A collaboration between the Scleroderma Foundation, Scleroderma Research Foundation and the Scleroderma Society of Canada
Scleroderma is a hard word to say, but it’s an even harder disease to live with. In North America, three major organizations strive to raise awareness, but millions of people know nothing about it. In 2014, the organizations saw an opportunity to partner together for the first time to promote the cause on a bigger stage, and they called Brogan & Partners to create their campaign.
To increase awareness of scleroderma—an autoimmune disease that has no known cause or cure—we knew education had to be a critical element of the campaign. With that, we pitched the idea of a strong call to action throughout Scleroderma Awareness Month: taking a pledge to tell at least one person about the disease. We cross promoted on the partners’ Facebook and Twitter channels, as well as a digital billboard in Times Square—on which our messaging was displayed for 738 hours that month. The pledge lived on a microsite we created, and it has since been signed by more than 1,400 supporters.
In 2015, we took the campaign to the next level—incorporating an influencer program, in which 12 bloggers shared their personal scleroderma stories with the world. Our efforts on social media continued, this time incorporating photos of scleroderma patients into our designs, as well as an infographic citing some of the most important information about the disease. All elements in the most recent campaign brought the partners more than 1,500 fans, more than 10,000 website views and more than three million campaign impressions—all in just 30 days.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Immunization Branch
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.
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.
Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
Komen Detroit Race for the Cure wanted a consistent look for all of their marketing materials promoting their annual race.
First, we created a new theme line and race poster that set the precedent for all creative materials to come. The new theme line (“There’s victory in every step”) and the new design were eventually used on print ads, the Facebook cover photo, an email template and website banner images. Emotional, real-life photos of previous RFTC events were used in all of these pieces. The new look was created in 2014 and was refreshed for the 2015 event.
The end result: an emotionally engaging campaign with a consistent look and feel across all materials. “The theme line continues to resonate with participants of our annual event,” said Race Chair Katrina D. Studvent. “Brogan & Partners allows our local Susan G. Komen brand to have a fresh look each year. We are so grateful.”
Michigan Department of Community Health: Abstinence
Michigan Department of Community Health wanted to talk about sex. They wanted two age groups of teenagers (12-15 and 16-18) to know that it’s okay to wait, and even if you did “it” once, that doesn’t mean you can’t practice abstinence now.
Focus group testing revealed that 12-15 year olds responded well to getting the message from a role model, while 16-18 year olds were more impressed by reminders of consequences. So Brogan & Partners developed separate messages for the two groups.
Two TV spots—“I Wish I Waited” and “Take it Back”-- ran on TV, cable and YouTube.
The TV spots were viewed nearly 400,000 times on YouTube, with an additional 731,000 views through the interactive ads (a total of over a million views).
St. John Health
St. John Health, a nine-hospital health system, needed a strong, unifying brand. The hospital needed a greater emotional connection to its audience and an increased brand differentiation to set them apart in the extremely competitive Southeastern Michigan marketplace.
We promoted positive awareness of St. John Health and their dedication to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Our poignant TV and radio spots made listeners cry, but it also made them call—along with increased physician referral volumes, we significantly increased web/call center traffic. But the best results of this campaign was that it saved at least one life we know for sure. The powerful TV commercial inspired Brogan Managing Partner, Ellyn Davidson, to do a self exam which led to her early detection of breast cancer. She is now a proud survivor.
Michigan Department of Community Health
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.
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%.
Michigan Department of Community Health
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.
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.
Michigan Department of Community Health
Beginning April 1, 2014, nearly half a million working people were eligible for a new health insurance plan under Medicaid Expansion called the Healthy Michigan Plan. How do we spread the word to all qualified citizens, so that no one misses this new opportunity?
By researching this target audience (hourly wage workers previously ineligible for Medicaid), we learned what messages would work for them and the best places to reach them. We developed a media plan that included television, radio, Google search, outdoor, transit, interactive banner advertising, a consumer website, a mobile site and a resource website where businesses and community organizations could get materials to help promote the plan. Using the straightforward message that more people in Michigan can now be covered by affordable health insurance, the print and TV featured a collage of Polaroid-type photos depicting the kinds of workers who would be eligible for the plan.
Within four weeks of launch, Michigan was providing coverage to nearly 160,000 Michigan residents under the Healthy Michigan Plan. To date, the plan has nearly 600,000 enrollees.
University of Toledo Medical Center
UTMC was perceived as a "small fish" in an area of big competitors. We needed to develop a brand identity that would positively distinguish UTMC and highlight its unique competitive advantage—university quality care from the only academic medical center in the region.
We used real patients to demonstrate UTMC's "Higher Degree of Healing." The campaign increased website and phone traffic significantly, and we received extremely positive feedback from physicians and associates, as well as greater internal pride and a strong brand identity.
Michigan Department of Community Health
The Michigan Department of Community Health requested we communicate the availability of free treatment resources for HIV positive individuals. Key challenges: discreetly find individuals who need the free HIV treatments; be sensitive to this serious issue while also reaching out to them in a memorable way.
We worked with experts who work closely with the community. We held focus groups with HIV positive individuals. We developed a guerrilla marketing campaign for bars, festivals and local venues. Since the launch of the campaign, the percentage of HIV Positive individuals receiving care has climbed dramatically from 52% in 2011 to 64% in 2014. This campaign was also a hit among industry peers as well, winning recognition at award shows such as the Telly Awards, Communicator Awards, Hermes, Summit Creative Awards and more.
National Education Defense Project: STEM
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.
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.
Covenant acquired a second new and improved da Vinci robot, and also had the leading robotic surgery experts on staff. They wanted to promote their superiority in robotic surgery and gain market share in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
We created a campaign that put the high-tech robot front and center, to communicate two important points: Covenant was the place to go for state-of-the-art robotic surgery, and robotic surgery’s advantages could help you recover faster and get back to your everyday life. Humorous print, interactive and outdoor ads showed the surgical robot on the golf course, walking a dog and shopping at the mall—all the activities robotic surgery could help you return to, faster than ever. Coordinating radio was also created to give additional information about the advantages of robotic surgery.
In the first year of the campaign, website traffic tripled; in the most recent flight, website visits went from 10 in the month before advertising to 18,053. This is critical to the goal of educating consumers on the benefits of the technology. In addition to winning a Health Care Advertising Award for this campaign, Covenant has seen a 100% increase in robotic surgical volume.