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SESSION: “How the Macroeconomics of Healthcare and Shifting Demographics are Changing the Future of Aging Services”

SPEAKER: James Orlikoff, consultant named one of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare

Orlikoff noted that big trends such as macroeconomics and demographics are already impacting providers of health services to older adults. These have given consumers more choice than ever before, which is actually a risk to providers. Why? The average consumer can not only choose your competitors, he/she can choose not to use the service at all. (Most American consumers do not have enough cash to purchase care on their own, so they’ll stop using healthcare and/or default on medical bills.) To stay relevant regardless of whatever curve ball the healthcare game may pitch next, Orlikoff encouraged attendees to focus on four strategies:

As Director of Marketing Strategies, I spend my time looking at client results and defining why numbers are what they are. Conversion data for senior living clients comes from a complex combination of pay-per-click and retargeting, optimized landing pages and more.

Over the last years, I’ve also spent significant hours working towards multiple Google Partner certifications.

Yet when analyzing results and preparing new plans, I still guide our teams to leave room in every budget for a very non-digital marketing tactic:

Direct Mail. At this year’s LeadingAge PA conference, a session on this tried-and-true technique reaffirmed why.

Creating Results attended and sponsored the informative SMASH conference held in Chicago earlier this month. For the senior living industry, this conference is innovative and refreshing.

Among all the keynotes and sessions I attended, I noticed an underlying theme: the concept of being prospect-centered in every marketing interaction.

This is especially important in the digital arena. Keeping this prospect-centric concept of at the forefront of your SEO and SEM strategies will result in tremendous success. Over the next few months, I plan to explain and give examples of such success with this concept through this blog series.

Today's post focuses on SEO questions (an Algorithm 101 primer). And -- BONUS! -- I will even share with you my favorite basic checklist.

Last week I had the advantage of joining nearly 500 other paid search and digital marketers in the city of brotherly love for HeroConf, a conference focused on paid search marketing.

The program highlighted trends, best practices and even gave a few brief glances into the crystal ball of search engine marketing. I have so many actionable takeaways I was able to bring back to implement for our clients!

I wanted to share the love and reveal three exciting takeaways for senior living and real estate search marketers.

1. Don’t ignore Microsoft Bing.

Sure, Google is the giant (and you should be spending more with Google AdWords) but the power of search by the Bing Network is really growing.

Google made another sudden, major change this week in regards to its search engine results pages (SERPs). While the change is still rolling out, very soon it will affect every search made through Google.

Why should you care?

If you are investing marketing dollars in Google’s paid search product, AdWords, listen up! I’m going to tell you why - and how to roll with the changes so that your senior living and housing marketing results do not suffer.

Yesterday we explained the ins and outs of Pinterest, the newest and shiniest kid on the social block. The explosive growth of this platform has the online world buzzing about with excitement – or skepticism. Is it really the next big thing? And more importantly for marketers to matures, is it the next big thing for older consumers? We feel…

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