How humanizing a “free screening” offer helped a client achieve 95% of their 3-year goal — in just 8 months.
Healthcare inequity is perhaps the most pressing social issue facing the medical community today. To help combat unequal access to care, and make up screening ground lost to COVID-19, Moncrief Cancer Institute partnered with Schaefer to help encourage underserved and uninsured members of the community to sign up for a free cancer screening.
Craft messaging and materials that would drive cancer screenings among the target patients (3rd-grade reading level)
Develop tactics that would reach the audience throughout their day-to-day movements
Leverage the screening to build brand awareness among the underserved community
While the offer of a free cancer screening may seem like an easy sell, the initiative faced several challenges: members of the targeted, underserved audience were often hard to reach. Many were skeptical of receiving healthcare services, for fear that they would reveal conditions that are terminal, untreatable, or expensive to treat. Many also suspected that a “free screening” might come with hidden costs or fees. And, to address health literacy, all materials needed to be flexible enough to reach our various audiences in the media channels they use every day, and in their preferred language.
Schaefer knew we needed to develop a campaign that was driven by a straight-forward invitation for people to call in and see if they qualify for the free screening. However, knowing that many members of our demographic would be more likely to do something for their family rather than for themselves, we delivered a secondary message that leveraged this emotional connection.
The creative for the campaign tapped into a core motivation for the audience and featured screening patients who proudly showed “I Voted”-like stickers, proclaiming that they did it for their kids, their families, their spouses, or their friends. The end effect was a message that communicated that a screening isn’t just something you do for yourself; you do it for the people you love.
This solution helped accomplish two very important things: It turned a straightforward offer into an emotional appeal, which drove engagement. And it also helped the campaign speak more effectively with our key demographic – primarily patients over the age of 40, across a diverse array of tight-knit communities.
Ambitious goals were set for the campaign—and an avalanche of responses followed:
Generated 1,000+ online appointments and 4,600+ calls to schedule—or 95% of the total 3-year goal—in the first 8 months of the campaign
Drove more than 16,000 visits to the screening landing page
Developed materials that translated seamlessly into Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese
The tremendous success led to a decision to raise Year 2 program goals and allowed the client to secure additional on-the-ground resources to reach more people in the community.
By humanizing their appeal to an underserved audience, Moncrief Cancer Institute was able to move one step closer to alleviating healthcare inequity. In the process, they generated brand awareness and community goodwill — a very healthy outcome for both themselves and the communities they serve.
Today, consumers want easier and more convenient access to care—including options that let them choose online scheduling and virtual visits. While 65% of the general public are interested in communicating with physicians through digital channels, this demand is even greater among younger patients: 92% of Gen Z say that care provided via telehealth is the same as—or even better than—in-office visits.
For TimelyMD, a virtual health and wellness provider focused solely on the higher education market, this creates an anticipation of increased competition from other providers seeking to capitalize on this demand. Their two most pressing challenges: proactively cement their market penetration, and to improve lead generation and response from their core audience. Schaefer Advertising was tasked with accomplishing both.
Increase lead generation
Defend TimelyMD’s niche as the leading telemedicine provider for higher education
Communicate key brand differentiators to campus decision-makers
Sustain brand equity and awareness
Textbook targeted messaging
Most telemedicine providers use a “one size fits all” approach to virtual health and wellness. TimelyMD, however, designed their service offering specifically for higher education students. Because of this, we were able to laser-focus our messaging to a select group of administrative decision makers at 5,000 colleges and universities.
An omni-channel campaign was developed that spoke to our audience on a deeper, more empathetic level by addressing the specific needs of students and universities. Using the umbrella theme of “Wellness Is Now In Session,” we delivered sub-messages that pointed out how TimelyMD had a proven track record of improving and enhancing programs at nearly 250 institutions by enabling them to:
Offer 24/7 access for students, on and off campus
Fill the gaps in their existing wellness programs by treating more than 120 conditions
Tap into a network of providers and mental health professionals as diverse as their student body
Further their initiatives to promote healthcare inequity by providing access for all
Helping universities help students
At the heart of the effort was an end-to-end campaign that used digital, video, email and social media to lead prospects to an updated, re-designed website. On the website, they were met with a variety of targeted messages, each designed to optimize lead conversion and steer them toward a product demo request.
