As a healthcare marketing consultant (or CMO for hire), I’m asked the same questions about marketing consistently and it’s clear that there are many misconceptions about my profession. From CEO’s to my mother, there is truly a fundamental lack of understanding of what marketing is and can accomplish. So, I began asking clients and colleagues in this space why this might be.
Monroe Community College (MCC) is a two-year college that provides academic programs to prepare students for an advanced degree at a four-year college or to enter the workforce right after school with its certificate or career programs.
Han-Tek Integrated Handling Systems was experiencing the downturn in the economy and the shutter of many manufacturing companies in the North East where they did business. Furthermore, competition for those remaining companies was strong.
University Medical Imaging is an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center and this is significant for two reasons: (1) it allows for access to the latest research but being privately owned gives it the flexibility to respond to patient needs and (2) it is often confused with University Imaging which is wholly owned by URMC.
Lakeside, located in Brockport, NY, is a small community hospital with 100+ beds. They had recently hired a new CEO and physicians that changed the face of the health system. They soon realized that public perception and the reality of what they had to offer was distinctly different. That’s when The Marketing Collaborative stepped in and took those assets and made them visible to the outside world.
With only two months lead time? Impossible? With only two months lead time? Well almost.
That was the assignment and some of the challenges we faced but we also recognized that it was an opportunity to work with an outstanding university and an exciting program which included having Bill Gates at the dedication of the Bill and Melinda Gates Hall.