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Website Matters: 5 Essentials to Digital Marketing Success
 

Every business needs a good website, but where do you start? Some business owners try to figure this all out on their own and fall short because of the overwhelming amount of data involved in executing a successful digital marketing strategy. We decided to sum up the top five essentials to digital marketing success.

  1. Intuitive Layout on All Devices

    The internet has changed dramatically over the years. With this change, people are accessing websites through a multitude of devices. To make things even more complicated, these devices run on a handful of operating systems. It’s crucial to make sure your website is easy to navigate for every user experience. A lagging website or poorly designed layout could bounce your prospect straight to your competitor.

  2. About Us: The Human Side of Your Business

    Your “About Us” page is the first place a new prospect will click when researching your business. Take advantage of this page to bring personality and tell a story. We know your business goes deeper than its services. You and your team are the key to unlocking this experience. Let the personalities shine!

  3. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

    Maybe you have a great looking website. Maybe you signed up for social media platforms to help lead more people to your business. The journey does not stop here. Update your blog with content your customers/patients DO actually want to read. Grow a following by giving expert advice beyond your website. Look for message boards related to your industry, answer local questions on good industry practices and put yourself in the shoes of your customer/patient. Position yourself to be a reliable source of content beyond the office doors.

  4. Social Proof

    What others say about your practice has enormous influence on your existing customers/patients and prospective new ones. Make sure you are pushing reviews on your website, social media platforms, and your Google listing. This comprehensive approach to review content will help you rank higher in search engines and be a huge factor in gaining new business.

  5. Calls-to-Action

    Each of your pages serves a purpose: to inform. What do people want information on and what’s the next step to taking action on that research? Do they already know they want to book an appointment? Great! Put a clear CTA (call-to-action) button at the top of your homepage so no time is wasted from the website to the office. The more quickly you can progress from learning to action, the more effective your marketing will be.


Now our turn. Interested in learning how we can connect your business to digital marketing success? Schedule a complimentary consultation with our Deluge Wonderteam and see how we can grow your practice into the best option in town!

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10 Strategies to Optimize Reviews for your Business
 

Reviews have proven to be an effective marketing strategy for local practices and small businesses, yet so many businesses struggle with turning positive transactions into positive feedback. As a business owner, your amazing customer service should be complimented by a great review. When handled strategically, these reviews lead to a dramatic increase in website traffic and business sales. Here are 10 effective strategies to grow your review content.


  1. Create More Review Profiles

    Identify the best platforms within your industry and make sure that your clients are easily led to these platforms. After a successful business transaction, it’s important to hone in on the customer’s platform knowledge and ask them if they can leave your business a good review. These review profiles carry a significant amount of weight in Google’s ranking algorithm and they will bring more traffic to your website.

  2. Rephrase “The Ask”

    How you ask is almost as important as “the ask” itself. Did you know that the way you initiate the request for a review has just as much impact as how you end your request? Make sure that your checkout interaction truly comes from a place of improvement. Chances are, your business had great service and your customer will be happy to praise those services.

  3. Timing is Everything

    Research has shown that the best time to ask for a review is promptly after a conversion or transaction. You’re fresh and clear in the customer’s mind, your services were nothing short of exceptional, and the customer is happy to reciprocate the good experience.

  4. Embed Reviews on your Website

    This strategy is particularly effective on your sales and confirmation pages. The customer is assured through the dozens of positive reviews they see displayed on your website upon confirmation.

  5. Share Positive Reviews on Social Media

    Social media is self-promotion but it’s even more effective when you let your customers do the promoting for you. Sharing positive reviews is a great way to keep your followers informed that your business is alive and well. They may even go as far as tagging one of their friends they believe can benefit from your services! The referral process at it’s best!

  6. Automate your Review Processes

    From the checkout desk to a follow-up receipt, there are so many places your customers can be targeted for reviews. These are non-aggressive and  they let your happy customer know that you care about providing a great experience.

  7. Go Beyond the Call of Service

    If there is an opportunity to really “Wow” your customers in a transaction, do it!  Make sure you go above-and-beyond to have your service standout as the highlight of their day. You are looking for ways to genuinely show your customers that you care about their relationship. Genuine is the key word. A thank-you card or follow-up email can really make a great impression on your business.

  8. Incentivise Employees

    Your employees are key to a functional, thriving business. Implementing a system that rewards employees for garnering feedback can leave both customer and employee feeling great about their experience.

  9. “Review Redemption” is Possible

    People aren’t perfect and neither are businesses. We all make mistakes. Sometimes they are simple misunderstandings that turn into negative reviews. Respond and make sure you are valuing them as individuals. There is nothing worse than an automated response to a negative review. Take the review to heart and show that you would like to make things right. Responding in an empathetic manner may even change their mind about your business.

  10. Make your Customer Feel Special

    Customers are more willing to write reviews if they feel they are a part of something special in your business. “I’m reaching out to our customers that have been a part of our business for the last 5-years” or “It’s your 1-year anniversary since signing on with our business and we would love to hear your feedback on our services.''  This kind of approach starts with genuine sincerity and ends with an abundance of gratitude. If you’re adequately thankful for their business, they are likely to take the time to leave a positive response.


