Leveraging Google Health for Medical Marketing

三月 28, 2011 by  Filed under: Search 
 

“On any given day, more people are posing health questions to Google than posing health questions to their doctors.” — Google’s chief health strategist, Dr. Roni.

Google’s influence over health decisions is a golden opportunity for medical marketing. The above quote should sound like music to any medical marketing strategists’ ears simply because of the immense possibilities that it provides.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 83 percent of Internet users have looked online for health information recently. New data released by Pew show many people are now using cell phones to search for health information — 29 percent of cell phone owners age 18 to 29, and 17 percent of cell owners overall. It’s the first time Pew has surveyed health searches on cell phones.

Google Health
Consider this; breast cancer, depression and heart disease are some of the most popular health related searches performed on Google every single day. These are massive, life altering questions that should ideally be answered by a physician and specialists, not Google.

Although, according to the NYTimes, in many cases these patients are finding quality information and bringing what they’ve found to discussions with their physicians. According to a Harris survey, 58 percent of people who look online for health information discussed what they found with their doctors in the last year.

Leveraging the Statistics
According to research, there is one underlining reason why more and more patients are diagnosing themselves and searching for medical information online; it’s instant. The internet provides immediate results, and whether they are the most accurate, medically speaking, is up for debate. This is where specialists, general practice, and boutique physicians can influence information and grow their online presence with expert medical marketing.

Keyword Research
Patients who are searching for medical information online are using very targeted keywords and phrases, asking specific questions, and looking for precise, detailed and easy to understand answers. In understanding how a person searches for answers, a medical marketing consultant will need to grasp what searches are popular in a given area for example; an Arizona medical marketing agency will want to use Google Insights to determine exactly what searches are popular for each region, which keywords are on the rise, and which ones to avoid.

Medical Marketing for Rankings
The ultimate goal of any medical practice or marketing agency is to be in the top three spots in Google results. Keep in mind, these top three spots will change depending on the keyword chosen and the location of the individual searching. Getting to the top spot and obtaining some of the traffic from the 83% of individuals who use Google to search for medical information will dramatically improve not only website traffic, but leads and foot traffic through the doors of any medical practice.

Detailed, And Easy to Understand Content
Once the individual clicks on a website, the final step in leveraging Google medical searches is to keep them on that website and provide a strong call-to-action to turn them from site visitors into patients. The best way to do this is to provide detailed information that is easy to read and understand by anyone.

When creating content for medical marketing and leveraging this audience, consider breaking things down to their absolute core, and then separating that one topic into a multitude of images, videos, podcasts, blogs and articles. One search term can literally lead to hundreds of possibilities for content, and the more detailed content that a medical website can provide, the more pages Google will index and the greater chance that website has of ranking for that specific topic.

For more information on medical marketing in Arizona, visit http://www.Quaintise.com.

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