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7 Reasons Why RealSelf is One of the Fastest Growing US Companies (Inc 500)

Inc. magazine has announced its annual list of America’s fastest growing companies, and RealSelf made it ...

Infographic Friday: To Be a Thought Leader, You Have to Have the “Write” Stuff

It’s often said that content is king but, let’s face, creating it can be a royal pain in the you know what. Between performing surgeries, juggling consults and managing your practice, sitting down at the computer to write a blog post or newsletter article is probably not your highest priority. It does, however, deserve a […]

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For Cosmetic Surgeons, Job Competition Can Be Good for Business

A funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery. Despite improving fundamentals, the job market is as tough as ever — and, according to a recent article in The New Republic, the effects could show up in your practice. Why? Because in the hyper-competitive job market, a youthful appearance is increasingly seen as a […]

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18 Amazing Statistics on the Future of Internet Video

The future of the Internet is video but don’t just take our word for it. Here are 18 statistics that showcase what people are watching (and sharing), how the world of online video is exploding and what it can mean for businesses that add video to their marketing mix: In January, 85% of the U.S. […]

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Infographic Friday: Great Customer Experiences Begin with a Welcoming Website

These days, it’s safe to say that your practice website is the quickest, easiest way for aesthetic consumers to get to know a little bit about you. Unfortunately, it may also be the quickest, easiest way for them to decide to seek another provider. It all boils down to whether that website visitor has a […]

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Are You on the Right Side of the Digital Tipping Point?

The world is going native — and doctors who want to remain relevant should too. No, we’re not talking about adopting local customs when traveling (or forgoing underwear). We’re talking about digital natives, i.e., people who were born during or after the general introduction of digital technologies and, therefore, have been interacting with such technologies […]

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RealSelf TV Takes Video Marketing to the Next Level

Video may have killed the radio star but smart marketers know it’s a great way to breathe new life into their efforts to reach consumers. Now, with the launch of RealSelf TV, cosmetic surgeons and other aesthetic professionals have the opportunity to take their own marketing efforts to the next level. Simply put, video not […]

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Infographic Friday: Will Today’s SoLoMo Searchers Find You — or the Competition?

Here’s a riddle: What do Google searches and bathroom mirrors have in common? Regardless of which one aesthetic consumers are considering, they’re ultimately seeking the same thing: good results. And, let’s face it, if your practice isn’t among those consumers’ search results, you may never get the opportunity to provide the other, post-procedure kind. Today’s […]

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Get on the Map with Google+ Local

If you haven’t done a Google search on your local market recently, you probably should: With a recent, large-scale rollout of an updated Google Maps now live on desktops and mobile devices, the results may surprise you. Take a recent search for “San Francisco cosmetic surgery,” which returned the usual text-based results, along with a […]

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Is It Time to Unfriend Facebook?

It’s been 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg realized his dream of “connecting the world” but for companies hoping to connect with consumers the dream may be over. According to recent reports, the company is in the process of slashing the number of branded posts that appear in people’s News Feeds. Translation: If you’ve been posting […]

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Infographic Friday: Does Your Practice Website Close the Deal — or the Door?

If you’re like many aesthetic professionals, you already know that social media marketing is absolutely essential and you’ve taken steps to incorporate it into your overall business strategy. You’ve claimed your profiles on the appropriate social networks, you regularly contribute relevant content to others in those communities and, if you’ve gained their trust, persuaded them […]

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Infographic Friday: Email vs. Social Media, Revisited

When the question is “Does email or social media provide the bigger bang for the buck?” perhaps the best approach is to take a cue from that 2009 romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. As the film’s title aptly put it, “It’s Complicated.” Awareness vs. acquisition, conversation vs. conversions, new business vs. lifetime […]

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Email vs. Social: Where Should You Spend Your Marketing Dollars?

So many channels, so little time. Let’s face it, when it comes to promoting your practice, it can be hard to determine whether email, social media or some other platform is providing the biggest bang for your marketing bucks. The debate on which channel provides the best ROI has heated up in recent months in […]

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Want to Remain Relevant? Think like a Millennial

Maybe it’s because I just had a birthday — never mind which one — but the older I get, the more it seems like young people are taking over. Then again, according to a recent article by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), it may not be my imagination. In the U.S., by 2030, Millennials will […]

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Healthcare and Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the (Not so) Ugly Truth

It’s been 20 years since a handful of Internet entrepreneurs launched GeoCities, which many observers consider one of the first social media sites, and 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg came up the concept that became Facebook. Given that kind of longevity, not to mention its exponential growth since then, you might think the debate over […]

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Doctors and the Double-edged Sword of Online Information

Ahhh, the Internet. Has there ever been a system so effective in spreading so much misinformation to so many people so quickly? It’s one thing when it’s a claim that you can “Make $1,000 a week in your spare time!” or that this or that celebrity (Betty White, Jon Bon Jovi, take your pick) is […]

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Infographic Friday: ASPS Stats Suggest 2013 Was a Very Good Year

It’s often said there’s truth in numbers and if that’s the case, 2013 was truly a good year for the profession. According to just-released data from ASPS, 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2013, up 3 percent from the year before. This infographic from […]

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Nielsen, Part II: Do Digital-savvy Hispanics Hold the Key to Marketing Success?

When it comes to understanding people’s interaction with their digital devices, the folks at Nielsen have probably crunched more numbers than any other organization on the planet. From TV ratings to mobile-phone usage, they not only know who’s looking at what but also what devices they’re using to do so and the actions they take […]

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Infographic Friday: Advertising, Inbound Marketing and Today’s Aesthetic Consumer

There are plenty of catchphrases in marketing today — “Content is king,” “Think like a publisher,” etc. — but they all stem from the same reality: Regardless of what they’re in the market for, consumers have become more or less immune to traditional advertising. They’re skeptical of what they read and hear in ads; they […]

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Nielsen: If You Want to Get Seen, Get on the Screen

You don’t need an advanced degree in demographics to know that consumers are spending more and more time on their digital devices but a new report from Nielsen offers one statistic that may trump all others: American consumers now spend an average of 60 hours a week consuming content across multiple screens. That’s 2.5 days […]

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Realself Research Reveals Top 10 Cities for Cosmetic Surgery Searches

When you think of major markets for cosmetic surgery, a few cities almost automatically come to mind: Los Angeles, Miami, maybe Dallas or Atlanta. Chances are you didn’t say San Antonio, Texas. Yet according to search data recently compiled by realself.com, the Alamo City boasts the highest interest in aesthetic procedures of any major metropolitan […]

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