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Addiction Conferences

BHNR exploded on the addiction conferences scene (June of 2014) utilizing their professional audience of 100,000’s with the SOLD OUT Boca Addiction and Networking Symposium attracting 38 exhibitors and 175 attendees.

Our 2nd SOLD OUT Event The Addiction VIP Education and Networking Symposium attracting 55 exhibitors, and 230 attendees. We received national accolades by the FIX for holding a Gala at one of our addiction conferences for “The Addicts Mom” while raising over $250,000 in scholarships for their 20,000 mothers that have children suffering from addiction.

Our addiction conferences series has SOLD OUT 8-of-10 times including our Accreditation and LinkedIn Marketing Workshop focusing on Accreditation, and “Get Linked for Addiction Professionals” training. This one of our addiction conferences attracted 16 exhibitors and 100 attendees.

In 2016, our addiction conferences series with the Addiction and Behavioral Health Executive Thought Leader Panel Event

This is a new addiction conferences format (talk show host/town hall) quarterly event in South Florida focusing on providing business solutions, educating on ethical business pratices, generate revenue and increase ROI.  This event features the “real” business experience from panels of successful Executives and Business Thought Leaders in Addiction and Behavioral Health.

Our addiction conferences cover “HOT” topics and gives attendees a chance to “ask the experts” any questions on generating more revenue, adding products and services, better business practices, patient brokering issues, billing, drug testing, licensure, DCF, Accreditation, treatment, sales, marketing, and any other business aspect of the addiction and behavioral health industry. Each event will also reveal LinkedIn SECRETS, TIPS, and Back-Doors to maximizing LinkedIn by the national industry Leader on LinkedIn (CLICK HERE).

Our 2/23/16 addiction conferences event was a sell-out with 160 nationwide attendees, 90 organizations, and 14 exhibitors. It featured over 70 CEO’s and Directors. This is a must attend event for C-Level executives in the addiction and behavioral health field.

Our 5/24/16 addiction conferences event SOLD OUT with 160 attendees, 85 organizations, and 80 CEO’s and Directors.

Our October 28, 2016 addiction conferences event in Riviera Beach, FL (170 Attendees, 90 Organizations, 90 CEO’s), we raised over $400,000 of addiction treatment scholarships (services not monies) given to the court at this event.

Our 5/10/17 SOLD OUT (210 attendees, 80 CEO’s, and 16 Exhibitors) addiction conferences event featured Asst. Florida State Attorney Al Johnson and 4 other high profile addiction professionals educating on the coming legislation changes that start affecting our industry on 7/1/17.

Our next addiction conferences event will take place in November of 2017 and will be focusing on ethical marketing. If you are interested in be an event sponsor, panelist sponsor, or exhibitor you can check out the packages we offer by reviewing our last event.

We are in the process of bringing these addiction conferences to California, Texas, and the North East. If you would like to Co-Host, sponsor, or exhibit at our South Florida events, or events in other states please contact Charles Davis info@behavioralhealthnetworkresources.com, or at 561-235-6195.

Treatment Center Marketing Strategies LinkedIn Level One’s

Treatment center marketing strategies can be extremely valuable. LinkedIn is the most untapped avenue in the addiction treatment industry. It has over 550 million professionals and many tell me that they don’t know how to use it for any drug rehab marketing strategies. I have studied this social medium in depth because there is a tremendous amount of value for any addiction-related business.

It is paramount to know all the SECRETS, tricks, and back-doors to growing your professional audience and how to maximize LinkedIn for referral, sales, and branding. I have learned LinkedIn so well, that I started my own company in 2014, Behavioral Health Network Resources solely based on my LinkedIn addiction professional audience targeting the addiction industry.

How to Use LinkedIn for Drug Rehab Marketing and SEO Strategies

Drug rehab marketing and SEO strategies must be used on LinkedIn. Not only for traffic on LinkedIn but also on Google. Imagine having your profile to show up on page one of Google for drug rehabs (followed by your city.)  This is the ultimate power of LinkedIn, and we explain more below. We are the only drug rehab marketing company that has this SEO in our marketing package.

Let’s first look at LinkedIn. LinkedIn has an internal ranking system that I am sure many have seen “You are ranked in the top 1%”. I can make someone that has 100, 300, or 500 level one contacts rank in the one percent. This algorithm takes into account a rush of profile views and is not an indication of your utilization of LinkedIn.  CLICK HERE to see your true performance on LinkedIn and compare it to my score of 90. Many addiction treatment center marketing strategies over-look this valuable tool.

LinkedIn Questions to include in Drug Rehab Marketing Strategies

The first thing I ask is “How many level one contacts do you have?” The answer is usually around 500. Then I ask “How many groups do you belong to?” The answer is usually under 10. The last questions I ask is “How many people are following you?” The answer usually is I don’t know. I ask several other questions like; “Are you doing Pulse Posts?,” Are you sending them to your organization’s website?” and many more.

The most important thing I’ve learned as an Advertising Executive for the two largest papers in South Florida was that I wasn’t selling ads, editorials, web ads, inserts, and flyers. I was selling a large audience; a large audience. I tell them for LinkedIn to be effective you need to have an audience. You need to reach mass numbers of professionals that can assist in growing your business.

Addiction Treatment Marketing and SEO Be More Efficient

Addiction treatment marketing does not respect LinkedIn. However, this is the #1 professional networking website in the world. You cannot go anywhere else and reach a higher number of potential professional referral sources. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional meeting place and the most underutilized medium not utilized in addiction treatment marketing strategies. If you’re not putting in the time to utilize it you’re missing out. There are many tricks and shortcuts to utilizing LinkedIn which I will feature in future posts.

Ask yourself “How much is my time worth?… $100/hr, $200/hr, $500/hr. If your spending 5 hours a week on LinkedIn, that’s 20 hours a month, …240 hours a year! If you do not understand how to maximize your time, and get a return, your just wasting time and money. If you’re interested in learning all the secrets, tricks, and back doors of LinkedIn, or want to inquire about our 90-day social media marketing package feel free to contact me at 561-235-6195, or info@behavioralhealthnetworkresources.com.

LinkedIn’s Power for Treatment Center Marketing

Sure, you can post on the mainboard, but are you reaching the contacts and the most connected in your field? For LinkedIn to be effective on a mass scale you need at least 5,000 targeted level one connections. You must consider this in your addiction treatment marketing strategies. LinkedIn offers many marketing resources for all industries.

If you have 500 level one LinkedIn addiction professional contacts, you can send a message directly to their board. Posting an article doesn’t mean they saw it. Everyone’s mainboard is always moving. Every time a connection posts something it gets added to the top of their level one connections board.  Hint, reshare your article 3x’s a day (morning, afternoon, and night). Don’t have 5,000 level one connections?  You better be utilizing LinkedIn groups.

Addiction Outreach Needs to Join and Use Groups

You are getting the idea now that you need to reach a large number of targeted connections to get any exposure. If you have 5,000 addiction professional level one contacts (there are tricks in growing your level one contacts-more on that in future posts) the chances are much better than only having 500. Get the picture.

If you belong to 10 groups (LinkedIn allows you to belong to 100’s) and post in all 10 groups, you could reach 10,000+ depending on the number of members the groups contain. Now, if you belong to 50 groups you get five times more exposure. There are ways of posting in all 25 groups or more at the same time which takes less than 30 seconds. I will let you in on that secret next time.

Now, look at the followers you have. This can be found at the top your profile page, in the box underneath the top box that has your name on it. You can’t control or solicit for followers. People will follow you if they are interested in what you are doing on LinkedIn. I have over 24.000 addiction professional and behavioral health followers. These followers see my activity.

Social Media Marketing Audience

Social media marketing must be included in every treatment centers marketing mix. However, as a CEO you must realize that this takes time. You can’t gain access to this powerful tool overnight. It takes proper SEO on their blog posts and a distribution channel that they own. There are only a few options to tap into an existing large audience, and grow an audience of their own.

I switched fields over 4 years ago and have grown my LinkedIn network to the following;

  • 20,000 Addiction Professional Level One Connections on LinkedIn
  • 24,000 Addiction and Behavioral Health Followers
  • Own 14 LinkedIn Addiction and Behavioral Health Professional Groups with over 50,000 members (Addiction Professional Referral Group has over 14,000 members)
  • Have 12,000 Facebook Addiction-Related Friends
  • Own 40 Facebook Addiction and Behavioral Health Groups with over 150,000 members
  • Active Addiction Professional Email List of 25,000
  • Have 2,300 Addiction related to Twitter Followers

Addiction Treatment Marketing Strategies Require a Large Audience

This is one of the largest professional audiences in the addiction professional field. I started Behavioral Health Network Resources and EMP Series C-suite addiction conferences with LinkedIn being the foundation of my company. Since February 2014, I have branched off into many areas for treatment centers, detox’s, and sales/service organizations. This has only been possible because individuals see by my activity that I am a leader in the treatment center marketing arena for addiction professionals.

The Ultimate Hidden Power of Linked for Drug Rehab Marketing

Many do not understand the ultimate power of a LinkedIn profile. We already know Linkedin has 550 million professionals on it. Consider this, Google has over 2 billion users every month. Getting a LinkedIn profile on page one of Google for addiction terms is the ultimate in drug rehab SEO. There is no other drug rehab marketing agency that has achieved this. Imagine if you ranked for money key search terms for addiction treatment.;

  • drug rehabs Van Nuys (our client Sober District has top organic slots with LinkedIn and Facebook business profiles)
  • outpatient drug rehabs Van Nuys (our client has top organic slots with LinkedIn and Facebook business profiles)
  • drug rehab marketing (my personal profile shows up on page one)
  • drug rehab SEO (my personal profile shows up on page one)
  • drug rehab marketing agency (my personal profile shows up on page one)

Not only is the traffic astronomically higher on google, but think about the authority this has. Having your LinkedIn business or personal profile show-up one page one of Google gains instant trust. Combine this page one rankings with your treatment centers URL and Maps and you are guaranteed a click through. Our drug rehab SEO has taken clients like SOBA College recovery from 750 keywords ranking on google to a whopping 4,000 in a 5 month period. Ask about our 90-day drug rehab SEO, marketing, and social media marketing package.

California Addiction Conferences Provide LinkedIn and Social Media Tools for Outreach

All addiction treatment centers, sober livings, and sales and service organization should have a large drug rehab social media marketing. Bear in mind that posts should be high quality going to an in-depth blog article that is attracting, engaging, and touches an emotional level. Many outreach professionals do a poor job and distribute poor content. If you take the time to build a large target audience, make sure the content is worth reading to your target audience.

The problem is it takes time to build a targeted audience. Many organizations in our industry use short-term solutions to their long-term problem of generating clients. They are resorting to Google AdWords and boots on the ground. This boots on the ground strategy are only changing the same referrals back and forth. They are only so many referrals that any center has any given time.

The big payoff is having a large targeted audience you own and being able to get your message to them. This should include private clinicians, EAP’s, attorneys, hospitals, etc.. LinkedIn is where they are. Want to learn how to gain access to these untapped referral sources? You can learn more at our addiction conferences EMP Series events. We will cover how outreach can utilize social media to gain new referral sources, drug rehab marketing, and SEO.

Treatment Center Marketing Strategies What Can LinkedIn Do?

