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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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I am a fan of the Healthcare Advertising Awards (HAA), sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report magazine each year. In fact, this is the 32nd year for this awards competition. This is certainly one of the premiere contests in healthcare advertising and marketing. I’ve entered work in this awards program for 20 years. So we have a long history together.

HAAUnfortunately, I’ve got a problem with HAA: They require us to prepare submissions the same way we did 20 years ago. It is archaic. Print submissions (newspaper ads, magazine ads, posters, billboards, transit ads) must be mounted on display board with two copies of the submission form attached. That is a lot of paper! It is costly, wasteful, and not sustainable. That applies to the DVDs we burn for the video and audio entries as well. I’m not even going to go into the amount of time it takes to package all these entries. My firm just completed our submissions for this year (covering work for at least 10 healthcare organizations); the box that we shipped off to the HAAs weighed 50 lbs. Just image how much it cost to ship.

Here’s the deal: There is a far more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective way to handle all of this. The New England Society for Healthcare Communications has been using an online system (OmniContests) for years. The user simply enters the online portal, creates an entry, uploads the supporting documents (PDFs, jpegs, etc), enters the appropriate contact information, and that’s it. No paper. No display board. No spray mounting. No shipping. It is environmentally friendly and far more economical for the organization participating in the awards competition.

I’ve also judged advertising competitions for organizations that use the OmniContests system. It is a breeze. Incredibly user-friendly. Note: I don’t know anyone at OmniContests and have no relationship with them; I just like their platform.

So here’s my plea to my friends at HAA: Please make this the last year that we send in “paper” submissions. Next year let’s move to an electronic submission platform. Let’s show the world that in the healthcare industry we care about the environment. Remember, I am a fan. My company and our clients, like many others around the country, spend a great deal of money supporting your awards program. This is an opportunity to make us proud and to improve our customer experience. We’re excited to see what the future brings! Thanks for listening to my plea.

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