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#ThursdayTip: How To Choose The Best Social Network For Your Audience

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want you to think about whether you are active on the best social network for your particular audience. 

Not all social media is created equal. Different platforms attract different audiences.

It’s important, especially if your resources are limited, that you’re focusing your social media efforts in places that will generate the most return for your efforts.

There’s no point in spending your time on a particular social network if your audience isn’t there. Nor should you spread yourself too thin by trying to be everywhere at once. Every additional platform your business is active on means additional time and effort required to engage on and create tailored content for that platform.

Before becoming active on a social network, try answering the following questions to help you choose the platform that is right for you.

1. Will this platform help me achieve my marketing goals?

Setting SMART goals to which you can align your social media activity is a good guarantee of online marketing success. If you can’t explain how a particular social channel will help you to achieve your goals, then it may not be the right fit for you.

2. Is my target audience active on this platform?

The most effective social media strategies are informed by social media data. Refer to Google Analytics for your website to see which social networks are sending the most traffic to your site. Look at existing data to learn where a specific demographic spends their time online. Statista and GlobalWebIndex are good sources of worldwide statistics on Internet usage.

3. Which social networks are my competitors using?

Which social networks are your competitors using? Are they active on networks you aren’t? Use a tool like Buzzsumo to identify the social channels on which your competitors get the most shares. Chances are if these channels match your demographics and are working well for your competitors, they will work well for you also.

4. Will this platform match the content I create?

If you want your content to do well on social media, you’ve got to be strategic about what you publish and where you publish it. You need to create content that aligns with your audience’s expectations on each social channel. Identify how, when, and where your specific audience likes to engage with content. Certain content formats will be more suited to particular channels than others.

5. Can I integrate this platform with another similar one?

It’s better to use fewer channels well than to stretch yourself thin trying to maintain a presence on every social network. There is a degree of reciprocity between certain platforms — for example, Facebook and Instagram — the key is to choose channels that integrate well with each other to create maximum impact.

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Bonus Tip! 

Consider broadening your social media horizons. While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat might be the most popular social networks in the West, there is a world beyond the Big Five waiting for you to explore.

Here’s to your social media success!


Related Reading

How to Choose the Best Social Media Channels for Your Business 

Which Social Media Platforms Are Worth Your Time?

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: LastPass

This week’s cool tool recommendation is password saver – LastPass.

With so many logins and passwords, both personal and client-based, I couldn’t manage without this super-useful site. It allows you to create and save unique passwords for multiple websites thus enabling secure easy login and password management.

Another useful feature is that it allows you to safely share passwords without sending  via text or email.

The free account is perfectly adequate but if you require more features, you can upgrade for a small fee. 

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#ThursdayTip: How to Follow Topics on Twitter

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to follow topics on Twitter. Following a Topic allows you to stay informed on what’s happening and see more relevant content about that topic.

Here’s how to follow topics on Twitter

From your Home timeline

  1. While scrolling through your Home timeline, you may notice that Twitter will suggest a Topic for you to follow.
  2. Simply Tap the Follow button next to the suggested Topic to follow.

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From your Topics menu

Tap Topics in your profile icon menu.

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Tap Follow some Topics to browse by category type.

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From within each category and sub-category type, tap the Follow button next to the Topics you’d like to follow.

When finished, tap Done.

Note:  Just like with accounts you follow, you can unfollow Topics at any time.

How to unfollow a Topic

From your Home timeline:

  1. In your Home timeline, navigate to a Tweet about a Topic you’re currently following.
  2.  Tap the  icon from the top of the Tweet and select Unfollow.

From your Topics: 

  1. Tap Topics in your profile icon menu.
  2. Tap Unfollow next to the topic.

Worth Noting

Topics you follow are public.

Anyone who can see your full profile can view the Topics you follow. If your Tweets are protected, only your followers will be able to see your Topics.

How to see the Topics someone follows

You have the option to see the Topics that someone else is following. You’re able to view their Topics if their Tweets are public, or if their Tweets are protected and you’ve been approved as a follower.

On the Twitter for iOS and Android app, and twitter.com:

  1. Go to their profile.
  2. Click or tap the more menu  at the top of their profile page.
  3. Select View Topics.

Here’s to your Twitter success!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Cliché Finder

This week’s cool tool recommendation is ClicheFinder – a tool to help you eliminate overused clichés from your writing. 

This free tool finds and highlights words, expressions, and phrases that are trite, stale, or overused to help you improve your copy. To use simply copy and paste your text and click the button marked ‘Find Clichés’.

Visit https://www.clichefinder.net to try for yourself.

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#ThursdayTip: How To Create Recurring Content

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to create a recurring content feature. 

What is recurring blog content?

Recurring content is consistent content published on a regular schedule using a define structure. This content has the ability to form hooks that keep readers interested in coming back to your site for more of the same.

I’ve experimented over the years with many different types of regular recurring columns on various blogs, for example the Cool Tool feature which I post each Monday morning.

Why create recurring content?

Marketer Heidi Cohen outlines the following three advantages to creating consistent content.

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She goes on to outline the business value

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Before you introduce a regular feature to readers, it’s important to take some time to choose a topic that matches your content strategy and crucially won’t have you running out of ideas after a few weeks.  Ideally, your topic should be associated with your keyword phrases to support your organic search efforts.

Once you’ve decided on your topic, decide on the elements you will use to maintain consistency in the design and format of your content.  Choose the same day and time to publish so readers know to expect it at that time each week – this helps build an audience for your content.  To quote Cohen, “as the digital version of appointment media your audience depends on receiving your information at the same time every week. Over time, this builds share of audience attention.”

Finally, keep the format and design elements consistent.

Here are three types of recurring features to add to your content marketing.

1. Advice Column

Set aside one day a week to provide step-by-step instructions, or answer readers’ questions.

2. Interview Series

I ran an interview series, Social Spotlight, last year with healthcare thought leaders.  It followed a consistent question format, with some tailoring to the interviewee, and was a popular addition to my content calendar.

3. Weekly Round-Up Post

I run several weekly round-up style posts for client blogs focussed on their niche. I curate the most helpful, interesting and topical news from their industry and publish them in a blog post, usually on a Friday.  It’s always the most read content when I check the weekly blog stats.

Of course, your recurring content can live outside the written word. With the popularity of video, consider adding a regular vlog or even more popular, a Facebook Live recurring feature.

To sum up

Recurring posts of high value keeps your audience interested and coming back for more. By adding a regular recurring feature to your content marketing you give your audience something to look forward, while at the same time building a unique and recognisable element into your brand.

Here’s to your social media success!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Title Generator

This week’s cool tool recommendation is headline generator tool – Title Generator

This automated tool can help inspire titles for your content, but it can also throw up a lot of suggestions that are borderline click-bait – so use with a pinch of salt.

How to use it

Simply take your main topic idea, let the tool know whether it’s a noun or a verb and within seconds it will generate a list of headlines/titles you can use for online content, newsletter subject lines, and even book titles.

Related Reading:Write Better Headlines With These 9 Winning Formulas

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Savvy Time

This week’s cool tool recommendation is time zone converter tool Savvy Time.

