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Healthcare is one of the largest industries and with so many options (as well as
“Dr. Google”) it’s important for marketers to know the strategies to reach patients.
Christopher Caserta, Vice President for Strategic Development at United States
Medical Management, joins us to discuss how marketers are changing the healthcare
industry, as well as how the industry has evolved on the WVU Marketing
Communications Today podcast.
Susan Jones: Sure, so let's start with something very general: we've all heard
the term healthcare industry, but what exactly does that mean and what does that
Christopher Caserta: You know Susan I think that's a common term that people
will undershoot. They will just limit it to basically what they know. You know
chances are you know, in today's time you were probably born in a hospital or you,
you have family members who were born in a hospital so that comes to mind. Maybe
you've had a family member in an assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility,
and we all use pharmacies as well, at least most of us do unless you're uber healthy.
If you are, I would like to know what your secrets are. Otherwise it's just kind
of what we know, but in actuality healthcare is a huge industry, I mean it's actually
our largest contributor to the gross domestic product in this country. I know it's
grown significantly in the last 50 years; it is ahead of technology in the United
States when you talk about an industry, industry and how big it is, and it kind
of breaks down into six categories. You know, there are pharmaceuticals which those
are obviously the medications to hear and vaccinate, we all know them with a pandemic
we're all well aware of what goes on there. Biotechnology is another industry using
enzymes or microorganisms to produce products, you know you think of baking bread
because you're using yeast with the living organism that would qualify biotech.
You have the equipment side, devices for like pacemakers and ultrasound imaging
you have to have distribution, which is actually a category under healthcare because
there's hundreds of thousands of pharmacies and hospitals that need medicines and
products for patients. You have the facilities; I mean that's what we see that's
usually where people go when they think of healthcare and then you have the manage
healthcare side. I think we've all probably read about health maintenance organizations
and other types of groups or ways to have healthcare and pay for healthcare. So
really when you include all those when you look at the healthcare industry there's
over 784,000 companies in the United States right now. So, and the good news for
those of us in this field is they all need strategy, they all need sales and they
all need marketing so it's a wonderful opportunity and only getting bigger.
The marketing communications programs at WVU have aided brilliant and talented people
to achieve their dreams and to find success within the industry. As you think about
your future career in Marketing Communications and consider advancing your degree,
view the success of the WVU Marketing Communications Integrated Marketing Communications
Adrienne King has been promoted to serve as UToledo’s vice president of marketing
and communications. King has led institutional crisis communications efforts during
the COVID-19 pandemic and provided direction for the rebrand efforts of UToledo
and more recently, UTMC. Her teams have won numerous awards for their creative
work to support enrollment initiatives and crisis communications efforts.
Emily recently moved companies to join HMP Global, a multichannel leader in healthcare
meetings, content, and education. In her new role as a Marketing Communications
Manager, she oversees the promotions and marketing of healthcare education events.
Tactics include everything from social, digital and traditional marketing methods.
Mixed reality is everything between AR to VR and in-between, evolving the consumer
experience with virtual try ons, but where is mixed reality marketing going? Instagram
and Snapchat have embraced AR and VR more than other platforms, people are virtually
viewing houses, trying on lipstick, glasses and more and the outlook for mixed
reality is bright. Join David Smith, Teaching Assistant Professor with West Virginia
University's Reed College of Media as he discusses "Where's the Beef with Mixed
Reality Marketing" on the sub-series, Marketing Horizons.
Cyndi Greenglass: What is mixed reality?
David Smith: You can think of mixed reality as a term that includes everything
from augmented reality and virtual reality. It is helpful to think about it through
your user experience. Augmented reality includes everything from headset-based
reality like Microsoft HoloLens and glasses that you would wear to phone-based
AR on Snapchat and Instagram, as well as filters on Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok.
VR is a little bit further down that spectrum towards more immersion, where you
would put on a VR headset. That's more immersive than AR and altogether, it's more
about moving from our traditional 2D screen-based experiences to more spatial 3D
interactive experiences that take advantage of the world around us to overlay information
that you would interact with. Looking at it from the perspective of brands, what
people are most familiar with is phone-based AR. That's what people are using on
social media, on apps and even web-based augmented reality face filters.
