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The RATER Model, Assessing Your Healthcare Marketing Channels

A new use of an old tool, assessing your healthcare marketing channels

By Geoffrey Cooling

I use the RATER model quite a lot when I am assisting with the business development of my customer healthcare Practices. I think that it is a fantastic, if slightly complex tool. During a recent review of my notes, it suddenly occurred to me that the tool was an ideal assessment tool for healthcare marketing channels.

I first discussed the RATER Tool in Manage Your Practice quite a while ago. In brief  the RATER Model was created by professors Valarie Zeithaml,A. Parasuraman, and Leonard Berry, and published in their 1990 book, “Delivering Quality Service.” The book itself is an excellent read for any Practice owner who really wants assistance in positioning their Practice for Patient Retention.

The model highlights five areas that customers/Patients generally consider to be important when they use a service. These are:

  • Reliability – your ability to provide the service you have promised consistently, accurately, and on time.
  • Assurance – the knowledge, skills, and credibility of staff; and their ability to use this expertise to inspire trust and confidence.
  • Tangibles – the physical evidence of the service you provide. This could be offices, equipment, employees, and the communication and marketing materials that you use including any online channels.
  • Empathy – the relationship between employees and customers.
  • Responsiveness – your ability to provide a quick, high quality service to your customers.

By focusing on these five areas, you can analyse and improve your service levels across your Practice.

The elements of the RATER model have been established as elements that your prospective Patients are looking for or are interested in. With this in mind why do we not bring the assessment tool to bear on your healthcare marketing and healthcare marketing channels? By that I mean assess each and every marketing element against those principles.

You can use the following questions as a starting point for thinking about each area:

Reliability

Does your healthcare marketing elements and channels engender a perception of reliability?

Assurance

Does your healthcare marketing elements and channels engender trust?

Tangibles

Does your healthcare marketing elements and channels display tangibles?

Empathy

Does your healthcare marketing elements and channels display empathy?

Responsiveness

Does your healthcare marketing elements and channels display responsiveness?

When you identify if you are failing in any of these elements you can lay out a clear strategy to get to where you need to be. In a future post I would like to further identify the principles and how they apply to healthcare marketing elements. I would also like to try and suggest elements that can help you deploy those principles across your healthcare marketing. What do you think?

Regards

Geoff

About Geoffrey Cooling

Geoffrey Cooling: I have a great interest in business development strategies as they apply to the Healthcare environment. Particularly the Hearing Healthcare profession. I am fascinated by social media and its impact on society in general. My work background is quite varied but for the last several years I have worked within the hearing profession. Initially I worked as a dispenser but in the last few years I have worked as a sales manager for a leading manufacturer.
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