How to Sell Medical Software to the Healthcare Space

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Marketing to healthcare professionals is never easy. They are constantly bombarded with information, making it hard to stand out from the crowd. Strict regulations mean that trust comes at a premium and entering the market as a new contender is correspondingly challenging.

To market your healthcare software, you may need to engage multiple stakeholders at different levels of the organization, then maintain their interest and buy-in throughout the long sales cycle. In this article, we’ll look at some tips and techniques to get your software in front of the right people in the healthcare industry, generate more leads, and keep your bottom line at the peak of health.

Get Detailed About Your Segmentation

While having a clear grasp of your buyer personas is essential for any software marketing strategy, it’s especially critical if you’re selling to the healthcare market. For one thing, you need to make sure you’re reaching all the stakeholders involved in the purchasing decision. Having a clear understanding of the challenges and priorities for each buyer type will ensure that your content, website, and campaigns cover all your bases.

Build Automated, Personalized Journeys

Once you’ve built thorough, data-rich buyer personas, you need to develop a digital “journey” for each profile. You can start with the standard “always-on” pathway that can be readily automated. For instance, you can offer a high-value white paper or another lead magnet with an email gateway, leading into an email series that guides your prospect from cold to warm and ends with an invitation to a sales call.

However, to stand out in this crowded market, you might also want to consider a higher level of personalization, such as journeys based on “trigger events” that you can identify from your knowledge of your target market.

An excellent example of a personalized journey might be a content series aimed at healthcare providers affected by a new type of regulation. The series could start with an educational article on how the regulation may affect your specific target, offer a free webinar to provide more detail, and then use the email addresses from the webinar to deliver a highly targeted email series explaining how your software can help them avoid any compliance pitfalls or risks.

While these can be programmed manually, you may find it easier to use your CRM software to help you segment your contacts more thoroughly, and tie content delivery to their online behavior, rather than more general data points (such as company size or job role.)

Grow Authority With 3rd Party Partnerships

Content is also a great way to build your authority as a trusted provider – and authority is fundamental in this highly regulated environment. By creating valuable, useful content (including original research, e-books, “how to” guides or other helpful materials) will enable you to demonstrate your company’s understanding of their needs and challenges.

For instance, consider building co-marketing campaigns with a strategic partner, a related (but non-competing) service provider, or even a key client – case studies are a powerful way to build trust in the healthcare market.

The healthcare industry can be tough, crowded, slow, and conservative. Getting ahead in this industry will require software companies to:

  • Thoroughly define, analyze and segment their buyer personas, then create the high-value content their prospects are looking for.
  • Partner with industry influencers and known brands to add authority to their content.
  • Distribute this trust-building content through personalized journeys based on behavioral triggers. 

Win Trust With Good Content

Speaking of content, it’s clear that high-value content is a must-have for software marketing in the healthcare space.

Healthcare providers prefer content that focuses on industry news, patient education materials, and information regarding insurance network updates. To catch the attention of future users of your software platform, consider creating content that will help make medical professionals better at their jobs, more informed for their patients, or more knowledgeable about their sector.

The Takeaway

The healthcare industry can be tough, crowded, slow, and conservative. Getting ahead in this industry will require software companies to thoroughly define, analyze, and segment their buyer personas, then create the high-value content their prospects are looking for.

Author Bio:

Judy Caroll

Judy Caroll is a marketing executive at Callbox. She is a blogger, online marketer and loves to share with you the best stuff in sales and marketing. Follow Judy on Twitter and Google+.