Physiotherapy Marketing Ideas: How to Grow Your Business

Here we'll take you through how physiotherapists can develop targeted marketing plans to reach more clients and expand their practice. From social media to networking events, there's something to suit every clinic.

Written by
Will Harvey
Published on
April 29, 2024

Physiotherapy marketing ideas: How to grow your business

Physios who want to kick their business into high gear, you've come to the right place. As a private or freelance physiotherapist, attracting clients can be a real challenge, whether that’s due to low demand in your area or because your business has a poor online presence. Luckily, all you need is the right marketing strategy in order to start seeing results.

Here, we're diving into some savvy marketing ideas for your physiotherapy practice. Whether you're a newbie in the field or a seasoned pro, read on to learn how to attract more clients, stand out from the competition and take your business to new heights.

What we’ll cover

Developing a physiotherapy marketing plan

Effective physiotherapy marketing strategies

Monitoring the success of your physiotherapy marketing plan

Grow your physiotherapy business with UNTIL

Developing a physiotherapy marketing plan

Think of your physiotherapy marketing plan as a roadmap to help you organise, implement and track your marketing strategy. It will help you figure out what works and what doesn’t, so you can iterate if something’s not working or up the ante if one campaign is doing particularly well.

Here’s what to cover off in your physiotherapy marketing plan:

Understand your target audience

Start by defining target demographics for your physiotherapy services.

Think about which age groups, fitness levels and injury types align with your expertise. Maybe you only want to work with athletes, or you’d prefer a combination of patients with different rehabilitation needs. You could ask your current clients which services they benefit most from to help you understand where your strengths lie and which services to promote going forward.

Market research and analysis

Conducting market research is key to understanding client needs and preferences. As part of your physiotherapy marketing plan, you could arrange interviews or focus groups with your existing customers to find out how they perceive you. Brand awareness surveys can help you discover how well known and reputable you are in the community.

Market research isn’t just about your customers, though. Don’t forget to see what your competitors are doing, to help you identify a niche that your business can provide. Find out what rates they charge to get an understanding of how much people in your area are willing to pay for physiotherapy services. You don’t want to undersell yourself, but equally, it’s important not to price yourself out of the market.

Set marketing objectives

Now it’s time to start setting measurable and achievable goals for your physiotherapy marketing plan. Goals allow you to track your progress, so make sure you’re realistic with timelines as marketing can be a long game. Of course, there are quick wins to be found, but with the right strategies in place, your marketing should help to build a steady client base with plenty of repeat business over time.

Not sure what goals to set yourself? You could analyse client bookings and see how these increase over time. Or you might want to track your referrals to find out how many existing clients are recommending your business. You could also track your NPS score, which shows you how happy clients are with the services you’re providing.

Create a marketing budget

Take a look at your physiotherapist practice’s overall budget and allocate resources for marketing initiatives. Your marketing budget should be a small percentage of your revenue. As a general rule, as a B2C business, you should expect to set aside 5-10%, but of course this depends on your appetite for marketing.

Marketing comes in many forms, so think about how much you'll need to spend on everything from your website and social media to digital marketing and networking events. You can adjust the amounts over time as you begin to figure out what’s most effective.

Effective physiotherapy marketing strategies

There are a whole range of physiotherapy marketing strategies you can tap into, including but not limited to:

Your online presence and digital marketing

Having a professional website is really important for your online presence. Think of it as your shop window; it’s the first thing potential clients will see about your practice so you’ll want to make a good first impression.

When designing (or revamping) your website, make sure to include:

  • Some information about you, such as your background, experience and qualifications
  • The services you offer
  • Pricing
  • Testimonials from satisfied clients
  • Contact details
  • Online booking functionality (to make arranging an appointment quick and easy)

It’s one thing having a well-designed website, but search engine optimisation (SEO) is key to making sure you can be easily found online. Be sure to optimise your website for search engines to improve visibility and attract organic traffic. Local SEO is key to targeting physiotherapy clients in your geographic area that are relevant for your practice. You can do this by targeting the right keywords, making sure your content is skimmable, adding internal links and quoting authoritative sources. These are just a few suggestions, but the good news is that there are endless ways to improve your SEO.

You could also experiment with content marketing and thought leadership. These strategies are effective for establishing credibility, showcasing expertise and attracting potential clients. For instance, why not create some videos of happy clients explaining their experience with you and sharing these on your social profiles? Or you could start writing blogs about the area in which you specialise to cement yourself as an expert in your field.

Networking and referral partnerships

Networking with physicians, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals is a great way to generate referrals. Seek out networking events in your area or set up regular meet-ups with other people in your field to share learnings and experiences. The more people you speak to and who are aware of your physiotherapy practice, the more people they will tell, and so on. Word of mouth is the cheapest form of marketing, after all.

Want to create mutually beneficial relationships with referral partners? There are plenty of ways you can do this. If you know a chiropractor, or any other healthcare professional where there’s a potential client overlap, you could ask them to showcase your business cards at their practice if you do the same for them. That way, you’re both opening yourselves up to a wider pool of potential clients with very minimal effort.

UNTIL offers fantastic networking opportunities for physiotherapists. We offer state-of-the-art facilities for all kinds of health and wellness professionals, including personal trainers, osteopaths, podiatrists and more. Becoming a member at UNTIL guarantees access to our community of 300+ professionals. Plus, they’ve all been rigorously vetted to ensure that they are leaders in their field, so you can be sure that you’re networking with the best in the business.

Community engagement and events

Another physiotherapy marketing strategy to consider is exploring opportunities for community outreach. That means going to where your potential clients are, and engaging with their community, instead of waiting for them to come to you.

You might find potential physiotherapy clients at sports events, marathons or fitness classes, so it’s worth researching local events and heading to these in order to raise awareness of your services. Here are some of the biggest sports events taking place in London this year, although it’s worth checking out smaller scale and regional events too.

If you need some more inspiration, take a look at our top five ways to get more private physiotherapy patients.

Monitoring the success of your physiotherapy marketing plan

Once you’ve put your physiotherapy marketing plan into action, it’s essential that you monitor it in order to see what’s actually helping to bring you more clients.

You might want to look at tracking metrics such as daily website traffic, conversion rates and client retention to evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing efforts.

There are plenty of tools out there to help you track the success of your physiotherapy marketing and make data-driven business decisions. For example, Google Analytics can help you measure your website’s performance and divide users into different segments (like age, gender, country and device) to see which ones are more engaged. Similarly, SEMrush allows you to perform competitive analysis, keyword analysis, SERP analysis and on-page and off-page SEO to make sure your website is getting seen.

The most important thing is that you continuously monitor and improve your marketing efforts. If something’s not working, change it or remove it to save money. And if one strategy is helping with acquisition, identify ways to do more of this or double down on your existing efforts. Feel free to experiment – you never know which tactics might be most effective for attracting physiotherapy clients near you.

Grow your physiotherapy business with UNTIL

Did you know you can rent physiotherapy rooms at UNTIL for client consultations and treatment sessions?

Our premium treatment rooms have been designed to be the perfect blend of beauty and function, each one complete with a treatment bed, work desk and chair, fresh towels and sink and counter space. Your clients will love our high-quality facilities, and you’ll benefit from networking opportunities with other health and wellness professionals.

As a physiotherapist, UNTIL’s treatment rooms are a great way to support your business growth objectives. Apply now to access London’s best facilities, as well as powerful growth services and a supportive community.