Way more than Google ads: Skyrocket LASIK (& Cataract) paid ad results

Navigating the waters of traffic acquisition can be daunting, yet it’s crucial for the growth and sustainability of your practice. In a field as competitive and specialized as refractive surgery, the right online marketing strategy is crucial for patient outreach and practice growth.

This blog post delves into the 5 Golden Rules tailored for ophthalmologists aiming to enhance their digital presence, focusing on smart advertising spend and leveraging key platforms to reach your target audience efficiently.

1. Master the big 4 platforms

Start with the “Big 4”. Don’t over-think it. Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube control about 80% of online ad spending. For practices with revenue under a million, diving into one of these platforms is a smart start. Over a million in revenue? See Rule 2.

2. Diversify with a trio of channels

If your revenue is over a million, you should have at least three traffic channels. Two paid channels and one earned channel are a good mix. This blend ensures a balanced approach, safeguarding against market volatility and algorithm changes that could impact your visibility.

3. Guard against over-reliance

Look out for business killers. If your revenue is over a million, ask yourself: Is there a traffic channel responsible for 50% of your leads, converts or customers? If so, you have a potential business killer on your hands. Many of you will be overly dependent on Google Ads. One morning, Google might make one algorithm shift, and your whole business is gone in a day (it’s happened). No channel is safe.

4. Assign dedicated channel management

Each advertising channel demands a specialized approach. Assign a dedicated manager—whether an in-house team member or an external expert—for each platform. This ensures tailored strategies that can adapt and evolve. Can’t afford that? Then go back to Rule 1. You’re likely overextending yourself if you’re under a million in revenue.

5. Invest in growth

Spend as much as 1/3rd of your gross margin on customer acquisition. Keep increasing your budget – it’s cash-positive, so why wouldn’t you? The competitor who can spend the most to acquire customers will win the market. If you don’t scale, you’ll run out of time before you run out of customers.

Adopting these 5 Golden Rules offers eye surgeons a roadmap to improved online visibility and patient acquisition. By focusing on strategic marketing tailored to the eye care industry, you can significantly enhance your practice’s digital presence. Embrace these principles to not only attract more patients but also to solidify your status as a leading provider in eye care services.

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 & Scalable Business Advisor / fCMO

Rod Solar is a co-founder of LiveseySolar and a Scalable Business Advisor for its customers. Rod mentors and coaches eye surgery business CEOs/Founders and their leadership teams to triple their sales, double their profit, and achieve their “ideal exit”.

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Rod Solar

Founder & Scalable Business Advisor

Rod Solar is a co-founder of LiveseySolar and a Scalable Business Advisor / fCMO for our customers. Rod mentors and coaches CEOs/Founders and their leadership teams to triple their sales, double their profit, and achieve their “ideal exit”.

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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.

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