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What Is the Best Way for a Holistic Homeopathic Practitioner to Advertise on Craigslist?

By Ariel Baradarian · Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 · Tagged in Asking for Advice



I work as a holistic homeopathic practitioner working at a clinic in Clifton, NJ and my main advertising is word of mouth as well as via business cards, brochures & social media sites.

I am looking into advertising on Craigslist. What is the best way to advertise my practice? Like location, how to describe it, etc?

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Tammy Didier from Arolistic Naturals
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I would be interested in learning more about your practice. I honestly feel Craigslist advertising cheapens a company and would really think seriously about your brand and what you really want to portray. I personally would not do business with a company listed on Craigslist. I would however network with like businesses such as acupuncture, chiropractic, etc. I hope this helps and not offends you.


Adam Lenneau from Adam Lenneau - Mortgage Agent - HQ Mortgages
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Regardless of platform, marketing is more about understanding your target demographic and audience. Keeping that in mind, I would recommend a value marketing approach but in a classified style. Maybe diversify your listings to contain different keywords or niche topics. An ad/listing for "Do you want to cure X" or "Is X giving you problems?" etc. Catchy, almost clickbaity titles but striving to remain an authoritative role. Test your ads, see which perform, expand upon the most successful, understand what your audience is looking for, and attempt to refine... (more)

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Julie Vincent Photography from Julie Vincent Photography
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Given homoeopathy is demonstrably ineffective, it isn't something people need, or will benefit them. It is an impossibility something diluted 30 or 40 or 200 times can contain any effective ingredient, and by the same token, and by the statements of homoepathy, it is also impossible non-diluted molecules won't have an effect, ...

There have been 1000s of studies proving categorically homeopathy does not, and cannot have any effect.

Your offerings will be up against science, and informed consumers.

More about homoeopathy at ... (more)


Anna Howard from The BartCap Eco
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

There may be some truth to what you state. But this is a friendly network and we are here to help each other. Sometimes the naked truth can be someone's dream killer. Please think carefully before posting negative responses.


Monica Hahn from Elements Massage
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

That's a pretty broad brush you're painting with, and you didn't answer Ariel's question, which was about how to effectively advertise the service, vs. asking for judgment. Even if your statements are true, they don't particularly matter unless the audience reached is the same scientifically informed consumer audience you described.


Julie Vincent Photography from Julie Vincent Photography
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The broad brush is the science, which is clear, and incontrovertible: homoeopathy does not, and cannot work.

In light of excellent science, and thousands of studies, it may not be the best route to pursue as a business.

To the point of Craigslist, however, as it is a platform for - mostly - selling used goods and questionable services, if one does believe in their product, that service wouldn't immediately seem the obvious route.



Jamie Leclerc from Jamie Gates Massage
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

science is a delusion based on the material world. You obviously fall into this catagory and are familiar with categorization. SMH. Please put your negative energy somewhere else.


Alan Munroe from Do you want More Sales
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Julie is correct to some extent. BUT what it comes down to is creating belief. That's what people like me do.

The human has 21 ancient and dormant genes that are capable of healing most anything. Belief becomes your only reality wherein faith is your journey. I have witnessed work related ailments relieved with placebos. So what is reality?


Suzy Black from Suzy Black Insurance Agency
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Julie homeopathy is energy and what did Einstein say about energy? If you don't know....E=Mc2 or Energy=Matter x the speed of light(squared). So energy is everything and even the FDA approves homeopathy! Do your homework before you open your uneducated mouth!


Donna Pestcoe from Keller Williams
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

I have had homeopathy many, many times. It may not have helped you, but if you use it in conjunction with functional medicine and acupuncture you will feel a lot differently about the process. Try it


Stephanie Wells from DBO LedgerPros
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wow. That was unnecessarily harsh. We aren't here to bash people or rob them from their dreams. And for some homeopathy works well - like those who cannot take traditional medicines.

You know photography isn't really needed either. It's a luxury service many can't afford and doesn't really help anyone. How does that feel


Major phinds from Phantastic Phinds
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Irrefutable science has had many people executed for suggesting the Earth was round. When we closeour minds science fails.


Frankie Burget from Windsong Therapy and Wellness
6 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

If you can't answer the question, you should not be commenting. Just because YOU do not believe in a particular discipline is not the issue. No one asked your opinion on the discipline. What if you asked a question and all I did was tell you digital photography was not really photography because it did not require skill? This is a networking forum to help other business owners.


