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Multiply new patient visits, win more doctor referrals, and grow revenues... all while building your brand.

Advanced Medical
Marketing & Internet Strategies Seminar

Attend Our 2-Day Healthcare Marketing Seminar and Discover the Best Practices in Attracting New Patients

When you attend our marketing seminar, you will not only learn what works to attract patients — and what doesn’t. You’ll also receive expert guidance from one of America’s leading healthcare marketing experts. Better still, because we cap attendance, your meeting will be interactive, relevant, fun, stimulating and highly productive.

Your seminar leaders have marketed thousands of hospitals and practices over the past 20 years. And because our marketing philosophy is 100% about delivering a positive return-on-investment (ROI), we track all of our clients’ marketing campaigns. 

No academic theory here. Instead, we’ll share strategies that are proven to work in the real world. You’ll be amazed by the amount of useful, practical information you receive in just two days.

Market Scientifically to Improve Your Results

  1.  Ethically attract high-reimbursement cases
  2. Fight back against aggressive competition
  3. Win at digital marketing
  4. Multiply doctor referrals
  5. Build your reputation, online and off
  6. Grow your number of new patients
  7. Support new locations, providers or technologies
  8. Multiply patient referrals
  9. Increase revenues consistently

Discover hundreds of proven patient acquisition strategies, including:

  • Digital marketing
  • Doctor-referral systems
  • Social Media
  • Offline advertising
  • Community marketing
  • Publicity (free press)
  • Branding

Seminar Agenda

AGENDA: Friday Morning 8:00AM TO 12:15PM

Scientific Marketing Principles

Utilize marketing to survive and thrive despite the revolutionary changes in healthcare.

  • How to grow profits, revenues and patient counts despite our uncertain economic and political environment.
    • Obamacare
    • Population management
    • Lackluster economy
    • High-deductible insurance plans
    • Consolidation among health systems, insurers, hospitals, “super groups” and independent practices
    • The remarkable rise of competition in healthcare

Marketing strategies to attract the cases you want.

  • Discover which 20% of activities will result in 80% of your profits
  • The 6 marketing strategies you must master
  • How to market tastefully and effectively – without looking needy, cheesy, sleazy or greedy
  • How to avoid wasting marketing dollars or risking your reputation
  • How to ethically attract the cases you want most
  • How to dominate your market, despite aggressive competition

Invest wisely with the Scientific Method of Marketing™.

  • Learn from the experience of others before you
  • Design a “best-practices” marketing plan to attract new patients
  • Implement marketing strategies and tactics effectively
  • Measure results, including return-on-investment (ROI)
  • “Double-down” on winning strategies!

Patient Behavior: Online Marketing Session 1

How the Internet has changed patient behavior… forever.

  • Internet usage trends
  • Mobile trends
  • Patient due diligence
  • Changes in consumer behavior and expectations
  • The rise of online reviews
  • “I want it now!”

Compete to Win

How to compete effectively in our brave new world.

  • Why psychographics and demographics are critical… and where to get the marketing research you need
  • Creating a “product” that patients want to buy
  • How to package your services effectively
  • How to create physical facilities appropriate for your marketplace
  • Create locations appropriate for your market demographics
  • How to appease the critical eye of the consumer
  • Secrets to successful pricing

How to determine the right marketing budget.

  • Why marketing is a revenue center, not a cost center
  • Setting appropriate goals
  • Alternative budgeting methods
  • How to establish a realistic budget for your goals and competitive situation

Branding

Build your reputation or “brand.”

  • Build or maintain your reputation as a recognized leader in your chosen city or niche
  • How to stand out from the pack in a positive way
  • How to integrate your larger vision into your brand… and then get everyone onboard internally
  • What a brand really is… and why you need one
  • How to create an effective logo
  • How to come up with a positioning statement that clearly and powerfully answers the question “why you?”
  • Branding standards and guides
  • Traits of successful brochures and collateral
  • How to target upscale patients
  • How to make your new brand consistent with every impression patients and doctors get from you
  • Mold your brand based on your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Inspiring case studies you’ll want to emulate

Data-Driven Marketing

How to track the sources of your new patients and determine return-on-investment (ROI).

