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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.

Activity in Addiction Professional Referral Group

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

Business education and networking Addiction Professional Referral GroupOur 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?

mental fitness addiction professional of the monthSteve 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

business and marketing education for drug rehab ownersThe 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

internet the number source for drug rehab marketingThe 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

Business and drug rehab marketing strategies for drug and alcohol addiction treatment centersAlmost 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?

number_mistake_made_in_drug_rehab_marketingThe # 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

Poor-drug-rehab-marketing-strategies-boots-on-the-groundThe 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

business-and-drug-rehab-marketing-educationOur 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.

Addiction Conferences California Early Bird EndsExecutive 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 1/22/19 in Costa Mesa, California.

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Drug Rehab SEO Vs. Digital Darwinism

Drug rehab SEO is not a one time and your done marketing component for inpatient rehab marketing, substance abuse IOP marketing, and service organizations. Buying treatment calls and boots on the ground marketing strategies are commonly used by many in the recovery industry. These strategies are the most costly in the long run and are proven to be much less effective than in the past. These short-term and costly solutions are used because the recovery industry suffers from Digital Darwinism.

Drug Rehab SEO Vs. Digital Darwinism

digital-Darwinism-affecting-drug-rehab-SEO-and- marketingDigital Darwinism is a sign of the 21st-century demonstrating 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 Digital Darwinism. They stayed with past drug rehab marketing and business strategies 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 2018, 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. In order to achieve page one rankings in organic marketing, it takes a structurally correct website, schema, a fast loading website, and drug rehab SEO. Each component requires a specialist with specific knowledge. It takes time and an 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, while the first three organic slots 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 $100,000’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. Many of these agencies do not even rank for key terms for their own business like; drug rehab marketing agency or drug rehab marketing consultants. If they can’t rank their own business, how can you expect them to rank yours? Being educated on the many components of drug rehab 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 SEO?

Drug rehab SEO has many components including proper website development, schema, Google My Business, proper H tags, keyword counts, META descriptions, SERP descriptions, ALT tags and URL’s to name a few. It is a key component in addiction treatment center lead generation. 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 website development about the importance of speed. This is what he had to say;

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

While it is impossible to name all the different components, CEO’s and marketing directors must get educated in order to rank on page one organically. Many in the drug rehabilitation industry have a poor website and poor SEO in their lead generation strategy. During our conversation with Mr. Frye, we decided to invite him as one of our 5 Executive Thought Leader panelists at our 10/23/18 addiction conference.

Critical Business Areas Are Drug Rehab Marketing and Substance Abuse Billing

Drug rehab SEO and Substance Abuse Billing are critical mistakes made by treatment centersIn 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 drug rehab SEO. In-house billing and unchecked substance abuse billing companies are costing centers operating revenue. If you aren’t getting paid in 14-days with some of your receivables, do not know how much is out in receivables, or have large amounts owed you may not be in business much longer.

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.

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 and they are let go because they have little value to the organization with substance abuse 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 one year.

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

Website-development-affects-drug-rehab-SEO-and-marketingThe very first step in a solid marketing plan and drug rehab SEO is 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 a proper silo, schema, sitemap, HTTPS, mobile optimization or proper local SEO to name a few Google will not rank you, or rank you poorly.

What to Look for in Drug Rehab 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 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 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;

  • Is our website structurally correct?
  • Is the hierarchy of our website good for Google?
  • Are the URL’s for our website correct for SEO?
  • Does our website have an SSL certificate?
  • Do we have schema incorporated into our website?
  • Are our Google maps properly coded and placed on our website?
  • Does our website have a sitemap and have we told Google it’s there?
  • 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 the main pages of our website have SEO for these keywords?
  • Is our website fast enough on mobile for the new speed update released on July 9, 2018?
  • 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?
  • What keywords are we ranking for in the Google 3-pack?
  • 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?
  • How many calls are being produced by our marketing company?
  • 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 we using Yoast to check the bare minimum for our SEO?
  • Are our pictures on the website optimized?
  • Do we have a blog?
  • 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?
  • Is our blog attracting and engaging for our target audience?
  • How are we building quality back-links?
  • How many citations do we have?
  • Do we have a staff page?
  • Are we getting regular Google Reviews? If not, why?
  • Are we using 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…?
  • How many of our staff are involved in our social media marketing? And, what are the uniform messages we are using?
  • Are we building a targeted and captured social media audience of professionals and individuals seeking treatment with our drug rehab marketing on Facebook and LinkedIn?
  • Are you utilizing addiction treatment email marketing?
  • Is our direct addiction professional, and individuals seeking treatment audience over 10,000?
  • Are you utilizing the World’s #1 business networking site LinkedIn (500 million members)? Are you using drug rehab marketing strategies to connect on LinkedIn?
  • Do we understand how to maximize Facebook (2 billion members)
  • Are you driving 500-1000 targeted visitors (per article) to your blog posts?
  • Do we understand and utilize your Google Analytics?
  • Do we understand and use call tracking metrics?
  • Are we doing Lunch and Learns at our center for EAP’s, Labor Unions, Interventionists, Private Clinicians and more…?

Addiction Conferences Main CaliforniaYou can get answers to these critical questions and more at Behavioral Health Network Resources addiction conferences EMP (ethical marketing Practices) Series next event on 1/22/19 in Costa Mesa California. This conference will cover ethical business and marketing practices. Our panelists will educate on ethical drug rehab marketing, proper website development, SEO, social media marketing, and more to be announced.

Outreach Needs More 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 that they have 30 days to start generating more referrals. In that 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

drug-rehab-SEO-and-substance-abuse-marketing-solutionsYour drug rehab SEO and marketing plan should utilize many different areas. Not getting up to speed with Digital Darwinism could be a deadly mistake. 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 SEO 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.