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Why Doctors Need Online Video Across All Marketing Channels

Video is content.  It is highly engaging, entertaining and proven to be more powerful than other forms of content but at the end of the day, video is content and should be leveraged as such.

Last week, we talked about the importance of owning your content and this week, we talk about one of the reasons why.   When you own the content you create, you can leverage it across everything you do, increasing your exposure and ability to connect with your potential patients.   Video can be included in social communities like Facebook, RealSelf and Google+.  It can be included in email newsletters or lead response emails.  It can also be part of your Google and YouTube advertising strategy.  Same content, multiple platforms, incredible exposure.

In my presentation at the Aesthetic Meeting, I discuss the opportunities as well as some exciting statistics that give reason to get started.  Or, if you don't have time for the video, the transcript is below.

Click to watch the full presentation from ASAPS.

Transcript:

So now that you've created these videos, what do you do? I've done a couple webinars with some agencies and this seems to come up a lot. Just because you create a video and you've posted it on a YouTube channel or on RealSelf or on Facebook, do not stop there. Think of this as an overall content strategy. If you've created a video that works on YouTube, always think about where can I put on Facebook, maybe there's a Waistline Wednesday and you want to highlight tummy tucks or abdominoplasty that has something else involved in it. Or Fan Fridays, we do those, too. So think of ways that you can leverage those videos across all of your social media.

These are just a few, so you've got YouTube, you've got Facebook, you've got RealSelf, but look in the bottom corner - I've linked everything over on Pinterest as well. So it is very appealing. It's very easy to do. It is not time intensive once you get the video loaded. So don't just stop with the top 3, but think about Pinterest. And think about all of the others, too. This is where is feels a little overwhelming, but again, you have a link, and all you need to do is understand what is happening on that social media channel and how can you connect with them.

So if you want to post on LinkedIn, which I strongly suggest that you do, there are plenty of people out there feeling self-conscious about themselves at work, but if they see a video that comes online while they're at work and they see something about someone being transformed, you're darn right they're going to look at that video. It's happening. But what you post there is different than what you post of Facebook and what you post on Twitter. Not just because of character limits, but what they're expecting to see.

So that's the biggest point of this slide, is that it is very easy to post links and have video on those, but remember who your audience is and what they expect from you and you will see engagement.

The other two places that I strongly recommend that often go overlooked because it usually requires somebody in-house or another agency on the outside that may not have done it before, is to include video both on your procedure pages for time on site - you've got yourself an SEO strategy that way. But also on blog posts. I don't know if anyone out there is not a fan of writing blogs, but I know a lot of people that I work with do not have time to write blogs. But if you're creating video and you've planned it out in a way that you can get a lot of content, you have got yourself blog posts every week, every other week, every month. Something that is on a consistent basis, it is educational, it is focused, and empowering for you patients.

I always use the transcript. It's a secret that you all should take with you. Transcribe your videos and when you ever post something on a blog, you include that transcript. That is an SEO tactic and it should always be included in every one of your videos. Not just for YouTube, but for your site as well.

And then email newsletters. So companies who use video in their newsletter are 92% more likely to get engagement. People are going to click on it, they're going to see what the story is about. Maybe they signed up for the newsletter, but they haven't actually signed up for a procedure. Or maybe they have and they're thinking about something else. Or maybe they're just excited to see that somebody went through the same thing they did and see that other lives are being changed by you.

So I strongly recommend those and it really does matter. You will start to see SEO going up, but you will also see views going up.

3 Tips Every Doctor Should Know to Create Great Video

I had the pleasure of speaking at The Aesthetic Meeting 2015 in Montreal (ASAPS) last month. This event is a gathering of aesthetic plastic surgeons from around the world.

In this video clip, I talk about creating video and offer three important tips for executing your video strategy: when to OWN your content, why it's critical to BE authentic, and tips to PLAN in less time, before you execute.

OWN IT

When you own your video content, you'll be able to leverage it across all of your marketing tactics from newsletter emails to your YouTube channel. If a potential patient finds your video online, they should be able to click through to your website, not your videographer's site or to a competitor's video on the same topic.  Sometimes it makes sense to co-brand and create videos for websites like RealSelf of SnapChat but if it's content that is valuable to use in other aspects of your marketing, we strongly recommend investing in the production and having it for as long as you'd like.

BE IT

An authentic response and a conversational tone connects with a viewing audience much deeper than a stiff and scripted production. Some of the most powerful videos with doctors and dentists are when they forget about the camera and speak to an interviewer about their work. In this format, their knowledge, expertise, passion, and personality are much more likely to resonate with potential patients.  So ditch the scripts and teleprompters and work with someone who can make sure you are as fabulous on camera as you are off.