With the clocks changing this past weekend here in Europe, this tool became super useful for me as I tried to calculate timing between three different time zones for a forthcoming webinar. Users can choose to compare between time zones or cities, and will find the current time in both locations.

 

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Webinar: How Digital Health Empowers Cancer Patients To Become Active Partners In Their Care

Update: To view recording of this webinar go to: How digital health empowers cancer patients to become active partners in their care — YouTube

It’s increasingly acknowledged that engaging patients — and their caregivers — in digital health design is a necessary step in the development of digital technology that not only works but works for end-users in the everyday context of their lives.

Heretofore, too many developers assumed they understood what patients needed, but in reality, many appeared to be motivated more by the cleverness of new technology than actual improvements in health outcomes.

Despite the progress the healthcare industry has made in bringing patients closer to the design process, there still exists a gap between including patients and including patients in ways that are purposeful and meaningful

Clinicians may be experts in disease, developers in technology, but patients are the experts in their own lives. They know better than anyone what it takes to live with a condition day in and day out day. Ultimately, it is their insights that will help build better digital health solutions.

On Thursday 4th November I will be hosting a discussion on this topic via Zoom. Join me to discover how digital health can empower cancer patients and ways to enable shared decision-making with the co-creation of digital health solutions.

Register Here

You might also like to read: A Patient Engagement Manifesto: Guiding Principles For Digital Health Transformation

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#ThursdayTip: How To Brainstorm Fresh Content Ideas

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to generate content ideas when you are running out of inspiration.

Next time you’re stuck for something to write about,  try brainstorming using a tool like HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator. It lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas that will exercise your writing muscles again.

Here are the suggestions generated for me when I input the terms “social media” and “marketing” into the tool.

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A similar tool to Hubspot, Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

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I also like to use Buzzsumo to find inspiration by searching which popular content is most shared right now on social media. These are the topics people want to read about so it’s worth brainstorming ideas around this content.

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In the example above, I entered “social media marketing” into the search box and discovered the most shared post is one detailing why email marketing is better than social media marketing. This led me to create a similar post right here on Medium 4 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is More Powerful Than Social Media.


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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Storrito

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Instagram Stories web editor tool Storrito. 

Storrito enables users to create Instagram and Facebook Stories on desktop/laptop computers.

Features include:

  • Add free or upload your own GIFs to your stories
  • Highres Emojis 😀 😍 😁
  • Custom fonts selection
  • Use professional stock photos for free
  • Access thousands of professional story templates from Canva.com and add interactive stickers in our editor

Pricing

You can post 50 stories for free and paid features start at $15 per month. 

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#ThursdayTip: How to Add GIFS to Your Tweets

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to add GIFS to your tweets. 

Want to add variety to your tweets and help them stand out? Try adding GIFs.

Here’s how

From the Tweet compose box, click the GIF icon to search for and select a GIF from the GIF library.

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When you choose a GIF, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size.

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Click Tweet to post.

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Notes

  • GIF attachments do not count towards the character limit in a Tweet.
  • Animated GIFs can’t be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF in a Tweet.
  • Twitter supports looping GIFs. If your animated GIF doesn’t loop and plays a single time, it will display as a static image.
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Monday Morning Cool Tool: IFFTT

This week’s cool tool recommendation is automation tool IFTTT.

IFTTT (an acronym for If This, Then That) allows you to sync up multiple apps so that when a certain activity happens, it kicks off a separate activity in another app. There are lots of ways to use this tool, for example, I use IFTTT to add my tweets to a Google Spreadsheet to create a Twitter Bank of tweets to draw on.

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I’m not a big fan of automating social media activity but used well, it is a boon to time-pressed social media marketers. The key to making it work is to spend time creating genuine, engaging content, and then maximizing its performance through the strategic use of automation tools.

For more time-saving tips like this, read Ten Tried and Tested Time-Saving Tips For Social Media

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#ThursdayTip: How To Save Searches on Twitter

Welcome to this week’s social media tip. Today I want you to show you how to save searches on Twitter.

1. Go to the Search tab 

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2. Enter your search into the search box.

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3. At the top of your results page, tap the three dots icon  and then tap Save. 

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4.Next time you tap the search box, a pop-up menu will display your Saved searches.

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5. To remove a search: Tap on delete saved search.ad759305-df08-40b2-a190-eea658880b6b

 Note: You may have up to 25 saved searches per account.

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Animoto

This week’s cool tool recommendation is free video-maker Animoto.

Make creating videos for social posts a breeze with this tool. 

Upload your own images and video clips or choose from a built-in library of millions of photos and videos from Getty Images.

Then drag and drop right into your project. Animoto provides you with plenty of customizable templates to make this super easy.

Then select a song to add to your video from a library of thousands of licensed tracks.

Now your video is good to go!

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#ThursdayTip: How To Pin A Tweet

Welcome to this week’s social media tip.

Pinning a Tweet allows you to showcase your best content at the top of your profile page for as long as you’d like.

In the past Twitter typically only allowed viewers to see posts in a sequential timeline which meant that your most important or relevant content quickly got lost in the fast-moving Twitter stream.

To solve this issue Twitter now allows you to pin a tweet or keep it placed at the top of the newsfeed giving you more editorial control as to what a viewer will see first when visiting your page.

How To Pin A Tweet

It’s super quick and easy to do. Follow the steps below to pin your first tweet.

1. Open up your Twitter Profile Page.

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2. Choose a Tweet you would like to Pin. Select “Pin to your profile page”.

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3. The Tweet will now automatically appear at the top of Page.

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4. To remove a pinned tweet, simply click on the “unpin” option. 

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It’s a good idea to review your pinned tweets regularly to make sure you are sharing up-to-date posts. Out-dated pins will make your profile look out-dated too.  To refresh your Twitter profile simply choose another tweet to pin. Twitter will ask you to confirm if you want to replace your current pinned tweet.

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It couldn’t be easier to follow these steps and it’s something you should certainly do to highlight your accomplishments, share your latest news, and bring your viewers attention to the posts you want them to see first.

Here’s to your tweeting success!

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Data Never Sleeps: Here’s What Happens Every Minute Online [Infographic]

Data never sleeps and it shows no signs of slowing down. Domo

 

Last year I posted a mesmerizing graphic on just what happens every 60 seconds online.

I was curious to know how that has changed with the impact of the pandemic on our digital consumption. 

“Our 9th edition of Data Never Sleeps illustrates the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the increasing digitization of daily life and how technology is helping re-imagine the future of work” – Domo

Stats at a Glance

Not surprisingly Zoom, Teams and Slack use increased for those of us working from home.

Shopping and Netflix streaming dominate the chart as we turned online in droves for shopping (6 million of us shop online every minute of the day!) and entertainment.

An incredible 5.7m searches are performed every 60 seconds.

Actionable Tip: If you want your website to rank higher in Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it. Click here to learn more.

You can see there are plenty more insights to glean from this graphic. Use these stats to determine where to focus your social media marketing efforts this year. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: BrainyQuote

This week’s cool tool recommendation is BrainyQuote – a directory of inspirational quotes.

