English: Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota – Gonda Building (3rd Avenue SW) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Not so long ago healthcare marketing was seen as being faintly unseemly if not downright unethical. In fact a paper titled, Physicians’ and consumers’ conflicting attitudes toward health care advertising by F.B. Krohn and C. Flynn, published back in 2001 was dedicated to exploring the differing opinion between doctors and patients regarding advertising medical services.
At the time, many medical professionals saw advertising as ‘…potentially unethical, misleading, deceptive and likely to lead to price increases.’ Consumers on the other hand, those potential patients, felt that healthcare advertising led, “…to higher consumer awareness of services, better services, promotes competitive pricing, and lowers rather than raises health care costs.”
One can only hope that those physicians opposed (more…)
Modern day personal medical devices are reminiscent of body scanners used in Star Trek.
At Webdirexion we often comment on how much our working lives have changed in the last twenty years. However, amazing as it has been for us to ride the wave of internet development how much more incredible must the journey have been for those in healthcare?
Not even touching upon the scientific progress that has been made in practical medical equipment like CT-Scans or modern day prosthetics, just look at what a difference the internet and mobile technology has made to the medical professions. Take ThermoDock and Scanadu as examples. Who would’ve thought (more…)
Quick… which site is more ready to engage mobile site visitors and why? We’ll analyze that question in this article.
According to the excellent MM&M/Ogilvy CommonHealth – Healthcare Marketing Trend Report, healthcare marketing spend in 2013 is forecast to show a slight dip while that segment of budget related to digital marketing is on the rise. With the number of adults turning to the internet to research health and treatment options, compare prices and seek doctor reviews it is not surprising that this would be so. Is your healthcare marketing site mobile ready?
According to the Pew Internet Mobile Health 2012 Report :
- 85% of U.S. adults own a mobile phone
- Of these 53% own smartphones
- 52% of smartphone owners gather health information on their phones
Of course a great website is key to healthcare marketing on the internet – as long as (more…)
According to the How America Searches: Health and Wellness Report by Noah Elkin, of iCrossing, the internet is the most widely used resource for health information. When the report was published in 2008 it stated that:
- 59% of adults used online resources to obtain health and wellness information
- 55% go to their doctor
- 29% talk to relatives, friends or co-workers.
Obviously there is an overlap – presumably because some people use more than one method of accessing healthcare information. If this report were published today, you would expect the percentage of those using the internet to source health related information to be even higher given the constant growth of the sector of the public which regularly accesses the internet.
Any hospital or private clinic that is not making full use of the internet as a healthcare marketing channel is most definitely losing out on (more…)
Opportunities for Health Marketers to pick up their game? You bet. Last week I wrote about five ways to perfect your internet marketing funnel to engage targeted prospects and move them toward becoming customers, and now I want to specifically apply that thinking for the health marketing field. We have several clients in this industry, and I am attending the Health Summit of Content Marketing in Cleveland next week and have been doing some research on same.
Four funnel marketing goals…
In general, medical and health B2B companies need to get more comfortable in boosting social connections and using content marketing tactics. To see what I mean, below, we’ll look at a couple of medical/health companies that will be in attendance at the Health Summit — BioEnterprise, and Cook Medical.
Webdirexion uses the marketing tactics from circles at left above to pull target personas into the four goal path in your marketing sales funnel at right.
I’ll tell you why I believe they need to focus their marketing better on the following four goal steps in the marketing funnel (more…)