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Bookmark this page. Here you’ll regularly find new healthcare marketing insights, advice and commentary from the bpd team. We explore a wide range of topics covering hospital advertising, digital strategy, healthcare marketing trends, media planning, creative development, consumer psychology, brand storytelling and much more.

6 Ways to Market to Potential Patients (Instead of Internal Stakeholders)

April 17, 2015 By Gayle Toth Marketing Goals, Marketing Strategy, Marketing, Healthcare Marketing
Marketing Strategy, Focus On Audience
We’ve all had to fight the good fight—balancing what’s needed for our brand strategy with what’s politically desired by our internal stakeholders. Here are six strategies to help you execute campaigns that succeed in marketing to your target audience instead of just pleasing internal stakeholders. 

Blog Like You Mean It: Four Tips for Healthcare Marketers

April 2, 2015 By Paula Rae Forastiero Blogging, Content Strategy, Healthcare Marketing
Time For New Content: Ideas For Your Healthcare Blog
Looking for some ideas for your healthcare blog? Get four tips to help you find your next, highly-engaging topic: Forget what you know, Focus on Failure, Mine your connections and Stop when you’re done. It sounds simple enough, right? Learn how to use these four blogging tips to engage your readers and keep the fresh ideas flowing.

Advertising in Hospitals: The Power of Onsite Marketing

March 26, 2015 By Gayle Toth Onsite Marketing, Hospital Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, Marketing Strategy
Onsite Marketing, Advertising In Hospital
So many of Hospital Marketing teams’ strategic planning discussions revolve around activities that only focus on getting patients in the doors of the hospital. Of course, this is extremely important--patient volumes keep those doors open. But what happens once they are in the door?

How risky is a "safe" ad concept?

March 12, 2015 By Jeff Goldman Risk Taking, Healthcare Marketing, Marketing Strategy
Take a Risk vs Safe Choice
You’re a healthcare marketing director. You’re standing over a table of proposed ads, looking for a few to run in the upcoming months. Most of them are exactly what you would expect: the same message you usually run, the same language and the same visuals.

The Marketing World Has Moved On. Has Your Hospital Moved On With It?

February 26, 2015 By Jason Brown Converged Media, Healthcare Marketing, Digital Marketing
Social Media & Digital Icons
“I want to deliver truly integrated traditional and digital campaigns for our healthcare clients.” I think I first spoke these words in 2011. My team knew what I meant.

The Role of Emotion & Reason in Hospital Marketing

January 20, 2015 By Richard Bell Marketing Strategy, Healthcare Marketing, Brand Messaging
Should your hospital advertising be more emotional? Or appeal to people's reason. The answers is simple, but often difficult to execute.

Top 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Digital Marketers

January 5, 2015 By Porter Huddleston New Year, Digital Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, Marketing Strategy
2015 New Year Resolutions For Marketers
There’s no crying in digital marketing. No matter how emotionally invested you are in the third-party, uber-expensive, proprietary CMS you are renting to run your hospital website with no hope of approaching even a hint of ROI, your t

Cure these four mistakes to improve marketing outcomes. (And other musings from a fellow healthcare marketer.)

December 22, 2014 By Jason Brown Marketing, Operations, Healthcare Marketing, ROI, Marketing Budget, RFP
BPD Advertising Team In Conference Room
I love blogs like this. The author (me in this case) stands on a pedestal and shouts what is wrong with the world (in this case we are talking about the healthcare marketing world). Of course, the implication is that since I can diagnose the disease I surely must be an expert on the treatment.

Billboards: Tried and True and Still Good for You

November 26, 2014 By Ward Parker Advertising, Healthcare Marketing, Billboards
Mercy OB Blind Billboard Campaign
As the official old-timer of our agency, I will go ahead and play to stereotype and not write about the latest trends in social media or the newest technical innovations to disrupt healthcare marketing. No, I will write about perhaps the oldest medium of all: outdoor advertising, in particular, the billboard.

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Digital Agency

November 26, 2014 By Porter Huddleston Healthcare Marketing, Advertising, Outsourcing
Digital Advertising Agency
It’s not that hard to choose a standout digital marketing agency. First of all, there are very few who specialize in marketing for healthcare systems and hospitals. It’s like picking the love of your life. You want someone with intelligence, passion and integrity.

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