How we helped Michigan families get wise to the Healthy Kids Dental program.









Client: 

Delta Dental of Michigan - Healthy Kids Dental

Problem: 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Delta Dental of Michigan, initiated Healthy Kids Dental, a program to help improve the dental health of over 800,000 Medicaid-enrolled children across the state. In recent years, the program was expanded to include new counties and serve the entire state and as a result, many families were unaware of the program.

Solution: 

Leveraging a fun concept featuring the “Wisdom Tooth,” Brogan created a targeted multimedia campaign to raise awareness and increase utilization of Healthy Kids Dental. Media tactics included mobile media, social media across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, print ads, and transit advertising. In addition, posters and take-one brochures were distributed to primary care and pediatrician’s offices as well as pharmacies throughout the state. Additional materials were provided to Healthy Kids Dental providers to educate eligible patients on the program and its benefits.  

The mobile campaign received over nine million impressions and 67,000 clicks. The landing page launched in October, and in November there were almost 20,000 page visits.

How we showed teens that recreational drugs could crash their dreams.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Problem: 

Focus groups revealed that teens did not see recreational drugs like marijuana as dangerous, and were unwilling to admit that marijuana use could lead to experimenting with other drugs. Nearly half of the respondents had used marijuana, and 94% knew someone who had tried it.

Solution: 

Brogan developed a creative campaign that focused not on health consequences of recreational drugs, but on the losses that could result: loss of a job, loss of college acceptance, loss of money and friends.

Media tactics included cross-screen video, cable, cinema advertising, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, YouTube, and Mobile display. Brogan created a dramatic TV spot, “Hailey’s Story,” which dramatized the negative effects of recreational drugs on one young woman.

The campaign led to increased awareness among teens of how drugs could stand in the way of achieving their dreams. “Hailey’s Story” has been viewed over 426,000 times on YouTube.  

How a group of school kids made North Carolina take note of the flu virus.

Client: 

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Immunization Branch

Problem: 

The state wanted to increase the number of North Carolinians getting vaccinated against the flu. With a limited budget and only two months to complete the project, Brogan & Partners got to work. 

Solution: 

Since research shows that women make most of the health care decisions for their families, we targeted moms with a television spot that featured schoolchildren. The spot showed a group of kids singing to the tune of “Old Smoky,” with lyrics about their less-than-antiseptic habits (“I had to sneeze then, and somebody coughed… it was okay, though, ‘cause I wiped the germs off.”) The spot served as a reminder of how easily the flu virus can spread—and how critical the flu vaccination is to protect your family. A series of three print ads emphasized the message, showing more easy ways the flu virus could be passed on.  

“Old Fluey” won a merit award in the Healthcare Advertising Awards.

How we kept gamblers from losing it all.











Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

As gambling continued to become more available in the state, the Michigan Department of Community Health was looking for a way to reach people with potential gambling problems. MDCH wanted to offer confidential, 24-hour counseling support for those who gamble more than they can afford to lose.

Solution: 

We created a dramatic and emotional campaign that included television, print and interactive rich media. Our expandable rich media alone generated more than 1.2 million impressions in less than six months and an average expansion rate of 6.44%, considerably higher than the industry average of 1.6%.

How our kids sing the darndest things.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

Parents smoking around children is a deadly serious issue. Our target audience is parents of children, specifically mothers and pregnant women. With a small budget and a very specific audience, we wanted to motivate smokers to pick up the phone to call the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Michigan Tobacco Quitline.

Solution: 

Research shows that the number one motivator for people to quit smoking is the negative impact on the health of their children. Even though most smokers are aware that secondhand smoke is harmful, it’s motivating to remind parents of the hazard and give them a free and effective resource to help them quit.

For this campaign, our creative director took an old, classic, public domain song "Secondhand Rose" and re-wrote the lyrics from a child's perspective. An engaging youngster outlines for parents the dangers of secondhand smoke. Working within our budget, we were able to produce a memorable longer-format YouTube video that has been hugely successful with more than 130,000 views and counting. The Quitline received 874 calls, including a significant number of pregnant women, an important part of the target audience. We supported this with radio media as well.

