Fines and Headlines: 5 Tips to Prepare for a Crisis Before It Happens

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While retailers have certainly had their fair share of headlines related to information breaches, they are not the only target. In the health industry, more than 29 million patients’ records have been compromised since 2009. To understand what this means, take a look at this infographic created by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) based [...]

5 Must-Read Health Communication Posts

With so much good content on the internet, it’s easy to miss a good post. This week as I was looking through past posts on the Buzz Bin, I stumbled upon so many great past posts that I enjoyed reading and learning from all over again. So this Thursday, I’m sharing five  must-read oldie but goodie [...]

Bringing Data to Life: How to communicate food & nutrition research to gain media attention

Co-authored by Joanne Tehrani, RD As marketers of food and beverage products, we often have the privilege of communicating newly published research with implications in consumer health and nutrition. When the research is sound, and the messaging effective, this can make a major impact on awareness and behavior. Look at blueberries –awareness of their health [...]

Show NOT Tell: The 7 Best Health Infographics of 2013

Did you know that 99% of the information we receive each day is almost immediately filtered out by our brains? In order to be successful, marketers have to determine ways to place their content in the elite 1% that survives; and with visuals being processed 60,000 times faster than text, infographics could be the answer. [...]

Big Data: What does it mean for healthcare?

The answer: big data. Target tracked the buying habits of thousands of newly pregnant women and found many pregnant women bought fragrance-free lotions and soaps, vitamin supplements such as zinc, calcium and magnesium and cotton balls in early stages of pregnancy. This type of big data enables Target to guess a woman is pregnant and even estimate her due date based upon her purchasing habits..

Making it in the Real World Starts Before Graduation

If you’re a millennial like me, you’re probably getting pretty sick of other generations’ criticism. We’re too cocky, have talent without any work ethic and haven’t the slightest clue about how to fit into the “real” world. Sometimes I find myself throwing my hands up and saying “YOLO,” while other times I find myself on [...]

Broadening Our Horizons: The Changing Role of PR Professionals in Healthcare

As healthcare public relations professionals, we have often suffered from an identity crisis. No one understands what we do, let alone appreciates it. Often we complain that the marketing folks get all of the attention – and the budget! If you are sulking away in your cubicle, it’s time to shake it off. The role [...]

5 Ways Food and Nutrition Brands Can Reach Millennials

Why McDonald’s New McWrap Missed the Point McDonald’s Millennial problem has been the talk of the town with the launch of its biggest product of the year, the McWrap. In an attempt to win over the Millennial generation, the McWrap, referred to as the “Subway buster,” is supposed to offer customization and variety, two highly [...]

Does Livestrong Need a Name Change To Remain Viable?

By Jeff Wilson, APR (@wilson0507) Like many other news junkies and PR, marketing and branding professionals, I’ve watched with great fascination the unraveling of the Lance Armstrong brand over the past several months. His undoing culminated with his admission to Oprah Winfrey that he had, in fact, used banned EPO, testosterone, cortisone and human growth [...]

Silence is the Virtue of Fools

What he probably did not anticipate was for Coca-Cola to feature a story about the ban on its own website. Seem counterintuitive?