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In Defense Of Marketing: Life Scientists Should Embrace, Not Eschew It

In Defense Of Marketing: Life Scientists Should Embrace, Not Eschew It

I’ll have to admit I got very irritated at a recent article on Scientific American’s (SciAm) new Food Matters blog about going on a “marketing diet” to lose weight, claiming that marketing is the root of the problem. As a consumer, mother of a teen, and follower of fast food critic Michael Pollan, I agree whole heartedly with the concept that in the US we are being barraged with advertisements for portions that are too large and that there is a big problem. However, putting the field of marketing to blame, rather than societal values, capitalism, or myriad other factors, is unfair. I take issue with the fact that a leading blog is sending a message to scientists that all marketing is evil, because this discipline has the potential to guide researchers to help themselves and the industry in many important ways. Let’s start out with some definitions and clarifications. In the SciAm article, the author refers negatively to the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) 2004 definition of marketing because it serves stakeholders: Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating and delivering value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the […]

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Thoughts About Our New Website: Navigating And Leveraging A Changing Ecosystem

Thoughts About Our New Website: Navigating And Leveraging A Changing Ecosystem

Like the cobbler who can’t find the time to fix his own shoes, we have not made a major update to our website since our founding in 2008, and we are happy to announce a new design. New features include product and presentation pages, updated resources, and various user interface (UI) upgrades to help you use the site better. We are open to your feedback and requested features. Through the process of implementing some great features to our WordPress backend, updating our content, and in seeing some of the changes we’ve seen to Twitter and Google Reader this week, we’re pensive about the direction of online and social media tools. Below are some thoughts on benefiting from new tools and ideas while mitigating the associated risk. In 2008, WordPress was not often used for company websites, if you can believe it. I had to do a few web searches to find examples of people using it for this purpose. I am very happy with the choice and benefit greatly from the thousands of developers who write themes and plugins. Small companies now have so many opportunities to develop web applications. In 2008 I had a vision of connecting life science […]

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Improve Life Science Inbound Marketing Using These 10 Backlink Tactics

Improve Life Science Inbound Marketing Using These 10 Backlink Tactics

One of the most important factors search engines use to determine ranking for a website is the number and quality of other sites that link to them, so-called backlinks. Their rationale is that well established and respected information sources will be linked to by others and because they contain more relevant content. Search engines are smart, they don’t allow sites to gain from gaming the system, but there are many creative ways to get more backlinks. Here we describe ten examples which are relevant to improve life science inbound marketing. First, let’s review some of the basics. A backlink is the same as an incoming link, and it is simply a web page hyperlink on text or an image to another site. For a text link, the anchor text is the string of words that are linked, and for a link on an image, alt tags in the html are used to describe the destination. For more details see this review of hyperlinks, and you can inspect the html for them on most internet browsers (for Firefox, use top menu Tools->Web Developer->Page Source). Search engines don’t treat all links equally, and this helps prevent gaming of the system. Links tagged […]

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Life Science Marketing On A Shoestring Budget

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Everyone Googles: How To Leverage The Tool All Life Scientists Use

Everyone Googles: How To Leverage The Tool All Life Scientists Use

Believe it or not, we still run into life science companies who haven’t drunk the social media Kool-Aid. In other words, they don’t think their customers use the applications and are not ready to commit to spending resources on them. My answer to them? Everyone Googles. New media has a profound affect on the results from the tool that most of us use daily to get everything from news to recipes. Life scientists are no different, and find technical information, publications, and information about products using Google. Here, we’ll show you 5 ways to capitalize on the pervasiveness of Google drive more traffic to your website and to make broader improvements to your marketing process. Simple Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There is a lot of low hanging fruit that we see many life science companies missing out of in terms of SEO. Surprisingly, it is left off of many web development projects. The web is full of quick guides, and here are our recommendations: Do keyword research and find the top terms people are searching for. Use the top keywords in the titles, content, and SEO summaries of each page. Always write for humans, not the search robots, as no […]

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How To Add Content To Your Life Science Website For Lead Generation

How To Add Content To Your Life Science Website For Lead Generation

You’ve heard that content is king when it comes to improving traffic to your website and generating leads or ‘converting’ visitors to paying customers. Relevant content will bring more people to your site through Google searches, and by engaging them they’re more likely to become customers. That’s great, how do life science companies find the time and material to add to their websites? As we’ve discussed before, life science companies have been generating great content for years, but it’s not always web-friendly. In this post, we list five great ways to add lead-generating content to your life science website. Having a blog is a great ‘catch all’ for this content, but you may find a way to work some of these items into your website without one. Webinars. As we’ve discussed, webinars are a great way to give leads useful information while at the same time introducing them to your capabilities. While you don’t want to give away the secrets to your success, your company has expertise that can be shared, resulting in a useful presentation which may lead some viewers to buy your products or hire you for services. Publication reviews. Many researchers are getting squeezed in different ways […]

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What’s the Hashtag for Google+? #google+ #googleplus #gplus #g+ ?

A quick post regarding the hashtags and terms people are using to describe Google+, the new social network. We had problems deciding what to call the application in our recent post and decided to do an analysis, as we know that using the proper hashtag or term means more exposure. Using our social media monitoring tools, we did a ‘quick and dirty’ count of both the hashtags (terms prefixed with a “#”, used mostly on Twitter) and the terms used to describe the application. The charts are below, and you can see that #google+ and #googleplus are most popular hashtags, and Google+ and g+ are the terms used most often. Notice also that the volume for the terms is up to 40X that for the corresponding hashtag, and with the latter considered to be used for tips and by those who are more “serious” about a topic. Our suggestion? Stick with Google+ and #google+ but remember that the “+” is a special character and may be ‘lost in translation’ in cases such as RSS feeds, tags, etc. (e.g., notice that the “+”‘s have been removed from the permalink/URL when WordPress generated it from the title, and I am unable to […]

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5 Reasons Why Google+ Could Be a Game Changer for Life Science #googleplus

I’ll admit I was skeptical of Google+, the new social network from the search engine giant, because I knew Google had given up their previous attempts with their products Wave and Buzz, which were in a similar vein. However, it soon became apparent that Google+ was different in many ways, from the offerings to the way everyone was talking about it. What promise does it hold for life science? I think that there are many features of Google+ which researchers and companies will find useful, and that it may become very popular. Here are the reasons: Threaded discussions. Social media savvy life scientists really like Friendfeed, which allows for users to comment on posted items in targeted groups, resulting in relevant discussions which can be followed by all in the group. Currently, this is difficult with applications like Twitter. Friendfeed was bought by Facebook 2 years ago, and ever since then, the community has been worried about changes or the disappearance of the application. While Facebook has threaded discussion features, some life scientists dislike aspects of it and have eschewed it for various reasons, some of which are described below. The fact that Google+ has threaded conversations is big for […]

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Video Bytes 6.24.11: Monitor Life Science Topics on the Web In Real Time Using Google Alerts

Want more tips? Attend our Google Tools Workshop Webinar. To share this post easily cut and paste: Video Bytes 6.24.11: Monitor Life Science Topics on the Web In Real Time Using Google Alerts http://bit.ly/kIqfXr

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Google Tools Workshop Webinar and Workshop 2 Recording Available

We’ve announced our Google Tools workshop webinar July 7th, and Workshop 2 is now available as a recording. Check out our workshops and training page for other offerings.

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