We provide Addiction conferences (read the over 30 testimonials from one of our SOLD Out events like the Addiction VIP Symposium). We also provide our 90-day drug rehab SEO and social media addiction treatment marketing packages tapping your organization into our large audience. This program also grows an audience for yo and will set-up referral relationships that are extremely valuable to treatment center marketing professionals,

LinkedIn addiction professional profile package, connecting private clinicians, EAP’s, Interventionists, LMHC’s, attorneys, detox centers, and all addiction-related businesses. I have several treatment centers that have contacted me as a marketing consultant. BHNR has done marketing for; SOBA College Recovery, Sober District, Emerald Neuro Recover, Challenges Treatment Center, Artesian Wellness, International Recovery Center, Sigmund Software, Pass It On (A live off-Broadway play featuring Bill W & Dr. Bob) and even helped high-level addiction professionals find employment.

Utilize These Addiction Treatment Center Marketing strategies on LinkedIn

Addiction treatment center marketing strategies are greatly needed for addiction treatment centers, sales and service organizations, and professionals. Use this informative article or give us a call about our LinkedIn training, LinkedIn profile management and our treatment center 90-day SEO and social media package including LinkedIn and Facebook. We present nationally “Get Linked for Addiction Professionals,” and have held 15 addiction conferences.

We can tell within 60 seconds of looking at a profile if an individual is utilizing LinkedIn or just wasting their time. With the current landscape of the addiction treatment industry this a is must for all treatment center marketing strategies and addiction treatment centers overall.

CLICK HERE to join our most popular LinkedIn group with 14,000 addiction professionals and get connected with many addiction treatment marketing professionals trying to assist clients that they cannot provide the services for, get the latest addiction and behavioral health information, addiction and behavioral jobs, companies that are hiring, conferences and networking events, DCF information, Accreditation Information, treatment centers and Detox’s that are for sale, buyers that are interested in purchasing addiction and behavioral health organizations, and much more…

If you are in the addiction treatment industry become part of my Addiction Professional Network of 24,000 level one connections on LinkedIn by clicking HERE.

60 of the Webs Best Addiction and Behavioral Health Groups to Join with over 210,000 Members

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Google Forces Better Rehab Marketing Practices Top 5

Rehab marketing practices in 2019 have been scrutinized even more than ever before. Patient brokering is the #1 topic in our industry. The New York Times recently released the article “Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, Citing Safety”. Many industry marketing experts agree that this is a good thing for our industry. We spoke with Jim Peake, CEO of Addiction-Rep, a national leader in best rehab marketing practices. He said, “Treatment centers that have the proper SEO, a large organic audience, and a large distribution channel on social media will be the ones that survive.”

Google Forcing Drug Rehab Marketing Legit Script Certification

Google restrictions are rocking our industry. In 2019 you now need Legit Script certification to gain entry into Google Adwords advertising. The cost of this is about two grand and a $1,200 re-anty every year. Once you get approved you enter the big boy sandbox of drug rehab PPC. You are competing against large addiction treatment centers and aggregators spending over $500,000 per month. These big spenders completely understand PPC and are actually spending less per keyword than the smaller centers.

Behavioral Health Network Resources has been educating the addiction treatment industry on organic marketing since it was founded. Our entire business model is based on ethical organic marketing. Not only do we provide this for our clients, but we also hold addiction executive conferences on ethical rehab marketing practices. At every one of these addiction conferences, we educate on why treatment centers must do organic marketing. It is the most effective and powerful marketing strategy.

Why is Behavioral Health Network Resources Good at Drug Rehab SEO?

BHNR leads by example with our drug rehab SEO marketing. We dominate the SERPS for our potential client’s keyword searches. We have anywhere from 3-6 page one organic listing and a Google maps knowledge panel for these money words;

  • drug rehab marketing
  • drug rehab marketing agency
  • drug rehab marketing consultants

There are many drug rehab marketing agencies that say they can perform drug rehab SEO. Ask yourself this, “If they are so good, why can’t they rank for terms for themselves?”

Wasted Time and Rehab Marketing Dollars

Addiction treatment centers are now understanding the magnitude of the major shifts occurring in our industry. These shifts include paid AdWords, organic rankings, and marketing. Consider this, 2-5% of all internet traffic that is clicked on is attributable to paid search. While 50-60% is attributable to organic search. Organic searches are results from a search engine that appear because of their relevance to the search terms. So, why have treatment centers not done proper drug rehab SEO and organic marketing?

Many do not understand the importance of proper website structure and are not educated on exactly what needs to be in place structurally on a website. Their lack of knowledge extends even further with on-site, and off-site SEO and social media marketing. All these components must be in place to start ranking in the Google 3-pack and in the top 5 organic slots on page one of Google. The reward is 1000’s of calls which outperforms all other marketing combined.

No Short Cuts in Drug Rehab Marketing

Many centers take shortcuts with their marketing. They don’t understand that these shortcuts are costing them money. Many of the addiction treatment centers make the same 3 drug rehab marketing mistakes.  In fact, they don’t even realize that if they invested in having their website built properly, with proper SEO, built a proper distribution channel and grew a targeted audience that they would receive the many calls pushed through by the Google Gods. They will never get there unless they dedicate to a long-term marketing strategy, along with marketing specialists, time, and resources needed to start ranking.

Addiction Treatment Centers Need to Build Tribes Focused on Rehab Target Market

Behavioral Health Network Resources has spent the last four years building a targeted audience to bridge a gap for treatment centers. We have built a large targeted audience on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and G-Plus. We took the time to build these electronic assets to benefit treatment centers. Since social media is earned over time, they need a vehicle to help jump-start them in driving traffic to their website. One good group is the “Addiction Treatment Industry Top 100 Providers.”

Our 90-day drug rehab marketing program instantly taps treatment centers into its targeted audience. This program also builds a substantial audience for treatment centers that becomes their electronic asset. This traffic (500-1000 views per article in 7-10 days) it also increases SEO, if it is set-up properly.

Google Restrictions Means Drug Rehab SEO

The Google restrictions make it paramount for centers to have proper drug rehab SEO, and to start building a social media presence. It’s affected all addiction treatment center operators. It’s probably the biggest event to help ethical operators that we have seen. Our industry has been complaining about bad rehab marketing practices, and clickbait tactics for a long- time. The blatant abuse of brand infringement tactics including; website hijacking, changing Google business information, and keyword clicking needed to be addressed. Google’s power is immense, and the ultimate in marketing for all that appear on page one.

Many shady operators have been highjacking Google My Business listings. Google’s restrictions will assist the big players and small players. The ethical players that will benefit will be the one that has correctly set-up their marketing foundation. Below are 6 essential items needed to achieve high organic ranking on Google. These 6 items are a must for all treatment centers.

Addiction Treatment Centers Google Business Page Listings are Being Hijacked

The deceptive marketing practices on Google are not just with AdWords. We have seen marketing companies, and treatment centers hijacking Google Business listings. Our organization has brought national exposure to this issue. Stealing, or changing Google business listings for organizations in Florida is a bad idea. If someone changes those listings in Florida, they are subject to deceptive marketing laws. These new laws bring jail time, felonies, and heavy fines for anyone participating in deceptive marketing practices. You can read these news laws at the bottom of this article, “Patient Brokering Top 5 Legal Things Nationally.”

Google My Business Listing is a Must

Google My Business is an absolute must in your marketing. This is the bases for all your SEO. Google is looking for all your web assets to match this listing. If you find incorrect information or information where your website or phone number are being redirected, you can do several things to correct this;

– Confirm your Google business listing, if you don’t have one
Correct mistakes to your listing
– Go to this Google My Business Community. There is Google My Business staff in this forum that can quickly get it corrected, and delete the unethical entities that are stealing your leads.

We urge all treatment centers and detox facilities to check their Google business listings daily.

Best Drug Rehab Rehab Marketing Practices

Drug rehab marketing in the addiction industry is now paramount due to patient brokering laws stemming from drug rehabs in Florida. These laws are spreading across the entire US. If you don’t get your marketing in check, you will be out of business within the next 12 months.

Now, with Google restrictions, many treatment centers are scrambling with their marketing efforts. They have survived with limited marketing knowledge and experience, however, now they must understand, track, and wisely invest in a healthy marketing mix.

They need to organically rank for long-tail keywords. A good place to start is building SEO to rank for;

  • drug rehabs (followed by their city)
  • outpatient drug rehabs (Followed by their city)
  • opiate detox (followed by their city)
  • alcohol detox (followed by their city)
  • then do the same (followed by their state)

All treatment centers can accomplish this. Behavioral Health Network Resources even ranks on page one for some of these competitive terms, and we do not even addiction treatment. Some of the keywords we rank for in addiction treatment are;

  • California drug rehabs
  • drug rehabs West Palm Beach
  • opiate detox West Palm Beach
  • sober homes West Palm Beach

Website Drug Rehab Marketing Strategies

Many centers do not understand or value their website. Your website is the foundation of all your drug rehab marketing. Many treatment centers judge their websites on its aesthetics, however, this is only a small piece of what your website does, or can do, to generate clients. Think of a website as a watch, there are a lot of moving pieces underneath that need to work in perfect harmony.

You buy a cheap watch and it looks beautiful, however, in a short period of time, it doesn’t work. The main job of a website is to communicate with Google spiders to rank on page one of google. Google has 63,000 searches every second.

You should think of your website as a Rolex and invest in it correctly the first time with a web company that only services our industry. A company that has years of experience because if you don’t, you will be paying for someone’s education and mistakes.

Building a Targeted Audience that Treatment Centers Own

Think of all the dollars you have spent on marketing and take inventory of anything tangible that you have as a result. Treatment centers should have a large audience on social media, and a large active email database of addiction professionals for referrals, individuals seeking treatment, and their alumni.

Consider this, LinkedIn has 500 professionals (over 20 million addiction professionals), Facebook has 2 billion people (millions belong to addiction groups), and Twitter has 328 million monthly users. These are the sites that will build your audience and drive traffic. Done correctly, you should be able to drive 1000’s of targeted visitors to your site in 7-10-day periods with a blog that has proper SEO. This drives the target market traffic and increases drug rehab SEO.

SEO Drug Rehab Rehab Marketing Strategies

The term SEO is extremely broad and often misunderstood. Your website must be structurally correct to achieve SEO rankings. This is the first step to proper drug rehab SEO and is often not done properly. Many centers have a friend that does websites or a staff member that does websites on the side. You must use a web marketing professional to build your website. Preferably, a professional that specializes in the addiction treatment industry.

After the basic structure of your website has proper SEO, you must start using a blog. However, 95% of addiction treatment center blogs have poor drug rehab SEO. The blogs need to be focused on the keywords you want to rank for, and it must be attracting and engaging your target audience. The blogs must have proper SEO to get the Google spiders to start ranking them. This takes time and a minimum of 2 blogs per week. Writing a lot of valuable content that attracts and engages is not enough to achieve rankings. Everything on your website must be in the proper format, structure, keywords, and several different back-links play a critical role.

Just Having a Drug Rehab Blog is Not Enough

Once the blogs are in place, you need to push them out on social media. This takes an intimate understanding of the specific social media and a built (targeted) audience. There are several specific goals you are trying to achieve. These goals include; driving targeted traffic to your website, getting “do follow” back-links, and having the content get shared. This sharing can take place directly on the social media platform, or at your website.

