Are you achieving your digital marketing goals? If you are, well done but a word of warning – keep going. Success can be our enemy, insofar as it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing you’ve done enough.
With achievement, comes a boost in confidence which is welcomed however it can also let complacency in.
How often have you celebrated a job well-done only to experience a drop in results just a few weeks on?
As marketers, we have all been there, so rather than seeking out someone else to blame, we need to look at what we’re doing and change it.
Dropping the ball on the marketing activity, i.e. doing less of it or eliminately some strategies altogether, is a disaster waiting to happen. Before long, the business leads, in the pipeline, dry up and you’re left wondering why and how did it all go wrong so quickly?
Here are a couple fail safe marketing strategies that are the ‘must-dos’ to keep the business leads flowing.
‘Content is king’ for SEO, generating leads, and fostering advocacy for your business and brand.
Unique relevant articles that show your expertise and inspire readers to share with their followers in social media, should be your top marketing strategy. Read this article to get more insight: Content marketing must-dos in 2019.
There are many third party niche blogs that publish unique content from contributors. In the content is a backlink to a relevant page on a similar topic on the contributor’s site. It’s easy to see how this works for you – the contributor. Your site gets more traffic via the backlink. Commit to this ‘must-do’ strategy. Outreach agencies understand this strategy really well and as Wendy Piersall says:
Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first.
Content marketing steps
- Write unique content for your blog every week or more regularly.
- Share your content with your profiles on social media
- Write or engage a copywriter to write high quality articles for third party publishing blogs
- Make sure the 3rd party blog shares the article with their social followers
Take steps 1 – 4 and repeat year in, year out. There is never a time for letting up on content generation and sharing.
How many email newsletters have you sent to your email list so far this year? Many marketers and small business owners start out strong with the best intentions.
However the monthly newsletter turns into quarterly or maybe just one or two a year. This is okay if your business is doing another type of email marketing. Notifying your email subscribers of company updates, or new product or service releases is email marketing too.
There is no one size fits all so your business really has full scope to design an email marketing plan that works for all parties.
Back to the newsletter. If you’re struggling to know what to put in your newsletters, and that’s why you started out strong and then they dried up here is a tip.
The foundation of your newsletters can be your blog content. It is the perfect fit. So here is what you do to design your newsletters. In your email newsletter template:
- Add in the personalised salutation e.g. Hello (first name)
- Introduction – complete this section last, i.e. after you have all your content selected and in the template.
- Select blog posts that are on your blog.
- For each blog post; in your email template, add an image (one that is good for social sharing), title and a couple of unique sentences and a link to read more so your email subscribers can click to read the article in full on your website.
- Add in other information that your email subscribers will enjoy. It can be snippets of what you have found online. Be sure to also add in the links so your readers can visit those sites too.
- Now you’re ready to complete the introduction. Make it a quick summary of what’s in the newsletter.
It’s really that easy and with these two marketing initiatives you have the foundation from which to add more specific marketing like: Social Media advertising, and also offline marketing initiatives too.
How to attract new patients to your practice (and how to keep the ones you have)
One of the biggest struggles healthcare providers and dentists are facing in 2019 is attracting new patients to their practice. Physicians could be attending to the same patients for years without leaving room for growth.
Everyone needs a doctor, dentist, or other specialist, but how can you be sure your service is reaching the right people? As medical technology continues to advance, there are countless ways to market your practice to prospective patients.
1. Increase online traffic for your practice
When looking for a PCP or other healthcare provider, the first thing someone will do is conduct a simple Google search. You want your practice to be one of the top results of that search, while also complemented by good reviews from patients. Other ways to increase your practice’s online presence include social media plugs, blogs, and journals.
Share informational content related to your practice. Writing and publishing articles on blogs and other educational websites is a way to let others know you are informed about the industry you work in. Create backlinks for everything you publish that leads to your clinic’s website. Readers can find your practice this way, by stumbling across your work on a blog or journal and then being directed to your clinic.
When publishing content online, the goal is to have your message reach as many people as possible. Keywords for search engine optimization (SEO) allow readers to find your content easily through relevant and commonly used words. Keywords can be filtered by subject (ie. health, business, travel) and can be the deciding factor of whether someone finds your content or scrolls passed it.
2. Strengthen your referral marketing techniques
Patients will see a doctor who they trust will give them the proper care they need. If your patient refers your clinic to others, you are building patient loyalty while also attracting more to your practice (without having to spend money!). Referral marketing can happen through various mediums: word of mouth, online reviews, and surveys. Giving your patients incentives to review your practice can make a difference in whether prospective patients decide to make an appointment.
