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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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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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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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influencer marketing, pr fiasco, jenner, pepsi

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, doctor reviews, medical marketing, peer trust

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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3 Tips to Generate More Patient Reviews

Reviews matter. As a medical professional, reviews may not be at the top of your priority list. Your experience, education, and board-certification showcase the value of your work. That is true, but reviews still matter. A lot. According to a RealSelf study, 68% of patients use reviews to determine the trustworthiness of a doctor. Only […]

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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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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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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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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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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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yelp, online review, lawsuit, slapp, reputation management

Responding to Negative Reviews: Don’t Get SLAPPED by Filing Suit

To sue or not to sue, that is the question. When the issue at hand is an online review of your practice, the answer is almost always no. Barring highly specific and hard-to-prove circumstances, heading to court to contest a negative review can often do more harm than good. The latest case in point? Dr. […]

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millennials, aesthetic marketing, cosmetic surgery

Healthcare for the Ages, Part I: 5 Tips for Connecting with Millennials

These days, it seems you can’t open a magazine without reading an article about Millennials: They’re glued to their phones, they’re addicted to social media and they’re, well, you get the picture. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a demographic that’s been subjected to more generational generalizations. Such articles are interesting, as far as […]

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what patients want, healthcare marketing, feel safe, feel important, feel cared for, empowered

What Patients Really Want, Part II: 3 Factors that Determine Whether They’re Satisfied or Not

Satisfaction: According to Webster, it refers to “anything that brings gratification, pleasure, or contentment.” According to patients, it’s more complicated than that. Sure, a new nose or smoother brow can provide all of the above but people today want and expect more from their healthcare experiences. Great outcomes aside, they want doctors to do a […]

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online reviews, search, seo, reputation

Infographic Friday: Harnessing the Hidden Power of Online Reviews

If you’ve been in practice for any length of time, you already know that the insights your patients share online are the modern-day equivalent of personal referrals. And because they’re easily shared with countless others, rather than one-on-one, their reach is potentially unlimited. To borrow the familiar line about social media, online reviews really are […]

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earned media, online reviews, social media

3 Ways Earned Media Can Jumpstart New Business

People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. — Mark Zuckerberg It’s been seven years since the founder of Facebook uttered those words and it’s safe to say that they continue to ring true today. When people are […]

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The Aesthetic Consumer Decision Journey, Part II: The Path to the Ideal Doctor

As previously noted, the decision journey aesthetic consumers undertake is long, non-linear and, initially at least, focused more on possible options (e.g., procedures) than potential providers. It’s not, however, an all-or-nothing affair as the research people conduct on their aesthetic concerns inevitably exposes them to providers who can resolve them. A lot of providers, which is why […]

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