Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Best [marketing] in America
Old 11-02-2007, 07:24 AM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Best [marketing] in America

Remember a month or two ago when we discussed the "Best in America" mailings for doctors, lawyers, etc.? I had commented on how it was a scam, how I had been on it virtually every year for 15 years, and how it was basically a marketing game? Well, sure enough, my annual "honor" was renewed shortly thereafter. Today, I got this email (sanitized out of pure humility):

Pin # 00000

Dear Dr. Rich_in_Tampa,

Best Doctors, Inc. recently sent you a congratulatory letter for being elected by your peers as one of the country's top 5% of physicians. Our exclusive Best Doctors in America(r) 2007-2008 database is the result of a full nomination and electoral process by your peers in your specialty area and medical community. They value your abilities to the degree that they would choose you as the medical expert for their own family and loved ones. For additional information, please see our website www.bestdoctors.com.

Since this is not the first time you have been included in our 15-year-old list, we send this special congratulations for continued inclusion.

Best Doctors offers customized plaques to recognize your elite position. For pictures of the plaques and ordering information, please go to www.bestdoctors.com/plaque and use your pin number at the top of this email. Questions or phone orders may be directed to 800-675-0000 ext. 302.

Enclosed with your recent congratulatory letter was a survey for you to complete or revise, and return it to us at your earliest convenience (return by fax is preferred - fax 866-904-0000). The data you provide on this form will allow us to

* guide patients efficiently, matching your strengths, interests and expertise to their needs
* provide correct information if the Best Doctors list is excerpted in a local publication
* authorize your hospitals and institutions to recognize publicly your status as a Best Doctor

If you have already returned this survey, thank you very much for your interest and your help.

Again, please accept our congratulations for the honor of your Best Doctors in America inclusion. Any questions or comments you have may be directed to 800-675-0000 ext. 315.

Sincerely,
...
Best Doctors, Inc.
Director of Polling and Research
5230 Woodside Executive Court
Aiken, SC 29803

I am ferklempt (SNL anyone?).
__________________

__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-02-2007, 07:26 AM   #2
Full time employment: Posting here.
Sandy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 855
How many docs get these? What do they really want you to buy (probably target stuff to you based on your survey responses).

BTW, we know you are the best, but that is besides the point!
__________________

__________________
I would not have anyone adopt my mode of living...but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father's or his mother's or his neighbor's instead. Thoreau, Walden
Sandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 07:31 AM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
How many docs get these? What do they really want you to buy (probably target stuff to you based on your survey responses).
If memory serves, the honorary plaque is $189. A special laminated certificate, suitable for framing, is $49. Special reprints from the magazine article, $5 a piece, if I recall.

Getting me to complete their marketing important national resource of great doctors questionnaire using 30 minutes of my time? Priceless.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 07:34 AM   #4
Full time employment: Posting here.
Sandy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 855
Flattery will get you everywhere.
__________________
I would not have anyone adopt my mode of living...but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father's or his mother's or his neighbor's instead. Thoreau, Walden
Sandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 07:37 AM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,112
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
How many docs get these?
I think I saw something in the fine print on the bestdoctors.com website that said only 50% of the physicians in the country were included in the top 5% receiving this honor...
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 07:50 AM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
cantlogin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pocono Mtns.
Posts: 884
That explains how my plastic surgeon got to hang one on his waiting room wall.
__________________
cantlogin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 07:52 AM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 7,408
Ha - Rumph! I still got the best of the best - a downloadable artistically done: Curmudgeon Certificate, in color, with my name on it - from this very forum.

Free - aka the price was right.

Then you banned the guy later.

heh heh heh - for other reasons I hope. Although I'm not even a Doctor - I'm mildly envious - congrats!
__________________
unclemick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 09:18 AM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
Flattery will get you everywhere.
Well, yeah. There's an opthalmologist office I pass on my way home every day. They have an old fashioned movie theater sign with the removable letters and it always says, "Dr. Eyeball voted Best Doctor in America for 2005."

