Brand Management

It’s Not Your Usual Hospital Advertising Target Audience. Or Message. Or Media Plan. So What is Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Ad Campaign Up To?

Peter Hochstein

// By Peter Hochstein // Sometimes there’s more to hospital advertising than recruiting and reassuring patients. One thing’s fairly certain. When a hospital with facilities that are pretty much limited to the Boston area starts advertising in New York and other major metropolitan centers around the nation, they must be doing something other than trying Read More

Is Your Call Center Aligned with Your Brand Promise?

Wendy Stark Healy

// By Wendy Stark Healy // It’s essential to understand the emotional aspects of a patient’s interaction with a contact center, as people ultimately make decisions based on their feelings. Does your contact center delight patients and uphold the promise your health care organization makes to them? Or is it a pain point with long Read More

The Voice of the Customer Is Getting Louder

How to make the shift from transactions to relationships // By Jared Johnson // Health care is really good at creating transactions, but not so good at creating relationships. Today’s consumers are frustrated at health care brand experiences that fail to meet their expectations. Visionary health care organizations are listening more and more to the Read More

Who Are You Trying To Reach Online – and Why?

Hospital marketers have to be active on social media and online review sites, right? We know the answer is ‘yes,’ but who is it for and how do you do it well? A recent national consumer survey conducted by Wax Custom Communications showed surprising results about who follows social media channels and to what extent Read More

Content + Swag Keeps Employees Engaged and Informed

Donna DeMarco, co-founder and vice president at Viddler, Inc.

If you’re a big, distributed health network with multiple locations and thousands of employees, how do you make sure your employees keep you top of mind when they’re out in the community? “We’re a large 10-hospital network — soon to be 12 — with over 15,500 employees,” says Mary Beth Golab, director of internal communications Read More

Shifting From an Internal Communications Focus To Strategic Marketing

Carla Bryant, executive vice president at Corrigan Consulting

As the only children’s hospital in the state of Arkansas, with greater than 90 percent awareness, Arkansas Children’s had historically not prioritized marketing, says Carla Bryant, executive vice president of Corrigan Consulting. “While they had a marketing department, it was more focused on internal communications than strategic marketing,” Bryant says. New leadership brought a new Read More

Arkansas Children’s Leverages Strategic Marketing to Support Growth

Jeff House, vice president of strategic marketing at Arkansas Children’s

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // What should a high-performing marketing function in a health system look like? And how do you leverage marketing to support growth? As the only children’s hospital in the state of Arkansas, with greater than 90 percent awareness, Arkansas Children’s had historically not prioritized marketing, says Carla Bryant, executive vice Read More

Social Media & Online Reviews: How Do They Affect Your Health Care Brand and PowerScore?

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A New Advertising Twist: What the Patients Do for Us

Joshua Cowen, vice president for strategy and communications, Adventist Health

“[A]s part of an ongoing rebranding effort, Adventist Health in Roseville, California has found a powerful technique for getting across a message of caring,” writes SHCM contributor and veteran copywriter Peter Hochstein. “Notably, the subject of the advertising is neither the hospital, nor the technology, nor what the doctors and staff do for the patients. Instead, Read More

How Can You Get Potential Patients to Pay More Attention to Your Hospital’s Advertising? Try Telling Them What They Do for You

Peter Hochstein

Here’s a new approach to hospital advertising that turns an old technique on its head. // By Peter Hochstein // It’s difficult to sift through hospital advertising month after month without regularly coming across some variation of the phrase “We care about you.” Little wonder. As hospital systems grow larger and busier, they also can Read More

The “Retailization” of Health Care: Patients Take Charge

Lindsay Resnick

“With today’s constant stream of digital health tools, it’s never been easier or faster for customers to take charge,” says Lindsay Resnick, executive vice president of Wunderman Thompson Health. “They’re following a path to care where they feel important and are treated well — and they’ll avoid hospitals that fall short.” Here’s an excerpt from Read More