Despite how long quotes have been doing the rounds of social media, they are still hugely popular and highly shareable. Next time you’re searching for something to fill your social media calendar consider sharing a quote.  This site is the perfect place to find just the right quote for any occasion. And if you’re stuck for ideas, check out the quote of the day feature which makes choosing a quote a breeze. 

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9 Tips to Help You Build a Better Healthcare Blog

Do you blog for your healthcare communications?

Whether you’re new to blogging, or you’ve been blogging for some time, these tips are designed to steer you in the right direction of building a better blog.

1.Perfect Your About Page

For new visitors to your blog, this will be one of the first pages they will visit, so it’s worth taking time to make it as professional as possible. Use this space to share the story of why you do what you do to advocate for disease awareness and educate and support your community.

2. Check Your Blog’s Load Speed

Does your blog load quickly? A good site will load in 2 seconds. If your blog is taking longer than that, consider that around 40% of people will leave a site if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds. You can check your blog’s loading speed with a tool like GTMetrix.com.

Insider Tip: If you like to add lots of images to your blog, be aware that large images can slow your blog down. Resizing your images can speed up the loading time. Upload your image to Picresize.com for quick and easy resizing.

3. Declutter Your Sidebar

Does your blog have a sidebar? Has it become crowded with widgets? Then it’s time to declutter Marie Kondo style. Get rid of anything that doesn’t add something valuable to the reader’s experience.

4. Showcase Popular Content

One thing that you should keep on your sidebar is a list of your most popular content. Use this space to showcase your best writing. And be sure to put hyperlinks in each of your posts that direct people to other popular posts on the same topic.

5. Make It Easy For Readers to Find Information on Your Site

Providing helpful information is great, but you also need to be sure that readers can find that information. By adding categories and tags to your posts, you make it easy for readers to find the information they need when they come to your blog. It also increases views on your other posts tagged with the same keywords.

6. Create An Email Sign-Up Form

Encourage readers to sign up to receive your latest posts. Nancy Stordahl, who blogs at NancysPoint.com, advises “anyone who wants to increase readership to her/his blog to consider sending out a monthly or weekly email with links to new posts and possibly one or two older ones. “I became very frustrated with Facebook’s algorithms because it seemed no one was seeing posts I shared. Having your own email list puts you and your readers in control.”

7. Add Social Sharing Buttons

By making it easy for visitors to your blog to share your content, you increase the likelihood that they will take this action. When more people share your content, you increase the chance of driving more visitors to your blog, and having your content seen by more people.

8. Choose Typography Carefully

Typography is made up of elements such as font type and size, kerning (white space between individual characters or letters), and tracking and spacing. It’s an important factor in making your content more readable for visitors to your site.

9. Backup Your Blog

Finally, you’ve put a lot of effort and time into your blog and you don’t want to risk losing all your great content. You never know when your blog might get hacked, and the best defense is scheduling regular backups using a plug-in like BackWPup.

You might also like to read: Need a topic for your healthcare blog? Here are 12 ideas to get you started

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#ThursdayTip: How To Optimise Your Social Media Profile

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, why not take the opportunity to review your social media profiles. 

Your social media profile is the first place people will find you online so it’s important you make a good first impression. Check out this video quick tip to make your social media profile shine.

 

Here’s to your social media success!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: RiteTag

This week’s cool tool recommendation is RiteTag, a useful Chrome extension which gives you instant feedback on your hashtag choices as you type them.

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How It Works 

RiteTag shows you how hashtags are performing on Twitter and Facebook before you post content. Once you log in to RiteTag using your Twitter or Facebook credentials, it checks the hashtags you begin typing in real time and color codes them:

  • If your hashtag is green, it means the hashtag will help your content be seen now.
  • If your hashtag is blue, it means the hashtag will help your content be seen over time.
  • If your hashtag is gray, you should select a new hashtag because it has low levels of engagement.
  • If your hashtag is red, you should select a new hashtag because it’s so popular, your content will disappear into the crowd.

RiteTag is available as a Chrome Extension. Download it here. 

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A Step By Step Guide To Creating A YouTube Channel For Patient Education

As a form of patient education and health promotion, YouTube has great potential but currently, it’s not being used to its full potential.

Aside from patient education, YouTube is a significant addition to your marketing toolkit. Owned by Google, it’s the second largest search engine in the world with added SEO potential due to its Google connection.

YouTube At A Glance

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If you don’t already have a YouTube channel for your practice, perhaps now is the time to consider it.

A Step By Step Guide To Creating Your YouTube Channel

Follow these simple steps and you will have your own YouTube channel up running and ready to reap rewards.

Step #1 You’ll need a Google account to sign-in to YouTube

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Step #2 Next click on “My Channel”

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Step #3 Now add your business name or your own name 

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Step #4 Create a title for your channel

Your channel title should be descriptive and briefly tell viewers what your channel is about.

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Step #5 Select Customize Channel to fill in more details 

Add a link to your website and a description of your practice.  Adding your location to your YouTube videos will make them geographically searchable,

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Step #6 Add a thumbnail image (e.g your logo) and banner (channel art)

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I  recommend you use the same picture across all online media: Facebook, Twitter, website, YouTube, etc. Aligning your video branding with that of your business creates a consistent experience for your audience. When existing and potential customers visit your YouTube channel, they need to feel that it is part of a greater whole.

The recommended size for channel art is 2560 px by 1440 px.

Pro Tip: Canva can help you create correctly-sized thumbnail and channel art.

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Step #7 Connect your social media accounts

Add in your social media accounts.

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These can be overlayed on your banner image.

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As you can see it’s super simple to set up your own YouTube channel. In my next post, I’ll show you how to upload your first video and optimize it for viewing. 


Subscribe to my YouTube channel here

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Videoshop

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week I’m recommending Videoshop a free stand-alone video recorder and editing app.

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Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clips.

Videoshop is available on iOS or Android.

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Need a topic for your healthcare blog? Here are 12 ideas to get you started

Healthcare blogs vary in content and style; they range from commentary on a topical issue to patients sharing the lived experience of a disease and healthcare professionals educating patients on the management of an illness.

Blogs written by doctors, nurses, health researchers, patients, and healthcare and digital marketers and innovators add much to the richness and diversity of the online healthcare conversation. 

Creating a blog is relatively easy; the challenge lies in consistently updating the content. If you are struggling to come up with new ideas on a regular basis for your blog, then this list of 12 content ideas should help get you going again.

#1 Share Facts About A Common Medical Condition

What kind of questions do your patients most frequently ask about a specific medical condition? Compile a list of these frequently asked questions and answer them on your blog.

#2 Curate Content

Creating original content is time and resource intensive.  Curation helps you provide your audience with relevant, high quality information on a regular basis without sacrificing your time and resources. Don’t rely on curation alone; curated content is designed to complement your content creation plan—not replace it.

#3 Announce a New Product or Service

Are you rolling out a new program, product or service? Write a blog post to introduce it and highlight its features and benefits.

#4 Update Readers on Industry Trends

Healthcare is constantly changing and evolving. Can you predict or comment on the latest healthcare trend? Readers will enjoy learning about it through your blog, particularly if you share your own unique perspective. Set up Google Alerts to keep updated on emerging trends in your industry to provide the latest information for your readers.

