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Navigating a Surgical Backlog While Protecting Your Brand

While we watch hospitals in Utah, Des Moines, and other midwestern cities become overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases, we’re reminded of yet another problem brewing throughout the United States’ healthcare system: surgical backlogs. Exacerbated by the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the backlog of outstanding surgeries has grown to near-record levels.

How Healthcare Marketers Can Make Better Use of Video

The world of healthcare is all about people. From patients and their families to the nurses, physicians, and specialists that care for them, people make the whole thing go. And wherever people are the foundation, good storytelling is sure to follow.

2021 Dental Marketing Trends You Should Know

The coming year will present new challenges for dental marketing professionals. COVID-19 has created tremendous uncertainty, economic instability, and political volatility. Within the world of dentistry, where so much person-to-person contact is required to provide care, safety is top of mind for everyone involved.

How to Make Patients Feel Safe Getting In-Person Care

Uncertainty seems to be the word du jour for 2020. People are uncertain if it’s safe to travel, go out to restaurants, or send their children back to the classroom. This is especially true within the healthcare space, where consumers are continuing to defer treatment out of an abundance of perceived caution.

6 PPC Best Practices for Attracting More Patients

So much of the external circumstances shaking things up in 2020 are inextricably tied to the world of healthcare. Here’s to hoping, first and foremost, that a lot of things get a whole lot better in 2021. As healthcare marketers look to their 2021 strategies, there’s certainly room for optimism. As we see it, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, in particular, presents a tremendous opportunity for healthcare organizations to survive the pandemic and emerge even stronger.

2021 Hospital Marketing Trends

Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, hospitals have been at the forefront of global pandemic response. When we here talk of “at capacity” ICUs, ventilators, and PPE—case surges, staff shortages, and new details about the disease itself—we’re often talking about hospitals and hospital staff.

6 Ways to Reach Today’s Healthcare Consumers

For better or worse, a complete return to normalcy seems unlikely, especially in the world of healthcare. Now that we’ve had a chance to settle into the whole quarantine, wear-a-mask, and social distancing thing, it’s clear that COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the behaviors of healthcare consumers.

2021 Healthcare Marketing Trends to Watch

There’s no other way to put it: healthcare marketers have their work cut out for them in 2021. Even though agility and adaptability are nothing new to the work of a healthcare marketer, it has never felt quite like this. COVID-19 has created tremendous uncertainty, economic instability, and political volatility. Locally, nationally, and globally, healthcare is both top of mind and totally upturned.

How Healthcare Organizations Can Thrive in the Age of COVID-19

Gain guidance on how to navigate these challenging times by viewing a round table hosted by Cardinal Digital Marketing, with some of the nation’s leading healthcare marketing experts.Hosted By:Alex Membrillo, CEO of Cardinal Digital Marketing Jennifer Schultz, Senior Vice President of OU Medicine Cody Lee, Vice President of Summit Partners Leslie Gibbs, CMO of Modern [...]

Why Telehealth Has a Future After COVID-19

In facing a global pandemic, patients and providers everywhere are being forced to re-evaluate access to healthcare. For patients, the days of personal house calls made by the family pediatrician seem quite distant. Senior care and elective surgeries might never be the same. And for physicians, well—most healthcare organizations are still strictly limiting in-person care on an as-needed basis.

How to Strengthen Your Healthcare Brand Reputation in the Post-COVID World

The patient experience has drastically changed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of an abundance of caution, patients now have to jump through new hoops to seek medical care, including new appointment procedures, telehealth requirements, and increased wait times.

Amy Marshall from Ohio Health, Details How Digital & Traditional Marketing Has Helped Ignite Growth in Their Partner Network

Amy Marshall walks us through how the healthcare industry must pivot business to provide COVID services to increase revenue through trying times. The willingness to change your business model within healthcare marketing will help keep your business afloat.Resources from this interview Automated Female Voice: Welcome to the IGNITE Podcast, where we help marketers and CEOs [...]

8 Metrics Every Healthcare Marketer Should Track

The primary goal of a healthcare marketer is to attract and retain patients. Behind every hospital or urgent care facility serving a particular community, every “body contouring” brand providing elective plastic surgeries, there’s a marketing function hard at work. And while the types of medical practices vary, there is one undercurrent running throughout them all: data.

How Paul Gross, CMO of National Vision, Increased Patient Acquisition at Optical Retail Locations

Paul Gross walks us through how the evolution of optometry marketing through the years has moved more to digital marketing to increase sales for National Vision. Then, he explains how personalizing ads and tailoring content for specific posts in certain areas will make the biggest difference in marketing successfully.Resources from this interview Announcer: Welcome to [...]

How to Get More Patients with Local SEO

When Cardinal Digital Marketing first started, we were strictly an SEO agency. Although we’ve diversified with time, we remain heavily invested in this aspect of digital marketing for our clients. Why? Because the first place people go to find a healthcare provider is usually their favorite search engine. Ranking at the top of search results is one of the most pivotal pieces to a healthcare provider’s marketing and patient acquisition strategy. Local SEO is especially critical for healthcare providers as people prefer to see medical professionals located near where they live and work. Nearly all of our healthcare clients have some kind of physical location where they see patients.

Easy Link Building Strategies for Healthcare Marketers

The job of a healthcare marketer involves a lot of moving parts, from how you first engage a total stranger coming across your brand for the first time, to how you follow up with a patient to ensure they’ve had a great experience. Being both easy to find and a trusted resource for medical information is at the very center of a healthcare marketer’s work, but, fortunately, most times you can’t do one well without simultaneously accomplishing the other.

