As new marketing channels continue to emerge, technology provides us with an endless array of marketing strategies. In my work as a digital manager, my competition in the senior in-home health market is strong. While it’s great to have so many options at our disposal, I’ve found that the best way to approach B2C marketing is to select a few approaches that really work and dedicate the majority of your time and energy to fine-tuning them.
Tier One: Make your clients your ambassadors.
Providing care to seniors in their homes is a personal service, one that requires a respectful and trusting relationship between our service professionals and our clients. We serve many clients who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. They’re looking for assurance that the senior care service they choose will be attentive and safe.
Referrals and testimonials from other clients are meaningful to new clients who may be skeptical about receiving quality care. That’s why the first tier of a solid marketing strategy is to turn current clients into ambassadors of your brand. Our tier-one strategy includes emailing coupons out to current clients and asking them to refer friends and other family members to our company.
Testimonials from current clients speak volumes in a business-to-consumer marketing strategy. A personal testimonial like this one does more to motivate consumers to contact us than anything we could write ourselves:
“I want to thank you and the whole team for doing such a great job for my mom. She loved her home health aides. Your service was really top notch and I appreciate how much easier you’ve made things for her in the last couple of months.”
Tier Two: Inform them with regular content marketing.
As people become older and are less able to do the things they once could, the prospect of losing their independence is frightening. A large part of our business-to-consumer approach is using information about senior care to help potential clients have a greater level of comfort with the notion of receiving help at home.
Well-written articles answer all the probing questions that keep your customers awake in the middle of the night. A question that weighs heavily on our clients’ minds is how to pay for in-home care. We try to relieve that burden by using content marketing to inform potential clients about ways to pay for care that they might not have considered.
This content strategy positions companies as trusted experts, while at the same time priming consumers for client conversions.
Tier Three: Focus on the social media channels that your clients are most likely to use.
Tier three of our B2C marketing strategy is the most active because it brings all the other strategies together. Potential clients want information that is fast and easily understandable. We’ve found that our target market spends a lot of time on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, so that’s where we focus. By using articles, videos and infographics, your consumers can get the information they need quickly and on the social media channels they use every day.
Our clients are interested in tips like how to set up trusts for senior-aged parents and how to make improvements to their homes to keep them safe. Social media channels give us the opportunity for our clients to get acquainted with the friendly faces of our staff. We recently added photos to our Facebook page of our employees taking supplies to senior citizens affected by Hurricane Irma. Content marketing articles shared on social media informed seniors on how to prepare ahead of time to stay safe during the hurricane.
Photographs on social media give you the chance to make deeper connections with the greater community. We recently advertised that we created a drop-off site in West Delray Beach to accept donations of bottled water, non-perishable food, baby items and pet supplies for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. These types of events enhance our branding because they show clients that caring for people is more than just our name — we embed it within our corporate culture.
Wrapping Up The Three-Tier B2C Marketing Strategy
Take the time to research which social media channels your clients spend time on. You don’t need to use them all. Through the most effective marketing channels, provide answers to their questions and give them tips they can use today. Make your clients ambassadors of your brand so that your business-to-consumer strategy will turn into consumer-to-consumer referrals.
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