Revolutionize your sales calls: How to increase patient engagement and conversion rates in vision correction surgery with virtual suitability assessments

As a refractive surgery marketing strategist with over 20 years of experience in the field, I understand the challenges of selling medical procedures such as vision correction surgeries. Patients need to trust the expertise of the medical staff and the procedures they offer. They must also feel heard, understood, and cared for. I advise reframing a typical sales call into a more valuable virtual suitability assessment. In this blog post, I will expand on this idea and provide tips on executing it effectively.

The Importance of Framing

As humans, we are wired to perceive things in a certain way. How we frame information can influence our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours. That’s why it’s crucial to frame a sales call that resonates with patients’ values and expectations. Calling it a suitability call is a smart move because it communicates that the call is not just about selling a procedure but also about assessing if the patient is a suitable candidate for it. This framing helps to build trust and establish credibility.

Booking Appointments vs Spontaneous Calls

People value their time, and booking an appointment (with an online scheduler, of course) shows they are willing to invest their time in the conversation. It also shows that they are serious about exploring their options. That’s why it’s essential to enable patients to book the suitability call beforehand. This way, they can prepare for it and have a sense of control over the process.

On the other hand, spontaneous calls can be perceived as intrusive and may lead to lower engagement rates.

Virtual Suitability Assessment

During the suitability call, it’s essential to take a leadership role and guide the conversation. The patient liaison should have prepared questions that help to assess the patient’s needs, expectations, and preferences. They should also indicate suitability by the end of the call, almost like a live self-test. This way, the patient can understand whether they are a good fit for the procedure and what to expect in the next steps.

However, it’s crucial to note that the patient liaison should not confirm suitability on this call. The reason is that they are not qualified to recommend a procedure, and they haven’t examined the patient. Instead, the goal of the suitability call is to leverage the time invested by the lead into a face-to-face appointment to confirm suitability with either an optometrist or surgeon. This approach helps to build trust and avoids the risk of over-promising or under-delivering.

Digital Self-Test

Coupled with a digital self-test sent before the call, this approach can be a winning combination that yields even better conversion rates, more personalised customer experience, and more time efficiency.

The digital self-test can help to prepare patients for the suitability call and provide additional insights into their suitability for the procedure. It can also help to triage leads and identify those who are most likely to convert into face-to-face appointments. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the self-test is user-friendly, accurate, and secure. Patients must feel confident that their data is safe and that the self-test provides reliable information.

Conclusion

In conclusion, reframing a sales call into a virtual suitability assessment can be an effective way to attract and convert patients interested in vision correction surgeries.

By booking appointments, taking a leadership role, and providing an indication of suitability, patient liaisons can build trust and establish credibility. Coupled with a digital self-test, this approach can yield even better results, such as higher conversion rates, more personalised customer experience, and more time efficiency. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the approach is executed effectively, ethically, and with patients’ best interests in mind.

NOTE: The best way to answer that nagging question about practice growth or marketing or patient volume in the back of your mind is to book a free 15-minute compatibility call. Get some options and go away with a clear idea of what’s possible.

About the author

Rod Solar
Founder & Fractional CMO

Rod co-founded LiveseySolar and acts as a Fractional CMO for our customers. He’s on a mission to help transform the lives of 10,000 people through vision correction surgery by 2024. To achieve that, he inspires his customers to make confident decisions that will help 50,000 people take the first step towards vision correction.

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Rod Solar

Founder & Scalable Business Advisor

Rod co-founded LiveseySolar and acts as a Fractional CMO and Scalable Business Advisor for our customers. He’s on a mission to help transform the lives of 10,000 people with vision correction surgery by 2024. To achieve that, he inspires his customers to make confident decisions that will help 50,000 people take the first step towards vision correction.

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Laura Livesey is the co-founder & CEO of LiveseySolar. She has developed powerful refractive surgery marketing systems that increase patient volumes and profits for doctors, clinics, and hospitals, since 1997.

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Rod and Laura know as much about marketing surgery to patients as I know about performing it. They are an expert in the field of laser eye surgery marketing. They know this industry inside out. I believe that they could help many companies in a variety of areas including marketing materials, sales training and marketing support for doctors.

— Prof. Dan Reinstein, MD MA FRSC DABO, founder of the London Vision Clinic, UK