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Amendola Appoints Seasoned Communications and Public Relations Leader Jennifer Cohen as Senior Account Director

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 2, 2019Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and healthcare technology public relations and marketing agency, announced today that Jennifer Cohen has joined the agency as senior account director. Cohen will create and manage client programs and initiatives, provide strategic counsel, and represent the agency’s healthcare/healthcare IT clients in front of media and digital influencers.

Jenn Cohen

Cohen brings to the agency nearly 15 years of experience building, managing and executing marketing, communication and PR programs. Having worked for companies such as Change Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare, Cohen has a wealth of experience leading high-performing teams; building and executing strategic communications and marketing programs; and leveraging PR and innovative digital strategies to transform and protect her clients’ brands.

Most recently Cohen held the role of corporate communications director for NextGen Healthcare, where she served as a C-suite advisor, guiding the executive leadership team through a brand transformation and two strategic acquisitions. Additionally, she led employee and client communications, public and media relations, and investor relations, ensuring relevant and consistent communications to both internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to NextGen Healthcare, Cohen served as director of strategic product marketing and communications for Change Healthcare, one of the largest independent healthcare IT companies in the United States, servicing customers across the entire care continuum.

“Jenn brings a rich portfolio of skills and relevant experience developing comprehensive marketing, communication and PR strategies for companies of all sizes,” said the agency’s CEO Jodi Amendola. “Her deep understanding of the healthcare/HIT landscape and extensive experience leading M&A strategies will bring additional capabilities to the robust and diverse Amendola PR and marketing team.”Cohen holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and strategic media planning from Arizona State University.

Media Contact: Marcia Rhodes, 480.664.8412, ext. 15, mrhodes@ACmarketingPR.com

Central Logic Engages Amendola for Strategic PR and Marketing Strategy and Services

Healthcare agency to build thought leadership and share of voice for transfer center solutions company

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 19, 2019 – Amendola, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and technology public relations and marketing firm, announced today that Central Logic has engaged the agency to provide strategic PR and marketing communications services.

Central Logic, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a leader in transfer center technology solutions. Its data-driven transfer center platform ensures patients get access to the right care without delay.

Central Logic CEO Angie Franks noted that the company’s people and products are key to the success of the transfer centers it works with. “The Amendola team understands not only our communications objectives, but also our commitment to driving better clinical outcomes for patients and delivering a financial ROI for our clients. We’re excited to work with them to spread that message.”

“Central Logic has an experienced leadership team with both business acumen and a deep appreciation of the challenges that providers and referring physicians face, especially when it comes to timely, safe and efficient patient transfers,” said agency CEO Jodi Amendola. “Increasing their share of voice in healthcare through thought leadership, content development and media placements isn’t just a PR win for Central Logic, it’s a win for all of the hospital and health system leaders who can learn from them.”

Amendola will create a comprehensive media relations plan that will include securing media placements to showcase the results Central Logic’s partnerships drive. A multi-pronged communications approach will include press releases and media pitches, contributed content, speaking engagements and awards to position the team as subject matter experts and thought leaders. In addition, Amendola will assist with videos and marketing activities to help with lead generation and sales enablement.

About Central Logic

For health systems, managing patient transfers is a life-saving endeavor. Central Logic is a pioneer in the space and was founded solely to support this mission. Our flexible, purpose-built solutions provide superior real-time visibility and unmatched business intelligence to optimize the operations of health system patient flow command centers. Clients count on Central Logic to deliver strong growth, find new ways to improve patient outcomes and make their operations more effective, today and into the future. Based in Utah, Central Logic is an industry leader with a 96% customer retention rate working to get patients the right care, at the right place, without delay. For more information, visit www.centrallogic.com.

Media Contact:

Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

 

Amendola Communications Appoints Rachael Britnell Account Director

Branding and digital marketing specialist brings a strong health IT background to healthcare and technology PR and marketing agency

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2019 – Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and technology public relations and marketing agency, today announced that Rachael Britnell has joined the agency as account director.

Britnell specializes in health IT brand marketing and creative and strategic campaign planning, management and implementation. Well-versed in content marketing, media relations and social media, Britnell is a perfect fit with Amendola’s emphasis on digital marketing and lead generation.