Deluge Digital Marketing has one of the best review services on the web. Our clients have seen exponential results through our services. Interested in learning about how we can connect your business to effective digital content? Book a consultation today and we can show you how we work!

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It’s Almost 2018. Stop Doing These Things Because It Will Get Your Business Nowhere
 

 

Holiday season. Q4. We’re finally here – the last stretch of 2017. As 2018 approaches, it’s time to reflect on your progress and rethink your marketing strategy as a whole. Even in traditional fields such as medical, the consumer needs are constantly changing and now more than ever, businesses need to get as personal with them as possible. Consumers are immune to the generic, the norm, and the mass-produced. To help you navigate the ever-changing online landscape, here’s a list of marketing techniques that aren’t worth your time:

 

1.   Generalized Drip Campaign

Drip campaign refers to direct marketing methods such as email marketing (Think: Mailchimp). It’s widely used because companies can deliver information right in front of the consumers’ face. Drip campaigns are mainly pre-written content and are automatically sent at predetermined times in order to engage these contacts. The idea is to bombard your consumers’ inbox enough that they’ll consider buying the product or service. However, consumers are much smarter now; they do not pay attention to contents that appeared mass-produced. To make matters more complicated, many millennial consumers (age 19-35) use an alias email when signing up for newsletters; making many of the impressions from marketing emails useless.

The solution to this is to find ways to categorize your audience. Find ways to collect not only their emails, but their age/race/gender etc….Doing so will allow you to customize your content delivery with information that your consumers will find useful, which will increase engagement level. For example, we tend to build sign up forms that ask for additional information from our clients.

 

2.    Focusing on Quantity

As consumers are drowning in high influxes of information every day of their lives, the last thing businesses should be focusing on is producing more and more useless content. In the age of The Internet of Things, businesses have to be smart and produce content that is engaging, thought-provoking, and most importantly, useful to their audience. Make sure the content is focused on one subject matter and serves a particular purpose. Example: driving leads to another piece of content or supporting a recent campaign.

 

3.    Organic-Only Facebook Strategies

The misconception many people that most people have is gaining a large audience on social media is free. In 2017, Facebook surpassed 1 billion users. That is a lot of fish in the sea. Facebook organic reach is at an all-time low and continues to decline; researchers say that currently, only 2 to 6 percent of small businesses’ audience are seeing their posts. When it comes to marketing, the general rule of thumb is it doesn’t matter how many people see their content, if they’re not your audience, then it’s practically useless. Your high impression count does not matter if your reach is low. Instead of trying to do it organically, try using Facebook’s boosted posts and advertising to not only increase your reach but also ensure you are getting your message in front of the right people at the right time. It’s much more beneficial to dominate your niche pond than to swim endlessly in an ocean leading to nowhere.

 

4.    Relying Strictly On a Text-Based SEO Strategy

People are multi-dimensional. It’s time for your marketing strategy to be the same way. Today’s consumers are all about multimedia; people want videos, images, and audio. They want options. It’s important to think about how your message can be delivered effectively to your consumers in all angels. Short video format was a big marketing trend in 2017. In 2016, video marketing was on the rise but once marketers saw that people weren’t listening to the audio, they started captioning every piece of video content and the format took off. Everything is revolved around consumer behavior; therefore, it’s important to be considerate of all forms of media people consume. Just optimizing the text on your website is not enough; it’s time to optimize your video, images, and audio files for searchers. By doing this, you are optimizing your messages in all formats that the users are searching for.

 

Our closing message: Treat your customers, patients, and clients like the unique individuals they are. Be open to new ideas. And most of all, don't be afraid to challenge yourself.

 
Want to Get More Patients Through the Door? Start On the Web: How SEO and Google AdWords Can Boost the Health of Your Practice.
 

In the competitive jungle of business (yes, that includes medical practices…) the name of the game is no longer just “getting people through the door”.  That’s the final step of the process.  But nothing more.  And getting to that step at all increasingly depends on your online skill set and strategic abilities.  

Before we move on to some targeted tips to boost your practice’s profits, let’s cover some rudimentary definitions.  First on our list, what is SEO?  SEO (“Search Engine Optimization”) involves a variety of on-page and off-page strategies with the end goal of helping a web page rank as highly as possible on Google.  As a frame of reference, when you hear SEO marketers talking about that “coveted spot”, they mean the very first spot on Google’s search results for a particular query.  

Secondly, what’s Google AdWords?  AdWords is a digital tool published by Google to help companies track and optimize their marketing efforts.  Its features include keyword planning, a range of advertising options, customer engagement initiatives, and more.  

Given its bundled features, and that you only pay for results, AdWords is a must for every medical practice that’s serious about its marketing.  So, essentially, every medical practice that cares about its continued existence...

Still on the fence about this modern masterpiece of digital marketing?  Read on for 3 of our favorite features from this SEO powerhouse.  They’ll be sure to get more people on your site and more patients through your door.  