Remember that top reviews is one of the first items people see when they search for a business. You want to ensure that your reviews are positive and invites others who are looking for care. Convince long term patients to review your clinic online as these patients will most likely have effective and beneficial content to share.
3. Use a referral management system
Referral management systems have become an essential tool for healthcare clinics. They provide a platform for doctors and physicians to connect and provide specialized care for their patients. Many clinics receive new patients through referrals from PCPs,and adding your practice to a referral database will increase referrals from other physicians.
A referral management system with a built-in provider database is very advantageous to any healthcare practice; it eliminates the extra time it takes for doctors to research specialists for their patients. Having a referral program with both dental and other healthcare providers will greatly benefit your patients by providing them with a diverse amount of resources, beneficial for various patient cases.
Adding your practice to an online database also builds your online presence and increases the opportunity for incoming referrals from other clinics. Grow your practice and patient numbers through networking with other providers.
4. Convert to a digital practice
Converting to a digital practice will create an accessible and organized clinic. Waiting lists for appointments today can be weeks long. Allow patients to fill out health and consent forms online, prior to appointments. This will reduce waiting periods and allow you to see more patients per day.
Connect with other physicians through eConsultation platforms to speed up the process of scheduling appointments. Research shows that delayed patient care may result in unfinished cases. Consequently, patients lose a sense of urgency if they are not seen right away which may damage their health. Case collaboration in real time through instant messaging or video calling is more efficient than faxing papers or waiting for emails so you can complete more cases.
Going digital will save you from hours of mundane administrative work that comes with your practice. Using electronic medical records (EMRs) provide a secure organized means of storing patient information. Management tools for healthcare providers are available with EMR integration features so your practice is available to you on any device, wherever you are. Creating an accessible practice will benefit both you and your patients as time sensitive tasks can be completed outside of the office as well.
5. Interact on social media
The most common way for people to find businesses is through social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are well known platforms and your clinic should actively engage on. Build your followers and post relevant content to your practice: articles, promotions, case studies.
What types of posts goes on each account?
You can interact with your followers through twitter by sending out polls. Gather feedback from patients and other clinics on services, new technology, and other aspects of your practice. By engaging with your followers in this way, your patients sense that your practice’s primary focus is on their healthcare and satisfaction. Connect with other practices as well and build a network (and increase referrals!).
Facebook has hundreds of healthcare related groups which you should join; share information about your practice, the services you provide, technology you use, ad build connections with other specialists in your area. Facebook users are more responsive to still images rather than animations; use this platform as an opportunity to share testimonials from patients.
Instagram mainly focuses on photos; insta-users are going to skip passed long, wordly posts. Engage your Instagram followers through photos of your medical team, patients, and tell a story through your posts. Since the platform is more light-hearted, common posts include memes and gifs which can be funny and relatable for your followers.
Optimize the resources available to you and revolutionize the way you run your practice. Bring new patients to your clinic through these methods and keep your schedule filled while attending to more people than before.
Where Influencer Marketing Is Successful
Not that long ago, if your business had a sizeable marketing budget, it would engage a celebrity use and share their experience your product or service with their followers on their blog or social media.
Nowadays, with influencer marketing, it doesn’t take an actor, sportsperson or movie star with thousands if not millions of followers to reach a broad audience.
Businesses can use an ‘average person’ influencer. Not all influencers are indeed celebrities, and they’re in high demand and get paid handsomely for social media activity like sending an Instagram post. Many businesses prefer endorsement from more relatable people.
Younger people, in particular, are less impressed with celebrities and ‘fake’ endorsement and choose to follower people they can relate to personally, and this has been great for Instagram and also good for business.
Did you see it coming, Instagram leading other platforms in the number of users and annual growth percentage? Twitter is looking less attractive with just less than 330 million users while Instagram has broken through the billion user mark, an achievement secured in a year ago in June 2018. The question on everyone’s lips is when it will surpass Facebook?
If the statistics are anything to go by, you wouldn’t bet against this platform’s continued success. The proof is in the statistics, of course. By the numbers, influencer marketing statistics presents critical supporting data in an infographic.
The popularity of Instagram is evidence of the success of engagement via sharing images and a few words of recommendation.
In the infographic, some of the key statistics are:
- Nearly 50% of users rely on influencer referrals or recommendations for their purchases
- Not all influencers need millions of followers the so-called ‘micro influencers’ with 100K or less are attractive to marketers, and it’s the largest influencer group on Instagram.
- No surprises here, the industries using this marketing the most are lifestyle, beauty and fashion.