Along the way, we humanized the brand’s message by reinforcing TimelyMD’s empathy toward the urgent, growing need for easy access to campus wellness programs: Last year, 41% of higher education students reported major or moderate depression, and 13% reported suicide ideation. 63% of students say that campus therapy helped them stay enrolled, while 64% of those who dropped out claimed that mental health issues played a role in their decision. In short, it was a case of targeted messaging, delivered through an understanding and empathetic voice. By humanizing TimelyMD’s mission to deliver the care students need, we were able to reach our audience on both a rational and emotional level.
With this humanized approach, Schaefer was able to help TimelyMD generate more leads and effectively differentiate them from the other telehealth services.
Even as the telehealth market grows more competitive, decision makers at colleges and universities across the U.S. are growing more aware that TimelyMD is the leader who specializes in their world, and who has a proven understanding of the physical, psychological and emotional needs of today’s students.
73% to Lead goal in first 3 months of the 9-month campaign
Campaigns have driven 27K New Users to the splash page over the first 3 months of the campaign
Google Ads’ CTR is 5x higher than the industry average
Bing Ads’ CTR is 4x higher than the industry average
Facebook Ads’ CTR is 2.4x higher than the industry average
LinkedIn Ads’ CTR is 2x higher than the industry average
Email deployments’ Open Rate are 2.4x the industry average
By taking an emotional and empathetic approach to the issues faced by students and campus care professionals, Schaefer was able to drive solid, measurable results for TimelyMD. It’s a textbook example of how humanizing healthcare isn’t just about creating good feelings; it’s also good business.
Zoo Ball is the Fort Worth Zoo’s largest fundraising event of the year. Guests come together for a notoriously good time in support of wildlife conservation programs, locally and around the world. As one of Fort Worth’s most anticipated social events returned to the community’s calendar, Zoo Ball demanded an invitation worthy of the occasion.
In one of his last performances before retirement, country music legend and prolific songwriter, Robert Earl Keen, would take the stage and set the tone for the kind of affair Fort Worth does best – Texas outlaw.
What’s in an Invitation?
Zoo Ball is a great opportunity to bring people together in celebration of the Zoo’s ongoing commitment to wildlife conservation. And the invitation is the first step in attracting donors in our philanthropic community to attend and participate in the Zoo’s charitable efforts.
Generate buzz among new attendees and past guests
Communicate important event details
Create a memorable invitation that plays well beyond the event
Raise dollars to fund wildlife conservation and education programs
Rounding Up The Best
Schaefer’s creative team was off to the races and curated a Texas Outlaw concept that reached into the hearts of the philanthropic community and beyond. To set the tone for the event, our team developed an event theme moodboard. This visual representation of country elements included western saloons and cowboys allowing us to explore new ways to engage with the guests leading up to the event.
We gathered all our ideas together and set off on crafting the Save the Date package, Commemorative invitation, and Auction guide.
Save The Date & Invitation Suite
To unite the objectives and theme of the event, we developed a logo and paired it with a rugged, yet sophisticated color palette including shades of gold and black. Complementing the palette was a suite of custom illustrations featuring native Texas species of plants, animals, and the infamous Texas outlaw.
As a subtle nod that helped tease performer Robert Earl Keen, we included some of his most famous lyrics throughout the save the date and invitation. Most notably, the event name is abridged from his iconic song, “The Road Goes on Forever.”
Custom Card Deck
When it comes to cards they don’t call it Texas Hold’em for nothing. Leveraging themes of the old west, we created a saloon-inspired, 54-card playing deck that featured Texas animals, like the jaguarundi and armadillo. The deck was created in collaboration with Big Box Little Box, who was able to bring the details and textures that were important to the card and box design to fruition.
Included in the deck were educational facts and illustrations about Texas wildlife, giving guests a unique way to commemorate the event and pay homage to the wild things and wild places we all love.
It was crucial that the invite not get lost in the shuffle of daily mail while also rousing members of the community to think, “I can’t miss that.” The event attracted previous and first-time attendees, with tickets selling out. Not only was the Zoo able to receive impressive support from individuals and local businesses, but the fundraising event raised more than seven-figure sums. The Texas Outlaw theme generated social sharing before, during, and after the event. The annual event offered maximum entertainment that made for wild memories that people are still talking about.
