Mobilize Your Mobile Healthcare Marketing Strategy

Digital marketing and social media strategy need to account for the mobile technology customers use daily

Mobilize Healthcare Marketing And Sales ROI…

With much of the globe accessing the Internet for information from mobile devices, mobile marketing is a critical element to consider in effectively engaging customers and driving sales. Clinicians (nurses, doctors, pharmacists, researchers, KOLs, etc.), healthcare administrators, risk management, purchasing professionals, patients and consumers rely on mobile devices to readily access information.

  • More searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 nations including the U.S. and Japan
  • 49% of B2B researchers using mobile devices for product research do so while at work
  • About 50% of B2B queries today are made on smartphones

Start 3ith Regulatory, Legal, IT to align your mobile marketing enhancements

During the initial phases of a mobile healthcare marketing initiative or with established, ongoing mobile marketing activities, consistently consult your medical / regulatory and legal units. Their input is critical. They can provide you with the guidance / boundaries needed and help you avoid developing / changing something they cannot approve of. As new initiatives are being developed, they can be on the lookout for recent clinical or legal changes impacting them.

KPIs, Goals and Objectives must be defined not only for overall digital marketing standards but specifically mobile as well

Define your KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), goals and objectives from the start, they need to be scaled and planned according to budget, staff and technology resources. If your organization is trying to break into wider scale mobile marketing initiatives and / or experiencing significant challenges with specific brands or market sectors, these sales gaps are a great place to focus. Consider addressing the gaps with specific mobile-friendly initiatives to sharply focus resources and strategically engage customers to generate sales. For new or established offerings supported by mobile initiatives, be certain you have a duration point in mind to support them financially / technically for short or long term deployment based on the agreed-upon your KPIs, sales goals and objectives.

Define, target and embrace the necessary features to optimize mobile attributes

It is important to determine from the onset how to individualize and prioritize customer sectors so you can focus your resources accordingly. Determine which sectors best align with a mobile marketing initiative that your organization can solidly deliver for maximum ROI. There are numerous audience / customer stakeholders in healthcare; the most basic considerations include patients, consumers, nurses, doctors, pharmacists; then there are payers (MCOs, PBMs), hospitals / health systems, GPOs, distributors, wholesalers, etc. — which ones will deliver the greatest ROI via mobile marketing? Defining the target provides the focus through which to deploy resources. It will also help determine what social media venues and mobile technical features you may use to engage them effectively.

Critically assess your website and its alignment with mobile

…Google has announced its mobile-first index will be active in 2018…

Consult customers about their use of mobile

….Based on research from Wolters Kluwer Health…

  • 63% of doctors access medical research by tablet
  • 44% of physicians communicate with nurses and other associates from smartphones

Use competitor mobile marketing initiatives as part of your R&D

Strategically assess what competitors are doing in mobile and determine if it is successful or not. Competitors are key elements of your mobile / digital marketing research and development program. If they have something successful, evaluate it and determine if you can develop something better. Be certain what they have is not only useful but has legs to go the distance. In mobile and other aspects of technology, there can be an upward, vertical trajectory quickly followed by a downward landslide of abandonment. Customer, technology, competitor, regulatory and other changes can propel engagement forward or backward quickly; be certain what you are investing in has a lifecycle long enough to generate more than enough sales to reach ROI goals.

Evaluate mobile marketing initiatives in other industries

While the healthcare sector has plenty of innovation underway in the mobile space, don’t confine your mobile approach to it. Look into multiple industry sectors and assess their mobile-driven marketing initiatives. Transfer their ideas, knowledge and approaches to the healthcare sector as appropriate. Commonplace strategies in one industry can be overlooked in another; transferring a proven utility customized for healthcare stakeholders can set your mobile initiatives part from the competition to generate more sales.

  • By 2018, preferred channels will be social media, mobile apps and HCP portals
  • Life science digital marketing spend will exceed $14 billion by 2018

Interactive calls to action help complete your connection to your targeted mobile customer audience

Take special advantage of the mobile platform and its touch screen attributes. Utilize these to develop and cultivate mobile-friendly calls-to-action and lead generation. On a computer, these are not clickable; on a mobile device, the ability to click a phone number, engage an email or link is a great way to measure customer engagement and drive sales. Be certain your mobile marketing initiative pivots on these features rather than just one-way communications to cultivate more ROI-driven interactions and sales.

