About Rob Lovitt

Rob Lovitt is a longtime writer and editor who believes every good business has a great story to tell. He has written for dozens of magazines and websites, including NBCnews.com, Expedia.com and the inflight magazines of Alaska, Horizon and Frontier airlines.
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crystal ball, trends, aesthetic marketing, 2017

5 Ways to Future-proof Your Practice: Trends, Tactics and Technology for 2017 and Beyond

It’s often said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it, but the converse is also true: Those who fail to anticipate the future are destined to miss it. And, make no mistake, 2017 promises to be a year of extraordinary change in healthcare. At this point, most eyes are on the […]

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search, seo, google, practice website

Rank Well in Search, Part II: 7 SEO Trends and What They Mean for Aesthetic Practices

As noted in last week’s post, understanding what factors influence search rank is key to ensuring that potential patients find your practice website: Fail to incorporate the signals that get Google’s attention and there’s a good chance the search giant will return results highlighting your competitors instead. The challenge, of course, is that ranking factors aren’t […]

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search, seo, google, ranking factors

Want to Rank Well in Search? Send the Right Signals

Funny thing about Google: The search giant can find just about any website on the internet but if it “thinks” that you won’t like what it finds, it won’t show you. Page 1 or 100, search rank is all about sending the signals that get Google’s approval. Ever wonder what those signals are? The folks […]

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online reviews, gag clauses, non-disparagement, SLAPP

Gag Clauses Begone: Best Practices When Dealing with Negative Reviews

    In an era of unprecedented government gridlock, a hint of bipartisanship has emerged from a surprising arena: online reviews. Recently passed by the U.S. Senate — unanimously, no less — the Consumer Review Freedom Act officially prohibits businesses from using non-disparagement clauses, aka “gag clauses,” in an effort to forestall negative online reviews. The measure […]

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healthcare, marketing, social, search

Infographic Friday: So Much Content, So Little Time, and How to Alter the Formula in your Favor

Call it the content conundrum: Thanks to the internet, potential patients have access to a massive amount of information when researching procedures and providers — which means that practices that hope to attract them have no choice but to add even more content to the mix. And let’s face it, the more content from more […]

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social media, small business, marketing, reputation, content

Struggling with Social Media? Why so many Small Businesses Get It Wrong

By now, almost every successful business owner understands the importance of maintaining a social media presence. Unfortunately, many may still be struggling to get it right: Consider some of the findings in a recent study by The Alternative Board, a provider of peer-to-peer advisory boards: 59% of small business owners believe social media is “nice […]

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email, email marketing, ESP, click rate,

Email Marketing Is Alive and Well… Is Yours?

The email showed up in my inbox this morning. It was from my longtime doctor’s office and the subject line couldn’t have been more direct: Annual Physical Reminder. As you can imagine, it didn’t take a lot of internal debate before I opened it and clicked on the link to schedule an appointment. That’s the […]

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patient journey, mapping, aesthetic marketing

Journey Mapping Helps Lead Patients to your Practice Door

Maps. They’re not just for helping patients get to your practice anymore. These days, successful practices use a different sort of map to figure out where potential patients are on their aesthetic journeys. They know that different patients take different paths to research and choose providers, and they use patient journey mapping to offer the […]

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Infographic Friday: Automated Appointment Reminders Pick Up Where Self-scheduling Leaves Off

As noted in a recent post, letting patients self-schedule appointments online can turn lookers into bookers. Unfortunately, that still doesn’t guarantee that they’ll show up. According to the Harvard Business Review, such no-shows cost the U.S. healthcare system $150 billion way back in 2006, and it’s a safe bet that the figure has only climbed […]

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patient experience, online reviews, search, seo, healthcare marketing

What Aesthetic Practices Can Learn from Urgent Care Clinics

Cosmetic surgery and urgent care: When it comes to patients’ decision journeys, you’d be hard-pressed to find two sectors that are more dissimilar. Re: the former, it’s not uncommon for patients to spend weeks, months, or years researching their options; for the latter, that “research” often boils down to jumping in the car and heading for […]

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online reviews, trust, reputation management, local business

Online Reviews: 7 Stunning Statistics — and What They Mean for Aesthetic Practices

The review genie is not going back in the bottle. In fact, with more people putting more trust in online reviews, and more reviews showing up in more places, that bottle’s been shattered for good. As a just-released survey from BrightLocal notes, just 5% of consumers said they don’t pay attention to reviews when researching local […]

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small practice, competitive edge, aesthetic marketing, local

Small Practice Survival Secret: Think Locally, Act Digitally

It’s often said that size matters — just not always in the way people think it does. Take aesthetic marketing, where big chains with multiple locations often seem to have a competitive edge because they can employ big-buck ad campaigns, celebrity spokesmodels, etc., to promote their services and stack the name-recognition deck in their favor. […]

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patient experience, customer service, branding

Study: 81% of Patients Are Unsatisfied with their Healthcare Experiences. Are Yours among Them?

Think your practice provides a great patient experience? You might want to revisit the question. According to a recent study by Prophet and GE Healthcare Camden Group, 81% of consumers surveyed indicate they are unsatisfied with their healthcare experience. That’s a lot of unhappy patients, which, by extension, makes it highly likely that many providers […]

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infographic, self scheduling, online appointment setting

Infographic Friday: Self-scheduling May Spell the Difference between Lookers and Bookers

Look out Appointy, Zocdoc, and pretty much every other appointment-setting app or service out there. With Facebook and Microsoft’s Office 365 joining forces on a competing, completely integrated service, self-scheduling is going mainstream. The new feature allows business owners to accept customer appointments on their Facebook Page, via an added “Book Now” button, writes Sarah Perez of TechCrunch. […]

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humanitarian care, giving, dr. champaneria, mozambique

Interview: From Med School to Mozambique with Dr. Manish Champaneria

It’s a long way from Minneapolis to Mozambique, but when the traveler is board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Manish C. Champaneria, MD, it’s less of a stretch when you consider his career path and longstanding interest in helping vulnerable and underserved patients. Now practicing at PeaceHealth Plastic Surgery, in Vancouver, Wash., he’s just back from […]

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web design, before and after, photos, authenticity

Before and After Galleries that Get Results (Web Design 101: Part V)

Homepages, landing pages, About Us pages — as recent posts have made clear, there’s a lot more to web design than picking out fonts, colors, and layouts. Sure, the basics matter, but as the late Steve Jobs so aptly put it, Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it […]

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web design, practice website, healthcare marketing, about us

The One and Only Time It’s OK to Make It All about You (Web Design 101: Part IV)

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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web design, practice website, landing page, leads

Landing Pages that Turn Lookers into Bookers (Web Design 101: Part III)

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, […]

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web design, homepage, practice website, marketing

Welcome Online Visitors with a Well-designed Homepage (Web Design 101: Part II)

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 […]

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web design, practice website

Web Design 101: Odds Are Your Practice Website Needs a Little Work (First in a Series)

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” […]

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