#5 Create A Poll

There are several online tools you can use to create a readers’ poll. If you have a WordPress.com site, then you’ve got Polldaddy polls already built in. You can create, manage, and see results for all of your polls directly in your WordPress.com dashboard. If you use a WordPress.org install on your self-hosted site, install the Polldaddy WordPress.org plugin. Use it to get a snapshot of readers’ attitudes to health topics like vaccination, screening, complementary therapy, mental health – the list is endless. Publish a follow-on post with your findings.

#6 Write About A Day In The Life

Write about a typica day in your working life as a healthcare professional. Be careful not to write about specific patients or to commit any breaches of privacy or confidentiality.

#7 Plan Posts Around Seasons and Events

Use an editorial calendar to track seasonal, cultural and industry events and write a blog post which fits the theme, for example, “How To Eat Healthily During The Holiday Season”.

#8. Share The Latest Medical Research

Have you been to a conference recently where you learned about new medical research? Or read about the latest research in a medical journal?  Let your readers know about it through your blog. Make sure you provide full references and link to online publications.

Here’s an example of this done really well by breast surgeon, Dr Deanna Attai on her blog.

#9 Invite A Guest Blogger

Ask a colleague to write a guest blog on an area of their expertise.

#10 Interview An Expert

Choose a respected healthcare professional and interview them for your blog. Alternatively, contact several experts in your field and have them answer a question: Take all the answers and turn them into one big blog post.

#11 Write About A Trending Topic

Provide your unique perspective on a trending topic. Find out what’s “hot right now” online by using Google Trends, Twitter.com/Search and Reddit.com.

#12 Provide a Weekly Round-Up Of Healthcare News

Gather the week’s healthcare news into a round-up post. Provide links, attribute sources and add your own commentary.

You might also like to read 3 Places To Find Interesting Ideas For Your Healthcare Blog

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#ThursdayTip: How To Generate Fresh Content Ideas In 30 Seconds.. Or Less

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip.

Today I want to share a tip with you for generating content ideas in under a minute using two similar tools. Use these tools as inspiration for topics you could write about.

1.  HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator tool lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas for you

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2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate content ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

Sometimes all you need is a little spark to get your creativity flowing again, and these tools may just the thing to get your creative juices flowing again.

Here’s to your social media success!

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: NameCheckr

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I am sharing some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is NameCheckr – a tool  to research domain and social username availability.

Picking a unique and available name can be a challenge. This tool aims to simplify that process by helping you find the best name cross the most popular social networks.

Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Find The Best Keywords For Your Website

Welcome to this week’s social media tip. Today I want you to think about choosing the best keywords to rank higher on search engines. 

93% of online experiences begin with a search engine.

It makes search the second biggest online activity, after email.

If you want your website to rank higher in Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it.

One of the biggest mistakes I come across is trying to rank for generic keywords with a high search volume.

Instead, try long tail keywords.  50% of search queries are four words or longer.

Long tail keywords are keywords or key phrases that are more specific — and usually longer — than more commonly searched for keywords. They get less search traffic, but will usually have a higher conversion value, as they are more specific.

Long tail keywords allow you gradually to get more traffic and to be found by new and motivated audiences.

Here is an example of a list of long-tail keywords based on the keyword “pdf”

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How to figure out what your target keywords or phrases should be.

 

I’m borrowing this from PR consultant Gini Dietrich‘s playbook so you may need to adapt it to your own business.

  • Write down all of the questions you are asked in new business, or sales, meetings.
  • Write down all of the questions your customer service department is asked.
  • Go to your website or your internal server/Dropbox/Google Drive and grab your most recent frequently asked questions sheet.
  • Go into your sent mail and scroll through to see what kinds of questions your clients are asking you that you’re writing long answers to … everyday. Write those down.

Now you have a nice list of content as a starting point. If you are being asked these questions, this is what people are also searching. And, if you have the answers and you’re the best suited to provide the solutions, they should be finding you when they search these things.

I use the following tools to help me find long tail keywords.

1. Google Adwords Keyword Planner 

This is a free Google tool that gives you insight into the volume of monthly searches for a particular keyword, and how much competition there is, based on advertising spend for sponsored links. It also returns suggested terms you could use instead or alongside your original keyword.

You will need to sign up for an Adwords account with a Gmail account but you don’t have to add any credit card details or create any ads to use the tool.

Pro Tip! Use Google Related Searches

Google displays related search results at the bottom of the first page when you type in your Google search query. This is a super-helpful resource as it returns ideas that are relevant to your topic based on user interest and contextual words.

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2. Keywords Everywhere

I’ve installed this tool as a Chrome extension and I find it super helpful. It returns a host of long-tail phrases based on what people are searching for using specific keywords.

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There are other long-tail keyword tools out there which you also might like to try – including Keyword Clarity (a free keyword grouping tool that makes it easy to identify keyword clusters) Answer The Public (an automated autocomplete tool that will populate relevant topics based on your search), and KWFinder.

Further Reading  How to move from keyword research to intent research

 

 

Posted in #HCSM, Twitter

12 Ways To Search For Health-Related Content On Twitter

Twitter’s statistics are mind-blowing. According to Internet Live Stats, every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter which corresponds to over 350,000 tweets sent per minute, 500 million tweets per day and around 200 billion tweets per year!

So, how do you keep up with all those tweets? Obviously it’s impossible to keep up, but you can handle the avalanche better through a combination of maintaining Twitter lists of the people you follow, health-related hashtags, etc., and using Twitter’s Advanced Search Engine.

While the easiest way to do a search on Twitter is to click the native search facility, did you know you can do so much more with Twitter’s advanced search capabilities?

Twitter’s advanced search capabilities allow you to narrow down your search using parameters such as specific keywords, language, people, location, and date range.

In today’s post, I will show you twelve ways you can use this powerful search engine to search for health-related content on Twitter.

1. Search for a phrase: for example “healthcare social media marketing strategy”.

2. Search for any of these words: for example “healthcare social media” or “healthcare marketing strategy”.

3. Exclude any word: for example “blog”.

4. Search for health related hashtags: for example #hcsm.

5. Search for any specific language.

6. Choose specific accounts to search within.

7. Or find tweets directed to a specified Twitter user or referencing a specific username.

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8. Search for tweets in a specific location or within a specified mile radius of a location.

9. Narrow down your tweets within a specific date range. This is useful if you want to catch up on tweets around a specific conference or event.

10. Discover sentiment around tweets – i.e. whether negative or positive.

11. Find health-related questions. This feature enables you to search for conversations happening locally that you might like to add your expertise to.

12. Choose to include re-tweets in your search. I usually exclude this search parameter, as I prefer to concentrate on original tweets; however it may be useful if you want to see how many times a tweet has been re-tweeted or who is re-tweeting specific tweets.

And here’s a snapshot of my final search results. As you can, I can zoom in on the most popular tweets, or those who are tweeting in real time. I cans also find photos and videos related to my search. I can even save this search, and embed it on my website.