How to Develop Your First SEO Strategy

Here at Cardinal Digital Marketing, we give out advice to many different industries. We write blog posts about marketing for the healthcare industry, restaurants, the legal field, franchises, and more. All those industries have one thing in common: they want to rank at the top of the search engine results page, especially for local searches. Many turn to Search engine optimization (SEO) because investing in robust advertising campaigns can become costly. Comparatively, SEO is relatively inexpensive. Sure, there are startup costs, like buyer intent and keyword research, content writing, and website optimization. But once you start ranking for the keywords that drive leads, the business walks in the door all by itself.

Why You Need Call Tracking at Your Healthcare Organization

In the healthcare industry, inbound phone calls have always played a significant role in the customer journey. In fact, Google reports that 56% of patients schedule their healthcare appointments over the phone even after doing extensive research online. On the healthcare provider side of things, speaking with patients on the phone can be a powerful way to guide them in the right direction and drive marketing and revenue objectives while doing it.

Telehealth Marketing Best Practices

But there are an incredible number of benefits to doctors and practitioners as well. Unnecessary visits can be reduced, or altogether eliminated. Doctors can get more involved with their patients. And, of course, they can reach a wider patient base.

How to Connect with Healthcare Consumers During Challenging Times

For healthcare consumers, your website serves many important purposes. First and foremost, your site is a place for consumers to find your physical location, book appointments, and explore detailed information about your services, physicians, and products.

How Kurt Lee Hurley, CMO of American Family Care, is growing his urgent care group by implementing multi-local marketing best practices

From SEO to PPC to review generation, Kurt and I cover all of the quickest wins to help achieve growth in a multi-location healthcare group.Resources from this interview [music] Voice Prompt: Welcome to the Ignite podcast, where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. [...]

Strategies to Optimize Your Google and Facebook Ads Budget

COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders have changed the way marketers do business, forcing us to be innovative in the ways that we serve consumers. Together, we’ve shown how nimble the healthcare industry can be by quickly putting new methods into practice, such as telehealth, to make sure patients can get the care they need.

Insights from the Nation’s Leading Healthcare Marketers

To be the best in any business, you have to learn, take risks, and iterate your strategies. Those that fine-tune their marketing strategies are better able to meet evolving consumer needs and grow their healthcare organization.

How Cody Lee, Vice President at Summit Partners, is Quickly Scaling Healthcare Groups with Effective Digital Marketing Tactics

Cody walks us through how you can get buy-in for your maketing campaigns and how to keep yourself sharp amidst the changing world of digital marketing. Finally, we delve into how you can work on your attribution solution (that ryhmed!) without any fancy tools.Resources from this interview Alex Membrillo: Hey, everybody. I'm really excited to [...]

Promoting Telehealth During COVID-19

Telemedicine, often called “telehealth,” brings healthcare to the patient when they can’t get to their provider through real-time audio-visual visits between a provider and patient. Right now, telehealth is playing a significant role in the way that providers treat patients during COVID-19.

How to Pivot Your Marketing Strategy During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has all healthcare marketers pivoting to patient communications, emergency and “essential” service line adjustments, and telemedicine integrations. Much of the traditional patient acquisition talk has gone out of the window as we focus on keeping both our healthcare workers safe and our patients well-cared for.

10 Dental Marketing Strategies You Can Implement Right Now

According to a report by Aldrich Advisors, every dentist needs at least 20 new patients monthly to achieve business growth and success. While this is an ambitious goal; you aren’t going to reach it by using traditional dental marketing strategies.

How Leslie Gibbs is Preparing Modern Vascular for Massive Growth

Leslie Gibbs is wasting no time in prioritizing technology & lead generation at Modern Vascular. Listen in to hear all the marketing tactics she is deploying!Resources from this interview Announcer: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This [...]

Marketing’s Role at Each Step of the Patient Experience

At its core, healthcare is about taking care of the patient. While long ago a patient’s experience likely involved a telephone and an in-person appointment, things are far different nowadays. Most patients begin their journey online. Some of those journeys end online, too. In a recent consumer healthcare survey, 81% of patients reported that they read reviews about doctors even with a referral, and 63% choose their providers based on a strong online presence. When it’s time to make an appointment, nearly 50% prefer to make their request through some digital channel, further underscoring the significant shift in preference toward digital experiences.

How Hernando Ruiz-Jimenez is Growing New York Presbyterian Hospital

Hernando walks us through how he is growing NYP, one of the world’s premier medical institutions affiliated with the renowned medical schools of Columbia and Cornell, is a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research, and innovative, patient-centered clinical care.Resources from this interview [music] Announcer: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast, where we help marketers and CEOs [...]

How Much Do Google Ads Cost? A Quick Google Ads Pricing Guide

One of the most common questions that clients ask here at Cardinal is: how much do Google Ads cost? This is a fair question especially when many businesses these days invest in pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. On average, businesses make $3 in revenue for every $1.60 they spend on PPC ads.

11 PPC Tools to Optimize Your Medical PPC Campaigns

For most business websites, securing the top position on Google is the ultimate goal. A medical website is no different.

How to Write Clickable Headlines That Improve Your CTR

The content, length, grammar, and tone of your headlines determine whether a person will click on your headline or not. If your headlines don’t appeal to your target audience, your content will go unread.

How Chryssa Rich, Primary Health Medical Group, is Staying Ahead of New Competition

Chryssa walks us through the variety of marketing & branding strategies she uses to maintain PHMG's status as the top dog in town.Resources from this interview [music] Narrator: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast, where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your [...]

