By Chris Edwards

We’ve all heard about the importance of nonverbal communication, with some experts claiming that as much as 93% of communication is nonverbal in nature.

This idea of merging nonverbal communication with an excellent experience became real for me more than 20 years ago when I was selling shoes at Nordstrom to pay for college. The job required sharp attention to detail: thinking through how to approach a customer, thoughtfully suggesting shoes for them, and following through on their needs and wants. The experience went well beyond talking about a shoe—every interaction with the customer sent a message, positive or negative, to them.

By Rex Hammock, CEO

We all know the Norman Rockwell painting above. It’s Thanksgiving Day dinner, and the family’s matriarch is presenting a bountiful feast to several generations of her family. The image has become a powerful graphic embodiment of the gratitude the American holiday symbolizes.

While the artistic merits of the painting have been debated since it was created in 1943, it’s impossible to challenge the impact and power of the illustration and the three other paintings in a series known as “The Four Freedoms.”

By: John Lavey | Hammock President/COO

We regularly talk about the high value of case studies or testimonials when marketing to healthcare providers or payers. I am one of those people who can learn a lot from a case study if it’s relevant to me.

But assuming that everyone in your audience can see themselves in another similar company doesn’t take into account all learning styles.

By: John Lavey | Hammock President/COO

Countless healthcare events are held every year, from high-level thought leadership seminars to more intimate symposiums. But when it comes to organizing these conferences, marketers often have the same complaint: The amazing content created for the event—typically one of the organization’s largest investments—usually doesn’t outlive the conference itself.

 

“Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch” was a classic advertising slogan of the Don Draper era. Featuring a smiling model with a black eye, the grammatically incorrect Tareyton print ads ran from 1963 until the early 1980s. (Cigarette advertising on TV ended in 1971.) On its surface, the slogan was a clever way to encourage loyalty to the Tareyton brand. Yet beneath the surface, it was an insidious and not-so-subtle rallying cry for smokers to ignore the evidence linking smoking to cancer that started mounting in earnest with the 1964 Surgeon General’s report.

In the 55 years since the report was issued, the percentage of Americans who smoke has fallen from 42% in 1964 to 14% today. But nearly 34 million Americans still smoke, apparently willing to fight to the death than switch.

By: John Lavey | Hammock President/COO

A common complaint about websites is they don’t clearly and explicitly convey a company’s mission and goals. In fact, one of the worst things to hear about your own site is,  “I looked through it, but I still don’t know what you do.”

By: John Lavey | Hammock President/COO

Measuring the impact of marketing investments, including content, on a company’s bottom line is a struggle for marketers—at least for those who are being honest.

By Steve Sullivan, National Sales Director

I spent an eternity last week with U-Haul trying to solve a simple moving problem. I may as well have been looking for the Coke recipe or Google’s current search algorithm.

We were looking for a certain sized trailer for a family member’s move to a new city. But searching for the trailer online, getting help from customer service, and then seeing the difference between what exists at the local U-Haul center and what appears online—each person we talked to seemed to have been speaking a different language. And this is not complicated stuff.

By: John Lavey | Hammock President/COO

We’ve observed an interesting nuance in the language used in marketing materials for behavioral health specialists—they refer to their customers as clients, not patients.

It’s a subtle difference, but it implies that the individual being served is involved in ongoing care. The language has evolved to encompass continuing care, not just one-off transactions.

By: John Lavey | Hammock President/COO

Trust has always been a cornerstone of the patient-physician relationship, and high levels of trust in medical institutions have remained steady in large opinion polls.

But as the forces of consumerism continue to transform the healthcare industry, the rules are changing—and content needs to keep pace.