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MGMA Insights: Stewart Gandolf on the Keys to Successfully Market Your Medical Practice

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In this episode of the MGMA Insights Podcast, host Daniel Williams welcomes guest Stewart Gandolf, CEO at Healthcare Success. Gandolf shares his extensive experience in healthcare marketing, dating back to the 1990s when he started teaching private practice doctors about effective marketing strategies. During the conversation, Gandolf provides an overview of the six basic levers of marketing strategies for medical practices, including traditional advertising, branding, digital marketing, patient experience, doctor referral building, and public relations.
In the face of healthcare consumerism and increased competition, it's crucial for medical practices to adapt their marketing approach to protect and grow their patient base. According to Gandolf, this adaptation should consider the following strategies:

1. Focus on the patient experience: Prioritize providing an exceptional patient experience, from the initial contact to post-visit follow-up. This can help build loyalty and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
2. Leverage digital marketing: Invest in a comprehensive digital marketing strategy that includes search engine optimization, paid advertising, social media, and reputation management. This can help you reach and engage with potential patients online.
3. Differentiate your practice: Identify what makes your practice unique and highlight those differentiators in your marketing. This can help you stand out from the competition and attract the right patients.
4. Protect your existing patient base: Implement strategies to retain current patients, such as email marketing, loyalty programs, and personalized outreach. This can help you maintain and grow your market share.
5. Continuously adapt and innovate: Monitor industry trends and your competitors' activities, and be willing to adjust your marketing approach as needed. Staying agile and responsive can help you stay ahead of the curve.

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