Online Advertising

The Impact for Healthcare Marketers of the Chrome Cookie Phase-Out

Jeff Steblea, director of sales for Eruptr

In January, Google declared its plan to phase out support for third-party cookies in its Chrome browser by the year 2022. The announcement has led many digital marketers to panic because digital ads depend on cookies for targeting, and Chrome has significant market share. But healthcare digital marketers already have to play by stricter rules, Read More

How Does Google’s Cookie Announcement Affect Healthcare?

Alex Membrillo, CEO of Cardinal Digital Marketing

// By Jared Johnson // A recent announcement by Google to change how personalized advertising works in its Chrome web browser has the digital marketing world up in arms, but healthcare marketers might have less reason to worry, according to industry insiders. In January, Google declared its plan to phase out support for third-party cookies Read More

When Google Gets It Wrong, Patients (and You) Suffer

Megan Yezak, marketing manager at MidMichigan Health

Anyone who’s been to a large hospital campus can relate to how hard it is to figure out where to go, even with GPS and Google Maps. Should you go in the north entrance or the south entrance? Is your doctor in the main hospital building or another building? Is parking lot A, B, or Read More

How To Get Your Ads in Front of Your Target Audience

Marc Reifenrath, co-founder and president of Spinutech

According to a Deloitte Global survey, more than three-quarters of North Americans use at least one form of ad-blocking. The survey found that 31 percent of Americans use ad-blocking software on their desktop computers, and 20 percent say they use a mobile ad-blocker. With a significant number of people using ad-blocking tools, marketers face an Read More

Banner Ads in the Age of Ad-Blocking

Althea Fung

// By Althea Fung // Digital advertising has always been and will always be a moving target, as the online audience matures and platforms become more sophisticated. To win in this environment, it’s essential to keep pace with emerging trends and adapt accordingly. Atop the building next to my apartment is a billboard that reads: Read More

2019: Change and Competition for Healthcare Marketers

“Toward the beginning of a new year, everyone gets excited about trends,” says Ben Dillon of Geonetric. “But trends don’t start or end in a single year. Sometimes they are more of a movement, something that has been building momentum over the past several years.” In our new article, Dillon takes a look back on Read More

The Cost of Not Having Healthcare CRM

The Cost of Not Having Healthcare CRM

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Has your health system delayed the decision to move away from an ineffective CRM system? Or hesitated to invest in one at all?

This non-decision can be costing your organization in missed opportunities: Patients left unengaged. Prospective patients unacquired. Market share lost.

Download this new white paper today to arm yourself and your team to make the case for investment in CRM at your health system.

You’ll get insights into:

  • Key benefits a modern CRM system offers
  • Why CRM systems represent an investment, not an expense
  • The opportunity costs of not leveraging CRM
  • How CRM systems help with both acquisition and retention
  • Why you can no longer afford to rely on manual marketing efforts

Download your copy today

How Data Can Create a Better Brand Experience

Drew Diskin, director of marketing technology for Virtua Health

Data available to marketers today is key to creating brand experiences that last, but only when used at patients’ decision points. Drew Diskin, director of marketing technology for Virtua Health, recently shared how the healthcare system underwent a departmental transformation that resulted in a unique approach to being agile with data. eHST: In general, where Read More

Driving Brand Experience with Data

Ask the Expert, with Drew Diskin, Director of Marketing Technology, Virtua Health // By Jared Johnson // Data available to marketers today is key to creating brand experiences that last, but only when used at patients’ decision points. Drew Diskin, director of marketing technology for Virtua Health, recently shared with me how the healthcare system Read More

Trends, Predictions, and the User Experience Movement

Learn the biggest takeaways from 2019, what to expect for 2020, and why user experience is at the heart of it all. // By Ben Dillon // Toward the beginning of a new year, everyone gets excited about trends. But trends don’t start or end in a single year. Sometimes they are more of a Read More

Double Your Search Impact Without Spending One Dollar More

Double Your Search Impact Without Spending One Dollar More

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Most hospital marketers have a sneaking suspicion that some of their digital spend goes to waste. But they struggle to pinpoint the source of the problem.

This whitepaper will give you a framework to investigate the effectiveness of your current spend and develop a path to double your impact without doubling your budget.

We’ll explore dynamics unique to healthcare campaigns, provide clear expectations about what results you should expect, and show you how to find reliable third-party data to validate your improvements.

Download your copy and you’ll come away with these three critical healthcare digital marketing takeaways:

  • The fundamental campaign types for healthcare digital advertising
  • How to choose the best model for your campaigns and set the right KPIs to take control of your spend
  • Best practices based on years of practical experience to get a comprehensive benchmark and diagnose campaign issues

Embrace these ideas and you can leapfrog ahead of your competition while they continue to spend twice as much for digital advertisements.