1. Keyword Planner lets you craft the perfect strategy

Knowledge (and eventual mastery) of keyword strategy is utterly vital to the health of your practice.  Without going into too much detail (you can find that here), keyword strategy is based around the inclusion of predetermined words (keywords) on a web page.  

The idea is to build a page with the goal of ranking top on Google for a certain keyword or cluster of keywords.  For instance, if you’re an ophthalmologist, “glaucoma patient” might be a keyword that would interest you.  

Keyword Planner presents you with an immense amount of incredibly useful info to help plan, implement, and track your keyword strategy.  AdWords will show you the number of local and national searches for a given keyword, which are incredibly useful in choosing which keywords to go after.  

For instance, let’s say you run a brain imaging clinic in Columbia, MD.  “Brain imaging” would be an extremely hard keyword to rank for, since the competition for such a widely used phrase would be fierce.  (You’ll be able to see all this in real time with AdWords.)  But “Columbia brain imaging” might very well be a keyword your clinic could rank for.  

Keyword strategy may be a vital aspect of SEO success, but it’s only one of the many benefits AdWords offers.  

2. PPC (pay-per-click) means there’s no barrier to entry

PPC is an elegant solution to the single largest hurdle medical practices encounter when setting up a bona fide marketing push: budget.  

The core appeal of a PPC campaign can be summed up in four words: you pay for results.  Here’s what a PPC campaign with AdWords would look like, from a financial perspective.  It’s disarmingly simple.  

You merely create your ad for free, and set a predetermined daily budget.  You’ll pay a set amount with each click on your ad, and that will continue until your budget is depleted (at which point you’ll be prompted to reset your budget).  

PPC eliminates the “budget factor” with online advertising, allowing even startup practices to compete with confidence.  

3. An emphasis on metrics means you can double down on what works

One of the largest recurring problems among marketing campaigns is a lack of emphasis on tracking results.  No expense is spared when it comes to planning the content of a campaign, the psychological triggers that will send the patient into your office and yours alone, etc.  We get it…it’s easy to get stuck there, especially if you’re new to marketing.  

But here’s the honest truth.  If you care about the health of your practice, you can’t get stuck there.  Because marketing campaigns are won and lost largely in this: emphatically watching metrics that you’ve determined to be important (local page views, keyword ranking, etc.) and then readjusting your approach depending on the results you get.  

If you can watch, you can adapt.  It’s just that simple, and just that vital.  Google AdWords offers a wealth of important digital metrics you can use to gauge the success of your campaign, according to your unique goals.  

Conclusion

Google AdWords is hands down one of the most powerful digital marketing tools at your disposal.  Just always remember (this should be part of your core marketing ethic): getting a patient in the door starts on the web.  

Piqued your curiosity about AdWords?  Good.  Click here for even more ways you can maximize your relevance and impact with AdWords.

 
 
How to Set Up a Business Page on Yelp and Google!

For most business owners, reviews are a sore subject. It feels like everyone has a story of that nightmare client. Collective groans aside, reviews are important to new clients!

So what’s the first step to getting online reviews?

Depending on the industry, certain platforms will be more important than others. Websites like Yelp, Google, Zocdoc and others provide tools for business owners once they have claimed their pages. To start you off, here’s a step by step guide to listing your business on Yelp and Google.

 
 

Yelp:
 

Step 1: Claim your business page 

Step 2: Add company information such as address, phone number, and your website.

(If you don’t have a website, feel free to contact us for a consultation. Adding recognizable photos such as your company logo will make it easier for customers to find your page.

Step 3: Make sure you respond to your reviewers!

When customers leave reviews, positive or negative, make sure you respond politely using your business account. Displaying your amazing customer service skills online will make your customers feel safe!

 

(Via- Yelp Support)

 

 
(Via-  Google Help )
 

Google:

To Start, Sign up to “Google My Business”

Follow these steps to sign up:

  1. Go to google.com/business and click Start now at the top right corner of the page.
  2. Sign in to your Google account, or create one if you don’t already use Google services.
  3. You’ll see a map of your country with a form at the top left. Enter your business name in the first field.
  4. As you type, suggestions for possible matches will appear. If you see your business, select it from the suggestions.
  5. Complete the rest of the fields with your business information, then click Continue. You may see a potential matching business suggested to you. If this is your business, click it. If it’s not your business, click "Keep the information I entered."
  6. You'll see the option to confirm that you're authorized to manage the business. If you are, check the box, then click Continue. If you aren’t authorized to manage the business, find the person in your organization who is, then continue signing up.

Now that you've finished that, Navigate to Google My Business

  1. Search for your business using its name and address.
  2. Brands, organizations, or artists should follow these steps.
  3. If you see a dialog letting you know that someone else has verified the business, follow these steps.
  4. If you don’t see your business listed in the menu, click No, these are not my businesses or I’ve correctly entered the business. You’ll then be prompted to enter some details for your business. Make sure you enter an accurate, complete street address, and a phone number which reaches your business directly.
  5. Click Submit.

(via – Google Help)

and viola! You're all set up!