“Docu-monials?” Whatever You Decide to Call Them, Testimonials with a Difference for White Plains Hospital Demonstrably Motivate Appointment Requests
// By Peter Hochstein //
In the testimonial-heavy world of hospital advertising, is there a fresh way of doing a testimonial campaign? How well can it perform for you? And what can you do to increase the impact of the advertising?
Is there room in this world for yet another hospital testimonial ad campaign?
Testimonials — especially in TV spots — are almost as ubiquitous in the world of hospital advertising as images of white-coated doctors. Or at least, they’re as ubiquitous as those white-coat images once were, before many hospital marketers decided to avoid them at all costs, in an effort to avoid looking “generic.”
So you’d think that especially in the New York market, where New York-Presbyterian Hospital has been running an emotion-packed, first-person testimonial campaign with a strong media presence for years now, anybody else would be shut out of an approach in which patients discuss how a hospital helped them overcome their ailments and get back to their lives.
If so, you’d be thinking wrong.
“Local” Stories Drive Surge of Patient Traffic
In suburban Westchester County, just north of New York City, where spillover from the city’s hospital broadcast ads has the potential to all but drown out local advertisers, 125-year-old White Plains Hospital, with 292 beds and roughly 220,000 outpatient visits a year, has been effectively using its own variety of patient testimonials. The results have been surprisingly impressive.
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