  • Today’s powerful call-tracking technology
  • Keep staff on-track via call recordings
  • Website conversions
  • Back-up scripting techniques
  • How to calculate (or estimate) your ROI
  • The mathematics of profitable marketing
  • Data-driven dashboards
AGENDA: Friday Afternoon 1:30PM TO 5:30PM

Websites: Online Marketing Session 2

Successful Website Traits

  • Internet “mega trends”
  • Traits of successful — and unsuccessful — websites
  • Why many healthcare websites are “beautiful failures”
  • Prioritizing your objectives
  • Secrets to getting prospective patients to call you
  • Website features that doctors resist but patients love
  • Content Management System (CMS) basics
  • How to make your website relevant to different audiences (e.g., referring providers, patients, family members, etc.)
  • How to evaluate different website vendors — and price points
  • When you should run from a prospective website developer
  • Mobile responsiveness
  • Inspiring website examples

Patient Experience

Great marketing begins with creating the right patient experience.

  • The “retail-ization” of healthcare
  • Patient expectations and empowerment in the 21st century
  • How to look at everything from the patient’s point of view
  • How to turn patients into raving fans
  • How to make patients feel loved so that they stay and refer
  • Which internal systems create patient loyalty… and which cause them to defect?
  • Why staff is so vital to your success — and how to deal with those who don’t “get it”
  • Leadership’s role
  • Team members’ responsibility

Website Video: Online Marketing Session 3

Website Video: Your secret weapon.

  • The role of video in getting found online
  • Why patients LOVE video
  • Secrets to success
  • Types of website videos
    • Meet the doctor(s)
    • “What to expect”
    • Facility tours
    • Patient testimonials
    • SEO videos
    • Instructional

Internal Marketing

How to convert phone inquiries into first appointments.

  • Why most practices and hospitals do such a terrible job with phone calls
  • Why your front desk is probably costing you a fortune, even if your people are friendly and helpful!
  • How to set your team up to win!
  • Should you create a call center?
  • What about answering services?
  • Discover the number-one priority for new-patient calls
  • What are the elements of a good phone script?
  • How to handle objections?
  • This eye-opening section is so vital that it could change the future of your business

Internal Marketing (continued)

Make technology your “secret weapon” for success.

  • Automated recall programs
  • Patient surveys
  • Patient eNewsletters
  • Portals for email and calendaring
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems
  • Marketing automation
  • Big Data

Create effective marketing systems that grow patient referrals.

  • How to get patients to refer more often
  • Create “patient ambassadors” who refer to you in droves
  • How to triple the number of your favorite cases, at nearly zero cost
  • How to reactivate patients who have left you
  • How to use “one-minute messages” to promote your favorite services, with no pressure
  • Learn which in-office promotions work and which to avoid

Case-presentation techniques.

  • Magic questions that get patients to open up
  • How to deal with varying behavior styles
  • Getting the right person for the job
  • Ethical sales techniques that get patients to say yes to your recommendations

Social Media and Online Reviews:
Online Marketing Session 4

How to build positive (and mitigate negative) patient reviews

  • Identify critical rating sites
  • Handle libelous or inaccurate reviews
  • Dominate search engine results
  • Encourage happy patients to post online
  • How online reputation impacts your search engine visibility

Build your reputation through positive Social Media.

  • Which Social Media platforms are right for you? Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, others?
  • How to create an appropriate Social Media policy
  • Should you allow patients to post?
  • How various Social Media impact your search engine visibility
AGENDA: Saturday Morning 8:00AM TO 12:15PM

SEO: Online Marketing Session 5

Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

  • How to get found “organically” by prospective patients
  • Keyword strategy
  • Secrets to local SEO
  • Which SEO techniques must be incorporated into your website from the start?
  • Which “off-site” SEO techniques are vital to your success?
  • Why “content, content, content” is your new mantra
  • What are the “dirty little secrets” of search-engine optimization and web design?
  • The secret to effective blogging
  • Adapt to Google’s recent algorithm changes — or else
  • How to earn your way to #1 — and stay there
  • “White hat” SEO versus “black hat” SEO

Grow Doctor Referrals

Doctor referrals are the lifeblood for most hospitals and practices. We show you how to increase your inbound flow.

