Optometry Marketing 101
Want to know the one secret to growth marketing? Comprehensive omni-channel marketing plans. Okay, so that “one secret” is admittedly many recurring marketing activities. And yes, we’ll still break the plan down for you. We're comfortable giving away the recipe for marketing success because only an eye care expert can replicate the results.
That means if you're an MD or OD, congrats! You can follow these steps and get a start in growth marketing. If you’d rather us help you, we can do that too! Keep reading to see how it’s done.
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What’s the Benefit?
In eye care marketing, you want to identify your audience segments (i.e. specialty patients or optical patients) and promote how your services will meet their needs. This relates to one of the oldest and most important marketing binaries: the relationship between features and benefits. There are features and benefits to any product or service, and traditionally, you’re supposed to focus on the benefits of your services.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t mention features. That would be impossible! What it means is if you’re going to talk about your procedures in your marketing, don’t focus primarily on the features, or how you perform your surgery (or with what equipment). Focus on how those features will make your patient feel, and how they will benefit from them.
Lead & Demand
There are two categories that marketing activities often get labeled under: demand and lead generation. Think of demand gen like an awareness campaign, or the process of building an audience across channels. Traditionally, demand gen would be billboards or newspaper ads, and today it also includes SEO, blogging, eblasts, organic social media and free resource downloads. In contrast, lead generation is the process of turning that audience into sales leads, and its activities include PPC (Google ads), direct mail, events and website forms.
For optometry, our eye care experts use keywords informed by the specialty patients your practice needs to perform lead gen tactics like SEO and PPC. This allows us to reach those prospects sooner when they’re searching Google for an OD and book them into an appointment. Then, we use demand gen activities like social media, blogs and eblasts to drip them content and earn their trust. These activities combined create an omni-channel approach that gives your prospects multiple ‘touch points’ to capture them as patients.
Market Their Needs
There's a reason we stick to eye care marketing--putting up a landing page with chiropractic or dentistry keywords is easy. Effectively marketing to patient profiles within those fields would be decidedly not so. Knowing eye care means we know the psychology behind eye care patients, including what makes them tick and what makes them click.
A popular marketing theory by behavioral scientist William Leach states there are 3 key consumer needs: security (safety), control (empowerment) and release (engagement). In optometry, safety would be your patients' need to protect and preserve their eyesight. Empowerment would be their need to feel they've done everything possible to improve their loved one's health. Engagement would be their need to release themselves from the anxiety...something a clean bill of eye health or a new pair of frames could fix.
If you market to these consumer needs in your campaigns with timely, useful and interesting optometry content, you can earn the trust of your patients AND improve your ROI.
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Here’s the Plan
Grow, Grow, Grow with EyeCarePro
Want your practice to have a bright and sunny marketing outlook all year long? With EyeCarePro on your team, there’s always growth in the forecast. We’ll provide you with a veteran optometry marketing specialist whose sole job is to tend to your practice’s unique needs. You’ll get specially tailored and targeted marketing strategies, an absolutely gorgeous mobile-first, patient-oriented website, digital content and full SEO support. We’re not your garden variety digital marketers. Give us a call at 201.591.4350 and let's breathe new life into your practice today!