Marketing to Doctors in a Way That Speaks to Them

As the saying goes, marketing is delivering the right message, at the right time, to the right audience.

In the age of COVID-19, this ‘instant’ relevance is even more essential when advertising to physicians and health care providers. A product or service must be applicable to current market needs, reasonably accessible, and relate back to common experiences. Since many traditional avenues of marketing aren’t necessarily part of a doctor’s daily routine, try these effective techniques for successful marketing to physicians.

1. Time is Limited; Don’t Bury the Lead. Health care providers generally don’t have a lot of down-time – especially right now. If you want your sales message to speak to them, get right to the point. Doctors are generally on the go from one patient to the next, all while juggling paperwork, managing staff, teaching clinics and other responsibilities. Consider using brief messaging that can be easily delivered and understood on a mobile device. Be up-front about how to quickly access what you’re offering. Highlight the value it can add or the help it provides.

2. Meet Doctors Where They Are. Doctors rely on their phones and tablets much more than conventional desktop computer setups. Make this a focus when developing your advertising strategy. Build digital campaigns that are mobile friendly and easily responsive across all devices. Target places where health care providers spend time outside of the exam room – social media networks, professional associations, and medical publications are an excellent start.

3. Support Staff are Your Backstage Pass. Business operations often require a team effort. This is especially true for medical practices and doctor’s offices. These facilities all employ practice managers, front desk staff, nurses, physician assistants, and more – to work in coordination to keep a practice running smoothly. This support network can be overlooked by shortsighted marketers who want to target the business “decision-maker.” The truth is, practice staff often have more influence with a doctor than anyone else, and can be a powerful resource when they know and trust your brand.

4. Thought Leadership is Key. In a world saturated with advertising and sales messages, you can stand-out by being a true source of knowledge. Break through the noise by providing health care providers with useful information and expertise about your company, industry, or even your competitors and possible alternatives to your product. Becoming a trusted and reliable resource before you make a sale is a great way to ensure doctors want to work with you in the future.

5. Personalize Your Message. Health care providers work in all types of settings: urban, rural, large hospital, solo/small practice – so there is no “one size fits all” strategy for successful marketing to this demographic. However, you can optimize your chances of being seen by targeting and personalizing your message more directly. Consider whether your target audience is the doctor who runs his or her own practice, or the one who works in an employed setting like a hospital or university system. These factors generally make the biggest difference in how relevant your service can be within a health care team’s daily routine.

For more tips and information on how to reach Texas physicians, visit www.texmed.org/Marketing

Last Updated On

August 21, 2020