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Squeeze Play: As Screen Space Shrinks, Will Searchers Still Find your Practice Website?

A funny thing happened on my way to the Internet the other day. Using my phone, I was looking for data on breast augmentations and the results I got looked a little strange (see above). Instead of showing six or seven results — website name, URL and maybe a line or two of text — my […]

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Mobile-geddon or not, Healthcare Seekers Want Mobile-friendly Websites

It’s been almost three months since Google rolled out its update designed to reward websites that are user-friendly for people using their mobile devices. Since then, various analyses have suggested that the update may have had some impact on search results but nothing as dire as feared. Turns out it wasn’t “mobile-geddon” — which is not to […]

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content, content marketing, strategy,

Content Strategies: Reduce Friction with the Right Kind(s) of Content

As noted earlier this week, the questions that members of the RealSelf community ask online provide current and compelling insight into the thoughts, fears and concerns people have when considering cosmetic surgery. In turn, the trends those questions reveal can help doctors ensure that their marketing efforts are on track and properly allocated. After all, […]

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5 Ways to Generate More Traffic on Your Practice Website, Part II

As a busy aesthetic professional, you probably have neither the time nor the inclination to delve deeply into the technical factors that influence how well your practice website ranks when people are researching cosmetic surgery. And that’s okay. As discussed last week, the good news is that there are some simple things you can do […]

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5 Ways to Generate More Traffic to Your Practice Website (No SEO Skills Required)

You’ve probably seen the statistics: According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of Internet users say they’ve looked online for health information — and 77% of them say they began their last health-seeking session at a search engine. Question is will your practice website be among the results that Google, etc., return? If not, there’s […]

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bbl, breast surgery, red state, blue state, mobile, local

The Body Politic: The Strange Connection between Aesthetic Medicine and Electoral Politics

With new candidates entering the 2016 presidential race on a near-daily basis, it’s not surprising that pollsters and pundits are reviving the old red state/blue state metaphor to highlight the differences between liberals and conservatives, progressives and traditionalists, Democrats and Republicans. Turns out, though, the differences may not be limited to opposing views about taxes, […]

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Infographic Friday: Mobile-geddon or Not, Mobile Still Matters

It’s been three days since Google rolled out its latest update and, based on early reports, the sky hasn’t fallen on sites that are not optimized for mobile devices. (Long story short, the more “mobile friendly” your practice website is, the better it’s expected to rank in search results.) Does that mean the whole “Mobile-geddon” […]

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Will Google’s Latest Update Be ‘Mobile-geddon’ for your Practice Website?

Is your practice website mobile-friendly? If it isn’t (or you aren’t sure), the time has come to do something about it. Starting tomorrow, April 21, Google will officially incorporate mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor in determining search results, a move some experts are already calling “Mobile-geddon.” In other words, if your site isn’t mobile friendly, […]

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Infographic Friday: What Google Wants (and Why You Should Give it to Them)

Based on its wide and wild array of products, one could argue that Google wants to be, among other things, your mailman (Gmail), your Wi-Fi provider (high-altitude Internet balloons) and even your chauffeur (driverless cars). But what the company really wants is to win the hearts, minds and clicks of Internet users — and “moonshot” […]

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Infographic Friday: Getting Inside the Googleplex, Part I

Well, not literally. Truth is, the folks at Google HQ are very selective about who they let visit the company campus in Mountain View, Calif. For the rest of us — and especially anyone hoping to rank well in search — the best way to “get inside” Google is to understand how the company has come […]

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mercury360, search, social, seo, medical marketing

Want to Rank Well in Search? Get Social

There’s an old saying in the travel business that the journey is as important as the destination. The phrase speaks not just to the idea that the best trips acknowledge both aspects but also that the path you take can play a powerful role in your impressions of the overall experience. It also speaks to the essence […]

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Triple threat: 3 Changes to Google Search That Could Spell Trouble for Your Business

Old joke: Where’s the best place to hide a dead body? Answer: On page 2 of Google’s search results. The joke, of course, is that no one ever looks past the first page of search results, an idea that’s not always true but nevertheless relevant for two crucial reasons: For one thing, the majority of […]

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Infographic Friday: Get Digital-savvy or Get Left Behind

Mobile apps, wearable technology and social media: You don’t have to look very far to see how people are using digital tools — smartphones, health trackers, patient communities, etc. — to take a more proactive approach to their healthcare. It’s a trend that’s only going to accelerate as new players enter the industry, price transparency […]

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Will Mobile Searchers Find You… or the Doctor Down the Street?

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Google will process nearly 370,000 searches, almost 100,000 of which will be conducted by people on mobile devices. The actual numbers will vary by time of day, of course, but over time, that latter figure adds up to roughly 3 billion mobile searches per month. […]

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Infographic Friday: Doctors Who Help Patients on their Decision Journeys Help Themselves

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’re already familiar with the concept of the “consumer decision journey,” the multi-modal, often-convoluted path that consumers embark upon when researching the products and services they’re thinking of buying. You may even be among those who say, “So what? I don’t have consumers; I […]

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Infographic Friday: Quick Tips for Supercharging your SERP Status (Content Marketing V)

It is probably the ultimate conundrum of the Internet as we know it: With the rise of blogs, social media, smartphones and DIY video, we are in danger of drowning in digital content. Yet, at the very same time, producing content — sometimes short-form, sometimes long-form, even more video — is arguably the best way to connect […]

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E-A-T Your Way to Better Search Results

Whenever the subject of search results comes up, it’s inevitable that the talk will turn to algorithms, the formulas/calculations/secret sauce that search engines use to determine what websites show up in what order. It all sounds very mechanical and automated — and to a large extent, it is — but what’s often overlooked is that […]

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search, social, analytics, website traffic

Search vs. Social: Which One Packs More Punch?

It’s 2014 — do you know where your website visitors are coming from? If you’re not the type to pore over your traffic numbers and other analytics, the answer may surprise you. Analyzing traffic from 200,000+ sites that reach more than 250 million unique monthly users, the number-crunchers at Shareholic found that referrals from organic […]

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Infographic Friday: SEO Isn’t Dead but It Could Still Be Killing Your Business

Another day, another article raising the question “Is SEO Dead?” In fact, there seems to be something of a cottage industry of people cranking out stories about the viability (or lack thereof) of search engine optimization. And yet even those who pronounce the strategy dead, dead, dead clearly hope their stories appear high in search […]

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Panda Update Wreaks Havoc on Search Results — or Not

There’s nothing like the announcement of an update to Google’s search algorithm to strike fear into the hearts of webmasters and SEO consultants. So it was (again) last week when the 800-lb. gorilla of search engines rolled out Panda 4.0 as part of its ongoing effort to weed out low-quality websites. For some websites, the […]

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