The Many Faces of Rare Disease

February 26, 2020Healthcare, Industry, Listening, Marketing

There’s a rare, but very special day coming this week…Rare Disease Day is February 29! This year, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD), has a theme around zebras and the hashtag #showyourstripes. It is true that zebras are rare, but it actually comes from an old adage that medical students are taught early in med school. The idea is that “when you’re deciphering a patient’s symptoms and you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” What they are teaching our future doctors is that it’s not usually the rare thing, it’s something much more common and obvious. But, what if it’s not? What if you’re the zebra? Rare diseases are just that — rare. In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. These rare diseases can be genetic, sporadic, or idiopathic, but they all share a common struggle: …

HCB Health Increases Reach & Influence With Opening of New Jersey Office

November 18, 2019Culture, Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Innovation, Marketing, News

HCB Health Increases Reach & Influence With Opening of New Jersey Office HCB’s third office focused on serving large-scale pharma clients in the tri-state region; staff expected to grow to 25 in next year. PARSIPPANY, NJ, AUSTIN & CHICAGO; (November 13, 2019) – HCB Health, one of the country’s leading independent healthcare communications agencies, has opened a third office in Parsippany, New Jersey, to serve new and existing clients. The office will also draw local high-caliber talent and provide dedicated local resources to HCB’s new East Coast-based clients. HCB expects the current …

How we Built a Healthcare Agency Headquartered in Austin, Texas, With 0% Funding and 100% Passion

June 20, 2019Culture, Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Listening

It was the day before 9/11 We all remember the frightening days of 9/11. It was an event in our country’s history that will forever be remembered. That time was also one of hard economic struggle as commerce seemed to come to a screeching halt. Here in Austin, the city was already in a recession after the bursting of the dot com bubble. Tech companies were shedding employees and subleasing office space as fast as they could. Planes crashing into buildings only made that scenario worse. So, what did I do when I found out that the ad agency I worked for was closing shop? I negotiated a deal that allowed myself and two others to retain a small medical device client based in San Antonio. My hope was to keep that going for a few months until something better turned …

Challenging Goliath: Creative, an Interview With Amy Hansen

June 13, 2019Culture, Experience, Industry, Marketing

Recently, Francesco Lucarelli teamed up with eyeforpharma to write about being an underdog in our industry. The piece sparked conversation amongst the agency regarding how underdogs can fight goliaths in specific areas like digital, media and creative. We sat down with SVP Executive Creative Director Amy Hansen to talk through the age-old David vs. Goliath tale and how it relates to paid media within the medical advertising space.   What are the biggest advantages of being an underdog or upstart company working to break into a space owned by goliaths? The ability to be agile and move fast and take risks in ways that can be more difficult for larger companies. …

The Road to Expert: How to Become an Analytics Specialist

June 5, 2019Experience, Industry, Innovation, Marketing, Technology

Teachers often say it’s important to have a well-rounded education. Diversify your learning. You never know how the information you learn today will be applied in the future. Let’s be honest…teachers usually are right, but even my former math teachers would probably be shocked to learn that I work with numbers daily. I was never a math whiz, often sought extra help with algebra and geometry, and never dared to enroll in trigonometry. So, how did I stumble into an analytics job? I graduated with a double major in public relations and Spanish and then went on to get my master’s in …

The New Genetic Testing Frontier

May 28, 2019Experience, Healthcare, Industry, Innovation

Many years ago, a smart man from my first agency where I began a significant portion of my healthcare marketing career talked about the frontier of personalized medicine. The idea of personalized medicines giving targeted therapies to “cure” patients was a main driver of my desire to build my entire career in healthcare marketing. While I knew full well that I started a pathway of my career working with big pharma, where friends at parties would challenge how I could work for corporate entities with so many ethical challenges, I still knew that my pursuits in the industry would always think of the patients’ needs, first and foremost. I knew that everything I wanted to recommend to my clients would be prioritized through the lens of positive patient outcomes. I dove in headfirst, wide-eyed about making …

What Escher Taught Me About Analytics

May 22, 2019Industry, Innovation, Listening, Marketing, Technology

As an agency, HCB Health has been thinking — and writing — about analytics a lot lately. Even though it’s been a core competency at our agency for several years now, I admit I’ve struggled to fully wrap my arms and head around what it means and how to effectively use it. It has always felt Escher-like in its complexity and infinite possibilities. Where do you start? Where are you going? And how do you know when you’ve arrived? I never imagined that analytics would be the trigger for my existential crisis. Yet here I am, …

What Healthcare’s Changing Media Landscape and Battle for Revenue Mean to You

May 16, 2019Experience, Industry, Innovation, Technology

At HCB Health, we take great pride in being the listening agency. Listening to our clients, consumers, and the broader marketplace helps us get perspective about where things are headed in our industry. And from what I’m seeing and hearing, there is a storm brewing in healthcare (HC) publishing. The storm is disruption, and it’s the same storm that’s been pounding consumer media for many years. The …

Data and Analytics: Changing HCP Media

May 13, 2019Healthcare, Industry, Innovation, Marketing, Technology

We’ve heard a lot about disruption in the media world. All the disruption is the result of a proliferation of digital media tactics, big data and platforms. This disruption has mostly happened in the consumer media world, but over the last couple years, we’ve started to see major changes happening in the world of HCP media. Agencies and clients are finally starting to realize the benefit of using big data and digital platforms to achieve HCP marketing in a much more efficient and effective way. The disruption we are seeing is coming through two big changes: Utilizing targeting data to hyper-target to potential audiences Using campaign analytics to optimize campaigns for better outcomes Data Targeting: How has data targeting changed the game? Data targeting is allowing us to target our audience in completely new and effective ways. We can now identify specific users by a …

Challenging Goliath: Media, an Interview With Dave Russell

May 6, 2019Culture, Experience, Industry, Marketing, Technology

Recently, Francesco Lucarelli teamed up with eyeforpharma to write about being an underdog in our industry. The piece sparked conversation amongst the agency regarding how underdogs can fight goliaths in specific areas like digital, media and creative. We sat down with VP Media Strategy Dave Russell to talk through the age-old David vs. Goliath tale and how it relates to paid media within the medical advertising space.   What are the biggest advantages of being an underdog or upstart company working to break into a space owned by goliaths? It comes back to the ability to not have as many parameters, rules or regulations. The boundaries are more open, you can be more entrepreneurial, more scrappy, you can get in and wrestle …