3 Examples of Healthcare Companies Using Google Ads to Generate Leads

If you’re trying to reach more people and SEO isn’t proving effective, you might want to consider paid search advertising. Paid search, specifically using Google Ads, can get you front of a large—highly targeted—audience quickly

How Blair Primis is growing OrthoCarolina by Increasing Access & Improving the Patient Experience

Blair shares phenomenal tips on how he is adding online scheduling, more centers, and quicker visits to grow OrthoCarolina!Resources from this interview Voice over: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your typical marketing podcast. We [...]

How CMOs and CIOs Can Work Together to Improve the Patient Experience

The future of healthcare marketing is here and it’s increasingly powered by patient experiences. Healthcare consumers are now, more than ever, in the driver’s seat.

8 Alternative Channels to Drive Traffic to Your Medical Website

Search isn’t the only way to get people to your website. There are many other channels that you can use and it’s important to diversify your traffic sources. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket.

5 Healthcare Data Management Strategies Marketers Can Use to Drive Growth

The extent to which a medical practice can capture, share, and act on data will determine its success in so many aspects of business. Beyond that, your ability to meet and exceed customer expectations—to improve the patient experience and quality of care—will depend on your ability to make the most of your data.

Beginner’s Guide to Programmatic Display Advertising – Everything You Need to Know

Marketers are allocating a greater portion of their advertising budgets to digital channels now. Digital advertising platforms offer increasingly precise data to marketers, so they’re able to reach their customers more effectively. PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook report predicts that by 2022, more than 50% of advertising budgets will be digital. Earlier this year, [...]

You Get What You Pay For: 6 Drawbacks of Cheap SEO Companies

In the constant struggle to get noticed on the Interwebs, search engine optimization (SEO) is important. Like, really important. For proof, look no further than the thousands of SEO companies out there offering outsourced SEO packages.

How to Target Referral Traffic with Facebook Ads

Facebook advertisers have an arsenal of tools for engaging their audiences, which is why Facebook takes up 38% of the entire online advertising revenue in the U.S.

8 Effective SEO Tips Medical Practices Can Use to Acquire More Patients

In this article, we’ll share tips on how SEO can help you attract new patients to your practice. We’ll explain how to use these simple strategies, which don’t require much technical knowledge, and help you attract new patients and retain existing ones.

14 Social Media Advertising Trends to Watch in 2020

Year after year, social media use has increased. Since 2018, worldwide users have increased by 9% and now total 3.5 billion. Social media platforms are constantly evolving as they grow and adapt to consumer behavior and incorporate new technologies.

8 PPC Advertising Trends You Should Expect in 2020

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is a form of digital marketing that’s widely used today, not only because it’s cheap but because it delivers impressive results. Because of its ability to drive leads, an increasing number of companies are incorporating PPC advertising into their marketing strategy. 

12 Healthcare Marketing Trends for 2020

Now more than ever, people have a renewed focus on health and wellness. Patients are demanding better services to improve the quality of their lives. As a result, many options for care have appeared and competition is fierce in many healthcare markets. If you continue to use dated marketing techniques, the chances of growth are [...]

12 SEO Trends for 2020 That You Need To Know

As online competition continues to increase and new websites are being launched, it’s time to rethink your content marketing strategy and invest in SEO. Websites must meet specific requirements set by search engines like Google, and this is where SEO strategy becomes very important.

You must know what SEO trends are on the horizon so that you can update your website accordingly and ensure that more prospects and customers find you in the search engine results.

Digital Marketing Strategies to Drive New Patients to Your Medical Practice

At your medical practice, it’s likely that your ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible to live healthy lives. This can be difficult if potential patients don't know that you exist. Implementing a solid marketing strategy is vital if you’re looking to grow your practice. So, how do you increase your medical [...]

Medical PPC Strategy: How to Generate Medical Leads Using Google Ads

When people have health-related problems, they urgently seek answers and help from reputable experts. The first step in getting this information is often a visit to a search engine. Research has shown that “77 percent of patients conduct an online search before making an appointment with a physician.” If you want to reach potential patients, [...]

10 Best SEO Analytics Tools to Get Marketing Insights

Utilizing search engines in your digital marketing strategy is the best way to drive sustainable leads and sales for your business. Because when your website ranks high in the search engine results page, it results in organic traffic and leads. Recently, HubSpot conducted a survey showing that“57% of B2B marketers stated that SEO generates more [...]

How Jennifer Schultz is growing OU Medicine through efficient patient acquisition and a centralized marketing team

Jennifer walks through the details of how she and her team are increasing patient volume in a big way this year!Resources from this interview [music] Speaker 1: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast. Where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your typical [...]

Healthcare Digital Marketing Trends to Expect in 2019

There are countless factors that impact the success of your dental practice. Consumer rights, public policy, health trends. But one of the most influential components that dictates the fate of your practice is the demographics of your patients.

How Healthcare Marketers Can Create Engaging Content For Their Medical Practice

For many people, understanding medical information can be challenging. Even though healthcare practitioners are enthusiastic and willing to help, people can get lost amid the technical jargon. Medical content that is too technical can fail to connect and engage with potential patients. Think about it, as a healthcare practitioner what's the point of producing content [...]

10 Essential Local SEO Management Tools for 2019

If you’re reading this post, you know how important local SEO is for your local business. In simple terms, if you’re not ranking high enough for search terms related to your business in your area then in the Google map pack, you’re probably leaving a lot of money on the table. Your business deserves better! [...]

