Healthcare Digital Marketing ROI: Boost It with Infographs

John G. Baresky

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The Mandarin Dragonet (Length: 6 centimeters) is a swimming infograph

Infographs have powerful attributes to improve healthcare digital marketing, social sharing, brand awareness and sales performance

Social media and other digital channels offer an array of choices to engage consumer, patient, clinician, payer and other stakeholders. There are many resources and strategies to choose from. Infographs have powerful attributes as strategic assets to improve healthcare digital marketing performance, social sharing, brand awareness, sales / ROI. Well-designed and strategically deployed infographs can be a competitive edge in websites, social media (think Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter) and other digital venues –with flexibility to bolster print communications as well.

…According to HubSpot, visual content is more than 40 times more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content…


  • Well-designed infographs are frequently linked to; audiences have an affinity for sharing them -essential elements in digital / social media marketing

Examples of infographs in healthcare digital marketing

  • Administrative processes

Key considerations


Funding limits are pivotal. Infographs can usually be developed inexpensively but depending on their design, how many are going to be produced, interactive features and where they are going to be used, costs can run up quickly. The necessary technical aspects for them to be shared and tracked across digital venues have to be incorporated within them from the start which requires additional financial resources. If funding gets tight and corners have to be cut, visual quality and technical performance may suffer.


How and why the infographs will be used needs to be defined early. This will make it much easier for them to be designed, deployed and shared across digital venues. It will also align them with overall brand and digital marketing strategies leading to improved sales performance and ROI. This will enable them to be designed for specific tasks in supporting the brand, engaging audiences, effective social sharing, generating leads while avoiding the creation of superfluous and ineffective content which wastes resources.

…Based on HubSpot data, as the number of images in an email increases, the clickthrough rate of the email tends to decrease…

How / where they will be viewed

It seems fundamental but it cannot be overlooked; each of the display venues where the infographs will be viewed (mobile, tablet, desktop, wall displays, conference exhibits, etc.) need to be accounted for. For added versatility, consider if the content will be issued via print as well. Keeping in mind the display venues and technical attributes of how the infographs will look or function from the start can avoid costly delays and re-designs later in the development process.


Conduct an audit of the text, graphics and other content currently being used by the brand as well as what has been used in the past. Determine what content can be re-purposed. In parallel, assess how competitors and others are using infographs and what can be adopted for your particular infograph initiative. Some of the advantages with re-purposing when developing infographs are consistency of messaging, savings in development costs and streamlining the medical / regulatory review processes since some of the content has already been approved. In parallel, assess how competitors and other entities are using infographs; adopt the best details and avoid the worst characteristics for your particular infograph initiatives.


Healthcare digital marketing encompasses an array of venues and target audiences. Where will the brand and sales performance benefit the most from the use of infographs? By targeting specific audience sectors and their preferred digital / social sharing venues, content can be developed with greater focus. Initial deployment via website and/or direct sharing can be strategically selective. Here are a few to consider in developing an infograph strategy:

  • Clinicians (doctors, nurses, pharmacists) according to medical specialty and point of care


Infographs travel well; while they can start out at a brand website, consider how else they may be shared once released. Consider more assertive strategies to deploy them directly via social media channels or other digital venues. This will enable the brand and its infographs to be present in the most strategic hubs to have quicker initial impact, accelerated sharing, direct / indirect sales or lead generation and even immediate ROI. Pack their bags with the right key word phrases and coding so their journeys are productively long with multiple sharing destinations beginning in the most strategic digital / social sharing venues.


Good visuals are critical in creating robust infographs. There’s an array of elements to think about, here are a few to start with:

  • Brand alignment / cohesiveness


Throughout content development and design phases of infographs, SEO, SEM and other key elements of digital marketing must be accounted for; here are some tips:

  • Be certain content supports a keyword phrase. Placement of a keyword phrase in the URL is important (this also applies to Meta Description, H1 headings); furthermore, it’s necessary for the Alt Text, too, as the standalone infograph is just an image; search engines can’t crawl image content, they need to be told what it is


Once infographs are deployed, evaluate their impact:

  • Align their performance with pre-determined goals which include sales performance and customer awareness / engagement, assess effectiveness


…Infographs are versatile high performers for digital healthcare marketing initiatives…

Their aesthetics can vary widely; the tandem of text and graphics enables them to appeal to a variety of healthcare audiences and potential sales opportunities. The inclination of audiences to share infographs and the digital mechanisms available to send them on travelling content journeys make them even more economically and assertively practical to deploy in healthcare digital marketing and sales initiatives. When evaluating options to challenge competitors, engage customers with meaningful, creative content and drive healthcare digital marketing ROI performance, be sure to consider the valuable attributes of infographs.

Thank you for reading this article. Check out my other stories about healthcare industry trends, mergers and acquisitions, clinical and commercial trends, technology, digital marketing, market access and social media strategy…

About me

I lead healthcare marketing initiatives spanning pharmaceutical, medical device technology, clinical programs, health services, healthcare RPA ( robotic process automation ), software, SaaS and managed care. My background covers team building, digital marketing, brand and product management, content development, content marketing, upstream and downstream marketing and market access strategy.

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