Choosing The Right CMS In An Evolving Marketing Landscape

Criteria for choosing a CMS
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 a minefield.
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Patient-focused microsite promotes Altru Advanced Orthopedics

Altru Advanced Orthopedics
Altru Health System’s orthopedics clinic was going through some changes. The growing service line was moving to a new facility and underwent a brand change – including getting a new name, Altru Advanced Orthopedics.

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Five Reasons Why Healthcare Organizations Need to Pay Attention to Online Ratings and Reviews

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Are they talking about me? What are they saying? Why would they say that!?

Sounds like a flashback to junior high, but you’re probably asking these same questions when you think about what your audience may be saying about your organization online.

Social media comments and posts have an impact on your organization. What one person posts in a review or on social media has the potential to influence dozens or hundreds of others. And, even more critically, the way you choose to respond is equally influential.

This isn’t a new problem, but it’s a continually growing challenge. It’s easy for a disgruntled patient to post a critical comment on Facebook or a negative review on Healthgrades. It’s also easy for that patient to copy and paste the comment on a handful of sites. For your team, it’s a time-consuming effort to find and respond to all of these posts.

But it’s worth the effort. Here’s why you should monitor and respond to online reviews and social media posts:
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Getting Amped For Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

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There’s a new project in town that promises to influence how your content performs in search and how your users experience and consume it. If you’re a healthcare marketer responsible for the search and experience side of digital strategy, you’re going to want to keep it on your radar. Early indications already suggest that it has the potential to reshape how you publish content to the web.

So what is this new project? It’s the new Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project.
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Stamford Health Reinvents its Brand and Web Experience

Stamford Health System
When Stamford Health set out to build a new website, their task list was bigger than just improving user experience.

“We wanted to make sure the website was aligned with not only what we learned through analytics, but also to help a user get to the content they needed quickly and easily,” said Christina Di Bona, director of digital marketing at Stamford Health.

Located in Stamford, Conn., this health system had a bold objective: Merge four individual sites – its hospital, foundation, medical group and urgent care center – under one digital umbrella.  It was also time to streamline tasks and functionality for a more intuitive web experience.
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How to Minimize SEO Impact During a Site Redesign or Domain Change

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Redesigning your website is an exciting process. It usually means you’re making active efforts to improve your site’s user experience and how your organization is represented on the web. You could say something similar about establishing a domain name change—that you’re on the path to a powerful new rebrand for your organization that better represents who you are and what you provide.

But there are scary elements to both of those processes—side effects that might make you squeamish about going through one of them—such as drops in your organic search rankings, broken links, a loss of domain authority or confused users.

Fear not. There are steps you can take to reduce the blowback from these big changes and help mitigate any SEO damage they may cause.

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Navigating Noisy Search Results

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The other day, I noticed this retweet from one of SEO’s top voices, Dr. Pete Meyers (@dr_pete):

The point? Google has gotten noisier and, as a result, changed the strategy for many brands focused on better search visibility.

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VitalSite Improves User Experience Through Better Search

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I have recently become obsessed with the way that website visitors search for and find content on large, complex sites. This obsession has left its footprints in our recent VitalSite release. Before we focus on the improvements we’ve made to VitalSite, let’s start by considering how the big players utilize search.

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#GEOSTANDOUT: Meet Cole!

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Geonetric hired about 20 new employees last year – and with that kind of growth it’s hard to get to know all the new people delivering amazing websites and digital marketing to our clients. That’s why our human resources team decided to introduce new employees and share some interesting (and random!) facts about them.

First up, Cole. Cole joined Geonetric’s content team in January as a Web Content Writer. We asked Cole some pretty important questions in order to get to know him better.

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Redesigning Your Healthcare Website: 5 Things to Consider

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It’s time to redesign you website. Maybe this has been a long time coming, or maybe the decision was made recently and excitement in the air has driven the need for fast turnaround. No matter what your reason, redesigning your organization’s website is a big undertaking and it’s helpful to consider a few important pieces before you begin.

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Voting Results Are In

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Here in Iowa, we recently tallied some very important votes. Here’s what I see as the big takeaways.

  • Near-record participation: From both sides of the aisle, we had fabulous representation. I firmly believe the process works best when as many voices as possible are heard. So participation is an important metric, and we work hard to encourage as many to participate as possible.
  • A winner by a razor-thin margin: Everyone has expectations and goals. So when you hit a personal goal – something you’ve worked hard to achieve – by even the slimmest of margins, it’s difficult not to bask in the victory.
  • Come-from-behind surprises: Each time we go through this process, there are predictions of winners and losers…and then there are some results nobody on the outside predicted. Those unexpected results are important, and not just because they help keep the process interesting and the voters engaged. They’re important because they expose the hard work and focus that are happening every day behind the scenes.
  • Clear momentum: And then there’s that all-important momentum. Not a top-vote-getter, it’s something that shows such a surge, the results actually change the conversation and platform. We certainly saw that in the results.

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Infographic: 2016 Trends in Digital Marketing for Healthcare

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Like healthcare itself, the digital marketing landscape is ever-changing and introducing new ideas, technologies and strategies at a rapid pace. 2016 looks to be no different than past years, with more growth and more new ways to engage site visitors and potential patients.

Check out our Top Digital Marketing Trends in Healthcare in 2016 infographic that highlights the trends we see coming, and read this post for more information on where to focus your time and resources in 2016.
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How Altru built a responsive intranet from the ground up

Altrulink, Responsive intranet

Altru Health System (Altru) needed a new intranet. Specifically it needed a responsive one. The Grand Forks, ND-based health system employs more than 4,000 individuals, many of whom need to access information from mobile devices.

But the intranet redesign team knew they faced challenges in making their dream intranet a reality – particularly around having the dedicated resources to develop a new intranet from scratch. That’s why the organization partnered with its digital agency Geonetric to bring AltruLink to life.
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