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Next-Generation CRM: Intelligent, Individualized, Automated

Darin Szilagyi, Methodist

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Demands on health system marketing departments for growth and accountability are relentless. Data-driven marketing is the new imperative, yet marketing departments typically run lean, with lean budgets. Digital marketers have to be experts in web development, content management, social media, digital advertising, attribution modeling, multichannel marketing, and lately, big Read More

How Physician-Focused Social Networks Boost Physician Referrals

Peter Alperin, MD, vice president of connectivity solutions at Doximity

// By Melanie Graham //  Social media isn’t always an easy sell in the healthcare community. Not only do physicians have limited time to spend on social media, the platforms can be minefields of HIPAA and patient confidentiality violations. But at a time when value-based care is growing, communication between hospitals and providers is more Read More

Empathy: The Key to Creating Meaningful Digital Experiences for Consumers

Kyra Hagan

// By Kyra Hagan // Gaining an understanding of what drives the choice-making and loyalty of healthcare consumers is complex. What we do know is that consumers’ expectations for healthcare interactions are being shaped by the personalized and convenient experiences they have grown accustomed to in other industries, like retail, hospitality, and banking. As a Read More

Why Progressive Web Apps Should Be on Your Roadmap

Michael Spinosa, CEO of Unleashed Technologies

// By Lisa D. Ellis // What if you could make your website more engaging and easier to access for patients on the go — even when they don’t have access to the internet — while improving your electronic communication and reducing your costs? While this may sound like a tall order, progressive web apps Read More

The Art and Science of Multichannel Attribution

How Children’s National Health System Foundation Collapsed Its Cost Per Dollar Raised // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Depending on how your marketing organization is structured, questioning how much a particular marketing initiative contributes to overall conversions may be stepping on someone’s toes. Everyone wants to take credit for positive results, but smart organizations dig Read More

Alexa, What Are the Early Adopters Up To?

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // The market for voice-controlled smart speakers is hot. The percentage of U.S. Wi-Fi connected households with devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home was up to 12.1 percent as of the end of November, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comScore reported. If that doesn’t get your attention, consider Read More

Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Your Healthcare Organization

What do Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Time Inc., and other consumer brands and products have in common with your healthcare organization? More than you might think, when it comes to digital consumer engagement. Everyone knows Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. In fact, just thinking of the name may make you drool for a pint Read More

Attract More Patients to Your Healthcare Organization

Lindsay Neese Burton and Amber Welch

How Ochsner Health System Leverages Technology to Proactively Manage Online Reputation — and How You Can Too

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Healthcare consumers search for more information when making decisions about their care than ever before. And far too often the information they find online about doctors and facilities is incorrect or insufficient.

What your potential patients find — or don’t find — about your service lines and physicians when they search online can make or break your organization’s ability to bring in new patients and retain existing ones.

Few organizations have the resources to manually maintain accurate listings for every location and physician across a growing multitude of social platforms, search engines, and review sites — from Google and Facebook to Healthgrades and Vitals. Some have tried — and failed — to keep up with the sheer number of ever-changing variables.

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How Hospitals Can Take Advantage of LinkedIn’s Unique Network

Melanie Graham

// By Melanie Graham // With a very different audience and focus from its social media brethren, LinkedIn has always been a unique challenge for healthcare marketers. But with half a billion users (as of April 2017), LinkedIn is not a space to ignore. Putting resources behind this channel may not be easy, but it’s Read More

Is Blockchain the Next Big Thing for Healthcare?

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Remember the Winkleveii? The aggrieved Harvard twins of Facebook fame?  They’re in the news again, this time as the “first Bitcoin billionaires.” Moneywatch reported in December that their collective $11 million investment in Bitcoin in 2013 was valued at more than $1.7 billion. So what does Bitcoin have to Read More

What Is AMP and How Can It Help My Healthcare Brand?

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Experts explain Google’s Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) Project and how healthcare marketers can use it in their mobile content strategy. // By Melanie Graham // When it comes to webpage content, a mobile-first mindset is crucial. As of January 2017, some 77 percent of Americans owned a smartphone, and roughly 1 in 10 of those Read More

Patient Check-In Tool Drives Benefits for Marketers

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Sometimes a technology solution adopted by healthcare administrators and clinicians produces unexpected benefits for marketers. CHRISTUS Physician Group, with operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, wanted to streamline patient check-in during office visits and improve collection of outstanding balances. To achieve these goals, the organization piloted, then Read More

Healthcare Marketers Unlock the Power of Instagram

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// By Melanie Graham // How Advocate Health Care Powers Up on Instagram — Plus Advice from UCLA Health’s Experience with the Photo Sharing Platform There’s no denying Instagram’s rapid rise in popularity. As of September 2017, the photo-sharing channel had more than 800 million monthly active users — double the amount it had just Read More

Ethical Land Mines To Avoid In Your Digital Advertising Efforts

Chris Neuner, senior vice president and general manager of digital health solutions at PulsePoint

Are you reaching the right people with your digital advertising without crossing any ethical lines? The latest programmatic technology makes it easier than ever to gather insights to help you connect with your target audience. But in the process, there are some land mines you’ll need to avoid. The exploding popularity of personal devices, from Read More

Steer Your Digital Healthcare Ad Targeting Around Ethical Land Mines

Chris Neuner, senior vice president and general manager of digital health solutions at PulsePoint

New Advisory Group Sets Guidelines for Programmatic Healthcare Advertising // By Lisa D. Ellis // Are you reaching the right people with your digital advertising without crossing any ethical lines? The latest programmatic technology makes it easier than ever to gather insights to help you connect with your target audience. But in the process, there Read More

New Web Accessibility Requirements Coming: Are You Ready?

Andy Gradel, System Director of Digital Marketing, Main Line Health

What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced what it’s like to interact with Read More

How Accessible Is Your Website?

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced Read More

Creating a Model Online Presence

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How health systems can translate their physical access approach into digital catchment strategies

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All health system leaders must define how to build and maintain a footprint that effectively serves their organization’s identified communities and populations.

This is the core of a catchment strategy: determining the mechanisms used to “catch” patients. Health systems have historically split their catchment efforts between two primary categories: physical clinical care sites and marketing strategies that drive awareness of the system and generate traffic to their facilities.

As the modern consumer is turning more to digital solutions to meet their healthcare needs, strategies for driving awareness and traffic require not only a well-established physical footprint, but also a diversified online presence. Creating an optimal digital footprint offers a unique opportunity to increase access, inform resource deployment, and ultimately, drive patient volume and growth.

 
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How Texting Can Solve Patient Communication Woes

Lea Chatham, director of content marketing for Solutionreach

We use our cellphones to deposit money, send email, and track our daily step count. We also use them to constantly communicate, whether it’s through social media, texting, and (rarely, it seems) phone calls. With countless apps and new technology increasing our communication channels, shouldn’t it be easier to communicate with healthcare providers? Unfortunately, that Read More

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