9 SEO Factors That Boost Your Search Engine Rankings Quickly

It’s accurate to say that Google is the number one search engine, and it’s clear that in the world of search engines, Google has the final word when it comes to instituting ranking factors. The other search engines out there- Yahoo!, Bing, Safari- simply follow the big G. Essentially, if your site ranks highly on [...]

5 Data-Driven Marketing Insights to Promote Your Medical Practice

As a medical practitioner, you want to help as many people as you can live healthy lives. But how can you reach more people if you’re attracting zero patients already? Our Healthcare Marketing Agency offers SEO solution or paid search service that can help you to generate high-quality leads/new patients to your medical practice. Think [...]

Target Position Zero: How to Rank in the Featured Snippets

When it comes to SEO, there are several opportunities and techniques that could help you to rank higher in the search results. But it does take some time to figure out how to do it right. Cardinal Digital Marketing can help you with your SEO. As a premier SEO company, offering full SEO Services, let [...]

7 Effective Tips for Medical Firms Using Google Ads to Drive Customers

Have you dabbled in digital advertising and Google Ads, but haven’t gotten the results you were looking for? Did you feel like you were spending a lot of money, but not getting many new patients? If so, you may want to consider revamping your Google Ad campaigns. According to the Google Economic Impact Report, businesses [...]

7 SEO Strategies to Drive Leads to Your Medical Practice Website

For your medical practice, driving leads to your website translates to driving more customers into your business. And one of the best ways to generate qualified leads is to use search engines. Check out our SEO services or ask us any question here. Many of your potential customers use search engines to find medical professionals [...]

How to Combine Online and Offline Marketing with Facebook Ads

Did you know that Facebook advertising can help you to reach your offline audience better for conversions than what you can generate online? In fact, you can use Facebook ads to promote online and offline products, services, and events regardless of the competition. That’s just one aspect of social media advertising services that we offer [...]

Create a Medical Resource Center That Caters to You Patients and Prospects

There are countless factors that impact the success of your dental practice. Consumer rights, public policy, health trends. But one of the most influential components that dictates the fate of your practice is the demographics of your patients.

How Ben Goodman, VP of Marketing for CareSpot & MedPost Urgent Care, is focused on local brand awareness and using innovation to increase patient volume for over 100 urgent care locations

Ben Goodman plans to continue growing CareSpot & MedPost through increasingly effective and trend setting digital advertising strategies.Resources from this interview [music] [00:00:01] Recorded Audio: Welcome to the Ignite podcast, where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your typical Marketing podcast. [...]

7 Steps to Win Local Customers Back By Using Google Map Packs

Due to the advent of the internet connecting people like never before, you now have the opportunity to get customers from all around the world. However, one detail many businesses forget is that people within their 10-mile radius are probably their best potential customers. People in your locality continue to use search engines to find [...]

How Christina Fleming, Vice President of Marketing at Windsor Healthcare Communities is starting with a brand and message first approach to growing Windsor

Christina Fleming understands that it takes a consistent brand and message if you want to resonate with your local population.Resources from this interview [background music] [00:00:00] Voice over: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast, where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your [...]

How Anaye Milligan, Director of Marketing for Houston Methodist, is focusing his team on lead quality and using technology to better understand marketing ROI

Anaye Milligan, Director of Marketing for Houston Methodist, is focusing his team on lead quality and using technology to better understand marketing ROIResources from this interview Podcast Announcer: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast where we help marketers and CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your [...]

How Brittaney Bethea is helping the Morehouse School of Medicine Grow It’s Local Awareness

Brittaney shares tips on how she helps MSM's community involvement and awareness.Resources from this interview Announcer: Welcome to the Ignite Podcast where we help marketers & CEOs learn the latest tips and tricks to help ignite growth in their business. This isn't your typical marketing podcast. We push beyond platitudes to deliver you real-world stories [...]

How Matt Gove, Chief Consumer Officer of Piedmont Healthcare is Using Innovation to Increase Patient Volume in a Big Way

Hey everyone! On today's episode of Ignite I am honored to say we have one of the top healthcare marketers in the country on the line with us. Matt Gove was the first to put reviews of doctors on a medical website and now he is the first to integrate with a CRM and tie [...]

Creating Your First Facebook Ad Campaign

There are roughly seven billion people on Planet Earth. Roughly 2 billion of those people are on Facebook. No other online network boasts that kind of dominance. Not even close. It’s safe to say that no matter your industry, no matter your niche, a significant percentage of your target market actively uses Facebook.

Dentists Face an Increase in Aging Patients – Here’s How to Market to Them

There are countless factors that impact the success of your dental practice. Consumer rights, public policy, health trends. But one of the most influential components that dictates the fate of your practice is the demographics of your patients.

How to Make More People Realize that Oral Health Means Overall Health

Most people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and, of course, bad breath. But not too many people know that poor dental hygiene can lead to a host of other more serious illnesses.

Get Parents to Realize the Importance of Early Oral Care through Marketing

A child’s first visit to the dentist is like a rite of passage. But it’s also a necessity. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.

Women Care More About Oral Health than Men: Here’s How to Change That

Women are far more likely to be proactive about maintaining their oral health, according to a 2011 article published in the Journal of Periodontology.

How Can We Turn the Deluge of Medical Data Available into Positive Patient Outcomes?

We live in the world of data. No place is that more evident than in the medical field. In fact, in 2012, Forbes predicted that Technology will replace 80% of what doctors will do. They’re not entirely wrong. "Most doctors couldn’t possibly read and digest all of the latest 5,000 research articles on heart disease,” [...]

