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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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IBM Marketing Catalyst: A Preconfigured Healthcare Marketing Stack

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What do you get when you cross IBM Watson with five Adobe marketing tools? A smart, HIPAA-compliant, preconfigured marketing stack curated for healthcare that doesn’t take years to implement. That’s the case IBM is hoping to prove to healthcare and life sciences organizations with its new offering, IBM Marketing Catalyst. Developed by digital consultancy IBM Read More

What the Middle School Science Fair Can Teach Marketers

Jared Johnson

// By 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. The days of science and liberal arts being at opposite ends of the career spectrum are fading away, replaced with a call for curious Read More

Healthcare Digital Marketing Update

Ben Dillon

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

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

Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 1 p.m. Eastern

Your Presenter:

  • 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?

Join us on April 18 and find out!

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, Smarter CRM for Healthcare Marketers

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Demands on health system marketing departments for growth and accountability are relentless. Data-driven marketing is the new imperative, yet marketing departments typically run lean, with lean budgets. Digital marketers have to be experts in web development, content management, social media, digital advertising, attribution modeling, multichannel marketing, and lately, big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Read More

4 Key CRM Best Practices

Maximize Your Healthcare Organization’s Success with CRM

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It is no longer enough for health system marketers to focus on the needs of their current patient base; now you must provide access and services to engage new consumers where they are searching for healthcare online. With concern for population health in mind, the best healthcare marketers use data to predict consumers’ health needs and send targeted campaigns to deliver timely, relevant information.

To achieve all of this, hospital marketers need a powerful tool in their arsenal: a sophisticated customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Far more than just a way to record consumer contact information, a modern CRM solution acts as a database and interface that helps the marketer aggregate and draw on detailed demographic, psychographic, and behavioral data. Using CRM, marketers can glean valuable insights, develop viable strategies, and deploy effective campaigns to attract more patients.

Download this free guide and gain a deeper understanding of key practices and elements of healthcare CRM and how they can help your healthcare organization:

  • predictive modeling
  • personas and patient pathways
  • personalization
  • attribution

 
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Next-Generation CRM: Intelligent, Individualized, Automated

Darin Szilagyi, Methodist

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Demands on health system marketing departments for growth and accountability are relentless. Data-driven marketing is the new imperative, yet marketing departments typically run lean, with lean budgets. Digital marketers have to be experts in web development, content management, social media, digital advertising, attribution modeling, multichannel marketing, and lately, big Read More

Examine All the Channels That Affect Conversions

Depending on how your marketing organization is structured, questioning how much a particular marketing initiative contributes to overall conversions may be stepping on someone’s toes. Everyone wants to take credit for positive results, but smart organizations dig deeper to understand all the variables that could impact conversions, such as: How many marketing touches does it Read More

The Art and Science of Multichannel Attribution

How Children’s National Health System Foundation Collapsed Its Cost Per Dollar Raised // By Jane Weber Brubaker // Depending on how your marketing organization is structured, questioning how much a particular marketing initiative contributes to overall conversions may be stepping on someone’s toes. Everyone wants to take credit for positive results, but smart organizations dig 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

What Is AMP and How Can It Help My Healthcare Brand?

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Experts explain Google’s Accelerated Mobile Page (AMP) Project and how healthcare marketers can use it in their mobile content strategy. // By Melanie Graham // When it comes to webpage content, a mobile-first mindset is crucial. As of January 2017, some 77 percent of Americans owned a smartphone, and roughly 1 in 10 of those Read More

New Web Accessibility Requirements Coming: Are You Ready?

Andy Gradel, System Director of Digital Marketing, Main Line Health

What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced what it’s like to interact with Read More

How Accessible Is Your Website?

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // What if 20 percent of your website visitors were prevented from fully engaging with your content, or found it just too frustrating to spend much time on your site? Web design has come a long way toward making digital experiences more consumer-friendly, personalized, and mobile-friendly. But unless you’ve experienced Read More

The Intersection of AI and Healthcare

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The media, including social media, are buzzing about AI, or artificial intelligence. As of this writing in late November, the top trending article on Facebook is “Facebook Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Spot Suicidal Tendencies in Its Users.” On LinkedIn, it is “Where Will AI Increase and Decrease Costs in Healthcare?” Is AI just the Read More

Creating a Model Online Presence

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How health systems can translate their physical access approach into digital catchment strategies

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All health system leaders must define how to build and maintain a footprint that effectively serves their organization’s identified communities and populations.

This is the core of a catchment strategy: determining the mechanisms used to “catch” patients. Health systems have historically split their catchment efforts between two primary categories: physical clinical care sites and marketing strategies that drive awareness of the system and generate traffic to their facilities.

As the modern consumer is turning more to digital solutions to meet their healthcare needs, strategies for driving awareness and traffic require not only a well-established physical footprint, but also a diversified online presence. Creating an optimal digital footprint offers a unique opportunity to increase access, inform resource deployment, and ultimately, drive patient volume and growth.

 
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How to Optimize Your Hospital Website’s Find-a-Doctor Tool — and Put Users First

Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise

The strategic core of most hospital or health system websites is a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. Optimizing your strategy and your tool’s functionality is a digital healthcare marketing imperative. In last month’s article, Noel Coleman mapped five strategic goals for your “Find a Doctor” tool. In our new article, he offers Read More

Bringing the Amazon Experience to Healthcare

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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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Are You Maximizing Your “Find a Doctor” Strategy? (Part 2)

Noel Coleman, president of Doctor.com Enterprise

8 Steps to Strengthen Your Physician Directory Tools and Build Your Patient Base // By Noel Coleman // No hospital or health system website today is complete without including a strong and user-friendly physician directory, or “Find a Doctor” tool. This means that if your organization has not yet ventured fully into this area, there’s 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

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