And he has the plaque to prove it, I bet .
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 09:27 AM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
Khan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pine Island, Florida
Posts: 6,868
Send a message via AIM to Khan
Back in '68, I was listed in "Who’s Who Among American High School Students"; my parents didn't spring for all the paraphenalia.

So I did a search and find this:
Educational Communications, Inc. has ceased all operations, including discontinuation of its publications for Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and The National Dean’s List, as well as the Educational Communications Scholarship Foundation.
Welcome to Honoring.com

sic transit gloria mundi
__________________
"Knowin' no one nowhere's gonna miss us when we're gone..."
Khan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 09:31 AM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,322
Well, Rich, just based on how you participate and help people with general medical questions on this board, I think you're a top 5% doctor!

But don't ask me for a plaque
__________________
FinallyRetired is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 09:40 AM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,035
Funny thing ,
I saw one of those plaques at my Allergists office just when I was thinking of changing doctors .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 09:41 AM   #12
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
HFWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lawn chair in Texas
Posts: 12,964
They display my photo at the Post Office...
__________________
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
HFWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 10:06 AM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,275
Reminds me of the (IIRC) Golden Key National Honor Society... I got an invite to them a couple of times way back when.. they said I was in the book and it would only be $X to get one etc... and I could buy this and that...

SO, one of our assistants asked me the other day if she should pay to get into the.... yes, you guessed it... Golden Key National Honor Society... I just started laughing...


Now, one of the problems with a list like this is who is filling it out. My sister was a delivery nurse for many years... heard many stories that would make your head turn... but one was this 'great doctor' that all the Jewish women went to because he was so 'great'... and many said they wanted to have a natural child birth... he lied to them... my sister said he had not delivered a child naturally for two years!!! But, kept telling the patients he would..

Really good doctors are hard to find. They have so much time pressure now they just don't listen to you. And like me, I only see one once or twice a year and am lucky to see the same one the next time....

So Rich, you actually probably are in the top 5%....
__________________
Texas Proud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 10:20 AM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoonToRetire View Post
Well, Rich, just based on how you participate and help people with general medical questions on this board, I think you're a top 5% doctor!
That kind comment means a lot more than the plaque. Thanks.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 11:19 AM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,035
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoonToRetire View Post
Well, Rich, just based on how you participate and help people with general medical questions on this board, I think you're a top 5% doctor!

But don't ask me for a plaque
I'll second that and since I have free time I'll even make you a plaque at a greatly reduced price of $89.99 .This is a one time offer so act fast .Our operators are ready at 1-800-bestdoc.
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2007, 02:49 PM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
bright eyed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,891
They do the same thing for high school students, parents get a letter saying your kid is the top whatever in the nation, a book, plaque, certificate are $200 whatever bucks each etc...imagine how great a parent feels when their kid is "nominated." my parents fell for it, but by the third kid they stopped buying...
__________________
If i think of something clever to say, i'll put it here...
bright eyed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2007, 03:26 PM   #17
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,644
You are tops in my book Rich
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2007, 12:06 PM   #18
Full time employment: Posting here.
cantlogin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pocono Mtns.
Posts: 884
Quote:
Originally Posted by donheff View Post
You are tops in my book Rich

Yep, me too. I wish my doctors were as enlightened as our rich Dr. Rich.
__________________

__________________
cantlogin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nothing Wrong With America That Can't Be Fixed By What's Right With America Danny Other topics 12 02-18-2007 12:06 AM
Just too many people in America. newguy88 Other topics 31 12-30-2006 05:29 AM
Target marketing - Are we that obvious Rich_by_the_Bay Forum Admin 4 05-24-2006 10:11 AM
Marketing promo goes boom VoyT Other topics 3 04-30-2006 10:26 AM
Online Survey Marketing--B.S. or Legit? Tommy_Dolitte Young Dreamers 3 10-12-2004 03:11 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:30 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.