Picking the Numbers: Health Care Data

As the industry evolves from B2B to B2C, here’s what every health care company should be watching, and why.

By: Bryan Ramirez, associate data analyst

 

Health care: It’s arguably the most rapidly changing industry around. More and more, consumers are taking charge of the decisions affecting their health. And to do that, they’re turning to online resources for information about care providers, health conditions and treatment options.

Health care companies should be ready to meet them there. Though they’re relatively late to the marketing game, the shift to consumerism means it’s time to play ball. After all, improving the patient experience through effective marketing can also mean improving profits. As these companies pivot to marketing to consumers, it’s critical that they market smarter, not just harder. The way to do that is to watch the right data. Here’s how:

Let consumer demographics guide you.

In order to know how and where to reach your audience, you first have to understand who they are. Start with a question: Who is the consumer? Then, answer it by diving into several data points, including from your health care customer relationship management (CRM) system. It will point you toward actionable insights into patient habits and preferences, enabling you to identify and track specific key performance indicators (KPIs) to help you achieve your marketing goals. You can also examine social media demos, your email list, and website audience.

Monitor your email click-through rate.

Sure, CTR helps measure the effectiveness of digital campaigns, but that’s not all it does. It also indicates how your company is doing at establishing and nurturing a two-way relationship. That’s especially critical for health care companies, whose livelihoods depend on their ability to build loyalty and trust with consumers.

Analyze your (successful) competitors.

Identify your top three to five competitors and look at what they’re doing. What’s working for them? Why? Would it work for your business too? That’s actionable data at its finest. A word of caution here: Don’t hem yourself in. Just because you’re not doing the same things as your competitors doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. But it’s always a good idea to examine health care industry standards and benchmarks to keep tabs on how your company is measuring up.

Measure your digital campaign ROI.

People are always talking about reports, but what good is reporting if it doesn’t turn dials for your business? This is where those KPIs really come into play. Your marketing efforts should 1) cross channels (think website, email and social media), and 2) work in tandem to bring consumers to the same spot. If you’re not tracking each individual channel, you can’t know which ones are working … and you can’t adjust course to fix what isn’t.

Bonus tip: Use those ROI measurements to inform your marketing budget allocation.

What’s the best use of your marketing dollars—content, digital marketing, media creation? This is evidence-based work. But to get to the heart of it, it takes teams of experts working together. At iostudio, our content creators, developers, account supervisors and analysts collaborate to set up mechanisms to capture the right data, curate it and turn it into intelligible, valuable action. To put it in health care terms, we’ve got a finger on the pulse.

There’s a mountain of health care marketing data out there. Figuring out what matters is tough. Let our analytics team chart a course to the summit for your business. Call today.

 


 Bryan Ramirez

With a background in digital marketing and an appetite for crunching numbers, resident data guru Bryan Ramirez is a serious asset to both iostudio’s analytics team and our clients’ bottom lines. The Old Dominion University alum can talk for hours about ROI, SEO, SMO, CRMs, KPIs and a host of other nerdy abbreviations, but it’s way more fun to talk to him about the reggae-rock band he played guitar for in college. When he’s not devouring business intel, Bryan can be found on the patio at Edley’s, devouring barbecue with his Australian shepherd.