It is almost standard-issue for most every healthcare advertiser to flood the web with every bit of resource and information possible these days.
consumers really finding what they need when searching online for health information? Although the web provides anyone with overwhelming information, the information provided by online healthcare
websites, communities and advertising is underwhelming.
Here are three seemingly simple, yet resounding reasons why so many are wasting their efforts and missing the mark:
Trends Need Not Apply Here
In an industry heavily governed by regulation and privacy, it can often seem like healthcare brands are not allowed to take advantage of emerging media trends, such as user content and real time marketing. A “better safe than sorry” malaise easily and often sinks into the mentality of many healthcare marketers.
Quantity, not Quality
As is often the case, risk aversion amongst marketers overly depends on numbers to the guide decision-making process. The result is too many communication plans focused on creating eyeballs and impressions, rather than connecting with hearts and minds.
Many healthcare marketers, who overly adhere with heavy regulation and marketing to the number, easily forget that they need to connect with a person not a condition. They tend to rely on traditional “display” advertising techniques as a safe and easy way to get the message out to lots of people. Yet, in these instances, the likely outcomes are stale messages wrapped in bland packaging that are almost always missed and ignored. Recent research backs this theory up as more “native” ads were viewed 53% more often than traditional display ads and resulted in an 18% higher lift in purchase intent and a 9% lift in brand affinity.
In these situations, how can brands reverse course to add real value for and create real connections with people in need via digital advertising?
Compelling Content: Think Like a Publisher
Giving consumers dry and useless content is an immediate way to lose a prospect. Rich creative messaging that is designed to inspire and engage is integral to the success of any advertising. Content should be engaging and customized to the media environment through intense consideration of and dedication to the audience’s mindset. A worthwhile practice here is to “think and act like a publisher” or, in some cases, even allow the publishing partner to have a role in the narrative.
Empower the Audience
To provoke thought, elicit response and create a valuable connection, provide each and every prospect with a voice in the experience. This will help to encourage invaluable social sharing and word of mouth recommendations. Handing over the reins doesn’t ignoring the many rules and regulations that hover over our industry. A well-thought-out content strategy is critical to both prevent any potential threats and have a response plan ready to automatically activate if necessary.
Mobile devices and social platforms are both synonymous with one another and with the empowered consumer experience noted above. In a world of hectic schedules and time-poor consumers, the demand for short, shareable content delivered on these platforms is essential in creating a lasting connection.
Over 75 million Americans now use a mobile device for health related activities, according to Information Week. In addition, delivering organic and relevant advertising on social platforms both horizontal ( Facebook and Twitter) or vertical (www.patientslikeme.com) enable consumers to absorb quick, snackable information and further their interaction with the brand by liking, commenting and sharing.
Effective healthcare advertising is much more about experience, empowerment and efficiency than rules, eyeballs and impressions. Thinking experience, empowerment and efficiency above all offers a guide to create higher value and longer lasting connections with consumers and patients alike.