Your Healthcare Marketing Agency: When to Hold ‘Em. When to Fold ‘Em.

Let’s face it: There are a lot of doctors, medical practices and hospitals that wish they could go about their professional practice activities without the worry, hassle and distraction of marketing and advertising. But, as it turns out, modern medicine is a profession, but healthcare is a business. And, like it or not, the Affordable […]

Hardball Questions to Ask BEFORE Selecting a Marketing Partner

The confusion is common…and somewhat understandable. Just as patients cannot easily evaluate and compare surgeons, it can be difficult for provider management to understand the differences among marketing companies. From a distance, a health care marketing consultant, a medical marketing company, a healthcare advertising agency (and a bunch of similar labels) can all appear to […]

6 Danger Signs: Time to Streamline Your Marketing Management

We had a call the other day from the lead doctor in a group practice. She wasn’t exactly in a panic, but it was obvious that a festering marketing problem was close to bursting. It was a familiar story, and many readers can probably relate to the red-flag warnings she described. The problem for this […]

CAMP: What a Medical Advertising Agency Wants in an Ideal Client (and Vice Versa)

The business partnership between a medical advertising agency and a healthcare client should be an enduring, win-win relationship. But the reality is that most would-be associations are non-starters, while some strategic alliances last for decades. Admittedly, there are a lot of moving parts in any client-agency “marriage.” The client wants to tap into the “ideal” […]

Using the Six Principles of Persuasion in Healthcare Marketing

Some health care advertising agencies would have you believe that trendy and award-winning creative materials, intricate and expensive media plans, and enormous medical advertising budgets are what it takes to win the hearts and minds of new patients. In fact there’s more science and psychology at work in the business of influencing human behavior than […]

Sage Advice: Medical Advertising Agency Words of Wisdom

In the healthcare advertising agency industry, we’ve found that clients who are open to advice and guidance are those individuals who understand that there is a best practices approach to doctor marketing and advertising. Sometimes wisdom comes from making mistakes, but the wiser approach is to listen to and learn from the experience of others. […]

3 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hire a Healthcare Advertising Agency

By definition, your healthcare advertising agency is a partnership arrangement. Choose this business associate carefully; it’s not an ordinary vendor or supplier resource. You’re not buying latex gloves or file folders here. You’re hiring a trusted professional colleague that understands your business and your growth goals. If you are buying “creative services” or “website design” […]

No One Meant To Lie To You – BUT – Simply being good does NOT guarantee success

Faulty logic may keep you stuck as the “best kept secret” in town. Healthcare practitioners often fall victim to the widely-held, but mistaken belief that being a good doctor is sufficient to attract new patients and assure success. In reality, this non sequitur often leads to failure, and the frustration of feeling like a “best […]

6 Proven Ways to Market Any Healthcare Organization

The New Normal for Medical and Hospital Marketing in Tough Economic Times Healthcare marketing and advertising can appear to be complex, confusing and daunting. But the first steps on the road to success are grounded in only six fundamental building blocks. We think of it as an “ah-ha moment.” It’s that highly gratifying instant in […]

Winning with Print: Nuts and Bolts of Magazine & Newspaper Advertising

Print advertising remains a cost-effective option when you test, track and adjust. External Communications plans for healthcare marketing can still include magazines and newspapers to produce successful results. But print ads are may not be right for everyone, and only if you do it right from the start. The formula for winning with print involves […]