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Considering its capabilities, it is surprising that Twitter’s advanced search engine is so underused. Try using it to create lists, curate content, and as a social media listening tool to find health-related conversations. Once you start, you are sure to find other ways to maximise this powerful search engine to advance your healthcare marketing.

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Pixlr

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I am sharing some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Pixlr a photo-editing tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

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Pixlr offers you a combination of two tools – an image editor much like Photoshop, and a simple tool to add effects to your existing files.

Key Features:
  • Provides access to either a full-blown image editor or a simplified version of it.
  • Lets you customize your images using advanced features and pre-built graphics.
  • Enables you to export your images in a range of formats.

Visit https://pixlr.com and try it for yourself.

Posted in #HCSM

How To Create A Social Media Mission Statement

Following on from a previous post on the necessity to create a social media strategy for your healthcare marketing, today I want to show you how to turn that strategy into a focussed mission statement.

This statement should guide your social media activity and help you focus in on where you need to spend your time and efforts.  Here is a sample statement I use with my own clients.

Social Media Mission Statement

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Each time you create a new piece of content or make a decision to try a new social media tool or platform, see if it fits the mission statement. Doing so will help make your social media decisions more focused and effective.

Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Create Twitter Lists

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to create Twitter lists.

Twitter Lists are essentially filtered timelines and it’s one of the most effective and simple ways to get a handle on your Twitter engagement.

Here’s how it works:

1. Click on Lists on your profile page

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2. Click Create New List

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3. Name the List and provide a description

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4. Designate the List as Public or Private & then hit Save List

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5. To add or remove people from your Lists:

  1. Use the person icon drop-down menu on somebody’s profile
  2. Choose add or remove from Lists
  3. Choose the List you would like to add the person to or uncheck the List the person was already a member of

It’s so easy to build a Twitter List and it is such an effective and simple way to get a handle on your Twitter engagement. Each time you follow someone new on Twitter, get into the habit of adding them straight to one of your lists.  If you haven’t already started with your lists, start building them today!


Related Reading 

Visit Twitter’s Help Center for more information on:

  • seeing Lists you’re a member of
  • viewing tweets from a List
  • subscribing to a List
  • editing or deleting a List
  • sharing a List URL
Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: SnapWidget

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I am sharing some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is SnapWidget – a tool that allows you to display your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram photos in collage format on your website or blog.

When you post photos and videos to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, the widget on your website, blog or Shopify store automatically updates with new content.

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You can start with a free plan and if you find you need more features, you can try out a paid plan for free for 14 days.

Posted in #HCSM, Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Access Your Twitter Data

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I want to show you how to review your Twitter data.

Reviewing your Twitter data can give you insights into the type of information stored for your account.

What type of information is available to you?

Your Twitter data provides you with a snapshot of your Twitter information, including the following:

Account: Log into your Twitter account and go to More.

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Click on Settings and Privacy. You will see information such as your username, email addresses or phone numbers associated with your account, etc.  You can update or correct most of this information at any time.

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Account history: You’ll also be able to see your login history, as well as the places you’ve been while using Twitter.

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Apps and devices: You can also view the browsers and mobile devices associated with your account (if you are logged in) or current device (if logged out), and the apps you have connected to your Twitter account. If you see login activity from an app you don’t recognize or that looks suspicious, you can go to the Apps tab in your settings to revoke its access to your Twitter account. The IP location shown is the approximate location of the IP address you used to access Twitter, and it may be different from your physical location.

Account activity: You will be able to see the accounts you’ve blocked or muted.

Interests and Ads data: You can also see interests that Twitter and its partners have inferred about your account or current device.

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You can also view any Twitter advertisers who have included your account or current device in their tailored audiences. You can opt-out of interest-based advertising in your personalization and data settings. This will change the ads you see on Twitter, however, it won’t remove you from advertisers’ audiences.

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Download an archive of your data: You can also download a machine-readable archive of information associated with your account in HTML and JSON files.

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Posted in #HCSM, Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Use Twitter’s Conversation Settings

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip.

Today I want to show you how to use Twitter’s Tweet Reply conversation setting. 

Last August Twitter rolled out this function to users to give people more control over the conversations they start.

Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what’s happening when they can choose who can reply. Users in the test pool have said that they feel more comfortable tweeting, and more protected from spam and abuse, which has lead to them tweeting longer, more in-depth thoughts, particularly on sensitive subjects.

Here’s how it works

Before you Tweet, choose who can reply with three options:

  1. Everyone (the default, standard setting)
  2. Only people you follow
  3. Only people you mention

 

Tweets with the latter two settings will be labeled and the reply icon will be grayed out for people who can’t reply. People who can’t reply will still be able to view, Retweet, Retweet with Comment, share, and like these Tweets.

I admit I haven’t used the feature, but it’s interesting to see how some brands are utilising it here.

How about you? Do you think this is a useful feature?

Posted in #HCSM, Infographics

The 11 Most Common Website SEO Issues [Infographic]

SEO (the acronym stands for Search Engine Optimization) is the process of getting traffic from “organic” listings on search engines in order to improve your website’s search engine ranking.

Did you know that 39% of total global web traffic comes from search, with Google receiving over 63,000 searches per second on any given day?

But 75% of users never click past the first page of search results.

In this infographic, you can see at a glance some of the most common on-site SEO issues, with duplicate content being the worst offender.

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Want to optimize your website? Check out these tools.

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Emojipedia

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I am sharing some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Emojipedia – an online database of emojis. 

Using emoji on social media can increase engagement and when used in email subject lines, it can increase open rates. This tool enables you to easily copy and paste emoji.

Posted in #HCSM

3 Digital Trends Making An Impact In Healthcare Marketing Today

Although digital marketing has been making waves in healthcare for quite some time, the last few years has really seen some dynamic changes.

Digital marketing has moved from a nice-to-have to a must-have for patient acquisition and retention. These changes are driven by trends in patient behavior and preferences, mainly by Gen Z and millennials.

Bottom line, if you don’t have a solid online presence, you’re missing out on many patients.

Here are three of the most important digital trends that have been making the biggest impact in the online marketing world.

1. The Shift To Video Content

Video is booming. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world with added SEO potential due to its Google connection.

Video has become the predominant way people want to consume information and this goes for patients too.

Information delivered via video vs. print equates to a much higher retention rate. In addition, patients who watch videos featuring a physician feel a greater level of trust.

The type of video content you can create includes Q&As with physicians, patient testimonials, explainer videos, and live streaming.

Live streaming is a powerful medium because it gives your audience a chance to interact directly with you.

All the major platforms are either running and encouraging live video or soon will be. Its power lies in the fact that it is more than just a one-way flow of information. Rather, viewers can pose questions and provide feedback in real time. You can use it to reach beyond the clinic and engage with patients and caregivers wherever they are and whenever they watch to watch.

Additionally, live videos on Facebook and Instagram can be saved and used later, which is perfect for repurposing your videos and getting the most traction out of them.

Viewer engagement levels for live videos are ten times more than regular video by social media metrics such as likes, comments, and shares.

Facebook is now putting a greater emphasis on videos. Their algorithm prioritizes live video while they are being broadcast allowing the content to appear at the top of a user’s News Feed.

