Search Engine Marketing

The Difference Between Content Marketing and Traditional Advertising

Although content marketing and advertising have been around for decades, the possibilities for content marketing on the Internet has made it the hot topic of 2013. However, that’s not to say traditional advertising is passè. A well rounded marketing strategy needs to include content marketing and advertising, as well as online and offline tactics.

Content marketing is still a new term to many practices, and it can be an obscure topic to define. A useful way to understand content marketing is to compare it to traditional advertising. There are some similarities in that the end goal is to create more patients for your practice, but content marketing and advertising approach patients in different ways.

Content Marketing

  • Example mediums: blogs, email marketing, ebooks, podcasts
  • Give: helpful information is shared with audience
  • Pull: attracts audience when they are seeking content
  • Establishes trust
  • Education: content is meant to support the audience
  • Puts audience first
  • Easily shareable: conducive for referrals
Traditional Advertising

  • Example mediums: billboards, brochures, banner ads
  • Tell: alerts audience to special, procedure, or brand
  • Push: gets in front of audience when they aren’t looking for it
  • Establishes awareness
  • Self promotion: the brand has something to tell the audience
  • Puts procedure/promotion first
  • Not easily viral but high impressions

By reading the comparison, you should have a better grasp of content marketing and the reasons to use traditional advertising. Now think of how you can create content marketing to draw in and engage potential patients, and what traditional advertising methods can promote your practice.

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Keith Humes


Keith Humes is Rosemont Media's CEO and Founder. Since 1998 Keith has been at the forefront of Internet Marketing with Surgeons and Dentists. He continues to stay ahead of the curve and offers innovative insights to the world of healthcare marketing. Keith also lectures nationally at leading industry events, such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium.

Keith is an avid fisherman and master-griller. Next to fishing, Keith’s favorite activities include surfing, and spending time with family & friends.