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Healthcare PR and Marketing Tips: Showcasing Physicians on Your Website

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If you’re looking to highlight your institution and gain more referrals, you’ll need to showcase the doctors that work at your hospital. We recently read a Ragan’s Health Care Communication News article, “8 Awesome Ways to Feature Docs on Your Website,” discussing how to position and showcase physicians.

Here are five helpful suggestions:

  • Pictures: By showcasing pictures of doctors communicating with patients, visitors see your doctors as credible, reliable, caring, and human. You can include these pictures on several areas of your website, such as an ‘about us’ section or an ‘our doctors’ section for example.
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  • Scrolling marquis: Spotlight specific doctors by including their name, credentials and a quote. The quotes should discuss different aspects of patient care, while others highlight your hospital’s strengths. This will not only easily allow visitors to gain more of an understanding about your institution and your doctors, but will also entice them to explore your site longer. Another key element to include is a “find a doctor” box on the homepage so that visitors can research specific doctors in their specific fields.
  • Showcase expertise: Include a page that displays each doctor’s credentials, contact information, and a brief biography about them. Make it as convenient as possible for your visitors to navigate the biography by organizing it in a way that caters to the specific type of information your visitors may be searching for. In addition, you can include small segments on the homepage that illustrate your doctors in a more personal light, such as a description on how they relate to their field of expertise because of family or friends.
  • Take advantage of free press: Include links to videos or articles that display public appearances. This enables doctors to receive even more credibility from visitors who see it. Another way to display a physician’s knowledge and expertise is by including a brief video of a doctor explaining a certain medical procedure.
  • Engage physicians as content contributors: If you have a feature that shows answers from doctors on medical material, but that is answered in a way that patients or visitors can easily understand, it will allow physicians to be seen as knowledgeable about their practice and specialties. An additional way to display a doctor’s credibility is by having them write brief blog posts around specific medical topics.

Featuring physicians online will create more awareness of their clinical ability to perform and show them as compassionate, relatable figures.

If you’re in healthcare, insurance, technology or other professional services industries, and need help with a PR, marketing or social media campaign, contact Scott Public Relations.

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Healthcare PR and Marketing Tips: Optimizing Your Mobile Email Campaign

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With our society’s attention spans continuing to decrease, it is becoming harder and harder to capture an audience’s attention. Not only are attention spans getting shorter every year, we’re bombarded with so much information on a daily basis that we often find ourselves multi-tasking, which also cuts our attention spans down significantly. With so much information coming at us, the last thing someone wants to do is spend time trying to make an email they received readable on their mobile device.

Chances are, if it’s not easy to read and scroll through, they’re going to leave your email because it isn’t user-friendly.  The popularity of gathering/reviewing information on-the-go has created fundamental changes in a multitude of fields, one being email marketing. This fundamental change in where/how we gather information has necessitated an entire strategy shift instead of simple expansion.

A recent FierceCMO article titled “5 Ways to Update Your Mobile Email Campaign” by Drew Woolley lists several ways to improve your mobile email marketing efforts and we’ve highlighted them below.

Tips to improve your mobile email campaign:

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  • Stick to one column. The format of mobile devices has made the old style of two-column email templates a thing of the past, as anything more than one column just outright frustrates users. Redesign emails with this one-column tip in mind to enable easy up-and-down finger scrolling on a mobile device.
  • Don’t overcomplicate the email and don’t ask readers to do too many things – use one primary call-to-action. With speed as the name of the game, it is important to keep things short and simple.
  • Create short, clear subject lines. If there’s an overly long and verbose title, this may discourage readers from opening and reading.
  • Button links are often easier for users to select (as opposed to hyperlink text). This allows readers to click more easily on items included in your messages.
  • Insert scan-to-join/QR code functionality into your emails to build your subscriber base. You might even try a text-to-join initiative to get more people involved.

Changing times call for changing methods. Don’t be left behind by the transition to the mobile communication format. Try implementing these changes and access the growing pool of potential recipients that have made the switch to mobile. Resisting these changes can only slow down your brand’s expansion and keep you from getting your marketing to where it will reach the most people.

Do you have other tips that you think readers should be aware of when optimizing email campaigns for mobile devices? Share your tips with us!

If you’re in healthcare, insurance, technology or other professional services industries, and need help with a PR, marketing or social media campaign, contact Scott Public Relations.

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Healthcare PR and Marketing: Tips for Physicians using YouTube

Ragan’s Health Care Communication News

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With our healthcare system in such disarray and physicians having limited time with each patient in order to meet their demands, communication between physician and patient is paramount. But with limited time and resources, how can physicians educate their patients on various illnesses?

Many professionals are turning to YouTube. Here’s some of the ways that physicians can use YouTube to engage with their patients:

  • Explain different ailments and illnesses;
  • Present research papers and findings;
  • Showcase exercises that can help strengthen various muscles or joints; and
  • Demonstrate early detection techniques.

Once the practitioner decides the topic or series of topics, it’s important to have the following:

  • Decent camera. Make the investment so you can take high quality video. You don’t want to make the mistake of buying a cheaper quality camera. You run the risk of having poor quality video and losing prospects because of this.
  • Good lighting. Make sure you have ample lighting, as well. Otherwise, the video will be too dark.
  • Great audio. Many times, inexperienced videographers will use the external mike on the camera and shoot a YouTube video. However, most of the time, it’s important to have an external lavalier or handheld mike. The sound quality will be significantly better.
  • Choose a setting. Always think of a setting that will work with your video’s content. If you’re filming a “How To” instructional video on early detection techniques, think of filming in a home environment where patients would actually practice this advice.
  • Have talking points. Before you start to film, make sure the person/people in your video have a rough idea of what the video is about. Have an outline ready and plan the video out prior to filming.
  • Video editing. All video should be edited before uploading to your YouTube channel. Use a free editing program such as iMovie if you’re a beginner. If you’re up for the challenge, you can purchase software like Final Cut Pro to make your videos seamless. While editing, make sure to add music and a little pizazz such as text and special effects.

Source: http://www.healthcarecommunication.com/Physicians/Articles/12040.aspx

If you’re in healthcare, insurance, technology or other professional services industries, and need help with a PR, marketing or social media campaign, contact Scott Public Relations.

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