4 Tips to Get Your Health Care Company LinkedIn

If you’re a health care company, you probably need to do a lot of work on your LinkedIn presence. The professional networking site is too often relegated to an online jobs board, despite the multiple content-sharing tools the site has introduced over the last year. In fact, just this week LinkedIn opened up its previously invitation-only “influencers” program to everyone, giving users the opportunity to publish full-length content.

Are Retail Clinics Just What the Doctor Ordered?

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Last week, CVS Caremark announced that it was pulling cigarettes and other tobacco products from its stores because it wanted to focus on becoming more of a health care provider, with CEO Larry J. Merlo stating, “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”  [...]

2013’s Big Moments in Health PR

By Liz Rea and April Sciacchitano 2013 is coming to a close, and it’s been quite a year for health news and communication. A lot of great (and not so great) things happened in health this year, and we made it through the year despite the government breaking, er… shutting down.  In case you missed [...]

Are We Trying To Do Too Much in Health Care Social Media?

Guest post by Nancy Cawley Jean I recently read an article announcing MyBCTeam, a new social network for women with breast cancer. Initially I thought, “What a wonderful idea.” The social network targets a set demographic audience, women uniquely bonded by their experience with breast cancer. It’s this unique shared bond that draws these women to [...]

Riding the Wave of Health Reform in Marketing & Public Relations

By Lisa Kersey ACO. HIE. HIT. Meaningful Use. Medical Home. EMR… If there’s one thing that never changes about healthcare, it’s the number of acronyms and the jargon used to describe what is arguably one of the nation’s most complex industries. While industry leaders, policy wonks and elected officials are focused on the WHAT and [...]

Facebook Plays an Important Role for Grieving Families

By Debbie Myers (@debamyers) I admit it. I’m a big fan of Facebook. I love the connectivity it gives me to family and friends. I obnoxiously chronicle vacations and events with pictures and anecdotes. It’s even become a breaking news source – sometimes beating out my CNN news alerts I receive through my email. In [...]

Emotional Baggage Marketing – Let’s Unpack

By April Sciacchitano (@aprilcs) It’s the middle of January, and you’ve probably noticed the dwindling number of New Year’s resolutioners at your gym. Even people who “resolve” to be healthy have trouble making it stick. Why? There are real emotions at play when it comes to health decisions and regimens. Marketers need to understand these [...]

This Halloween, Try On a New Personality

by Jenn Riggle At this time of year, children across America are trying on costumes and making the all important decision – Who do they want to be for Halloween. Come to think of it, it’s also a good time for hospital communications departments to step out of their comfort zones and  decide what sort [...]