PLAN IT

Carefully consider your objective in creating videos. Do you want to educate? Become an authority in your area of specialty? Do you want to promote a specific procedure that you are passionate about? When you are particularly enthusiastic about your purpose for creating video, it shows. Another consideration when planning your videos, is to include videos about procedures that make you money! Patient testimonials are fantastic for this purpose.

Click to watch the full presentation from ASAPS.

Transcript:

The point of this is to make sure that you feel confident and are empowered enough to be able to create these videos yourself and leverage them so they are easily part of every other piece of your marketing channel.

OWN it So one of the first pieces for "create" is to OWN it. Honestly, the thing that makes me want to call every doctor when I watch their video is the fact that if I click their video and it goes to their videographers channel on YouTube or it goes to another company. Unless you have a strict co-branding strategy where that is part of your plan, that's great. But, if you're creating video and you're investing in that video, I strongly suggest that it lives on your own YouTube channel so you have the opportunity to leverage it as well. I always use the analogy, would you rather own a home in an upcoming neighborhood or would you rather rent? If you're owning that house and investing in it, you can do the nicest stuff, you can do the upgrades and 10 years down the road, it's still yours. Versus if you are leasing it or renting it, you just have to pay the price that goes up. So do it well, do it once, and build on that foundation.

BE it Number 2, I've heard this from many of my colleagues. I did talk to RealSelf about video and they confirmed this, too, being authentic, being conversational, educational, telling a story that is real instead of staged or with a teleprompter is what people want. And not only that, they can see through a lot of the other stuff so throw out the teleprompter or don't pay extra for the teleprompter. Rather, have somebody interview you. I find that that is one of the most effective ways that we can truly get the nature and the personality of the doctor or the testimonial or the patient - is to have a conversation with them. Because they forget the camera is on them and they are more open to really tell the true story. And for you, you know the answers to many of these questions. You do this every day, you talk about it every day. There's nothing different than you talking to a camera pretending that that camera is a patient and when you're answering those questions imagining them there, it will matter. Because guess what's on the other side of that: that potential patient. So BE it.

The last piece. We want to OWN it, we want to BE it, and then the last piece is to PLAN it.

PLAN it I'm not talking about the 4-week planning session I had to do in Oregon for my 2 commercials, but really have a good idea of what it is you want to accomplish. Do you want to accomplish some educational videos? What are those videos? When I work with clients, we like to make sure that people think about what procedures do they love the most. If you are just getting started in video, think about the procedures that you love the most. Educate them on that, because what will happen is you will be able to 1) promote yourself or educate more people in the procedure that you love and you will get more awareness and branding there, and 2) you will also get a sense of how to have that enthusiasm as you are speaking on camera. When you are talking about something that you love, it will come out more naturally and it will be a great starting place for you as you continue with video.

And then the second piece, of course, is what are the procedures that make you money. And those are the videos that you want out there as well. Not only educational videos, but testimonials.

So OWN it, BE it, PLAN it.

Why You Need a Video Strategy

Video Marketing Strategy - Why Video? ASAPS Convention Presentation, part 1 of 4

I had the privilege and the pleasure of speaking at The Aesthetic Meeting 2015 in Montreal (ASAPS) last week. This event is a gathering of aesthetic innovators and experts from around the world. My presentation was “What’s Your Video Strategy? How To Create, Curate and Convert Using Video”.In this video, I talk about the “Why”- why this trend is an important and strategic addition to any marketing plan. YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google. More than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute and according to a recent TNS Study, three out of five women between the ages of 18-54 go to YouTube to SEARCH for answers to their questions. Video is a “big priority” for Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and with the recent launch of “auto-play” Facebook is neck and neck with YouTube for monthly video views.  And for the aesthetic industry, RealSelf, the largest aesthetic community in the world,  launched a video platform last year for its community and doctors and has already posted 6,000 videos. It’s all growing faster than anyone can believe!In an earlier segment of my presentation, I shared with the audience my experience working on a traditional video production 10 years ago. I had a huge budget and a huge crew to pull off what many of us can do with a simple online video strategy.  Today, anyone can do video, and everyone should.Click to watch the full presentation from ASAPS.
Transcript:

So, why video? Based on the people I know, we are overwhelmed already with all the different marketing tools that are out there. And everybody says that theirs is the most important. So let's not... there's a lot to do. But let's first understand why online video marketing and what's really going on.

Back in Sisters, Oregon ten years ago, there was no such thing as online video marketing. I had no choice if I wanted to use video, but to create a commercial. But today, this year, is YouTube's 10th year anniversary. It is growing exponentially. In fact, YouTube is getting 300 hours+ of new footage every single minute. And you can see the trajectory is pretty impressive and it's only going up.