To app or not to app; when is a custom app an asset and when is it clutter and overkill which mobile customers ignore?

…Based on a mHealth Economics 2017 study that surveyed over 2,000 mobile health stakeholders, there are about 84,000 health app publishers — with about 325,000 health apps available through the leading app stores…

Mobile-friendly email marketing

Email marketing is one option to consider. Email marketing is a widely used strategy / tactic but has not become fully mobile-friendly yet. Adaptations to traditional approaches like e-mail marketing must be made so customers have mobile-friendly versions with clickable links. These links should direct the customer mobile journey to access your website, converting emails into engagement / transaction pathways through the marketing / sales funnel. Maximize quality design to minimize clicks, optimize messaging so the process is convenient for the customer which will be reflected in sales generation and ROI.

SMS/MMS text subscription options

Texting can be touchy. Make sure in advance your targeted customers are receptive to it otherwise you may be spewing a lot of messages but still miss your ROI goals. While primary messaging is delivered very efficiently, it can be annoying. If you choose to text in your mobile strategy, do not be cryptic in the greeting / messaging; be certain your company, brand and nature of the communication is clear upfront. If your customer is interested, they will engage it; if not, they will delete it. What you want to avoid is leading the customer on and ultimately wasting their time in determining who sent the text and what the exact nature of it is.

Video booming in popularity on mobile venues

Video has multiple communication attributes and can help effectively share more complex details, features and processes. With video, it is critically important that it is seamlessly functional and fast. If it takes too long to load or tends to have intermittent pauses on user devices, it will be abandoned by the user in short order.

Voice is coming on strong and will soon be a staple part of mobile engagement

Quietly progressing forward, voice recognition is coming into its own as error rates continue to drop and user adoption consistently increases. Voice search is hands-free -why bother pecking out alpha characters especially when you are in a hurry?

Technical Alignment

Technology innovation is a friend and a foe. Be certain what you develop takes full advantage of existing technology and is adaptable to future changes. If very significant technological changes are about to occur, pause your initiative and build it around the new standards for optimum performance while competitors scramble to develop re-worked upgrades on older apps. Be wary of seemingly innocuous mobile technical changes, they may impact speed, functionality and display attributes negatively which users will be quick to experience.

Be certain your mobile strategy delivers what it promises as it shares its portion of resources to build revenue and earn its ROI

Good content marketing strategy doesn’t just support customers with information and feel good reinforcement; it influences behavior and encourages customers to definitively take action in your favor and generate sales. Strategic contenting marketing and mobile healthcare marketing initiative KPIs, goals and objectives are not built on the rhetoric of “back-ordered”, “please hold”, “not available at this time”, “check back with us” or “maybe next month”. Be certain whatever is being promised can be provided to your customers. Customers engaging mobile to prioritize and value immediacy; if your company is not prepared to provide them what they have requested based on the content you have shared with them, they will be disappointed and likely disregard the content you share with them in the future. Depending on what your mobile marketing initiative involves; these considerations may include care, service and product deliverables:

  • appointment times
  • clinicians / care providers
  • customer service
  • product inventory
  • proficient order processing
  • reliable data / reporting
  • technical support

Continually evaluate and refine

Keep your healthcare mobile marketing initiatives on the move:

  • Leverage data insights platforms and analytics; simplify your reporting so you are consistently assessing progress according to your KPIs, goals and objectives
  • Whenever possible, fortify your mobile initiatives with two-way engagement attributes to embrace your audience / customers while collecting valuable data from their interactions
  • Collaborate unilaterally with your expanded teams (sales, brand management, digital marketing, product management, marketing communications, IT, outside vendors, etc.) to prioritize aesthetic, technical and UX changes to improve mobile ranking, user experience and ROI
  • Both mobile and desktop are essential so do not abandon desktop; a great deal of mobile engagement leads to the desktop in the buyer / user journey

Don’t stand still, mobile will continue its growth as a strategic customer engagement venue

Just like the healthcare industry, mobile runs on perpetual innovation. It is important to continually assess mobile marketing and sales effectiveness as change is always underway. Be certain your KPIs are still relevant and accurately measuring your progress towards meeting the goals and objectives you defined. Monitor managed care, clinical, technical, financial, legal, competitive and user factors in the effectiveness of your mobile marketing actions. By keeping your healthcare mobile marketing initiatives aligned and ahead of changes; it continually optimizes sales performance, ROI and outdistances competitors in the long run.

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