Online marketing is not easy and takes some time to plan, but here are five strategies to start attracting new patients to your medical practice.
This post is a basic framework for getting your medical practice (through one of your staff members or your current marketing firm) to do online marketing correctly. This is by no means exhaustive, but it gets you in the right frame of mind.
Fair warning, though: This isn't easy, and takes some time to plan, but once set up, it's absolutely worth it.
What type of physician are you? Are you the happy-go-lucky, energetic physician? The down to earth one? Or the crass, no-BS physician?
Don't be everything to everybody. Let your own personality show online. People will gravitate toward you. It doesn't matter if you do great work, so do the five other physicians in your area. Think of publications, awards, or any press you've gotten that can add to your expertise. People reward authenticity and
Now that you know who you are, here are five ways to get more patients to your practice using online marketing:
According to several articles, from sources including the American Medical Association and Pew Research Center, a significant amount of people are searching online for symptoms and a physician close to their home.
So with this information, you can "intercept" them in two ways: provide answers to their symptoms and be the doctor that's close to them.
There's a lot that goes into both of these and it's beyond the scope of this blog post, but it's important that you understand that these opportunities exist for you.
Google your name and figure out what people are saying about you. You should care because people, more or less, leave honest reviews. This will be material for you to either capitalize on or mitigate depending on how positive or negative the conversation.
Professional design is imperative. For my clients, I use Wordpress. It's relatively easy to set up and maintain. I handle their sites myself or train them how to do it themselves.
Look professional on the front page, but don't be afraid to show some of your personality. Strike the perfect balance. A less polished version of your brand can actually be much better, because it provides "realness" to you online. Also having a video of yourself being yourself helps people "warm up" to you before meeting you.
Here's a list of professional medical website themes to get you started.
These are just three but they are the most important for you to get on.
Your practice might already be on these websites so it's important that you claim the reins.
Your reviews are your lifeblood online. Here are four tips on how to
get the most out of your reviews:
Bonus Tip: look at what your fellow physicians (both local and national) are doing.