TNS just came out with a very interesting stat, too, which I think is incredibly relevant for you and your industry: women ages 18-54, 3 out of 5 of those women are going to YouTube to search for answers to their questions. So 3 out of 5 women ages 18-54 are going to YouTube to search for answers to their questions. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, only second to Google - and Google owns YouTube. So those are two kind of interesting facts to know.

Facebook is right there with them. In the past 6 months, they've made a huge effort to compete directly with YouTube and with the autoplay that they just launched in August, they now have as many views every day than YouTube. In fact, they surpassed with it with 1 billion views. Mark Zuckerberg, there are so many good quotes, but with their 3rd quarter earnings, he said, "Video is a big priority." They are looking at it seriously, they know that people love video and research has shown that video is shared 12 times more than text and blog links combined. So there's a huge opportunity here.

Also, RealSelf launched a platform last year... this is your audience and this is a huge opportunity to be able to share videos that are specific to your audience. They launched last year, there's more than 4000 videos and they are being created by doctors as well as the community. So they are seeing that it's doing very well, it's growing rapidly, and not only that, it's an incredible place because it is the number one aesthetic community in the world. It is a great place for you to be able to engage with that audience and also have them like and share without them worrying about somebody else seeing it that they don't want. They want to protect it, it's a whisper topic still for many so it's a great way for you to be able to engage and educate them before they come in the office.

And then lastly, why video? You. Fifteen years ago, when I was working at the same start up company, I got a call from a company that was super excited to tell me about their product. I was buying television media and I had a huge budget so they couldn't wait to tell me about this great online product. The product and the company was Google. SO they were telling me about search engine marketing and pay-per-click advertising and at the time, I was managing cost-per-lead. So to me it was really important, and to the company, that we figure out a way to grow and to manage cost-per-lead. So we gave it a shot and because we were there so early in the game, we were able to grow. We were the fastest growing private company  three years in a row in the state of Washington. And that's very much thanks to Google. And the piece here that is the takeaway is that it was still very new, it was not very competitive, and the cost was very low. So it allowed us to be able to connect with people cheaper, but also grow faster so that we could then do more for those people. And there are lots of studies out there... many case studies. Marketing Sherpa says you are 174% more likely to convert a client if you use video, if you do a product video. And a lot of that is because you're building an emotional connection, they can see you on camera, they can see your team on camera, they can see your office on camera. And the more that you share and the more authentic you are, the more likely they will want to contact you. Because they've already experienced you.

Okay, so now we know why. Let's talk about how. So I'll keep this fairly high level, but again, the point of this is to make sure that you feel confident and are empowered enough to be able to create these videos yourself and leverage them so they are easily part of every other piece of your marketing channel.

Blogging Keeps Content Fresh & Search Relevant for Doctors and Dentists

Example of medical practice blog incorporating video.

 

 

Excerpt from Marketing Checklist for Medical and Dental Practices. Download full PDF.

What to know

More and more medical practices have embraced the importance of incorporating video into their marketing plan, but blogging should not be left behind! In fact, adding video to your blog is a doubly strategic idea.

Blogging is meaningful content that provides your customers with the information they need to make decisions. This marketing tactic helps you connect with new clients, educate your inquiring audience, and update current clients. Blogs are still a trusty marketing tool, especially when you’ve done your homework and make your blogs more easily found via tags, titles, descriptions!

Why think about it

Blogging has been one of the best ways to create new content on a consistent basis - a smart SEO tactic.  Each blog is one more indexed page on your website and search engines reward active sites with high engagement. Blogging also allows your practice to seamlessly add new content about hot topics that resonate with your audience. New trends, new techniques, new before-and-after stories—these all make excellent material for blogs and content for your website.

How to do it

If you can write the blog yourself, do it. Blogs are not technical white papers, so if you are comfortable writing, it is always going to be more effective and less expensive than hiring someone to do it for you. Another option is to have someone in your office write for you. The closer this person is to your patients, the better. The last resort is to hire a blogger –and there are a million bloggers awaiting this opportunity. If you go this route, be sure you are clear on the editorial calendar and final draft expectations. Act as the final reviewer of all copy to ensure the information accurately reflects your services, philosophy, and your personality!

What to expect

Expect to spend 1-2 hours per blog entry (or 15 minutes if you embed video and transcript). You will likely see increased web traffic and search engine relevance.

If you are looking for a writer to help you create high-quality blog content, contact us at info@hdmedicalmarketing.com or call (206) 295-2973.

 

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