Online Reputation Management

How To Get More (and Better) Patient Reviews

Jane Weber Brubaker

Where does patient experience begin and end? Think about it from your own perspective. Say you’ve had knee pain for a few weeks and it’s not going away. You go online and research possible causes. Based on your research, you decide to see an orthopedist for an evaluation. You start looking for a doctor near Read More

2019 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey

2019 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey ebook

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Free ebook download, sponsored by Geonetric and eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

We are pleased to share the results of the 2019 Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey.

Download this report to get data to benchmark your organization — and also to discover insights that will help you plan for the future of your digital operations.

This is Geonetric’s ninth survey over 14 years, and the third in partnership with eHealthcare Strategy & Trends. We’re thrilled to have our largest number of participants ever, with 307 responses (267 providers and 40 vendors).

Our goal is to provide actionable insights and strategies you can use to advance your digital efforts. To achieve this, our survey takes a unique approach, highlighting how leaders execute digital marketing differently, comparing viewpoints of providers with those of their agencies, and looking at the intersections of questions for deeper insights.

Changes for 2019

Each year we iterate to ensure the data is useful and to explore new, emerging topics. This year we polled a group of multi-year survey takers and enlisted an advisory board to provide insider viewpoints on how to report data in meaningful ways.

Big Insights Await

This year’s survey produced many interesting — and some unexpected — findings, that you’ll learn when you download the survey results ebook. Among them, you’ll discover:

  • How actual staff investment by healthcare organizations differs from what was previously reported/believed
  • The most critical differentiators for leading organizations, and what rose to the top of marketers’ rankings for the first time
  • How organizations have succeeded and in what ways they still struggle to leverage customer relationship management (CRM) systems
  • And much, much more.

Realize Your Vision

We hear over and over again how this research helps justify budget requests, secure resources, and make digital the centerpiece of healthcare marketing. We hope it does the same for you.

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The State of Healthcare Digital Marketing

Ben Dillon

Survey Results Are In! Everything You Need to Know to Make the Best Decisions This Year!

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

Your Presenter:
Ben Dillon, Chief Strategy Officer, Geonetric


The 9th edition of Geonetric’s Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends Survey is an indispensable resource. It will give you an inside view based on data from over 300 organizations — more than 260 hospitals and health systems and more than 40 agency partners who responded to the 2019 edition of the survey, the largest ever.

This year, Geonetric incorporated feedback from multi-year survey takers who confirmed that this data is a “must have” planning tool for all healthcare digital marketers.

This webinar will be a SNEAK PEEK at the survey report — be sure to attend and you’ll be among the first to see this year’s results!

You’ll Learn:

  • Whether your organization is a leader, average, or lagging compared to the industry overall
  • How much leaders are spending on digital marketing, and the percentage digital marketing is of the overall marketing budget
  • The top goals healthcare marketing teams are working towards
  • How your peers and competitors are using digital technology, from CRM to personalization
  • How leading healthcare organizations structure their teams, determine budgets, manage business listings, allocate resources, and much more.

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Online Reputation Management: It’s More Than Ratings and Reviews

Lindsay Neese Burton, Healthcare Marketing Director, Reputation.com and Amanda Henson, Director of Online Reputation Management, Kindred Healthcare

How Kindred Healthcare leverages insights from online reviews to improve its online reputation, attract new patients, and enhance care

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Building a positive reputation for your organization and physicians online has never been more critical:

  • 88 percent of consumers start their search for a provider online
  • 80 percent want to read six or more reviews to assess a provider
  • Search engines use reviews as part of their ranking algorithms — more reviews, and recent reviews, ensure your doctors and locations rank high
  • Positive online sentiment drives measurable patient satisfaction, predicting an increase in HCAHPS scores of as much as 17 percent according a recent assessment.

In this on-demand webinar, Lindsay Neese Burton, healthcare marketing director at Reputation.com, will share the latest trends in reputation management. “It’s more than just responding to patient reviews,” she says. “It is an orchestration of multiple digital and operational efforts that creates a virtuous cycle and drives new business.

Joining Lindsay, Amanda Henson, director of online reputation management at Kindred Healthcare will show how Kindred’s strategy ensures consumers find and choose Kindred — and how incorporating feedback from online reviews improves the patient experience.

You’ll learn:

  • The essential elements of a robust reputation management strategy — beyond ratings and reviews
  • How online reputation management optimizes search, supports acquisition of new patients, and helps you improve patient experience
  • How Reputation Score provides an index to monitor and improve your organization’s digital presence
  • How to engage your operations teams and create action plans based on feedback

Watch now and learn how you can create a robust and consistent online presence for every physician and location, improve your rankings, and attract more patients.

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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.