Many centers find it difficult to produce a blog. Many of the centers that have one have done a poor job with content and SEO. Behavioral Health Network Resources ranks for over 750 keywords. We rank for our core terms of marketing and addiction treatment center terms. We have done this by producing long-form quality blogs. These blogs are SEO’s properly and rank on  Google. Call Charles Davis at 561-235-6195 and ask about our drug rehab SEO blog writing package.

Google Analytics Rehab Marketing Practices

Your addiction treatment marketing should be about 20% of your annual revenue to achieve growth. Many break this down in different ways; some include salaries, all operating costs, cost of operating per client, and other factors. No matter how you break it down, you are spending big dollars on marketing. You MUST be able to track the results of your addiction treatment marketing.

Many centers do not have, do not use, or don’t understand Google analytics. You must have your analytics configured correctly and understand the data. You need to know what is generating clicks to your website, what pages and articles are getting the most click-throughs, geographic location of the clicks, real-time visitors, click troughs for the day and month, traffic sources, articles that are producing visitors, and many more.

Call Tracking Rehab Marketing Practices

This is must information for a centers CEO and Executives. With the many marketing pieces in place with your marketing mix, you must know the call metrics. Each marketing avenue, landing page, splash page, source, purchased call center leads, and many more have a distinct phone number assigned to it. There is no more guessing on what is producing the calls. You can tell where the call comes from, how long the call was, who made the call, what produced the call, geographic location and much more. The cost of call tracking metrics in addiction treatment marketing is extremely low. Check out the most efficient and popular call tracking system in our industry.

PPC Rehab Marketing Practices

Google’s restrictions have affected all players. Certainly, the players that have part of their budget in AdWords. We will see them shifting to GEO targeting and using the smaller search engines like Bing, Yahoo, and MSN. They will not be able to scale to the large numbers of Google, however, they will get clients with a CPA that will be lower.

This is a critical time for many treatment centers.

The steps and actions treatment centers put into place now will determine if they survive. If you would like to speak about proven rehab marketing practices, our 90-day drug rehab marketing, SEO program, or be a panelist at our addiction conferences, you can call Charles Davis at 561-235-6195.

Our Addiction Conferences Providing CEO’s Proven Drug Rehab Marketing Tools

Behavioral Health Network Resources addiction conferences series tackles these issues head-on. Learn proven and ethical rehab marketing strategies providing long-term solutions to the addiction treatment centers long-term problem of maintaining a healthy census. We are working on our next events, in Florida and California. If you would like to sponsor or exhibit please contact our CEO, Charle ins Davis at ceo@behavioralhealthnetworkresources.com.

Check out our next addiction conferences EMP Series event where we educate Ceo, Executives, Directors, and outreach on drug rehab SEO and how to rank on google.

Drug Rehab Marketing Struggles for California Treatment Centers

Drug rehab marketing is a difficult task across the United States for addiction treatment center owners. Many are running to get Legit Script certification and putting on boxing gloves for Google Adwords. They are suffering from drug rehab SEO digital Darwinism. California is experiencing new laws and regulations to control patient brokering. Many are stuck in a rut with outdated marketing strategies. What they don’t understand is there are better ways that produce a lower cost per acquisition. There are 4 ways drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers obtain a lower cost per acquisition;

  1. social media
  2. content marketing
  3. organic SEO
  4. press releases

How To Build A Legal Drug Rehab Marketing Referral Network in California?

Most of us have heard the phrase, “You can’t be everything, to everyone,” right? Unfortunately, when it comes to drug addiction and mental health, that statement does not ring true. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this illness. It could be our own families, friends, co-workers; even some of us in our own lives have dealt with this affliction.

Why you are fighting every day in this industry, is probably driven – like ours – derives from one of those connections, and we want you to succeed! There are several proven strategies in the digital media space. This is a crucial step you need to take, to achieve your goals of building your treatment center in today’s world.

Top 7 reasons Social Media Plays a Role for California Drug Rehab SEO Marketing

Here on some of the top reason’s drug rehab marketing has to get involved on social media;

  1. Decreased Marketing Costs – The first, and most important reason that businesses use social media, is the fact that is the most cost-effective way to market a business – by far. By keeping marketing costs down, businesses can then use that capital for reinvesting in, or expanding, or whatever they see fit for their business.
  2. Increased Inbound Traffic – Social Media Profiles are valuable for creating an avenue for clients to begin to engage with you. By keeping up your presence with original content, adding other sites links back to your treatment centers website and distributing those linked posts on multiple social media platforms, you open up all those channels for another opportunity for a new visitor or client. The more quality content you release on social media, the more inbound traffic you’ll generate, and the more customers will connect with you.
  3. Connect with Potential Clients – Many people today log into their social media accounts often and the more your information is being promoted the more change they will use your product or service. Did you know 74 percent of Facebook users visit daily?
  4. Build Relationships with Current Clients – By continually posting and monitoring your social media channels, you will be able to promote the different levels of care you offer and treatments, as well as handle any questions or concerns in real time. Unlike print, radio, or television, you will be able to see exactly how your promotion is doing by the amount of engagement, likes, shares, comments, etc.
  5. Higher Brand Authority – By syndicating information about your treatment center, your brand will soon become the authority in your industry, or at least in your local area. For example: by providing information and answers, for those individuals with questions about what recovery options are available in a post, they will often share that information. With your brand prominently placed, it can further your reach and will contribute to the growth of your network.
  6. Better Search Engine Rankings – Google has always stated that they rank a website higher by the content on that site, and how useful a person searching for that info might find that site & content to be. By posting relevant content about addiction treatment, mental health, and new therapy options, the search engines will see you as the authority in that market – thereby, awarding you with higher rankings. This is especially true for local businesses that are actively receiving online reviews, as well.
  7. Social Media is the New Search – For many people today, when they are on their computer or mobile phone and have a need for a particular product or service, they are now as likely to search on their social networks for the answer from their friends and groups, as they once were to use Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. This means that for a large number of individuals, when they need to look for a drug treatment center, they are more likely to look to their online social networks for possible solutions, rather than just using a search engine, such as Google or Bing. And the numbers in this group grow every day.

Successful treatment centers are already marketing this way. You are losing business by not being actively involved with social media. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will see the benefits of building a virtual community, by watching your followers share with their friends and so on. Don’t lose this business opportunity to your competitors, by sitting idle. Imagine if you started a year, or even six months ago, how much new business you would have.

The bottom line is, the longer you wait, the more you have to lose. Social Media is here to stay and only getting bigger. When it is done right, it leads to more traffic and more clientele. 

Content Drug Rehab Marketing Strategy

So, how does your drug rehab marketing stay consistent on Social Media in relation to your blog?

The answer is content. Consistent content, meaning you post every day on social media, and as often as you can on your website. When asked whether back-links or content are better, the answer is they are both important implementing both is the ideal strategy. Sadly, many people in the drug treatment industry have been burned before by “SEO” companies. This is because they either don’t understand link building or don’t have the resources to do “white hat” link building. The outcome from this has been a loss of time and revenue for many in this industry.

Content is one of those items you can control, because you are the one placing it on your center’s website, as well as sharing it on Social Media. You then have the further option to boost that material. This can be done using smart channels organically or by paying Google and Facebook to promote that content for you. that is assuming you have Legit Script certification and are approved to use the paid platform. Will get into why Google AdWords is costing many small to medium size centers to waste huge chunks of marketing dollars.

How Can California Use a Drug Rehab Marketing Content Strategy?

Content marketing refers to the management of basically any & all content that you create and own. This could be written, visual, or even a downloadable PDF or EBook. It is the piece of your marketing strategy that continuously demonstrates who your treatment center is, and should highlight the expertise you offer to your industry.

Surely, you know how important unique content is to the growth of your digital asset. However, when you establish a drug rehab marketing content strategy, there are some key things you should think about. Among those are:

  • Is your content SEO’d for keywords?
  • Who are you creating the content for?
  • What is the question, you are going to answer for that audience?
  • How is your program unique?
  • What content formats will you produce?
  • Which channels will it be released through?
  • How will you manage the creation and publication?

Again, by building great content, the search engines will reward that page with rankings. When content is done right, it will be shared across all the social networks. This is the goal – to create social signals and backlinks.

  • Tip: There are many websites on the internet that will generate topic ideas for you. If you get writer’s block, just head over to one of these free sites and type in different topics.

Drug Rehab Marketing Using SEO How to Beat the Big Boys in California

What is drug rehab SEO digital Darwinism? We look at 100’s of addiction treatment center websites every month. Over 90% do not have search engine optimization. Some don’t even have a blog, and the ones that do have glaring issues. Here are some of the biggest mistakes made by substance abuse treatment centers on their blogs;

  • Length of the blog is only 600-800 words
  • The content is just fluff, it is not attracting, engaging, and does not touch an emotional level
  • No H Tags or useless H Tags
  • There are no pics, or pics are missing keyword ALT descriptions
  • The blog post is not focused on a single longtail keyword
  • No SERP descriptions, or too short, or too long
  • Blog posts are not categorized for longtail keywords
  • Orphaned blog posts

Drug rehab SEO blog writing has not been used because centers have traditionally relied upon Google AdWords and “boots on the ground” strategies. With increased competition, new laws and regulations this is not viable for the small to medium size rehabs. Some of the big centers and aggregators are spending in excess of $500,000 per month. They are also paying less for the same keywords than the smaller centers.

This leaves the uncomfortable territory of Drug Rehab SEO. We’ve watched many Florida centers fall because they failed to adopt an SEO strategy. The thing is paid ads only get 2% of page one clicks. Google maps and the first three organic listings get 60-70% of page one clicks. You also need to consider the paid ads are generating a lot of Medicaid and Medicare calls.

Press Releases Used Correctly Increase Drug Rehab Marketing SEO and Backlinks

Press releases are an underutilized tool in drug rehab marketing. Most press release services do not cost a lot of money, and you are able to reach a large number of people. Compared to other paid online advertising, press releases when done properly can be a more financially efficient way of advertising.

We recently sat down with Kevin Leonard, CEO of TheRecover.com an industry leader in drug rehab marketing and press releases. Here is what he had to say;

Consumers are affected by many online channels. Whether its a post to social media, or what’s discovered through a Google search; it will have a considerable influence on how your consumers view your drug treatment center, the recovery business, and your competitors.

TheRecover.com is a health and addiction news resource, which provides non-bias information about health-related topics. As a trusted news source, our stories get picked up by ABC, NBC, CBS, Google News, and many others. Our articles have the ability to reach over 50 million readers through our affiliate network of news outlets. For information about our services please contact our office to discuss a strategy for your treatment center.

They have assisted drug and alcohol treatment centers in boosting online awareness, driving website traffic and reaching brand-new consumers. A press release is one of the best ways for centers to build backlinks, increase awareness and is a cost-effective way to impact your treatment center’s growth.

How to Effectively Use Press Releases for Drug Rehab Marketing

As many substance abuse treatment centers don’t understand SEO, they know even less about effective press releases. Two of the main struggles are what websites are best for distribution, formatting the content, and what type of “stories” are actually newsworthy. Keep in mind legitimate Press Release services will not allow you to publish general information or self-promotion types of posts.