“What impressed us about Rachael was her strong ability to communicate our clients’ brand messages. She’s a pro at driving awareness,” said CEO Jodi Amendola. “Like the rest of our team, she also has a strong background in and knowledge of the healthcare technology industry.”

Britnell most recently served as marketing leader at Strata Decision Technology, which develops software tools and decision-making processes for senior financial and operational decision-makers in the healthcare industry. At Strata, Britnell developed and drove the company’s marketing strategy and oversaw the management of marketing programs and campaigns tied to generating brand awareness.

“Amendola’s increasing emphasis on an integrated marketing approach and the opportunity to position clients as thought leaders through creative storytelling truly excites me,” Britnell said. “The healthcare industry is changing so fast, and Amendola’s elite client base has a passion for the innovation that’s driving that change.”

Britnell earned her undergraduate degree in marketing and advertising at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Media Contact: Marcia Rhodes | 480.664.8412 x 15 | mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

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AMENDOLA COMMUNICATIONS APPOINTS MEGAN SMITH AS SENIOR ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Specialist in integrated communications and digital strategies joins award-winning healthcare PR team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov.  27, 2018 – Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and technology public relations and marketing agency, today announced that Megan Smith has joined the agency as senior account director.

Megan H. Smith

Smith joins Amendola with more than a decade of public relations, marketing and account management experience in healthcare, technology and ecommerce. During her career, Smith has held increasingly responsible positions with Edelman and Dodge Communications, where she helped companies build and execute strategic communications and marketing programs, leveraging traditional PR, marketing communications and digital strategies to evolve, promote and protect her clients’ brands.

Most recently, Smith served as the Director of Client Services and ecommerce for EYStudios, a specialty ecommerce web design and development firm. In this role, she helped build relationships with more than 25 clients and provided counsel on how to grow their business through increasing traffic and improving conversions as well as content marketing.

“Megan brings a remarkable skillset and history of success in integrated communications campaigns and digital strategies to her role as senior account director,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola Communications. “Her in-depth experience, proven creativity, and reputation for exceptional client relations will help ensure that our clients receive strategic guidance along the best path to continued growth.”

Smith holds an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.

Media Contact:
Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

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PeriGen Taps Amendola Communications for Fully Integrated Marketing Plan

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., October 9, 2018 – Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and health IT public relations and marketing agency, is pleased to announce that PeriGen, an innovator of perinatal early warning systems, has engaged Amendola to develop and implement a fully integrated marketing and PR program. Based on a prior engagement, PeriGen is now looking to the firm to focus on thought leadership, content marketing, and lead generation and nurturing.

 

The United States currently has the worst maternal morbidity in the developed world (26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births), and studies have demonstrated that more than 50 percent of bad outcomes in childbirth are preventable. To address these preventable complications in both mothers and babies, PeriGen has developed artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions that automate the identification of early warning signs during labor, supporting clinicians with standardized analysis and timely alerting of troubling trends so that they can follow protocols in a more consistent and timely way.

 

Amendola will leverage a broad range of marketing, public relations and content strategies to promote PeriGen’s market-leading maternal and fetal surveillance systems. The content marketing will include bylined articles and website content and will highlight the thought leadership and subject matter expertise of PeriGen’s leadership and its clinical end users. This includes a recently published USA Today Letter to the Editor addressing maternal mortality.

 

“We are extremely glad to be working with Amendola Communications in a more expanded capacity,” said Matthew Sappern, CEO of PeriGen. “We feel that their public relations and marketing capabilities, specific to the health IT industry, are unparalleled. With their strategic guidance and personnel, we will greatly increase the awareness of PeriGen and what our solutions can do to lower negative outcomes during childbirth.”

 

PeriGen has developed PeriWatch™ Vigilance™, a new fetal and maternal early warning system (EWS) that automatically identifies patients whose conditions are worsening, facilitating more timely interventions. Able to work alongside existing perinatal systems, PeriWatch Vigilance is an early warning system that alerts care teams to clinical trends that may require intervention.

 

“PeriGen is a visionary company that gives clinicians the tools they need to improve—and even save—babies’ and moms’ lives,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola Communications. “We will be leveraging our deep health IT and healthcare experience to spread the word about the important work that PeriGen is doing to combat complications during labor and delivery. Together, we will execute strategic marketing programs and develop content that will increase awareness among healthcare and insurance organizations of the strong clinical and financial outcomes that PeriGen’s solutions deliver.”