An Unbranded Campaign to Educate ECPs on the Benefits of Early Surgical Intervention for Glaucoma
Surgical treatment for glaucoma has dramatically changed in recent years. For decades, eye care providers (ECPs) have known the only way to manage glaucoma is to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP). They also know that many patients struggle with compliance, adherence and the long-term side effects associated with drop therapy. Along with educating ECPs on safer, less invasive sight-preserving surgery, OMNI® needed ECPs to consider patients for surgical intervention earlier than ever before — especially as a stand-alone (outside cataract surgery) procedure. But asking them to make that leap is less effective coming from a brand than a resource. Doctors trust research and clinical studies, so the best approach is sometimes unbranded.
Educate ECPs on the benefits of MIGS
Advocate for earlier intervention for pseudophakic eyes
Highlight the benefit of a stand-alone procedure like the OMNI® Surgical System
Increasing Referrals Through Provider Education
Unbranded campaigns have many benefits. They raise awareness, provide independent education on disease states and treatment options, drive patients to providers and help providers better identify patients.
For OMNI®, the goal was two-fold. Educate providers on the dramatic benefits of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) as a stand-alone procedure and pull demand from the optometric referral channel earlier. In lockstep with a branded campaign for the OMNI® Surgical System, the two campaigns worked together, growing market share among surgeons and shifting the point of surgical intervention to be earlier for patients with mild to moderate glaucoma patients.
What Lurks Beneath the Surface
Glaucoma has been dubbed the “silent thief of sight.” During the early stages of the disease, symptoms often go unnoticed. But the damage caused to eyesight as glaucoma progresses is irreversible, causing permanent vision loss and even blindness. While there is no cure, the best way to manage glaucoma is to consistently and proactively lower pressure within the eye (IOP).
To illustrate the often undetectable signs of glaucoma, we asked ECPs to consider what danger lurks beneath the ocular surface – representing the disease with a legendary sea creature who is phantom as much as monster. The Kraken lurking beneath an unsuspecting kayaker on the surface mirrors the progression of glaucoma – just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
The introduction of MIGS to a critical optometric referral market as an alternative to first-line drops, combined with a branded approach extolling the benefits of the OMNI® Surgical System as a stand-alone intervention, gives ECPs more impetus to treat their patients with a reliable surgical option that may lower IOP safely and sustainably with minimal recovery time. Better still, is the ability to proactively manage the disease and preserve as much of a patient’s sight as possible.
By reinforcing the benefits of early intervention with vibrant visual language and messaging that encourages open dialogue, they were more likely to research, ask their peers and consider MIGS and products like the OMNI® Surgical System when treating a patient with mild to moderate glaucoma.
To make a true impact in the industry, we developed and deployed a full omnichannel engagement strategy, leveraging paid, personal/non-personal promotion and earned channels. We brought the conversation where our audience was most likely to seek education – online, on social and among their peers at events such as the American Academy of Optometry. Leveraging each interaction as an opportunity to dive deeper into the research and generate leads.
Engaged 50% of the optometric referral market, within 90 days (14,000 engaged users)
Generated significant word-of-mouth equity at key trade shows
Created demand for branded efforts to fulfill
Contributed to the overall brand strategy that moved OMNI from start-up to top-2 devices in 18 months
For too long, medicine has focused on the symptoms of an illness rather than the person experiencing them. Since 1970, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) has been hard at work, pursuing new and innovative ways to approach the full spectrum of health. And while HSC is one of the nation’s premier graduate medical schools and research centers, the community it serves was still in the dark about all the ground-breaking work they were doing to secure a healthier future for everyone in North Texas.
HSC needed a campaign to not only strengthen its brand but promote whole health and build a relationship with the community they serve.
Increase brand equity
Define what HSC is and does
Owning whole health
As HSC expands its clinical focus to the community, Schaefer helped express its distinctive approach to medicine – shifting the conversation about health in our community from isolated and reactive to whole and inclusive. Complete with proactive ideas, treatments and solutions that have the potential to radically improve people’s lives and the future of medicine as a whole.
As an institute of higher education, HSC fosters an environment that empowers innovative ideas and research, expanding the meaning of care from patient to lifestyle and community. So we reframed the brand around their commitment to improving total health – not just health care – and positioned HSC as a model and leader in the whole health initiative.
An approach to care that connects
HSC’s identity was long tied to its name rather than its impact. In rethinking the brand, we uncovered how their approach to medicine literally connects health to everyday experiences and provides new opportunities for innovation. So we introduced people to a bigger picture of health – one that considered jobs, nutrition, access to public transportation and other influences beyond symptoms that affect a community’s health.
