for. Analyse its history and its current reputation. Make it a point to visit franchises in other areas and talk to owners, residents, health care professionals and most importantly the community as this will give you a clear picture of the brand’s reputation.

4.    Choose a brand which fits the lifestyle of the community you are targeting.

5.    Compare the initial franchise cost with the revenue you expect to generate and the features/benefits being offered.

6.    Consider the franchise fee and see if it is going to be profitable in the long run.

7.    Training remains an integral part of any franchise business. See what training opportunities are offered and whether they are just at the time of start up or on-going (if so, what is the frequency).

8.    What kind of marketing benefits are being offered by the brand? Many health care franchises offer start up packages as part of the initial franchise fee.

9.    Are there any technology benefits offered? Is there a standardized software for use and if so, what are the costs of implementation and future updates?

10.    Clarify performance expectations with your future partner. Understanding audit processes can be especially important as disparity in goals can lead to unclear strategies and misunderstanding.

11.    Last but not least, a franchise is a long time partnership. It can be challenging for a franchise owner to deal with the level of control that the franchisor by necessity has over the business. Make sure you are comfortable with the level of independence you are being offered.

Who to turn to for Mystery Shopping business advice

Becoming a mystery shopper for a legitimate mystery shopping company doesn’t cost anything. Here’s how you can do it:
• Research mystery shopping. Check libraries, bookstores, or online sites for tips on how to find legitimate companies hiring mystery shoppers, as well as how to do the job effectively.
• Search the internet for reviews and comments about mystery shopping companies that are accepting applications online. Dig deeper. Shills may be paid to post positive reviews.
• Remember that legitimate companies don’t charge people to work for them – they pay people to work for them.
• Never wire money as part of a mystery shopping assignment.

You can visit the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website at mysteryshop.org to search a database of mystery shopper assignments and learn how to apply for them. The MSPA offers certification programs for a fee, but you don’t need “certification” to look – or apply – for assignments in its database.

Dishonest promoters use newspaper ads and emails to create the impression that mystery shopping jobs are a gateway to a high-paying job with reputable companies. They often create websites where you can “register” to become a mystery shopper, but first you have to pay a fee — for information about a certification program, a directory of mystery shopping companies, or a guarantee of a mystery shopping job.

It’s unnecessary to pay anyone to get into the mystery shopper business. The certification offered is almost always worthless. A list of companies that hire mystery shoppers is available for free, and legitimate mystery shopper jobs are listed on the internet for free. If you try to get a refund from the promoters, you will be out of luck. Either the business won’t return your phone calls, or if it does, it’s to try another pitch

In the meantime, don’t do business with mystery shopping promoters who:
• Advertise for mystery shoppers in a newspaper’s ‘help wanted’ section or by email.
• Require that you pay for “certification.”
• Guarantee a job as a mystery shopper.
• Charge a fee for access to mystery shopping opportunities.
• Sell directories of companies that hire mystery shoppers.
• Ask you to deposit a check and wire some or all of the money to someone.

If you think you’ve seen a mystery shopping scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or Your State Attorney General.