Category Archives: Health Marketing

British Columbia Ministry of Health: Taking a Leadership Role in Social Marketing

In September 2014, I had the opportunity to work with the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s Population and Public Health Division to co-host social marketing sessions in Vancouver and Victoria to explore shared strategic approaches for social marketing and engagement across health promotion and disease/injury prevention partners in British Columbia.

The sessions included presentations from experts on social marketing and behaviour change, branding and the latest trends in marketing and engagement.  Participants also heard about the Healthy Families BC policy framework and the Ministry of Health’s mandate to support a […]

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Why Charitable Foundations need to be Extra Careful with Partnerships

In 2012, I wrote a blog on breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The pink ribbon carries a lot of associations—women’s health, breast cancer, all types of runs, pink clothing on football players etc.

But in a prominent fight between breast cancer charity, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and women’s health organization Planned Parenthood, the ribbon was suddenly associated with controversy in an area which makes no sense except in the fanatical right-to-life world in the USA where the […]

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It’s time to run campaigns that go beyond awareness!

Back by popular demand, Stephen Thomas Ltd and the Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing (CEPSM) return with an exclusive one-day workshop in Toronto and Ottawa: Beyond Awareness: Creating Social Marketing Campaigns that Change Attitudes and Behaviour.

TORONTO

October 23rd, 2013
Intercontinental Hotel, Yorkville
Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4490585462

OTTAWA

November 12, 2013
RA Centre, Outaouais Room, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa
Register: http://cepsm.ca/products-page/categories/beyond-awareness-creating-social-marketing-campaigns-that-change-attitudes-and-behaviour-2/

Awareness, awareness, awareness are you getting tired of hearing that word, don’t you want to move to something more substantial like changing people’s attitudes […]

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Is it time for Social Marketers to get involved in the Gun Debate?

As I mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago I have been an advocate against guns for as long as I can remember. Maybe it is a Canadian thing, although many Canadians own guns. I am not against freedom of choice; I abhor most types of censorship and am not a big fan of government regulations. However, as a social marketer I do believe there are some issues worth fighting for. It seems that almost every week I […]

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