Best of the Best: Social Savvy

Justin Bazan of Park Slope Eye

Popular online platforms power low-cost eyecare marketing

When people in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope use Google to find eyecare or eyewear, the all-important first-page results include But when searchers click on that URL, they’re taken not to a website, but to Facebook. Here’s how Dr. Justin Bazan uses top social media sites as a low-cost way to bring people to his business. — JULIA CHANCE

This article originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of INVISION.

THE IDEA: Bazan’s social-media-only strategy was born out of necessity. “Our marketing budget in the early days was nothing,” he says. Hiring a Web designer to create and maintain a site for Park Slope Eye just wasn’t a cost-efficient option. So he and his staff created a strong Web presence using Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Yelp and YouTube.

Bazan says he likes being in control of his online presence. “With a website, I’d have to go to somebody to let them know what changes I wanted and then pay them to do it.” Bazan was already an active social media user, so “transitioning to it for business purposes didn’t seem like a big deal,” he adds.

Park Slope Eye’s social media presence also helps potential customers know what to expect before they make an appointment. “Most people are finding us online, so we’re automatically bringing in people who are familiar with the services we provide right from the start,” Bazan says.

Park Slope Eye's social media mavens
Yasmin Johnson, Aaron Rivera and Dr. Jessi Lee all make posts for Park Slope Eye.
THE EXECUTION: Early on, the business had a WordPress blog and an email newsletter, but eventually discontinued both. The blog’s original URL now directs visitors to Park Slope Eye’s Facebook page, where they’ll see a steady stream of entertaining and useful posts.

Bazan understands that people research online before they make an appointment, so he encourages people to use Yelp and Google Plus both to learn about the practice and comment about their experiences. When patients arrive for their appointment, they’re asked to check in via social media. During the wait, they’re given an iPad where they can view the shop’s curated YouTube channel of videos featuring eye health information, his practice’s specialties (which include Ortho-K) and customer testimonials.

In order to maximize his online efforts, Bazan ties all his platforms together. For instance, the store’s YouTube channel can be accessed through Facebook; every Facebook post is automatically tweeted; and the Park Slope Eye email signature promotes online contact lens ordering, appointment booking and more.

Social media also powers the practice’s paid advertising. Bazan says Facebook’s Ad Manager allows the business to identify and target specific demographic groups, and he has advertised on Yelp, too.

THE REWARDS: Bazan says Park Slope Eye’s digital word of mouth helps people “find us, book with us and leave their experience for others to read about.” Since each staff member is responsible for posting on Facebook on alternating days, everyone gets to infuse a bit of personality into the messaging.

Bottom line: Having so many virtual eyes on the business through various customer ratings and reviews is an incentive for delivering good service. Bazan uses online reviews as a way to give feedback to his team. He occasionally replies to digital reviews, too, as a way to stay responsive to current and future patients.



Experiment with different social media platforms to see which feel most comfortable for you and your staff to use, and which best serve your business style.

Visual sites like Instagram and Pinterest help you share photos of new products or customers wearing new glasses, while Twitter and Facebook can help build event buzz.

Set social media account preferences to generate robust activity reports on page views, comments and ratings.

Use social media to fill appointments. (One post on Park Slope Eye’s Facebook page reads: “We are in the office today with a few appointments left! Click the ‘Book Now’ link to set one up now!”)

Read social media platform user pages to learn about new tools and apps, as well as updates that might affect your business.