Additionally, Facebook Live videos are archived on Facebook and can be viewed and shared after the live broadcast.

The format is easy to use, can be low cost or professionally produced, and enjoys extremely high engagement levels. And with Millennials’ love for dynamic, real-time, interactive digital experience, Live is one of the best ways to reach them.

2. Mobile Responsive Websites Are A Must

Google a year or so ago, announced a major change to the way its search index will rank sites: it will go mobile-first.

As the company explained at the time, Google’s algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a website’s content to rank its pages.

Without a mobile responsive site, not only are you losing out significantly in the organic search rankings, but Google has made it very clear that it will penalize sites that are not mobile responsive.

Recommended Reading: How To Ensure Your Website Is Mobile Compatible

3. Voice Search Is On The Rise

The majority of patients searching for information on the web still trust search engines but the way people search for information online is changing. Increasingly, people are using voice search on their smartphones, tablets or voice assistants (like the Amazon Echo or Google Home devices) to search for information on the internet (yet another compelling reason to make sure that your site is optimized for mobile).

In essence, voice searches are largely about answering questions, not about focusing on individual keywords. SEO is fast becoming AEO (Answer Engine Optimisation).  To quote NewsCred, “If you’re a marketer, “What’s the Alexa strategy?” will be a question you’ll be expected to answer.”

Recommended Reading: OK Google: Why & How Your Medical Practice Should Prepare For Voice Search

Wrapping Up

Social media is constantly evolving, and while you need to stay abreast of trends, you don’t necessarily need to jump on each and every one of them at once. To stay competitive in the social space, we need to be open to new technology and ready to experiment with new tools, but we shouldn’t fall for the proverbial “shiny object syndrome.”

Keep your sights on the bigger picture — ask yourself how this new technology fits with your overall strategy. The challenge as always is keeping ahead of evolving social media trends, but equally staying true to your mission and vision.


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Posted in #HCSM, Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: Do These 4 Things Before You Post To Social Media

Welcome to this week’s social media tip. Today I want you to think about how you can do more than just add to the online chatter.

Here are four questions to ask yourself before you post to your social media channels.

1. Is this post valuable to my social media followers?

Ask yourself why your followers (and not just you, personally) would find the content to be valuable.

Better still, ask your audience.

Go right to your audience and ask them what kind of content they’d like to see from you. You can create quick polls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or go deeper with a survey. Survey MonkeyPolldaddy and Google’s own survey forms are all simple tools of the trade which have been around for ages and they still work really well.

Recommended Reading7 Places To Discover What Your Audience Wants To Read (So You Can Write It For Them!)

2. Which channel is best suited for this post?

Now that you are certain the information adds value,  it’s time to decide which channel would be best suited to convey this message.

If you have already created a mission statement for each of your brand’s social media profiles, this step is easy: just see which channel’s mission statement best describes the post.

Recommended ReadingHow To Create A Social Media Mission Statement For Your Healthcare Business

3. Is this post optimized for the social network I’ve selected?

While the quality of your content is a key factor for successful social sharing, how you present your information is also very important.

Study after study confirms that how you create and share content matters — with visual content leading the way. According to research by Kissmetrics, photos get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts.

Obviously, if you’re sharing on a visual channel, like Instagram, you’ll want to add high-quality visuals, but consider adding visuals also to more text-based channels like Twitter. Tweets with photos give a boost to engagement rates. 

Pro Tip: You can easily create your own images with drag-and-drop tools, like Canva and Ribbet.  They will also automatically create the right sizes for your Facebook page, so you don’t need to worry about it.

Recommended Reading10 Places To Find The Best Free Images For Your Healthcare Marketing

Other things to consider when it comes to optimizing your posts are using the correct hashtags and creating an impactful headline.

Recommended Reading: 50 Power Words To Super Charge Your Content Marketing

4. Am I posting this at the best time?

To optimize your engagement and reach, you want to share content when your audience is online. If you search for optimal posting times, you will find many guides online. You can follow these recommendations as a starting point, but it’s best to do your own testing to see which days and times work best for your own audience.

Once you’ve determined the right posting times for each social channel, schedule your posts to hit those times. Use a scheduling tool like Buffer or Hootsuite.

Recommended ReadingHow To Better Manage Social Media With Hootsuite

Putting it all together

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I’ve been sharing this graphic for the past three years from Hootsuite and I still love it. The questions above are based on this flowchart. Keep it close to you and refer to it often.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Iconfinder

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Iconfinder – an online database of almost one million icons.

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Free: For personal use. Often requires attributing the author.

Pay As You Go: Gives you access to full collection.

Premium: For frequent users.

Posted in #HCSM

How To Write A Content Marketing Plan For Your Healthcare Business

A content marketing plan is a roadmap that, not only tells you what you’re going to create but how you’re going to create it, when you’re going to publish it and how you’re going to promote it.

According to the Content Marketing Institute, having a documented (i.e. written down) strategy means:

  • You’ll feel significantly less challenged by every aspect of content marketing.
  • You’ll generally consider yourself more effective in your use of all content marketing tactics and social media channels.
  • You’ll be able to justify spending a higher percentage of your marketing budget on content marketing.

Below you’ll find my process for developing a content strategy.

Step #1 Audit Existing Content

A content audit allows you to review the content you have published and look for opportunities for improvements or content gaps to fill.

Take a look back at what has worked for you this year. Which of the content (blogs, videos, live streams, images, etc.) that you created and shared performed the best? What length of content worked best (long-form or shorter posts?) Which content fell flat?

Pro Tip: Learn from the success of your competition. Run a competitor audit to see which type of content they’re creating that is making an impact with their followers.

Step #2 Do Keyword Research

Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it.

If you want to rank in Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Brainstorm a list of suitable topics related to your business. Then use one or more of these keyword tools to discover more terms related to your core keywords.

Step #3 Set Clear Goals

Setting clear goals will not only propel your content strategy forward but it will also serve as defined metrics when it comes to measuring your progress.

Describe the specific goals and outcomes you’re seeking to accomplish with your content marketing. These should be aligned with your business goals. Are you looking to build brand awareness, drive leads, or increase user engagement?

Whichever goal you wish to pursue, make it as detailed and specific as possible. The more trackable your goal is, the easier it’ll be in a few months to see if you have achieved it.

Take Action: Follow the SMART goal formula to make your goals clear and actionable.

Step #4 Know Your Audience

Your next step is to identify exactly who is going to consume the content you create. Start by finding data on your existing audience. Use the Demographics and Interests sections of Google Analytics and the audience analytics features contained within Facebook Insights and Twitter to help you.

When producing content, your number one goal should be to add value to your community. Content doesn’t work unless it’s targeted. All successful businesses are based on their ability to meet the needs of their audience and content marketing is no different.

Pro Tip: The key here is to really know your audience and their pain-points. Start speaking their language when it comes to the problem you’re solving, and how they relate to their pain points. Write content that specifically answers their particular needs and the types of solutions they’re looking for.

