June 15th 2016
I’m in the process of trying out a pretty elaborate set tests to score how patients experience hospital websites. While everyone can focus on KPI’s that show interactions that hospitals’ want, in the age of empowered patients our own KPI’s alone simply don’t cut it. We also need to know how our site compares against alternatives patients may see, and develop toward best practice examples in and beyond the healthcare industry. That’s what this will do — and I need to some hospital marketers or IT leaders to help test this approach out.
May 23rd 2016
Content isn’t king, its not even scarce. And when it comes to keeping thousands of doctors practice details correct, it now becomes an expensive liability when listings turn out to be dated and wrong.
April 3rd 2016
Sure, Google is full of exciting projects – but how about using design to fix ‘the money door’ which drives literally all of its current profits? Wouldn’t that be at least as exciting as designing concepts for markets that don’t yet exist? If your design work follows the money or user frustration – then, at Google, all roads leads to Adwords.
March 12th 2016
Hey Marketing pundits. Don’t take the easy bait and claim that Donald Trump is a content marketing genius. There’s little evidence of this. The things that have driven his GOP rise are more structural than marketing tactics.Claims that his rise is a master work in your discipline, is as opportunistic and vapid as The Donald himself.
February 27th 2016
This week two Boston news organizations drew starkly different headlines from the same research. Is this a case of team out reporting the other – or of creating a story rather than reporting it?
February 3rd 2016
Hospital systems have a strong incentive to consolidate to gain scale, allowing them to more efficiently serve patients and to have stronger bargaining positions with payers. But the antitrust laws which may limit US growth, won’t satisfy systems’ hunger for scale. They seem likely to accelerate their global growth in to new markets and regulatory jurisdictions.
January 28th 2016
In this video from the Delight Conference, I pull out some stops to tell the story of Market Basket which has become one of New England’s most storied brands and a frequently cited case study in public relations, negotiation and designing for delight.
January 20th 2016
New research from the National Academy of Science shows that over the last decade mortality rates have increased for middle-aged white American’s – accounting for as many as 500,000 new deaths caused by self-poisoning, liver disease and suicide. The researchers and I connect this to increased stress from economic decline and reduced life prospects among middle and lower earning families.
January 15th 2016
Boston’s about to become a company town. Though GE’s relocation to Boston brings a modest 800 new jobs (vs. 5,000 that GE business units already employ in Massachusetts) it will fill a HUGE gap in Boston’s business community — and be a new conduit for how Boston people seek to connect to the world.
January 8th 2016
While this post touches on culture, freedom and offense – and of course dance music – its hero is buried in the story as I imagine he’d prefer. Ron Coleman’s writing and good spirit has been an occasional inspiration and benefit of working on this blog. Arguing on constitutional grounds is a long and heavy climb. Congratulations to Ron and The Slants. Any friends of Ron have special standing here. Cheers.