 

About PeriGen

PeriGen offers innovative perinatal software solutions that incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance clinical efficiency and standardization of care during childbirth. Led by skilled OB practitioners and IT visionaries, PeriGen has created the PeriWatch platform to provide consistent analysis and efficient display of complex data in real-time to promote better human recognition and communication about impending problems during labor. With PeriWatch clinicians can spend more time on direct patient care and less time on manual calculations and data manipulation. To learn more, visit www.perigen.com; follow us on TwitterLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook; or call 984.208.4250 or email.

 

Media Contact:
Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amendola Communications Honored as a Top Healthcare Agency in Ragan and PR Daily’s Ace Awards

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 22, 2018Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and healthcare IT (HIT) public relations and marketing agency, announced today that it has added another accolade from the PR industry. The agency was recently recognized in the overall Healthcare Agency category in Ragan and PR Daily’s Ace Awards 2017.

The Honorable Mention award is just the latest national recognition for the agency, which provides a full range of PR and marketing services, including media and analyst relations, messaging, media training, content development and management, social media, digital and online marketing, collateral development, website design and content creation, crisis management, strategic counsel and other services.

“We have received many awards focused on specific campaigns, but we’re especially proud of this award from Ragan and PR Daily because it recognizes the agency as a whole – our work, how we operate, our development of a high-performance team and culture, and the results we generate for clients,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola Communications. “We’ve lived and breathed healthcare technology for nearly two decades and, as a result, have developed a team of healthcare veterans with the experience, connections and creativity to drive meaningful business results for businesses of all sizes, whether they’re early-stage startups or established public companies.”

The Ace Awards honor individuals, in-house teams and agencies in communications and marketing. Entrants represent the most talented and innovative thinkers across a variety of industries.

Media Contact:
Marcia Rhodes
Amendola Communications
480.664.8412 ext. 15
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com

Content Marketing in Eight Seconds or less

Content Marketing in Eight Seconds or Less

As you work on your content strategy, think about this: According to a recent study, the average person now loses concentration after only eight seconds. I would ask you to pause and think about that but then I’ll risk of losing the remaining seconds of your attention entirely – if I haven’t already. As a “fun fact,” researchers noted that even goldfish which are “notoriously ill-focused” have an average attention span of nine seconds.

So, whether that fact is fun or concerning is still be determined, but it really isn’t that shocking. This study simply quantifies the impact of a highly digitized lifestyle on the human brain. After all, we live in a world where our phones are constantly buzzing with emails, texts, news alerts, and social media notifications. We live in a world where…

Sorry, I got distracted for a moment. Did you know that Kim and Kanye are expecting their third child via surrogate? My phone just vibrated with that “breaking” news, as well as four work emails, three personal emails, and two trivial text messages. And even if celebrity gossip isn’t your guilty pleasure, you’re likely experiencing a similar scenario every hour of every day.

But to be clear, the aha moment from this study is not that goldfish are smarter than us. It’s an aha moment for us as marketing and public relations professionals. The study has profound implications for those of us who communicate for a living. To be successful, we must adapt our strategies and tactics to the reality of eight second attention spans.

Why evolving content doesn’t mean dumbing it down

In today’s world of digital and information overload, crafting content that is relevant and meaningful for your target audience is mission-critical. Remember that having shorter attention spans doesn’t mean that your customers are not decision-makers. It doesn’t mean that they’re less intelligent. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same pain points. It just means that they need to absorb information differently. It just means that despite downloading your white paper, they’re probably not getting past page one. There’s no shame. It’s the new normal.

That’s why evolving your content marketing is not about dumbing down the information. It’s not about simplifying or going back to basics. It’s about making your content snackable. In fact, your new bite-sized content can still convey the same concepts and ideas as the longer pieces—but that content must be more concise and free of fluff.

Even more importantly, it must provide just a taste to satisfy their brief hunger and keep their interest. It must leave the audience wanting more of your content snacks. That’s what marketing is all about.

How to create tasty content snacks – a recipe for success

Snackable content for the eight second attention span is just a new way of creating, organizing, and promoting content. To create tasty content snacks, you don’t need to start from scratch. You don’t need all new ingredients. Your content kitchen is likely full of big, heavy content meals which can be remixed and reused to fit the new snackable content mold. The good news is that one content meal equals several content snacks.

