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Mary Ann Hegvold

Mary Ann is the head of marketing strategy and marketing services at 30 Degrees North. She is ready to help you with your web, marketing and design needs.
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Six Things to Include in Your 2018 Marketing Budget

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on November 21, 2017

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Whether you have some marketing budget left to spend before the end of 2017 or you're planning your marketing strategy for 2018, we have six recommendations on the best ways to invest your marketing dollars and your time. Some of these ideas include taking advantage of new marketing tools and others are a response to changes in the technologies we use everyday. Find out which may be best for you.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Marketing ROI, B2B Healthcare Marketing

10 Things to Know Before Starting an Inbound Marketing Program

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on August 18, 2017

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It's no secret that most businesses are trying to grow, and you do that through sales. But getting qualified sales leads can be the toughest part of the process. What if the leads came to you? What if you didn't have to work so hard to pull in leads? Enter inbound marketing. With inbound marketing you'll create content and marketing processes that draw in more visitors who (hopefully) want to become a lead based on what they see and learn while on your website.

But is an inbound marketing strategy right for everyone? Is your business ready? Here are 10  indicators that inbound marketing is a good fit for you.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

Beware of SEO Trollers: How to Tell the SEO Experts from the Hacks

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 27, 2017

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How many times a week do you get emails and phone calls telling you that you have terrible SEO? For us it's got to be 3-5 times every single week. What are they seeing that causes such grave concern for my company and my website's health?

The simple answer? In most cases they haven't seen anything. In fact, many of them have clearly never even looked at our website before they start telling me at first how wonderful it is, followed directly by "but you aren't ranking on the first page of search results."

They're using scare tactics to try to get me to react in a way that throws money at a problem that may or may not even exist.

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Topics: SEO

How to Decide if Your Marketing Plan is the Right One

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on June 21, 2017

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Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea that you're sure will change the course of the company? Or maybe your latest stroke of genius hits you while you're doing dishes or at some other quiet moment. No matter where you're at and how brilliant we think we are when we dream up a new marketing plan, there are a few things to take a look at before you spend time and money trying to make it work. If your plan passes through each of these tests that means you're likely to be ready to get to work!

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Topics: Marketing ROI, Medical Practice Marketing

Topic Clusters: What You Need to Know About the Latest SEO Strategy

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 18, 2017

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Remember back in the earlier days of SEO when the main goal was to fill a webpage with a keyword or two that you wanted to rank for in search results? Sometimes it would even seem a little ridiculous when you were reading "SEO'd" content because you felt like a broken record reading the same key phrase over and over in a few paragraphs where it didn't really belong.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, SEO

Five Tips for Running Facebook Ads that Produce Results

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on May 3, 2017

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That's because you don't have to wait for someone to search for you, or phrases related to you, like you do when advertising on Google Adwords. Facebook will show the ad to those who you've defined as a "good fit" -- people who fall into your targeted personas. This makes it a great place to advertise if you need to:

  • Help people find you because they don't know to look for you
  • Drive more sales -- local or in-store -- to people in your target audience who aren't necessarily searching for something related to your products right now.
  • Get a larger audience for your Facebook posts
  • Collect leads
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Topics: Lead Generation, Social Media

5 Ways Healthcare B2B Marketing Can Influence Software Selection

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on April 13, 2017

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Is it possible to get a healthcare facility to switch to using a new software system, especially the one they use everyday for electronic health record management? It seems a little bit daunting when you consider that this type of change would affect every patient and every employee at a healthcare facility.

It does happen, and often. Especially when you consider that many facilities hastily picked EHR software a few years ago to meet the government requirement that one be in place.  Now these facilities are starting to realize the good and the bad about their selection. Not every EHR is good for every medical facility. And if they chose one that's not giving them what they need to function properly and ensure that billing goes smoothly, they're likely to start looking around. What can you do as a healthcare B2B marketer to be sure your software is one being considered?

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Website Lead Generation, B2B Healthcare Marketing

Physician Online Reputation Management in 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on March 17, 2017

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Two years ago, when we first wrote a blog about online physician reputation management there were...

  • Fewer people writing and using reviews, 
  • Only a few review sites where people posted, and
  • There were no tools like you can find today to monitor everything about you.

Oh how times have changed.

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Topics: Medical Practice Marketing, B2B Healthcare Marketing

3 Ways to Use Social Media in B2B Healthcare Marketing

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on March 9, 2017

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  • No one is going to see my post on Facebook.
  • Twitter is just so overwhelming.
  • LinkedIn is just for people looking for jobs.

Despite the fact that there's some truth to these statements it doesn't mean you can't use social media for B2B sales, including B2B healthcare marketing. Here are a few ways B2B companies, even those in the healthcare industry, can use social media in a logical way to develop relationships and increase sales.

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Topics: Lead Generation, Social Media, B2B Healthcare Marketing

Social Media Planning for Your Business: What, When, Where & How

Posted by Mary Ann Hegvold on March 1, 2017

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We're often asked by clients if we think that social media is important for them.

The easy answer is: Yes, there's always a way to make social media work for any business. Even a B2B company.

The more complex answer is: Yes, but... to be successful you need to have a social media strategy that establishes your plan for...

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Topics: Social Media