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Personal Branding For Corporate ODs

We live in a world that is highly digitalized. Whether it’s buying daily groceries, a new car, or even buying or selling real estate; everything is being done online. And we aren’t exaggerating when we say people are finding the diagnosis and even the treatment to with “Doctor Google”

The search for medical services and healthcare has become easier than ever thanks to the internet. The use of digital media will continue to grow. How your personal brand is represented on the web is critical for your future success as a Corporate OD. Whether you are a corporate OD in some market giant like Walmart, Costco, or Luxottica or someone practicing in a comparatively smaller optical , personal branding has become an important element more than ever if you want to ensure that you continue advancing in your career path. You want to be know as ” Dr Smith” not the Doctor inside Walmart.

In the field of corporate optometry, needless to say, patients are not just customers, but the sole decision-makers as well. Based on the information they do or do not find about a service, they decide whether to chose you or another provider. Your “reputation” on the web will guide those decision-makers to seek care from you. Your reputation online is the new word of mouth referral. Carefully monitoring what you want others to say and think of you online will continue to elevate your personal brand. A strong personal brand will help you get a promotion, next career move and leadership positions. If you want to outshine in your field and stand out both online and offline, you must follow these essential tips for personal branding.

Take the lead

The work you do is valuable not just to you, but also to your existing as well as any other potential patients in the future. Highlight some of your most important achievements and philosophies in a decent yet noticeable way.

Employed Corporate ODs can display their diplomas and other accomplishments at your corporate optical.  Share them on your own profile online or company social media accounts. Be confident about your skills and the way you practice, people are more likely to trust you for their care.

You should also feel free to share other things that you cherish most in your life. Be it your hobbies, personal interests, awards, charity work, research project or even memorable events with your friends and family. You can gain people’s trust by ensuring they feel familiar with you and can link to you on a closer, friendlier level.

 

Rise from the competition

With the rise of technology, there exist more and more online platforms where you can make your presence known. Corporate ODs can have their own social media pages that is affiliated with the corporate optical . Providing quality content about eye care will improve your standing and thereby, your viewers as well. Moreover, you will also develop you as an eye care expert in the community. It will strengthen your patient base but will also create networking opportunities with other Doctors that can lead to future careers advancements.

Create opportunities

With a diverse outreach in corporate optometry and additional help from your colleagues, you can create opportunities for yourself. Partnering with the eye care director or regional manager will help create opportunities for yourself. Being on advisory boards for corporate opticals will help open doors for yourself if you would like to have a leadership position.  Their recommendations can help build credibility to your name and make your personal brand a brand which people will be proud to endorse.

With proper personal branding, you are sure to be clearly visible  to your patients and future career advancements.

Building your Personal Brand through Digital Media

When a student graduates from optometry school they are eager to get out there and gain recognition for their work. Optometry is the kind of profile where even if you are employed under an already established brand, some people will only come to you if your name is recognized and your services are well known to be trusted upon.

Thanks to Google, the first thing potential patients do before visiting a doctor is look up their name and reviews online. This is because it allows them to trust you with their eyesight. You might have noticed yourself that whenever you have asked your family or friend to recommend medical personnel they will often tell you the name of the person and then say clinic or corporate optical they are associated with.

This is why you also need to take advantage of the internet, similar to the ways your employees do. You need to invest in a well-constructed and easy to use website. This is important because your website is a digital version of you! What you say about yourself is what you want to be preconceived as in the community.

A social media page that is brimming with information will help build the patients’ trust even before they have visited you. Use the page to add tidbits of information, facts, do you know, quizzes etc, related to optometry. This will show the person that you are friendly and have a good grasp of your craft.

Further is more information on how to enhance your personal brand

The headshot

Make sure to post up a good picture of yours on your website, social media page, and whatever forums you are involved. This makes the people know that you are real and professional. It would be advisable to use the same picture in the same place so that people can recognize you as soon as they see your picture. Hire a professional photographer who can take a good photo of you from a professional angle, make sure to look  approachable in the picture.

The right platform

You may have a personal profile on Facebook and Instagram,but it is better to keep it private compared to your professional profile. Choose one or two platforms where you post stuff only in regards to your practice and nothing personal.

Good Content

Write and post content that your patients will want to read. You will need to do some research here to find out what your patients want to hear about. You can also post up an FAQ session or maybe encourage your patients to ask you questions on a symptom. But make sure that when you do that, do not post the entire information, it should be just enough to answer the question but also at the same time should have your readers wanting to know more, this is where the office visits come in.

Social media has become one of the top tools that can be used to promote oneself at a relatively lower cost than any other promotional tool, it would be best to use it wisely to your advantage to build your personal brand.