Step #5 Determine Your Content Format

This is a two-part strategy. Firstly, you need to go where your audience is consuming content (many social media platforms lend themselves more naturally to specific types of content). Identify how, when, and where they like to engage with content, and then start to create content on your audience’s preferred platform and preferred way of consuming content.

Secondly, you need to take stock of your own resources. What internal and external resources will you need to run your content marketing engine? Do you have time to write regularly for a blog? Would it be better for you to create video blogs (vlogs) for your website or communicate through a live stream broadcast? What assets do you already have that you can leverage for your content strategy? For example, do you have access to a graphic designer who can create infographics? Use your in-house talent to create unique content and publish it in a format that will attract and retain your audience’s attention.

Step #6 Build A Content Calendar

A content calendar helps you maintain a consistent content production schedule, enabling you to plan for seasonal content, and annual campaigns. It also helps you deliver a more balanced mix of content formats, such as articles, videos, and social posts.

Pro Tip: Add your keywords from Step #2 to keep you focused.

Step #7 Plan Your Promotion

Content has no value unless it’s shared. You need to determine how you will connect your content with the right audience at the right time.

Instead of treating content amplification as something you only do after the content is created and published, you should incorporate promotion strategies into the content planning and creation process. Marketer Rand Fishkin goes so far as to say: “Before you ever create content, I urge you to ask the critical question: Who will help amplify this and why? If you don’t have a great answer, a specific list of people, don’t create it.”

Step #8 Measure Results

How will you know if all the time you’re investing in social media marketing is paying off? You won’t know 

 You won’t know unless you put a system in place to measure and analyze your efforts.

Key metrics to track include:

  • Traffic. How many blog or website visitors did you receive from social media?
  • Engagement. How many likes, clicks, and shares are your posts receiving?
  • Conversions. How many blog or website visitors are completing conversion steps?

Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Ensure Your Website Is Mobile Compatible

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want you to take a closer look at your website. 

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In the online world, your website is a virtual office location. It showcases who you are and what you do.  Your website has seven seconds to make an impression and your patients are making snap judgments based on what they see and read.

Why You Need A Mobile Responsive Website

Firstly most people aren’t looking at your website on a desktop or laptop anymore. They are looking at it on a phone or tablet.

Secondly, Google now gives ranking priority to those sites that are mobile friendly. In fact, Google has stated that it will penalize websites that aren’t mobile-responsive, so if your site isn’t optimized for mobile devices, you’ll likely lose out significantly in the organic search rankings. To check if your site’s design is responsive, enter its URL into this Google tool.

How To Check If Your Website Is Mobile Compatible

Check how your website looks on a mobile device. If you need a magnifying glass to read it then your website is most likely not mobile responsive.

Below are some tips from Search Engine Watch to ensure your website is mobile compatible:

  • Use a responsive website design that adapts to mobile devices or create a mobile version of your website that is properly redirected for mobile users.
  • Use Google Search Console to add and verify the mobile version of your website.
  • Make sure that all the content formats used on your mobile site can be crawled and indexed (check using the txt testing tool ).
  • Ensure that content is consistent across your mobile site and desktop site.
  • Test your page speed using PageSpeed Insights. If your page is slow, use an auditing tool to find and fix uncompressed content, page errors, and other elements slowing your website down.

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Soovle

 

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is keyword research toolSoovle.

I’ve been performing a lot of keyword searches for new clients lately and trying out new tools to help me with this task.  For in depth, granular searches I’m using a paid tool, but if you just want to do a quick keyword search there are some really useful free tools you can try first. 

Soovle is one of the quickest tools out there. Enter one of your search terms  and it’ll  autocomplete suggestions from a wide variety of search engines, including Google, Youtube, Bing, Amazon and Wikipedia.

Here’s what I find when I search for keywords related to the term “content marketing”.

 

It’s really instructive and interesting to see the commonalities – and differences – between searches on different platforms. 

Related: How To Find The Best Keywords For Your Website

Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Analyse Your Twitter Activity

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip. Today I want to show you how to use Twitter’s Analytics Dashboard. 

The Tweet activity dashboard is a tool you can use to learn more about your Tweets and how they resonate with your audience. For instance:

  • See how people engage with your Tweets in real-time.
  • Compare your Tweet activity and followers, and see how they trend over time.
  • Click on any Tweet to get a detailed view of the number of Retweets, replies, likes, follows, or clicks it receives.
  • Get detailed insights into who your audience is, especially those who engage with your Tweets.
  • Download your Tweet metrics.

How to use it

To get started, log in to analytics.twitter.com with your Twitter username and password to turn analytics on for your account.

To access your Tweet activity:

    • On a desktop or laptop computer, visit analytics.twitter.com and click on Tweets.
    • In the Twitter app for iOS or Android, tap the analytics icon visible in your Tweets. Make sure you have installed the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, iPad, or Twitter for Android.

I’m going to show you how this looks on my account on a laptop.

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From here I can click into an individual Tweet to see specific data for that Tweet:

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Use Twitter Analytics to track your progress over time – see which tweets resonate most with your followers, track your follower growth and more.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: TinyPNG

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is TinyPNGa handy compression tool for JPEG and PNG images to make your sites and apps faster.

TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your image files. By selectively decreasing the number of colors in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size.

 Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster. The files produced by TinyPNG are displayed perfectly on all modern browsers including mobile devices. 

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7 Free Google Tools To Boost Your Healthcare Marketing

Over two decades ago, two Stanford Ph.D. students launched a new search engine with a bold mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. 

Now two decades later, at the first sign of a symptom, patients instinctively turn first to “Dr. Google” to find answers to their health questions.

But Google is more than just a powerful search engine. 

Google also provides us with some really useful tools as online marketers and communicators.

In this post, I’m going to share some of my favorite go-to Google tools that I regularly turn to. Best of all these tools are completely free so you can enjoy trying them out without spending a cent.

1. Google Mobile Friendly Test

Use Google Mobile-Friendly Test to see how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device.

Just enter a page URL to see how your page scores.

Why this tool is useful

Having a mobile-responsive site (ie one that automatically changes its layout and placements of certain menus and buttons automatically) is important because firstly, not only are over half of patients searching online for health information on their smartphone, but secondly, Google now gives ranking priority to those sites that are mobile friendly.  In fact, Google has stated that it will penalize websites that aren’t mobile-responsive, so if your site isn’t optimized for mobile devices, you’ll likely lose out significantly in the organic search rankings. 

Use Google Mobile-Friendly Test to see how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device.

2. Google Page Speed Insights

PageSpeed Insights is a tool that indicates how well a page performs on the Chrome UX Report and suggests performance optimizations.

Why this tool is useful

Although speed has been used in Google ranking for some time, that signal was focused on desktop searches. Google announced that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches too.  This marks an important shift in Google’s approach to measuring page speed while stressing the importance of mobile user experiences.

3. Google Alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, blogs) based on your choice of query –  for example, keeping updated on emerging healthcare trends. You can control how often you receive these alerts (daily or weekly), whether you wish to receive all mentions, or limit it to the most relevant, and you can add new alerts, or delete old ones at any point.

Why this tool is useful

Use Google Alerts to monitor who’s talking about your brand. This is important so you can respond to any criticism, customer complaints or thank someone for writing something positive about you.

