coyote marketing

Why Are So Many Doctors “Coyote Marketers?”

Throughout the year I have the opportunity to speak with groups of doctors about marketing. I thoroughly enjoy the intellectual exchange with smart people, particularly when the topic is advancing the business side of their practice. Putting aside the poster presentations and beyond sharing clinical info that dominates professional meetings, doctors—usually successful practitioners—are eager to…

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The Explosive Rise of Telemedicine Will Challenge Your Marketing Plan

Today, nearly anyone with online access can see a doctor or healthcare professional immediately. No appointment, no travel, no waiting, no hassle. A computer, smartphone or tablet increasingly connects patients and providers via live, two-way video consultation—24/7/365. What’s more, the typical insurance co-pay is relatively low, and for some people, employers cover the cost. This…

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Mastering Customer Service: Patients Are Not an Interruption

Healthcare marketing professionals know what the retail-world textbook says about customers. Substitute “patient” for “customer” or “consumer” to realize how healthcare’s new swing from provider-centric to patient-centric is much more significant than a smile and warm welcome. Your relationship with healthcare’s new empowered consumer is vital element in revenue and profitability. Acquiring a new customer…

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Memorial Hermann: Patients Have a Big Appetite for Online Appointment Scheduling

[SHSMD14 Speaker Podcast Series] Tracy Borkowski, Director of Business Unit Marketing for Memorial Hermann Health System talks with Healthcare Success’ Kylie Ladd regarding the 2014 SHSMD Connections presentation: Attracting the Digital Healthcare Consumer: Innovations in Real-Time Online Appointment Scheduling. “There’s a big appetite by consumers for online scheduling,” Tracy Borkowski said, and Memorial Hermann Health System…

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Measuring Success at Mayo Clinic: Quantifying Value for Patient and Organization

[SHSMD14 Speaker Podcast Series] Mayo Clinic’s Katheryn Hawkins, Senior Analyst, and Erin Cole, Business Development Manager, talk with Healthcare Success’ Kylie Ladd regarding their presentation at the 2014 SHSMD Connections meeting. Their topic: New Methods to Identify the Right Relationship and Monitor Performance. The classic question in healthcare marketing is how to measure success. The…

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Price Transparency: The Devil is in the Detail for Hospitals

Let’s say an informed patient determined that the cost for “arteriography and angiocardiography using contrast material” was half as expensive at “Hospital A” as compared to “Hospital B.” At half price, would they want to buy two procedures? On the other hand, does the consumer trust that “cheapest available” is the ideal purchase decision in health care? More realistically, would…

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Doctors: How to Build Your Personal Brand and Reputation in 30 Seconds

Occasionally, I get a little push-back from doctors who challenge my advice saying: “I don’t need an ‘elevator speech.’ Everyone knows who I am, I’m not pitching investors, and I’m not ‘networking.’ Besides, it sounds phony and I’d never use it.” That’s not from everyone, of course. Many professionals know about the “quick message” technique,…

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BayCare Health: Delivering a Consumer-Driven Brand Experience [Podcast]

[SHSMD14 Speaker Podcast Series] Stewart Schaffer, Chief Marketing Officer for BayCare Health System in the Tampa, FL area talks with Lonnie Hirsch, Co-Founder of Healthcare Success about Stewart’s presentation at the 2014 SHSMD Connections meeting this month titled: Designing a Consumer-Driven Brand Experience that Brings the Brand Promise to Life. In hospital and healthcare marketing, what…

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Survey: Doctor’s Pulse is Weak and Pessimism Remains High

List this study as Required Reading for healthcare marketing professionals. The 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives is not only one of the largest physician surveys, it lives up to its self-description as “an unrivaled resource of information on today’s doctors for hospital and medical group executives, physician recruiting professionals, members of…

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