Patients as Customers: Hospitals Play Catchup

Lindsay Resnick, executive vice president, Wunderman Thompson Health

Winners are betting on data-driven insights, personalized experiences, and relationships built on trust. // By Lindsay Resnick // With today’s constant stream of digital health tools, it’s never been easier or faster for customers to take charge. They’re following a path to care where they feel important and are treated well — and they’ll avoid Read More

Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Orlando Health’s Lessons Learned

Kena Lewis, APR, director, public affairs and media relations, Orlando Health

In the wake of three shootings in Texas and Ohio in August and September, Strategic Health Care Marketing reached out to Kena Lewis, APR, director, public affairs and media relations at Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida. Lewis managed communications after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 and wounded more than 50. We asked Read More

How To Attract and Retain Top Nursing Talent

Kathy Selker, President, Northlich

Facing a nursing shortage projected to increase in coming years, hospitals need to know how to hire and retain top talent — and marketing has a key role in this critical objective. Here’s an excerpt from Kathy Selker‘s new article for us on this topic; Selker is the president and CEO of Northlich. Health care needs Read More

Expressions of Rage? Or Inspirational Pep Talks? Whatever You Call Them, Hospital Ads with an Aggressive Stance Could Make Your Market Sit Up and Take Notice

Brad Fixler, vice president of marketing at University of Colorado Health

Notable Health Care Advertising // By Peter Hochstein // Fighting words and images may be just the thing some hospitals need to break through the miasma of inattention. In an upcoming issue of this publication, a fellow contributor, James A. Gardner, will write about a campaign for the Canadian pediatric hospital, Sick Kids. The campaign Read More

Marketing Hospitals to Nurses

Kathy Selker, President, Northlich

How Marketing Can Support Your Employer Brand // By Kathy Selker // Facing a nursing shortage projected to increase in coming years, hospitals need to know how to hire and retain top talent — and marketing has a key role in this critical objective. Health care needs in the U.S. are growing rapidly. Baby boomers Read More

2019 Healthcare Reputation Report

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An Analysis of Consumer Reviews for More than 3,800 Hospitals — and How Online Reputation Drives Revenue

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Today’s healthcare consumers find healthcare providers online, and they rely on information in online reviews and social media to inform their decisions. This means that for health systems and providers, maintaining a stellar online reputation is essential.

Systems and providers that neglect their online reputation will struggle to compete with others that proactively manage their reputation and consistently show up higher in search rankings with more positive reviews.

To create the 2019 Healthcare Reputation Report, Reputation.com’s data science team applied artificial intelligence, machine learning, and sentiment analysis to unstructured text in reviews of 4,800 hospitals that report revenue annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). From that sample, they included 3,824 hospitals with 10 or more online reviews on Google or Facebook between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018.

Key findings include:

  • A strong Reputation Score predicts higher revenue per bed. Specifically, hospitals with a Reputation Score in the top 25% have a revenue per bed that is $1.2 million higher than hospitals with a Reputation Score in the bottom 25%.
  • Google is dominating the search landscape in healthcare and is the top vehicle used for the healthcare listings that consumers use to find organizations and providers.
  • The top 5 sites (Google, HomePages, Apple, Facebook and Bing) constitute 89% of all sites used to find healthcare listings.
  • Tier 2 sites (Healthgrades, WebMD, Yahoo and Vitals) now make up only 10% of the sites visited when patients look for healthcare listings.
  • Hospital reviews on Google grew an incredible 86% from 2016 to 2018 (Figure 2), establishing it as the preferred platform for leaving hospital reviews.

In addition to these findings, the report uncovers the Reputation Score for the top 100 health systems in our study. It also explores the three best practices that health systems and providers must focus on to improve their online reputation.

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Sometimes Branding Is an Art in More Ways Than One

Peter Hochstein

What besides advertising could contribute to a children’s hospital brand experience? It could be a friendly bear, a playful dog, a rocky wolf, or a little girl with a perpetually broken leg. // By Peter Hochstein // There’s an enormous bear. And he’s just outside the front door of a children’s hospital. And with his Read More

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