Digital Strategy

The Multiplier Effect of Digital Marketing

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Digital Marketing is changing at breakneck speed, but hospital marketers who combine three emerging technologies will gain outsized results, especially in a highly competitive market.

While retailers have long been able to implement advanced digital marketing techniques, technical and legal restrictions have hampered hospital marketers from gaining the actionable insights that are more readily available in traditional industries.

Marketers know that understanding the patient journey is important. However, activating insights requires synthesizing data across multiple touch points and driving consumers to optimal movement through different pathways.

The Good News? Hospitals Are No Longer Stuck

MedTouch combines three emerging disciplines that, when programmatically coordinated together, radically change the landscape for healthcare marketers:

  • Building combinations of data-driven ads at massive scale
  • Leveraging hyper-locality to match consumers to your digital geography
  • Using predictive attribution to determine appointment behavior

When combined, these techniques become the Multiplier Effect, compounding their value and reinforcing their benefits at a dramatic new scale.

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Capturing Tomorrow’s Patient Today

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The healthcare landscape continues to evolve but the importance of the patient remains constant.

As new technology emerges, consumer behavior changes. Patients are no exception. To provide your patients with the best care you need to go beyond what your Electronic Health Record or Patient Portal can provide. There is a valuable opportunity to aid them in their health and wellness goals, and therefore develop strong and long lasting relationships. To do so, you must understand them and address their digital patient experience as part of their overall patient experience.

Based on a new survey of patients and caregivers, this report will help you:

  • Understand what the digital patient experience is and how it varies based on age.
  • Identify areas for improvement in your patient’s digital experience, specifically in the key 18 – 44 audience.
  • Address the PHI concerns for your organization and your patients.
  • Demonstrate to senior leadership how the digital touchpoints that are part of the patient experience are a way to develop lifelong relationships with them.

Data for this report was collected via an online survey of more than 1,100 patients who accessed healthcare for themselves or someone else within the past 12 months, with most accessing healthcare within the month prior to the survey.

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Content + Analytics: Penn Medicine’s Formula for Success

Suzanne Sawyer, vice president and chief marketing officer at Penn Medicine

// By Melanie Graham // When you consider the elements needed for quality content, what do you think of? Skilled copywriters may come to mind, or maybe you think of killer creative from a professional graphic designer. But what about data? It may not be the first thing that pops into your head, but analytics Read More

Benchmarking Reveals Whether You’re a Leader or a Laggard

Ben Dillon

“Benchmarking your organization against your peers is something every health system wants to do,” says Ben Dillon, chief strategy officer at Geonetric and eHST Editorial Advisory Board member. “But in reality, how you compete is more nuanced than just comparing your organization to others by team or bed size. It’s neither easy to compare yourself to an average of Read More

Healthcare CRM: the Definitive Guide

The Definitive Guide to Healthcare CRM ebook

Download this eBook and get the answers to all your questions on healthcare CRM and more, including:

  • What is Healthcare CRM and how can it help my organization?
  • Why is CRM so hot right now?
  • How does CRM fit in directly with the rest of my martech stack?
  • What are the common and advanced features of CRM tools?
  • How do I build a business case and convince internal stakeholders to act?
  • What does the future of CRM look like?

We’ve also included worksheets that you can use to figure out whether your organization is ready for CRM and how it will help you increase your revenue and attain high priority business goals.

The silos that once bound clinical and behavioral data up to this point — EHRs, lab data, content management systems, and the like — can now largely be eliminated with a variety of integration techniques, most notably using standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs). With APIs, you can feed disparate data sources into a single centralized platform, which, for the purposes of healthcare marketing, means a CRM. There, clinical and behavioral data is meshed with consumer marketing data, crucially enabling organizations to engage with consumers in a more refined, relevant, and personalized way.

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4 Models for a Consumer-Centric Hospital Website

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Before redesigning your hospital website in 2018, consider these 4 models.

Hospital websites have traditionally been structured as static brochureware — featuring limited functionality and transactional capabilities. But with healthcare consumerism in full swing, the new standard for hospital website redesign is inspired by best practices from leading B2B and B2C brands that treat their sites as living, breathing experiences.

In this eBook, you’ll learn about four modern and practical models for a more consumer-centric hospital website that also delivers measurable ROI for your C-suite. Explore how you can:

  • Create a scalable platform for integrated service line marketing programs
  • Weave inbound and content marketing strategies throughout your site
  • Deliver a more personalized web experience with the help of your EHR
  • Manage important internal cultural shifts as you embark on a redesign

You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at one redesign that earned recognition from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards for its Google-inspired search.

