Infographic: Top 5 Digital Marketing Trends and Skills Needed to Succeed

Modern healthcare marketing departments need thinkers, feelers, and do-ers who can analyze data, generate demand, and create strategic and creative content to create holistic experiences that ultimately improve patient acquisition and loyalty efforts. A recent study by TEKSystem asked senior marketing executives about their expectations for digital marketing spend, skill needs, and organizational challenges.

The findings from TEKSystems has a lot of overlap with the challenges and skill gaps facing healthcare marketers when it comes to making the transition to an integrated digital campaign approach to reach consumers and patients with the right message at the right time. From mobile and social marketing to content and web design, healthcare marketers need to find ways to master these newer marketing functions to support the health system’s acquisition and retention goals.

Check out TEKSystem’s infographic below to learn more about the top digital marketing trends and in-demand skills of 2017: More

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf is the Vice President of Marketing at Evariant. As an experienced marketing leader, she brings deep knowledge and experience building marketing growth machines. This experience enables her to educate healthcare providers on how to find, guide and keep patients for life. Her main focus is creating integrated cross-channel marketing programs, testing new marketing approaches, and closing the loop and demonstrating marketing ROI through effectiveness measurement methodologies. Prior to joining Evariant, Sherrie lead marketing at NewBrand (acquired by Sprinklr) and Cvent (NYSE:CVT) where her team executed tens of thousands of campaigns a year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.
Sherrie Mersdorf

Webinar Q&A – Top Healthcare Marketing Initiatives for 2017: Be Better, Faster, Smarter

During a recent eHealthcare Strategy webinar, Gary Druckenmiller, Marketing Practice Lead at Evariant, discussed the top five marketing initiatives health systems should focus on in 2017 to drive revenue and improve patient retention. In a competitive market, health systems need the right patient experience and the right talent to foster patient loyalty and appease the C-suite looking for digital-savvy talent.

Some critical initiatives for healthcare organizations to focus on in 2017 include data analysis, proactive call centers, patient journey mapping, CRM and CMS integration, and patient retention.

healthcare-crm-dataThe backbone of many of these initiatives is data. Health systems need a comprehensive data hub, such as a healthcare CRM, to aggregate claims, clinical, and pharmaceutical R&D data, as well as patient behavior, clickstream, and sentiment data.

These insights allow for more proactive call centers because they provide representatives with access to the rich data available in the CRM system.

Marketers also need to develop patient journey maps, which help identify gaps in the patient experience that lead to loss and limited retention.

With integrated CRM and CMS systems, marketers can deploy targeted, tracked content strategies that engage the patients experiencing these gaps. This is critical because of plateauing or even shrinking marketing budgets – marketing strategy has to shift away from patient acquisition and focus instead on high engagement and retention to maintain revenue.

Let’s take a look at some key takeaways and questions asked during the webinar: More

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf is the Vice President of Marketing at Evariant. As an experienced marketing leader, she brings deep knowledge and experience building marketing growth machines. This experience enables her to educate healthcare providers on how to find, guide and keep patients for life. Her main focus is creating integrated cross-channel marketing programs, testing new marketing approaches, and closing the loop and demonstrating marketing ROI through effectiveness measurement methodologies. Prior to joining Evariant, Sherrie lead marketing at NewBrand (acquired by Sprinklr) and Cvent (NYSE:CVT) where her team executed tens of thousands of campaigns a year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.
Sherrie Mersdorf

Critical Initiatives for Digital Transformation in Healthcare

The digital transformation in healthcare relies on the restructuring of internal teams, adoption of new technology, expansion of market opportunities, and a focus on the customer journey. Health systems that have successfully executed a digital transformation have focused on a crawl-walk-run approach, by delivering short-term deliverables in combination with long-term initiatives.

These big initiatives, such as implementing a healthcare CRM, will ultimately help health systems improve the patient experience and identify new market opportunities. More

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf is the Vice President of Marketing at Evariant. As an experienced marketing leader, she brings deep knowledge and experience building marketing growth machines. This experience enables her to educate healthcare providers on how to find, guide and keep patients for life. Her main focus is creating integrated cross-channel marketing programs, testing new marketing approaches, and closing the loop and demonstrating marketing ROI through effectiveness measurement methodologies. Prior to joining Evariant, Sherrie lead marketing at NewBrand (acquired by Sprinklr) and Cvent (NYSE:CVT) where her team executed tens of thousands of campaigns a year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.
Sherrie Mersdorf

Webinar Q&A – Beyond the EHR: Cultivating Patient Engagement & Loyalty Through CRM

Patient and PhysicianDuring a recent Modern Healthcare webinar, Kristin Hambelton, Chief Marketing Officer at Evariant, discussed how patient engagement across the entire care continuum can help healthcare organizations retain and grow revenue in a competitive market.

Though there are many different definitions of patient engagement, true engagement is about creating trust between the patient and health system, nurturing a relationship that lasts over the course of a patient’s lifetime.

Engaging patients through relationships, however, requires a knowledge of patients as individuals and an understanding of their unique habits, wants, and needs – both clinical and non-clinical – throughout the care continuum.

This understanding is possible by combining healthcare CRM software and EHR systems. Combined, these two systems weave together patient data from a variety of sources, including demographic, social, behavioral, and clinical data. A comprehensive, 360-degree view of the patient helps health systems identify the best way to interact and engage with these individuals in order to build trusting relationships.

Let’s take a look at some key takeaways and questions asked during the webinar: More

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf is the Vice President of Marketing at Evariant. As an experienced marketing leader, she brings deep knowledge and experience building marketing growth machines. This experience enables her to educate healthcare providers on how to find, guide and keep patients for life. Her main focus is creating integrated cross-channel marketing programs, testing new marketing approaches, and closing the loop and demonstrating marketing ROI through effectiveness measurement methodologies. Prior to joining Evariant, Sherrie lead marketing at NewBrand (acquired by Sprinklr) and Cvent (NYSE:CVT) where her team executed tens of thousands of campaigns a year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.
Sherrie Mersdorf

How to Choose the Right Healthcare CRM Vendor

The healthcare market is increasingly competitive as consumerism rises. Patients face more care choices coupled with high-deductible health plans. In response, health systems need to find new ways to communicate with and engage their prospects.

A healthcare CRM system collects consumer data and creates insights that allow organizations to have more meaningful conversations with their patients. For organizations looking to invest in this technology, it’s important to choose the right vendor. More

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf

Sherrie Mersdorf is the Vice President of Marketing at Evariant. As an experienced marketing leader, she brings deep knowledge and experience building marketing growth machines. This experience enables her to educate healthcare providers on how to find, guide and keep patients for life. Her main focus is creating integrated cross-channel marketing programs, testing new marketing approaches, and closing the loop and demonstrating marketing ROI through effectiveness measurement methodologies. Prior to joining Evariant, Sherrie lead marketing at NewBrand (acquired by Sprinklr) and Cvent (NYSE:CVT) where her team executed tens of thousands of campaigns a year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.
Sherrie Mersdorf