The Top 28 press Release ideas for Drug Rehab Marketing

  1. Sponsor a local event and write about it
  2. Take a stand on a controversial issue
  3. Announce a new hire, or someone’s promotion
  4. Talk about a new milestone your center has reached
  5. Share your client’s success stories
  6. Publish a collection of testimonials from satisfied clients
  7. Create a podcast and write about it
  8. Share a free “PowerPoint” about your center’s levels of care available at Slideshare
  9. Announce the release of a new video available on your YouTube channel
  10. Establish a scholarship program for people who do not have the ability to pay
  11. Publish your center’s treatment options with a local charity
  12. Share a free “FAQ” sheet available at your center’s website
  13. Share your treatment center’s mission statement
  14. Publish a story about what makes your center different
  15. Create a list of amenities your center offers
  16. Share a link to a new blog page and describe what it is about
  17. Announce you are offering (MAT) Medication-Assisted Treatment as a part of your recovery approach
  18. Publish a story on why you do not offer Medication-Assisted Treatment
  19. Identify a trend you are noticing within the recovery industry
  20. Debunk a common myth in the treatment business
  21. Create a list of what to bring to rehab
  22. Publish a story about what to expect when someone enters your center for treatment
  23. Tie your press release to a holiday
  24. Answer the most common three questions potential clients would want to know about your center
  25. Mergers and acquisitions
  26. Office relocation or opening a new sober living
  27. New technology trends affecting your industry
  28. Expert opinion about a topic in the recovery business

These are just a small sample of the literally thousands of examples you can write about. Making Press Releases a part of your overall digital strategy is a must. When you combine content, with PR, and share it on social media, you have created the ability to reach millions of people nationwide.

TheRecover.com is One of the Executive Thought Leader Panelists at the California EMP Conference on 8/6/19

Drug rehab marketing, SEO, webpage content quality, social and local signals, and quality backlinks are just 5 ranking factors of 200 ranking factors that Google uses. TheRecover.com will be sharing press release secrets you can put into place immediately that are low cost and produce admits. If you would like to get started earlier on press release you can call Kevin Leonard at 888-510-3898.

The California Addiction Conferences EMP Series 8/16/19 event will have a total of 5 proven leaders. Each sharing proved business and marketing strategies that compete with the big players. These are proven and cost-effective ways to impact your treatment center’s growth.

Drug Rehabs Losing Business Marketing Focus

Drug rehabs during 2019 and for approximately the last five (5) years have been experiencing a trend which has been infecting the financial health and welfare of the addiction treatment industry. Dale Redlich, CEO of Pay2Patient and well respected past treatment center owner for over 20 years provides this article with his insight on some issues that owners are facing in our industry with this article.

A Snapshot of the business and Drug Rehabs Marketing Side

Drug rehabs have been experiencing a trend that has manifested itself in recent years with;

  • downsizing
  • bankruptcies
  • selling off of assets
  • staff firings
  • lack of staff replacement
  • lack of staff additions
  • lower staff salaries
  • changes in marketing techniques
  • development  of joint ventures with financially sound publically traded companies
  • mergers and acquisitions

In addition, there is a desperate attempt by many owners and operators of addiction treatment facilities (including the detoxification and lab segment) to develop new relationships. These include banking, investment, and other financial relationships which might result in an infusion of new capital into an otherwise unhealthy marketplace. Basically, inexperienced drug rehabs and operators where wasting financial resources in an attempt to “out do “ their competitors. They are trying to offer more and more luxury within their drug rehabs. They are attempting to compete for a very limited supply of high paying clients

This trend has and will continue to affect not only full-service outpatient, PHP, inpatient, and residential addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach and across the nation, but also all of the ancillary support businesses including, sober living facilities, halfway houses, and private practice therapists as well as labs.

Drug Rehabs Pain Points

The signs have been evident for a substantial time period, but the problem has been and will continue to grow more severe as time continues. The main pain points of drug rehabs are marketing and billing. These are the two hands that are feeding any addiction treatment center.

Many centers have poor drug rehab SEO that is costing them big dollars in the wasted marketing budget. The second biggest pain point is the abundance of money left on the table from substance abuse billing and utilization review. The biggest concern is that some owners think they have this under control. The reasons for this trend varies but in general, it can be seen as being attributable to a number of predictable factors such as;

  • poor marketing strategies and  drug rehab SEO solutions
  • a severely growing level of competition for the same patients
  • lack of education on the web marketing and search engine optimization
  • changes in the number of payments made for treatment by the insurance industry
  • new and far-reaching legislation which has severely limited the ability of such facilities to engage in traditional marketing
  • a lack of sufficient capital from an operational standpoint
  • rapid and unnecessary expansion
  • an attempt to offer only the most high priced luxury

It may also be seen as a failure of the new wave of financially inexperienced and undercapitalized drug rehabs and opiate detox West Palm Beach centers who have been unable to foresee such trends and also have miscalculated the effects of massive changes occurring in the insurance marketplace both for in-network and out of network providers.

Insurance Companies Controlling the Drug Rehabs

One area which evidences this trend in the insurance industry. It is the growing direction for providers to attempt to change from out of network to full in-network providers. Most facilities these days are desperately becoming only in-network providers even though the amount per day paid by the carriers for in-network benefits has steadily been falling.

No longer do the carriers have to devise methods to try to force drug rehabs to become in-network.  It was only a few short years ago when the carriers were paying exorbitant amounts per day to out of network providers and the thought process of owners at that time was to remain out of network in order to reap the benefits of the absurd amounts of money which the carriers were paying for out of network benefits.  This could not continue forever.

When Insurance Companies Send Payment Directly to Clients

In fact, there are some insurance carriers such as Federal Blue Cross and Empire in Florida which continued to pay large unsustainable amounts directly to centers clients. The carriers continue to issue their reimbursement checks directly to the patient or subscriber. This results in many cases with the insurance checks being cashed by the patient. Thus the drug rehabilitation center is out of their earned money. If you are in this situation you can contact Dale Redlich, CEO of Pay 2 Patient at 954-592-1921. They specialize in collecting from insurers that pay the patient directly.

Understanding Drug Rehabilitation Centers Money Owed

Obviously, this was and continues to damage the providers financially. They are rendering services in good faith but never receiving the checks from the carriers.  The reality is that many providers did not even realize that their check-in reimbursement for services rendered had not even been sent to them by the carrier. Some of the providers are losing exorbitant amounts of money in this fashion. Many do not realize this when it is happening.

The result of all of the above circumstances is that the drug rehabs have split into the “have’s” and “have-nots”.  If you attend industry events you will likely realize that not only have the attendance numbers plummeted but the actual exhibitors themselves. They are often comprised only of the larger most well funded (and often time owned by publically traded companies). Many centers are looking for smaller, focused events that also provide business and drug rehab leads education to survive the competitive landscape. In addition, they need to implement strategies of how to properly prepare for these addiction conferences.

Allocating Drug Rehab Marketing Drug Rehab Marketing Dollars

It is unbelievably expensive for a facility to finance large numbers of their marketing staff to attend these events. Many are only marketing to other marketing staff from other facilities. This is financial lunacy, without getting educated on proven business and marketing strategies. Unless the provider has extremely deep pockets which some of them still do.

The savviest operators realize that the money spent on traditional marketing and attendance at events that do not provide proven business and drug rehab marketing practices. The money spent is much better utilized with drug rehabs leads, social media and other types of online selling of their services. One of the biggest mistakes they make is using boots on the ground as their main marketing strategy. Without a robust, healthy and planned marketing mix, many are at great risk of closing their doors.

Getting Control Over Debt Collection and Revenue Cycle Management

Substance abuse billing and revenue cycle management are critical areas for owners. So, where does this leave us? The purpose of this article is to educate drug rehabs on the vast amount of lost revenue that is left on the table. The key areas that need to be addressed are; billing,  utilization review, and drug rehab SEO marketing.

However, at the same time that are certain methods which at almost no cost can result in the infusion of additional capital into a sagging P/L statement. Substance abuse billing and debt collection with revenue cycle management for drug rehabs is one potential partial solution to the financial problems being experienced in the healthcare industry and in particular, the addiction treatment industry.

The collection of a debt is a financial strategy which has been around since the time of the money lenders in biblical times. If a company lends money, or advanced money or fails to receive legitimate funds on component aspects of its business it should be entitled to take appropriate action steps to recover the resulting debt if such debt is attributable to the loan or advancement of funds to the potential debtor. There is nothing immoral about a company taking steps to collect its fair debt, In fact, it is business malpractice not to go after the fair debt which is owed.

What is Drug Rehab Revenue Cycle Management?

Revenue Cycle Management is a fancy way of describing the method of tracking accounts receivables.  Utilizing such funds at the appropriate time to pay the operational internal debt on an ongoing and predictable basis is critical. Substance abuse billing and revenue cycle management are two key areas centers to look at closely. Drug rehabs are leaving 20-30% of their revenue on the table. Treatment centers need to evaluate their substance abuse billing every year. It is advantages to bring 2-3 billing providers every year.

Evaluating several different substance abuse billing and utilization companies will ensure there is no money left on the table. The insurance companies are playing games with reimbursements, and these companies on the front line. Many billing companies will get lazy after the low hanging fruit is gone. There are many drug rehabs that are owed big dollars. Not knowing how to code is only one of the issues causing this problem. This is one of the biggest areas causing centers to close across the nation. This is one of the topics we are covering in our upcoming addiction conferences EMP Series event on 1/22/19.

Reclaiming Precious Drug Rehabs Operating Capital

The problem experienced by the addiction treatment industry now in many cases is that the provider company has not taken sufficient steps to ensure that it has sufficient operating capital. The money gets spent in a variety of other ways as described above. And oftentimes there are is no margin of error for drug rehabs which results in layoffs and other dire consequences.

It defies our understanding of why a health care provider which is owed money would not take every reasonable and legal action to collect money which it is owed. It seems to be lunacy but at the least very bad business practice.

Reclaiming Drug Rehabs Receivables Doesn’t Cost Much

The ROI to employ debt collection methods is so low as to beg for utilization. The process is very simple for drug rehabs, but at the same time there are Federal and State regulations which must be complied with and of course, the privacy of the patient/debtor needs to be protected. This can all be accomplished by utilization of the proper documentation.

Don’t get me wrong. It is not easy to collect the debt. Collections methods vary depending upon the type of debt, the age of the debt, the identity and location of the debtor, Federal and State Law, peculiarities of the court system, and other factors but the fact remains that the collection of debt can be “found’ money and help immensely in providing additional and needed revenue to the provider  to help with the covering of operational expenses. All addiction treatment centers should have a third party look at their substance abuse billing and utilization review. This will uncover a tremendous about of lost revenue.

Drug Rehabs Regaining Business Focus to Survive a New Industry

There is nothing dirty, or unseemly or embarrassing about drug rehabs taking every step possible to recover money which it is owed. After, all don ‘t companies which the provider owes money to try to collect such funds? And, if you’re worried about upsetting the debtor then think about the fact that your employees expect to be paid every week and in my own humble opinion those individuals are a lot more significant than the person who owes your facility money.

Whether you are after co-pays, deductibles, self-pay fees still owed,  insurance checks which were sent to the patient, client loans, or other debt your company is entitled to take all lawful means to collect this money.  Drug rehabs not only need to look at their collectibles, but also their substance abuse billing providers. This is one of the main reason centers are closing. The insurance companies are playing games with reimbursements.

