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Dollars and Sense: Unlocking the Value of Price Transparency

While the ultimate state of the U.S. healthcare system remains a $3-trillion question mark, one impact of the ongoing uncertainty is already influencing the way Americans approach medical care. With more people shouldering a larger portion of their healthcare costs, their interest in, and expectation of, price transparency is only going to grow. And it […]

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Makeovers for Men: A Small but Growing Market

It’s not often that male makeovers make headlines, so when they do, it’s worth paying attention. The recent news that Ken, of Barbie and Ken fame, has undergone a truly extreme makeover. Blond and blue-eyed seemingly forever, he’s now available in 15 different models that feature diverse skin tones, eye colors, and hairstyles. He also […]

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Turn Aesthetic Consumers into New Clients with a Patient-first Practice Website

Mobile apps, social content, telemedicine, as noted in a previous post, potential aesthetic patients have an ever-expanding number of ways to connect with your plastic surgery practice. With all these other tools, it’s important not to neglect the most obvious one — your practice website. Your practice website is your digital front door, and it […]

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Go Digital or Go Home: Strategies to Attract Today’s Digitally Engaged Patient

The future of healthcare is digital, and cosmetic surgery practices that hope to thrive better be, too. From apps to wearable tech, EHRs to analytics, the proliferation of digital technology promises to remake every aspect of the medical profession. A recent report from Adobe puts the shift into perspective: When asked if they were comfortable […]

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How This Doctor Maximizes His Reviews on RealSelf

Marketing is crucial to any business. To grow your plastic surgery practice, you need to increase exposure and attract new patients. Easy, right? While many practices spend thousands of dollars to do just that, the best marketing you can get is 100% free. Really. “Information coming from real patients is much more valuable than any marketing process […]

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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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Don’t Let a Bad Online Profile Hold Back Your Business

A patient gets their first impression of your practice the second they walk in the front door. The location, the decor, the lobby chairs, even the paint color on the walls. It all matters. Your office is a showcase of who you are and what your practice provides. Your online profile does the same. You […]

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How Answering Simple Questions Can Build Your Brand and Grow Your Practice

It’s easy to get caught up on ROI as you build your practice. Your time is valuable and whatever you invest in it needs to deliver. All those returns, however, don’t have to be immediately monetary. There is true value in building your brand and establishing yourself as an expert who potential patients can trust. […]

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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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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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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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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 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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¿Buscas Nuevos Pacientes? Hispanics, Healthcare, and Hints on Reaching a Large and Growing Market

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 […]

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Aesthetic Marketing 3.0: Giving Patients What They Really Want

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 […]

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New Research: The Surprising Health Benefits of Online Health Forums

Even as the internet enables an exchange of information on a transformative level, online health forums still get the Rodney Dangerfield treatment: They don’t get no respect. That’s unfortunate because as new research shows, the information provided in online healthcare discussions is often better than the nay-sayers believe. Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the […]

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Patients, Practices and the Hidden Benefits of Healthcare Marketing

Maybe it’s the proliferation of those direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads for drugs that people can’t actually purchase — they all end with “Ask your doctor about…” — or the inflated claims of dietary supplements that promise more energy, better skin or flatter abs. Healthcare marketing is getting a bad rap. That’s a shame — and potentially […]

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Moments Matter: Aligning Content with Patients’ Motivations, Emotions and Desired Outcomes

It only takes a moment. A potential patient goes online to research Botox or a breast aug and comes across a blog post, web page or social conversation about the topic. In short order, she makes a decision: Either the content “clicks” with her or she clicks away. As a recent study from AOL Insights […]

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Infographic Friday: Promote Patient Engagement (and Boost Your Bottom Line)

What do patients want? Excellent care and great outcomes, of course, but increasingly, they also want to be actively involved in their healthcare decisions. They know they have choices, which means the days of doctors’ dictating courses of action and patients blindly accepting them are over. It’s what marketers mean when they talk about empowerment. […]

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