Turn online traffic into patients using these Search Engine Optimization tips

Candice Claassen

Candice Claassen

Posted on September 12, 2012

If your business is in the medical field, then Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be a valuable resource to enhance your website traffic and increase your patient base. But if the online medical marketing content published doesn’t captivate your audience, you could be losing potential patients. A positive online presence is crucial in successively running a healthcare business; we are, after all, in the era of the Google search, and these days, you don’t need a MD to publish content on the internet. To increase the effectiveness of your online marketing content, keep in mind these six ways to capture your audience:

  • Identify your target patients: Know the patient base you want to talk to, and design content that speaks to them. Knowing who your online marketing content is directed to and targeting their needs can increase the possibility of welcoming new patients.
  • Recognize the social platforms your target patients use: Once you know your target audience; now you must decide which social platforms and tools can most effectively reach them. For example, if the majority of your potential patients prefer to read blogs, then focus your energy on posting blogs rather than on Facebook posts or tweets.
  • Let your content to be effortlessly found: Unique content has little value if there are no potential patients to observe it. Make sure that you publish your content within the social platforms that they visit most in order for them to effortlessly find, read, like, and share the content.
  • Update content without fail: It is essentially to stay current when working in the medical field, and outdated content can turn off prospective patients who may think that your business is obsolete. Updating your social platforms consistently is a simple way to prove that your business is relevant and up-to-date.
  • Observe the strategies used by your competition: Your goal is for potential patients to pick your business over your competitors, and monitoring their medical internet marketing strategies can help you perfect your own.  Some things to take notice of include what type of content they produce and share, how often they publish it, and the level of sharing and engagement they get in return.
  • Reformat, not copy, your content: If your patient base consists of different segments that prefer different social platforms, then you can reuse the same content to reach both groups. However, you cannot just copy content from one social platform to another, this can get you in trouble with search engines. Instead, you must reformat the content in a creative way. For example, you can use the same content from a Facebook post but format it into a slide show.

If you put in the time and effort to develop unique online marketing content that effectively reaches your target audience, you can maximize your online presence and potentially gain new patient and customers. It may not be instantaneous, but you can guarantee that you will notice the results of improved SEO.

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