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ROI Runaround: How Physicians Can Spot Evasive Marketing Vendors

Are your medical marketing vendors being less than transparent with results?

Medical marketing is essential for independent healthcare practices, particularly those that have recently opened or are in a competitive area. If you’re short on time and resources — as many small- and mid-size practices are — you’re likely tapping third-party vendors. This might mean working with one vendor to manage your website, another to handle your paid search advertising, and yet another for creating social media content.

With so many marketing techniques available to businesses — and so many agencies offering specialized services — outsourcing your marketing might bring you peace of mind. In fact, research has shown that small business owners who outsource their marketing are more satisfied with results than those who do marketing themselves or who delegate to an internal team.

But how do you know if your vendor is actually giving you the biggest bang for your buck? Here are a few signs your medical marketing vendors could be skirting transparency when it comes to performance.

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Performance Data Is Inaccessible

It shouldn’t be a chore for you to gain insight into your online presence and digital reputation, monitor your practice growth, and measure the impact of your marketing initiatives on your practice. If you can’t easily access important metrics like number of website visitors and number of appointment requests at any time, or you can’t interpret a complicated spreadsheet or graph without having to call someone, you’re in the dark regarding return on investment (ROI).

Vendors Offer Vague Information Only

If you reach out to your vendor for clarification and insights, you should expect specificity in their reporting. But that doesn’t always happen.

The team at Truxtun Psychiatric Medical Group & Psychiatric Wellness Center in Bakersfield, Calif., experienced this first hand. “When I asked about performance, [our website vendor] would relay the information over the phone without hard data or proof,” says Marketing Coordinator Kaylee Hoffman. After a long period of frustration, the psychiatry practice took its business to PatientPop in 2017. “The [PatientPop] dashboard is really easy to read. I’m glad I can see data without having to call someone.”

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Vendors Misinterpret or Cloud Data

With modern technology and data tracking and a sea of information at marketers’ fingertips, it’s easier than ever to gain insights. But an inexperienced or cagey marketer can make comparisons between two different metrics — say last month’s website bounce rate to this month’s successful conversions — and draw the wrong conclusions.

You can judge for yourself how performance is going if your vendor presents not only their data takeaways but the data itself.

Vendors are Unresponsive or Fail to Take Initiative

You always want to have the option to speak with a support representative. And you should expect quick responses to issues that come up for you, as well as a steady stream of information, including fresh ideas for ways to boost website views and conversions, or about software product updates and new releases that could benefit your healthcare practice.

A proactive, customer service-oriented vendor will take calls, respond promptly to your requests, make data readily available and easy-to-read, and provide regular performance snapshots.

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