Business Development

Disney Veteran Helps Health Care System Boost Its Consumer Experience

Kevan Mabbutt, chief marketing officer and chief consumer officer at Intermountain Healthcare

If you have been paying attention for the past couple of years, you know there’s been growing talk in health care about consumerism and digital health. Telehealth, wearable devices, online portals and scheduling, and other technological advances have caused significant changes in how consumers receive their medical care. It is a trend that has been Read More

Health Systems Look Outside the Industry to Up Their Digital Marketing Game

Jim Nilson, senior director, digital marketing at UC Health

// By Jim Samuel // There is a common thought among health care marketers that the business lags years behind other industries regarding digital marketing and meeting consumer needs. Two health systems have brought in marketing executives from Disney and higher education to help them catch up. If you have been paying attention for the Read More

Who Says Radio Is Dead?

Stacy Fender, associate marketing director at CoxHealth

In Peter Hochstein’s new story, he explains how a radio-focused advertising campaign enabled a regional hospital system to significantly increase its telehealth and urgent-care traffic, with relatively low media and production costs. Here’s an excerpt: Radio tends to be a medium that reaches people while their minds are on something else. There are exceptions, of Read More

Want More Bang for Your Hospital’s Advertising Bucks? CoxHealth Found Cost Effectiveness with Real Market Impact (Hello, Radio!)

Debbie Harris, group account director, Walz Tetrick Advertising

// By Peter Hochstein // A radio-focused advertising campaign enabled this regional hospital system to significantly increase its telehealth and urgent-care traffic, with relatively low media and production costs. But a caveat: Radio works best when the message is simple. What’s radio for? Largely it’s there these days to keep you company while you drive Read More

Don’t Abandon Traditional Media Marketing Just Yet

While many health care marketers seek to limit their media outlets, the reality is that successful marketing plans need to incorporate a blend of many efforts to produce a desired reach, frequency, and outcome. Here’s an excerpt from John Gonda’s new article on this topic: For many years, hospitals have used traditional media outlets such Read More

Where Health Care Marketers Should Focus in 2021

// By Danny Fell // Marketers can help their organizations thrive in an increasingly competitive environment by introducing creative “outside the box” approaches that will help accelerate change. Coming off an incredibly challenging 2020, health care marketers face a potentially rocky start to the new year. Positive factors, like revolutionary new COVID-19 vaccines, are coming Read More

Traditional and Digital Media: Why You Need Both

// By John Gonda // While many health care marketers seek to limit their media outlets, the reality is that successful marketing plans need to incorporate a blend of many efforts to produce a desired reach, frequency, and outcome. For many years, hospitals have used traditional media outlets such as newspapers, direct mail, radio, and Read More

How Data-Driven Marketing Fuels Brand Strategy

More than ever, it’s important for health care executives to understand that broad brand strategy alone doesn’t drive business. Successful service-line growth campaigns are based on insights from marketing and consumer data. Without direction from digital marketing data, health care organizations will struggle even more in the post-pandemic world. Brand/MarCom strategist John Marzano recently spoke Read More

Brand and Demand Go Hand in Hand in Today’s Marketing Landscape

// By Jared Johnson // More than ever, it’s important for health care executives to understand that broad brand strategy alone doesn’t drive business. Successful service-line growth campaigns are based on insights from marketing and consumer data. Without direction from digital marketing data, health care organizations will struggle even more in the post-pandemic world. Brand/MarCom Read More

Does Your Marketing Department Deliver a Measurable ROI?

Karina Jennings, vice president, marketing strategy and planning for Providence St. Joseph Health

The traditional view at many hospitals and health systems is that marketing departments are an operating expense called in after strategy has been established and budgets allocated. But that view has been changing at Providence, the Seattle-based nonprofit healthcare system that operates 51 hospitals in seven states. When Providence separated its marketing and communication functions Read More

New Technology Helps Target Health Disinformation at the Source

Sarah Brandt, executive vice president of partnerships at NewsGuard

As marketers, we spend time and resources to take full advantage of the internet. We want our content to show up at the top of the search results page. We want our brand to be trusted. We want our physicians to be the ones patients find and choose. But as we’ve seen over the past Read More

Data-Driven Efforts Help Systems Adapt During the Pandemic

Kevan Mabbutt, senior vice president and chief consumer officer at Intermountain Healthcare

Marketing budgets were already starting to tighten for some health systems at the beginning of last year. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, some of those budget cuts became even more severe. Other systems saw budgets remain the same, but marketing departments had to be ready to quickly shift their strategy, messaging, tactics, and media Read More

How an Investment in Billboard Marketing Is Paying off for One Health System

James K. Elrod, president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System

Do you read billboards when you’re driving? If you do, you’re not alone. According to the 2019 Nielsen out-of-home advertising study, eight out of 10 Americans consciously look at billboard messages. As technology evolves, more and more advertisers turn to digital billboards — a computer-controlled display that shows advertisements on a rotating basis — to Read More

2021 Will Be Difficult: A Flexible Plan Is Key

// By Alan Shoebridge // Predicting the future is always a dicey proposition, but from a marketing perspective it has generally been sort of, well, predictable. Most experienced professionals know how to prepare for an upcoming year with the general acceptance that a few minor bumps along the road will always come up. I know Read More

Can You Leverage the Anxious Language of a Pandemic to Build a Stronger Hospital Brand? Here’s What Nemours Children’s Health System Did

Sarah Sanders, vice president and chief marketing officer of Nemours Children’s Health System

// By Peter Hochstein // You might think that co-opting language associated with COVID-19 could scare people away. Instead, it called attention to advertising that helped to reassure worried parents. Let’s clearly state a few factual negatives first. Tilt, the advertising agency behind the campaign you’re about to read about, is not the same Tilt Read More

Better Data and Agility Help Marketers Justify Budgets and Measure Results

Jim Samuel, Copywriter and Content Marketer

// By Jim Samuel // Three health care marketing executives share how they use data and agility to justify budgets, achieve their marketing objectives, and measure the results. Marketing budgets were already starting to tighten for some health systems at the start of 2020. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, some of those budget cuts Read More

How To Convince Patients It’s Safe — and Smart — To Return

Lewis Clark, vice president of marketing/media/public relations, Deborah Heart and Lung Center

At the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in southern New Jersey, the task of letting patients know it was safe and even wise to return evolved into a multimedia effort. The campaign has been paying off with a substantial increase in patient visits. In Peter Hochstein’s new story, he explains how they’re doing it. Here’s Read More

The Keys to Successful Care Coordination

Megan Pruce, vice president, business engagement strategies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Marketing has played a key role in the growth and success of one of the nation’s largest regional networks focused on population health and value-based care. Vanderbilt Health Affiliate Network (VHAN) is a physician-led clinically integrated network that coordinates care for 300,000 patients across the state of Tennessee and in several bordering states. Launched in Read More

The Future of Health Care Is Happening Today in Tennessee

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Vanderbilt University Medical Center led the formation of a successful high-performance provider network that has met 100 percent of its quality goals in recent years and returned millions in incentives to network members. Marketing has played a key role in the growth and success of one of the nation’s Read More

Simple Technology Keeps Patients Connected to Care During COVID-19

Matthew Warrens, managing director of innovation at UnityPoint Health

“For the first time, many patients are experiencing what it’s like to be a rural patient where care feels out of reach,” says Blake Marggraff, CEO of CareSignal. “Patients who were once accustomed to frequent health touchpoints now feel the pressure to make do on their own — as providers experience staffing reductions and patients Read More

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