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From Click to Care: CTAs for Effective Healthcare Marketing

best practices

Master the art of CTAs to accelerate patient engagement

From Click to Care: CTAs for Effective Healthcare Marketing

In today's fast-paced digital world, effective call-to-actions (CTAs) are often the driving factor for content that educates patients and inspires them to make a change for better health. Healthcare marketers must strike a delicate balance between being compelling and staying compliant. Mastering best practices for crafting compliant and powerful CTAs will help you resonate with patients and drive meaningful engagement and conversion.

1. Be Concise

When writing an effective CTA, clarity is the top priority. Ensure that your CTAs are straightforward and action-oriented. Use strong verbs and language that encourage patients to take action, whether scheduling an appointment, signing up for a newsletter, or exploring educational resources. To build trust and transparency, provide specific information about what patients can expect after clicking the CTA. 

Informing patients about the next steps they will experience after clicking the CTA helps manage their expectations and reduces any uncertainty. For instance, if the CTA directs them to schedule an appointment, mention details such as the appointment booking process, potential wait times, and what documentation they should prepare. Patients will feel more confident and assured by providing this specific information, increasing the likelihood of taking the desired action and engaging with your healthcare services.

2. Keep it Compliant

When designing your CTAs, prioritize HIPAA regulations to protect sensitive information. Use SSL encryption for landing pages and forms to safeguard patient data. CTAs should only lead patients to secured forms that collect patient health information (PHI) with proper encryption and security measures. Focus on clarity and avoiding any requests for PHI directly through the CTA text. Instead, direct patients to secure forms for data collection while providing specific details about expected next steps after clicking the CTA to ensure transparency and build trust.

3.  Make it Personalized

Personalized CTAs help build relationships with your patients and drive conversion. Leverage segmentation and data insights to tailor CTAs based on patients' preferences, demographics, and health needs. For example, using a tool like Cured’s propensity models, you can identify which services a patient is most likely to require in the future. These data insights allow you to highlight different services and CTAs for patient segments needing different services. A patient needing preventive care may respond better to a CTA promoting health screenings, while a chronic condition patient might prefer CTAs for specialized treatment options. Personalization shows patients you understand and care about their unique patient journey and can provide relevant solutions.

4. Putting CTA Best Practices to Work

Here are example CTAs for all stages of the patient journey. 


  1. Download our "Healthy Living Guide" now!
  2. Learn more about our Cardiology care
  3. Join our wellness community!


  1. Explore specialized care options
  2. Book your checkup
  3. Schedule a virtual consultation


  1. Book your follow-up appointment
  2. Join this month's “Fitness Challenge”
  3. Renew your personalized treatment plan

Writing compelling and compliant CTAs for all your marketing content is vital to drive patient engagement and conversion. By focusing on clarity, compliance, and personalization, you can create CTAs that resonate with patients and encourage them to take action. Empower your healthcare organization with these best practices and see a significant boost in patient engagement and growth. 

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