Identifying your target market is necessary for a successful healthcare marketing campaign. We have covered every little detail you need to know about your healthcare market. And we ensure, it is worth your read!
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This is not the case with the medical industry. A purchase here is not optional. A patient who requires medical assistance will need that help and pronto!
To assume that this individual will blindly purchase anything that you are selling as a Healthcare Service provider, is not correct. Understanding the ever-evolving dynamics and unique challenges of the medical industry is important.
The medical industry is becoming a more value-based model.By the end of 2019, up to 15% of global healthcare spending will be in some form of ‘value/outcome-based care’ concept.Click to tweet
As the focus is more on creating value, the key to better healthcare will be to establish long-term customer relationship. Your aim should be to strengthen the loyalty of customers while simultaneously building brand reputation.
However, to retain them for future Business Prospects, you need to know more about your market.
Healthcare market trends are constantly changing. To keep up, businesses carry market research in the industry. Doing so helps them stay up-to-date with what is currently trending and further allow them to maintain a competitive edge.
As a medical marketer, market research will allow you to stay in-the-know on what is making your market tick.
Before defining your market, you need to set objectives for your healthcare industry. Once your objectives are set, defining a market becomes easier. Why? Because you know exactly what you are aiming for, who you are aiming it towards.
Who are your competitors? Who are they targeting? Who are your current customers? Should you explore new markets? Are your competitors overlooking a niche market?
These are the important areas covered when talking about competitor analysis. To do this you will have to conduct detailed research on your competitors.
LOW COST COMPETENCY
BROAD MARKET SCOPE
Sell to masses & Cost Sensitive
Sell to masses at premium cost
NARROW MARKET SCOPE
Sell to niche with cost sensitivity
Sell to the niche at premium cost
Competition analysis will also help you realize if you want to sell to a niche segment or to the masses. And decide if your product will come with a premium price tag or a cost-sensitive one. Based on the level of competition, you can draw an outline of what brand image you want to portray.
You need to find your product’s USP and compare it to that of your competitor’s. List out the features of your product or service along with the benefits it provides. Since the healthcare market deals with living beings, you need to be sure of the quality of your product/service.
You already know what works for your competitors and where they lack. It now becomes easier for you to compare your product’s USP. This will help you assess if the product solves an existing problem or provides a solution to a new one.
Evaluating your product will help you find out if there are any existing substitutes in the market. It is very rare that a company comes up with a new product or service altogether. Most products/services already have alternatives present in the market. For a good marketing strategy to work, you must know what that ‘it factor’ is, that your product brings to the table.
The medical industry consists of:
For a clear picture of who your healthcare audience is, you must segment the market in 4 different categories:
This segmentation defines ‘where’your target audience is. Country, state, city, metro, density are elements of geographic segmentation.
This segmentation defines ‘what’ your target audience does. Industry sector, revenue, market position, investors etc. are essential for audience differentiation.
This category determines ‘who’ makes the decisions. Various factors like executives, sales, finance, marketing, research etc. determine who will make the purchase decision.
This segmentation determines ‘how’ the target audience processes a buying decision. Consider user status, usage rate, attitude towards the product etc. when analyzing their behavior.
You already know the healthcare sector is leaning more towards a value-based care system. You need to understand the healthcare industry is changing. There is a lot of scope for improvement in this sector.
While the change is inevitable, understanding the direction of this change is very important. The healthcare industry is moving towards Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) based technological solutions.
This will be the best time to test A.I. based healthcare product/services. A.I. will particularly aid the imaging diagnostics, drug discovery, and risk analytics application.
The future prefers digital healthcare solutions over traditional solutions.
2019 is going to be an exciting year for the healthcare industry. Healthcare marketers need to prepare for major transformations and new players in the market. The medical sector is a very tricky marketplace. Healthcare marketers need to have their market segmented to suit their business’ needs.
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