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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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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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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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hipaa, patient privacy, pokemon go, mobile, smartphone

HIPAA @ 20, Part II: In a Mobile-first World, You Need to Be Smart about Smartphones

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 […]

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hipaa, privacy, social media

HIPAA @ 20: Staying Compliant while Using Social Media

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 […]

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hipaa, phi, negative review, reputation management

Responding to Negative Reviews, Part IV: 20 Years of HIPAA and They Said What?!?

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 […]

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reputation management, online reviews

Responding to Negative Reviews III: Sometimes the Best Response Is to Change the Conversation

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 […]

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Responding to Negative Reviews, Revisited: 5 Ways to Avoid Bad Publicity

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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facebook, reach, organic reach, social, tips

Facebook Posts Falling Flat? It’s not You, It’s Facebook

If you’ve ever wondered how many people see the updates you post to your Facebook practice page, the answer is probably “less than ever.” “Organic reach,” the term for the visibility of posts that don’t require a payment for better placement, has not only been dropping for years, but just recently, took another hit. Late […]

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burnout, social media, time saver

Social Media: Secret Weapon in the Battle against Physician Burnout

Physician burnout: You could say it’s a hot topic these days. From new research on its causes to seminars on how to avoid it, it seems you can’t read your mail or get online without coming across stories about the subject. The current issue of Modern Aesthetics, in fact, devotes, not just its cover (above) to […]

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online health forum, social media

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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patient centric marketing, healthcare marketing, social

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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branding, medical marketing

Stand Up, Stand Out and Stay in the Game: 3 Steps toward Better Branding

All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You. – Tom Peters Branding. It’s not just for the likes of Porsche (There Is No Substitute) and […]

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infographic, social media measurement, roi

Infographic Friday: Best Practices for Social Media Measurement

Back in the day when Madison Avenue was the center of the marketing universe, legendary ad-man David Ogilvy is reported to have said, “50% of all advertising is useless. We just don’t know which 50%.” Today, there are those businesses that see social media the same way. Tweeting, posting to Facebook and participating in online […]

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social, customer service, patient privacy

Social Customer Service: Are You Nordstrom or Walmart?

If you’re like many aesthetic professionals, you probably don’t use Twitter all that much. Let’s face it, it’s tough to discuss complex subjects like cosmetic surgery or form a connection with potential patients in 140 characters. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore the micro-blogging site. If nothing else, it gives you another way to […]

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Facebook, search, professional services

Will Changes at Twitter and Facebook Help or Hurt Your Practice?

If you send a tweet (or post a Facebook update) and no one sees it, does it make a sound? It’s not a Zen koan. It’s a recognition of the fact that the major social networks continue to roll out changes that will likely impact whether your fans and followers see your content or not. […]

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content marketing, infographic, trust, shareable

Infographic Friday: 7 Tips for Creating Trustworthy Content

Let’s face it, given the democratic nature of the Internet, anyone can create and publish content. But if you’re in business — say, as an aesthetic professional hoping to reach potential patients — not just any old content will do. If you want people to actually read or view what you produce, it has to […]

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