[F]irms that maintained or increased their marketing expenditures during the 1981-1982 recession averaged significantly higher sales growth [275%] both during the recession and for the following three years than those which eliminated or decreased marketing [19%].” 2
And long before the financial data, the late Peter Drucker, considered to be the founder of modern management theory, stated it this way:
“Because its purpose is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two—and only these two—basic functions: marketing and innovation.”3
If you’ve been trained in a professional healthcare/ rehab/ physical therapy setting, Drucker’s principle may seem inappropriate. Afterall, how is it possible to provide excellence in healthcare if the only two practice management functions are marketing and innovation?
The answer lies in your perspective on marketing, and how it can drive your business processes. Good marketing demands that healthcare providers educate on standards of care, diagnosis, treatment options, and provider selection. Marketing is the process for communicating these messages efficiently and powerfully. You see, if you provide better outcomes and patient experience than your competition, and you continually look for ways to innovate to stay ahead, and if you can find ways to outmarket your competition, then you will have the power to take command of your marketplace. Sound good?
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- The Wall Street Journal, What’s New (Or Improved) In Health Sites, Personal Journal, P.1, January 7, 2009.
- McGraw-Hill Research. Laboratory of Advertising Performance Report 5262, New York, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986. Emphasis added.
- Drucker, Peter F. The Essential Drucker, New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc, 2001.
January 7, 2009 — WSJ Reports 14% Increase In Visits To Health Websites Last Year, Reaching 72 Million Unique Visitors1
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