It’s the first rule of healthcare marketing in the digital era: When you’re trying to connect with potential patients, it’s not about you, it’s about them. In other words, your messaging should be about helping them resolve their aesthetic concerns, not promoting you and your practice. Of course, as with any rule, there’s an exception. […]
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Imagine, for a moment, a woman in Florida hoping to get her pre-baby body back. Typing “mommy makeover miami” into a search engine, she clicks on the top two results, both of which are ads for local cosmetic surgeons. One leads to a page listing all sorts of information: office locations, other services offered and, […]
It’s often said you can’t judge a book by its cover, but make no mistake, visitors to your practice website are definitely judging you by its homepage. Given how quickly consumers click from site to site and how often they fail to find what they’re looking for, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the […]
As noted in last week’s post, it only takes an instant for online searchers to decide whether a particular website is going to give them what they want or not. Unfortunately, it appears that healthcare websites are among those that are failing the test. As reported in a “Patient Attitudes Toward Healthcare on the Web” […]
Consults, surgeries, practice management — as a busy aesthetic professional, you probably don’t spend a lot of time studying your practice website. Turns out visitors don’t either. According to Google research, it takes just 50 milliseconds or less for online visitors to determine whether a website is appealing or not. And, as this infographic from […]
You hear a lot about “authenticity” these days — what it is, why it’s important, how to demonstrate it, etc. — but all too often those explanations are long on abstract concepts and short on actionable details. A recent report by Cohn & Wolfe, on the other hand, offers an approach that’s so simple and […]
The mysterious symbol appeared in my search bar out of the blue this morning. Instead of the usual green lock or small blank page before a web address, there was a lower-case “i” in a circle (see left image, above). Never having seen it before, I clicked on it and was shocked to read the pop-up that read, […]
Fifty years ago this month, a new TV show debuted with the now-iconic phrase “Space, the final frontier.” It received mixed reviews, but lives on in syndicated spin-offs, blockbuster movies, and futuristic innovations in technology. Case in point: The Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize competition, which features a $10 million purse for the team that can build […]
It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15): Esta su práctica médica amigable para los Hispanos? Depending on where you practice, who your current clientele is, and who you hope to reach in the years to come, the question — Is your medical practice friendly to Hispanics? — is well worth asking. As […]
No one ever chose a medical practice simply because staff members returned calls quickly or greeted them warmly when they walked in the door. But that’s no reason to get complacent about good customer service: Fail to provide it and you just make it that much easier for them to choose a competing one. The […]
When it comes to creating and sharing videos, it’s no surprise that many doctors focus on educating patients about what to expect before and during their procedure. That’s a good thing, of course, but it overlooks another important step in patients’ aesthetic journeys: What can/should they do to ensure the best possible recovery? The fact […]
With Wednesday’s rollout of the latest iPhones, it’s not surprising that Apple aficionados are buzzing about the devices’ new features (e.g., improved cameras) and lack thereof (no headphone jack). But for those hoping to connect with potential patients, the more pertinent development is not nearly so obvious: The devices will feature a new and […]
What do patients want? Based on the most popular procedures, you could say flatter tummies and larger breasts. That’s true, statistically speaking at least, but it’s not the whole truth. These days, patients also want to find doctors who do more than just enhance body parts; they want doctors who understand their needs and desires […]
Need further proof that, even two decades after its passage, HIPAA continues to raise questions about compliance? Having already considered the do’s and don’ts of HIPAA-compliant social media and HIPAA-compliant mobile strategies, consider this scenario shared by Jim Hook, Director of Consulting for The Fox Group LLC: The question at hand regarded a doctor who, […]
You see them almost everywhere you go: People of all ages with their heads down, faces glued to their phones, and playing Pokémon Go. The GPS/camera-based game has been touted as a healthy activity — it gets people up and moving — but for healthcare providers, it could be a dangerous one, as well. In […]
It’s a dilemma for anyone hoping to engage with patients in today’s always-on, always-connected culture. On the one hand, you have HIPAA, the 20-year-old statute that’s all about protecting privacy; on the other, social media, which is essentially a forum for sharing on a global scale. Is it any wonder that some medical professionals have […]
With apologies to The Beatles, it was 20 years ago today (okay, Sunday) that President Clinton signed Public Law 104-191, better known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. Although the law addressed a multitude of issues, it’s safe to say that the most relevant requirements for most providers is spelled out […]
At RealSelf, we view giving back as our social responsibility, core to our beliefs and culture. A guiding principle to our support of local charities and international medical volunteers is to seek out meaningful ways to make a difference in restoring hope, confidence, and a positive future for those who are most vulnerable and underserved. […]
Let’s face it. Having done your best to help a patient, you have every right to be dismayed when you discover they’ve posted a scathing online review. As previous posts have noted, there are appropriate ways to respond to them and inappropriate ways to respond, but sometimes, the best response is to bite your tongue […]
As noted in last week’s post, filing a lawsuit over a negative review — either to silence an unhappy patient or to pursue damages for defamation — is rarely a good idea. Costly, difficult to prosecute and, in some cases, prohibited by law, such suits can turn a one-time, one-off event into an ongoing crisis […]
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