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Highlights: 2018-19 Best Hospitals and Best Hospital Digital Experience

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Every August, U.S. News & World Report announces its “Best Hospitals Rankings and Ratings.” The “Honor Roll” is the top of the heap — a list of the 20 best hospitals overall. Inclusion on the Honor Roll is a highly coveted accolade, giving healthcare organizations a year’s worth of well-deserved bragging rights and strong motivation Read More

Online Reputation Management: Boston Children’s Hospital Reaps the Benefits — and It’s Just Getting Started

William Gagnon is senior director, digital at Boston Children’s

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Boston Children’s Hospital recently received highest honors from U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s number-one children’s hospital for 2018-2019, for the fifth year. “Boston Children’s Hospital tops this year’s Honor Roll and ranks No. 1 in three of the 10 specialties; neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology and orthopedics,” Read More

Voice Search Redefines The Healthcare Consumer Experience

Keir Bradshaw

“I’m Sorry, Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That…Yet.” // By Keir Bradshaw // In 1968, MGM Studios released the Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C. Clarke movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although not the first representation of voice interaction with computer-based artificial intelligence, the narrative elements between the lead characters, Dave and HAL 9000, foreshadow the aspirations Read More

Want to Earn Media from Top Influencers? Avoid These 6 Mistakes

Stephen Panico, chief growth officer of Buzzstream

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Your digital marketing content is honed to perfection, but have you packaged it to resonate with key influencers who can help you extend your presence? Your answer could be the difference between success and failure, says Stephen Panico, chief growth officer of Buzzstream. Making Meaningful Connections to Build Your Read More

Dr. Google, You’re Fired

Andrew Le, MD, CEO and co-founder of Buoy

Froedtert Health Implements Buoy, an AI Tool That Provides Patients Possible Diagnoses and Recommends Treatment Options // By Jane Weber Brubaker // A Google search is often the starting point when someone has a health concern. But many consumers have been scared out of their wits by the results they find. “The joke you hear Read More

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

From Discovery to Post-Care: How Is Technology Facilitating the Customer Journey in Healthcare?

Andrei Zimiles, co-founder and CEO of Doctor.com

Ask the Expert with Andrei Zimiles // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Andrei Zimiles is co-founder and CEO of Doctor.com. The company’s marketing automation platform incorporates provider solutions for directory listings and reputation management, and in August 2017, Doctor.com launched a universal online scheduling capability. In December, Doctor.com merged with Connect Healthcare, and the combined Read More

How and Why To Create Customer Journey Maps for Hospitals

Shawn Gross is chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino

“Great content marketing starts with understanding the customer’s journey,” says Shawn Gross, chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino. “Journey mapping has become a favorite marketing tool for visualizing the customer’s experience. But what exactly are journey maps, how do you create them, and what is the best way to apply them to Read More

The Science of Hospital Journey Mapping

Shawn Gross is chief digital strategist, healthcare practice lead, at White Rhino

// By Shawn Gross // Great content marketing starts with understanding the customer’s journey. Journey mapping has become a favorite marketing tool for visualizing the customer’s experience. But what exactly are journey maps, how do you create them, and what is the best way to apply them to hospital marketing? At first glance, a customer’s 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

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

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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Definitive Guide to Healthcare CMS

Influence Health Definitive Guide to Healthcare CMS

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Download this guide and get the answers to all your questions and more including:

  • Does my organization need a new healthcare website and content management system (CMS) solution?
  • What deployment model is right for us?
  • How do changing consumer behaviors impact our selection?
  • What common and advanced features should a contemporary healthcare CMS include?
  • What steps should we take to select the right CMS for our needs?
  • How do we build a business case and convince internal stakeholders to act?
  • How does my organization advance its personalization strategy?
  • How do we measure CMS success?
  • What does the future of healthcare CMS look like?

We’ve also included tactical tips and a worksheet to walk you through the process of selecting a CMS and implementing a new hospital website (or websites), including creating a shared vision and roadmap for overall organizational success.

Website strategy today means figuring out how to meet consumer expectations and deliver value to drive engagement, loyalty, and more. If your progress against rising healthcare consumer expectations is painfully slow, it might be time to move away from your legacy web content management system to a web solution with the feature sets, architecture, deployment model, and cost structure that can speed up your digital transformation efforts.

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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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Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric

Get the Latest Market Research Findings to Shape Your Strategy in 2018 and Beyond

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  • 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?

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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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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

Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Your Healthcare Organization

What do Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Time Inc., and other consumer brands and products have in common with your healthcare organization? More than you might think, when it comes to digital consumer engagement. Everyone knows Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. In fact, just thinking of the name may make you drool for a pint Read More