The Definitive Guide to Facebook Custom Audience Targeting

Facebook ads can be tricky and confusing for new advertisers. Even for experienced marketers, there’s always something new to learn.

Millennials are reshaping the medical industry. How and why this matters

There was a time when Baby Boomers were the largest segment of the U.S. population, but that time has passed. There are now some 83.1 million Millennials in the U.S. today (people born between 1982 and 2000) according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Creating the First PPC Campaign for Your Medical Practice

While organic marketing strategies (SEO) can be effective in growing the reach of your practice, most medical professionals still prefer to invest their dollars in PPC campaigns, and for good reason. Clicks on paid search listings beat out organic clicks by nearly a 2:1 margin.

The Impact of Amazon Breaking into Telemedicine – the 1492 Effect

Amazon, the e-commerce company widely known for selling virtually everything under the sun, has reportedly created a secret lab (called 1492), aimed at bringing the massive company into the healthcare technology space.

Can Marketing Automation Help Doctors Improve their Patient Relationships?

Physician Dr. Sonia Henry recently published an article, on http://kevinmd.com, titled Doctors: Don’t lose your humanity, in which she discusses how important it is for professionals in the medical field to retain their humanity.

Strategies to Connect with Mobile Patients Using Digital Marketing

77% of Adults Own a Smartphone. How Do You Connect to Mobile Patients? If common sense hasn’t helped you realize just how prevalent mobile devices are in today’s search society, maybe a recent Pew Research Center report will: “Today just over one-in-ten American adults are “smartphone-only” internet users – meaning they own a smartphone, but [...]

Does Fox Sports and MTV Move from Written Content to 100% Video Signal a Shift in Medical Marketing?

Over the last month or so, two rather significant media outfits (MTV News and FOX Sports) announced they were ditching written content entirely, and instead focusing their efforts on video.

This shift even has a fancy term: “pivoting to video.” And aside from meaning layoffs for content creators with a writing background, the recent pivots by folks like FOX and MTV may actually impact how you market your medical practice.

This shift toward video isn’t exactly new. It started a few years ago, right about the time that Facebook changed its News Feed ranking system. During that algorithmic update, FB began to weigh videos more heavily than links to external articles.

Get Your Medical Practice to Rank at the True Top of Search Pages with Featured Snippets

Have you ever noticed that some web pages show up above the first search result? Not only do these pages appear above the other organic results, but they are also displayed in a far more attractive, eye-catching manner. How do pages achieve what we like to call “position zero”? They do it through a featured snippet.

Using the Current Healthcare Debate to Provide Value to Potential Patients

Over the last few months, politicians in Washington have openly discussed completely repealing the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) and replacing it with something deemed as more sustainable. This article isn’t designed to fan the flames of politics. Its purpose isn’t to set one side against another. What it is intended to do is to help medical practices – be them small solo operations or multi-location clinics and hospitals – identify a very specific need shared by their patients and prospective patients alike.

Create Paid Ads that Build Trust with Your Prospective Patients

Since the dawn of marketing, customers have mistrusted paid advertising. They know better than to believe that 3 out of 4 dentists choose one toothpaste over another, and they know better than to think that a bottle of beer will transport them to an island paradise. That’s been true since the time when radio and TV reigned supreme, and it stands true today in the digital age, particularly as social media ads and sponsored content have become more and more prevalent.

Data: The Foundation of Your Medical Practice’s Marketing Strategy

The medical industry is increasingly turning to content-led strategies to create and nurture relationships at all stages of the customer journey. And it’s paying off. A 2015 Aberdeen study shows nearly 8x year-on-year-traffic for content marketing leaders versus followers. Content marketing adopters can also expect to see 6x greater conversion rates than non-adopters.

Tips to Grow Website Conversions for Your Medical Practice

But those actions, alone, aren’t enough to boost your website conversions. While changing your call-to-action button color to red, green, or polka dots might help, if you really want to grow your website conversions and get more prospective patients for your practice, you need to focus on the types of offers you’re promoting. Folks who […]

Medical Related Voice Search is on the Rise – Here’s How to Adapt

A recent report publicized by Search Engine Land suggests that more than 60% of searches are now performed on a mobile device. With more mobile devices in use, your potential patients find it easier to use their voice to conduct a search rather than type on a tiny screen. That means you, as a medical […]

Call Tracking – The Perfect RX for Your Medical Marketing Strategy

How can you tell which of your marketing strategies are working effectively? That’s where we recommend call tracking to most of your medical professional clients. Call tracking analyzes individual phone calls based on how the callers accessed the phone numbers they’re dialing. That little piece of added tracking data is enough to clear the fog […]

Using Social Proof to Boost Your Medical Practice’s Marketing Efforts

When it comes to turning online visitors and leads into patients, there are a lot of marketing tactics you can employ. However, more often than not, what it boils down to, is psychology. Understanding a bit about behavioral psychology can help you understand why your audience does (or doesn’t) take actions online. One of the most effective marketing tactics to use – that’s built on the foundation of customer psychology, is social proof.

Medical Marketing: Make Long-Form Content Work for Both Google and Your Web Visitors

There was a period of time when digital marketers and SEOs swore by the shorter-is-sweeter approach to content. Articles and blogs that hovered between 300-600 words seemed to be long enough for search engines to find them, but short enough for people to appreciate them.