Addiction Conferences Educating Drug Rehabs Losing Business Marketing Focus

Operating drug rehabs is a difficult task. Operators of substance abuse treatment centers need ongoing education on the business and drug rehabs leads marketing side of behavioral health. New laws, regulations and knowing how the insurance companies are operating is paramount. Marketing, substance abuse billing and utilization review mean big money for drug rehabilitation centers. Evaluating these regularly will produce large checks of operating cash. The addiction EMP (ethical marketing practices) conference series addresses these issues.

BHNR has brought 14 successful addiction conferences to South Florida. These talk show host/town hall-style conferences provided proven business and marketing strategies to operators during the regulation of our industry in Florida. We are proud of these national addiction conferences. Please check out these addiction conferences EMP Series events.

Addiction Professional of the Month

The Addiction Professional Referral Group is the most popular and active behavioral health group on Facebook. This group connects over 19,000 addiction professional nationwide and it averages 1,500-2,000 posts and remarks per month. This month we are honoring a group member for stimulating controversial conversation on medication-assisted treatment. This post produced the most remarks and activity over any other post for the month of October. You can join the Addiction Professional Referral Group here.

Connecting Addiction Professionals Nationwide with Resources, Strategies, Ideas, Drug Rehab Marketing, Networking, and Addiction Conferences

Our goal is to educate addiction professionals on ethical business practices, provide useful resources, assist in connecting for new relationships, educate on evidenced-based treatment, fight against patient brokering, educate on ethical marketing practices (in this group, with our marketing and at our addiction conferences), and use our large voice to encourage industry self-regulation. This group has consumed a large amount of our time to build and maintain. We hope you will mutually support us by getting educated here and attending one of our Addiction Professional EMP conferences. Our next addiction conferences series event is on 1/22/19 in Costa Mesa, California.

Here is some of the work that your mutual support has assisted us in;

  • We have spent 1000’s of hours building this group and 10-15 hours per week maintaining it.
  • We need mutual support from our group members to continue to be a large voice in the community.
  • Raised $400,000 worth of addiction treatment scholarships for the Riveria Beach Civil Drug Court
  • Raised $250,000 worth of addiction treatment scholarships for the Addicts Mom
  • Radio personality educating on the ethical business side of addiction, and fight patient brokering with national radio station Recovery Radio Raw
  • Spent 1,000 hours building the Addiction Professional Referral Group to provide an unprecedented Facebook group that is a trusted source for professionals.
  • Maintained 14 LinkedIn Addiction professional groups, and 45 Facebook Groups with over 210,000 members
  • Educated on proven business operating strategies
  • Educated on proven drug rehab marketing strategies
  • Provided 14 Addiction Conferences for CEO’s, Executives, Directors and Outreach bringing Executive Thought Leader Panelists educating on proven business and marketing strategies to survive the new and difficult landscape.

Addiction Professional Referral Group Member of the Month

The addiction professional of the month is Steve Wize, CEO of Mental Fitness. Steve’s post was not only the most active but also, addresses one of the most controversial topics in our industry.

So crazy idea, but I’d like to hear some other addiction professional opinions: Create a standing order for Suboxone- no prescription necessary. Make it as easy to get as Narcan…. any thoughts?

Steve Wize is an author, speaker, and corporate wellness trainer who specializes in helping companies and individuals reach their full potential. After graduating with his Master’s degree from Pitt, Steve went on to become a licensed clinical social worker and has spent the past five years working in private practice. During this time, Steve designed his own unique curriculum in which he has used to create his book, and his business, Mental Fitness, LLC.

In addition, to being the founder and president of Mental Fitness, LLC, Steve also works as a life coach in the Western Pennsylvania Area. Steve has always considered Pittsburgh his home. He is married, has five adopted dogs, and is also the author of “The Amazing Chase” series which promotes dog rescue and adoption efforts.

Steve graduated from Penn State Erie – Behrend College with a degree in Psychology, and from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in Social Work—Mental Health, with a concentration on Direct Practice. He has been working in dual diagnosis and substance abuse counseling since 2010. Steve’s passion to help others struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues is fueled by his own loss growing up of a loved one to a drug overdose.

In addition to offering extensive experience in opioid addiction, Steve has expanded his clientele to include adolescent, family therapy and couples counseling. Along with group and individual drug and alcohol counseling, Steve specializes in smoking cessation therapy, gambling addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress and anger management, and overcoming grief and loss.

Steve believes that every person has the potential for improvement in their lives, regardless of their backgrounds or current circumstances. By utilizing a non-judgmental, solution-focused approach, Steve helps clients to master their mental fitness achieve their full potential.

“Smile on your face, song in your heart.”

Resources for Business and Drug Rehab Marketing Strategies

The addiction professional referral group is a trusted resource for business, drug rehab marketing, and administrative operating strategies. Our industry is experiencing unprecedented changes affecting the administration, business, and marketing operating procedures. Laissez-faire business strategies are no longer effective. Using the old business and marketing strategies puts organizations in our industry at great risk of closing their doors. We are seeing many addiction treatment centers and opiate detox and sober livings closing their doors. The organizations that are closing all have one thing in common. They stayed with business as usual tactics including boots on the ground marketing, call centers, and Adwords as their main strategies. They all suffered from Digital Darwinism.

The Internet is the #1 Source for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers

The web is the absolute #1 resource to reach potential clients in any business. The number of people using the internet is growing astronomically every day. The lightspeed growth has caused severe marketing problems for almost every industry. Understanding how to effectively utilize the web to generate clients or customers is an overwhelming task. Almost all treatment centers and ancillary service providers in the substance abuse industry do not understand web marketing. Our industry has traditionally resorted to short-term solutions to their long-term problem of maintaining a census. They, almost always are looking for an instant return (30 days) on their marketing.

Over 90% of our industry suffers from digital Darwinism. Digital Darwinism is when technology moves faster than industries can adapt. Why does web drug rehab marketing outperform all other marketing combined?

  1. Currently, the average person spends nearly 10 hours a day online. Unbelievably, we now spend more time on the Internet than we do sleeping (8.4 hours).
  2. Today there are approximately 7.4 billion people living on the planet, and ~ 23 billion internet of things (IoT) connected devices, which is an average of 3 devices per person. By 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 75 billion IoT connected devices worldwide.
  3. There will be at least 3.5 billion Google searches performed every day. Google also processes over 40K search queries every second. That translates to 1.2 trillion Google searches per year.
  4. Google.com is the most popular website in the world. Youtube.com is second and Facebook.com is third.
  5. Internet users have an average of 7.6 social media accounts
  6. The average daily time spent on social is 116 minutes a day
  7. There is a new social media user every 15 seconds.
  8. Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp handle 60 billion messages a day
  9. Facebook: 2.072 billion users
  10. Youtube: 1.5 billion users
  11. Wechat: 1.12 billion users
  12. WhatsApp: 900 million users
  13. Instagram: 800 million users
  14. Weibo: 600 million users
  15. LinkedIn: 500 million users
  16. Twitter: 330 million users
  17. Reddit: 234 million users
  18. Pinterest: 200 million users
  19. Snapchat: 178 million daily users
  20. Google+: 111 million users

Understanding Drug Rehab Marketing Like You Understand Addiction Treatment

Almost every addiction treatment center owner understands addiction treatment and has an extreme passion to help others. However, this is only 1/3 of what is needed to run a successful drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Owners of treatment centers and sober livings also need to completely understand the business and marketing components. They have to be extremely educated in these two areas. Relying upon a drug rehab marketing agency and drug rehab business consultants is extremely risky if they are not educated in these areas. Having a solid education in these areas is paramount for owners and operators. With this key knowledge, operators will be able to tell if these professionals are performing for their organization.

For example, over 90% of substance abuse provider websites are not structurally correct. Poor website development is the #1 and most costly mistake made in web marketing. If a website is not structurally correct, you are leaking Google juice. Every marketing dollar you are putting into web marketing, without having a structurally correct website, is being wasted by leaking Google juice and the opportunity to get on page one of Google organically. It is extremely easy to tell if a treatment center understands web marketing by looking at their website. A website is the foundation of web marketing. If your website is not structurally correct, you are wasting every marketing dollar you put into web marketing.

The top 3 organic slots and Google maps account for 70% of page one click-throughs. To put into perspective, AdWords or PPC only accounts for 2% of the click-throughs. While AdWords does produce calls, many of these calls are poor with many asking for Medicaid and Medicare. The top 3 organic leads are much more qualified for the services and insurance provided.

Why is a Website the #1 Mistake in Drug Rehab Marketing?

The # mistake in drug rehab marketing is website development. When you build a house, you build it on concrete. Almost all drug rehab websites are built on sand. Almost all websites in our industry are built by website designers, not website developers. This critical and costly error is the fault of the treatment center owner and the marketing agencies they have used. As an owner, if you understood what needs to be done for proper website structure and drug rehab SEO, you would be able to tell if the professionals you hired are doing their job.

The important difference is a designer will build a beautiful, aesthetically appealing website. A website developer opens the golden Google doors for Google to effectively communicate with google’s searcher. Many addiction treatment centers websites are ascetically beautiful. While this is somewhat useful for the target market, it is not very useful in Google ranking your website on page one. The first part of getting on page one of Google is to have a website that communicates to Google that you can answer the terms that are searched.  Here are some of the common mistakes made substance abuse websites;

  • Is the hierarchy of our website good for Google?
  • Do we have schema (Sign Posts for Google) incorporated into our website?
  • Does our website have a sitemap and have we told Google it’s there?
  • Is our website fast enough on mobile for the new speed update released on July 9, 2018?
  • Are we using Yoast to check the bare minimum for our drug rehab SEO?
  • Are the URL’s for our website correct for SEO?
  • Does our website have an SSL certificate?
  • Does our blog have SEO for our keywords? If so, what are those keywords and how many of the blog posts have made it to page one of Google?
  • Do the main pages of our website have SEO for these keywords?
  • Have we done an H-Tag audit on our website
  • Do our pics have ALT tags and are they geocoded?
  • Have we done a hyperlocal page?
  • Do we have a skyscraper article?
  • Are our Google maps properly coded and placed on our website?
  • How are we building quality back-links?
  • How many citations do we have?
  • Do we understand and utilize your Google Analytics?
  • Do we understand and use call tracking metrics?
  • What is our list of keywords based on our organization’s services? And, out of those keywords which ones can, we easily rank for on the first page of Google?
  • Do we understand Google analytics and how to use it to build our marketing campaign?
  • What posts are producing the most calls from our call tracking metrics?
  • When was the last time we posted in our Google My Business?
  • When was the last time we uploaded pictures in our Google My Business?
  • Are our pictures on the website optimized (GEO and Keywords)?
  • Is our blog attracting and engaging for our target audience?
  • Are we building a targeted and captured social media audience (from SEO visits) of professionals and individuals seeking treatment with our drug rehab marketing on Facebook and LinkedIn?
  • Does our cuurent drug rehab marketing agency provide SEO training?

