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Marketing Addiction Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Programs

From the 2015 New England Institute of Addiction Studies (NEIAS) Summer School:
Most addiction treatment, prevention and recovery programs do not have the luxury of big marketing budgets or even a designated 
staff marketing person. Coupled with the stigma that comes along with substance use disorders, marketing and branding an 
organization becomes challenging, to say the least. Managers are tasked with promoting programs on shoestring budgets and little 
education on the intricacies of marketing. This course will examine various concepts and strategies for developing an integrated 
marketing communications plan ‐ that includes traditional and social media strategies ‐ within your organization.
Learning Objectives:
After taking this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the basics of branding an organization;
• Understand what an integrated marketing communications plan is;
• Provide examples of how social media can be used to support marketing and branding efforts; and
• Provide examples of how external communications can support marketing and branding efforts.

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Marketing Addiction Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Programs

  1. 1. New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies: June 8, 2015 presented by Jennifer Iacovelli Marketing Addiction Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Programs
  2. 2. About me ¤  Writer, speaker and consultant ¤  Chief Engagement Officer (CEO)+ blogger for Another Jennifer Blog + Writing Lab ¤  Author of Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day ¤  10+ years working in behavioral health handling public communications ¤  More here: anotherjennifer.com/about-jennifer/
  3. 3. About you ¤ Who are you? ¤ Why are you here? ¤ What are you trying to accomplish for yourself, for your organization?
  4. 4. What we’ll cover ¤ The basics of branding ¤ Writing and implementing an integrated marketing communications plan ¤ Using social media to support marketing and branding efforts ¤ Using external communications to support marketing and branding efforts ¤ Measuring your impact
  5. 5. via Seth Godin
  6. 6. What’s the difference?
  7. 7. What’s the difference?
  8. 8. Branding
  9. 9. Marketing
  10. 10. What is a Brand? Brand = Personality of your business What are you portraying to potential clients, donors, community partners, etc.?
  11. 11. Branding Exercise Visualize your organization as a person. What does he/she look like? What is his/her personality? What does he/she like to do? Where does he/she shop? What are his/her favorite colors? Describe him/her.
  12. 12. An Integrated Marketing Plan May include: ¤  Mission, Values & Goals ¤  Competition analysis ¤  SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) ¤  Target audience(s) ¤  Key messages
  13. 13. Integrated Marketing Plan (cont’d) ¤  Strategies for several communications channels: ¤  Email ¤  Social media ¤  Website ¤  Blog ¤  Traditional advertising ¤  Public relations ¤  Online advertising ¤  Signage ¤  Flyers, brochures and other printed materials ¤  Events / community outreach ¤  Staff / board / volunteer communications
  14. 14. Important Questions to Ask ¤  Who is responsible? ¤  One person? ¤  Team? ¤  Volunteers? ¤  Hired out? ¤  How will you keep your branding and overall message consistent?! ¤  How will you track your success? ¤  Do you have the budget?
  15. 15. Writing a Marketing Plan 1.  Who is your audience? 2.  What actions do you want your audience to take? 3.  What does your audience need to believe in order to take those actions? 4.  Which communications channels will you utilize? 5.  What is your message? 6.  What is your social media policy?
  16. 16. Writing a Marketing Plan
  17. 17. Why Use Social Media? ¤  Mostly free (except for time) ¤  Easy way to get out information fast, in real time, and reach a big audience ¤  Levels the playing field ¤  Gives everyone a voice ¤  Allows people to connect all over the world at any time ¤  Establishes expertise ¤  Platform to educate, advocate, inform
  18. 18. What you should consider ¤  Who is allowed to post for your organization? Where? ¤  What will the posts say? ¤  Do social media postings need to be approved? ¤  How will your posts comply with your confidentiality policies? ¤  How will you handle negative comments? ¤  Are employees allowed to post or comment during work hours? (Can they access the social networking sites?)
  19. 19. More considerations ¤  What is appropriate to share; not to share on a social networking site? ¤  What is your procedure for sharing client stories, photos or videos? ¤  How will you educate staff, volunteers, board, supporters, etc. on utilizing your social media sites? ¤  What happens if staff, volunteers, board, etc. don’t comply with the social media policy? ¤  Who is the go to person if/when questions arise?
  20. 20. Where will you post?
  21. 21. Why blog?
  22. 22. Why blog? ¤ 78% of internet users conduct product research online ¤ 57% of businesses have acquired a customer through their company blog ¤ Companies that blog get 55% more web traffic Source: HubSpot
  23. 23. What a blog can do for you. ¤  Establish expertise, thought leader status ¤  Your platform to educate, advocate, entertain, etc. ¤  Build brand awareness ¤  Build a community ¤  Drive traffic to your website (SEO)
  24. 24. Social media best practices ¤  Have a strategy (tweak as needed) ¤  Be consistent with your branding (images, messages, etc.) ¤  Share regularly - not too much, not too little ¤  Don’t limit people’s ability to interact with you ¤  Monitor, monitor, monitor! ¤  Reply to comments and mentions, keep the conversation going ¤  Be authentic!
  25. 25. Measuring Impact
  26. 26. Final tips ¤  Know your audience (and where they are) ¤  Have a strategy ¤  Be consistent ¤  Engage ¤  Monitor ¤  Don’t be afraid to experiment!
  27. 27. Resources ¤  Social Media Quickstarter: socialquickstarter.com ¤  Facebook for Business: facebook.com/business ¤  Beth’s Blog: bethkanter.org ¤  Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog: nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog  ¤  Network for Good’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog: nonprofitmarketingblog.com ¤  Mashable – The Social Media Guide: mashable.com ¤  Seth’s Blog (Seth Godin): sethgodin.typepad.com/
  28. 28. Stay Connected Jennifer Iacovelli email: jennifer@anotherjennifer.com phone: 207.653.4542 websites & blogs: anotherjennifer.com & simplegivinglab.com facebook: facebook.com/writinglab twitter: @anotherjenb linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jenbarbour google+: gplus.to/anotherjennifer youtube: youtube.com/user/anotherjenb

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