Social Media Marketing Tips for Rehab and Addiction Centers

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. And even if that were true, these “kids” are among the people in the country who are in need of the services you offer at your rehab center. The reality is social media networks like Facebook are where your target audiences spend a considerable amount of […]

How to Write Killer PPC Text Ads to Boost Your Medical Practice

Still, an ad’s headline remains its most important feature. Within your text ad, your description line, display URL, and ad extensions only exist to complement the headlines. Where are your eyes drawn to in the ad above? Chances are, the headline demands your attention. In fact, many online searchers all but ignore the other text […]

Tips to Help Medical Professionals Convert Their Organic Website Visitors

Organic website traffic is pure gold if you know how to use it to your advantage. The important thing to remember is that unlike paid or direct traffic, organic visitors came to your website by clicking on one of your pages or posts that Google ranked high. As a result, there’s a very good chance these visitors have never heard of you or your practice. And that, right there, is why so many medical professionals out there don’t understand how they can get a lot of web traffic, but fail to make conversions. They’re not speaking the right language to these organic visitors!

The Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center Guide to Reputation Management

Without proper management, your center’s reputation could be scaring off future prospects who are in need of your services. Take, for example, what popped up when we did a simple search for “drug and alcohol treatment”: The image above shows Google’s famed 3-pack – a prominent feature on the results pages that shows three local […]

3 Ways Google AdWords Keyword Planner Can Grow Your Medical Practice

And while you might be able to come up with your own AdWords keywords, it’s worth your while to check out the free Keyword Planner built into your AdWords account. But to even access your keyword planner, you need to first officially create your AdWords account: Setting up your account means essentially creating your first […]

3 Tips to Grow Your Medical Practice with Digital Marketing

Of course, that umbrella phrase – digital marketing – can be a bit vague. One man’s idea of digital marketing might not reflect another’s. So, when we talk about growing your medical practice through digital marketing, what exactly do we mean? Here at Cardinal, we invest a lot of time, energy, and passion into working […]

SEO Tips to help Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers Generate More Leads

Marketing services are a necessity for any business; but it’s a particularly delicate matter for drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers. On one hand, you don’t want to come across as intrusive to your potential clientele. But at the same time, you know how important it is to reach and connect with local individuals who […]

Social Media Marketing and the 21st Century Dentist

That’s right. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other platforms can add true value to your marketing efforts. But first thing’s first. You have to have a presence on these platforms if you ever want to make any headway. But before you go out and create a handful of profiles for your dental practice, ask […]

Yelp’s Role in Reputation Management for Medical Professionals

Long before online ratings and reviews were the norm, there was Yelp, a small but growing platform that gave normal guys and gals one singular place to make – and seek out – reviews from the trenches. Now, Yelp is synonymous with internet reviews. Can’t decide which restaurant to go to for brunch? Check out Yelp! Wondering if that hair salon downtown is worth visiting? Use Yelp!

Mastering Reputation Management for Dentists

According to BrightLocal: 80% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations 60% of consumers need to read four or more reviews to perform an opinion Nearly half of all prospective patients say a doctor’s reputation matters But if you happen to have negative content posted online associated with your practice – regardless […]

Google AdWords Paid Search Tips That Help Dental Practices Grow

But you’re likely asking yourself: how can I possibly find the time to blog and post on social media regularly when I have a practice to run? Fortunately, there is a way for you to make a tremendous impact with your marketing efforts, without investing an incredible amount of time or energy. That solution is […]

Use Google My Business to Boost Your Medical Practice’s Local Patient Volume

And while there are many components to an SEO strategy for medical practices, one of the most important – yet interestingly easy – steps to take is to set up your Google My Business. Google My Business is a free service that gives your medical practice a solid presence on Google. The information you provide […]

SEO for the 21st Century Dentist: A Guide Toward Organic Search Domination

But as important as these channels are, they don’t paint the full picture of your marketing strategy. If you really want to make the most of your marketing efforts, you have to incorporate organic search as well. Organic search is responsible for 64% of all web traffic, according to a 2014 Conductor study. Look at […]

How to Use Geotargeting to Target Specific Areas for Your Multi-Location Medical Practices

One of the biggest concerns with using pay-per-click ads is the potential expense associated with it. But you can control and limit that spending by ensuring your ads are only shown to geographic regions that matter to your practice – be it an entire city or just a few blocks within that city. That’s where geotargeting comes into play. Geotargeting – also known as local PPC – is a feature built into AdWords that lets you target your ads to prospective patients in a certain location, or set of locations, that you specify.

Medical Practice Marketing: Using broad, phrase & exact match keywords

When bidding on a keyword for your PPC campaigns, you have to choose your preferred keyword match type. This match type tells Google how you want it to match your ads to keyword searches. When advertising in Google AdWords, you have four keyword match types to choose from – broad match, modified broad match, phrase match, and exact match. But how do you know which match type is right for your campaign? Let’s break it down for you.

Building Proper Site Link Extensions in Google AdWords to Promote Your Medical Practice

If you aren’t using sitelink extensions with your Google ads, then your medical practice is missing out on attracting qualified prospects to your website. While AdWords boasts a few types of ad extensions, the most versatile of these extensions are sitelinks, which show links to specific pages of your website under your ad text. Thanks to sitelinks, you can consume more real estate on the search engine results pages and share more relevant information with your audience.

How healthcare practices can build a negative keyword list to save on pay-per-click costs

Regardless of if you’re new to AdWords or have run successful PPC campaigns for your healthcare practice, you likely know that keywords play a huge role in your strategy. Most folks spend a great deal of time determining which keywords will result in more clicks and higher conversions. But how much thought have you given to building a negative keyword list?

