Online Reputation Management

Submit Your Entry to the 2021 eHealthcare Leadership Awards!

It’s May, and if you’re part of the digital healthcare marketing community, you know what that means… the Call for Entries for the 2021 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is officially open! What a year it has been. Last year around this time, we were hoping the worst was over and we could begin to get back Read More

Even the Experts Have Trouble Finding Specialists

“Few things are more routine — pre-pandemic, anyway — than the semiannual dental cleaning,” says Neal Linkon. “Routine, that is, until the dentist stops in for a quick exam and asks: ‘How long have you had that white spot on your tongue?’ “I had no idea what she was talking about. But the quarter-size white Read More

My Personal “Find a Doctor” Journey

// By Neal Linkon // Few things are more routine — pre-pandemic, anyway — than the semiannual dental cleaning. Routine, that is, until the dentist stops in for a quick exam and asks: “How long have you had that white spot on your tongue?” I had no idea what she was talking about. But the Read More

Online Reviews and Ratings: The Importance of Proactive Relationship Management

Ed Rafalski

The ratings and reviews that consumers post online can advance or damage the reputation of any organization, and healthcare is no exception. Online reputation management (ORM) and ongoing analysis of reviews have the potential to significantly improve the patient experience and positively influence customer lifetime value (CLV). BayCare Health System has spent the past two Read More

How BayCare Health Is Building Deeper Customer Relationships and Driving Brand Loyalty

// By Marlene Kurban // The ratings and reviews that consumers post online can advance or damage the reputation of any organization, and healthcare is no exception. Online reputation management (ORM) and ongoing analysis of reviews have the potential to significantly improve the patient experience and positively influence customer lifetime value (CLV). BayCare Health System Read More

How BayCare Health System Increases Customer Lifetime Value with a Proactive Strategy for Ratings & Reviews

Ed Rafalski and Annie Haarman

What if you could create a customer engagement program in your urgent care service line that increases customer lifetime value by 22 percent?

Or increase the customer lifetime value of your primary care physician service line by 29 percent?

And what if you could document and prove those results based on a two-year scientific study that ties your customer engagement program’s impact to customer visit history?

That is precisely what BayCare Health System has done.

BayCare Health System has spent the last two years conducting a proactive “Review Requesting Program” in its urgent care and primary care physician service lines and analyzed the effect on clinical visit history and customer lifetime value.

Watch this webinar on demand, and learn from Ed Rafalski, BayCare Health System’s chief strategy and marketing officer how the program was executed and analyzed, and how it improved the health system’s business KPIs and clinical outcomes.

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Why It’s Crucial To Be Proactive About Your Reviews and Star Ratings

“Now more than ever before, reviews and star ratings influence consumers’ purchasing decisions, especially in retail,” says Ed Rafalski, Ph.D., MPH, FACHE, chief strategy and marketing officer, BayCare Health System. Here’s an excerpt from Ed’s new article: When it comes to healthcare, consumers are factoring pandemic safety measures taken by physicians and care facilities into Read More

The Economic Value of Star Ratings and Reviews in Healthcare

// By Ed Rafalski // Using Customer Lifetime Value and ratings, organizations can identify the total cost of acquisition of new customers and the total incremental cost of retaining existing customers. BayCare Health has seen promising results with its proactive strategy. Now more than ever before, reviews and star ratings influence consumers’ purchasing decisions, especially in retail. Read More

How To Scale Your Telemedicine Program

Annie Haarmann, senior director of healthcare strategy, Reputation.com

COVID-19 brought about the explosion of telemedicine for obvious reasons — quick and convenient access between patient and provider, maintaining patient load to prevent appointment cancellations, and — most important — safety for both patients and providers. “Why would I want to go to a doctor’s office now if I don’t have to?” is today’s Read More

Telemedicine – Zooming to New Heights

Virtual care is here to stay. // By Marcia Simon, APR // COVID-19 brought about the explosion of telemedicine for obvious reasons — quick and convenient access between patient and provider, maintaining patient load to prevent appointment cancellations, and — most important — safety for both patients and providers. “Why would I want to go Read More

Use Your Data To Drive Patient Acquisition and Retention

“More than ever, today’s consumers are conducting research online before making healthcare decisions,” says Andrew Rainey of Binary Fountain. “Organizations need to work harder — and smarter — to provide exceptional patient experiences reflected in their brand’s online reputation, to ensure that patients choose them for their healthcare needs.” Here’s an excerpt from Rainey’s new Read More

How Customer Experience Equates to KPIs: Strategies That Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Can Leverage to Turn Data into Actionable Insights

// By Andrew Rainey // More than ever, today’s consumers are conducting research online before making healthcare decisions. Organizations need to work harder — and smarter — to provide exceptional patient experiences reflected in their brand’s online reputation, to ensure that patients choose them for their healthcare needs. Unfortunately, the healthcare landscape has been turned Read More

Physician Social Media Strategies Used by Mayo Clinic

Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

How many of your hospital’s physicians are active on social media? Most hospital marketing teams don’t know the answer, but they should, says Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Aase says that hospital physicians who engage in social media can impact reputation scores that account for about 25 percent of a Read More

Moving Toward Consumerism: One System’s Digital Journey

Jeremy Rogers, executive director, digital marketing and experience at Indiana University (IU) Health

Jeremy Rogers is executive director, digital marketing and experience at Indiana University (IU) Health. IU Health and Loyal, led by president Brian Gresh, are partnering on multiple initiatives that fall under the broad heading of consumerism. “We knew we had to put the customer at the center of all of our decision-making,” Rogers says. Rogers Read More

Indiana University Health’s Digital Journey Toward Consumerism

Brian Gresh, president at Loyal

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Brian Gresh, president of Loyal, made an attention-grabbing statement during his presentation at HCIC 2019, Delivering on the Promise of an Empowered Digital Experience: “When it comes to healthcare, I don’t think there’s a single healthcare system out there that’s truly digital.” Coming from the person who is well Read More

Who’s In Charge of Your Brand Management? Google.

“Healthcare organizations are finding out that winning in today’s highly competitive and increasingly digital market requires a new approach — one that aligns marketing and brand management with patient experience (PX),” says Patric Wiesmann of Reputation.com. “And that alignment is happening more often on Google and not your healthcare organization’s website.” Here’s an excerpt from Read More

Transparency: Consumers Have a Right to Know

Danny Fell

// By Daniel Fell // Should consumers choose doctors and hospitals based on how many stars they have? If not, then what information should consumers and patients use in determining where to go for healthcare services? Rating healthcare providers by the number of stars they have may be overly simplistic, but the majority of consumers Read More

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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

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

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

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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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Ochsner Launches Website with Consumers (and CTAs) in Mind

Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System

We recently spoke with Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System, about Ochsner’s recent efforts in creating its new state-of-the-art website and tracking the results. eHST: How has the consumerization of healthcare impacted Ochsner Health System and how you operate online and through your website? AW: Our online patients expect to find what Read More