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Ask the Expert: What Differentiates a Healthcare Digital Marketing Leader?

Ben Dillon

Learn How Leading Healthcare Marketers Do Digital Differently and How to Propel Your Organization Forward // By Ben Dillon // Benchmarking your organization against your peers is something every health system wants to do. But in reality, how you compete is more nuanced than just comparing your organization to others by team or bed size. 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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IBM Marketing Catalyst: A Preconfigured Healthcare Marketing Stack

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What do you get when you cross IBM Watson with five Adobe marketing tools? A smart, HIPAA-compliant, preconfigured marketing stack curated for healthcare that doesn’t take years to implement. That’s the case IBM is hoping to prove to healthcare and life sciences organizations with its new offering, IBM Marketing Catalyst. Developed by digital consultancy IBM Read More

eHealthcare Leadership Award Winners: They’re Simply the Best

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

// 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

Call for Entries — 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

The Call for Entries for the 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is now open. This leading awards program, which draws some 1,000 entries, exclusively recognizes the very best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations (both large and small), online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, agencies/suppliers, and business improvement initiatives. These awards highlight the role of Read More

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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4 Key CRM Best Practices

Maximize Your Healthcare Organization’s Success with CRM

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It is no longer enough for health system marketers to focus on the needs of their current patient base; now you must provide access and services to engage new consumers where they are searching for healthcare online. With concern for population health in mind, the best healthcare marketers use data to predict consumers’ health needs and send targeted campaigns to deliver timely, relevant information.

To achieve all of this, hospital marketers need a powerful tool in their arsenal: a sophisticated customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Far more than just a way to record consumer contact information, a modern CRM solution acts as a database and interface that helps the marketer aggregate and draw on detailed demographic, psychographic, and behavioral data. Using CRM, marketers can glean valuable insights, develop viable strategies, and deploy effective campaigns to attract more patients.

Download this free guide and gain a deeper understanding of key practices and elements of healthcare CRM and how they can help your healthcare organization:

  • predictive modeling
  • personas and patient pathways
  • personalization
  • attribution

 
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A New Tool That Could Transform Your Patient Communications

Progressive Web App (PWA) Characteristics

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 (PWAs) can help you accomplish all 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

Choosing a Winning Online Scheduling Tool

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Key Considerations for Health System Executives

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Speed and convenience. This is the mantra of today’s tech-savvy consumers, who want instant access to information that can inform their decision-making, as well as a convenient way to follow through with an online appointment or purchase.

In the healthcare industry, more than 60% of patients say they would switch physicians to get an appointment quickly, and, more importantly, 40% of patients would switch physicians for online access to appointments.

Unfortunately, healthcare systems have struggled to keep pace with consumer expectations. System complexity, information silos, a delay in technology adoption, and physician resistance have all stood in the way of giving patients what they really want: the ability to schedule healthcare appointments online.

The healthcare systems that can capitalize on this growing market opportunity will reap critical advantages in patient satisfaction and long-term loyalty.

This brand-new guide will help healthcare system executives understand the choices available and key considerations in implementing an online scheduling tool.

 
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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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Your Presenters:

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.

But with the right technology, organizations can gain control over their information, and consumers benefit from access to current, comprehensive, and accurate information when choosing a doctor.

Watch this webinar on demand now and learn how Ochsner Health System uses a technology solution to proactively manage its online presence — and ensure it is a consistently strong contender for consumers’ attention when seeking a provider.

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Are Your Marketing Efforts Underutilizing LinkedIn?

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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 worth the effort to reach Read More

Blockchain-Enabled Solutions to Persistent Healthcare Problems

John Halamka

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 the $11 million they collectively invested in Bitcoin in 2013, was valued at more than $1.7 billion. So what does Bitcoin have to do with healthcare? Or digital Read More

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

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

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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Bringing the Amazon Experience to Healthcare

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Applying Retail Best Practices to Healthcare Marketing

The age of healthcare consumer experience is here to stay, but understanding what that means and how to translate traditional retail customer experience tactics to healthcare can be confusing. This ebook gives you concrete tips and strategies for bringing that Amazon-like experience to healthcare marketing.

This guide examines how Amazon accomplishes great customer experience management through a mobile first strategy, data-based user experience design, conversion optimization, and personalization then shows you where you can apply these same principles to your own website, provider profiles, and more.

 
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