Author: Ryan Lilly

Matter Health Clients Combatting COVID-19 Across the Care Continuum

We are fortunate at Matter to work with a myriad of amazing organizations that are contributing directly to the fight against COVID-19. The Matter Health team is proud to work closely on the second line supporting dozens of healthcare companies that are locked directly in the frontline fight against the pandemic.

2020 Vision for Integrated Healthcare Marketing

When asked what the purpose of marketing is, most healthcare executives will say something like “to drive sales.” While that is certainly correct, it is an increasingly simplistic, and even shortsighted, approach to marketing in the modern era of healthcare.

HITMC 2019 Takeaways from Matter Health

For the third year in a row I was lucky to attend the annual Health IT Marketing and PR Conference or HITMC (pronounced hit-mick). While each conference has been valuable and informative, this year held special meaning for me personally for a few reasons, not the least of which was the location, which just so happened to be in Matter HQ’s backyard of Boston. Not only… Read more »

Change is Healthcare’s Greatest Opportunity

This piece originally appeared on O’Dwyer’s Public Relations News: While the healthcare industry has been talking about evolving for decades, we finally stand at the precipice of real change. With disruptors like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan pushing in, and mega-mergers like CVS and Aetna challenging traditional models of care, the pillars of this long-stagnant industry are finally being challenged. Couple this with skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs… Read more »

Blurring Lines Demand a New Approach to Healthcare PR and Marketing

This piece originally appeared on the HITMC blog: The many predictions made at HITMC17 regarding increasingly blurred lines in healthcare seem to be coming to fruition. National headlines have been dominated for the last several months by stories regarding mega-mergers (CVS & Aetna, Cigna & Express Scripts) and speculation around technology giants like Amazon, Apple and Uber pushing into healthcare, not to mention JP Morgan and Berkshire… Read more »

Health Tech Influencers Worth Watching

Healthcare is in the midst of a major transformation, and technology promises to factor significantly into how this pillar of our society and economy comes out the other side. As the industry continues to evolve and shift further toward a value-based model, emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Predictive Analytics, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence will be key. With… Read more »

Key Takeaways from the 2017 Health IT Marketing and PR Conference

I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Health IT Marketing and PR Conference or #HITMC (pronounced hit-mick) in Las Vegas. For those outside of the healthcare marketing and PR world, HITMC is a conference put on by one of the most successful and influential bloggers in the space, John Lynn, and his partner Shahid Shah, who is also a widely respected thought leader in the… Read more »

13 Questions To Ask When Choosing A New PR Agency

Picking a PR agency is a big decision, particularly for those that may have had sub-optimal experiences in the past or who have never run an agency search. Even experienced agency shoppers can find the process challenging. Let’s face it, you are making a major investment, which will immediately and directly impact your overall marketing budget – not to mention the future of your business. Having… Read more »

Brian Williams, Jon Stewart and the Shifting Media Landscape

Since the time that I was in college, people have been talking about the “death” of print journalism and the shifting media landscape. We talked about it so much in fact, that my then journalism-major girlfriend wound up becoming my lawyer fiancé. Between a PR pro and a lawyer, I’m not sure which side of our union best represents the “dark side” – but I digress…. Read more »

Where the Hipsters PR

What do Nike Shoes, local brews, foodies, hipsters and Matter Communications all have in common? Simple – all can be found in Portland Oregon. I have been fortunate enough to spend this week with some of Matter’s newest cohorts in our recently added Portland office. While I am here in an official capacity, it has hardly felt that way. There is something in the air in… Read more »

Pitch Please!

The art of the pitch – it can be delicate and precise like threading a needle, to something much more direct and forceful, like demolishing a wall with a sledge hammer. Regardless of your style, if you are going to get into PR, you should enjoy breaking down the walls and building relationships with the media. As PR Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion does not exist to… Read more »