Health Care in the 2019 State Legislative Session

Health Care in the 2019 State Legislative Session

On January 10th, nearly 800 providers, payers, conveners, elected officials, policy wonks – and a few communicators – came together in downtown Seattle at the State of Reform to discuss the current health care landscape in Washington state and what to expect this coming year from our government officials as it relates to health care policy.

A Field-Guide to Generational Health Care Marketing

A Field-Guide to Generational Health Care Marketing

By now hospital marketers know that different types of messages and varied tactics are needed to reach patients from different generational groups. But do hospitals need entirely different marketing strategies to reach millennials vs boomers?

Patient Experience – whose role? Everyone’s.

Patient Experience – whose role? Everyone’s.

From the outside, responsibilities of hospital departments seem clear. Physicians and members of the clinical care staff provide services. Customer Service makes sure patients are informed on where to go, where to park, and how to pay.

AWB Policy Summit Takeaways

AWB Policy Summit Takeaways

Last week I attended the Association of Washington Business’s Policy Summit. It’s an annual event that attracts business leaders from around the state to focus on policy issues of importance to employers. I was honored to serve as the Chair for the 2018 Policy Summit event and wanted to share some highlights from the experience.

DH World Tour 2018

DH World Tour 2018

We’re making our way across the country (and the globe!) speaking and learning about the future of communications, health care and traffic safety this year. So, we wanted to recap the big ideas from our presentations so far in 2018.

IPREX Global Leadership Conference

IPREX Global Leadership Conference

Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the IPREX Global Leadership Conference in Chicago. If you don’t already know, DH is a partner in IPREX – a global network of 65 independently owned communications and marketing firms.

#MeToo is here to stay

#MeToo is here to stay

The #MeToo movement has swept through Hollywood and politics. If you think it’s going to stop short of corporate industry, think again. #MeToo has become a collective ethos within our society and has touched every community in the nation.

2017 Trends in Marketing and Public Relations

2017 Trends in Marketing and Public Relations

Cheers to the New Year! As we launch into 2017, we asked a few members of our team for some of the biggest trends they’re seeing in marketing and public relations. Here’s what we heard.

Why you should invest in "shared" media campaigns

Why you should invest in "shared" media campaigns

Every once in a while we run into a marketing statistic that blows our collective minds, at least at face value. I call it Mic-Drop-Math–a stat that reflects a potential game-change across the industry.

5 brands that won (or lost) the 2016 Olympics

5 brands that won (or lost) the 2016 Olympics

There’s always attention on the games, but with so much drama this year, which brands communicated a strong message? Take a look at our picks, and notice how every campaign name is a hashtag… Interesting.

5 Marketing Trends to Look for in 2016

5 Marketing Trends to Look for in 2016

Tyler Tullis Senior Account Executive BY NOW YOU’VE PROBABLY read your fair share of articles about marketing and communications trends to be mindful of as we head into the new year. Rather than re-listing all of them here (we’d be writing until 2017), we asked...
Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Crises can come with little or no warning. Communication professionals need to be ready with a plan. What will we do in the first few minutes of a crisis? What will people want to know? Who will act as spokesperson?

5 Ways to Get Social During a Crisis

5 Ways to Get Social During a Crisis

Social media and crises go together like peanut butter and jelly. These channels feed people’s need for immediate information and answers and are unique in that they’re perhaps the only place where all your audiences come together—customers, employees, organizations, the general public.

Employees first in a crisis. Pinky swear?

Employees first in a crisis. Pinky swear?

You’re in crisis mode. The adrenaline is pumping. You’re gathering facts, fielding calls and trying to say and do all the right things. Please, whatever you do, don’t forget your employees.

3 Factors Patients Use to Choose a Hospital

3 Factors Patients Use to Choose a Hospital

Competition is stiff among hospitals in the U.S. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 75 percent of all hospitals have a competitor within 15 miles. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly important for hospitals to differentiate from one another.

Crisis Communications: Not if, but when.

Crisis Communications: Not if, but when.

We’ve all heard the saying “It’s not a matter of if, but when.” Yet many organizations don’t remember the last time they looked at or updated their crisis communications plan. Or worse yet, they don’t have one.

I plan strategically, therefore I am.

I plan strategically, therefore I am.

Emily Easley Account Director TODAY, ANDREI AND I presented at Tri-Cities BizCon, the region’s leading business event hosted by the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce. With a diverse crowd of professionals ranging from small business owners to government...

Digital: Building Online Ecosystems

When a firm says they do “digital” in 2015, that could mean any number of services: web development and design, online advertising, social media programs, email marketing, robust content marketing—and a lot more. The trouble is none of these digital tactics can live in a silo anymore. To be effective, a program must integrate all these services into a flowing digital ecosystem.

5 ways for hospitals to improve patient experience

5 ways for hospitals to improve patient experience

Today, wowing patients with a positive experience is critical—only 54 percent of healthcare consumers tell peers about a positive experience compared to 70 percent of retail and 66 percent of banking customers. Consumers are less forgiving of providers with whom they have had a negative experience and seem to recall the bad experiences longer.

Research: Uncovering Human Behavior

Research: Uncovering Human Behavior

At DH, we have a passion for research. In fact, we think it’s the best start to any project. We don’t guess how an audience perceives an issue. We define it. We use research for a variety of reasons, including testing assumptions, uncovering target audience perceptions and drivers of behavior, message and creative concept testing, and determining a baseline trend against which to measure progress over time.

Advertising: Opportunities in Storytelling

Advertising: Opportunities in Storytelling

One of DH’s core services is advertising. True, advertising often exists solely to sell something (a product, service or project) or to build an image, but we believe it can be so much more. It is a business strategy and an important expression of an organization’s brand.

Branding: The Courage to Be Authentic

Branding: The Courage to Be Authentic

One of DH’s core services is branding. We believe there is no greater investment than in an organization’s brand. It’s how you show up in the world—how you tell your story and how you set yourself apart.

PR: The Art of Engagement

PR: The Art of Engagement

One of the services DH offers is public relations. You might say it’s how we got our start—that it’s part of our DNA. But PR is more than a service. It’s a discipline, and it informs how we do everything.

How to Throw an Awesome Event

How to Throw an Awesome Event

I love event planning. The opportunity to plan and execute an event for clients (or just for fun) doesn’t come along every day, but when it does, I jump at the opportunity to help out.

Story for Sale

Story for Sale

Unethical and unbelievable. That was my first reaction upon reading this story, “PR pitch: We’ll pay you to mention our clients.” Having sat on both sides of the table (I was a reporter before I came to DH), I can’t imagine a PR professional bribing a journalist to cover their client as the story describes.

Our Take: Facebook’s Social Experiment

Our Take: Facebook’s Social Experiment

You may have heard that Facebook participated in an experiment to test the relationship between incoming posts, user’s emotions and their own posts. Facebook changed the formula (algorithm) by which almost 700,000 users’ News Feeds appeared to show them more positive or more negative posts and then recorded if those users went on to make positive or negative posts themselves.

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