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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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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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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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Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 3.02.24 PMI received word last week that The Healthcare Marketer blog received a Gold Aster Award in the social media category. Typically we only enter our clients’ work in these competitions, so it was unusual that we entered this blog. Only once before did I enter the blog in an awards competition, The Web Health Awards, and it was among the winning entries.

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 3.03.22 PMIt is cool to receive this recognition given I don’t write this blog for accolades, and they are few and far between. I write the blog to share information that may be of value to my healthcare marketing colleagues. The blog has also proven to be a great way for me to connect with others in the industry, for which I am grateful.

Better than any award is the moment when someone comes up to me at a conference and tells me they follow my blog and find it to be a valuable resource. That is the best! Although it happens regularly, it always surprises me and makes my day.

My thanks to the judges of the Aster Awards for the recognition. It is appreciated.

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Two deadlines are approaching for major healthcare marketing awards competitions: The Aster Awards and the Web Health Awards. As you can see from the graphic above, the early deadline for the Aster Awards is February 29, 2014. For information about the Asters, go to www.asterawards.com. This is one of the two big healthcare marketing competitions of the year. The second is the Healthcare Advertising Awards (HAA). (Note: There are literally dozens of competitions but the Aster Awards and HAA have longevity on their sides. This does not mean that others aren’t worth considering.)

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The second competition with a deadline looming is the Web Health Awards. I have been honored to serve on the judging panel for this competition for the last few years. I’ve also had the pleasure of winning a few of these awards. If you have social media programs, websites, mobile apps or microsites that you think are worthy, this is the right awards program. For more information about the Web Health Awards, go to http://www.healthawards.com/wha/. And good luck!

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Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 1.49.23 PMWow! I’ve almost made it through awards submission season in healthcare marketing. Participation is completely optional, so I shouldn’t complain. This is self-inflicted pain. My team and I just sent in our submissions for the Lamplighter Awards (New England Society for Healthcare Communications), the Healthcare Advertising Awards (Healthcare Marketing Report), and the Web Health Awards (Health Information Resource Center). That all happened last week. Now we just have one more hurdle to clear, the Aster Awards, with a submission deadline of February 28th.

Years ago the Lamplighter Awards transitioned to electronic submissions. You simply upload your electronic files and fill out a form online. That’s it. There’s still a ton of work to do (each submission must be accompanied by a case study) but there’s no printing, spray mounting and shipping of creative pieces. No burning DVDs. I like that a lot. On the other hand, the Healthcare Advertising Awards (HAA) and Asters still do it the old fashioned way. For the HAA competition, I drove two boxes of entries to our local FedEx office to have them shipped off the day before the early deadline. For two days our office walls were lined with entry materials. Every year it’s a major production.

And every year I wonder if, perhaps, this is the last year we’ll participate in these healthcare marketing award competitions. Of course, that means our clients wouldn’t get any awards. Our staff wouldn’t get that affirmation that comes with having your work recognized on a national platform. But would the world come to an end? I think I would miss it. Even though it is a pain, and the awards are often subjective, I like the challenge. And participating is one way in which we express our membership in the healthcare marketing community. We can argue all day long about whether or not awards mean anything. In the end, participation is a choice. For now, I choose to participate. We’ll see how I feel next year.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 9.09.04 AMThe annual Cardiovascular Advertising Awards competition has an impending submission deadline of September 30, 2013. I received a direct mail piece from them yesterday reminding me of the deadline. These awards are produced by the same people who do the Aster Awards and publish Marketing Healthcare Today magazine.

All cardiovascular related marketing/advertising materials produced and/or distributed during the calendar year 2012 are eligible for submission in this competition. Single entries are $75 each. Campaigns are $100.

October 18th is the deadline for late entries, and those require a one-time $25 late fee. Entries will be judged on: Creativity, Layout/Design, Typography, Production, Knowledge Transfer & Overall Quality. There are a wide variety of categories for entries, including (just a few examples):

  • Billboard Design
  • Blog
  • Brochure
  • Direct Mail
  • eNewsletter
  • Logo
  • Magazine Ad
  • Newspaper Ad
  • Transit
  • Physician Referral
  • Publication
  • Radio Spot
  • TV/Video Single
  • Total Ad Campaign
  • Web Banner

For more information, you can visit their website at: www.cvaawards.com.

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