8 marketing strategies for your healthcare business

Jamie Frew
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Overview on healthcare marketing

When you are creating your healthcare startup guide, it is necessary to spend a fair amount of time and energy on the marketing section. Whilst the quality of the care that you deliver is equally important, this by itself won’t be enough to bring patients through your doors. Marketing in healthcare allows you to establish specific outreach and communication strategies targeted at the demographic your business has been designed to help. Whilst different healthcare businesses will vary in their strategies, every single one will undoubtedly have a solid marketing plan - it is absolutely necessary if you want to remain competitive in the healthcare industry. As technology advances, we are seeing a greater increase in marketing strategies online (as well as more traditional offline techniques). Understanding how to effectively reach prospective patients using a variety of marketing strategies will allow your startup to flourish into a successful and established business. 

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Benefits of marketing your healthcare business

Before we look at specific marketing examples, let’s examine the various benefits that these will have for your business. 

Helps you to communicate with patients

Essentially, marketing helps you communicate with your patients. You can tailor this communication to suit your business agenda, and utilize advertisements, blogs, and social media pages to deliver your message.

Encourages patients to engage

Engagement from patients is necessary if you want to build your clientele and develop loyal and long-lasting relationships. The right type of marketing will use CTAs (calls to action) which include asking patients to book an appointment, sign up for a newsletter, or share their posts on their social media. 

Increases revenue for your practice

One of the most important benefits of marketing is the positive impact it can have on a healthcare practice’s revenue. Essentially, marketing leads to higher engagement from patients and consequently builds clientele. The larger number of clients that a practice sees and treats, the larger amount of revenue that practice will bring in. 

Increase your consumer base

Some startups find it difficult to broaden their clientele. Marketing helps alleviate this stress by generating engaging content targeted at a specific demographic. You will not only increase your consumer base, but you will also be able to inform, educate and engage with a greater portion of the population. 

Helps retain existing customers

Marketing helps keep your business fresh in your customers’ minds. When they see or read your content, they will be reminded of the services you provide and are much more likely to return to your business.

Builds your brand

Building your healthcare business brand is an essential component of establishing a successful startup. You can work your vision into your marketing strategies, so all of your communication and content help achieve your business goals.

Creating a healthcare marketing strategy

The very first step to implementing marketing is unsurprisingly planning! You need to spend a fair amount of time considering the short-term and long-term goals of your business, and how exactly marketing will help you achieve these. In the current climate, building an online presence is an essential aspect of successful marketing. It is a good idea to balance this with more traditional offline strategies to develop a cohesive and targeted strategy. Furthermore, as patients become more and more involved in their own healthcare process, creating patient-centric content has never been so important. Patients frequently use the internet to search for healthcare solutions and are looking for consistency and transparency. Understanding both the industry that you work within and the needs of your patients will allow you to structure your marketing strategy well, and effectively engage with your clients. One of the most important tips to succeed in a healthcare startup is obtaining this type of information - although it can take a little while, being equipped with the right knowledge will guarantee your marketing strategy is successful and you are able to build your clientele.

Eight practices to ace marketing of your healthcare business

Now, let’s take a look at eight of the best marketing techniques for your healthcare business. 

Define your target audience and build your brand

As I’m sure you know, the healthcare industry is incredibly competitive. In order to be chosen by patients, you need to be offering something that other businesses aren’t. This means that the business plan for healthcare startups should include a detailed section on the brand you want to build. Understanding a niche to emphasize will set you apart from your competitors and ensure your marketing strategies are reaching your target demographic.

Research on your competitors

Another requirement for getting ahead of your competitors is knowing them and the services they offer. If you have a good understanding of their brand, you will be able to define yourself in opposition to this, differentiating yourself by demonstrating how you offer more value to patients. 

Evaluate your online patient experience

The only way to effectively improve your business processes is through receiving feedback from patients. After a patient has been involved with your online processes, you should reach out for a review of their experience. This information will allow you to identify whether your marketing strategy has been successful and if there are any areas that require improvement.

Test your website speed

Your business website is the one page that all prospective clients will visit prior to booking an appointment. If you want them to walk through your doors, you need to ensure your website is appealing - this means regularly testing the website’s speed and ensuring all information is accurate and up-to-date.

Optimize organic search engine results

Search engine optimization (SEO) refers to the visibility of your business website in Google searches. Having good search engine optimization increases the likelihood of patients coming across your website organically and one of the best ways to improve SEO is by publishing regular content that is engaged by patients. As a quick side note, if you are interested in improving your online presence (and you should be), it is important that you are aware of the relevant regulatory compliance in healthcare

Use paid marketing strategies such as PPC

PPC (pay-per-click) is a marketing strategy wherein the business only pays for the advertisement if that ad is clicked on. Using PPC ensures some level of visibility, and it also helps attract patients within your demographic as the algorithm is highly targeted.

Use social media such as Facebook or Twitter

Whilst you may be unfamiliar with social media, these pages are incredibly useful forms of marketing. Setting up a Facebook and Twitter page can help your business engage with a broader number of clients in addition to being a platform for publishing content. However, if you choose to utilize social media, you need to ensure you are aware of the relevant healthcare data security solutions.

Conduct live conversations with health experts

A lot of the time, patients are simply looking for real solutions to their problems, and you need to show that you are capable of providing these. One of the best ways to demonstrate your professional skills is by showcasing live conversations with various health experts. Dedicating time to informing and educating the public indicates a commitment to good values and will help build your brand.

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Take home message

Marketing is an integral aspect of growing your healthcare business. It will not only allow you to build your brand but also has a massive impact on broadening your clientele and increasing revenue. Combining your marketing strategies with other processes within your business, including predictive modeling and data warehouses, will allow you to establish your practice as reputable, innovative, and trustworthy. Although marketing requires a significant amount of planning and resources, it is the most effective way of increasing the scope of your business. After all, the only way you will be able to make money is if patients are walking through your doors! We hope this article has provided you with enough information that you feel comfortable and confident to go focus on creating your own successful marketing strategies and increasing your patient intake!

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