The problem is real, and one you’re likely familiar with: your digital marketing budget is supporting an increasing number of activities and you’re under growing pressure to connect the top of the funnel to the bottom, delivering business value in terms your CFO and CEO care about.1 What tactics do you prioritize if you’re going to actually start running marketing as a revenue center? How will you measure your progress and communicate it throughout the organization? For healthcare marketing leaders it’s more important than ever to find answers that help you solve the new and evolving marketing puzzle you’re faced with.
In healthcare marketing, staying competitive takes many different forms. Staying ahead of the organization across town. Adjusting to acquisitions and changing alliances. Keeping up to date with ever-changing technology and search algorithms. Exceeding consumers’ ever-increasing expectations.
So while you’ve been cranking away at the day to day, it may feel like your website is drifting behind. But is it time to act? Recent advances and the maturation of several marketing technologies means that now is the time to shift gears, find your energy and put your site back in the lead.
For many organizations, that sense of ‘lagging the competition’ is centered around website features and functionality. You’re looking to boost the online user experience while simultaneously increasing its alignment with organizational strategy. Where to begin? Let’s look at where one of the most visible areas of your website is headed.
Chances are a lot has changed since the last time you redesigned your organization’s website. For the last few years the push to go responsive triggered a number of prominent redesigns in our industry. Since then most brands have followed suit. But even if you’ve already gone responsive, changes in devices, user behavior and technology all contribute to a different user experience today than even a year or two ago.
Wondering if your site is still delivering the value it should to your site visitors and your organization? Here are the three most common indicators that signify it’s time to redesign.
When it comes to providing mobile users the best online experience, many healthcare marketers think going responsive covers everything. And, with most healthcare organizations reporting 30-60% of all traffic coming from mobile devices, they’re not wrong.
But it’s just the beginning of creating the best user experience (UX) possible.
Here are four ways you can go beyond responsive and continue to deliver exceptional UX to your mobile users.
Ensuring your organization’s website is easy-to-navigate and intuitive are top priorities for healthcare marketers today.
But it’s important to consider that optimal website usability can look and sound very different to people with sensory impairments like blindness, low vision, deafness or hard of hearing. People with cognitive disabilities, or whose native language isn’t English, can struggle with content comprehension. It can also be more difficult to navigate a website with certain motor skill impairments.
For people with a range of abilities different from your own, you must take usability a step further and address accessibility.
As the sun has set on the 2016 Olympic Games, it’s inspiring to think back on the sportsmanship, athleticism and teamwork demonstrated by the thousands of competitors.
At Geonetric, we’re reflecting, too. And we’re proud of the recent feats of functionality we’ve “coached” into hospital intranet launches, making them stronger, faster and more efficient while they support your organization. Thinking of overhauling your organization’s intranet? Here are the medalists you want on your team:
“My team is swamped and just doesn’t have the time to focus on our website.”
While I was the Product Owner for the Geonetric sales team, we heard comments like this all of the time.
It’s not surprising to me to hear that marketing teams are swamped. Most healthcare marketing teams run lean, and digital is only one of their many responsibilities. For these organizations, hiring a new team member focused on digital efforts would be ideal – but finding the budget to hire and taking the time to onboard can be difficult.
But there is another way to extend your team and add someone who understands digital marketing and the healthcare industry.
But if you want to win, you need to know where you stand. How do you compare with other healthcare organizations like yours? Are your results competitive? Do you have the team, partners and budget that you need in order to succeed?
If you don’t know where you stand, you’re in luck! We’re proud to announce that Geonetric has partnered with eHealthcare Strategy & Trends magazine to once again conduct the most comprehensive survey on digital marketing in the healthcare industry.
Great health systems are always evolving. The same is true of their websites.
Avera Health is a large, integrated health system. Based in Sioux Falls, S.D., Avera serves more than 100 communities throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota.
Avera and Geonetric have been partners since 2005. Over the years we’ve redesigned their site a few times, each version offering new visual design, enhanced functionality and improved user experience.
Avera’s updated site launched earlier this month and, from its stunning design to the impressive new content, this site is a show-stopper.
Here are a few of the highlights.
In the wee hours of June 23, 2016, Geonetric’s Digital Marketing team loaded up on caffeine and made the four hour drive from Cedar Rapids to Chicago for Search Engine Journal’s (SEJ) Summit 2016.
As you probably garnered from the name, the conference covered all things SEO, but also provided a broader view of today’s digital marketing landscape. This year featured speakers from several leading names in the industry, and our Geo trio was especially excited to hear from two of their favorites: Google and Home Depot.
There was a myriad of great advice and information presented during the nine sessions, but for your convenience, we pared it down into three main points that could have the biggest potential impact on your current and future SEO strategy:
Establishing an effective SEO strategy in today’s mobile age requires you to include local search efforts. According to Google, more searches take place on smartphones than computers – and combine that stat with the fact mobile users expect information returned or presented to be localized. Mobile users also expect the information returned to be accurate. But that’s not always the case – which frustrates searchers and healthcare marketers alike.
It’s time for you to take control of your local listings and get on the path to optimizing your organization for local search. We’re here to help show you how.
Have you ever wondered how people who are blind use a computer and the internet? What about people that don’t have use of their arms? Ever stop to think of how people who are deaf are impacted by online videos and audio? Even common conditions like colorblindness, dyslexia, or ailments brought about by aging change how people interact with websites.
As a healthcare marketer, it’s important to ensure you’re providing the best user experience possible to all your site visitors. Here’s just some of the reasons you should pay attention to your site’s accessibility practices.
My fellow Geonetric peeps know: I’m a die-hard fan of The Beatles. My Iowa license plate is PNYLANE. My desk is littered with the Fab Four.
These four young guys from Liverpool exploded onto the international stage in the early 60s and – armed with a unique sound and flair for fashion – changed the world in a mere decade.
But as I think about how extraordinary my favorite band has been in changing music and pop culture, I thought (nerdily) “How can the Beatles inspire content strategy?”
Choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your success is as important as choosing the right partner, but it seems that with each passing day, the decision gets more and more complex.
Depending on your specific situation you may have internal politics to navigate, and balancing the disparate agendas and opinions within your organization can be no small task. Whether it’s an IT group eager to showcase their capabilities to the rest of the organization, the opinions of influential stakeholders in the C-Suite, or even your very own board of directors, internal stakeholders can easily turn a decision quagmire into an outright minefield.