4. Google My Business

Google My Business is a simple to use tool that allows small business owners  to increase their online visibility and promote their business information on Google Search.

GMB appears on desktop – just to the right of the organic and paid search results. If you’re on mobile, it appears as a top result before the organic results. If you haven’t set up your GMB listing, it’s time to do so. Follow these step-by-step instructions to get started right away.

Why this tool is useful

According to Google “Providing and updating business information in Google My Business can help your business’s local ranking on Google and enhance your presence in Search and Maps.”

5. Google Analytics

Tracking the number of visitors to your website, where they came from, how they got there, and what they read can provide you with important marketing insight. The most comprehensive and free tool to do this is Google Analytics.

Why this tool is useful

Use Google Analytics to track top-performing content on your website, and the native analytics tools of each of the social networks you use to discover the type of posts that get the most engagement (shares, comments, likes, click-through rates, etc.)

6. Google AdWords

 Google Ads Keyword Planner gives you insight into the volume of monthly searches for a particular keyword, and how much and how much competition there is, based on advertising spend for sponsored links. It also returns suggested terms you could use instead or alongside your original keyword.

Why this tool is useful

If you want your website to rank higher in Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it.

7. Google Trends

Google Trends analyzes a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you enter relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time.

Why this tool is useful

You can use this tool to evaluate the popularity of certain terms, compare them against other keyword variations, analyze how their popularity varies over time and in different regions/languages, and show related keywords, which can be helpful in getting new keyword suggestions.

Do you use any of these Google tools? Do you have any other Google tools to add to this list?

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#ThursdayTip: How To Mute Accounts, Keywords & Hashtags on Twitter

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to use the Mute feature on Twitter.

Mute is a handy feature on Twitter, which if you’re not familiar with, can be a real boon to your Twitter experience. It allows you to remove an account’s Tweets from your timeline without unfollowing or blocking that account. Muted accounts will not know that you’ve muted them and you can unmute them at any time.

How To Mute An Account 

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Some things to note about Mute:

  • Muted accounts can follow you and you can follow muted accounts. Muting an account will not cause you to unfollow them.
  • Muting an account does not impact the account’s ability to send you a Direct Message.
  • You will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from any muted account.
  • Replies and mentions by the muted account will still appear in your Notifications tab.
  • Tweets from a muted account – posted before the account was muted – will be removed from your Home timeline.
  • When you click or tap into a conversation, replies from muted accounts will be visible.

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How To  Mute Conversations, Keywords, and Hashtags

Twitter also gives you the option to mute Tweets that contain particular words, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags. Muting will remove these Tweets from your Notifications tab, push notifications, SMS, email notifications, Home timeline, and from replies to Tweets.

If you would like to stop receiving notifications for a particular conversation, you can choose to mute it. When you mute a conversation, you won’t get any new notifications about that conversation. You will, however, still see Tweets from the conversation in your timeline and when you click into the original Tweet.

For more on how to use this feature, visit advanced muting options on Twitter.

Here’s to your Twitter success!

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Preview

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Preview, a super useful Instagram app.

Preview is your visual planner for Instagram. Use it to predict what your feed will look like before you post anything on Instagram.

Features at a glance

DRAG & DROP

Use the drag & drop to arrange your Instagram photos & videos. Design your own unique theme. Color coordinate. Predict how your feed will look like. Or simply plan your content in advance.

ANALYTICS & INSIGHTS

Track your performance, see best times to post & best hashtags. Optimize your account to get the most out of it.

AMAZING FILTERS

Design your own unique and amazing feed that reflects your personality or brand. Preview comes with 12 beautiful filter packs and 73 unique filters.

REPOST

Share other Instagrammers’ photos and videos. Save them in Preview for later. Curate your feed.

PERFECT YOUR CAPTIONS

Write your captions in advance and perfect them. Use the hashtag suggestion tool. Save your hashtag groups within the app and add them to new posts at a press of a button.

HASHTAG FINDER

Search for the best Instagram hashtags to grow your account. Search by category, country, city & Instagram community.

SCHEDULE

Set a day and time for your post. See what you have scheduled for the day, week and month. When it’s time to post, Preview will send you a notification. All you have to do is send your post to Instagram and paste your caption.

Pricing

All plans come with: Drag and Drop, Unlimited Posts, Photo Editor, Hashtag Finder, Hashtag Groups Manager, Beautiful Stock Photos, and Photo, Video and Carousel posts.

Paid plans start at $7.99 per month.

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How To Create A Healthcare Infographic

Information graphics or infographics are stand-alone graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. They are universally understandable and can illustrate information that may be too technical to communicate in text.

Research suggests that publishers who use infographics grow in traffic 12 percent more than those who don’t. This is because an infographic unless it’s completely awful (and they exist), will get a lot more attention than a typical text blog post.

They can also be a fun way to promote brand awareness. In terms of social media marketing, they are an effective way of spreading information (the “viral” process) across multiple social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogs.

11 content ideas for a healthcare infographic  

There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating a healthcare infographic. Below are some suggestions to get you started.

  1. Technological breakthrough
  2. Latest research
  3. Medical conditions
  4. The human body
  5. First aid advice
  6. Drug information
  7. Statistics
  8. Diseases
  9. Health care reform
  10. Surgical procedures
  11. Nutrition

 7 tips for designing a healthcare infographic 

A good infographic takes time to create and should contain the following elements.

  1. Be concise
  2. Be visually appealing
  3. Be of value and interest to your readers
  4. Be accurate
  5. Be creative
  6. Be transparent (always cite your data sources )
  7. Be mindful of copyright

How to create a healthcare infographic

Infographics are valuable tools for healthcare providers to present complex information, educate patients, and brand and market a healthcare service in a creative and visually attractive way.

The following tools will make it easy for even the novice designer to create interesting infographics.

1. Canva

2. Visme

3. Infogram

If you are serious about using infographics to inform and educate your patients or market your brand, it’s best to hire a specialist infographic designer. But, if you just want to have some fun and test your design skills, then use the tips and tools listed above to get creative with your data.

 

Posted in #HCSM, Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Embrace Long-Form Content

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. Today I invite you to think about how you can add more long-form content to your content marketing strategy.

It seems ironic, but even with the popularity of video and expiring content, there also exists an appetite for longer, more in-depth content.

serpIQ did a study of the average length of the content in the top 10 results of search queries. The company found that the top-rated posts usually were over 2,000 words.

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Long-form content also gives you an SEO edge. Put simply, search engines are built to serve people the best content, from credible sources, that answers users’ questions. Google has made it explicitly clear that it now prioritizes longer, informative posts over short ones that exist only to sell a product.

Try writing posts that are 1000 to 2000 plus words. Make them a resource type post that people will want to link to when they are writing their posts.

This tactic is no short-cut to success. To write a comprehensive, long-form piece of content with practical application that people want to share and link to takes a lot of research and time.

You won’t write this sort of content every day, but if you plan to make 2020 the year you will produce just one piece of stand-out content, I promise you will look back at the end of the year and feel you’ve really achieved something worth the effort.

Here’s to your social media success!