Now, let’s enter the content kitchen and see how to turn those content meals into content snacks. Here are three examples:

  1. Transform your white paper into an infographic and a cheat sheet with must-do’s.
  2. Transform your case study into a checklist of best practices, or a series of checklists that span everything from implementation to training and optimization.
  3. Transform your 30-minute webinar into a sequence of 30 second videos that highlight that key learning objectives.

And rather than being sad about the lost of art of white paper reading, keep in mind that multiple content snacks derived from the same content meal not only convey the same messages but also can easily become a lead nurturing campaign or useful follow-up references for your sales team to share with prospects.

I think it’s time to stop mourning the white paper. Instead, it’s time to cook up some bite-sized content. After all, it’s just waiting to be eaten.

Keeping the Drum Beat Going on Marketing

Summer conjures many images that are symbolic of a slower pace – relaxing by the beach, sipping lemonade by the pool or reading a book under the shade of a tree. These relaxing pictures of a simpler time rarely include your marketing efforts, although they can fall into this summer haze if you don’t take steps to keep them amped up and the drum beat cadence strong.

New customer wins, moving into an expanded headquarters and launching innovative products are obvious reasons to keep your name in the public eye; however, summer seems to have a way with slowing down major events such as these. How do you stay in front of your main audiences without appearing overly promotional?

Conduct Surveys—Can you survey your customers to discover a new point of view? Do you have access to de-identified data within your product that could point to an industry trend? One example would be discovering which state’s residents are more likely to take their medication as prescribed than in any other state. Facts and figures are generally well-received and can support your company’s position. These results can be used for a press release, infographic, social media and media relations outreach.

Create a Campaign—Develop videos, blog posts or other content addressing problems that your product solves and position yourself as a thought leader. Champion a cause or highlight a struggle like Healthsparq’s #WhatTheHealthcare and athenahealth’s #LetDoctorsBeDoctors campaigns. Branch out as a mover and a shaker to help fix a problem even if your product alone won’t do the trick. Doing this shows you as a trusted ally and advocate.

Offer a Fresh Perspective—Your company has knowledge and a viewpoint that is unique. Does your CEO have a fresh position on leadership? What insights can you bring on the industry? Refine that information and share it through media relations, webinars and bylines. Reporters are looking for new ideas that shed light on a relevant topic in a vendor-neutral manner.

Whether done on your own, with a customer or through partnering with a publication, webinars are a great avenue to harness your knowledge about a topic and share it in a way that gives a personal connection. Attendees can get a taste of your personality, in addition to knowledge on the topic, and the chance to ask questions depending on how the session is structured. Contributing articles to publications is also a great way to extend thought leadership by sharing your perspective in your voice.

Support a Charity—There are many great causes. Perhaps your company already supports a charity, which would benefit from an event or donation. Another option is to find an organization that allows personal involvement, such as sponsoring a build day with a Habitat for Humanity® site near your office. Not only will it be a great team-building exercise, you could get some local press for your efforts. Employees and customers enjoy working with socially responsible companies, so it is a win from all sides.

Everyone hits a slow news cycle at some point. Use this time to refine your position, create a conversation and support a great cause. Each of these methods will extend your brand and deliver more content, including for your social channels.

Setting Up Your Website for Social Success

In the good old days of the Internet (we’re talking the 1990s here), clients grappled with the decision to jump on the newest marketing scheme – the website. Advertising and PR agencies, as well as marketing directors, had widely divergent opinions about several components that are now taken for granted.

The conversation has gone from, “Do we really need a website?” to “How can we make our website better?”

I was on a marketing team that received a MAME Award for Best Website. (The Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence golden trophy is to the homebuilding industry what the Oscar is to Hollywood.)  My employer strolled into my office and said, “Did I mention you’re going to be the guest speaker on websites at today’s Homebuilder’s Association meeting?  We leave in 20 minutes.” After the shock wore off, I must have delivered an intelligent lecture because many of the builders asked me to evaluate their websites.

What surprises me today is that many of the same problems I saw with sites in 2003 still exist. Sure, with WordPress and new design trends, the hot features of today are hero images, video and animation. But in the race to beef up data capture and content marketing, simple, everyday details can easily be overlooked.  Vendors and publishers alike can up their game and make it easier for their audience to engage, sign up, download, interact and purchase.

