As you know, we've been making quite a few improvements lately.
Repeat business and customer loyalty are important foundations of any successful business. Without repeat business, the sheer cost of acquiring new clients quickly overwhelms any opportunity to generate profits. Put another way -- it's significantly cheaper to retain what you've got than it is to acquire something new.
Topics: Client Retention
Every business is composed of various cost centers and revenue generators. While the proper term for revenue generators is called profit centers in finance or accounting, we'll stick with something simpler and more accessible for the sake of this post.
Your veterinary technicians, kennels, or other "service departments" within your organization? They're important pillars of your practice and contribute to your profits. They are revenue generators. However, there's something much smaller, cheaper, and likely unexpected at your practice that's equally as important to your revenue.
What is it? Postcards. Well, postcards and a few other things. Let's find out why.
If you're a PetDesk user, you might have noticed something new in your dashboard. While it's small enough to go unnoticed, it's a rather significant upgrade to your arsenal of business-evaluation tools.
Your Net Promoter Score (NPS), neatly tucked away in the Metrics tab of your dashboard, is our latest addition to your tool set. What is it? In short, it's a reflection of your rating by clients. According to Bain & Company, businesses with long-term profitable growth have an NPS twice that of your average company. The higher your NPS, the better off you are.
Raising this number can drive the growth your practice. Due to this, it's a good idea to keep an eye on it, especially if you're interested in growing your practice. Let's find out how it works, why it's important, and what you can do to create favorable reviews that move your Net Promoter Score upwards.
If you know anything about PetDesk, then you're familiar with our mantra of client reach being the most important thing (well, second behind providing medical care) a veterinary practice can do. If you don't reach clients, they don't know when to come in. It's that simple. And with so many tools, options, and services out there, you might be wondering if what you're currently doing works.
Topics: Client Retention
In 2016, 27% of small businesses planned on investing in a mobile app. That's a sizable portion of what's commonly referred to as the "Backbone of America."
For veterinary practitioners who are part of this sample, you've got your work cut out for you. Researching new technology is difficult. In fact, with the amount of options available, you're bound to leave your research phase a bit perplexed as for which direction to go. Thankfully, we're here to help. And, while the end decision ultimately falls on you and the needs of your practice, we think a breakdown of the two can help you in your journey.
Without further adieu, let's take a look at our breakdown.
Apps are everywhere! Whether you're ordering food or scheduling an appointment, the proliferation of mobile apps for business is difficult to miss. Heading to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Download the app, order ahead, and skip the line. Ready for a weekend getaway? Hop on TripAdvisor or Kayak and check out the latest deals.
I've been asked many questions during my time as a consultant here at PetDesk. One stands out the most: What's the difference between a pet portal and a native mobile app and which is right for my clinic?
Excellent question. By extension, I assume many of you may also be wondering which of the two is right for your clinic.
In this article, I will explain the differences between a pet portal and a native mobile app. In addition, there seems to be some (understandable) confusion regarding the differences between mobile apps and native mobile apps. Fair enough -- we'll clear that up, too.
One of the most common requests we get here at PetDesk are for promotional message templates. You know, brilliant ad copy to promote things like National Heartworm Awareness Month. Of all of the requests, this is one of the better ones. Why? Pet holidays are big business in the vet space. You need to do your part to promote your practice.
What good is a mobile app and reminder system company if they don't promote client communications of some sort? Communication itself is among the most important things done at your veterinary practice. I'd rank it just below providing quality medical care for patients.
There are several forms of communication at your practice:
- Communication between your doctor and staff
- Communicating with vendors
- Overall client communication