Social Media

10 Trends Dominating Digital Healthcare: Observations Inspired by Winners of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards

By Mark S. Gothberg The demands of healthcare reform and an increasingly competitive environment have led to accelerated digital innovation. During last year’s eHealthcare Leadership Awards program, I clearly observed that organizations have made major improvements in their websites and expanded social media. They are also using mobile applications to engage current and prospective customers Read More

What Major Forces Are Shaping Healthcare Marketing Today?

Kathy Divis, President, Greystone.Net

Ask the Expert with Kathy Divis Kathy Divis is President of Greystone.Net and a member of the eHealthcare Strategy & Trends Editorial Advisory Board. In a recent presentation at the Healthcare Marketing and Physician Strategies Summit, she discussed the most significant trends in healthcare marketing—and what hospitals and health systems should do now as a Read More

University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Digital Marketing Redesign Achieves Stellar Results

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Few would disagree that healthcare has lagged behind other industries in adoption of digital marketing strategies and technologies. Suzanne Sawyer, Chief Marketing Officer at Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, made it her mission to change that in her own organization. “The discipline of marketing is changing and evolving,” says Sawyer. “We’ve been Read More

Precision Digital Marketing: Penn Medicine’s Journey of Innovation

Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, has a long and venerable history. The School of Medicine was the first in the nation, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania the first teaching hospital. In keeping with its legacy of innovation, Penn Medicine today continues to chart new territory, reaching new and existing Read More

Social Media for Direct Response: Zooming In On Facebook Targeting Tools

Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta and digital marketing solutions provider BrightWhistle were featured in our January article “Building a Facebook Community Creates Marketing Opportunities for Atlanta’s Piedmont Healthcare.” The article was based on a presentation at the 2014 Healthcare Internet Conference (HCIC) given by Matt Gove, CMO at Piedmont and Michael Sengbusch CTO at BrightWhistle. We Read More

Is Organic Reach Dead on Facebook?

Late last year, Facebook announced on its blog, “Pages that post promotional creative should expect their organic distribution to fall significantly over time.” In a related post on the same day, Facebook assured businesses that, “Pages still matter — a lot,” and for emphasis, added, “In October, for instance, nearly a billion people visited Facebook Read More

LinkedIn: 4 Hospitals, 4 Unique Strategies

By Spencer Hunt What’s the best strategy for hospitals using LinkedIn? Consider these two examples. The updates Vanderbilt University Medical Center posts on its LinkedIn page frequently congratulate doctors on their awards and promotions. Advances in malaria and scoliosis research are celebrated, and job openings at the Nashville hospital—particularly for nurses—are featured. Almost 500 miles Read More

Getting Your Money’s Worth from Social Media: Promoted Posts Pay Off

by Ed Lamb “When you have a Facebook post that is generating good organic engagement, putting a little money behind it can really produce great results.” Amanda Mauck, the Digital Marketing Manager for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and her chief consultant partner at Social Innovation, Lannie Byrd, shared this insight in separate interviews with eHealthcare Read More

Teach Your Physicians and Staff How to Blog Effectively

// by Grace Jones // Starting a hospital blog can often seem like a daunting task. What should we name the blog? What topics should it be about? Who is our audience? How often should we post? These are all good questions to ask when starting a blog. Yet none of them matters if you Read More

The Best and Worst of Celebrity Endorsements in Healthcare Social Media Marketing

by Jennifer Redmond Only in this day and age would a high school student’s tweets garner the attention of  White House staffers and earn a spot in national headlines. But that’s exactly what happened as the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama made its way up the trending charts in mid-November 2014. Accompanying the sardonic hashtag were unappealing photos Read More

The Evolution of “Social Interaction” to “Social Marketing”

by Dan Fredricks Humans are absolute social beings. We have evolved this trait over hundreds of millennia to ensure our success in the two major aspects of life—survival and reproduction. Understanding that we have been hardwired by evolution to be profoundly social is a major advantage to healthcare marketers. This knowledge will enable you to Read More

Consolidating a Hospital’s Brand Presence on the Web

by Ted Balowski Having an effective Web presence is critically important for a hospital or healthcare organization, but how should that presence appear for a brand with more than one location? Is it a good idea for a brand with multiple locations or offerings to consolidate efforts? In the past decade, there have been profound Read More

Using Condition Content to Lead Patients to You Online

by Mike Maloney and Katrina VanTyne In 2012, Google published a landmark study about the hospital selection process, “The Digital Journey to Wellness.” According to the study, 75 percent of searches by prospective patients revolve around four specific areas: conditions, diseases, symptoms, and departments. Our web team at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT, Read More

Optimize Use of Social Media in a Social Media Crisis

by Sheryl S. Jackson Proactive Planning and Simulating a Situation Prepare Social Media Managers Healthcare organizations may not have moved as quickly to adopt social media as other industries, but of the 1,562 hospitals self-reporting social media use, 1,300 hospitals have Facebook pages, 1,005 have Twitter accounts, and 1,084 use Foursquare, according to the Social Read More

On-Site, Broadcast-Quality Studios Put Hospitals in the News

by Theresa Jacobellis Jacobellis It’s a hospital media person’s dream: a major news stor with a healthcare angle breaks, and your hospital happens to employ the nation’s foremost expert on the subject. Unfortunately, unless you are located in New York, Atlanta, or another major market, your chances of landing an interview with a national news Read More

eNews Pulse, May 2014

RESOURCES Social Media Analytics Tools Adopted by 61 Percent of Marketers, finds a study conducted by Demand Metric and sponsored by NetBase. The major cited uses of analytics were for campaign tracking (60 percent), brand analysis (48 per­cent), competitive intelligence (40 percent), and customer care (36 per­cent). Other key findings in the study were: Social Read More