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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3 Ways to Generate Trust and Patient Satisfaction

  Trust: It’s the basis of any successful doctor-patient relationship, and it may be even more important than you think. According to recent research, the more a patient trusts their doctor, the more likely they are to be satisfied with their care. They report more beneficial health behaviors, fewer post-treatment symptoms, and a higher quality of […]

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There’s More to Assessing Patient Outcomes than Quality of Care

It’s an interesting question: Assuming you provide quality care, you probably have satisfied patients, but is their satisfaction a valid factor in assessing their clinical outcome and the quality of that care? Or as the title of this article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provocatively puts it: “The Importance of Patient Satisfaction: A Blessing, a […]

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Why Loyal Patients Are a Doctor’s Best Friend

Patient loyalty matters, but it’s not easy to earn. Consider the numbers: In a study of 27 categories, McKinsey found that just 13% of consumers are loyal to a brand, while 87% “shop around.” In a study of 11 industries, Accenture found that 52% of consumers switched a brand in the past year because of a poor […]

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healthcare consumer, consumerization, online shopping

5 Trends Redefining Medical Marketing

There’s a lot of talk lately about potential patients being healthcare consumers. No longer passive observers, people are increasingly adept at researching procedures and providers and making decisions about what’s right for them. Not surprisingly, some medical providers have resisted the patient-as-shopper idea. Of course, shopping for healthcare is different than searching online for apparel, but the fact remains […]

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Rethinking Ink: Does Your Marketing Reflect the Reality of ‘Tattoo Regret’?

Regrets…like the late Frank Sinatra, people with tattoos have had a few. They’re rethinking their body art, searching for tattoo removal options, and making decisions — about procedures and providers — based on the information they find online. Tattoo removal is one of the most researched treatments on RealSelf, and has a Worth It Rating in […]

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3 Tips to Turn Today’s Plastic Surgery Shopper Into Tomorrow’s Patient

The average plastic surgery consumer may not be a shop until you drop type, but she/he is definitely shopping around. In fact, most people now start their search online to browse, get ideas, and compare options when it comes to aesthetic choices. Make no mistake, if these online shoppers don’t find your practice along the way, they won’t be coming […]

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Who You Gonna Trust? The Ins and Outs of Influencer Marketing

It probably sounded like a good idea at the time. Hoping to “join the conversation” and demonstrate its social awareness, Pepsi created an ad in which reality star Kendall Jenner turned a street protest into a dance party simply by offering a cop a soda. He takes a sip, the crowd erupts in cheers, and whatever […]

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Online Reviews: New Research, Intriguing Insights, and the Power of ‘Peer Trust’

You can’t escape it. From search engine result pages to community sites, online reviews of healthcare services are everywhere. Even the scientific community has taken notice, which may explain why online reviews are a popular topic for study in a variety of recently published medical journals. Consider the trends and takeaways found in recent research: Reviews have a […]

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E-patients, Part III: 3 Ways to Turn Good Outcomes Into Great Relationships

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the “decision journey” patients take as they determine what cosmetic procedure they want and which doctor they want to perform it. Not surprisingly, the discussion tends to focus primarily on the steps between a patient’s initial interest and the door of his or her chosen practice. But for […]

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E-patients, Part II: Sharing Expertise Helps Patients, Improves the Internet, and Empowers Your Practice

As we’ve already covered, e-patients can be considered many things—engaged, enabled, equipped—but, above all, they are empowered. These patients take a hands-on approach to healthcare, harnessing the infinite reach of the internet to educate themselves and connect with providers. If you don’t have a great presence online, there’s a good chance these patients won’t find you at all. And […]

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e-patients, healthcare marketing, online community

E-patients and How to Engage Them: 4 Steps to Success with Today’s Online Patient

The name Dave deBronkart may not be familiar, but if you’ve been in practice at any point over the last decade, you’ve almost certainly been impacted by his experience. In January 2007, a routine shoulder X-ray revealed a shadow on deBronkart’s lung, leading to a diagnosis of metastasized kidney cancer. As an early adopter of […]

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Video Marketing: Want More Views? Try a Unique Approach

Engaging, ubiquitous, and easier than ever to produce — is it any wonder that videos are essentially taking over online? Consider a few findings from Cisco’s latest forecast for online video content: Annual global IP traffic will surpass the zettabyte (ZB, or 1,000 exabytes) threshold in 2016 and will reach 2.3 ZB by 2020. Video […]

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Playing to Win, Part II: What’s Popular, What’s Not, and How to Shape Your Content Accordingly

As previously discussed, researching how other aesthetic providers approach the market can be a crucial step in developing a marketing strategy that will help you beat them. On the other hand, even the most comprehensive competitive analysis is of limited value if the insights it reveals aren’t relevant to the market you and they are […]

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aesthetic marketing, competitive analysis, website design, practice website

Playing to Win: Gain the Aesthetic Advantage with Competitive Analysis

If you’ve been in practice for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard the old saying that healing is an art, medicine is a science, and healthcare is a business. If so, it’s also probably true that the first and second parts played a significant role in why you pursued the profession in the […]

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Video Best Practices for Connecting with Potential Plastic Surgery Patients

News clips, movie trailers, and the never-ending streams that pop up in your Facebook feed, and you begin to understand why the folks at Cisco forecast that, by 2020, video will account for 82% of all consumer internet traffic. You don’t need a crystal ball to see why video matters to anyone promoting a medical practice. As new […]

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Social Discovery: 5 Ways to Ensure People Find Your Practice Via Social Media

Social media — it’s not just for posting vacation photos and connecting with old friends anymore. These days, social is also an increasingly important search tool as millions of people forgo Google and Bing in favor of information that’s been shared socially by people with similar interests. It’s called “social search” or “social discovery,” and […]

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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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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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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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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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