Rachel Walaskay from DesignPRO Kitchen & Bath
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

It's good you can ignore the naysayers... and do your thing. We need more homeopaths and naturopaths resurrecting the ancient ways of healing.


Ariel Baradarian from Refuah Homeopathy
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Guys, it's typical of people who are so called "pro-science" people to feel the need to lash out at anyone who disagrees with their theories without an open objective mind. They usually tend to be the more insecure ones as well....

And well Julie, as someone with a background in medical and homeopathic clinical research (and who may be engaged in actual homeopathic clinical research soon), I'm kind of surprised that such a "pro-science" person as yourself will rely on such a biased internet blog to determine your viewpoint on health.

Allow me to explain why... (more)


Julie Vincent Photography from Julie Vincent Photography
0 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Thursday, July 27, 2017

From your first link:
"There is some evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo; however, the strength of this evidence is low because of the low methodological quality of the trials. Studies of high methodological quality were more likely to be negative than the lower quality studies."

SOME evidence homoeopathic treatments are more effective than PLACEBO.

The study was ONE, of a small sample of fewer than 2500 and the study was run by a group with a vested interest.

With respect to the Lancet article, the issue was not whether... (more)


Jamie Leclerc from Jamie Gates Massage
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Friday, July 28, 2017

From your first link:

"There is some evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo; however, the strength of this evidence is low because of the low methodological quality of the trials. Studies of high methodological quality were more likely to be negative than the lower quality studies."

------> Julie you seemed to have forgotten the very last sentence of that Conclusion: "There is some evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo; however, the strength of this evidence is low because of the low methodological... (more)

Hanna Kudla from Vibrational Fusion
1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm not sure about Craiglist. I believe in local cooperation and reciprocal referrals, organized events together with other working toward similar goals

Kathryn Ferrante from Herbs and More, Inc
9 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, August 4, 2017

Alternative healthcare people need to be careful, as they are marginalized, sometimes. Craigslist would open you up to kooks, robots, etc.

Have you found local free magazines in your area. In Orlando, we have Natural Awakenings and also Velocity. There might be another one too. Try visiting other natural healthfood stores in your area. They usually have the free mags there for the taking. They would be a great place to advertise, and it is a targeted audience for like-minded people.

There also some other tools out there. Like ByRegion, and the like.

Maybe... (more)

Jose Valentin from One51 Media
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, July 28, 2017

My personal opinion is to not do Craigslist. Facebook ads marketing is the way to go. The reason being that Facebook is such a great marketing platform is that you can pinpoint your audience based on mutual interest, age, gender, location, as well as tap into their audience and more. With Craigslist you are just shooting in the dark and hoping your message gets across and sticks.

If you are providing a quality service, marketing on Craigslist is not the way to do it. It's like placing an ad on a penny saver. It yields poor results and in the end it's a waste... (more)

Jessica Scotten from Pineapple Relations
3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, July 28, 2017

I didn't read the 40 prior responses. I'd ditch Craigslist as a platform 100%. Most people go to craigslist to find a hook up or a free sofa, not to find a medical practitioner. Those aren't your clients. They aren't there. I'd focus on Facebook first and foremost along side with Pinterest and word of mouth programs. Happpy to chat about this with you!


Ariel Baradarian from Refuah Homeopathy
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Friday, July 28, 2017

I'd like to hear more about your experience with Pinterest!


Kristen Fowler from Tate's Creek Pet Sitting
1 Local Recommends Them • Replied on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jessica is right. Craigslist is a garage sale site. There are two kinds of people looking at Craigslist: 1. People looking for something free or dirt cheap, and 2. Scammers. If you're looking for an old mattress at the curb, great. Something tells me this isn't what you would want for your business, though.


Jessica Scotten from Pineapple Relations
3 Locals Recommend Them • Replied on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hi Ariel,


Pinterest can be a powerful tool to share your practice. I checked out your webpage and blog, and we could certainly align these two to drive traffic to your webpage/build a email list/ using your e-book as a lead magnet, give tons of value to your list which would in turn put you in the front of your target market's mind when it comes to homeopathy needs. I'd be happy to chat with your further about this!

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