Where do your customers get their information? Traditional media and that encompasses magazines, television, newspapers and out-of-home media - as well as various sub segments. As we all know, social media is becoming an essential tool in public relations. However, social media should not be viewed as monolithic and pharmaceutical companies and others in the industry have come to recognize the importance of adopting a mult-channel approach to healthcare social media.
Healthcare social media pros use social media every day to publicize their clients and start two-way conversations. Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube are all important channels for social media. As a company or organization in the health industry, it may not seem important to be participating and interacting on social media. All too often healthcare practitioners’ dismiss healthcare social media as not being applicable to their industry. Why would someone want to follow a hospital on Twitter? Or be Facebook friends with a pharmaceutical company? There are in fact many reasons that audiences want to connect with those in the industry via healthcare social media platforms. Therefore, healthcare social media is becoming increasingly vital.
In order to develop healthcare social media strategies, companies and organizations must first be present on social media platforms. This means setting up accounts for Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. There may be some social media platforms that do not seem like the best fit for your company or organization.
Once you have created accounts on all relevant social media platforms, your healthcare social media strategies can begin. Start communicating relevant information and your messages to your audiences and converse with other companies, organizations and individuals in the health industry. Healthcare social media is best used when it fosters two-way communication and reaches the most individuals. The health industry has various information that is increasingly important to disseminate. Receiving this information could make a significant difference in someone’s life. These audiences are already using social media platforms for their daily lives, which is why it makes sense to connect with them on these healthcare social media platforms. Using all social media platforms to their full potential will increase communication and publicity for your company or organization in the health industry.