DTC marketers: Your search budget just went up

making-customers-hate-you-makes-google-love-you-300x219POST SUMMARY: Google said that AdWords will no longer allow advertisers to prevent their ads from showing up on “close variants” of their keywords — i.e., ads will, by default, show up on both the advertiser’s keywords and on close spellings. If you bid on the singular version of a keyword, it might also show on the plural version and you can no longer tell Google you don’t want that. Your ads might also show on misspellings and other “close variants” of your keywords.  In other words you need to purchase spelling variants of your product and disease state for paid search. Continue reading

It’s not about online health information, it’s what consumers do with that information

There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of health information on the Internet.  Unfortunately there is also a lot of bad health information on the Internet and consumers have to pretty much figure out for themselves which sites offer credible and good health information, that they can understand, and which ones are full of garbage.  What we should be worried about however is not all the health information that’s out there but what decisions consumers are making with information in hand. Continue reading

Google enters healthcare in a big way

google.cover.inddGoogle is launching Calico, a new company that will focus on health and aging in particular. The independent firm will be run by Arthur Levinson, former CEO of biotech pioneer Genentech, who will also be an investor. Levinson, who began his career as a scientist and has a Ph.D. in biochemistry, plans to remain in his current roles as the chairman of the board of directors for both Genentech and Apple, a position he took over after its co-founder Steve Jobs died in 2011. In other words, the company behind YouTube and Google+ is gearing up to seriously attempt to extend the human life span.  But it’s a monumental task that’s going to require a ton of money as well as people who understand how consumers view health. Continue reading