Picture this: There’s a nagging health condition that has been bothering you for years. Even if you don’t notice the symptoms all the time, you’ve absorbed more than enough information to understand the scope of the problem. You know the treatment options, the potential benefits to be gained by improving your health, and the dangers of continuing on your current path…
But nothing changes.
Maybe you’ll keep collecting more information about your health condition. Maybe you’ll keep telling yourself that you’ll take care of it soon. But the days and months go by, and you find yourself in the exact same place as before – or possibly even worse off.
If this sounds familiar, you might be experiencing “health inertia.” Health inertia is a common behavior pattern that can affect the entire scope of healthcare – everything from minor wellness and prevention tweaks to major operations and follow-up.
Even if you’ve worked in healthcare for all of five minutes, you’ve probably heard about the power of content marketing. This marketing style, which is enjoying tremendous success in other industries, has become a staple recommendation to better connect with healthcare-seekers.
While there is tremendous potential in content marketing, the challenge lies in the execution.
Making blanket recommendations is easy. Want to increase revenue? Some will tell you that social media is the way forward. Others swear by blogs, videos, or email newsletters.
Usually, we are limited to only our personal experiences with content marketing – or maybe a few anecdotes from our healthcare colleagues.
What’s happening with content marketing in the industry at large?
What’s working well for marketers, and what isn’t? Which tools have the highest ROI?
Let’s take a broader look.
Every day is an endless competition for your precious attention.
Thanks to smartphones and the Internet, it’s easier than ever for us to distract ourselves. Marketers in every niche are throwing big money at attracting as many eyeballs as they can. That explains why we see an average of over 600 marketing messages a day.
This puts healthcare marketers in a difficult spot. We can’t stop marketing and trust our audiences to find us on their own. On the other hand, we can’t bombard people with annoying, pushy messaging without putting them off completely.
Within this challenge lies an incredible opportunity: content marketing. Strategic content can help marketers strike the right balance. Instead of blowing through budgets and fighting for attention, you can earn it by creating positive experiences.
Healthcare marketing is full of excitement these days. With so many digital tools and platforms available–and new ones popping up every day–there are more ways than ever to communicate with your target audience.
As always, the challenge is to get the right message to the right people, at the right time. But the sheer number of options out there have made this more complex.
This trend will only continue as we grow more comfortable with digital interactions. By 2020, we’ll manage a whopping 85 percent of our relationships without talking to a single human!
People expect convenience, responsiveness, and, most importantly, choice. They want to communicate with businesses however and whenever they wish.
The solution, then, is to meet those expectations by opening multiple communication channels.
Many healthcare marketers are focused on appealing to millennials. Yet there’s an equally important, and often overlooked demographic: senior citizens.
Increased life expectancy, along with the massive number of baby boomers sliding into the senior demographic, will make this a crucial demographic for many years. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that, by 2030, Americans over 65 will account for over 20 percent of the total population. That’s almost double the amount than in the year 2000!
Unfortunately, with so many people living longer, their chances of developing a chronic health condition increases. There’s simply more time for conditions to develop. Aging baby boomers will have to contend with plenty of doctor and hospital visits over the next few decades.
Figuring out how to reach these people in a meaningful way is paramount to many healthcare marketers’ success.
More people than ever are researching health issues–and making buying decisions based on that research–online. This goes for typical hospital patients, to medical professionals and sophisticated corporate clients.
Savvy healthcare marketers have recognized the need to adapt their approach. But, as more of them go digital in response to customer demands, many overlook a key element: landing pages.
What are landing pages? Why do they matter? And most importantly, how can you make them work for you?
Keep reading to find out!