Forbes recently asked agency leaders on the Forbes Agency Council about their tips for working on a company rebrand project. As a member of the council, I contributed a tip about the value of consumer testing ahead of launch. While the focus of the article isn’t specifically on healthcare, the information is very relevant to healthcare rebrands as the landscape shifts and more hospitals and health systems launch rebrand efforts to stay relevant. My tip is below; you can check out the full article on Forbes.
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The importance of clear, concise and effective internal communications within hospitals can’t be overstated. At stake are staff relationships, operational efficiency and, most importantly, patient safety. Marketers can help hospitals maximize the efficacy of their internal communications. From creating equity messaging to conveying information about organizational restructuring to helping employees feel heard by management, marketers can help internal teams in hospitals communicate better.
Atul Gawande, author of “The Checklist Manifesto,” recently penned an article for The New Yorker titled “Why Doctors Hate Their Computers.” The article offers great insights into the pressures doctors face as they deal with complicated medical software that often negatively affects the quality and duration of their time spent with patients.
Three strategies for continuing the consumer journey after discharge
Every hospital’s duty is to help patients get better so they can go home and, hopefully, never come back. But that doesn’t mean the relationship between hospital and patient has to end at discharge. Hospitals must communicate frequently with their former patients and those patients’ loved ones in order to grow and maintain strong relationships.
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Marketing to women still has a long way to go, including for hospitals, with two-thirds of women stating that they feel misunderstood by healthcare marketers. With a global value of over $6.5 trillion, the healthcare market offers a bevy of opportunity to hospitals and other healthcare organizations that show they consider women’s perspectives and experiences important.
Five key areas to emphasize
It’s estimated that 66 percent of caregivers are female, middle-aged and working outside of the home. The duty of being a caregiver, whether after a single outpatient procedure or for someone with a chronic condition, is stressful and arduous when combined with an already full work and home life. Fortunately, hospitals can market themselves not only as providers of great medical care, but as a source of guidance and support to empower women to make the right decisions for their family.
Use social proof and word-of-mouth to boost your brand’s credibility with women.
We believe what our friends say. According to a report by Nielsen, recommendations from friends are the most trustworthy form of advertising. And women are more likely than men to trust word-of-mouth, with 72 percent reporting that they’ve made a purchase based on a friend’s recommendation.
What does this mean for hospital marketers? Cultivating a strong foundation of brand ambassadors, or women who are loyal to and willing to speak out positively about your brand, will strengthen your hospital’s brand and make it attractive to new customers. Here’s how.
Why ignoring cost might be shortsighted
With my background in finance, I never forget how much money matters. My point of view on decisions about marketing and beyond is typically oriented in terms of cost and return on investment. However, there’s a perception that most consumers, particularly in the healthcare space, don’t view medical care that way. In messaging, our focus is usually on convenience, technology or compassionate care.
Raising the bar on customer service in hospitals
Customer or patient? Some hospital marketers consider the words synonymous. Others prefer “patient” as a more precise description of their target. Make no mistake; there is nuance between the two. Take a look at the definitions:
Patient: (noun) A person receiving or registered to receive medical treatment. Synonyms: sick person. (adjective) Able to accept or tolerate delays, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Synonyms: Uncomplaining, resigned.
Customer: (noun) A person or organization that consumes products (goods or services) and has the ability to choose between suppliers. Synonyms: consumer, client, purchaser, buyer, patron, shopper.
Reaching the male audience through wives and moms
According to Sheconomy, women account for 85 percent of all consumer purchases in America. The healthcare sector is no exception, with 80 percent of men reporting that their spouse or significant other influences their decision to visit a doctor. How can we as hospital marketers capitalize on these statistics? Here are five tips for talking to women about men’s healthcare.