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.

2018 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey

2018 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey

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For the second year in a row, Geonetric and eHealthcare Strategy & Trends collaborated to deliver the largest, most comprehensive look at the digital evolution of healthcare organizations available. In this groundbreaking survey, we heard from 249 healthcare provider organizations and 47 of your agency and vendor partners.

Our goal in delivering this report is to offer not only basic data to benchmark your organization, but also to deliver insights that will help you plan for the future of your digital operations. That’s why you’ll find a few unique elements in this report you won’t find anywhere else

  • LeaderAverageLaggard Analysis
    It’s not enough to look at the average of all organizations to understand what you need to do to succeed. With our distinct benchmarking method that allows organizations to self-report where they are outperforming or underperforming, you’ll see how leading organizations plan, budget, and execute differently from their counterparts.
  • Comparing the provider and vendor perspectives
    Perspectives from your industry peers are important, but we also find that the vendors and agencies that work with you may have a broader, and often different, understanding into what’s most important to your digital success.
  • Ample insight
    Answer summaries to individual questions are always interesting, but the deeper revelations are often found at the intersection between different questions. That’s why you’ll find interesting insights when the questions are crossed. For example, when analyzing budget and team sizes relative to the number of beds or looking at the relationship between the forecasts for both overall marketing budgets and digital marketing budgets.

What insights await you in the report?

You’ll have to read this report to find out, but here’s a sampling of some of the interesting trends we’re noticing

  • Content is hard, but also maybe the single most critical thing to digital success.
  • Hospitals want patients — that’s why they invest in digital marketing — but what’s less clear is if they’re finding success at getting those patients.
  • New challenges are emerging in the area of operational integration and digital strategy.
  • The new hot jobs in healthcare digital marketing are in content development, customer relationship management (CRM), social media, and marketing automation.
  • Marketing investment continues to shift from traditional media to digital.
  • The website redesign cycle has been slow in recent years (4-5 year cycle), but there’s a huge wave of redesigns planned and underway right now.
  • Web personalization is difficult to execute and continues to be more hype than game changing.

As you plan for 2018 and beyond, this guide will not only help you benchmark where you stand today but also better plan for future initiatives. We’re excited to see what other insights you uncover as you review this report and use the data to make informed decisions at your organization.

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Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

Ben Dillon

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