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Demographic Data: From Commodity to Strategic Planning Asset

Introducing Demographics for Launch Pathway

By Tony Camarata, Morgan Atkins, and Rebecca Groner

Demographic data is one of the oldest forms of strategic planning data available. The inaugural US Census was in 1790, which is relatively recent considering the history of census data. Today, demographic data is a basic commodity with detailed information being available on the Census Bureau's website. You can also get this kind of information from numerous established businesses or from a trade association.

While easy access to demographic data is convenient, simply having the information is often not enough. Businesses and organizations looking to use demographic data to find opportunities for growth will need the data to be filtered and organized in a way that makes it useful. This is especially the case for hospitals and healthcare systems.

7 Marketing Tactics Healthcare Providers Need to Consider in 2018

Why Healthcare Marketing is Worth the Investment

By Taylor Burke

Healthcare marketing is often overlooked. Since healthcare is a service we all need, it’s often placed into a lackluster stereotype in which it’s assumed either no or very dry marketing tactics will work to win-over new patients.  

But that stereotype is inaccurate for a couple of reasons. First, because healthcare is interesting. It’s about science, personal relationships, and self-care—all incredibly powerful topics. Second, despite the need for healthcare, not every provider is guaranteed patients.

The industry is expected to see massive growth in the coming decade, healthcare startups are booming and taking up market, and our most powerful consumer group, millennials, are less likely than any other generation to visit the doctor. With these factors at play, it’s critical that healthcare providers make intelligent marketing decisions that will help them stand out. The content is there, it’s what you do with it that counts. Here are seven marketing tactics healthcare providers should test out in the coming year to ensure continued patient growth and retention.

How to Drive ROI: Creating Marketing Campaigns that Work

Mass marketing, shotgun marketing, spray and pray marketingcall it what you like, but if your marketing strategy can be described in any of these ways, you’re likely wasting valuable money, creating marketing programs with no trackable ROI, alienating large patient groups, and missing opportunities to connect with your preferred population.

Shotgun marketing can be defined as an attempt to raise awareness about a product or service to a large, non-specific group of people, rather than advertising to a specific demographic. There’s a chance that your marketing could hit the right population group, but there’s no guarantee. Not to mention that if you do, there’s likely to be a lot of waste. With this approach, there is no data-based assurance that you’re aiming for patients who actually need the service your hospital is offering.

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