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An App That Facilitates Physician Referrals

Social media and mobile apps are an important part of any healthcare marketer’s toolkit; these technologies are crucial in building brand awareness and increasing patient volume. But what about their use in driving physician referrals? Most of the time a healthcare referral is made, it is made by a physician, not a consumer or patient. 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

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

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

How Healthcare Marketers Can Leverage Instagram

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There’s no denying Instagram’s rapid rise in popularity. As of September 2017, the photo-sharing channel had more than 800 million monthly active users — double the amount it had just two years prior. On top of its massive growth, Instagram also has been rolling out a slew of new features what seems like almost monthly. Read More

Healthcare Marketers Unlock the Power of Instagram

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// By Melanie Graham // How Advocate Health Care Powers Up on Instagram — Plus Advice from UCLA Health’s Experience with the Photo Sharing Platform There’s no denying Instagram’s rapid rise in popularity. As of September 2017, the photo-sharing channel had more than 800 million monthly active users — double the amount it had just Read More

Ethical Land Mines To Avoid In Your Digital Advertising Efforts

Chris Neuner, senior vice president and general manager of digital health solutions at PulsePoint

Are you reaching the right people with your digital advertising without crossing any ethical lines? The latest programmatic technology makes it easier than ever to gather insights to help you connect with your target audience. But in the process, there are some land mines you’ll need to avoid. The exploding popularity of personal devices, from Read More

Steer Your Digital Healthcare Ad Targeting Around Ethical Land Mines

Chris Neuner, senior vice president and general manager of digital health solutions at PulsePoint

New Advisory Group Sets Guidelines for Programmatic Healthcare Advertising // By Lisa D. Ellis // Are you reaching the right people with your digital advertising without crossing any ethical lines? The latest programmatic technology makes it easier than ever to gather insights to help you connect with your target audience. But in the process, there Read More

Common SEO Myths That Can Hurt Healthcare Websites

Kyle Mills, manager of online marketing at Practis

“In the big picture of digital marketing, SEO is truly the most misunderstood portion,” says Kyle Mills, manager of online marketing at Practis, a North Carolina-based healthcare digital marketing agency. One of the biggest myths around SEO is that websites can be optimized once and have long-term success. The fact is that SEO is not Read More

Debunking Myths About Healthcare and Pharma SEO

Kyle Mills, manager of online marketing at Practis

Why Healthcare Marketers Should Think Beyond Title Tags and URLs // By Melanie Graham // For some healthcare marketers, search engine optimization (SEO) is a big, scary unknown. There seems to be a lot of mystery around how it works, what changes are being made, and what you should do to get your web content 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

Should You Leap Into Facebook Live Streaming?

Amanda Rayno, Brigham and Women's Hospital

There’s no denying the popularity of Facebook’s live video feature. Within a year of its site-wide launch in April 2016, broadcasts quadrupled, and one in five videos on the platform was live. For marketers, Facebook Live is a new and exciting way to engage with audiences. But live video can come with some hesitation and 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

How Brigham and Women’s Hospital Found Success with Facebook Live

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// By Melanie Graham // There’s no denying the popularity of Facebook’s live video feature. Within a year of its site-wide launch in April 2016, broadcasts quadrupled, and one in five videos on the platform was live. Meanwhile, users showed a strong response out the gate, even before the feature was available to everyone on Read More

Keys To Creating an Effective Chatbot for Your Health System

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For Jonno Boyer-Dry, creating a chatbot for cancer patients wasn’t a project based on financial goals or institutional efficiency. It was something that emerged out of personal experience. “Part of what is maddening about being a cancer patient is that resources and information are incredibly disaggregated,” says Boyer-Dry, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma three Read More

What Chatbots Need to Succeed in Healthcare

Melanie Graham

From small operations to large-scale providers, human-first is the key to a successful chatbot platform // By Melanie Graham // For Jonno Boyer-Dry, creating a chatbot for cancer patients wasn’t a project based on financial goals or institutional efficiency. It was something that emerged out of personal experience. “Part of what is maddening about being 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

Keep Your Community Benefit Reports Relevant

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Community benefit reports have been an important component of hospital communication strategies for many years. For nonprofit healthcare systems, this reporting mechanism is required to demonstrate the positive impact they have had on community health to retain tax exemptions and other benefits. But as consumers’ information consumption habits have changed, the format and role of Read More

Fresh Facebook Strategies That Maximize Visibility

Aaron Watkins, senior director of internet strategy and digital content marketing at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Any marketer will tell you that Facebook is one of the most powerful tools your brand can harness. It continues to show its strength as the most popular social media app, growing its active user base to more than 2 million and posting one successful quarter after another. But with more competition, new users, and Read More

Digital-First Approach with Emphasis on Video Strengthens Community Benefit Reports and Annual Reports

Anthony Gardner, vice president of marketing & communications at CentraCare Health

// By Lisa D. Ellis // Community benefit reports have been an important component of hospital communication strategies for many years. For nonprofit healthcare systems, this reporting mechanism is required to demonstrate the positive impact they have had on community health to retain tax exemptions and other benefits. But as consumers’ information consumption habits have Read More

Healthcare Marketers Look to Analytics, Live Video for Facebook Success

Melanie Graham

How healthcare brands are freshening up their Facebook strategy with testing, targeted audiences, and Facebook Live. // By Melanie Graham // Any marketer will tell you that Facebook is one of the most powerful tools your brand can harness. It continues to show its strength as the most popular social media app, growing its active Read More