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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

Get the Most Out of Data Science Insights for Your Healthcare Marketing

Jared Johnson, manager, digital marketing services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Data-driven marketing is the holy grail in today’s environment of accountability. To get there, many organizations are investing in data scientists. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of them. In our new article, Jared Johnson shares his experience from Year One of having a data scientist on-board. Until very recently, Johnson was manager of marketing technology and Read More

Chris Boyer’s Crystal Ball: Top 7 Digital Trends in 2019

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

// By Sheryl Jackson // 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 Read More

Healthcare Marketing Analytics: 6 Things We Learned with Our New Data Scientist

Jared Johnson, manager, digital marketing services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

// By Jared Johnson // Data-driven marketing is the holy grail in today’s environment of accountability. To get there, many organizations are investing in data scientists. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of them. In this article, Jared Johnson, manager of marketing technology and analytics at Phoenix Children’s, shares his experience from Year One of having Read More

Small Medical Practice Gets Big Results from LOCALiQ

Dean Mitchell, MD, president of Mitchell Medical Group

Creating and maintaining a strong digital presence can be difficult for any healthcare organization. But for smaller groups with fewer resources, it can be particularly tough to compete online with more established systems. That’s where the latest technological advances can make a real difference.  This was the case for Mitchell Medical Group in New York Read More

The Evolving Patient Experience: Meeting Your Patients Everywhere They Search

The Evolving Patient Experience: Meeting Your Patients Everywhere They Search

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Is your health system prepared to meet patients everywhere they’re searching for health information?

A year and a half ago, Yext conducted a survey of 1,000 patients who had gone online to find a physician, hospital, or other healthcare provider in the past 12 months to learn how they search for — and make decisions about — providers.

In January 2018, we conducted two new studies: one follow-up to our previous study, and one with a focus on how voice and intelligent systems are changing how patients are finding health information.

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  • Search for individual providers
  • Find information outside of health systems’ websites
  • Expect online transactions
  • Look for a provider’s insurance
  • Use multiple devices to find healthcare information

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How Healthcare Marketers Can Leverage the New Google Marketing Platform

Melanie Graham

As a digital marketer, you know that staying on top of the latest analytics trends and algorithm changes is all part of the game. Nevertheless, the summer of 2018 really kept marketers on their toes, as Google made several big announcements that have shifted the way marketers use their ad and analytics platforms. In June, Read More

Digital Marketing Strategy to Grow Medical Practice Brings Newsworthy Results

Dean Mitchell, MD, president of Mitchell Medical Group

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Creating and maintaining a strong digital presence can be difficult for any healthcare organization. But for smaller groups with fewer resources, it can be particularly tough to compete online with more established systems. That’s where the latest technological advances can make a real difference.  A Small Fish in a Read More

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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Consider All the Variables When Evaluating Your Marketing ROI

Jessica Walker

When you claim an impressive-sounding healthcare marketing ROI for a marketing initiative, are you undermining your credibility by not considering all the variables in your calculation? “With case volumes slipping and persistent competitive threats to operating margins, many healthcare marketers look to purchase multiple solutions — CRMs, digital marketing services/tools, targeting lists, among others — Read More

Your Healthcare Marketing ROI: Are You Comparing Apples to Bananas?

Jessica Walker

When you claim an impressive-sounding healthcare marketing ROI for a marketing initiative, are you undermining your credibility by not considering all the variables in your calculation? Here, Jessica Walker, an industry veteran and thought leader, takes us through some detailed examples of how marketers could misinterpret information and misstate their true healthcare marketing ROI by Read More

Overlooking Phone Calls in Your Pursuit of More Healthcare Marketing Conversions?

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For some organizations, the phone is the primary marketing channel consumers use to make contact — and to convert into patients. For these organizations the phone experience is critical to success. Today we’ll look at new digital tools that can help this once-analog channel optimize customer experience and increase conversions.

Penn Medicine’s Secret to Success? Analytics.

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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 are a key part of Read More

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

Data-Driven Marketing, A Successful Bariatric Campaign, and More

David Duvall, senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer, Novant Health

There’s so much to keep up with in our world of healthcare marketing, and in our new feature, Snippets, we want to give you brief highlights from some of the things that catch our attention in the digital realm, snippets of webinars, podcasts, and other content that just might help you solve your latest challenge. Read More

Craft Your Messaging To Each Stage of the Patient Journey

Susan Dubuque, principal and co-founder of ndp

You don’t need to be an industry expert to know that today’s healthcare structure is experiencing tremendous change. Organizations are grappling with new technology as well as adjusting to reimbursement models that involve taking on more risk for patients’ health and well-being. These changes affect healthcare operations and administration, and they also trickle down to Read More

Stages of Behavioral Change + CRM: A Winning Strategy for Healthcare Marketers

Melanie Graham

// By Melanie Graham // You don’t need to be an industry expert to know that today’s healthcare structure is experiencing tremendous change. Organizations are grappling with new technology as well as adjusting to reimbursement models that involve taking on more risk for patients’ health and well-being. These changes affect healthcare operations and administration, and 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

3 Platinum Award Winners Show How Digital Marketing Is Done

Jane Weber Brubaker

// 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

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

Lessons Learned From the Middle School Science Fair

Jared Johnson

“When a child wins the 6th-grade science fair, no one tells her, ‘Congrats! You’re going to make a great marketer one day!’ But maybe we should,” says Jared Johnson, a #DigitalHealth Top 100 Influencer and Phoenix Children’s manager of marketing technology and analytics. “The days of science and liberal arts being at opposite ends of 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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