Creating A Successful Social Media Presence

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Social media is a great way to gain exposure, but there are many dos-and-don’ts to understand when signing up for a social platform.

Social media continues to show its importance to the practice, physician, and patient by providing physicians with the platform to spread accurate information to the public, arming the practice with free marketing for services and products, and giving access for patients to ask questions to experts in the field.

In a recent session at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting, held March 25 to 29, in Boston, Massachusetts, experts rounded up their top tips and tricks to make social media work best for business needs.

Kavita Mariwalla, MD, Maxim Polansky, MD, and Muneeb Shah, DO, came together to give the audience a “how-to” guide on the basics.

For this, they suggested to post on social media accounts at a consistent pace, ie. once or twice a day. It’s good to be flexible with what social platforms to use on a certain day.

Switch it up and use Instagram one day and Twitter the next

The presenters noted that it helps to find your niche and run with it—think Dr Miami, or Dr Pimple Popper. Doing this can help narrow down a target audience to reach. Show your personality online but, be careful to not cause too much controversy, they said.

Social media can be hard work with sometimes small reward, but tagging, following, and making comments on other accounts can help garner interest. The presenters also said that buying followers to get started is not the way to go.

Social media inherently comes with internet trolls

Trolls are known as accounts that comment or respond to posts, usually in a confrontational manner, or to get a rise out of the original poster.

When this happens, the presenters recommended blocking and reporting them on the platform. You can respond, but mostly, this will only embolden the commenter to continue. It’s important to remember that people are always watching, and sometimes replying to a troll only looks bad on you. As a physician first, sometimes it’s better to just let it go, they said.

As a physician, many may have partnerships with companies that could expand to social media. If a company reaches out for partnership using social media, it’s important to ask:

  • Is the post on my grid or in my story?
  • Will the company use one of my images?
  • What are the usage rights for the sponsored video, how long is the contract?
  • Will I need to purge any of my prior posts?
  • How many posts will activate that day/week?
  • Where will the post live?
  • Will they use quotes?
  • Is there exclusivity from other brands?
  • When and how will I be paid?
  • How many edits to the content are allowed?
  • Do I have indemnification against any product liability claims?