Digital, whether it be via a smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet, is here to stay. This means online advertising for your pharmacy is crucial to its growth and success in the New Year. We are here to help you with your pharmacy’s digital marketing and more in today’s blog.
Where to Start with Advertising Your Pharmacy?
Pharmacies that previously focused on more traditional channels now find that digital marketing offers unprecedented targeting opportunities and increased reach. Digital marketing means any advertising or marketing conducted through digital channels, from websites and mobile apps to search engines and social media networks.
By shifting your focus, you can meet your patient base on the devices and platforms they use every day, establish an online presence, and market yourself on multiple channels.
How Can Pharmacies Attract Customers?
Customers today are looking for a seamless digital experience, but also want to connect personally with the companies they are interested in online.
Here are a few ways you can draw in digital customers:
- Maintain a human connection by being responsive to questions and inquiries
- Sharing photos of your staff and store
- Share new content consistently to engage customers
- Highlight your unique value and promote special offerings
- Make it easy for them to find and connect with you online (ie: create recognizable and easy to remember usernames)
What Makes a Pharmacy Unique?
Branding helps you create a memorable identity for your pharmacy business, including a mission and vision statement and brand story. Pharmacies that stand out also have a unique selling point or value proposition. For example, this could be cost, convenience, location, or specialty products and services.
While a strong brand and problem-solving solutions can help you stand out from the crowd, you still need a solid plan for advertising your pharmacy.
9 Ideas for Advertising Your Pharmacy
Build your patient base with these pharmacy advertising ideas:
1. Promote Your Pharmacy Through Google My Business
The profile is added to Google Maps and search results pages so that anyone looking for local pharmacies can find you. Also, encourage patients to review your pharmacy on Google so their referrals show up on your profile.
2. Keep Your Directory Listings Updated
Add your pharmacy to as many of these as possible. For an annual fee, sites like Moz Local and Yext can help you manage and update your listings in all major directories from a single platform. The more directories you show up on, especially high-traffic ones, the more it will improve your local SEO.
- Business name and logo
- Location and contact information
- Hours of operation
- Products and services
- Storefront photo
3. Use Social Media to Advertise Your Pharmacy
Facebook is one of the top 10 most-visited websites in the world along with YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Therefore, creating and maintaining active social media accounts can help you build a following and engage your patient base.
Make the most of your social media presence by:
- Creating accounts on all major platforms to claim your business name and direct people to your website
- Becoming active on one or two platforms where your patients are most likely to spend time
- Focusing on quality and consistency with regular posts, useful health content, images, and videos
- Letting patients know when you have upcoming sales or events
4. Target Your Ideal Customers on Facebook
Facebook allows you to advertise your pharmacy to potential patients with highly-targeted ads.
Each ad campaign can be created for and shared with a pre-selected audience. On Facebook’s Ads Manager platform you can select from a range of parameters including age, gender, location, relationship, and age of children. For example, Facebook’s ad network also extends to Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Audience Network, allowing you to expand your reach.
Creating effective ads for your pharmacy does take practice, but Facebook’s paid campaigns are an effective way of reaching a much larger audience online.
5. Host Virtual Events
- Educating patients about common health conditions and treatments
- Promoting new and seasonal offerings to patients and healthcare professionals
- Connecting you with local businesses through community events and collaborations
6. Cross-promote With Local Businesses
Fellow healthcare businesses and practitioners can provide opportunities for trade agreements and mutual referral programs. You can also work with local small businesses, sharing product samples and service announcements. In return, you can offer to stock their products.
7. Reach Customers via Direct Mail
While your pharmacy should focus on digital marketing, it’s also important to remember that some patients, especially the homebound ones, welcome a different approach.
Target your local community with colorful self-mailers like postcards, leaflets, or letters that introduce your pharmacy and services. Be sure to include a limited-time offer or coupon with each one to get people to come to you.
8. Provide Free Health Screenings
A few types of free screenings you could offer:
- Wellness exams
- Full cholesterol panels
- Blood pressure and glucose screenings
To help spread the word, consider launching a Facebook ad campaign or adding a Local Post event to your Google My Business profile.
9. Send Your Patients Email Newsletters
Email marketing allows you to stay connected with and build on your current patient base. By sending regular email newsletters, you can keep your audience informed about what’s going on at your pharmacy, promote special offers, and share relevant health content.
Start building that all-important email list by getting patients to sign up for virtual events, free health screenings, digital tools like a pharmacy mobile app, or updates on upcoming promotions.