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screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-1-44-38-pmMy team and I are knee deep in awards submissions. ‘Tis the season. We just finished sending in submission for the Lamplighter Awards, sponsored by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications. The Lamplighters are the best kind of awards in that they recognize results. It is not just a beauty content. Each submission is accompanied by a case study that documents strategy, process and outcomes. With more than a dozen hospital and healthcare clients in New England, we end up sending in a small mountain of submissions. Fortunately, all of the submissions are done electronically – a huge improvement over the old days when we would spray mount print ads and burn TV spots and videos to DVDs. To save money, we always shoot for the early bird deadlines. The final submission date for the Lamplighter is Monday, February 13, 2017.

screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-1-53-40-pmAlso on the horizon are the Healthcare Advertising Awards (HAA). These are produced by Healthcare Marketing Report, a leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development. They get a huge shout out from me for making the move this year to electronic submissions! The entry deadline is February 15, 2017 with a late entry deadline of March 10, 2017. This is the 34th annual edition of this awards competition. The Healthcare Advertising Awards Competition recruits a national panel of judges to review all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact. Last year’s competition had nearly 4,000 entries. My firm has been entering our work in this competition for at least 25 years.

screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-1-57-25-pmOne of our favorite healthcare marketing awards competitions is the Aster Awards, a national competition that began in 2002. We’ve found that some competitions reward creativity and innovation more than others. The Asters is just such a program. Their judges seem to have an eye for ingenuity and creative problem solving. Often campaigns and marketing initiatives that don’t win gold in other competitions, will really shine in the Asters. The Aster Awards are sponsored by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine and award winning campaigns are often profiled in later editions of the publication. The 2017 Aster Awards Competition  early deadline is February 28, 2017. The final (late) deadline is April 3, 2017. And it is worth noting that the Aster Awards have welcomed electronic submissions for several years now. I can’t tell you how happy that makes my team.

Finally, I’ll mention the Telly Awards. The mission of the Tellys is to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. On average, The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries yearly from all 50 states and 5 continents. We enter both TV spots and healthcare videos in this competition. The final entry deadline for the 2017 Telly Awards Competition is March 3.

Enjoy awards season and good luck with your entries!

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Earlier this week I received notification that the deadline for entries in the 2016 Cancer Awareness Advertising Awards is rapidly approaching. The early deadline is October 31, 2016 and the late deadline is November 18, 2016. For more information about the awards, go to www.caaawards.com.


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Like you, I get email messages daily reminding me of industry events, award competitions and more. Here are a few things you might want to make note of in your calendar: (This is in no way a definitive list. Feel free to send me additions.)

And looking forward…

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Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 12.31.33 PMTwo of the major award competitions that my firm and its clients enter each year have deadlines that are rapidly approaching.

Healthcare Advertising Awards – The entry deadline is February 12, 2016 and the late deadline is March 10, 2016. The early bird deadline passed a little more than a week ago on January 28, 2016. The Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report.

Aster Awards – Early deadline is February 29, 2016 (entries must be postmarked by this date) and the late deadline is April 1, 2016. This competition is sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Today magazine. One thing I love about the Aster Awards is that they allow you to submit your entries electronically.

Both of these competitions are highly credible and have been around for a number of years. The Aster Awards are in their 15th year while the Healthcare Advertising Awards are in their 33rd year.


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If you produce educational, promotional or marketing materials to support an oncology program or cancer awareness initiative, this awards competition is for you. The Cancer Awareness Advertising Awards (CAA Awards) is an annual contest allowing entries designed, printed and/or distributed the previous year to be scored, judged and recognized for excellence in cancer awareness marketing and advertising.

All Entries compete with like-sized organizations in the same groups and categories. Winning entries are judged by a diverse panel of experts. Judge’s Choice trophies, as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates are granted to winning entries exemplifying excellence.  Some winning entries may be published in Marketing Healthcare Today magazine.

The CAA Awards is produced by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine and Creative Images, Inc., the same group who produces the national Aster Awards for Healthcare Advertising.

Here’s the deadline information:

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Good luck with your entries! For more information, go to Cancer Awareness Advertising Awards.

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I love it when small hospitals win! My business partner (Paige Zinn) and I have made a commitment to not let our agency get to the point where we can no longer work with small hospital clients. Community and critical access hospitals need good marketing as much as big academic medical centers; maybe more. That’s why I am so excited that a couple of our smaller hospital clients have done really well in this year’s Healthcare Advertising Awards and Aster Awards – both national competitions.

The Outer Banks Hospital (21 beds) won awards in both competitions for its Urgent Care radio spot. It is so rewarding to have this small community hospital in Nags Head, NC win this level of recognition.

3331_300x250_banner_SWTAnother winner in the small hospital category was Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH), a 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont. It serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. BMH’s emergency services campaign won a Gold Aster Award and a Gold Healthcare Advertising Award. It also won Silver Awards for radio and print elements of the campaign. My congratulations go out to BMH, its marketing team, and its CEO who gave us the go ahead for this campaign. Thanks Steve!

Here’s some of the work from the winning BMH emergency services campaign. The graphics are simple, yet iconic – and extremely low cost. (I’m just showing the print element in this post, but this was an integrated campaign that included digital and traditional components.) Enjoy!

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Here’s something you don’t often see: An awards competition where the entries are free. This is the second year for the Multicultural Health Marketing Awards. This competition recognizes the best creative advertising of a health product or service targeting African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or LGBT consumers. (These are creative awards, so it is not necessary to present metrics with each submission.) These can be campaigns from pharma, medical devices, hospitals, insurance plans, OTCs, consumer products, NGOs, government, academia, or anything that is marketing health information to a multicultural market segment and has run on any media at any point since July 1, 2013.
Click here to download entry form: http://form.jotform.us/form/41601102792141

Finalists will be notified in late August/early September and award winners will be announced at the Multicultural Health Marketing National Conference on October 16. Nominations close on August 8, 2014

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