How to Use Remarketing Like a Pro to Grow Your Healthcare Practice

Not everyone who visits your website the first go-around is ready to schedule a consultation or make some other form of conversion. In fact, 97% of visitors, on average, don’t complete any type of action during their first visit to a website. Perhaps they stumbled onto your site from an optimized blog you published. They got the information they needed and decide to close out of your site. That’s a lost lead, right? Wrong. Thanks to remarketing you now can connect with past visitors to your website (through targeted ads) as they browse elsewhere around the web.

How to Pick the Right Paid Search Keywords to Target for Healthcare Practices

As you look to grow your healthcare practice, you typically turn to two types of digital strategies: Organic/SEO strategies and Paid Advertising (PPC). While organic/SEO strategies can be very effective, they tend to take a long time to make an impact and can be challenging to scale with predictable results, which is why most healthcare practices rely on paid advertising to drive exponential growth.

How to get into and manage directories like Healthgrades, Vitals, & ZocDoc

We’ll be the first to admit that local business and healthcare directories aren’t the prettiest things to look at on the web. But despite their visual shortcomings, healthcare directories are, without question, a fantastic way for you to get your practice on the radar of local prospects.

Healthcare Marketing Tips: How to Build Links Through Digital PR

Long before there was even the Internet, public relations professionals worked hard to build relationships and find press opportunities for their clients. Fast-forward to today, and PR pros still subscribe to the same mission; only, their approach has become digitized. These days, one of the most effective ways to “build relationships” on the web is through high-quality links that direct back to your site. How can you build your database of high-quality links that not only broadens your audience reach but can also improve your rankings in search engine results pages?

Which Type of Paid Digital Media is Right for My Healthcare Advertising Needs?

From PPC ads to social network advertising, deciding which type of paid digital advertising to use for your next healthcare marketing campaign can be a challenge. This guide covers the three most important types of paid digital advertising to help you decide which is right for your marketing needs

How Healthcare Practices Can Use On-site Technical SEO to Build Search Engine Rankings

You might have heard the phrase content is king. While it’s true that developing quality, unique content (like articles, podcasts, graphics, and videos) is key to getting found online, content alone isn’t enough to get you ranking high on search engines like Google. Much to the dismay of many, there are some technical SEO aspects to factor in. But before you roll your eyes or open your wallets to pay for a pricey SEO expert to do the work, check out our handy guide, designed to help you manage and optimize the 6 technical website modifications that can build your rankings.

How Healthcare Practices Can Increase Their Presence in Google’s Local Maps

Ranking high on Google’s results pages is good but for healthcare practices- ranking high for Local Searches is far more important. In general, Google places a tremendous emphasis on local searches, and for good reason. Take, for example, folks searching for a doctor or hospital. What good is it for Google to come back with results in a city 5 hours away? Rather, they do what they can to emphasize and promote the top tier of local searches, which is what the Local 3-Pack (or map pack) is all about.

Seven Ways to Win at Healthcare Marketing

People tend to go to the web before anywhere else when looking for health answers or looking for a new healthcare provider. By making the most of your presence online, you can significantly increase your visibility and the level of trust you build before a patient ever walks in your door.

Google to display conditions related to symptoms described in searches. Its impact on you

Some 350 million daily searches on Google are related to medical symptoms. That is a lot of people turning to the web to find out what’s ailing them! As a result, Google’s announced it’ll start displaying a list of conditions related to symptoms that are described in users’ searches.

Types of patient testimonials to use for your marketing

Instead, they turn to the words of others to help them come to a decision for their healthcare needs, in the form of: Reviews Testimonials We’ve talked at length about reputation management and how best to protect the online personas of your doctors and organization. But while you can’t entirely control the climate of online […]

How Orthopedic Surgeons Can Use Social Videos to Capture an Audience

That’s why so many orthopedic surgeons invest thousands of dollars on TV ads. But there may be a more effective way to spend your money: social videos. Aside from being far less costly to produce and market, social videos have the advantage of being able to focus on smaller – yet more appropriate – demographics, […]

How to Develop a Healthcare Social Media Calendar for Your Practice

Regardless of whether you run an entire hospital, or specialize in a specific field (such as plastic surgery or orthopedics), marketing is an integral part of growing your practice. The basic tenet of marketing is: “Go where your customers are.” It doesn’t take an expert to know that your prospective patients spend an overwhelming amount of time online, specifically on social media.

How Orthopedic Surgeons Can Capitalize on the Popularity of Pinterest

Most physicians today seldom give Pinterest a second glance as a viable source for attracting and converting prospective patients. But late 2016 has been very good for the photo-heavy social media platform. Pinterest has grown from 100 million users last year to 150 this year (with 70 million users hailing from the US).

3 ways a hospital can use SEO to increase service line growth

Take, for example, the aging population of baby boomers. As baby boomers are beginning to hit the Medicare age, hospitals would do well to focus energy on specific service lines like: Geriatrics Orthopedics Cardiology Oncology Neurosciences But, based on changes in healthcare (and the general view of healthcare), it’s worth considering tying in these service […]

What Plastic Surgeons Need to Know About the Latest Google’s Penguin Update

The latest Penguin algorithm update, however, is set to have a much larger impact on the internet as a whole, and is certain to affect the digital marketing strategies of plastic surgeons and their practices. What’s new with the Penguin update? Enter Real Time First, you should know what the Penguin update is in general. […]

4 Reasons Every Orthopedic Surgery Practice Needs Paid Search Call Tracking

Through PPC, you can determine: who clicked on your ad what web pages they visited prior to clicking what actions they took once they landed on your site From this, you can make changes and improvements to your campaigns to help broaden your reach and get the best return on your investment. But here’s the […]

