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Crawl Before You Walk, Walk Before You Run: Get Your SEO Fundamentals in Order

// By Mark Samber, PhD // Ranking high on search engine results pages (SERP) is probably the most important endeavor for any healthcare marketing department. After all, 60 to 70 percent of your potential customers (patients) search Google for providers. It is imperative that the bulk of your resources — infrastructure and marketing spend — Read More

3 Platinum Award Winners Show How Digital Marketing Is Done

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // As healthcare organizations grow in digital marketing sophistication, they raise the bar for others, creating powerful multichannel campaigns that drive measurable results. Three organizations achieved top honors in the category of Best Marketing Campaign in the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards, winning Platinum Awards. This category gives organizations the opportunity Read More

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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eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners: They’re Simply the Best

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // It’s that time of year again. The call for entries for the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is open as of May 1. This year’s award winners will be announced at a gala luncheon on November 7 at the HCIC conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winners are selected from nearly 1,000 Read More

A New, Smarter CRM for Healthcare Marketers

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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 data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Read More

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

From a Nonfunctional Website To Digital-First

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“When Lisa Stockmon arrived at City of Hope National Medical Center in 2014 as chief marketing and communications officer, she was on a mission to transform the venerable comprehensive cancer center into a national brand and an international digital marketing powerhouse,” says Robin Snow, founder and principal of Aefinity Interactive, LLC. “She had the experience Read More

City of Hope’s Digital-First Transformation

Robin Snow

// By Robin Snow // When Lisa Stockmon arrived at City of Hope National Medical Center in 2014 as chief marketing and communications officer, she was on a mission to transform the venerable comprehensive cancer center into a national brand and an international digital marketing powerhouse. She had the experience to do it, having completed Read More

Integrated CRM/PRM: A Strategy for Health System Marketing Success

Last year, in an article on Lehigh Valley Health Network’s integrated CRM/PRM strategy, we got right up to the starting line with the health system’s CRM selection and implementation, and learned about its ambitious plans for the future. It’s been 18 months, and we wanted to find out how it’s going. The short answer is, it’s Read More

Joe Healthcare Marketer, You Are Cordially Invited to the C-Suite

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // In a March 2016 article, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! Lehigh Valley Health Network Revs It Up with Integrated CRM/PRM Strategy,” we got right up to the starting line with the health system’s CRM selection and implementation, and learned about its ambitious plans for the future. It’s been 18 months, Read More

Online Reputation Management: A Systematic Approach Pays Off

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“Reputation management has never been more important for healthcare providers and organizations that are actively seeking new patients. Why? The increase in high-deductible health plans has created a new breed of healthcare shopper,” says Becky Barney-Villano, healthcare writer and marketing specialist. “The rise of insurance exchanges where consumers pick their plans has resulted in more Read More

Health System Develops Campaign To Promote Digital Helpline

Millennials are officially the largest generation, edging out baby boomers in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2018, millennials will have more spending power than any other generation, and marketers are lining up to find ways to connect with them. So what do hospitals have to offer young, mostly healthy people? OhioHealth turned Read More

Making the Shift from Traditional PR to Digital Marketing

Don Stanziano is corporate vice president of marketing and communications at Scripps Health, an integrated healthcare delivery network in San Diego with five acute care hospitals; 30 ambulatory clinics; 14,000 employees; 3,000 physicians; and $2.9 billion in annual revenue. Stanziano leads branding, public relations, internal communications, and call center marketing, as well as digital-first demand Read More

Is Online Ad Fraud Hurting the ROI of Your Digital Campaigns?

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If you have money to burn on digital advertising, then pay no attention to this article. But if you’re like most health systems, you’re scrambling to prove that the ad dollars you’ve been allotted are netting great results that warrant bigger budgets. So what happens if a big chunk of your online ads is never Read More

Troubleshooting Your Digital Healthcare Marketing Strategy

Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google

Is it wrong to post ER wait times prominently on your homepage? It’s a fine strategy if you’re content to solve for a tiny fraction of your site visitors, say 2 percent. Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google, suggests instead: Why not create content and marketing strategies that meet the needs of 100 percent Read More

Why Facebook Ads Are Uniquely Positioned To Deliver Results for Healthcare Marketers

Last year, we spoke with Michael Sengbusch, then Chief Technology Officer at Brightwhistle, about Facebook advertising trends like custom audiences and lookalike audiences. We asked Sengbusch, now General Manager, Digital Marketing Cloud at InfluenceHealth, to give us an update on paid advertising on Facebook for hospitals and health systems. He continues to be very bullish Read More

Eliminating Online Ad Fraud: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

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// By Jane Weber Brubaker // If you have money to burn on digital advertising, then pay no attention to this article. But if you’re like most health systems, you’re scrambling to prove that the ad dollars you’ve been allotted are netting great results that warrant bigger budgets. So what happens if a big chunk Read More

Why Isn’t My Hospital’s Digital Strategy Working?

Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google

Ask the Expert, with Avinash Kaushik // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Is it wrong to post ER wait times prominently on your homepage? It’s a fine strategy if you’re content to solve for a tiny fraction of your site visitors, say 2 percent. Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google, suggests instead: Why not Read More

IBM Watson Health: How Smart Computers Can Revolutionize Healthcare Marketing

Suzanne Sawyer, Vice President, Portfolio Marketing at IBM Watson Health

IBM’s cognitive computer Watson became a household name and overnight sensation in 2011 when it beat two of Jeopardy’s top contestants, smoothly handling the show’s lineup of cleverly named categories and obscure facts. Soon after Watson’s victory, IBM began to get inquiries from physicians, particularly oncologists, interested in knowing if cognitive technology could be applied Read More