Social Networking Signals: How to Read the Internet’s Mind

Social Networking is all about connection!

People want to be social about everything, including health care. As the cold and flu season approaches, you might be wondering how you can be on the watch for experiences and opinions that revolve around your services. If you could read the Internet’s mind, you would actually know who to target and how to effectively use your social networking platforms to target potential patients.

First, let’s talk connection. It’s fairly easy to engage in social networking if you have the right resources in place. Having real discussions with people – true social networking – is more than just posting your side of the conversation. Interact often and watch as your following grows. Remember that the internet is often used as the first point of healthcare research for many people. Your “interactions” with the community online will give you credibility and build your brand.

Now, on to the good stuff. Let’s say that you’re already doing a great job interacting, but just can’t keep up! That’s a great place to be! You may be experiencing a boost in site traffic, more word of mouth referrals, increased brand awareness, and brand loyalty. Amazing! Now you want to capture the attention of your growing audience (and the eyes and ears of your potential audience) and share pertinent information about the upcoming cold and flu season. Enter Hootsuite!

Hootsuite is a social networking and social media management system for brand management. It’s like a master program that helps support social networking integration for Twitter, Facebook, and many other popular social networking forums. Imagine a single dashboard that is customizable to your needs and can be the eyes and ears that you need. By setting up mentions and keyword streams, you can, essentially, read the internet’s mind! And then organize your posts to correspond with what you’re hearing.

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