Other sectors with a high representation of influencers are health, food, travel and can you believe it – DIY. Who would have thought the do-it-yourself sector would outperform entertainment and technology among other notable groups.
How Can Businesses Get Better Results?
It’s all very well hearing about how well your competitors are doing with their influencer marketing campaigns, but how can your business do better with it?
Believe it or not, like all other marketing strategies, the quality of your content will determine your success and this might be disheartening to know, as your business might struggle to generate interesting content.
Well, even the most tedious businesses in sectors like tax, accounting and law are driven by people. With ingenuity, marketers and outreach agencies will create sharable content for influencers as that’s what they’re good at and your internal team can focus on sharing tips on what your business does best.
If you’re in the business sector influencer marketing is not less popular than the groups mentioned above, e.g. lifestyle and fashion so you’ll want to be selective with who you choose as your influencer.
One of the biggest challenges for marketers irrespective of the sector is how to select the most appropriate influencer. The reason is the whole strategy is new, and it appeals to young people, so it stands to reason most influencers are young and many are teens. Engage a marketing agency with expertise in creating influencer marketing campaigns.
How To Boost Organic Visits To Your Website
Do you feel like your drowning in marketing strategies that everyone says work but even with your best effort to try a lot of them, you’re still not really making any headway? You’re not alone.
Attempting take on nearly everything you’re told works and giving equal time and investment to too many tasks will see you left ragged without the results to show for it. Digital marketing does need to provide an acceptable ROI, so we recommend putting in place a foundation of actions that always work to channel visitors to your website.
Targeted marketing does make sense however if we overdo it the strategy can actually reduce our sales funnel providing fewer prospects for the sales team. To boost visits to your website you want to avoid the trap of focusing just on your targeted audience.
Here is our ‘one size fits all’ approach to marketing, or what we call the digital marketing foundation from which all other strategies are added and removed as and when required.
These marketing strategies are perfect for the start-up business and the time-poor among us.
A combination of targeted and far-reaching strategies mostly online i.e. digital marketing works as a solid foundation for businesses of any size. Remember all marketing is about filling the sales funnel so you want to do these tasks continuously.
You’ve got a website and it has a blog. Now it’s over to you to publish regular content on it. A daily post is ideal. Keep to a plan on the type of content you put on your blog. Make sure it’s not homogenised and thus will become too predictable and lose the interest of your visitors.
Make sure the blog content is high quality and a true reflection of your brand. different types of content relevant to your website visitors.
Blog Content Types
- Videos – share videos and provide commentary on why they interest you and are relevant to your blog visitors. Also, create your own videos, it’s fun however make sure they are professional and in a style that has a positive impact on the perception of your business.
- Articles – write or get written by copywriters articles on topics that work in well with your business and what it provides. Sharing knowledge, tips, and at some level educating your visitors will keep their interest even if they are not yet customers. Returning visitors to your blog will increase the page views of your website which is core measurement for marketing.
- News & Views – Standing out among your peers sharing your views on what’s going on in your industry can be risky but very rewarding when it’s done well. Become a subject matter expert and then be invited to participate in the creation of news items that end up on higher ranking websites. This strategy is sure to increase your website visitors.
A regular eNewsletter is an email marketing initiative that’s a must do for all businesses. It’s common knowledge that email marketing is a low cost and high return marketing and sales strategy.
Your newsletter with interesting content that includes links to your website is sure to deliver a spike in visits.
Plus you don’t have to spend hours creating the content for each newsletter as you’ve already got it on your blog so use it as the basis of each newsletter edition. You can also include a targeted message and special promotion in the newsletter for your email subscribers to improve engagement (opens and clicks).
Some say Facebook is the Internet and it can seem that way as you can do so much on that platform include run a business. However, there are a few other social media platforms that offer lots of opportunities too. With social media, you need to know what you want to achieve from it, as time spent on it can chew up a lot of time and resources which is not good for the time poor business owner.
Social Media Plan
Create a plan for each platform you which to have a business presence on, including LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and many more. In your plan, state your goals, time and investment. Stick to the plan, you can change it but it’s important to use it to keep you on track.
Share your blogs posts with your social media followers and also share news, videos that reside on other sites too. View the analytics of engagement to see how well received your posts are with your followers. This is trial and error, so don’t be disappointed when some posts are not getting the engagement you want. Be open to the feedback and change what you post and share to get a response from your followers.
Three fail-safe digital marketing strategies that should form the foundation of all other digital marketing. Commit time and investment to your blog, email marketing and social media presence and then add and remove shorter campaigns that may include SMM, or google advertising.
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