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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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search, seo, google, practice website

Rank Well in Search, Part II: 7 SEO Trends and What They Mean for Aesthetic Practices

As noted in last week’s post, understanding what factors influence search rank is key to ensuring that potential patients find your practice website: Fail to incorporate the signals that get Google’s attention and there’s a good chance the search giant will return results highlighting your competitors instead. The challenge, of course, is that ranking factors aren’t […]

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search, seo, google, ranking factors

Want to Rank Well in Search? Send the Right Signals

Funny thing about Google: The search giant can find just about any website on the internet but if it “thinks” that you won’t like what it finds, it won’t show you. Page 1 or 100, search rank is all about sending the signals that get Google’s approval. Ever wonder what those signals are? The folks […]

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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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small practice, competitive edge, aesthetic marketing, local

Small Practice Survival Secret: Think Locally, Act Digitally

It’s often said that size matters — just not always in the way people think it does. Take aesthetic marketing, where big chains with multiple locations often seem to have a competitive edge because they can employ big-buck ad campaigns, celebrity spokesmodels, etc., to promote their services and stack the name-recognition deck in their favor. […]

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google, mobile, search, snippets

Rich Snippets and Insecure Websites: Assessing Google’s Latest Updates — and What To Do about Them

The mysterious symbol appeared in my search bar out of the blue this morning. Instead of the usual green lock or small blank page before a web address, there was a lower-case “i” in a circle (see left image, above). Never having seen it before, I clicked on it and was shocked to read the pop-up that read, […]

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voice search, siri, cortana, google voice, seo, content

3 Ways to Ensure Voice Searchers “Hear” What You Have to Say

  With Wednesday’s rollout of the latest iPhones, it’s not surprising that Apple aficionados are buzzing about the devices’ new features (e.g., improved cameras) and lack thereof (no headphone jack). But for those hoping to connect with potential patients, the more pertinent development is not nearly so obvious: The devices will feature a new and […]

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leads, conversion rate optimization, CRO, practice website, content, call to action

3 Keys to Converting Website Visitors into Viable Leads (Why SEO Isn’t Enough)

In these days of intense competition, it’s a given that generating traffic to your practice website is a key factor in marketing your practice. That is the incontrovertible truth but it’s not the whole truth. The fact is that getting people to visit your practice website is of limited value if they don’t take any […]

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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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google health, search, serps

Future-proof Your Practice: Understanding the New ABCs of Google Search Results

Looks like the gang at Google is at it again. Last week, the company officially rebranded itself as Alphabet; this week, they rolled out a new domain name with the appropriate but awkward URL of abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com. Name changes aside, though, the more relevant news relates to recent behind-the scenes changes the company has made to […]

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vanity metrics, fake reviews, authenticity

Keepin’ It Real: You Can’t Build an Authentic Business on Fake Reviews

Have you heard about the Freakin’ Awesome Karaoke Express? Based in San Francisco, it’s essentially a karaoke bar on wheels, a mobile sound system that promises to make your next party a sing-along sensation. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t exist. As the project’s acronym — F.A.K.E. — should make clear, it isn’t real. Instead, it’s […]

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google, search rank, seo

Smart Marketing: 5 Ways to Rank Better in Search

Ever wonder how Google decides to rank one website higher than another? The SEO experts at Searchmetrics have (a lot!) and they’ve just released a new report that provides interesting insights into what factors separate high-ranking pages (i.e., those that occupy the top 30 spots) from everybody else. In a nutshell, the company analyzed 300,000 […]

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brand awareness, cosmetic products, aesthetic marketing

Low Brand Awareness for Aesthetic Products Presents a Challenge — and Opportunity — for Doctors

Brand awareness. According to Wikipedia, it’s the extent to which a brand is recognized by potential customers and is correctly associated with a particular product. For companies like Lego or L’Oreal — both of which were named to this year’s most powerful brands list — it translates into instant name recognition and a healthy bottom […]

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google, knowledge box, search results

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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seo, search engine optimization, web vendor

Is Your Web Team Generating New Business (or just Racking up Big Fees)?

Does this scenario ring a bell? After a full day of consults, surgeries and practice management, you sit down, open a report from your web vendor and find yourself scrolling through pages of data on your website activity. You know it’s key information for determining whether your web marketing works but you find yourself struggling […]

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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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practice website, traffic, seo, content, google, search, rank

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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google, seo, quality rater guidelines, infographic, practice website, search

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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