Communication

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Crisis communication

VetPartners Corner

Your digital messaging needs to stand out from the crowd if you hope to reach distracted clients. Great subject lines matter.

“Stay home, save up to 50%!” was the subject line of an email I received from one of my favorite retailers. It completely turned me off. Thanks to COVID-19, my business was down about 30%, I was terrified to look at my retirement account, and I wouldn’t have had anywhere to go in my new […]

social media

Don’t go dark during dark times

Socially Acceptable

Social media plays a key role during evolving situations like COVID-19. Clients will always count on you for pet care advice and as a voice of reason.

Just a few months ago, people were leading normal lives: eating at restaurants, spending time with friends and family, attending sporting events and shopping for groceries without fear of scarcity. In only a month or so, our entire world was upended as the global COVID-19 pandemic spread fiercely without consideration for country, race or ideology. […]

team members

Plan B

Fearless

In the midst of crisis, turn fear and anxiety into clinic opportunities.

Asking my team members “How are you?” was difficult in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. The responses typically were accompanied by sagging shoulders and expressions of frustration, sadness or uncertainty. The pandemic waged war on our physical, emotional, and mental and financial health, but we continued to drag ourselves to work to fulfill our […]

crisis

Be a guiding light

Talk the Talk

Communicating resilience, hope, compassion and empathy during a crisis builds strong bonds between a veterinary hospital and its employees and clients.

Ten days after 9/11, I watched “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” a television special featuring many celebrities. Bruce Springsteen gave a moving performance of “My City of Ruins.” The following year, he released his album “The Rising,” which was based in large part on his reflections of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. I like […]

biographies

The true you

Socially Acceptable

Spend time writing your online biography so that it communicates the essence of your personality and values. Pet owners look for a genuine connection when they search for a veterinarian.

What we convey to pet owners via our website and social media accounts speaks volumes about us. The truth is, the majority of pet owners will “meet” you online before they ever see you in person. A quick Google search will return dozens, if not hundreds, of results about you and your veterinary practice. This […]

pet pain

Team up to tackle pain

Fearless

Too many dogs and cats don’t receive needed relief. Hospital staff should use the power of observation and diagnostics to do what is best for the patient and to build client trust.

I wish the following statements were purely historical, but as shared by Dr. Michael Petty during a discussion of the business of pain management, they are being spoken in veterinary clinics today by some of our colleagues. “Pets don’t feel pain like we do.” “It will help my patients’ recovery if they feel some pain […]

decision-making

Don’t confuse the issue

Talk the Talk

Shared decision-making between the veterinary team and pet owner promotes better patient outcomes.

I’ve noticed a trend in exam room communications that can lead to fewer clients complying with treatment recommendations. The problem is that pet owners are often given a list of treatment options without enough education and guidance from the veterinary team. When this happens, confusion sets in and pet owners defer or decline recommendations. The […]

emotional

Emotional connections

Socially Acceptable

Marketing to your clients and other pet owners is more effective when you engage them and encourage their involvement. Storytelling can open the floodgates and improve your practice’s visibility.

Whether we’re aware of it or not, people of all types and all around the world gravitate toward emotional messages. Think about the last book you read or the last movie you watched. Chances are, you either liked or disliked the story because of the way it made you feel. Yes, the way we feel […]

dental care

Oral agreements

Talk the Talk

Improve your staff training and enhance your marketing to persuade more clients to follow your dental care recommendations.

I have a confession. Gidget, my beloved long-haired dachshund, needs dental care. She has bad breath, mild gingivitis, tartar and evidence of early infection on her back molars. So, why haven’t I scheduled her appointment? Aside from the fact that I’m super busy, I dread leaving her at the hospital and waiting for the call […]

no more fear

7 strategies for a fearless start to 2020

Fearless

From sedation to communication, much can be done to make a veterinary visit less stressful for pets and their owners. Don’t forget the towels.

It’s a new year and a new decade, which should give us even more incentive to strive for a better personal and professional life. As you check off another item on your list of resolutions, consider these seven ways to eliminate or reduce fear, anxiety and stress in your patients, clients and team members. 1. […]

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