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Life Science Public Relations Guidelines: Top 5 Words To Leave Out Of Press Release Titles

Life Science Public Relations Guidelines: Top 5 Words To Leave Out Of Press Release Titles

I thoroughly agreed with Julie Wright from Wright On Communications when she wrote about the overuse of the word “excited” in press releases. As she puts it, if you’re “excited” about something, go tell your mom, don’t submit a press release. That got me thinking about other overused words in the titles of life science press releases, ones that point out that the item is not newsworthy. Today, everyone can easily send a press release, and that means that everybody does. We are all for you DIYing your life science public relations, and here we present the top 5 words you should avoid to get your press release noticed by journalists, search engines, and ultimately your audience. You may know that we founded and manage the San Diego Biotechnology Network, and we offer an automated news feed which appears on the website, Twitter, and email. In order to automate this feed, our tools must filter out press releases that are not newsworthy. To find the overused words, we created a word cloud using the titles of 1300 releases collected over the past 8 months, it is shown below. Several of the top words used in life science press release titles […]

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Life Science Web Development: Focus On These 5 Key Qualities For Success

Life Science Web Development: Focus On These 5 Key Qualities For Success

Changes brought by new media mean that websites have become the de facto presence for most life science companies. Customers no longer need to visit your exhibit at a trade show, they can experience your brand, order products, and get answers to questions on your website. It sounds like a no brainer, but the changes digital media bring have evolved a lot over the past 15 years, just look at Life Technologies/Invitrogen’s 1996 website to see how far we’ve come. The changes started gradually, with a pace that continually increases, and now the evolution has grown into a revolution. Because of wide-ranging changes in the way business is being done, it is always a good time to consider whether an “evolution” or a “revolution” of your life science website is needed to meet your objectives. Here are four key qualities you should keep in mind for success in life science web development: Branding. I recently surprised a colleague by telling them that their company’s fancy new website was built using a template common to many other websites. While they were disappointed, this practice is very common, and a good developer will put a lot of thought into which platform and […]

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Is Life Science Social Media Worth It Yet? Three Tenets Behind Its Relevance To Your Business

Is Life Science Social Media Worth It Yet? Three Tenets Behind Its Relevance To Your Business

We see a lot of conflicting information about the usefulness of social media, both in general and for the life sciences. Some major companies are reporting on its apparent uselessness and there is a lot of angst regarding the business models of popular applications such as Facebook. However, at Comprendia we see that many more companies are having ‘aha’ moments about social and digital media and they’re diving into it. Similar to life science technologies, its popularity is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth between favor and disfavor, eventually finding its place. Here are three tenets which will help you understand how to leverage the changes life science social and digital media bring even though the final outcome is not clear. Traditional media is not coming back. No one really knows where the upheaval of traditional media will lead us, in the life sciences or otherwise. We recently covered the 2012 Presidential election where one campaign used new media to create a self-affirming and misleading bubble of isolation, and another effectively leveraged digital tools combined with traditional tactics to reach their audience effectively. Even though we don’t know where the life science social media pendulum will land, we know […]

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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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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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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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Sound Bytes: Links and Tips For Life Science Marketing & Social Media 3/18/2011

Wow two months since the last Sound Bytes! We’ve updated our look from 80’s mix tape to ’00’s iPod, here’s our most recent playlist of links and tips for life science marketing and social media: EMD Millipore: How do you like them apples? This week at our San Diego Biotechnology Network event my good friend and colleague Steve Edenson from EMD Millipore sponsored, and he showed me their brochure for Lead Discovery services, the tagline is ‘at the core of your discovery’ and they’re a nice light green with apples subtly featured. Here’s the twist: it’s apple scented! Perhaps it’s a gimmick, but it makes it memorable and you could even argue that it could help with branding or even send a subliminal message. EMD Millipore also recently announced their new branding (PDF) after Merck KgaA aquired Millipore last July. I’m not sure how the marketing team came up with the apple scent, but it shows creativity–how could you distinguish your marketing materials? I’ve heard great ideas from outside our industry, perhaps ask your printers, vendors or consultants for ideas, or have a brainstorming session on a Friday afternoon with your team. I also like to keep an open mind […]

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Using Google Analytics Word Clouds To Analyze Your Life Science Brand

Using Google Analytics Word Clouds To Analyze Your Life Science Brand

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know we’re crazy about word clouds, a way to visualize text data that is mostly associated with social media content such as in blogs. However, they are also being utilized in other areas, and were even featured on a recent cover of Science magazine. As part of our new Social Media Toolbox series, we’ll show you how to use word clouds to understand how your life science company is found and perceived by your customers through search engines. Why do this? You of course know what your best selling products are. Do the needs or ‘pains’ these products meet align with the top searches that customers, or even non-customers, use to find your website? We did the below exercise with our partner site, the San Diego Biotechnology Network (SDBN), and made some useful observations. Below, we list the steps to create Google Analytics keywords word clouds, and show what can be learned. You will need to install Google Analytics (it’s free) and have at least six months of data to do this. Log in to Google Analytics and choose “Traffic Sources->Keywords” on the left menu. Choose a six month period using the calendar […]

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Paying It Forward: Supporting The Best Free Small Business Tools We’ve Found

Recently there were rumors that the social bookmarking site Delicious, owned by Yahoo!, was being shuttered, the final story is not in but the latest post from Mashable indicates it will go under. It made me think about something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We’ve built Comprendia and the San Diego Biotechnology Network with the help of some great free or cheap tools. Here we list the best software and services and will, where appropriate, make contributions to them as we think it’s a good strategy to support them to ensure that they’re around for our business. WordPress. If we didn’t care so much about style, we’d put this item in font 48, and we can because our website is built on this powerful, versatile, and free platform. In 2008 creating a company website solely from WordPress was a bit of a novelty, but we went for it and there’s no looking back, and we created the SDBN and OCBN sites using this content management system (CMS). WordPress is a frequent topic here on our site and we hope that the posts are helpful. WordPress is completely open source and you can donate to the WordPress […]

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