Download now and learn how patients:

  • 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

Get your copy of this new report to see the full results of Yext’s Patient Search Behavior Survey and learn what changes you need to make to ensure that patients have all the necessary information during the moments that matter, across all platforms and devices, everywhere they search.

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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

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

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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Consumer Understanding Drives Consumer Experience

Kyra Hagan

“Gaining an understanding of what drives the choice-making and loyalty of healthcare consumers is complex,” says Kyra Hagan, senior vice president and general manager, marketing & communications at Influence Health. “What we do know is that consumers’ expectations for healthcare interactions are being shaped by the personalized and convenient experiences they have grown accustomed to in other Read More

Empathy: The Key to Creating Meaningful Digital Experiences for Consumers

Kyra Hagan

// By Kyra Hagan // Gaining an understanding of what drives the choice-making and loyalty of healthcare consumers is complex. What we do know is that consumers’ expectations for healthcare interactions are being shaped by the personalized and convenient experiences they have grown accustomed to in other industries, like retail, hospitality, and banking. As a Read More

Attract More Patients to Your Healthcare Organization

Lindsay Neese Burton and Amber Welch

How Ochsner Health System Leverages Technology to Proactively Manage Online Reputation — and How You Can Too

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Healthcare consumers search for more information when making decisions about their care than ever before. And far too often the information they find online about doctors and facilities is incorrect or insufficient.

What your potential patients find — or don’t find — about your service lines and physicians when they search online can make or break your organization’s ability to bring in new patients and retain existing ones.

Few organizations have the resources to manually maintain accurate listings for every location and physician across a growing multitude of social platforms, search engines, and review sites — from Google and Facebook to Healthgrades and Vitals. Some have tried — and failed — to keep up with the sheer number of ever-changing variables.

But with the right technology, organizations can gain control over their information, and consumers benefit from access to current, comprehensive, and accurate information when choosing a doctor.

Watch this webinar on demand now and learn how Ochsner Health System uses a technology solution to proactively manage its online presence — and ensure it is a consistently strong contender for consumers’ attention when seeking a provider.

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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

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

The Front Door Is NOT Your Hospital’s Website: Why Reputation Management Matters

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Hospitals and health systems think of their websites as the digital “front door” to their organizations, but before consumers get there, search engine results could steer them away to competitors with higher star ratings and more positive reviews. Reputation is everything. The sheer number of places consumers post information Read More

Why It Pays To Broaden Your Concept of “Patient Experience”

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare

Your brand is the sum of the experiences a customer has with you, says Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare in Georgia. This definition goes beyond the conventional scope of patient experience, or as Gove consistently refers to it: customer experience. While patient experience historically has been a clinical initiative, with the bulk of Read More

Customer Experience the Piedmont Way

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Your brand is the sum of the experiences a customer has with you, says Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare in Georgia. This definition goes beyond the conventional scope of patient experience, or as Gove consistently refers to it: customer experience. Patient experience historically has been a Read More

Delivering a Consumer-Centric Quality and Safety Experience

Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System

// By Amber Welch // Need to book a hotel? Customer ratings and reviews are just a click away. Shopping for a car? You can easily compare features and overall quality on Consumer Reports. Looking for a new yoga class?  Read the reviews. But what about choosing a hospital, perhaps the most important purchase in Read More

How To Create Engaging Physician Profiles That Get Results

Shawn Gross, White Rhino

“Patients turn to online doctor profiles to learn something meaningful about the person who’s going to be managing their health,” says Shawn Gross, Chief Digital Strategist, Healthcare Practice Lead for White Rhino in Lexington, Massachusetts. “But often these profiles are little more than an abbreviated resume: an academic history, professional credentials, and a headshot. They rarely convey Read More

Reimagining the Online Doctor Profile

Shawn Gross, White Rhino

3 Strategies to Build Patient Trust and Drive More Online Appointments // By Shawn Gross // Patients turn to online doctor profiles to learn something meaningful about the person who’s going to be managing their health. But often these profiles are little more than an abbreviated resume: an academic history, professional credentials, and a headshot. Read More

Starred Reviews Work for Amazon—and Piedmont Healthcare

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare

The most influential source in selecting a physician may be a recommendation from a friend or family member, but it doesn’t stop there. “When you get a recommendation from someone you know, one of the first things you do is look online to find more information about that physician,” says Matt Gove, Chief Consumer Officer Read More

Online Reputation Management Success Kit for Healthcare Providers

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Do you know what patients are saying about your healthcare organization online? If not, it’s time to find out. Neglect your online reputation and you will lose new admissions.

Online reviews have reshaped how healthcare providers are found, so it’s critical to understand how positive reviews attract potential patients, how negative ones drive them away, and what you can do to turn satisfied patients into online advocates.

This guide will give you the fundamentals of Online Reputation Management, to help you:

  • Earn more positive reviews
  • Raise your search ranking
  • Improve patient experience

 
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