Social Media is a great tool for health care providers to reach out to
their patients and the public beyond their practices. Leading the way in
Social Media is Facebook with over 750 million active users.
some physicians and health care practitioners may be wary of creating a
Facebook presence, it’s really a great way to disseminate information,
connect with patients, and even grow your practice. Should Your Doctor Be On Facebook?
is an article written by an NYC doctor about Facebook etiquette for
physicians and is a great reference for practitioners new to Social
Your Facebook page should represent your brand and the
best way to do this is with a "Fan Page”. You may have heard of Facebook
"Groups”, but they are a bit limited in terms of security and messaging
capabilities and you’ll find a fan page to be more beneficial for
marketing purposes. When visitors become fans of your page it displays
on their "Wall” informing their "Friends” who may then also become a fan
of your page. Additionally, fan pages are indexed by external search
engines such as Google, whereas group pages are not.
Shira Miller, MD, has done exemplary work with her Facebook page.
Shortly after its creation, her page boasted over 5,000 fans. How did
she do it? By creating a unique page, communicating with her fans, and
sharing her expertise on a consistent basis. Dr. Miller’s practice
focuses on menopause and andropause, so that is the information she
shares on her page. By providing a certain niche, in Dr. Miller’s case
female and male hormone information, she’s setting herself apart and
attracting a segment of the population that could potentially come into
her practice and become new patients. Visit Dr. Miller’s Facebook fan
are over 900 million objects (pages, groups, events, and community
pages) that people interact with on Facebook. The average user is
connected to 80 community pages, groups, and events. With so many brands
and companies represented on Facebook, how do you make yourself stand
out? You’ll notice on some pages, for example on Dr. Miller’s page,
there are unique elements that are not found on other Facebook pages.
When you arrive at Dr. Miller’s page, you don’t see the standard
Facebook wall showing updates and conversations, you see a large picture
of Dr. Miller, a description of who she is and what she does, and a
request to "like” her page. In order to gain access to her page,
visitors must click the like button and become fans. This fan-gating
feature is called a "Landing Page” and is a great way to increase your
You can create a landing page as well as many other
unique touches with the use of apps. ACAM’s Facebook page is a prime
example of a page that’s utilized apps to add more creativity and
functionality to a page. Through custom apps, fans of ACAM may connect
to ACAM doctors on Facebook, the ACAM website, ACAM Integrative Medicine
Blog, and more all right from our Facebook page. Visit our page here
and see the different elements we’ve added that you too can add to your page.
are apps already built into Facebook that you can access at no charge.
Or for a fee you can partner with a company that has designed customized
apps for Facebook in user-friendly formats. Most of these companies
have various price plans depending on the number of fans a page has.
Companies to consider:NorthSocialSocialAppsHQ
Or looking for a little assistance with your page? ACAM’s Marketing
Team is happy to help! Please contact Michelle Schiavo - Social Impact
Coordinator for ACAM at: firstname.lastname@example.org.