Category Archives: Healthcare Marketing

Reputation Management: From Marketing to the C-Suite

Reputation Management conceptIs online reputation management is a top priority for your health system? Join me tomorrow, December 14, 2016 at 12 pm CST, to learn how healthcare marketers are leveraging online feedback to strengthen brands and improve patient experience.

“Reputation Management: From the Marketing Department to the C-Suite” is a free webinar sponsored by Binary Fountain and hosted by the Forum for Health Strategists. I’ll be moderating the panel discussion featuring Mike Dame, VP for Marketing and Communications with Carilion Clinic, Richard Palumbo, VP of Marketing with Amsurg, and Kate Slonaker, VP of Marketing for Privia Health.

Learn more and register at: Reputation Management Webinar.

Social media and population health – a webinar for healthcare marketers

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Most healthcare marketers understand social media as a valuable channel for marketing, but what they may not realize is the role it can play in population health management.

The Forum for Healthcare Strategists is hosting a webinar featuring strategies and case studies that leverage the latest Facebook marketing techniques to reach, engage and influence consumer health habits. Facebook for Accountable Care Marketing will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Central.

Matt Gove, chief consumer officer for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, and Michael Sengbusch, senior vice president for product development at Influence Health, are the featured speakers, and I have the privilege of moderating the session. Matt and Michael will discuss:

  • Why Facebook works for accountable care marketing
  • How Piedmont Healthcare successfully used Facebook for preventative screenings – and how it outperformed all other channels
  • Tips on the latest Facebook marketing features

Webinar Details

Facebook for Accountable Care Marketing
Thursday, October 22, 2015
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Central

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Register Now

Because this is such an important topic for healthcare marketers, the Forum for Healthcare Strategists is offering complimentary registration to Forum members. So save the date, round up your team and tune in to learn more about the role of social media in accountable care marketing. Register here.

Last call for healthcare marketers

Last ChanceDo you have a healthcare marketing success story? Are you willing to share how your well your health system is doing when it comes to digital marketing? Here are two last chance opportunities for marketers to contribute to the growing body of knowledge about new and emerging practices in the healthcare marketing field.

But act fast! Tomorrow – September 11 – is the deadline for both.

Participate in a survey, then kick back at Starbucks.

My friends at Klein & Partners and Greystone.net are conducting a market research study on the state of digital marketing in healthcare. Healthcare marketers who take the 10 to 12 minute survey will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card. That’s enough for a Salted Caramel Mocha and a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Participants will also receive a report of the survey results.

Click here to take the survey.

Submit a proposal to speak at the Forum’s annual conference.

Last call to submit a speaker’s proposal for the 21st Annual Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit, which will be held May 23 – 25, 2016 in Chicago. This meeting always attracts an impressive group of healthcare leaders seeking to learn, but also to share, innovations and best practices in marketing, strategy and physician relations.

You can learn more about the conference and submit your proposal online at the Forum for Healthcare Strategists website.

Five ways to rock healthcare marketing in 2015

Marketers rockMore than ever, healthcare marketing executives are being held to a higher standard of accountability for return on marketing investments. The basis for competition in healthcare is changing and health systems are racing to put in place the services, capabilities and structures to be successful in the new value-driven world.

This sweeping change requires a shift in thinking for marketers, a blueprint to transform healthcare marketing operations, strategies to forge critical allies across the health system, and capabilities to demonstrate ROI.  So, let’s make 2015 the year we disrupt our healthcare marketing past and fully embrace the new.

Where to start?

  1. Welcome the science of healthcare marketing. Make this the year to build a robust marketing information technology center. Optimize investments in CRM, call center, digital and search marketing by hiring the smartest marketing analytics minds you can afford and setting them loose to aggregate, integrate, interpret and share customer data.  Use that information to drive real-time decisions about customer, product, promotion, pricing and channel strategies.
  2. Add consumer pricing to the marketing mix. High deductibles, tiered networks, individual health-fund management of health savings accounts (HSAs), and a growing number of retail health options are giving consumers more incentives to shop price. And they want straight answers about the cost of services (when consumers say cost, they mean price).  Marketers must help bring about a shift in thinking from pricing merely as a means to recover costs to pricing as a strategy to establish value. Competitive pricing will require greater-than-ever alignment of customer, product, channel, marketing and service delivery decisions.
  3. Do a radical makeover of the marketing department. If the marketing team is still organized, staffed and resourced to primarily promote things, then run, not walk, to the nearest whiteboard and start mapping out a new future.  Business creativity – not advertising creativity – is the key to delivering profitable growth over the long haul.  Restructure the marketing department to drive the health system’s growth strategy, and build the capabilities and skills to develop markets, launch new products, create valued customers and drive innovations in service delivery.
  4. Build a mutually-accountable partnership with operations. Marketing expenditures that generate consumer demand are wasted when prospects are lost because there is no mechanism to convert them into actual customers – or retain them as loyal customers. When it comes to marketing ROI, it takes a village. Marketing, clinical operations, physicians, nursing, purchasing, IT, finance, human resources and others must work together and be mutually-accountable for results. Stop investing marketing dollars on programs that have service delivery problems, but do come to the table as a willing partner to help solve those problems.
  5. Make customer experience a strategic priority.  Leverage every available research finding, case study and soapbox opportunity to help executives, service line administrators, doctors and others gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be consumer-centered and what it will take to deliver a valued experience.  Customer experience is not about HCAHPS scores.  It’s about building brand loyalty through innovative products, services and personal experiences that make customers feel appreciated and willing to be your best brand advocates.

