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CoolSculpting Heats Up: How Great Reviews Give You an Advantage

Fat. Despite the popularity of transferring it from one body part to another — think Brazilian butt lifts, breast augs, and parts of the face — many people just want it gone. And many of them don’t want to deal with the cost, pain, or downtime associated with liposuction. Fortunately, there are several fat-reducing treatments on the market […]

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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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Why Your Plastic Surgery Practice Reviews Matter Now More Than Ever

By now there’s no denying the role online reviews play in the choices potential patients make about plastic surgery. The opinions shared by others now show up in more places. They provide objective, third-party affirmation, aka social proof). And they serve as a powerful indicator of your trustworthiness. While all this explains why people use online reviews, a […]

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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 II: Sharing Expertise Helps Patients, Improves the Internet, and Empowers Your Practice

As we’ve already covered, e-patients can be considered many things—engaged, enabled, equipped—but, above all, they are empowered. These patients take a hands-on approach to healthcare, harnessing the infinite reach of the internet to educate themselves and connect with providers. If you don’t have a great presence online, there’s a good chance these patients won’t find you at all. And […]

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Video Marketing: Want More Views? Try a Unique Approach

Engaging, ubiquitous, and easier than ever to produce — is it any wonder that videos are essentially taking over online? Consider a few findings from Cisco’s latest forecast for online video content: Annual global IP traffic will surpass the zettabyte (ZB, or 1,000 exabytes) threshold in 2016 and will reach 2.3 ZB by 2020. Video […]

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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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Interview: From Med School to Mozambique with Dr. Manish Champaneria

It’s a long way from Minneapolis to Mozambique, but when the traveler is board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Manish C. Champaneria, MD, it’s less of a stretch when you consider his career path and longstanding interest in helping vulnerable and underserved patients. Now practicing at PeaceHealth Plastic Surgery, in Vancouver, Wash., he’s just back from […]

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Before and After Galleries that Get Results (Web Design 101: Part V)

Homepages, landing pages, About Us pages — as recent posts have made clear, there’s a lot more to web design than picking out fonts, colors, and layouts. Sure, the basics matter, but as the late Steve Jobs so aptly put it, Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it […]

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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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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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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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Video Marketing Tip: Promote Your Practice with Real Stories from Real Patients

In an era when the vast majority of consumers conduct extensive online research before they ever reach out to a business, it’s a fundamental law of marketing that you have to share your expertise in ways that engage people early in their decision journeys. And, as RealSelf data consistently shows, video is an incredibly effective […]

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Infographic Friday: Record Now! Video Marketing Is Going Viral

As noted a while back, 78% of people watch online videos every week and 55% watch them every day! In fact, so many people are shooting, watching, and sharing videos that the format accounted for nearly two-thirds (64%) of all consumer Internet traffic last year — a figure that’s expected to rise to 80% by 2019. Such […]

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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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The Race (for New Patients) Really Is to the Swift: Best Practices for Better Lead Management

As you read this, aesthetic consumers the world over are using the Internet to research procedures and providers, submitting online inquiries to doctors and waiting eagerly for a response. Unfortunately, many will still be waiting long after this post is old news. These patient contacts (“leads” in marketing jargon) can be the lifeblood for a […]

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Video Marketing 101: Keep It Simple, Personal, and Professional

When it comes to online video, the statistics are pretty compelling: 78% of people watch online videos every week 55% watch them every day Online video now accounts for 50% off all mobile traffic During the third quarter of this year, visitors to RealSelf set a new record, watching videos a whopping 1.2 million times. That […]

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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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The Aesthetic Consumer Decision Journey, Part I: The Procedure Is Paramount

By now, you’re probably familiar with the term “consumer decision journey,” the Internet-driven idea that today’s connected consumers take a long and often non-linear path from determining a need to choosing the business that’s going to help them resolve it. Gathering information from multiple sources along the way — search results, social conversations, reviews from […]

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