Here are 6 key areas you should evaluate on your website to ensure maximum engagement:

Contact Information

You would think contact information would be a no-brainer. But when I’m wearing my research hat, nothing makes me yell “REALLY?!” faster than wasting time hunting down basic information. Your address and phone number should be easy to find. Your “Contact Us” link should be at the top or bottom of every page. If people can’t reach you when they have questions about your event or product, they will likely move on to the next vendor on their list.  Don’t be coy. Give ‘em your 411!

Company Directories

In this digital world, time zones abound and chances are someone out there is looking at your website when you are not open for business. There are pros and cons to both popular methods of people reaching you after hours: “Contact Us” forms and Company Directories.

A contact us form (which is what we have on our own company website) can be programmed one time and simply lives on your website. Visitors can, however, be frustrated if you create a pre-populated and mandatory dropdown-list. What if the reason for contacting you isn’t on that list?

My personal favorite is Company Directories such as the one at HIMSS. It’s easy to find their staff and there’s no question who does what. But, you must keep on top of it and update it often.

Monitoring

So, you’ve got an “info@” email address posted on your website. It’s better than nothing. But who reads your incoming message? More than one person? Do you respond to every inquiry?

Whether it’s someone asking a question or providing feedback, a simple follow-up lets your audience know you’re on the ball.

And please watch the automated replies. It’s great to receive a quick email referencing my trouble ticket number. But it doesn’t make a very good impression to acknowledge you received my email and will respond shortly, and then never get back to me.

Follow up. Every. Single. Time.

Tell me thank you, let me know you’ll consider my suggestion, or forward me to the person who can really help me. Don’t leave me in the dark.

Oh, and remember to redirect the routing of your website mail if you have a change in staff.

Testing

The team members monitoring your web mail – inquiries and data capture alike – will know the average number of contacts you receive per month. Any sudden drop in those numbers should be a red flag.

Minor updates in website programming, firewalls and email proxy servers can all wreak havoc on your incoming messages. Test your site from time to time. Send yourself an email from the website or fill out any forms to ensure everything is still running as it should.

Social Media Platforms

Are links to your social platforms elusive? Are they current?

I’ve taken over social media duties for many clients and I am dismayed when I discover they have a LinkedIn account but no way to reach it through their website.

If you have multiple channels, make sure website visitors can reach them. By the same token, if you haven’t tweeted since 2013, it might be best to remove the little blue bird until your account is more current.

Yes, websites can be expensive to program. But a laundry list of social media platforms adds an unnecessary degree of difficulty that makes it so much harder for visitors to engage. Our eyes are now trained to look for social graphics and a text list of Twitter and Facebook will be overlooked.

A much better example is to use the icons with which everyone is familiar. No questions here on how I can engage!

 

 

But let’s not get carried away. Mashable, gotta love you, but honestly, which Twitter handle do I use when I’m trying to share an article you published?

Social Media Sharing

Publications count on social media to increase readership of their articles. Even vendor websites add sharing buttons to the side of their blogs to encourage readers to engage. What surprises me is how often a pre-programmed post opens in my Twitter profile without basic information such as a Twitter handle.

When you set up your Share buttons, be sure the website plug-in of choice includes your Twitter handle. It’s a common mistake and simple to fix. Also, Twitter doesn’t include links in the character count, but it’s still nice to provide a bit.ly (or whatever service you use) so visitors can RT and comment.

Which is, after all, what engagement is all about. To wit, here are some great examples of engagement done right:

Forbes – This site could really improve by adding their Twitter handle and a shortened link, but they get kudos for adding several options of “Tweet This” above the article. Readers will be quick to click that button and get the message out.

Becker’s Hospital Review – Share any of their articles on Twitter and the post starts with “Reading @beckershr” followed by the article title and the link.

Health IT Outcomes – Push the Tweet Share button and the post is auto-populated with the title of the article, a shortened link, and “via @HITOutcomes.”

Politico’s Morning eHealth – Not only does the Share button have all the necessary bits, but the journalists’ Twitter handles are displayed for even further engagement.

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Not only are these suggestions relatively low-cost fixes, the attention to detail will elevate your website to social success.

What suggestions do you have for making websites more social? Please share them below.