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Getting Chiropractic Referrals from MD's with Research

Getting referrals from medical doctors with research is one of the most significant untapped chiropractic marketing strategies and opportunities.

But, don't limit your thinking to only medical doctors. We often say "MD Referrals," but you may be looking to build referral relationships with a variety of different healthcare professionals in your community.

Building Your Target List

The first step in getting referrals from other healthcare providers is to build your Target List. Your Target List will contain all of the doctors you are actively reaching out to and will help keep you organized.

If you're a chiropractor focused on pediatrics, you may want to focus your target list on OB-GYN's, midwives, doula's, and pediatricians. If you are more interested in taking care of the Crossfit community, you may choose to target gym owners, personal trainers, and sports medicine physicians.

Once you have created your Target List, then you begin your marketing and outreach.

The Three Steps of Getting MD Referrals

  1. Sending Case Notes

  2. Monthly Research Briefs

  3. MD Meetings

With years of experience and thousands of referrals, we have discovered that a three-legged approach is the most effective when building referral relationships.


The first leg is to begin sending Case Notes to showcase the co-management and results you get with your patients. The second one is sending Research Brief's monthly which we're going to focus on here. The third is setting up and executing MD Meetings, where you have the opportunity to learn more about their practice and how you can help them and their clients achieve better health and wellness.

So why is research so important?

Research is your marketing. It's the only controllable aspect of your marketing, and it provides the consistency needed to get results.

By sending monthly Research Brief, you can guarantee top of mind awareness and positive branding, by positioning your practice. Consistency is the primary factor that drives the success of any marketing program. Monthly Research Briefs give you the chance to have consistency with your message.

Become a doc that is consistent and stays top of mind by sharing the latest research is a unique way to position your self in your local healthcare community. It doesn't require you to resort to cheesy tactics but instead allows you to market your practice in a way that you can be proud of.

Also, by "dripping" research each month, you can create far more impact than you could in a single meeting. As an example, if you meet with a doc, I would not recommend trying to tell them everything they never wanted to know about chiropractic. It's overwhelming and counterproductive.

Your monthly Research Updates drip the information to them every month. These monthly Research Briefs are the perfect tool to disperse an avalanche of pro-chiropractic information over a period of time. That process is way more impactful and effective at building referral relationships.

Research isn't the only way to do it, which is why we have Case Notes showcasing co-management and the great results you get in your practice as well meetings which build trust and rapport.

But remember, 95% of the "sale" in the follow-up. If you rely on only Case Notes and Meetings, you will be missing out on the consistency of your message. With Case Notes, you can't control who walks through your front door; so they ebb and flow with volume and are uncontrollable. Meetings are great, but clearly, you can't personally visit each doctor office on your target list each week.

Your monthly Research Briefs provide a monthly touchpoint, and a controllable marketing asset.


Researchers have produced an abundance of papers supporting chiropractic care as one of the most safe and effective treatment options available, yet we hover at less than 15% utilization because very few of us build a sustainable practice with consistent referrals coming in from other healthcare providers.

It's our job (you and me) to get this information out to the public on our social channels and to the other healthcare providers in our community.

If you'd like more information about how you can systematize and automate that process to get results faster, then become a member of The Evidence Based Chiropractor today.

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Social Media Tips for Chiropractors: How to Easily Create Compelling Content

You know that publishing and producing top quality content online on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and your website is imperative to driving interest and patients into your practice. But for a lot of docs, it can be exceptionally challenging to keep up with content production. Sound familiar?

I know a lot of people who have a Facebook page's for their practice that goes dormant for weeks at a time. So I wanted to break down how you can take one piece of content and split it into a variety of different parts that you can utilize throughout weeks or months in your practice.

Let's start at the top and walk through how each piece works and how you can utilize them to get more influence, and ultimately more eyeballs on your social media content.

Creating Compelling Chiropractic Content for Social Media

It all starts with a piece of smart material. What is "smart" content? It's a topic that you would feel comfortable talking about for five to ten minutes if I put you on the spot right now and started filming. Maybe it is disc herniation, ergonomics, spinal curves, etc. We each have our own topics that we just know inside and out.

This topic will be your pillar piece of content from which everything else is created. Here's the catch (isn't there always a catch?). The best way to make this process work is to take your pillar topic, or smart content, and create a 5-10 minute of you discussing it. I know, a lot of docs have challenges shooting video. So if you have any questions comment down below. But here's what you can do, and why you should start with a video.

Once you shoot a video, all of your other content can actually be distilled down from that initial video. While shoot your video be sure to paint a clear picture and talk about the topic confidently. Once you do, you can have that video transcribed into text. That creates an excellent blog post. Then guess what? You can post a picture of the video on Instagram, a link to the blog on Facebook and much more.

Depending on the topic you also may have just created a brand new patient education piece for your practice. The options and opportunities are endless.

For instance, take a still image from you speaking during the video. Now you have a beautiful picture. Well, when you combine some of the text of the blog and the images self what do you have? You have an excellent social media post that you can publish on Facebook and LinkedIn.

And don't forget about that audio. If you rip the sound, you have a podcast episode already in the bag!.

And finally off of that video 5 to 10 minutes. You can break down a 60-second piece of it and then have that as a story on your Facebook or on your Instagram page.

If this sounds interesting to you but your concerned about not having enough time I encourage you to check out The Smart Chiropractor. We automate this entire process and provide a done for you social media solution for your practice!