To build your online reputation through content marketing you need content, content and more content. But not just any content. Unless you produce well-written articles and posts that address and solve your audience’s problems and concerns, you’re wasting time and money.
There are several ways to keep your content fresh and promote it both online and offline:
- A blog: Publishing a blog is like having your own column in a newspaper or magazine, only that magazine lives on your own website. Blog posts can be as simple as a health tip of the day/week or as complex as an in-depth review of an innovative medical technique or technology. Blogging requires frequency and should only be started if you can commit to producing a new post at least twice a month. It is a great way to ensure you have new content on your website. It also gives you material that can be repurposed for use on other social media pages. Each time you post a new article to your blog, you can promote it—and encourage staff and friends to share it—online.
- Guest blogging: Sometimes a more effective way to build authority and reputation is to write articles for an online publication that serves the audience you want to reach. There are many healthcare publications and blogs online that would be happy to have your expert perspective on the healthcare topics most important to you. Many will give you a byline that leads back to your website. This requires research to discover the best venues and time to write articles. Or, you can work with a ghost writer, such as me, who can capture your thoughts in words.
- Pages on your website: Rather than publish a blog, you can periodically add new pages or content to your website in the form of case studies, testimonials, reports, and patient education articles. This content can also be shared on social media to link visitors back to your site.
- E-Newsletters: Once you have a sizable mailing list (which you can create by asking patients to sign up for it and/or by offering a special report or article on your website in return for email addresses), you can keep in touch with your audience through periodic newsletters. These can feature practice updates, health tips, patient education and general news.
- Videos: YouTube is one of the major search engines patients use to learn about medical conditions and get health information. Creating your own videos and posting them to your own YouTube channel and your website can be an effective way to build audience and SEO for your website.
- E-booklets/Special reports: What are the key problems patients want solved when they come to your for treatment or information? The answer to that question can provide a direction for a five to ten page free report or e-booklet that takes either a narrative or workbook approach. This marketing tool shows your audience your unique insights and understanding of their health issues with information that addresses common complaints or concerns. It is a great opportunity for building an online audience as well as your mailing list (offer it for free but request their email address in return.)