Oakmont, PA, September 10, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Breakthrough for the senior living and pediatrics markets.
Touchtown Inc. announced today that it is offering its customers a free Facebook app that will automatically maintain their Facebook pages. This new feature gives Touchtown customers a lively and interesting social media presence with no additional authoring work.
Touchtown is offering a free 45 minute webinar called “New Faces From Facebook,” to help senior living communities get the most marketing value from their social media. The webinar is open to the public; to sign up, go to www.touchtown.us/welcome/FBwebinar.
“Over 1,100 customers already use Touchtown’s Studio product to unify and simplify the way they engage their customers and members,” says Jeff Pepper, Touchtown’s President and CEO. “For years, our customers have been using Touchtown to deliver their messages on television channels, digital signs, print and websites. Now we’re delighted to add Facebook to that list of delivery media. With just one mouse click, you can post the activities and announcements created in Touchtown directly to your Facebook page.”
Social Media in Senior Living Marketing
In the senior living industry, where Touchtown is a dominant player, social media is still a largely untapped marketing resource. A 2011 survey by Touchtown of 263 senior living customers found that only 32% of senior living communities currently have Facebook pages, while 13% are planning to create one and 55% have no plans to create one.
Unfortunately, the path to Facebook failure is paved with good intentions, as organizations often create Facebook pages but then fail to maintain them. Touchtown’s new Facebook app is intended to solve that problem. Senior living communities already use Touchtown every day to publicize their activities, announcements and dining menus, and this information can now be posted automatically to the community’s Facebook pages by simply checking a “Post to Facebook” box in the Touchtown content manager. The result: every resident, family member and prospect who follows that page gets notified whenever a new event is posted.
Social media usage increasing among seniors and boomers – a recent study from Pew Internet reported that between April 2009 and May 2010, social networking site usage increased 88% among internet users aged 55‐64, and increased 100% among internet users aged 65+ – and Facebook is rapidly
becoming a powerful yet inexpensive way for senior living communities to stay connected with prospects, residents and families.
Social Media in Pediatrics Marketing
In pediatrics, innovative practices also are looking for ways to keep families informed about important medical updates and tell them about programs offered by the practice. Touchtown’s new app makes that easier by unifying a practice’s Facebook page with their Touchtown digital signs in the waiting room.
“The Touchtown digital signs in our waiting rooms are a great way to keep our families informed about important health news, and about all the great things we’re doing in our practice,” says Chad Hermann, Communication Director of Kids Plus Pediatrics. “The new Facebook app keeps all of our sites in sync and makes it incredibly easy to list and publicize events on all of our platforms. It’s a huge time‐saver.”
For Kids Plus Pediatrics, posting to Facebook is easy. Checking the “Publish to Facebook” box in the Touchtown content manager results in their event being posted to the Wall of their Facebook page within seconds.
About Touchtown Inc.
Touchtown is the leading provider of technology products that bring communities together. Over 1,100 customers throughout North America use Touchtown to unify and simplify the way they engage their customers and members. The company offers powerful web‐based content management software, and technology to easily deliver that content on television channels, digital signs, print, websites and social media. Touchtown brings communities together, improving customer satisfaction while driving down operating costs.
About Kids Plus Pediatrics
Kids Plus Pediatrics is Pittsburgh’s most connected, compassionate, comprehensive pediatric practice. With nationally renowned pediatricians, expertise in a wide range of specialties, office hours seven days and four nights a week, and cutting‐edge use of online access and social media communication, Kids Plus is a model of the 21st Century pediatric practice.