The healthcare world is changing whether we like it or not. How we embrace or resist the change will determine our fate. A bold vision, big ideas and a plan to transform the way we do marketing offer a far better chance for success.

A lively healthcare marketing discussion in New York City

What a treat it was this past week to join the smart folks from National Research Corporation and their super smart healthcare marketing clients at NRC’s Market Insights Fall Consumer Collaborative in New York City.  We spent two days delving into healthcare research findings, exploring changes in the healthcare industry and brainstorming ideas to advance marketing practices.

I had the opportunity to lead a discussion on Customer Decision Journey Mapping – a method to help healthcare marketers discover the touch points or “moments of truth” that most influence consumer decisions to select, use and advocate for healthcare services, providers and brands.  By gaining deep insights into how consumers learn about, seek and evaluate healthcare providers – and how they judge the experience – marketers can better focus marketing investments on activities that convert seekers to brand loyal customers.

The slides from that session are embedded at the end of this post.

On a side note, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the new One World Trade Center from my room on the 32nd floor of the conference hotel.  What an impressive building!

Evidence-based Healthcare Marketing Webinar Rescheduled

One of our healthcare marketing panelists has been called for jury duty during the week this program was originally scheduled.  See the new date and time, session description and link for registration below.

Evidence-based Marketing:  Rethinking Measurement
New Date and Time:  August 21, 2014 – 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Healthcare marketers face increasing pressure to make the most of their marketing investments.  The C-suite wants accountability for outcomes – volume, revenue, greater customer loyalty – and assurance that the health system is strengthening its competitive position.

The bottom line is that marketing is becoming more science than art.  Today, sophisticated tools and marketing analytics provide great insights into customer needs, values, drivers and behaviors.  They inform our decision-making, shape strategy, focus investments.  When actionable information is combined with rigorous planning, innovative ideas and disciplined tracking, marketing executives quickly close the accountability gap.

Welcome to evidence-based marketing.

On August 21, 2014, I’ll join Marian Dezelan, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chris Boyer, AVP Digital Marketing Strategy, for North Shore–LIJ Health System (Great Neck, NY) on a webinar to discuss how an evidence-based approach to healthcare marketing can better focus your strategy and produce measureable results.  Marian and Chris will share how North Shore-LIJ’s marketing department applies evidence-based marketing techniques for personalized targeted marketing, patient engagement and making the most of marketing data.

Sponsored by the Forum for Healthcare Strategists, the webinar is scheduled from 12:30 am to 2:00 pm EDT.  The session is complimentary for Forum members; non-members can participate for $125.

I hope you’ll join us.  In fact, gather your team, order in lunch and make time to learn together.

Click here to learn more about the webinar and register for the program.

Evidence-based Healthcare Marketing: Rethinking Measurement

Save the dateHealthcare marketers face increasing pressure to make the most of their marketing investments.  The C-suite wants accountability for outcomes – volume, revenue, greater customer loyalty – and assurance that the health system is strengthening its competitive position.

The bottom line is that marketing is becoming more science than art.  Today, sophisticated tools and marketing analytics provide great insights into customer needs, values, drivers and behaviors.  They inform our decision-making, shape strategy, focus investments.  When actionable information is combined with rigorous planning, innovative ideas and disciplined tracking, marketing executives quickly close the accountability gap.

Welcome to evidence-based marketing.

On July 10, 2014, I’ll join Marian Dezelan, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chris Boyer, AVP Digital Marketing Strategy, for North Shore–LIJ Health System (Great Neck, NY) on a webinar to discuss how an evidence-based approach to healthcare marketing can better focus your strategy and produce measureable results.  Marian and Chris will share how North Shore-LIJ’s marketing department applies evidence-based marketing techniques for personalized targeted marketing, patient engagement and making the most of marketing data.

Sponsored by the Forum for Healthcare Strategists, the webinar is scheduled from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm CDT.  The session is complimentary for Forum members; non-members can participate for $125.

I hope you’ll join us.  In fact, gather your team, order in lunch and make time to learn together.

Click here to learn more about the webinar and register for the program.