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« on: July 01, 2010, 11:47:13 AM »
Hey Charlene,

I was wondering how you handle the post when they request the resumer to be faxed. Do you fax over to them what you would email them? Or do you still email them at the email listed?

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Charity

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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 02:41:22 PM »
i still email them, but will fax them a "e-brochure" regarding my business

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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010, 03:39:10 PM »
OK - thanks!

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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 03:43:47 PM »
Out of curiosity, when you guys are using craigs list are you looking for ad's within "medical billing"? or are you posting ad's for your business? I just ask because when I skim the classified's and come across ad's looking for billers or even office managers, I look to see if it wants resume (the ad) and then I fax my resume over with a cover letter about myself and my company. This has landed me a few clients, many times they really haven't thought of outsourcing and when you contact them your angle should be the cost savings vs. "in house" <g>
I really don't like craig's list, I just find it to be full of nut jobs.. no offense, I think I put an ad there a while ago and my inbox has never been the same with all the junk mail. I even remember getting an email from some guy who's email started with sexyfoxydoctor@...  kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.
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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 07:24:54 PM »
well everything has a  bad side, and when its free........ i know several companies who only advertise on craigs list because of the "cost' and how many people use it. i do a search on people seeking medical billers. i advertised on it once, took it down. There are many spammers on craigs list, so I have a designated email account just to use for that.

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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2010, 12:18:28 AM »
I have been considering advertising on craigslist.  Linda & Charlene you both have valid points. I don't want a lot of spam mail but I don't want to miss the chance to receive a client either.

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2011, 07:22:11 AM »
I have tried Craiglist and sent my resume along with coverletter explaining inhouse biller cost Vs out source but have not received any response yet from any one. As of today I sent about 15 emails to craiglist. Any tips in getting client from craiglist? Should I send them follow up emails?

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2011, 08:02:30 AM »
you have to remember those outlets are usually for finding "employment". You want to be careful not to OVERSELL on those lists, if a posting asks for a resume, send a resume along with a cover letter, brochure's, flyers, etc IMO will most likely aggravate/irritate the poster. If there is a contact, go ahead and contact with a follow-up, even a followup via fax would be ok if they only include a fax number. Try not to fax unless the fax number was given with the ad.

I don't put much stock in Craigslist, I think it's probably a better idea to rely on local newspapers or even out of town newspapers in many cases. JMO Just something about telling a client you found them on "craigs list" doesn't sit well with me.
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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2011, 09:19:22 AM »
Linda,
Thanks for tip. I did rcvd response from one client who is loacted just 2 miles from me with her private email. She asked me how much for claim. Then I send her email requesting meeting. I also emailed her my Provider Information sheet so that I can give a quote. But after that she never contacted me. I send her follow up email lask week but no response yet.

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2011, 05:46:01 PM »
I'm kinda jumping in late here, but it sounds to me like you 'scared her off'.  She asked a price and you requested a meeting and sent a form for her to complete.  Sounds too much like she had to commit.  I know personally if I ask a price and they follow up by asking me a bunch of questions, or avoid answering, I get annoyed.  This happened last week.  I called a vendor and wanted to know the price per month for a billing service.  He followed up with a 'sales pitch'.  He completely avoided my question.  I gave him a couple more seconds and he still didn't give a price.  That tells me that he thinks his price is so high that he has to sell me more before he gives it to me.  Click - conversation over.  The provider may have felt confident enough to respond since it was email and they could control how long the 'conversation' took place.  Sounds like she ended the conversation.  I'm not trying to be harsh, just helpful.  In the future (because learning from our mistakes is growing) I would be quick to respond to fees so it doesn't look like you are hiding anything.  Now that doesn't mean you can give her a quote without knowing more info, but you can respond by saying something like "I would need information about your practice to give you a specific quote but to give you an idea I have a medium sized practice billing approx 400 claims per month and the charge is between $1500 - $1750 per month.  (all figures pulled from nowhere).  Then ask the questions you need.  That makes it obvious you are not trying to hide your fees, but that you do need more info.

But, I do agree with Linda, I have never gone the Craig's list route.  I have heard of others that have done well with it, and it doesn't cost anything so you really don't have anything to lose.  Personally, I haven't done a lot that way.

Best of Luck!

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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2011, 07:24:36 AM »
Thanks Michelle,

I agree with you that I made a mistake. I got another email today from different practice, asking me a quote. In this case he did provided the information so I gave him a quote. Any suggestions to improve my mistakes and get these two accounts?

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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2011, 07:30:14 AM »
Another thing to consider.. MANY times you will get other billing companies looking for information.. that's why I'm not too sure I agree giving a quote is even the right way to go, but like I mentioned, I just don't like Craigs list for this very reason. If I were to receive a request for a quote via email or I only had an email to contact a potential client, my radar is up and I don't think it's too much or overkill to go ahead and get additional information. Look at it this way, they, themselves have turned to Craigslist to find help right? Well they would expect SERIOUS inquiries to need additional information. JMO
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2011, 03:28:35 PM »
Linda is right, it could be somebody fishing.  Try to be sure you are dealing with a provider (serious inquiry) before quoting.  On the first one you could email her back (if she looks legit) and give her an estimate, but explain that you would need more info to give a good quote.

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Re: Craigs List
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2011, 10:54:41 PM »
Here's my 2 cents on Craigs List:

It takes alot of responding to ads to get a response back (usually 75-100 to 1 good lead) Think of direct mail results, usually 1%.

I have picked up several clients. One was a chiropractor, another an Audiologist, another a Incontinence Care Clinic, and I'm currently on a AR Recovery project for another. I also have another practice scheduled to come on board in 6 weeks - all from Craigs List.

In fact, some of the most professional offices I have worked with have come from Craigs List. I have gained some great friendships. Yes, there are weirdos that post on Craigs List, but there are alot of legitimate folks as well. Everything as its pros and cons.

I agree with Michele about answering their question about pricing. I too have scared away a few leads with your approach, and sometimes even when answering their question outright, you may not get a response. But I feel it is more tactful.

I wish you the best in your marketing!

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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2011, 07:51:53 PM »
The Craig List is not to bad I sent my resume yesterday by using the 12 Marketing Stratgies #6 Ads for billers and they called me today and I have a interview tomorrow with the office manager it is A Chriopractic office of about 3-4 physicians and I do know they are egaer to make a decision tomorrow so I got to go in there and sale myself and explain the pros and cons of outsourcing there billing to me versus in-house billing