Ben Dillon

Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, GeonetricBen Dillon, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer
Geonetric
415 12th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(800) 589-1171

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Ben’s a big picture type of guy. He loves sharing new ideas in digital marketing, keeping a watchful eye on healthcare industry trends and seeing how it all intersects. A sought-after speaker, writer, blogger and current SHSMD board member, Ben’s an influential voice in healthcare marketing, helping organizations across the country embrace online strategies to engage health consumers.

Combine his industry savvy with his background in software development and you can see why he’s also an important member of Geonetric’s software team, ensuring our content management system stays a step ahead of market needs.

Ben holds a master’s degree in eBusiness and strategic management from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan. When he’s not traveling and evangelizing, Ben enjoys cooking with his family and playing the Big House with the University of Michigan Alumni marching band.

Ben has contributed his expertise to the articles listed below.

2019 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey

2019 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey ebook

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Free ebook download, sponsored by Geonetric and eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

We are pleased to share the results of the 2019 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey.

Download this report to get data to benchmark your organization — and also to discover insights that will help you plan for the future of your digital operations.

This is Geonetric’s ninth survey over 14 years, and the third in partnership with eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. We’re thrilled to have our largest number of participants ever, with 307 responses (267 providers and 40 vendors).

Our goal is to provide actionable insights and strategies you can use to advance your digital efforts. To achieve this, our survey takes a unique approach, highlighting how leaders execute digital marketing differently, comparing viewpoints of providers with those of their agencies, and looking at the intersections of questions for deeper insights.

Changes for 2019

Each year we iterate to ensure the data is useful and to explore new, emerging topics. This year we polled a group of multi-year survey takers and enlisted an advisory board to provide insider viewpoints on how to report data in meaningful ways.

Big Insights Await

This year’s survey produced many interesting — and some unexpected — findings, that you’ll learn when you download the survey results ebook. Among them, you’ll discover:

  • How actual staff investment by healthcare organizations differs from what was previously reported/believed
  • The most critical differentiators for leading organizations, and what rose to the top of marketers’ rankings for the first time
  • How organizations have succeeded and in what ways they still struggle to leverage customer relationship management (CRM) systems
  • And much, much more.

Realize Your Vision

We hear over and over again how this research helps justify budget requests, secure resources, and make digital the centerpiece of healthcare marketing. We hope it does the same for you.

Download your copy today

The State of Healthcare Digital Marketing

Ben Dillon

Survey Results Are In! Everything You Need to Know to Make the Best Decisions This Year!

An eHealthcare Strategy & Trends webinar on demand for healthcare marketers and digital strategists

Your Presenter:
Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric


The 9th edition of Geonetric’s Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey is an indispensable resource. It will give you an inside view based on data from over 300 organizations — more than 260 hospitals and health systems and more than 40 agency partners who responded to the 2019 edition of the survey, the largest ever.

This year, Geonetric incorporated feedback from multi-year survey takers who confirmed that this data is a “must have” planning tool for all healthcare digital marketers.

This webinar will be a SNEAK PEEK at the survey report — be sure to attend and you’ll be among the first to see this year’s results!

You’ll Learn:

  • Whether your organization is a leader, average, or lagging compared to the industry overall
  • How much leaders are spending on digital marketing, and the percentage digital marketing is of the overall marketing budget
  • The top goals healthcare marketing teams are working towards
  • How your peers and competitors are using digital technology, from CRM to personalization
  • How leading healthcare organizations structure their teams, determine budgets, manage business listings, allocate resources, and much more.

Watch now »

Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

Get the Latest Market Research Findings to Shape Your Strategy in 2018 and Beyond

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An eHealthcare Strategy & Trends webinar for healthcare marketers and digital strategists

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Your Presenter:

  • Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

How does your healthcare organization compare to your competition when it comes to the structure of your digital team, digtal budget and plans for the future? Are you maintaining your edge … or falling behind?

Watch now and find out!

The 2018 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey collected input from more than 240 healthcare marketers at hospitals and health systems as well as vendors and agencies.

In a 60-minute webinar on April 18, Ben Dillon, chief strategy officer at Geonetric, will share key takeaways from this just completed survey.

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Ask the Expert: What Does It Take to Win at Digital Marketing in Healthcare?

Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

[Hint: It isn’t size and budget that make a leader a leader.] // By Ben Dillon // For the past decade, Geonetric has performed its Digital Marketing in Healthcare survey to help healthcare marketers uncover industry trends, benchmark their own efforts, and better understand how to plan for upcoming digital initiatives. As part of the Read More

Digital Marketing in Healthcare Webinar

Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

Research Findings to Guide Your eHealth Strategies in 2017

A webinar for healthcare marketers and digital strategists

Sponsored by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends and Geonetric

Your Presenter:

  • Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

Digital budgets are increasing at hospitals and health systems across the country. Physician ratings and reviews are being added to provider directories at a rapid pace. Healthcare organizations cite a lack of time and budget as barriers to digital progress, but their digital agency partners tell a different story…

In a new webinar, Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer at Geonetric, will share results from a just completed industry survey of digital strategy leaders at more than 200 healthcare organizations and agencies.

Healthcare marketers just like you told us their top digital priorities and biggest challenges for 2017.

View this in-depth webinar now, and you’ll walk away with valuable insights on everything from what your competitors are spending on digital to where you should be focusing your web development energy.

You’ll learn:

  • The new digital and web strategies your competitors are preparing to launch
  • How your organization’s online strategies stack up against peers
  • Whether your investments in digital marketing are in line with industry averages
  • How your team’s size and structure matches up against similar organizations
  • Plus much more…

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Loyalty and Rewards Programs in Healthcare Marketing: A Trend To Watch

Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

A March 2016 editorial in JAMA authored by three University of Michigan physicians, “Health System Loyalty Programs: An Innovation in Customer Care and Service,” begins as follows: “Many people belong to loyalty programs for coffee shops, hotel chains, or airlines. Despite a highly consumer-oriented approach in some health systems, similar types of loyalty programs have Read More

Emerging Trends in Loyalty and Rewards Programs in Healthcare

Jane Weber Brubaker, Editor of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

eHealthcare Pulse // By Jane Weber Brubaker // A March 2016 editorial in JAMA authored by three University of Michigan physicians, “Health System Loyalty Programs: An Innovation in Customer Care and Service,” begins as follows: “Many people belong to loyalty programs for coffee shops, hotel chains, or airlines. Despite a highly consumer-oriented approach in some Read More

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

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

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

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 Do I Best Create Valuable Website Content?

Ask The Expert with Ben Dillon Content manage­ment is one of the most difficult – and most over­looked – pieces of Web development. The average hos­pital website comprises more than 1,500 pages of unique content. Cre­ating and maintaining all that con­tent requires more work than most administrators can easily manage, especially if they lack full-time Read More

Mercy Health System’s Rebranding Efforts Come to Life on the Web

by Ben Dillon The greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area is one of the country’s most competitive healthcare markets. There are dozens of acute care hospitals and hundreds of ambulatory and practice sites. Mercy Health System, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the area, competes with half a dozen community hospitals and is in the Read More