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Accessibilibuddy Tips. Universal access to information on the web regardless of disability is an essential right.

The beauty of the web is in its flexibility to transform to meet individuals’ needs. But it takes due diligence on our part as developers and content editors to make sure that content is provided in a way that assistive technologies can use to present the information in different ways. If done properly, this ensures that all information you provide on the web is available to everyone regardless of physical, cognitive, or technological limitations.
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Five Steps to Creating Content that Converts

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From a marketer’s perspective, good Web content does two things:

First, it helps people find you. Google and other search engines rank only pages with valuable, relevant, high-quality content.

Then, it drives action. Or, in Web speak, it converts. It turns your site visitors into patients, donors, job applicants — or whatever else fits your specific goals.

The benefits of good content are clear. But what is good content? How do you know what to include?  Where do you start?
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Opening the Floor: Interviewing Your Internal and External Stakeholders

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A witty (but honest) person once said, “Opinions are like bellybuttons: Everybody’s got one.” It’s true, and your organization has a lot of folks with bellybuttons – your patients, your C-suite, and everyone in-between.

Asking these stakeholders about their experience on your organization’s website is an important piece in any redesign. Understanding their opinions about what works on the current site, what doesn’t, and even what a successful redesign would mean to them is important for understanding their opinions and creating a great user experience.

But talking to stakeholders isn’t something you can only do once. It’s something you should do regularly as you continue to maintain your Web presence.
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Top 10 Takeaways from Confab Central 2015

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I love learning and talking about content strategy. And writing. And editing. Oh, and style guides. Man, do I love a good style guide. Seriously. It totally pumps me up.

Luckily, at Geonetric, I’m surrounded by people who feel the same way. And just last week, four of us braved Midwestern road construction season and drove north to Minneapolis for Confab Central 2015, a content strategy conference.

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Content that Helps, Not Sells: A Formula for Creating Great Content

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You know that feeling you get when you experience marketing that really hits the mark? You probably don’t even notice that feeling right away. You don’t think, “Man, this advertising approach isn’t pushy.” “It isn’t misaligned.” Rather, it just feels right and all of your skepticism about the brand melts away. You get the information you need, when you need it. It’s at your pace. Your fingertips. Your comfort level.

Now imagine the last time you tried to just browse a car lot. Or were interrupted for a “quick” beauty product demo while walking through the mall, or waited in line to renew your driver’s license only to find out you had the wrong paperwork. Much different than your last trip to Disney World, isn’t it? Or your stay at the Ritz (ok, just imagine!), or your last purchase on Amazon.com.

Ann Handley, author and digital marketing pioneer, explained this feeling during her keynote at last week’s Healthcare Marketing and Physician Strategies Summit. She said – over and over – “the best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.” And when you think about it – she’s right! It doesn’t. So how do we accomplish this with our Web content? How do we create a healthcare customer experience that feels natural, and relevant?

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Do You Need a Microsite?

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It’s often difficult for healthcare marketers to use their main website to accomplish a specific goal. If you want to target a certain audience or promote a facility or service with deeper content, the parent site may not offer the best solution.

And that’s when marketers turn to microsites. Microsites allow you to deviate from standards set by your organization’s website. You can control the navigation, design and message on a microsite. So no wonder, they’re a popular tool. But microsites don’t always offer the best solution either.

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Four Ways to Get More Out of Your Hospital’s Web Content

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Are you putting your health system’s website content to full use?

Maybe! But if you’re like most healthcare marketers, you’re always looking for more ways to tell the full story of your extensive services, expert doctors, satisfied patients and impressive facilities. What if you could do this without creating new content from scratch?

Read on for tips from Geonetric’s content team.
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A Relentless Patient Focus Spells Success for New MOSH Website

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At Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (MOSH), doctors pledge to put patients at the center of everything physicians do. So MOSH needed its new website to prioritize patients, too. Working closely with Jigsaw to develop a design and comps, the hospital and creative agency turned to Geonetric for help creating the online presence that establishes MOSH and the physicians of Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Services (MOSS) as the Midwest’s premier resource for current and prospective orthopedic patients. Among stakeholders’ top goals: Make it as easy as possible for users to learn about and schedule appointments with the region’s top bone, joint and spine specialists and surgeons.
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Questions from the Top Three Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Webinar

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At the end of January, I had a chance to share the top three trends to focus on in health care digital marketing for 2015. If you missed it, please feel free to download the session or watch the video. I answered some great questions, but there were certainly more I couldn’t get to within the hour. So let’s answer them now!
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Strong SEO Fundamentals Pay Off for Olmsted Medical Center

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We’re always telling our clients how valuable content is to their overall search engine optimization strategy. Of course, content comes in many shapes and sizes, but in this case, we’re talking about your good ‘ol service line content — the content that does a lot of the heavy lifting for your website.

That’s why when Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) came to Geonetric for help boosting the search visibility for their women’s health services, we immediately dove in and started working on better content.

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Trinity Mother Frances Spotlights Physicians With New Launch

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What makes a great hospital or health system? The amenities? The number of happy patients? What about the people who represent the brand – your doctors and providers?

Trinity Mother Frances needed a more organized Web presence that accurately represented their superb quality of care, growing roster of employed and affiliated providers, and its vast locations throughout their area. A responsive website was a necessity, too, in order to accommodate the growing number of mobile device users in the East Texas region.

Trinity Mother Frances and Geonetric paired up to create a fresh, spacious design that tells their story as a historic health care provider in East Texas while highlighting their many physicians and providers, and award-winning care and treatment.

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Chipping Away At The Hoard: Knowing Your Content

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On Sunday afternoon, while my husband hunkers down in his man cave for an afternoon of football, I find myself at peak homeowner performance: Cleaning, fixing, and organizing.

There’s something satisfying for me when I pull out all the contents of a drawer or closet, decide what I need to keep and what I can donate to the local resale stores. It feels like a job well done: The clutter is out and sanity in my space is restored.

That’s probably why I enjoy being a content strategist.
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Geonetric’s Top Five Webinars, Blog Posts, and Tweets of 2014

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Every year we compile our top five most popular webinars, blog posts and tweets to see what resonated with healthcare marketers. This year’s hottest topics included search engine optimization, filling physician schedules, social media marketing and results from our eHealth Survey. Judging by these trends it’s pretty safe to say that content marketing will continue to be an area of focus for healthcare marketers in 2015. Geonetric will be here to help out with everything healthcare web strategy throughout 2015. Stay up to date by coming back to our blog, following us on Twitter or subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
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Writing Hospital Service Line Content: Do It Yourself or Call in the Professionals?

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Writing new service line content can be similar to a complete house remodel—it’s a daunting task. You probably have a lot of ideas, but it’s hard to know where to start. It’s also difficult to know what you should tackle yourself and what needs the expertise of a professional. Just like a good contractor, Geonetric can help as much or as little as you need.

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Your Top Online Physician Promotion Questions Answered

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We clearly hit a hot topic with last week’s webinar, Online Physician Promotion: Increasing Conversions to Fill Schedules, and attendees submitted far more questions than we were able to cover during the session. To make sure we answer all the questions that were submitted, we plan to tackle them over the course of a few blog posts.

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