Bringing a new product or service to the market can feel like a daunting task to
some. If it is not promoted properly, you could miss out on an opportunity or lose
money down the line. Join Alex Virden as she discusses what it takes in real life
to bring a new product or service to market and how she combines creativity and
innovation into her work.
Susan Jones: What is product marketing?
Alex Virden: Product marketing is an interesting and emerging function. For me at
EVERFI, my role as a product marketer is a centralized role, a connector to the
key teams that I work with including customer success marketing, sales product
development, engineering customer marketing and market Intel competitive intelligence.
There are five different areas that I'm working in day-to-day. One would be discovery,
where I'm looking into hypotheses around potential markets, potential items to
put on our roadmap, flushing out personas and talking to customers. Another area
is strategy, which includes product market fit pricing and go-to market planning
for launches or feature releases. Next is defining and training, so working with
our sales team and our marketers on training about what the new product could be
or how to talk about it and how to write marketing messaging about it. And finally,
getting set and growing a product from launch and post launch activities.
Through changing times, brands need to consider how best to align themselves with
trends and events. How do brands enter a social conversation with honesty and authenticity?
Join Veronica Purvis, Associate Executive Director at Skin of Color Society and Neal
Stewart, VP of Sales & Marketing at Deschutes Brewery, moderated by David Hazelton,
adjunct instructor for the M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications Online programs
and Design Director for ProShares as they discuss branding in context from a recent
Integrate Online session.
What are the components of a strong brand? What do you think is the most important
and what really built a strong brand for you?
Brands really want to understand the gaming and e-sports for attribution and have
migrated to the traditional sports where the BIG money is. Join
Johannes Waldstein as he discusses "Follow the Money: The Future of Multichannel
Measurement" on the sub-series, Marketing Horizons.
As a big data expert and a lifelong fan of competitive sports,
FanAI is the culmination of two of Johannes' passions. A serial entrepreneur,
he has founded four other startups that tackled marketplace issues surrounding
data, mobile payments, and sports tech. As a Product Manager at
dunnhumby, the world’s largest loyalty data sciences company, Johannes helped
build data platforms that provided 360° customer insights for some of the world’s
largest global agencies and brands, including retail chains such as Best Buy, Home
Depot, Tesco, and Macy’s.
Cyndi Greenglass: I wanted to ask you, when we define gaming, I know when I
say that sometimes Ruth says what are we talking about here, and I want to make
sure we're on the same page when we're talking gaming and esports, why don't you
give us a quick definition?
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. This is a global day dedicated to the
recognition of the achievements of women and call to action advancement for gender
equality within all industries and spaces. The first IWD event was a public gathering
of over one million people in 1911. However, the digital age has transformed the
celebration into this day to cross oceans and empower women to come together, empower
others and share their stories digitally.
Today, some of the industry-leading female alumni from the WVU Marketing Communications
Graduate Programs share their stories about being a strong woman in the industry
and the wisdom they wish to pass down to rising leaders.
M.S. IMC 2014
Executive Communications Manager, Dell Technologies
With the golden age of social media and digital marketing in full swing, the competition
for consumers’ attention is fierce. To stay relevant, marketers must understand
the changing needs and preferences of their audience and adapt their strategies
accordingly. We’ll discuss the importance of innovating to keep your audience’s
attention, how to evaluate your tactics to avoid outdated practices and how to
maintain your brand values as you evolve your strategy.
Amy Alyson Teller: Can you explain why it's so important to understand
Isaac Mei: As simple and straightforward as it sounds, that's who you
need to please to survive as a brand. At the end of the day, the one thing that
always matters most is the consumer or end user that you're trying to reach. Having
a real understanding of their wants and needs and means of communicating and consuming
content is incredibly important.
Over the years, marketing has continued to evolve as audiences seek more and more
ways to become engaged. While many brands continue to take advantage of more traditional
advertising strategies, other brands have shifted toward marketing their brands
in other ways.
One of these ways that brands have slowly been shifting is toward advertising in
video games. The video game industry has been on the rise since the 1980s, and
even today, there are no signs of this surge stopping anytime soon. For example,
Rocket League, which was initially launched in 2015 as a vehicular soccer game
developed and published by
Psyonix, reached at least 75 million players worldwide in 2020.
Due to such a large and wide player base, brands such as Ford have eagerly hopped
in to take advantage of marketing within the game. In February 2021, Ford took
three steps toward marketing with Psyonix in the game: