Is your patient acquisition channel (ex: pay-per-click marketing) cost-effective?


pay per click marketing for patient acquisition

One of our clients was spending $3000 per month for “paid search” i.e. using Google adwords to drive traffic to their website or call center. A marketing agency had convinced them that this patient acquisition channel will pay for itself many times over.

But once they started acquiring patients via unpaid “organic search”I)A few months into using our “Patient Feedback and Online Reviews” solution, their online reputation improved dramatically which in turn improved organic search results., they decided to re-evaluate whether to continue spending $3000 per month for “paid search”. We performed the following analysis in collaboration with our client:

  • The marketing agency’s report showed that 335 “leads” were generated in the last 12 months.
  • By “leads”, they meant patients who used the adwords links to call the client’s office or to submit the “request an appointment” form on the client website.
  • The client’s internal “how did patients hear about us” reportII)We were able to corroborate this with similar “patient acquisition” data we had been collecting using our “HIPAA-compliant Online and Tablet Intake Forms” solution. showed that only 17 of these leads actually booked an appointment. So that is a 5% conversion rate.
  • We calculated the Patient LTV (Life Time Value) to be $1200 (see calculation below).
  • Therefore, total revenue captured by this campaign in 12 months was 17 * $1200 = $20,400 while the total cost of this campaign for 12 months was $3000 * 12 = $36,000.
  • With this, the client was able to determine that this campaign was not cost-effective.

You can use the above methodology to evaluate cost-effectiveness of each of your patient acquisition channels.

Patient LTV (Life Time Value) calculation:

  • 20% of all patients elect for a surgery at $3000 average revenue per surgery and make 4 office visits at $250 per visit
  • 80% of patients make 2 visits at $250 revenue per visit
  • So LTV per patient = ((20*$3000) + (20*4*$250) + (80*2*$250))/100 = $1200

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I. A few months into using our “Patient Feedback and Online Reviews” solution, their online reputation improved dramatically which in turn improved organic search results.
II. We were able to corroborate this with similar “patient acquisition” data we had been collecting using our “HIPAA-compliant Online and Tablet Intake Forms” solution.