University Parkway Animal Hospital

University Parkway Animal Hospital Logo and stationery

University Parkway Animal Hospital

Almost Home Boarding and Grooming Kennels

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Projects and Consulting Services
1998-1999, 2000, 2002

  • Forsyth County Veterinary Medical Association Cooperative Program Participant 1996-1997
  • Hospital and boarding kennel client surveys
  • Staff survey
  • Marketing plan
  • “Marketing Guide” for staff
  • “Marketing Guide Practice Owner’s Supplement”
  • Logos and stationery
  • Client forms
  • Referral and recruiting flyers
  • “When Her Kitten’s Happy, She’s Happy” brochure
  • “We Keep Pets Healthy, Happy and Well-Groomed” brochure
  • Yellow Pages advertisement

University Parkway Animal Hospital—a small-animal practice treating dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets—was my client between 1996 and 2002. James R. Crawford, DVM, owned the hospital and the attached boarding kennels. During the time we worked together, he had one associate. Dr. Crawford has since closed the practice.

I got to know Dr. Crawford and his practice as one of 15 participants in a cooperative public relations program I ran for two years for the Forsyth County Veterinary Medical Association. Our one-on-one consulting and creative services relationship began after the cooperative program ended and evolved in good order, beginning with surveys and marketing plan development before proceeding to writing and designing marketing manuals, stationery and brochures.


University Parkway Animal Hospital Staff survey

The surveys were helpful in identifying practice strengths and opportunities for improvement from the perspectives of “best clients,” “lost clients” and clinic employees.

Marketing Plan and Marketing Guides

When I began working with University Parkway in the pre-internet days, promotional activities were limited to Yellow Page advertisements, Val Pak coupons and hospital and kennel brochures on display in the reception area.

Based on consultations with Dr. Crawford and survey results, I created a marketing plan for the practice and kennel, including recommended strategies to attract new clients, retain current clients and provide more services to each client.

University Parkway Animal Hospital “Marketing Guide” for staff and "Practice Owner's Supplement"

To offer practical guidelines for implementing the plan, I produced a 39-page Marketing Guide for staff, and a 14-page Owner’s Supplement.

Here’s the Table of Contents for the staff’s Marketing Guide—

Marketing Guide for the Staff of University Parkway Animal Hospital and Almost Home Boarding and Grooming Kennels

I. Marketing Basics

  • Features & Benefits
  • Reality & Perceptions

II. The Practice Marketing Plan

  • The Situation
  • Products
  • Pricing
  • Location & Facilities
  • Current Promotional Activities
  • Marketing Goals

III. Getting New Clients

  • Why Referrals Are Important
  • The Client Referral Protocol
  • Why Booking Telephone Shoppers Is Important
  • The Telephone Shopper Protocol
  • Helpful Hints for Following the Telephone Shopper Protocol
  • Features & Benefits Work Sheet

IV. Keeping the Clients You Have

  • Rating Clients for their Value to the Practice
  • The Importance of Keeping Your Best Clients
  • The Client Retention Protocols
  • The New Client Protocol
  • The Active Client Maintenance Protocol
  • Protocol for Reactivating Inactive Clients
  • The ‘Client Alert’ Protocol
  • The Former Client Follow-Up Protocol
  • Helpful Hints for Following the Client Retention Protocols

V. Helping Your Clients Benefit from More of Your Services

  • Personal Selling Skills
  • Establishing Rapport
  • Identifying Needs
  • Matching Benefits to Needs

The accompanying Owner’s Supplement contained—

Marketing Guide for the Staff of University Parkway Animal Hospital and Almost Home Boarding and Grooming Kennels: Owner’s Supplement

I. Marketing Plan Notes

To Do Immediately

II. Establishing & Maintaining a Marketing Information System

III. Pricing Strategies

  • Pricing Work Sheet
  • Fee Discounts & Value-Added Services

IV. Client Evaluation Strategies

  • Client Spending Comparison Work Sheets

V. Program Evaluation Strategies

VI. Ongoing Testing

Logos, Stationery and Brochures

Finally, I created the tools needed to implement the marketing plan, designing logos, stationery, client forms and brochures to brand, position and promote the hospital and kennel.

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