  • How to become one of the 20% of providers who win 80% of doctor referrals
  • How to protect your referral base from competitors
  • What to do if key partners or staff have defected to a competitor
  • How to attract the cases you want most
  • How to generate more professional referrals without looking (or feeling) needy, greedy, sleazy or cheesy
  • How to support a new associate or partner
  • How to reward your most important referral sources
  • How to make gift-giving both ethical and more effective
  • Should you host educational events? How?
  • How to ask for referrals from other doctors without begging or looking like a salesman
  • What are common referral faux pas, and how do you avoid them?
  • What to do if their staff doesn’t like your staff… or you
  • Which entertainment strategies are appropriate for you?
  • What to do if you or your office “dropped the ball” and referrers have stopped referring to you
  • Should you hire a marketing person? If so, what should you look for? (Hint: there are about 100 definitions of what a marketing person is and does.)

Internet Advertising:
Online Marketing Session 6

Profitable online advertising.

  • How to target people who are actively searching online for the services you provide
  • How to show up at the top of Google, immediately
  • Competition online is fierce. How do you win the Pay-Per-Click wars?
  • Which metrics matter the most, and why?
  • Create “display ads” that show up only in the geographical areas that you choose — for people you want to target
  • How to create landing pages that generate phone calls
  • How to test online advertising to see if it is the right strategy for you
  • Additional advertising opportunities like Facebook, ZocDoc, Healthgrades, Vitals, Yelp, directories and others

Traditional (Offline) Advertising

Attract high-reimbursement patients through ethical external marketing.

  • Discover the secrets to external marketing programs that profitably produce new patients month after month
  • Which creative approaches yield patient inquiries?
  • What about seasonality?
  • What are the secrets to buying media profitably?
  • Which external marketing strategy yields the number-one return on investment?
  • Why TV is the “big gorilla” at generating calls
  • When should you use radio advertising?
  • Are magazines and newspapers right for you?
  • Are the yellow pages completely dead?
  • What about postcards and more advanced forms of direct mail?

Public Relations

  • How to get “free press” (publicity)
  • How to win over skeptical reporters
  • What are the elements of an effective press release?
  • Crisis management: what to do when things go terribly wrong
  • Community events
  • Health fairs

B2B Strategies (Time permitting, if relevant to the group)

  • Business-to-business marketing
  • Attract specific employers with specific insurances
  • Attract referrals from attorneys
  • Cross-promote with other businesses

Next Steps

  • Your dream business starts NOW
  • How you can “herd cats” to get your goals accomplished
  • Why marketing by committee will kill your results
  • How to begin executing immediately
  • How to hire good marketing and creative talent
  • Inspiring success stories you can learn from

End Time Saturday 12:30 PM

Who Should Attend?

  • This seminar is appropriate for principals (executives and doctors) from hospitals, practices and other healthcare organizations. Employed staff may also attend.
  • Because our agenda includes proprietary strategies, consultants and marketing agencies may not attend without prior written approval.
  • If you are unsure if the meeting would be appropriate for you, call 800-656-0907, and we’ll give you an honest assessment.

Speakers

Your leaders may include one or more of the following:
Headshot of Stewart Gandolf

Stewart Gandolf, MBA, CEO and Creative Director

Over the past 20 years, Stewart has personally marketed and consulted with more than 1,500 healthcare clients, including private practices, hospitals and corporations. Stewart also co-founded and leads Healthcare Success, one of America’s leading healthcare and Internet marketing firms. He has spoken at more than 200 venues, including the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Orthopaedic Executives, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, California Dental Assocation and many others. A frequent author, Stewart is also often cited by the public and professional press, including the Wall Street Journal, Medical Economics and the American Medical Association.

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Kathy Gaughran, Senior Marketing Strategist

In her career, Kathy has helped over 4,000 clients all over North America achieve their growth goals. As an award-winning strategic marketing planner, Kathy has been involved in both the high level strategies required for long-term sustainability, plus the tactical execution used to accomplish the day-to-day successes. Kathy’s clients include practices with annual revenues well over $10 million and with annual marketing budgets up to $900,000. In addition, Kathy is an accomplished speaker, appearing at countless national, local and state healthcare associations. Kathy is a member of the American Marketing Association and The Direct Marketing Association.

