In the past 10 years, the healthcare industry has quickly evolved. Today’s patients can communicate with their healthcare provider solely through their digital devices to access their health records, schedule appointments, view test results, and so much more. But healthcare marketing is still catching up, transitioning away from print-based advertising to digitally-focused strategies. Social media, search engine optimization (SEO), and online content (to name a few) are now critical components of a successful healthcare marketing strategy.
It should be no surprise that consistent, strategic blogging is beneficial to your healthcare practice. The more you blog, the more benefits you reap. Here are five benefits of blogging that can have a positive effect on your healthcare marketing efforts.
Increasing patient volume can be challenging in today’s digital market. Many patients take the time to research their options, but others choose the first practice they see an online ad for. How can you reach the right audience, at the right time, while presenting an outstanding message that achieves your marketing goals? It starts with an essential part of your inbound marketing toolkit: email marketing.
Nowadays, most healthcare practices and marketing departments have a blog as part of their marketing strategy. Everyone recognizes the value of blogging; however, most people aren’t blogging correctly. They oftentimes throw together a blog just to say they have one, and looking further into the content of those blogs, you see unhelpful information that visitors probably already know. That’s not blogging strategically. If your practice is relying on your content marketing strategy to convert visitors into loyal patients, you must completely utilize your most valuable player – your healthcare blog.
The saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” doesn’t always hold true in the healthcare industry. Your patients make healthcare decisions based on your credibility and trustworthiness as a healthcare provider. Furthermore, you are held to many legal requirements and responsibilities, which many other industry professionals are not. With your reputation on the line, it’s crucial that you avoid social media liabilities in your healthcare marketing.
Creating content is a key element of your healthcare marketing efforts, which is critically important to your overall strategy. With so much riding on crafting effective content, you simply can’t afford to get it wrong.
Fortunately, developing a successful healthcare content marketing strategy isn’t as abstract as people think. By mastering the following 5 components, you can develop a winning content strategy that will drive traffic to your website, and increase patient volume.
Attracting new patients through newspaper ads and billboards is no longer effective. While these promotional activities still provide results and create awareness, they need to be a part of an integrated communications strategy in order to increase patient volume for your healthcare Brand. As a healthcare marketer, increasing patient volume through inbound marketing is effective, automatic and seamless — when done correctly.
At Hult Marketing, we’ve tried a number of patient generation strategies; however, the following 5 strategies are the cream of the crop when you are trying to find the perfect recipe for your inbound marketing campaigns.
The way we search for health-related information is constantly changing, making it difficult for practices to stand out amongst their pool of competitors. Generating online traffic to your website is more important to increasing patient volume than ever before. But, how do you actually create an increase in website traffic? By utilizing the following SEO tips, you ensure visitors are finding your health-related content during their searches, generating more online traffic, new patients, and loyalty for your healthcare Brand.
Google My Business is a must-have resource for healthcare marketing. With many patients relying on local search to learn more about healthcare services, Google My Business is an easy-to-use inbound marketing tool that places your healthcare organization in prime territory in search engine results pages (SERPs).
Some healthcare practices have a love-hate relationship with Google search engine results’ pages (SERPs). For the most part, the relationship is one of unrequited love. It’s a tale that goes way back to 2011 when Google instituted the algorithm update that set the stage for the way websites ranked in their SERPs – Panda. Google’s Panda algorithm emphasized quality content, which many websites didn’t have at the time.
Overnight, healthcare marketers using Black Hat search engine optimization (SEO) techniques realized their relationship with Google had to be genuine. No more keyword stuffing, spamdexing, or buying links to rank higher in SERPs.