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18 Amazing Statistics on the Future of Internet Video

The future of the Internet is video but don’t just take our word for it. Here are 18 statistics that showcase what people are watching (and sharing), how the world of online video is exploding and what it can mean for businesses that add video to their marketing mix: In January, 85% of the U.S. […]

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Infographic Friday: Great Customer Experiences Begin with a Welcoming Website

These days, it’s safe to say that your practice website is the quickest, easiest way for aesthetic consumers to get to know a little bit about you. Unfortunately, it may also be the quickest, easiest way for them to decide to seek another provider. It all boils down to whether that website visitor has a […]

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Infographic Friday: Does Your Practice Website Close the Deal — or the Door?

If you’re like many aesthetic professionals, you already know that social media marketing is absolutely essential and you’ve taken steps to incorporate it into your overall business strategy. You’ve claimed your profiles on the appropriate social networks, you regularly contribute relevant content to others in those communities and, if you’ve gained their trust, persuaded them […]

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Is Poor Website Design Turning Potential Patients into No-shows?

It’s often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when it comes to website design, it’s also in the click of a finger. If a potential patient finds your practice website unattractive — messy, non-intuitive and difficult to use — it’s safe to say they probably won’t be beholding it for […]

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Trust: If You Build It, They Will Come

When it comes to choosing a doctor, aesthetic consumers cite any number of reasons why they ultimately choose the provider they do. Experience, board certification, occasionally even price or a doctor’s popularity. But it’s also true that one factor trumps all others when it comes to medical procedures, especially those that are often elective, emotion-laden […]

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SEO for Doctors: Is Your Strategy DOA or Designed to Thrive?

S E O Seldom have three little letters caused so much confusion and consternation — or provided so much income to the legions of marketers who promote their prowess in dissecting its algorithmic innards and “ability” to manipulate the results. Whether such efforts are effective or not is an ongoing debate. On the one hand, […]

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Best Practices for Email Marketing: Building a Better Subscriber List

In the ever-changing world of Internet marketing, it sometimes seems as if email is part Rodney Dangerfield and part Monty Python. You know, compared to newer, flashier platforms, it gets no respect but it’s not dead yet. In fact, managed properly, email remains one of the most powerful tools in your marketing toolbox. According to […]

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Is Your Practice Website Designed for Success?

As an aesthetic professional you no doubt spend a lot of time directing your discerning eye toward hooked noses, receding chins and sagging butts and tummies — but have you ever given your website a similarly critical look? A quick surf around the web suggests you should. The sad fact is that many practice websites, […]

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Image is Everything: Photos + Social = Better Consumer Engagement

If you were to tally what captures people’s interest on the Internet, you could say that the eyes have it. It’s true, and bad puns aside, all you have to do is look at recent developments in social media to recognize that the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be undervaluing […]

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To Succeed in Search, Think like a Hummingbird

A hummingbird can fly at speeds of up to 35 mph, flap its wings up to 80 times a second — and, believe it or not, help determine whether or not your practice website remains relevant and retrievable to millions of online consumers. Obviously, that last point doesn’t refer to the winged members of Trochilidae. […]

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Infographic Friday: Can Blogging Really Boost Your Business?

To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Let’s face it, between generating ideas, committing them to paper (or digital alternative) and making sure they’re reader-ready, producing blog posts is probably not the first thing that comes to mind after a day of consults, surgeries and managing your business. When you think of […]

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Truth(s) in Advertising: Consumers trust friends, online opinions and branded websites

Trust. When you get right down to it, no other factor — not price, not location, not credentials — carries more weight when consumers are trying to choose between providers offering similar services and products. And that’s especially true when what they’re considering is an elective, expensive and potentially emotion-laden subject like cosmetic surgery. So […]

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When Bad Backlinks Happen to Good Doctors (Part I of II)

It probably sounded like a good idea at the time. In pursuit of a better ranking in search results, the doctor hired a firm to place thousands of backlinks on other websites that pointed to his practice website. The plan was based on the premise that one of the major ways search engines assign value to individual […]

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Lights, Camera, Video: Best Practices for Producing Promotional Videos (Part II of III)

If you’ve ever doubted the idea that video represents the future of the Internet, consider this little fact: In the time it took you to read the above sentence, more than 8 hours of video will have been uploaded to YouTube. At that pace, that works out to 6,000 hours per hour, 144,000 hours per […]

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Show, Don’t Tell: Online Video Is Taking Over the Internet (Part I of III)

Online video: it’s not just for clumsy cats and talking dogs anymore. The fact is, if you’re not using video to promote your practice, you’re missing out on what is very likely the most important marketing tool since the direct-mail postcard. Visually compelling, eminently shareable and increasingly easy to produce, video is rapidly becoming the […]

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Infographic Friday: Is Your Practice Website Poised to Flourish or Fade Away?

Maintaining a healthy, vibrant website is no easy feat; in fact, it’s a lot like growing a garden. It takes work, it takes commitment and, in the end, there are no shortcuts. Unfortunately, there are still so-called “experts” out there who claim to possess miracle products that can garner you amazing results for very little […]

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Could Your Before & After Photos Cost You Millions?

When it comes to showcasing your work, the old saying couldn’t be more true: A picture really is worth a thousand words. Simply put, potential patients love to see how other patients’ skin, faces and bodies have changed through cosmetic surgery. Sometimes, however, that “value” comes with a high price tag, a reality that has […]

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Did a Penguin Just Put the Squeeze on Your Practice Website’s Search Results?

Wondering what a small, flightless bird native to the Southern Hemisphere has to do with your practice website and its ranking in search results? If the bird in question is Penguin 2.0, the latest update to Google’s search algorithm, the answer is everything. Rolled out late last month, Penguin 2.0 promises to fine-tune Google’s already […]

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Posting for Profit: 7 Benefits of Doctor Blogging

As an adjunct professor, pediatric ENT surgeon and CEO and chief medical officer of Annica Media, Russell Faust would seem to have his hands full, a jam-packed schedule and plenty of reasons not to take on the potential time-suck of social media. And yet, despite all that, he’s not only a firm believer in the […]

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Infographic Friday: The Search for Health Info Goes SoLoMo

Not familiar with the term SoLoMo? You should be because it’s rapidly redefining how consumers get their healthcare information. Increasingly, people are turning to Social media for insights, searching for Local providers who can fill their needs and doing it all on their Mobile devices. SoLoMo. It’s the connective tissue that’s helping aesthetic consumers navigate […]

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