Remember Moneyball? It’s a story about the Oakland A’s and how manager Billy Beane won more games at lower cost by using data differently.
Is there a lesson here for plastic surgeons? You bet. You need unique data to make marketing decisions that are more effective and cost less.
Where do plastic surgeons find such competitive insights? By asking their patients.
RealPatientRatings™ has feedback from over 20,000 post consult and post op surveys. As plastic surgery patients answered over 1 million questions, we’ve discovered a lot of surprising insights (and generated over 12,000 online reviews along the way….)
In Moneyball, the owner of the Boston Red Sox says to Billy Beane, “the first guy through the wall always gets a little bloody.” Well, RealPatientRatings is already on the other side of the wall and we have a LOT to share with you.
In this webinar, Marie Olesen, our resident "Billy Beane," shares the following:
- Growing your practice using patient feedback
- Increasing conversions by using top drivers of likelihood to schedule
- Stimulating referrals by focusing on what’s important to surgical patients
- Leveraging user-generated content on your website to increase leads
- and many more pearls you can’t get anywhere else
It’s all about MORE….. More leads. More consults. More cases. More referrals. More return on your investments.
Watch now to find out how you can find more value in your practice through statistical analysis.
Watch the full webinar with audio here:
See the slides here
Do you want more leads, consults and cases?
If so, add reviews to your website. A year's worth of data gathered from 14 plastic surgery practice websites shows these visitors who read reviews at part of a visit convert at least twice as often as those who don't. (In this case, "convert" simply means they completed a form on a website.)
People who are ready to take action search differently than those who are earlier in the buying process and simply gathering general information. When it comes to search volume, quality is much more important than quantity. For example, a visitor searching for "plastic surgeon reviews" will convert 10 times more often than a user just searching for "breast augmentation."
Consider the patient's thought process for a moment... they research plastic surgeons in their area for several months or longer, and begin to make plans. When can I take time off from work? When will I have enough money to do this?
They have a timeline for when they want to have surgery. They ask friends, "do you know who I should go to for this? Who is the best surgeon for the procedure I want?" Their minds are open to receive messaging during this process. Surgeons are mentioned, websites are consulted, photos are studied carefully.
What message do you want them to hear while they're actually listening?
Differentiate yourself. Every plastic surgeon on earth aims to create a "safe, comfortable environment" for their patients. Instead of platitudes, let your patients be your cheerleaders. They will tell the true story of your quality in their own words. You can't develop content as compelling or effective than a multitude of reviews from your real patients.
The proof is in. Authentic and transparent reviews published on your own website inspire more patients to move forward and either email or call your office. (Thank you notes and written notes are great too, but don't call them "testimonials," it's a terribly weak keyword).
Incremental changes can make a huge difference in revenue
Just a tiny increase from the typical website conversion rate of 1.5% (or 1 out of every 65 web visitors) up to 1.7% (1 out of every 58 visitors) can be obtained by adding review content to your own website and making that content easy for users to find.
For every 10 web leads that you receive now, you'll be getting 12. If you get 10 leads per week, in a month that's 8 more highly qualified leads.
To monetize this change for your practice, factor in your conversion rates. Do you know your ratio of emails to surgeries? If so, it's easy to determine the financial impact of just 10 more web leads per month. Our friends at Etna Interactive tell us that the typical range of email-to-surgery conversion rates is from 13.2% with the best practices as high as 24%.
How would just 1-2 more surgeries each month impact your bottom line?
RealPatientRatings supports and willingly conforms to the American Medical Association's recent policy addressing Anonymous Cyberspace Evaluations of Physicians (D-478.980).
(2) continue pursuing initiatives to identify and offer tools to physicians that allow them to manage their online profile and presence;
Physicians participating in Real Patient Ratings are given complete control over the information presented to consumers. However, the only patient comments that may be edited or removed from the Ratings Feed are those which violate the content and community guidelines.
(4) work to secure legislation that would require that the Web sites purporting to offer evaluations of physicians state prominently on their Web sites whether or not they are officially endorsed, approved or sanctioned by any medical regulatory agency or authority or organized medical association including a state medical licensing agency, state Department of Health or Medical Board;
Real Patient Ratings is officially endorsed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
and whether or not they are a for-profit independent business
RealPatientRatings is an independent, privately owned, for-profit business.
and have or have not substantiated the authenticity of individuals completing their surveys.
A patent-pending process that eliminates all non-patients ensures that the individuals completing surveys from RealPatientRatings are indeed authentic. Consumers can trust that the reviews published on RealPatientRatings were written only be real patients of each participating physician.
It can be useful to look at patterns in keywords to get a view inside your consumer's thought process.
One way to do this is to filter in Google Analytics on the words what, where, how, and why. As an example, we filtered 14 months of searches including the word "what."
The most obvious pattern is consumers seeking cost information. If you aren't sharing price ranges on your website, we think you should. (For more on this topic, see Marie Olesen's article "Why plastic surgeons shouldn't keep prices secret").
Another recurring theme seems to be around pain control.
Here are some actual phrases consumers used to find the RPR website:
- surgery with dr lee daniels eugene oregon what to expect
- what is a bair hugger
- dr simeon wall what pain medicine does he after tummy tuck
- explain what you feel when your skin have incontact with plastics
- show patient-rated doctos in georgia and what they had to say
- sidelaze practiced in what cities
- touchmd what is it
- what are the root causes of plastic surgery as an epidemic
- what can i do if i'm not satisfied with my plastic surgery results
- what does dr john diaz offer after the operation
- what does dr steven teitelbaum charge for augmentation
- what does dr. chasan charge for rhinoplasty
- what if my doctor won't refer me for scar revision
- what is dr paul chasan fee for rhinoplasty
- what is rpr facial rejuvenation atlanta
- what is the best consult to surgery ratio for plastic surgeons?
- what is the cost of implants at greg ratliff
- what is three legal and factor of a plastic surgeons
- what is typical recovery time mastioplasty
- what kind of plastic surgery is there
- what largest implant dr joanthan kramer has done
- what makes dr. robert hardesty of riverside unique
- what pain meds do dr prescribe for mommy makeover
- what people say about dr. shaw plastic surgeon
- what to ask at a pre op for mommy makeover
- what to look for on a plastic surgeons cv
- what to write in comments on a patient survey
- what type of liposuction does michael chairamonte
- what's the average cost for dr nein
Whether you have a large practice or a small one, writing content by studying to patient data is a fantastic way to communicate with your audience.
Now that RealPatientRatings.com has more than 10,000 reviews to study, it will be interesting to analyze deeper patterns of consumer keyword searches. We'll be sure to share our findings with you!