What People Are Saying
  • Healthcare Success have proven themselves to be the most qualified experts in marketing and growing physicians. I attended their marketing seminar and would highly recommend it to any physician or healthcare provider who is looking to grow their bottom line. The take-home value of the information was not only outstanding but highly useful and productive. The level of sophistication they bring to a complicated topic will save you from spending your marketing dollars unwisely. We implemented the strategies we learned at the seminar immediately and have been enjoying terrific results.
    Guita Griffiths
    Magna Health Systems
  • A very in-depth seminar. The speakers were amazing. They touched on items I wouldn’t have even thought of. To gain knowledge and educate yourself in Healthcare Marketing you must attend this seminar.
    Christie Knowles
  • This conference remains one of the top seminars/ conferences I attend. Very knowledgeable and great resources. You should absolutely attend.
    Scott David Sims
    Owensboro Dermatology
  • I have had experience with good seminars and bad ones. The bad ones are the panacea for all ills and, no matter what problem you had, you were a fit for them. Then the high-pressure sales start. I got none of that.
    M.A., CEO of a five-location practice
  • Informative and necessary information for anyone trying to grow a medical practice. A lot of great ideas that I am anxious to use.
    Jason Rowley
    Practice Manager
  • Learned how to do a better job with my marketing strategy to my patients and to start a medical network marketing system – intelligent marketing.
    Leticia Obando, MD
    Cliderma
  • It’s a must for any practice that wants to survive and grow in the future.
    Shahin Ghadir, MD
  • It was amazing how much we didn’t know. Also scary how many mistakes we are currently making.
    Brent Evetts, MD
  • All speakers were very effective presenters and demonstrated excellent subject knowledge and expertise. Well worth the time and cost – learned a lot.
    Paul F. Nezi
    Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners
  • Excellent! Lots of information and ideas with a good knowledge base and experience.
    Jack DeGrado, DDS
    Stamford Dental Group

Frequently Asked Questions

Important details about our Healthcare Marketing Seminar.

“Who should attend?”

This seminar is appropriate for principals (executives and doctors) from hospitals, practices and other healthcare organizations. Employed staff may also attend. Because our agenda includes proprietary strategies, consultants and marketing agencies may not participate. Healthcare Success reserves the right to deny admission to anyone (with a full tuition refund).

“When should I book my trip?”

Please wait until you receive your official approved confirmation from Stewart Gandolf before booking any travel.

“Will food be provided?”

Continental breakfast is provided both days at our live seminars.  Our venues are always comfortable and upscale.

“Where should I stay?”

While the seminar fee does not include accommodations, we can offer room blocks to seminar attendees at a discounted rate while supplies last.

“What’s the dress code?”

Dress for the live seminar is business casual.

“What’s the smoking policy during the seminar?”

No smoking while we are in session.

“What’s the cancellation and transfer policy for the live seminar?”

With two or more weeks’ notice (14 days or more) prior to the seminar, you may receive one free transfer to another seminar within the same calendar year. Or receive a full refund less a $250 per-attendee administrative fee.

Less than two weeks’ notice: No refunds. However, you may receive one free transfer to another seminar within the same calendar year.

Additional transfers (after the first free transfer) require an administrative fee of $250 per attendee per occurrence.

“What’s the live seminar experience like?”

Our meetings are large enough to be dynamic but small enough to be interactive. The sessions are fast-paced and filled with useful, proven information. This seminar also offers you a fun and exciting opportunity to network and share ideas with like-minded people. Some attendees even become friends and stay in touch for years to come.

Please note: because a positive, small-group dynamic is so critical, we do have a few ground rules. First, solicitation of attendees for marketing services (or anything else) is prohibited. Second, because we share many proprietary strategies, marketing firms and consultants may not attend. Finally, while it is almost never a problem, disruptive attendees will be politely excused from the remainder of the seminar without refund.

“Can I receive a certificate after completing the program?”

Yes, just ask.

“What are our follow-up options after the seminar?”

While there certainly is no obligation, we find that many attendees want to continue with a relationship that lasts long after the meeting is over. So, if you want our help after the meeting, we can certainly do that, too. (After all, no one wants to be left hanging with 100 more items on their to-do list.)

In fact, our low tuition is an excellent, low-risk way for you to get to know us. At the very least, you’ll come out of our meeting far more informed and better off than you were before. The best-case scenario is that this meeting will turn out to be the beginning of a long, satisfying and profitable relationship.

“Who owns the copyright?”

Our live seminars and video programs are exclusively owned by Healthcare Success, LLC, and both are protected by federal copyright law. Our content may not be reproduced in any form without our written consent. Also, because many of the strategies we share are proprietary to our firm, consultants and marketing agencies may not participate. Anyone who violates these terms risks immediate dismissal from the live or video program without refund, as well as appropriate legal action.

Past attendees often tell us that this meeting was the most important of their professional careers. We invite you to come and see for yourself.
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