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Do I Have A Healthy Brand? Understand Your Strengths & Risk Factors

By Kelly Farrell | May 8, 2020

Do I Have A Healthy Brand? Understand Your Strengths & Risk Factors

A strong, healthy brand isn’t a luxury limited only to mega consumer brands like Nike, Starbucks and Apple. No, it’s something that should be the hallmark of any business, including behavioral health organizations.

A healthy brand, defined

Your brand is so much more than a nice logo, color palette and website. At designRoom, we believe a healthy brand is one that inspires engagement and aligns everyone in your organization around your vision, mission, core values and marketplace position.

Your ability to engage and align stakeholders – from the inside out – has a ripple effect, impacting everything that’s important to you, including:

  • Recruitment – Your ability to attract top-tier physicians, nurses, administrators, etc.
  • Employee satisfaction – How your staff talks and feels about your ethical behavior towards them
  • Patient/Client volume – Whether or not people trust you to deliver high-quality care and experiences.
  • Community perceptions & partnerships – The likelihood that other organizations will refer patients to you.
  • Payer relationships – Patient volume and quality outcomes increasingly matter to MCOs, insurers and government agencies.
  • Foundations & donors – Funders want to contribute to sustainable, growth-oriented organizations.

For these reasons, healthy branding isn’t just a critical topic. It’s a mindset that needs to be adopted by our clients in the behavioral healthcare space.

How to diagnose the health of your brand

We use our brand assessment process to evaluate your status and identify areas of improvement. Ultimately, these areas become the foundation of your healthy brand.

  • Online presence. Your website is your virtual welcome mat. Prospective patients or MCOs likely browse your website before they step inside your building. It needs to clearly communicate who you are, what makes you different and the services you offer. A quick look at your analytics will reveal what’s happening beneath the surface.
  • Visual identity. Not only do healthy brands require a fresh, modern logo and design elements (colors, fonts, photography, etc.), but these features must be applied consistently across every platform and tactic. That’s precisely how you earn brand recognition. A quick review of your brand materials tell us whether or not there’s work to do in this area.
  • Leadership team. Your executive team is indicative of your priorities, especially  if  you are a young upstart. Based on our experience, it’s important to have medical professionals – doctors or nurses – on your leadership team. They are on the front lines with patients and deserve a voice at the decision-making table. If not, it appears that you’re focused on revenue over quality care.
  • Communication alignment. As part of our discovery, we’re always curious to hear how each member of your leadership team articulates your mission, vision and values. If everyone provides a vastly different response, something is off.
  • Strategic plan. Many behavioral health organizations outline key business goals and objectives in three to five-year plans. This is a crucial roadmap, but many employees are blind to the plan’s goals and objectives or it’s extremely outdated. An internal communication strategy needs to be implemented in order for a strategic plan to be truly effective.
  • Intake impressions. Your intake protocol is your first impression – one that determines if a patient or client follows through or moves on to a competitor. Elevate your brand health with a welcoming intake protocol for friendly, helpful call representatives and front desk staff.
  • In-person experience. Your lobby and patient waiting rooms will make or break the brand experience. If your décor looks drab or magazines, pamphlets and business cards appear outdated, it’s time for a refresh. Even simple, cost-effective updates can make a BIG difference.

Case in point

Being “unhealthy” or identifying some risk factors doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Our brand assessment reveals how to earn that clean bill of health.

For example, our client Seabrook, formerly called Seabrook House, had scaled in size and scope of services over time. The word “House” conveyed that they were a small, alcohol rehab facility, but in reality, they were a full-fledged, 40-acre recovery operation. And, unlike the big corporations flocking to the rehab market to reap the lucrative profits, Seabrook was in it for the people.

This was not reflected in their brand identity or communications. After an in-depth brand assessment, our team determined that a new name, position and messaging platform would better capture the breadth and depth of their offerings. And, most importantly, the integrity behind their actions.

The brand launch in 2017 renewed the staff’s commitment and pride and positioned them to help even more people get a fresh start. While operational changes and expansion influenced their ongoing success, their healthy brand was the catalyst for continued growth.

We’re here to help

Like Seabrook, we can help you build, maintain and promote a strong, healthy brand. We design solutions, everyone, within your organization can get behind. Contact us for your brand assessment.

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Kelly Farrell

Kelly has a unique talent for uncovering what's special about her clients. It’s her specialty, and the heart of how designRoom approaches branding. Kelly learned design and branding while working in advertising as an Art Director, Designer, and Account Representative for several national/regional brands; Cellular One/Ohio, Northfield Park, National City Bank, and Mr. Hero. Her future, however, included a more passionate approach to the work and more direct engagement with her clients. In 1990 designRoom was born. One room. One designer. And lots of room to grow. Today, under Kelly’s leadership, designRoom is a national, award-winning branding and design firm. With her innate ability to see the right solution and her passion for helping clients reach their goals, Kelly is a fierce brand advocate for behavioral health organizations across the U.S. Her unique approach makes her a sought after national speaker on the importance of branding in behavioral health. Kelly focuses on how branding can unify an organization internally, amplify their unique market position, and help them move in a positive, sustainable direction.

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