Once you’ve signed off on your marketing plan, how often should you review and revise it? If you typically write your plan annually at budget time and then stick it on a shelf (either literally or figuratively), you may be making your work as a marketer more difficult. The truth is that, rather than serving as a static guide that directs your marketing activities over a fixed 12-month span, your marketing plan needs to act as a living, breathing framework, able to adapt quickly to any and all changes – whether they’re due to evolutions in the market, your products, new challengers or even new governments.
If you’re a healthcare marketer looking to energize your marketing programs, agile marketing offers a more reactive, responsive approach that can significantly improve your results and ROI. Instead of the top-down, traditional waterfall model, where an agency is briefed by the business, goes away, and comes back with a comprehensive communications campaign, agile marketing is about creating content that is timely, relevant and useful to communicate with customers in any phase of their journey. Agile processes and execution are the keys to succeeding with agile marketing.
The number of healthcare apps is exploding. From apps that help people manage chronic conditions to apps that manage medical appointment scheduling, the options for both consumers and medical professionals are increasing exponentially. According to researchers at Zion Market Research, this market will only continue to grow. The global mHealth apps market was valued at USD 8.0 billion in 2018, and by 2025 is forecast to generate USD 111.1 billion. As a healthcare company, you possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Micro-sites and apps, focused on a specific topic or event, offer a high-profile way to showcase your expertise and support your customers.
Do you feel calmer when you’re in a room with walls that are painted blue? If you do, you’re not alone – studies show that blue is a calming color, and can even lower our heart rate and blood pressure. Do red walls energize you? That response is common, too. Whether it happens consciously or unconsciously, color can have a psychological impact on our moods and behaviors. Color plays an especially important role for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s in care homes or hospitals. From encouraging a calmer mood to helping residents find their way independently to the dining or recreation room, the color of walls, floors and other elements can have a big impact on quality of life and comfort in these types of settings.
In business and in our personal lives, we turn to the experts to help us make important decisions. It’s human nature to seek out the best sources of insight and information. This is especially so in the healthcare world, with its emphasis on evidence-based research. From choosing the best treatment paths to developing a new product, we turn to the experts for their knowledge and guidance.
The internet can be described in many ways, but the root of its success is the power to engage people.
Attract the right new hires with an employer brand. Competition comes in all forms: your business isn’t just trying to get potential clients to notice you, it also needs to attract the attention of the best prospective employees, too. How can you toot your horn the loudest or fly your flag the highest to get the attention of potential top talent? This is a job that calls for a strong and strategic employer brand! You’ve likely heard of employer brands and branding but you’d still like more information. The good news is, your company likely already has the resources, ideas and energy necessary to create an employer brand that will attract new talent to your employee pool and take your organization to new heights of productivity and success.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a sales bootcamp with HubSpot. You might be wondering why, as I’ve been doing business development at Living Stone for + 25 years … but the experience was very interesting and insightful. Joining together with a group of senior leaders from marketing agencies from across the EU and beyond, and guided by our terrific HubSpot coach David Weinhaus, we shared our experiences and learned from each other.
Healthcare changes faster and is more complex than almost any other industry, meaning that healthcare marketers face a unique set of challenges. But change management hasn’t typically been part of the healthcare marketer’s skillset. It’s the same for big data analytics expertise. Increasingly, however, these are emerging as two of the most important skills that a healthcare marketer can have.i