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customer service, healthcare, loyalty, word of mouth

Infographic Friday: Customer Service — It’s not just for Hotels and Stores Anymore

No one ever chose a medical practice simply because staff members returned calls quickly or greeted them warmly when they walked in the door. But that’s no reason to get complacent about good customer service: Fail to provide it and you just make it that much easier for them to choose a competing one. The […]

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marketing 3.0, aesthetic marketing, social media

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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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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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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video marketing, infographic, consumer decision journey

Infographic Friday: From Curiosity to Consultation, Videos Prove their Value

At first glance, the title of this infographic from Invodo — Video Marketing & the Customer Journey: Bring Your Products To Life — doesn’t exactly shout healthcare. But if you change just two words, it clearly applies: Video Marketing & the Patient Journey: Bring Your Services To Life It’s a journey that marketers liken to […]

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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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content, engagement, marketing

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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patient engagement

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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harris poll, wait time, medical marketing, online access, patient satisfaction

Harris Poll: Patients Want Online Access, Proactive Communication and Shorter Wait Times

Somebody’s doing something right: According to a recent Harris Poll, patients’ satisfaction with their doctor visits is rising, although there’s still room for improvement. First the good news: Among those who have visited a doctor’s office in the past year 88% reported that they were satisfied with their last visit, up five points from a […]

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gen x, healthcare marketing, cosmetic surgery

Healthcare for the Ages, Part III: Generation X and “Y” No Doctor Should Ignore Them

As children, they were called “latchkey kids” because they were often left on their own as their parents divorced; as they got older, they were called “slackers” because their subsequent experiences with societal institutions left them underwhelmed. They are, of course, the members of Generation X and while they seldom get the attention that Baby […]

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healthcare for the ages, aesthetic marketing, baby boomers

Healthcare for the Ages, Part II: Why It Still Makes Sense to Market to Baby Boomers

As noted in last week’s post, one key to long-term success for aesthetic practices is to engage Millennials, those 18–35 year olds who have not only become the largest demographic group in the U.S. but who are embracing cosmetic procedures like never before. Then again, perhaps the only thing worse than ignoring Millennials is focusing on […]

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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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customer service, patient satisfaction, aesthetic marketing

Customer Dis-service: When Great Medical Care Isn’t Enough

Quick, if someone were to ask you what sort of services your practice provides, what would you say? Cosmetic services? Aesthetic services? A variety of services for the skin, face and body? Chances are you wouldn’t say “customer service.” And yet, the fact is that customer service plays an increasingly important role in determining how […]

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myth, healthcare consumerism, marketing

3 Myths about Healthcare Consumerism — and How to Overcome Them

             Patient:  a person receiving care or treatment, especially from a doctor              Consumer: a person who buys goods or services for personal use With the 2010s now more than half over, there’s no escaping the fact that the two cohorts above are increasingly one […]

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nose job, rhinoplasty, natural, not fake

It’s Only Natural: The New Word in Nose Jobs Is…

The eyes may be the window to the soul but for many aesthetic consumers, the nose may just be the doorway to a more satisfied life. And while it’s true that many patients want a nose that’s smaller or thinner or less bulbous, a new survey suggests that it’s what they don’t want that’s driving interest in […]

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Millenials, selfies, cosmetic surgery, minimally invasive procedure

The Changing Face of Plastic Surgery (Hint: It’s Younger than You May Think)

It’s not exactly an earth-shattering revelation but it’s always good to get confirmation from an authoritative source: According to a just-released survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), more and more young adults and teens are opting for aesthetic procedures. In fact, a whopping 64% of AAFPRS members saw an […]

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sculpsure, buzz index, realself, mark karolak

Buzz Index: Consumer Questions about SculpSure Offer Insights for Doctors

There’s nothing like having the FDA approve a new product or procedure to generate buzz among patients hoping to resolve their aesthetic concerns. In fact, such decisions often lead to a spike in the aptly named RealSelf Buzz Index, a weekly analysis that compares the number of questions, comments, and new reviews posted to the […]

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trends, aesthetic trends, realself, procedures

Aesthetics and the Year Ahead: Tighter Chins, Smaller Breasts, and New Developments Down Under

You don’t need a crystal ball to see that healthcare marketing is rapidly evolving in the face of increased competition, new technology, and changing consumer behavior. But for aesthetic professionals, there’s another change that’s worth paying attention to: Just as beauty ideals have evolved over time, so, too, have aesthetic consumers’ interest in particular body […]

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