How Brogan scored high in math & science for STEM.

Client: 

National Education Defense Project: STEM

Problem: 

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that significant numbers of U.S. students are severely behind in basic mathematical skills and science. Our students fall below the international average for 21 countries. The result? Fewer college degrees in math and science. Yet these areas are where the US Department of Labor expects the fastest growing occupations for the near future. To successfully compete for these jobs tomorrow, today’s students need to acquire significant math and science skills.

Solution: 

Talk to parents of children from pre-K through 12th grade. Make them aware of the issue. Engage them. Where? In their living rooms. The agency produced a lighthearted TV commercial featuring young children in a job interview situation, stating their dubious job qualifications (e.g., “I like chipmunks”). The more serious underlying message? There’s still time to get them qualified for these new careers—get started now.

The spot garnered an overwhelmingly positive response; in addition to its TV time, the spot was shared spontaneously on social media and at conferences as well.

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How smoking children set the phone on fire.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

With a significantly reduced budget, spreading an anti-smoking message and offering smokers a free phone counselor would be difficult. Smokers knew the facts about their dangerous habit, and many had tried to quit before, but were unsuccessful. We needed an unexpected approach to make them listen.

Solution: 

We believed smokers might not quit for themselves, but they'd quit for their children. With this memorable campaign, calls to the Quitline jumped from 227 to more than 1,000 a month. The campaign's influence grew as health departments in other states requested to run the spots. The spots won prestigious Radio-Mercury and Mobius awards.

How our ads in restrooms got careers out of the toilet.

Client: 

ClickOnCareers.com

Problem: 

Despite the dramatic growth in the number of "technical" jobs available in Southeastern Detroit, there was a shortage of "technical" workers in the area. ClickOnCareers was created to link potential employers with training, education and future employees.

Solution: 

We created awareness among high school students and graduates about ClickOnCareers.com. From restroom posters to bar coasters, we used traditional and guerilla advertising tactics to increase the number of technical and skilled laborers in the area. The site obtained an average of 9,000 visitors in the first three months.

How a strike-out stroke campaign hit a home run.

Client: 

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Problem: 

At-risk demographics in certain counties of North Carolina had no idea what blood pressure numbers meant. We had to educate the target audience about heart disease and stroke prevention by informing them about proper blood pressure levels and how to identify the warning signs for stroke.

Solution: 

We offered a memorable and informative campaign—82% of respondents to a post-campaign survey could describe the television commercials. 92% of respondents said they would immediately call 911 if they experienced stroke symptoms. Awareness of lesser-known stroke symptoms jumped about 25%.

How we made the H1N1 vaccine go viral.

Client: 

Michigan Department of Community Health

Problem: 

TV news was reporting that a new and dangerous strain of flu virus was going to be hitting us in the upcoming flu season. People were concerned about what to do. MDCH wanted to give people the knowledge they needed to protect themselves from the H1N1 virus: wash your hands, cover your sneezes and get the H1N1 vaccination.

Solution: 

The easier this information was to access, the more people would listen to the message and stop the spread of the flu. In addition to traditional media, we created various mobile media elements for our campaign to our targeted population—web banners, mobile ads and a mobile site with our H1N1 TV spot. This generated more than 3 million impressions on mobile devices with over 17,000 clicks through to the website and the ability to "Stop the Spread" by spreading the knowledge and sharing the site with friends.

How Michigan CEOs sold this as a great state to park a business.

Client: 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Problem: 

Michigan was seen as a one industry state: automotive manufacturing. Not a problem, but not the whole picture when the reality is that life sciences and advanced manufacturing are strong and deep in the state. We needed to inform the right minds—the decision-makers who could start or expand a business in Michigan.

Solution: 

A multimedia campaign targeted our C-level audiences. Our CEO spokespeople representing the state’s life sciences and advanced manufacturing companies pointed out that they could have located anywhere, but chose Michigan for the business friendly environment, workforce availability, quality of life and more. The resulting 92% increase in awareness from life sciences firms and 88% increase among advanced manufacturing companies and a significantly improved ranking as a potential business location was the result of the year-long campaign.

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