How Does Boots on the Ground Compare to Web Marketing

The industry trend has been traditionally relying upon boots on the ground marketing. While this should be a part of your marketing mix, it should only be one piece. Above you see the astronomical numbers of people using the web and the amazing activity that is produced every day. It is impossible for outreach to obtain even 1% of these numbers. The small to medium players consensus is that we cannot compete with the big players because they are spending too much on web marketing. This is a huge misconception in our industry. The small to medium players can outperform the big players in some areas if they have;

  • Proper website structure
  • On page and off page SEO
  • Use of key long tail keywords
  • Knowing where and how to get PR7, PR8 and PR9 backlinks

Understanding the Business Side of Addiction Treatment

Our industry is experiencing many paradigm shifts. It is critical that operators of drug rehabilitation centers, opiate detox and sober homes get educated on proven business strategies. The conversations on the business and operation side of our industry are much different than the conversations that outreach professionals have. Only the best-educated CEO’s, Executives and Directors will survive the extreme competition in our 40 billion dollars a year industry. These leaders need to completely understand many different areas;

  • Marketing
  • Billing
  • Insurance Reimbursements
  • Laws and Regulations
  • EMR’s
  • CRM’s
  • Licensing
  • Accreditations and Certifications

Addiction Professional Referral Group Helping Addiction Professionals Nationwide

We will continue to be a trusted resource for every addiction professional by educating on ethical business practices, provide useful resources, assist in connecting for new relationships, educate on evidenced-based treatment, fight against patient brokering, educate on ethical substance abuse marketing practices (in this group, with our marketing and at our addiction conferences), and use our large voice to encourage industry self-regulation.

Executive education is key for owners and operators. Behavioral Health Network Resources also provides Addiction Executive conferences educating on these key areas. Our addiction conferences each have 5 proven Executive Thought Leaders presenting at each conference. These one-day conferences focus on the business and marketing side of our industry. We have hosted 14 conferences and the success has been the valuable content and the talk show host, town forum format. These conferences put together the minds of the 125-200 attendees in an open forum. We hope you will attend our next addiction conferences EMP Series on 5/21/19 in Florida.

Who Are the 100 New Addiction Professional Group Members?

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Let’s welcome the 100 new members below to our outstanding group of addiction professionals by introducing yourselves, and making them comfortable.

Support the Addiction Professional Referral Group by Attending Our Addiction Conferences

Please help support our time and effort of providing this group by attending or participating at our Addiction Conferences Executive EMP Series next event on 5/21/19. These conferences provide proven business and marketing strategies by proven industry Executive Thought Leaders. These events are in a unique talk show host, town hall forum. We look forward to seeing you there.

As always, you guys ROCK!

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  16. Nancy Fletcher,
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How to Prepare for Addiction Conferences

Addiction conferences preparation has benefits for addiction treatment centers, detox’s, sober livings and ancillary service providers. As behavioral health industry professionals, we are experiencing moments of change in how we operate. However, when attending mental health conferences there are several key areas to focus on to get much-needed business and marketing tools.

There are several goals to bear in mind when attending addiction conferences and networking events. These goals vary depending on the position you have with your behavioral health organization. CEO’s, Executives, Directors and Outreach professionals, by design of their role, have different objectives. However, getting out of your comfort zone can pay great dividends if done strategically.

Addiction Conferences Preperation Generates ROI

How to perform addiction conferences preparation?

The addiction treatment industry is experiencing many different changes in the business and marketing side. It is vital that you walk away with new business strategies, marketing plan ideas, and drug rehab lead generation sources. The behavioral health industry has several critical pain points that CEO’s and Owners are experiencing.

New operational and marketing laws as spreading across the nation thanks to the new “Florida Model” paving the road with their new patient brokering and operational laws as of July 1, 2017. Getting educated on ethical business and marketing strategies at addiction conferences is paramount at this critical time to survive. Some centers that continued with laissez-faire strategies, resisted change or did not seek the proper education and tools have not survived the red ocean. It is paramount for behavioral health organizations addiction conferences preparation to get specific and strategic intelligence.

CEO’s and Executives Focus on the Big Picture at Addiction Conferences

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, detox’s and sober homes owners have a difficult job. They need to focus on the business, marketing and clinical side of their organization. Many addiction executives are strong on the clinical aspects and addiction treatment in general. Most have started their addiction treatment center because of their strength in this area and their passion to help others struggling with addiction. However, this is only 1/3 of what it takes to run a successful center.

When CEO’s and addiction Executives attend addiction conferences their conversations are much different than the conversation of let’s say Outreach professionals. According to the Harvard Business Review article, “Sales People Need a Strategy for Selling to CEOs,” CEO’s are focused on business outcomes, how decisions affect the entire organization and maximizing their time. The upper management Executives have a much wider business education.

They are looking for business and marketing solutions to their pain points:

They generally are not there to network but to find proven and ethical solutions. They are relying on particular presenters, drug rehab marketing consultants and finding the business and marketing expert leaders attending these addiction professional conferences. They are particularly interested in drug rehab marketing strategies and billing as these are two key areas that generate revenue for the organization.

Directors are Guided by CEO’s and Executives Vision

Directors are also focused on the same areas as the CEO’s and Executives. The difference being is that they put the CEO’s and Executives vision into play. It is vital that they get better educated by the conference presenters, exhibitors a few select attendees that are specialists in whatever is on their plate at that time.

While most Directors in the behavioral health industry have in-depth knowledge in many areas, they need to be experts when leading the company in new areas. They also should be evaluating current procedures and ancillary providers on a regular basis (at the very least every year) to save or generate new revenue. All of these carries great responsibility and consume great amounts of time.

Addiction Conferences Provide Knowledge and Proven Experience

Addiction conferences preparation can provide knowledge and experience from proven thought leaders to assist drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, detoxes and sober livings Directors in their roles. However, this can be difficult at times because at many mental health conferences there are several presentations going on at the same time. It is impossible for the Directors to be in two places at the same time. Directors need to pick and choose based on their priorities or rely on another employee to attend the other presentation.

Outreach Professionals and Business Development; Obtaining Tools is Critical

Outreach professionals for addiction treatment centers, detox’s, sober homes and service organizations have an extremely stressful position. Unfortunately, the average Outreach position lasts for about 6-12 months. They can no longer just rely on their personal connections. We have seen this on LinkedIn with our 30,000 addiction and behavioral health level one connections. Viewing these LinkedIn profiles while we are growing our tribes it is very concerning. One of the main reasons is this role has traditionally lacked in gaining useful tools to assist them in their daily jobs.

It’s obvious that Outreach professionals are constantly obtaining new clinical knowledge. However, many are not getting the tools on the business and marketing side of behavioral health that are now paramount in their success. They need customer relationship management (CRM’s,) networking tools and strategies, call center training, overall marketing, branding, social media, email marketing, closing techniques and more. Behavioral Health Network Resources provides LinkedIn training for industry professionals. This training grows targeted connection and teaches how to maximize LinkedIn.

Tools for Preparing for Addiction Conferences

Addiction conferences preparation should be providing some of these tools. These tools are essential in their role in generating drug rehab leads. Many owners and operators do not realize that one employee turnover costs about $20,000. Owners and Outreach professionals should aggressively be seeking these tools. Two of the biggest areas are drug rehab marketing and establishing new referral sources.

Addiction treatment center marketing is such a vast area that there are always new strategies and techniques to be learned. One of many examples is business development professionals need to intimately understand the power of social media. How they portray themselves and what they put on social media is a direct reflection of their organization’s brand. It also affects establishing new referral sources. Many are ineffectively, or not using at all the #1 business networking site in the world. They are wasting valuable drug rehab marketing time, or not utilizing their time on LinkedIn.

What is Addiction Conferences Preparation?

In any job, position or role getting out of your comfort zone enables you to grow personally and professionally. This can be difficult because human nature gravitates us towards our comfortable circles. At many substance abuse conferences, you see the same professionals forming in the same groups. Yes, it’s wonderful to chat with our familiar circles, however, it should not dominate your time at these events. Getting outside of the comfort zone, obtaining new tools, business education and forcing yourself to meet everyone in the room is paramount in the state of our industry.

This can be an overwhelming experience and non-productive if you are not prepared. Preparation, maximizing time and follow-up can make the real difference when attending substance abuse conferences. To truly get all the benefits the preparation begins far before the event.

Effective Addiction Networking Starts Weeks Before the Addiction Symposium

With addiction conferences preparation, you should be visiting the conference website. For most, you can get an idea of what organizations will be there. Some event websites only list the sponsors and exhibitors, while others will provide a list of everyone including the attendees.

Examine the list on the event website and write a list putting them into categories like A, B, C, and D. The A’s are the organizations that are new start-ups, organizations that you have been targeting, or ones you must chat with at the event. The B’s are your second tier and so forth. Prepare before you attend the conference. By writing the list and bringing it with you to the event you will not miss any opportunities.

One of the best ways for addiction conferences preparation is to connect prior to the event.  Most professionals in our industry do not do this. You should at least reach out to your A’s and B’s through LinkedIn prior to the event. Say you want to visit their booth or meet with them at the conference. This soft introduction says you are a professional and you are interested in meeting them. You will also get an idea of who this new potential referral source is and have some background information to reference when you chat at the event.

Before Attending Addiction Conferences Get Marketing Materials Updated

Make sure your organization’s brochures, business cards, and exhibitor materials are up to date. Many addiction treatment centers, Detox’s, Sober homes and ancillary service providers do a poor job of keeping these items up to date. The products and services often change, and the marketing materials do not reflect those changes. We see this all the time at the addiction Executive conferences that we hold in our industry. It was an issue until we found a promotional products vendor to work with providing these services for our sponsors and exhibitors. They also offer discounts to our participants.

Prepare for Addiction Conferences They Are Valuable

With addiction conferences preparation, drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, opiate detox’s, inpatient rehabs, intensive outpatient treatment centers, sober livings, and ancillary service providers reap benefits. This article explains how to prepare for addiction conferences before, during and after. Get the most out of attending addiction conferences and networking events. Be strategic, maximize your time and follow-up immediately following the addiction conference.

Behavioral Health Network resources have been an addiction conferences provider for the last four years. In that time we have put on over 14 conferences attracting 150-200 at each event. They have gained the attention of CEO’s and Executives with over 150-200 attending each conference. This unique talk show host, town hall forum has become extremely popular. These addiction professional conferences cover “HOT” topics and provide attendees a chance to “ask the experts” any questions on better business practices, billing, drug testing, licensing, DCF, Accreditation, treatment, sales, marketing, and any other aspect of the addiction and behavioral health industry.

Addiction Conferences Marketing Package with Sponsorship

We are seeking sponsors for our next addiction conferences EMP events in Florida and California. These sponsorships come with a 30-day marketing package. This can be tailored for a treatment center or sales/service organization. The benefits include;

  • 15-minute special presentation
  • 1 thought leader panelist spot
  • exhibitor booth
  • email marketing to 25,000 addiction professionals
  • 5 VIP passes into the event
  • Linked profile makeover
  • SEO consultation
  • marketing to our 210,000 audiences
  • LinkedIn posts to our 30,000 addiction and behavioral health level one connection
  • Facebook marketing to our 150,000 group members
  • national exposure for 60 days prior to the event
  • some literature pieces placed on attendee tables
  • inclusion in the conference brochure

You can contact Charles Davis at 561-235-6195 to get more information.

Are there other ways to prepare for addiction conferences? We welcome your comments!

Drug Rehab Marketing SEO Vs. Digital Darwinism

Drug rehab marketing is understandably becoming the most important part of drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers business model. Search engine optimization (SEO) is what allows Google to effectively communicate with your website. Search engines speak many languages, but SEO is what it understands best. It requires on-page and off-page critical areas to rank on page one.

