June 13, 2024

FORBES Feature: Scaling Your Home Care Agency With AI-Powered Marketing Tools

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, it’s important for home care agencies to adapt to and use emerging technologies. Artificial intelligence has made a splash over the past couple of years as new tools have become available to consumers and businesses alike. Let’s explore how home care agencies can use AI to support client acquisition and streamline processes.

AI Chatbots

AI chatbots can serve as the first point of contact on home care agencies’ websites. They can engage website visitors 24/7, providing information about services and assisting with scheduling appointments. They also function as early screening, allowing agencies to answer inquiries from visitors who are curious about services but not ready to commit, while freeing up personnel to follow up on marketing leads and work on more complex tasks.

Chatbots also can play a crucial role in providing additional support to existing clients. Chatbots can answer simple client questions and facilitate connections with healthcare providers when necessary. This not only enhances the level of care provided but also contributes to client satisfaction and loyalty.

We use HubSpot to create AI chatbots for our healthcare clients. The platform allows us to create custom chatbots that focus on our client’s specific business needs and the ways their potential customers expect to interact with their websites. Other AI chatbot tools to consider include those developed by Ada and TELUS International.

When adding AI chatbots to your website and client platforms, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking time to evaluate the companies and the tools you’re considering. Make sure you learn how they will function with your business and understand their limitations and weaknesses. As a home care agency, you assist clients with their health and personal care. Privacy and accuracy are important. Speedy and incomplete implementations can lead to inaccuracies, privacy breaches and a loss of client trust.

Automating Pay-Per-Click Advertising

Google has taken the lead in PPC automation. Almost every aspect of running a Google Ads campaign can be automated, from keyword research to ad creation and beyond. By using these tools, you can streamline the ad creation process while safeguarding against unexpected performance changes.

For example, suppose a major hospital in your area begins using senior care keywords in their ads to highlight healthcare services for senior citizens. Because of the hospital’s higher ranking in health-related services, we can expect to see these keywords underperform for your agency’s ad campaigns. Google’s automation can, simultaneously, pause these keywords and provide you with a notification about the change in performance. These quick actions not only would save you hours or even days of research and analysis, but they also would keep the overall campaign going strong by focusing on better keywords until the hospital’s promotion is done.

Analyzing Social Media Data

Social media data analysis can provide invaluable insights into engagement metrics, audience demographics and campaign performance for home care agencies. Numerous AI tools can help you with this, including Buffer and Quid Monitor (formerly known as NetBase). Some tools can also help with trend detection, consumer profiling, competitor analysis and content recommendations.

Automation tools can help with other social media tasks. For example, we use a marketing automation platform, PipelineAMP, to conduct A/B testing to see what images and hooks capture consumer attention. We also use it to track campaign progress using advanced analytics. Reputation management solutions also help us stay on top of conversations and reviews so individual setbacks or errors don’t negatively impact marketing efforts.

Assisting With Administrative Tasks

AI can also help with administrative tasks. Chances are that you or your employees already use AI tools like Grammarly to assist with proofreading or AI proofreading tools in programs like Microsoft Word. These tools are a timesaver and help ensure grammatically correct communications and documentation.

More sophisticated tools have become available over the past year or so. For example, Google, Constant Contact and other platforms now provide AI tools that can help generate email and other documentation. These AI tools can draw on your database of information to accurately generate answers to client inquiries and help ensure consistent and accurate communications.

Additionally, AI assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa can be invaluable for home care management. These smart assistants can help with task management, medication alerts, appointment and schedule reminders, finding meal recipes and more.

AI For Home Care Marketing And Beyond

AI tools can help home care agencies meet the demands of the modern world and stay competitive. From AI tools for marketing to those that help with administrative tasks, you have more tools at your disposal than ever before. However, make sure you stay flexible in how you adopt technology and think outside the box. These tools offer a world of possibilities for agencies that are ready to embrace them.