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FullSizeRenderWhile attending the Spring Conference of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo), my team shot footage that we plan to use to create digital video content for the association. This is a labor of love that reflects my firm’s long relationship with NESHCo.

During breaks between sessions, I interviewed attendees, getting their perspective on both the conference and the association. Our digital content manager, Jason, quickly pulled together a teaser video that could be shared on the last day of the conference. This is just a taste of the content we’ll be developing over the next few weeks. If you’ve never been to a NESHCo conference, watching this video will give you a feel for the incredible learning and sharing environment that the organization has created. Enjoy.

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For the last several days I’ve been attending the Spring Conference of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications. This is an awesome conference! It has been interesting to follow the Twitter feed (hashtag #NESHCo16) and review the Twitter analytics from the conference. I’m always curious about Twitter adoption by healthcare marketers over time.

So far (Thursday morning) we’ve had 110 people Tweet using the conference hashtag, generating a total of 1,013 Tweets. Overall, there have been 1,527,750 total potential impressions. You can see more of the data displayed below. Credit for the analytics goes to my friends at Symplur.

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It’s just a few days until the 2016 Conference of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) at the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. I hope I will see you there. This year we have an incredible lineup of national speakers along with experts from organizations across New England. For example, my friend and content marketing expert, Ahava Leibtag, will be delivering one of the keynote addresses. You can check out her book on Amazon.

As a NESHCo board member and conference sponsor, I thought I’d use my blog to pass along some information that may help to enrich the conference experience for anyone attending.

Here are my tips to a successful conference experience:

  • Prior to the conference, take a moment and “like” NESHCo’s Facebook Page. There you’ll meet other members of the organization and be able to track conference activities.
  • Please feel free to post photos and comments from your conference experience to the NESHCo Facebook page!
  • Follow @NESHCo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NESHCo. We encourage you to Tweet throughout the conference. My Twitter handle is @DanDunlop and I will definitely be Tweeting. The official hashtag for the conference is #NESHCo16. My team will also be using the #LoveTheLamp hashtag on the evening of the Lamplighter Awards Gala.
  • Take advantage of the networking functions to meet peers from organizations across New England. This is a great group. You’ll find them to be welcoming and helpful. My firm, Jennings, is co-sponsoring the opening night reception with our digital partners from Silvertech. Please join us. It promises to be a fun evening.
  • Finally, please stop by the Jennings’ booth and introduce yourself.  I will be there, along with my colleagues, Tim Brennan and Meghan Lugo. We most certainly look forward to meeting you. Jason Stepanek, who heads up our video production division, will be attending the conference and shooting video throughout. We’ll be interviewing attendees getting their perspective on the conference and on the state of healthcare marketing.

If you can’t make it to the conference, I’ll be Tweeting from various sessions and sharing whatever insights I can gather. I also hope to write a blog post each day, highlighting the festivities. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll create a storify to curate Tweets from the conference!

I hope to see you in Providence.

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Alright. I flew from Washington, DC to Chicago Monday night in order to attend one of my absolute favorite conferences: The Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit. These people at the Summit, both the attendees and the team who runs it, are like family. For me, it just feels good to interact with them. I spend a ton of time hugging people and reconnecting with old friends. It is awesome.

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 7.07.45 PMHaving just wrapped up a full day of conferencing in Chicago, I thought I’d share the Twitter analytics for the conference to date. This is based on people Tweeting using the official hashtag: #HMPS16. As you can see from the chart on the left (provided by Symplur), we had 326 people Tweeting using the hashtag. They generated 2,267 Tweets for a total of 5,226,729 potential impressions. This year the use of Twitter at this conference seems to have escalated. Last year we had approximately 182 people Tweeting at the same event. I believe that’s a 79% increase, year over year. Perhaps that is a sign that healthcare marketers and communicators are making the move to Twitter. This coincides with a great deal of the content at the conference dealing with the digital realm – from content marketing to social media and everything in between.

Below is one more set of graphics from Symplur that shows the various influencers from the conference based on Tweet volume, mentions and impressions. You’ll probably notice some familiar faces/names: Chris Boyer, Ed Bennett, Lee Aase, Dana Lewis, Christoph Trappe, Dana Smith (one of my co-workers), Jessica Levco and yours truly. But as the analytics demonstrate, there were 316 other folks Tweeting along. That’s where the rubber meets the road. And I’m encouraged by that activity. (Click on the image below to see an enlarged version.)

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Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 7.55.57 AMAfter a day and a half of the Practical Playbook National Meeting, I am blown away by the activity on Twitter. Heading into the conference, I had no idea what to expect. The people attending this conference are not marketers (the folks I usually interact with on social media). For the most part, these are public health professionals, people who work for community organizations and government agencies, foundation professionals and clinicians employed by health systems. Let me tell you, the digital engagement has been impressive.

Heading into our the final day of #PPBMeeting, there have been 195 individuals Tweeting with the conference hashtag. I believe there are 330+ people attending the National Meeting. These individuals have generated 1,616 Tweets for a total of 2,391,582 potential impressions. See some of the Twitter analytics below, provided by Symplur.

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Late last night I flew from Bethesda, Maryland, where I was attending the Practical Playbook National Meeting, to Chicago so I can attend the last two days of the Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit (produced by the Forum  for Healthcare Strategists and the Healthcare Strategy Institute). I’ve been a part of the Summit for ages, and I wasn’t about to miss it. Judy Neiman and her team at the Healthcare Strategy Institute have been very kind to me over the years. (Shout out to Jen, Debbie, Daniel and the entire team!)

There are a number of sessions that I am eager to attend – with presenters I know and respect.

My friend Mike Easton from BVK is facilitating a session on Branding Population Health:

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My friends Suzanne Hendery and Linda MacCracken, two of the sharpest healthcare marketers I know, are addressing the customer experience revolution:

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The incomparable Chris Boyer is facilitating a discussion on Online Physician Profiles – a topic that we should all be focused on!

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My friend Paul Griffiths, President of MedTouch, is presenting on the use of Integrated Digital Strategy for service line and content marketing.

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I hope to see you at the conference. If you’re not in Chicago, perhaps we’ll cross paths online!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 11.34.30 AMRecently, a friend asked me if I would compile and share a list of healthcare marketing conferences and professional development opportunities. As I was building the list, it struck me that I ought to share it on my blog. So here it is. I’m sure I’ve missed some obvious opportunities, so please feel free to recommend conferences that I should add to the list. Thanks in advance for that!

Here’s a partial list of conferences worth considering. I’ve tried to include links to each event:

Okay, so what did I forget? I know there are lots of smaller regional conferences including those is Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois…

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