Substance abuse marketing for intensive outpatient programs and inpatient drug rehabs requires many different areas. CEO’s and Directors have always taken short term solutions to their long-term problem of a healthy census. They expect immediate results in all their marketing efforts. Many rehabilitation centers are seeking that one thing. They think they can do one singular thing that generates clients or gets them page one rankings, it doesn’t exist. Drug rehab SEO and marketing takes many things to accomplish, time and investment.

Understanding Drug Rehab Marketing, SEO and Digital Darwinism

Digital Darwinism is a sign of the 21st-century. It demonstrates that conducting business, as usual, will eventually force you to close your doors. There are many addiction treatment centers and behavioral health organizations closing their doors nationwide.

The one thing they all had in common is that they suffered from drug rehab SEO digital Darwinism. They stayed with past and outdated drug rehab marketing, SEO and business strategies. These consist of a “buy rehab leads” mentality. These organizations should have learned from Google when addiction treatment ads were first banned on July 1, 2017.

Now, in 2019, if you want to buy rehab leads or do PPC on Google and Facebook you need the Legit Script certification. This certification is only needed if you want to place paid ads on these platforms. This certification does not apply to organic marketing. Google AdWords is not the answer for small to medium size players. A $10,000 budget gets eaten fast considering there are big players spending in excess of $500,000 per month. In order to achieve page one rankings in organic marketing, it takes;

  1. a structurally correct website
  2. schema
  3. a fast loading website
  4. drug rehab SEO

Each component requires a specialist with specific knowledge. It takes time and investment, however, the payoff goes way beyond a buy rehab leads strategy. Consider this, AdWords or PPC only account for about 2% of page one click-throughs. The first three organic slots and Maps account for 70% of page one click-throughs.

Digital Darwinism Fuels Short-term Drug Rehab Marketing Solutions

Digital Darwinism is when technology evolves faster than businesses can adapt. The substance abuse industry has ignored web marketing for short-term solutions to their long-term problem of maintaining a healthy census. Not realizing that the short-term solutions strategy has put them on a hamster wheel with their addiction treatment marketing. They are forced to pay over and over again for the lead generation. Many of the small to medium size recovery centers think that they cannot compete on the web with the big players spending $500,000’s every month.

They can compete with proven strategies put into place properly. Many of these centers have also been burned by the large drug rehab marketing agencies with their cookie cutter option (click to read more on how they are burning operators.) Many of these agencies do not even rank for key terms for their own business like;

  • drug rehab SEO
  • drug rehab marketing agency
  • drug rehab marketing consultants
  • drug rehab marketing

If they can’t rank their own business, how can you expect them to rank yours? Being educated on the many components of SEO, knowing what to look for, and performing some of the SEO themselves will get the smaller centers on page one of Google.

What is Drug Rehab Marketing and Drug Rehab SEO?

Drug rehab marketing goes beyond outreach and “buy rehab leads”. It is a key component in addiction treatment center lead generation.  Some of the things consist of:

  • proper website development
  • building high PR7, PR8, and PR9 backlinks
  • schema
  • Google My Business
  • proper H tags
  • keyword counts
  • META descriptions
  • SERP descriptions
  • ALT tags
  • URL’s with keyword
  • and many more

Then there is off-page SEO that involves citations, back-links, long tail keywords, social media, and email marketing to name a few. These are some of the long-standing components that must be performed. The newest, as of July 2018, is Google’s speed update affecting rankings on mobile devices. We recently spoke with Brian Frye, of Magna Technology, a national leader in drug rehab website development about the importance of speed. This is what he had to say;

After proper website development and drug rehab SEO, speed becomes a big factor when ranking on mobile.

While it is impossible to name all the different components, the CEO’s and marketing directors must get educated in order to rank on page one organically. Many in the rehabilitation industry have a poor website structure in their drug rehab lead generation strategy.

Critical Business Areas Are Drug Rehab Marketing and Substance Abuse Billing

In any business, the #1 factor is generating revenue. In the drug and alcohol addiction treatment industry you generate revenue from marketing and billing. Many recovery industry businesses think they have these two areas under control. These are critical areas that CEO’s must be extremely knowledgeable in. In many cases organizations are leaving huge chunks of revenue on the table.

Marketing dollars are being thrown and wasted on top of a poorly developed website with poor marketing. In-house billing and unchecked substance abuse billing companies are costing centers operating revenue. If you aren’t looking at the following you may not be in business much longer:

  • how many organic keywords are we ranking for?
  • are we ranking in Google maps for longtail keywords (ie drug rehabs followed by city)
  • have an SEO agency that is increasing rankings on a monthly basis

Our industry is changing fast and the organizations that don’t adapt will not be in business. You will not be able to operate with lazaire fare strategies. Relying upon your marketing Directors and Outreach staff’s book of referral sources puts your organization at great risk. Many are simply shuffling the same referral sources back and forth. This is a short-term strategy that is causing many centers to close their doors. Behavioral Health Network Resources is recognized as a top drug rehab SEO marketing agency on Design Rush. We educate and teach our clients search engine optimization.

Marketing Directors Role in Drug Rehab Marketing Marketing and SEO

Marketing Directors in our industry do not understand web marketing in general. They have risen to the position of Marketing Director because at some point they generated a referral base from boots on the ground tactics. What happens many times is that their referral sources dry up? They are usually let go because they have little value to the organization with drug rehab marketing.

They have no marketing education or skills that provide value to the organizations. Judging from the many LinkedIn profiles we see daily, the average length of employment for Marketing Directors is about six months to one year.

What treatment center owners don’t realize is that each employee turnover costs the organization $20,000 in hidden costs. Weeks of rev up time, training, education, administrative costs, HR, equipment, systems to be learned =, and many more. The main reason why this is occurring in our industry is that owners are not supplying the correct tools to Marketing and Outreach. They are relying upon these positions to generate calls, instead of providing the calls for them to convert. This was ok in the past, however, with the current climate it is essential for operators to have a robust business and marketing plan in place.

Drug Rehab SEO Website Development is the First and Most Important Step

The very first step in a solid marketing plan is drug rehab SEO website development. An abundance of centers will use a website designer, not a website developer to build their website. There is a very distinctive difference between these two roles. A website designer will build the most beautiful website. This is often what CEO’s and marketing directors are most concerned with on their website. They don’t understand that this is only a small part of web marketing.

On the other hand, a website developer plays a much larger role in marketing on the web. A website developer puts the many critical components in place that get you ranked on Google. Many judge their website on its’ aesthetics. This is about 10% of what you need to be looking at on a website. The remaining 90% is like the inside of a watch.

There are many moving parts that must be placed correctly for Google to rank on page one. Without a structurally sound website, you are leaking wasted marketing dollars. If a website does not have the following Google will not rank you or rank poorly::

  • a proper silo
  • schema, sitemap
  • HTTPS
  • mobile optimization
  • proper local SEO

What to Look for in Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

A Marketing Director position definitely says you are an addiction professional. As a professional, you should be skilled in every aspect of that position. This biggest chunk of that position is web marketing. Web marketing if executed correctly outperforms all other marketing combined.

There are only a few small to medium size addiction treatment centers, detox’s, sober living facilities and sales/service organizations that have a decent web marketing strategy. If your organization or drug rehab marketing agency is not getting your facility on the first page of Google in the 3-pack or in the first three slots on page one organically for key longtail keywords (ie drug rehabs West Palm Beach) you are not doing your job very well.

Drug Rehab SEO Marketing 40 Point Checklist for CEO’s and Marketing Directors

As a CEO or Marketing Director you should be able to answer the following marketing and drug rehab SEO questions;

  1. Is our website structurally correct?
  2. Is the hierarchy of our website good for Google?
  3. Are the URL’s for our website correct for drug rehab SEO?
  4. Does our website have an SSL certificate?
  5. Do we have schema incorporated into our website?
  6. Are our Google maps properly coded and placed on our website?
  7. Does our website have a sitemap and have we told Google it’s there?
  8. What is our list of keywords based on our organization’s services? And, out of those keywords which ones can, we easily rank for on the first page of Google?
  9. Do the main pages of our website have SEO for these keywords?
  10. Is our website fast enough on mobile for the new speed update released on July 9, 2018?
  11. What marketing company is performing our SEO and have we recently looked at their performance? Do we rank in the first three slots of Google organically for any of the keywords?
  12. What keywords are we ranking for in the Google 3-pack?
  13. How do we understand Google analytics and how to use it to build our marketing campaign?
  14. What posts are producing the most calls from our call tracking metrics?
  15. How many calls are being produced by our marketing company?
  16. When was the last time we posted in our Google My Business?
  17. When was the last time we uploaded pictures in our Google My Business?
  18. Are we using Yoast to check the bare minimum for our SEO?
  19. Are our pictures on the website optimized?
  20. Do we have a blog?
  21. Is our blog long-form (1,500 words or more)?
  22. Is our blog content attracting, engaging to our target audience and does it touch an emotional level?
  23. Does our SEO for our keywords? If so, what are those keywords and how many of the blog posts have made it to page one of Google? Do we need a drug rehab SEO blog writing service provider?
  24. Do we any orphaned posts?
  25. How are we building quality back-links?
  26. How many citations do we have?
  27. Do we have a staff page?
  28. Are we getting regular Google Reviews? If not, why?
  29. Can we use email marketing to professionals, individuals seeking treatment and our alumni? Are we emailing EAP’s, Labor Unions, Interventionists, Private Clinicians, Treatment Centers, Detoxes and more…?
  30. How many of our staff are involved in our social media marketing? And, what are the uniform messages we are using?
  31. Are we building a targeted and captured social media audience of professionals and individuals seeking treatment with our drug rehab SEO marketing on Facebook and LinkedIn?
  32. Is our direct addiction professional, and individuals seeking treatment audience over 10,000?
  33. What is our activity on the World’s #1 business networking site LinkedIn (500 million members)? Are you using drug rehab SEO marketing strategies to connect on LinkedIn?
  34. Do we understand how to maximize Facebook (2 billion members)
  35. Are we driving 500-1000 targeted visitors (per article) to your blog posts?
  36. Do we understand and utilize your Google Analytics?
  37. What have we done to utilize call tracking metrics?
  38. Are we doing Lunch and Learns at our center for EAP’s, Labor Unions, Interventionists, Private Clinicians and more…?
  39. Do we have any kind of Outreach training (LinkedIn, Salesforce, answering calls from potential clients, etc…)?
  40. Is our entire organization on the same page with the messages we are putting out on social media?

Addiction Conferences for C-Level Executives Provide Busines, Drug Rehab Marketing and SEO Answers

You can get answers to these critical questions and more at Behavioral Health Network Resources next addiction conference on 8/6/19. This event features 5 Executive thought leader panelists providing proven business and marketing solutions. One critical area the event will cover is “Why are my beds empty?, How to navigate the landscape of today’s drug rehab marketing, Google, Legit Script, and NAATP.”  You can check out the entire C-suite Executive event by clicking on the event picture.

