How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market? Lessons From Emory Healthcare’s Rebranding Success

September 14, 2023

Emory Healthcare’s rebranding initiatives enable the health system to stand out in Atlanta’s crowded market. Emory’s success should serve as an example for other hospitals and health systems looking to develop a successful rebranding strategy and drive growth.

Amy Comeau headshot. In the article, she talks about rebranding at Emory Healthcare.

Amy Comeau, vice president of marketing, Emory Healthcare

There are hospitals and health systems with reputations verging on veneration.

But for all the world-renowned research and medical breakthroughs that occur at such institutions, the average person sometimes doesn’t realize that these famous hospitals also provide bread-and-butter clinical services. That can make it a challenge to attract patients seeking routine care.

Emory Healthcare was facing such a challenge. Its connections to Atlanta are as strong as the ties between Cleveland Clinic and the Rust Belt city it serves. But in the face of industry consolidation and competing health systems in Atlanta, Emory has had to rebrand more than once to change perceptions and attract new patients.

“Everybody knows us for the tertiary and quaternary care, but we want them to come for their primary and secondary care as well,” says Amy Comeau, Emory Healthcare’s vice president of marketing. “We don’t want to walk away from what makes us unique, but we needed to start to chip away at that perspective — we are an accessible brand for everyone, not just for the really, really complicated care.”

Emory’s brand initiatives were explored in depth during a recent Strategic Health Care Marketing webinar, “Brand Differentiation for Health Systems: How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market and Drive Business Results.” Comeau presented with Shannon Curran, president of the Chicago-area firm SPM Marketing & Communications. SPM has been Emory’s marketing firm of record since 2015.

Kicking off the conversation about the importance of a strong and enduring brand, Comeau observes, “Marketing is like asking someone on a date. Branding is the reason they say ‘yes’.”

In a new article, we share highlights from Emory’s rebranding initiatives, and positive results from its most recent campaign.

Read the full article to learn more: Emory Healthcare’s World-Class Reputation Defined It — and That Was a Problem

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