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HCIC 2019: A Good Time and a Good Education

Kathy Divis, president and co-founder of Greystone.Net

Sneak Peek at 23rd Annual Greystone.Net Healthcare Internet Conference // By Jane Weber Brubaker // HCIC is a little like the gathering of the clans. “I’ve had people tell me that they feel like this is their tribe,” says Kathy Divis, president and co-founder of Greystone.Net, producers of HCIC, the annual Healthcare Internet Conference. “They Read More

Bringing the Amazon Experience to Healthcare

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Free white paper published by Healthgrades

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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The Definitive Guide to Healthcare CRM

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Free white paper published by Healthgrades

A Practical Guide for Successful CRM Selecton, Implementation and Value Creation

Download this eBook and get the answers to all your questions 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.

Download your copy today

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.

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ROI Matters, Even If No One Is Asking

Ben Dillon

Insights from popular survey reveal the real state of ROI reporting in healthcare digital marketing and what savvy leaders can do about it. // By Ben Dillon // A senior marketing leader at a large health system once told me that her ultimate career goal was to get finance to treat her department as a Read More

Survey: Healthcare Mobile Traffic Now Exceeding Desktop Traffic

Michael Schneider, executive vice president and co-founder, Greystone.Net

“Digital marketing in healthcare is in the midst of an evolution, with some revealing trends, including a mixed view of customer relationship management (CRM) and emerging technologies, according to the 4th Annual State of Digital Marketing for Hospitals report,” writes Jared Johnson, eHST board member and host of the Healthcare Rap podcast. The report, administered Read More

Survey Highlights Healthcare Digital Marketing’s Growth, Challenges

Jared Johnson

// By Jared Johnson // Digital marketing in healthcare is in the midst of an evolution, with some revealing trends, including a mixed view of customer relationship management (CRM) and emerging technologies, according to the 4th Annual State of Digital Marketing for Hospitals report. The report, administered by Greystone.Net and Klein & Partners, highlights responses Read More

Online Reputation Management: It’s More Than Ratings and Reviews

Lindsay Neese Burton, Healthcare Marketing Director, Reputation.com and Amanda Henson, Director of Online Reputation Management, Kindred Healthcare

How Kindred Healthcare leverages insights from online reviews to improve its online reputation, attract new patients, and enhance care

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

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Building a positive reputation for your organization and physicians online has never been more critical:

  • 88 percent of consumers start their search for a provider online
  • 80 percent want to read six or more reviews to assess a provider
  • Search engines use reviews as part of their ranking algorithms — more reviews, and recent reviews, ensure your doctors and locations rank high
  • Positive online sentiment drives measurable patient satisfaction, predicting an increase in HCAHPS scores of as much as 17 percent according a recent assessment.

In this on-demand webinar, Lindsay Neese Burton, healthcare marketing director at Reputation.com, will share the latest trends in reputation management. “It’s more than just responding to patient reviews,” she says. “It is an orchestration of multiple digital and operational efforts that creates a virtuous cycle and drives new business.

Joining Lindsay, Amanda Henson, director of online reputation management at Kindred Healthcare will show how Kindred’s strategy ensures consumers find and choose Kindred — and how incorporating feedback from online reviews improves the patient experience.

You’ll learn:

  • The essential elements of a robust reputation management strategy — beyond ratings and reviews
  • How online reputation management optimizes search, supports acquisition of new patients, and helps you improve patient experience
  • How Reputation Score provides an index to monitor and improve your organization’s digital presence
  • How to engage your operations teams and create action plans based on feedback

Watch now and learn how you can create a robust and consistent online presence for every physician and location, improve your rankings, and attract more patients.

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Blurred Lines: Marketing and Ethics in the Brave New World, Part 1

Danny Fell

// By Daniel Fell // The following article was adapted from the panel presentation Blurred Lines: Marketing and Ethics in the Brave New World held at the 2018 Healthcare Internet Conference (HCIC) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Panel members included Karen Corrigan, founder and CEO of Corrigan Consulting; David Feinberg, chief marketing officer at Mount Sinai Health Read More

M&A News: Healthgrades Acquires Influence Health

Rob Draughon

Conversation with Rob Draughon, CEO, Healthgrades // By Jane Weber Brubaker // On January 8, Healthgrades announced its acquisition of Influence Health at the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. We spoke with Healthgrades CEO Rob Draughon to hear more about the strategy and plans for the combined portfolio of products and Read More

Marketing Automation Can Help Create Personalized Patient Journeys

Rachel Neely, senior healthcare consultant, Evariant

A prospective patient interested in weight loss surgery finds out your organization holds bariatric surgery seminars. He fills out the online form to attend the upcoming session. Now what? If your organization uses a marketing automation (MA) platform, you have an opportunity to create personalized patient journeys. The use of marketing automation is growing steadily. Read More

How Scripps Health Uses Marketing Automation to Drive Results

Rachel Neely, senior healthcare consultant, Evariant

// By Althea Fung // A prospective patient interested in weight loss surgery finds out your organization holds bariatric surgery seminars. He fills out the online form to attend the upcoming session. Now what? If your organization uses a marketing automation (MA) platform, you have an opportunity to create personalized patient journeys. In a recent Read More

Digital Trends Affecting Healthcare in 2019

Chris Boyer, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health

We asked Chris Boyer, 2018 Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame inductee, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health, and host of the touch point podcast to weigh in on digital trends that will affect hospitals and health systems in 2019. Digital transformation is critical for all members of the Read More

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