We are currently looking for Co-Hosts and Co-Chair sponsors for  New Jersey addiction Executive conference. These addiction conferences cover proven and ethical business and marketing practices. Each event has 5 panelists educating on the real pain points of operators. Some of these topics include;

  • proper website development
  • drug rehab SEO
  • dealing with insurance companies
  • social media marketing
  • the business of medication-assisted treatment
  • substance abuse billing
  • ranking in Google maps
  • legal issues
  • patient brokers

Outreach Needs More Drug Rehab Marketing Education

This is even more evident for Outreach positions. There are many new pups that are in the role of Outreach. Many are out of treatment for less than a year, and again have some source for referrals. Once their referral sources dry up or get reduced they are given the talk by the treatment center owner. This talk reveals they have 30 days to start generating more referrals. In those 30 days, they are aggressively seeking new treatment centers for employment. Many times this is when they try to start using LinkedIn for outreach and addiction professional networking. As an Outreach professional and certainly as a Marketing Director you need to understand the complexities of web marketing.

Understanding Drug Rehab SEO Vs. Digital Darwinism

Your drug rehab SEO marketing outperforms all other marketing combined. It requires H Tags, ALT Tags, SERP’s, URL’s and keywords. Not understanding Digital Darwinism is a costly mistake and could be detrimental to the success of the organization. Once you have set-up the proper foundation you need to drive your target market to your website.

Many drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, opiate detox’s, sober livings and behavioral health sales/service organizations do not have the proper foundation in place. Without the proper website foundation, you are wasting large amounts of money on marketing. A website is like an iceberg only 10% of it is showing. The 90% underneath is the critical piece to be examined. Many organizations judge their website on how it looks. This is a critical and costly mistake.

Drug rehab marketing is extremely complicated and behavioral health organizations need to be educated on what needs to be done. SEO involves key search words, H tags, internal and external links, high PR back-links, citations, Google My Business, Google 3-pack, schema, site speed, SERPS, and this list goes on. While this article provides a healthy checklist for drug rehab SEO, there is much more. SEO is an on-going task and treatment centers must take on more of this role. We not only perform drug rehab SEO, but we also teach our clients to be able to perform many tasks needed for SEO. Give us a call at 561-235-6195 and ask about our 90-day program that also provides you SEO training.

Substance Abuse Billing #1 Costly Mistake

The Critical Role of Substance Abuse Billing

Substance abuse billing is a complicated process and mistakes can be costly. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers are constantly battling insurance companies for reimbursements. Billing consultants and third-party billing companies can be beneficial to maximize results and get payments quickly. Health insurance claims for substance abuse are often delayed by the health insurance provider. Many behavioral health providers account receivables get out of control very quickly. It is a constant struggle for addiction treatment centers and detox facilities. If this isn’t difficult enough, some insurance companies send payment directly to the patient.

Substance Abuse Billing; Is Getting Paid in 14-Days with Revenue Cycle Management Possible?

From drug rehabs Los Angeles to New Jersey getting paid in behavioral health care is a daunting task for many providers and billing companies. Billing companies usually take the low hanging fruit from common mistakes made by recovery centers in-house billing or the previous billing companies mistakes. After this, this real work of recapturing lost revenue or getting paid quickly is a difficult task.

Not having sufficient operating cash is a common problem for many rehabilitation centers. Some rely on billing companies and trust they are doing a good job. Some do their own in-house billing. Either way, in-depth knowledge is an absolute must to get paid quickly. So, what are the common mistakes made by addiction treatment centers? We took this question to Jim Woods, VP of Advanced Data Systems Corp, an industry leading substance abuse billing company. Here is what he had to say.

Many treatment centers could save large amounts in their billing by outsourcing. With proper guidence they could get better reinbursments by doing the behavioral health billing in-house. Many are unaware and need to look closly to recature operating cash.

Completely understanding the insurance companies and establishing relationships is the key to getting paid. substance abuse billing is a key area for many centers to address. We found this so important, that we invited Advance Data Systems Corp and two other billing related organization to be panelists at our next addiction conference.

Addiction Conference Educates on Business and Marketing Pain Points

You can learn more about increasing your cash flow, proven business, and marketing strategies at the Addiction Conference EMP Series and Professionals of the Year event.  This addiction conference features 8 national thought leaders providing strategies in substance abuse billing, drug rehab SEO, website development, ethical business and marketing and tools to thrive with the new marketing laws.

Insurance Companies Are Bullying Behavioral Health Providers

Addiction treatment centers, opiate detox’s and third-party substance abuse billing companies work hard on efficient billing, billing procedures and utilization review. One mistake could cost upwards of $30,000. Obtaining the knowledge to prevent these costly mistakes is paramount. Behavioral health organizations can generate revenue in three different ways. They must play critical attention to their billing, collections, and drug rehab marketing strategies.

Insurance companies are bullying substance abuse and mental health providers. They are denying substance abuse billing claims, delaying reimbursements, questioning the medical necessity and auditing these organizations. These tactics cause severe problems for providers. The insurance companies for the treatment of behavioral health care issues are using these strategies mainly due to the Affordable Care Act. It has made health insurance available to many by providing subsidies towards the cost of health care for many individuals. It requires insurance plans to cover pre-existing health conditions and much needed mental health and substance abuse treatment. However, the addiction treatment providers are battling high deductibles and insurance company tactics that reduce what they pay out in reimbursements.

The drug and alcohol addiction treatment providers are constantly fighting Goliath to get their substance abuse billing reimbursements for services provided. Insurance providers are constantly seeking ways to cut monies they have to pay out. The insurance companies are also battling fraudulent healthcare providers submitting inflated clinical documentation, services not provided and excessive services. This has caused severe problems for ethical operators. They have to be faster and stronger to keep up with the changes occurring in behavioral healthcare.

Substance Abuse Billing and Collections

Substance abuse billing vs. utilization review is the first step in recovery centers getting paid. Outstanding receivables are generally extremely high for addiction treatment centers and detox facilities. Many times their in-house billing or third-party billing providers don’t address receivables past 90 days very well. In some of these cases, they lack the knowledge and time resources to obtain these lost funds. Addiction treatment centers and detox providers should constantly be reevaluating their providers and seeking new providers to recoup these dollars. Reevaluating all their ancillary service providers is critical due to the current state of our industry.

Pay 2 Patient Collections

We also recently sat down with Dale Redlich, Co-founder of Pay 2 Patient LLC, to investigate other costly billing issues that centers face. We found that some substance abuse providers have millions of dollars in uncollected claims. This situation arises due to lack of knowledge of some insurance policies and proven strategies to obtain the insurance payment. This is what he had to say.

Treatment providers often start treating clients are unaware of how much the insurance companies will pay. Even with their experience sometimes the payment for services is sent from the insurance company directly to their client. Usually by the time the treatment providers realizes this, it is too late. They have no idea on how to effectively get this payment and generally never do.

Pitfalls When the Insurance Company Pays Your Client Directly

To begin with, Out of Network (OON) claims are usually more costly to the insurance carrier and to the patient. As a mechanism to encourage participation in its network (certain laws mandate this to happen) in network carriers will issue payment directly to the provider on behalf of the patient.  However, some carriers do not extend this outcome to non-participating or OON providers.

Rather than pay the non-participating provider directly some carriers (Empire and Federal BCBS in Florida) issue payment directly to the patient.; the reimbursement check is made payable to the patient not to the service provider.  This can disrupt the provider’s cash flow and this creates the Pay 2 Patient circumstance. This usually occurs when the insured does not execute the assignment of benefits and attest to it.

Confused Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Billing Providers

Providers become understandably confused about how this could happen. Consider the provider’s substance abuse billing staff and admission staff has had the patient execute all the correct authorizations. They verified the assignment of benefit (AOB) at the time of admission. Most providers think that if all such documentation is executed by the patient that checks will be sent to their office. For many providers, the assignment from the patient is unlikely to be honored by the carrier and its check will be sent to the patient anyway. This comes as a surprise to many providers who expect to receive the check from the carrier so long as it has a valid attested assignment of benefits.

In many cases, both the patient and the provider’s staff are unaware that the insurance checks will be sent directly to the patient. This includes even when the patient had already given the provider an assignment of benefits. And, even when the staff is informed mistakes and oversights are often made. Sometimes, it is only during routine claim A/R review that the billing staff realizes that the check they have been waiting for has already been sent to the patient.  The carrier generally does not routinely inform the providers billing staff of this circumstance

Addiction Treatment Centers Can Have Millions in Receivables and Not Know It

This is when the problem becomes acute and financially damages the providers anticipated cash flow. This is because it’s extremely difficult for the provider to recover such insurance payments from the patient who has already received the check. Many times the client has cashed it and possibly spent the money.  Obviously, the practice of issuing checks directly to patients instead of the provider has greatly impacted the cash flow of many providers. Drug rehabs in Florida should make sure that the insured also executes an AOB and attests to it

Florida’s controlling law in this area is Florida Statute 627.638 in which it states;

  • Section (1) that an insurance contract “may” allow the carrier to send payment directly to the provider of services if such directive is contained within the policy using appropriate language and there is an attested authorization of benefits from the insured.
  • Section (2) of this law it is clear that the duty to pay the provider exists when the insured and not just the patient has signed the AOB and attested to it

Benefits of Insurance Companies to Pay the Client Directly

Providers have to remember that issuing checks directly to the patient serves an important benefit for the insurance carrier. Mainly due to this entire process might become a pressure point for more providers to join the carriers’ network. This eliminates the risk of not receiving reimbursement checks. Paying patients directly provides an important impetus for nonparticipating OON providers to join the network.

It is important to note that some states like NJ, TX, CO, NV, and others have enacted laws which protect the provider. these laws are in place whether such is in network or OON. A very few other States have also passed similar “mandatory assignment of benefits” laws which protect providers.  But, only a handful of States have passed such laws.  In such states, the law basically says that if an AOB is executed to their provider. They are subject to certain rules, the carrier must send payment to the provider, not the patient.

Properly Handling Empire and Federal BCBS Insurance Policies with substance abuse Billing

If a patient is admitted on an OON basis and the client has certain insurance such as Empire or BCBS Federal and the insured does not sign the AOB (assignment of benefits) there is a distinct possibility that when it comes time for payment of the providers fees the check from these carriers might go directly to the patient.

Of course, many providers in this circumstance do try to be prudent and educate them by informing them that the insured needs to sign the AOB. However, if the insurance check is sent directly to the patient their obligation is to immediately endorse the check to their provider in payment of the fees for service.  But, many clients who receive the insurance check after they are no longer in treatment keep the check and, cash it.  Some clients go to multiple treatment centers to try to play this game to the fullest extent.  This is the dangerous result of pay 2 patient.

Remember that in states like Florida when the provider has an assignment of benefits document. It’s in the file signed only by the patient there is no actual legal protection against the carrier paying the patient directly. Finally, when and if a third party reimbursement check is sent by the carrier directly to the patient most providers and billing companies lack the resources, time or expertise to “chase” the patient for a return of the insurance check.

Substance Abuse Billing #1 Costly Mistake Chasing the Reimbursement Check

There are many areas of substance abuse billing that behavioral health organizations overlook. Getting paid quickly is paramount for many providers. This is one of the main reasons we are seeing recovery centers close their doors. Re-evaluating your current sales and service drug rehab providers including your substance abuse billing company or carefully looking at your in-house billing could be the difference of keeping the doors open. Behavioral healthcare billing is a complicated process that demands great attention. Many drug rehabilitation centers think that this is under control and unknowingly have left huge chunks of operating cash on the table.