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Drug Rehabs Have to Transition from a Primary OnGround to Digital Marketing Strategy

Posted on Mar 24, 2020 by Jim Peake

Time is NOW to Pivot Budgeting for Marketing & SEO During Coronavirus Pandemic

Red Flags are Out for the Corona Pandemic

We know you and your business are changing daily and some are changing hourly.  If all of your marketing efforts are in the onground marketing space it time to re-think this strategy and move to a dominant digital strategy with some serious emphasis on landing more clients through the internet.

If you’re doing anywhere between $1 and $5 million in sales per year you should be spending 7-8% of gross revenue on advertising and marketing, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

I’ve worked with high-growth companies budgeting 10-12%, but for maintenance 7% is a bare minimum.  This means for every $100,000 in gross revenue, you should have at least $7,000 earmarked for advertising and marketing per year.  It is critical that you maintain at least this level of marketing investment throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you cannot afford to grow right now, so be it.  If it makes sense to cut back on some paid advertising for the time being (say, for example, your employees can’t come in to serve customers so there’s no point right now in attracting them to your location), then that’s a logical decision to make.

SEO and inbound marketing are a long game, however.  You’ve invested in building your processes and workflow, ensuring data quality with consistent measurement, building an audience and customer base, and creating quality content that ranks.

What’s more, you can count on the fact that others are going to panic and underestimate the impact of an emotional decision on their 6- to 12-month business horizon.  As their engagement drops, their publishing cadence slows, perhaps their review volume or quality falls off, and they lose traction across channels, you have the opportunity to push ahead and come out on top.

This is the time to stay the course and tackle all of those potentially impactful SEO and marketing tasks you’ve had on your back burner.  Whether you’re working with an agency or handling marketing in-house, these are tasks you can get your team working on while they self-isolate and work remotely.

As a once famous Obama surrogate stated simply, “never let a crisis go to waste.”  So now it the time to plan and invest in digital marketing while others panic, because when the fog of the pandemic war lifts addiction treatment will be in stronger demand and you want to be in the right place at the right time..

Jim Peake

Jim Peake – Jim has over 30 years of direct response advertising marketing experience. He was the catalyst for putting the Internet in the front page of every newspaper around the world for the first time with the chess event Grandmaster Garry Kasparov vs. IBM’s Deep Blue super computer in the mid 1990’s. Jim’s main area of focus today is helping drug and alcohol treatment centers market their businesses in a hyper competitive market.

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