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B2C Marketing Predictions 2015

The results of an Economist Intelligence Unit survey, commissioned by Marketo, indicate that 99% of marketers plan to invest in marketing technologies in the next year. Here are other key findings: Impact on Revenue Of the B2C marketers surveyed, more than half (55%) feel that their marketing departments are regarded as little more than a Read More

What Do Hospitals Need to Know About Google’s Latest Algorithm Change?

Mark Shipley, CEO and Strategy Director of Smith and Jones, a healthcare marketing agency specializing in hospitals and provider networks

Ask the Expert, with Mark Shipley The use of mobile devices to surf the Web has been steadily increasing, and Google recently made an algorithm change that proves mobile devices are here to stay. As of April 21, Google has begun favoring websites in mobile searches that are mobile-device friendly. And on May 5 Google Read More

Digital Physician Relations Pilot Changes Model, Connects Referring Physicians to MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Digital Resources Using Social Media

Dan Dunlop, Jennings

Ask the Expert with Dan Dunlop Dan Dunlop, President and CEO at Jennings, and Lyle Green, Associate Vice President, Physician Relations, MD Anderson Cancer Center co-authored The Digital Future of Physician Relations, an article that appeared in eHST in August 2013. In it, they introduced the concept of using digital to reach out to referring physicians. Read More

Ask the Expert: Kathy Divis Says Healthcare Marketers Need to Catch Up

Kathy Divis, President, Greystone.Net

Kathy Divis, President of Greystone.net and presenter at the recent Healthcare Marketing and Physician Strategies Summit in Las Vegas, gave us a lot to think about in her presentation, “Five Digital Trends Healthcare Marketers Can No Longer Ignore.” Sharing her perspective on the current state of healthcare marketing, she says, “Healthcare is behind many other Read More

What Major Forces Are Shaping Healthcare Marketing Today?

Kathy Divis, President, Greystone.Net

Ask the Expert with Kathy Divis Kathy Divis is President of Greystone.Net and a member of the eHealthcare Strategy & Trends Editorial Advisory Board. In a recent presentation at the Healthcare Marketing and Physician Strategies Summit, she discussed the most significant trends in healthcare marketing—and what hospitals and health systems should do now as a Read More

What Can Healthcare Marketers Do To Make Patient Portals More Compelling?

Shawn Gross, Chief Digital Strategist at White Rhino

Ask the Expert with Shawn Gross PwC’s healthcare group recently commented, “As patients behave more like consumers, healthcare organizations need to deliver a higher level of personalized service, satisfaction and overall experience—or risk losing business to the competition.” If you’re a healthcare marketer driven to deliver the best possible patient experience, wouldn’t you love to Read More

Is Organic Reach Dead on Facebook?

Late last year, Facebook announced on its blog, “Pages that post promotional creative should expect their organic distribution to fall significantly over time.” In a related post on the same day, Facebook assured businesses that, “Pages still matter — a lot,” and for emphasis, added, “In October, for instance, nearly a billion people visited Facebook Read More

Can You Crack the Google Code?

Ask The Expert with Jenny Halasz If there’s one thing as loud as the bustle of a hospital ER, it’s the cacophony of voices declaring that they finally have the secret to ranking first on Google. With a constant stream of opinion, from professionals to laypeople declaring themselves expert, it can be very difficult to Read More

How Does Our Organization Move from Silos of Web Content to a System Approach?

Ben Dillon

Ask the Expert with Ben Dillon Health systems are complicated organizations, in large part due to constant mergers, acquisitions, and expansions. The challenge for marketers is to simplify this inherent complexity on the Web and provide consumers with a clear message. It’s been a natural choice for many health systems to create an array of Read More

How Do You Conduct a Holistic Web Audit to Increase Web Engagement?

Ask the Expert with Meredith Rose Many times, marketers stay so busy enhancing specific pieces of Web real estate or completing campaign-specific tasks requested by leadership, physicians, or the many other voices within organizations. These tasks can fill the days. Yet marketers have a much more focused and strategic task – building revenue for the Read More

What Are Best Practices for Physician Directories?

Ask The Expert with Mark S. Gothberg There is no more important feature on a healthcare organi­zation’s website than its doctor directory. This directory is often the critical first step for con­sumers to begin a relationship with a physician and develop a long-term association with a health system. For the millions of newly insured Americans Read More

What Are the Top Web Design Trends Today? Not Just Responsive Design

Ask The Expert with Ben Dillon With the growing number of ways that consumers access the Inter­net, responsive design is fast becoming the industry standard for hospital web­sites. Responsive design enables websites to adapt to the device being used, presenting an optimal experi­ence on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Research by Geonetric, an online solutions company, Read More

Are Family Caregivers an Overlooked Audience?

Daniel Ansel

Ask The Expert with Daniel E. Ansel A daughter stops by her mother’s house on her way to work and finds her mom unable to get up and that her speech is slurred. She’s had a stroke. A young wife and her husband are enjoying a vacation, and he suffers a brain aneurysm. In an Read More

What Key Areas Should Healthcare Marketers and Communicators Address?

Ask The Experts with Mark Gothberg and Michele Von Dambrowski We have covered strategic marketing and business development subjects for nearly 30 years – with an added focus on Web and digital communica­tions since 1999. A lot has changed during this time, but we have observed recurring issues that have limited the effectiveness of marketers, Read More

How Should We Align Our Hospital Strategy With Generational Shifts and Values?

Ask The Expert with Ted Balowski With the healthcare Web environment rapidly changing, new technologies are constantly emerging and are being adopted in varying degrees by demographic target groups. Now, four generations have unprecedented access to healthcare information and the providers that deliver it. According to a 2013 survey by Econsultancy, four in 10 global Read More

What Should Digital Healthcare Directors Focus on in 2014? Part Two

Ask The Expert with Mark S. Gothberg Winners of the 2013 eHealthcare Leader­ship Awards, the com­petition’s 14th year, were recognized in November in New Orleans during a pres­entation at a healthcare Internet con­ference sponsored by Atlanta-based Greystone.Net. The November issue of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends listed the winners. Last month’s “Ask the Expert” column discussed Read More

What Should Digital Healthcare Directors Focus on in 2014? Part One

Ask The Expert with Mark S. Gothberg Key provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be in full force on January 1 – less than two months away. Millions of newly insured con­sumers will be seek­ing health services, with many of them having limited knowledge of how the healthcare system works or the providers serving Read More

How Do You Build an Effective Dashboard for Digital Marketing?

Susan Solomon

Ask The Expert with Susan Solomon Eleven years ago, Kay Franks, marketing manager for St. Louis Children’s Hospital, got wind that budget re­ductions were on the horizon and it looked like her website budget was on the chopping block. That was all she needed to get cracking on building a compre­hensive dashboard to demonstrate the Read More

How Is Content Integration the Secret Ingredient for Elevating Online ROI?

Ask The Expert with Rachelle Montano While eight in 10 consumers say they go on­line in search of health informa­tion, a hospital website is usu­ally not their first destination. That’s why you need to do everything you can to get them to come to you with their health questions. Having a robust health content library Read More

How Can Digital Technology Support Brand Building?

Ask The Expert with Mike Reinhardt Arguments are made regularly that a brand is an organization’s most valuable asset. A chief marketing officer of Coca-Cola once said that if the company lost all of its facilities and people, he could rebuild the com­pany – provided he retained the rights to the brand. He said he Read More