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Get More Positive Reviews for Your Orthopedic Practice

But many of these same physicians – orthopedics included – overlook perhaps the most important aspect of reputation management: implementing a strategy that encourages more positive reviews. This type of proactive approach to your reputation management is directly related to how effective you can be at addressing your negative online comments. It’s a lot like […]

4 Ways Hospitals Can Unleash The Power Of Paid Search Advertising

A recent study states that 72% of internet users said they looked online for health information within the past year. That was a few years ago – imagine how many more people rely on the web for their health answers today? Many marketers will rightfully tell you that content marketing is the key to attracting […]

Social Media for Plastic Surgeons: 5 Tips You Can Implement Today

Social media has forever made its mark on cosmetic surgery. People openly share news about their upcoming Botox treatments. Men and women alike post before and after shots on Instagram. More and more people are willing to talk about plastic surgery on social media, making these networks the ideal place for a plastic surgeon to […]

Grow Your Plastic Surgery Practice TODAY With These 5 Paid Search Tips

One in every 20 searches on Google is health-related, according to a study conducted by the search engine giant. That statistic proves just how competitive a field healthcare is, particularly in terms of paid search. So how can you use paid search legally and effectively to grow your plastic surgery practice? Try implementing these five strategies today.

How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Hospital’s Oncology Practice

Ruben Mesa, M.D., is the director of the Acute and Chronic Leukemia Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. His YouTube videos on hematology and oncology topics1 – ranging from myelofibrosis to polycythemia – have been viewed tens of thousands of times. These views have resulted in referrals and patient […]

How to Use SEO to Grow Your Plastic Surgery Practice

These days, one of the first actions people take when they’re deciding if they want/need plastic surgery, is to go online. Once online, these prospects type in a few key search terms - Plastic Surgeons in LOCATION, Do I need a nose job?, What to expect following a brow lift - to kick off their [...]

SEO and Your Practice: A Guide for Orthopedic Surgeons

Of all organic traffic, Google makes up more than 90% of the market, meaning if you want to grow your practice online with digital marketing solutions, you need to set your sights on Google’s SERPs (search engine results pages). More specifically, your goal should be to rank in the top 5 results, as these results […]

Branding for Orthopedics: How to Develop a Voice that Speaks to Your Patients and Prospects

But these days, a different acronym is often tossed into the mix as well: H2H, or human to human. This H2H movement is built upon the premise that the humans that make up your target market respond to – and connect with – other humans. In other words, if you want to connect with your […]

How Hospitals Can Use Geotargeting to Increase Patient Acquisition

The retail industry has used geotargeting to push deals and notifications to consumers based on where these consumers are on any given day. If timed properly, and delivered in a message that speaks to the current mindset of the consumer, these push notifications help retailers lure motivated customers into their stores. There is absolutely no […]

The 5 Cardinal Rules to Growing an Orthopedic Surgery Practice

Few things look the same in the 21st century as they did just 30 years ago, but one thing holds true: word of mouth is a huge part of the success of your practice. But how you generate that word of mouth, well, that’s a different story. While happy patients continue to be your best [...]

5 social media tips for orthopedic surgeons

He’s also highly active on Facebook and YouTube. His video on meniscal tears (and whether surgery is always necessary) has been viewed nearly 175,000 times. And it’s not like he spent thousands of dollars producing some flashy video with every bell and whistle Hollywood has in its toy chest. It’s just him and a camera. […]

How to Use Social Wellness Month to Connect with Current and Prospective Patients

Authorities including the Archives of Internal Medicine have observed a link between a patient’s social connectedness and their health. Many articles have been published about the significance of loneliness in an individual’s health, raising public awareness of this issue. By addressing concerns and opening conversation in your digital marketing during July, you can increase online […]

Why Healthcare Patient Personas Matter for Digital Marketing

Offer the best value propositions by understanding your patient’s personas and decision making process.

Market Analysis for Healthcare Digital Marketing

Find the “Next Big Thing” in healthcare digital marketing by conducting an effective market analysis.

Competitor Analysis for Healthcare Digital Marketing

See how an accurate competitor analysis can provide invaluable insight into new opportunities and help prepare for longterm digital marketing success.

How to Measure Healthcare Digital Marketing Success with SMART Goal Creation

What are smart goals, and why are they so important for digital marketing success in healthcare?

Top 3 SEO Healthcare Trends for 2016

A successful SEO strategy is a hugely important part of healthcare digital marketing success. Get to know the most important factors in 2016.

Online Reputation Management for Healthcare Practices & Physicians

Online reviews are part of a new client’s decision making process. Find out what you can do to most effectively manage your reputation online.

How to Build Healthcare Brand Awareness with Social Media Marketing

Jumpstart brand awareness through harnessing the power of social media with these simple but powerful tips.

Healthcare Content Marketing: Top 3 Best Practices for 2016

Find out why content marketing is such a powerful way to build and nurture relationships with prospective clients in the healthcare industry.

Online Reviews: The New Way of Marketing Your Medical Practice

When you’re looking for a doctor, you aren’t going to just go with the first one you find, right? So, where do you turn? You could ask friends, coworkers and family members for suggestions. You could also request a referral from one of your current physicians. Or you could do as Americans increasingly are and […]

Six Ways to Engage your Patients with Social Media

Social media has become as important to health care as good bedside manner. For your practice, social media can help you gain new patients, strengthen relationships with current patients and even help you create ‘brand ambassadors’ – patients who promote your practice for you through testimonials and referrals. A recent study found that over 90 […]

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