The initial campaign launch covered the city of Fort Worth, securing the HSC brand firmly in local conversation. Between June and August of 2021, we were able to establish HSC’s distinct position and instill a sense of pride and community around whole health.
Changing perceptions can be accomplished in many different ways. When it comes to public health, facts must play a key role in education, which can lead to change. In 2021, a general lack of vaccine confidence was causing concern and hesitancy among specific communities. UNTHSC partnered with Tarrant County and Schaefer Advertising to assist with vaccine education, communication and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in North Texas. The primary objective was to reach and convince those who may not have heard, have access to, or are opposed to getting vaccinated.
Education and awareness in the greater Tarrant County region
Increase vaccinations in historically underserved markets outlined by Tarrant County:
Black, Hispanic and Vietnamese neighborhoods
Knowing that education is the first step, we saw an opportunity to engage with community-based organizations, faith leaders and other trusted members of these communities to design a campaign that drove awareness and, most importantly, access. The ultimate goal was to help the public feel informed and confident about getting vaccinated and empower people to make that decision for themselves and their families.
We leveraged in-depth research and population data outlining key neighborhoods and zip codes for localized media placements and outreach events and behavioral trends to reach these audiences with empathetic and culturally relevant messaging backed by science.
Additionally, we implemented proven best practices for copy and visual solutions for reaching these audiences, including simplified text, negative space, multilingual advertising and featuring key members from each target community to build trust.
Developed a new microsite that served as a resource for community partners, vaccine registration and community education
Launched a hyper-focused, omnichannel media campaign consisting of OOH, print, direct mail, paid search, social, display, radio, streaming radio and direct buys with local publications directing users to the new microsite
Partnered with influential members and popular media outlets to not only reach but resonate with each community
Curated content in three languages to build trust and targeted ads to Spanish and Vietnamese websites and high-traffic neighborhood establishments.
127,108,089 total impressions served in our market in just 3 months
20,000+ vaccines administered to key zip codes designated as populated with residents who were unaware, unable and/or unwilling to get vaccinated
In Spring 2021, the Fort Worth Zoo was ramping up to unveil their new habitat, Elephant Springs. The habitat, which is home to the Zoo’s Asian elephant herd and a greater one-horned rhino, is part of the Zoo’s Wilder Visioninitiative. With opening day on the horizon, the Zoo needed a way to generate excitement and communicate the truly immersive experience to new and returning Zoo goers. After all, Elephant Springs is more than a habitat. It’s a destination worth visiting.
After more than a year at home, people were ready to look forward to something big. And the grand opening of Elephant Springs was the perfect way to delight and excite animal lovers everywhere. Featuring wildlife and environmental details unique to the natural habitat that inspired it, we wanted to highlight this much-awaited encounter as more of an adventure than an exhibit.
Increase awareness and excitement for the opening of Elephant Springs
Boost ticket sales from both new and returning customers
Develop a campaign that extends beyond opening day
Some of the best things in life aren’t things at all. They’re places. Filled with the sights, sounds and even splashes that make a place unique. Drawing inspiration from Elephant Springs’ authentic environment and immersive nature, we decided to focus the campaign around capturing the playful and engaging way both people and wildlife experience the habitat.
The only problem? We had to imagine it. To ensure the campaign was ready in time to promote the exhibit as soon as it opened to the public, we had to envision the experience based on renderings and small-scale models. The habitat has no shortage of water features — large pools and waterfalls designed to create new opportunities for animal enrichment and soakers that allow guests to interact with the herd directly. Alongside the Asian elephants that now call this habitat home, we decided to make water a main character in our campaign.
Working with wildlife is tough. Patience, flexibility and creativity are essential to capturing key frames and moments that can be utilized in the campaign. We partnered with zookeepers to create fun enrichment opportunities that allowed us to photograph organic moments of the elephants getting acclimated and enjoying their new yard. In the end, we were able to provide the Fort Worth Zoo with a full stack of assets that could be used for years to come.
To build excitement for the new exhibit, we created a delightful soundtrack made entirely of the splashes and features of Elephant Springs, composing a soundscape as adventurous as the environment.
Opening a new exhibit attracts people from all over the state and beyond. To help meet the Zoo’s annual goals, we created a robust omnichannel campaign inclusive of traditional and digital media, including streaming audio, video and TV. Seeing an opportunity to expand awareness, we partnered with Visit Fort Worth to co-brand ads in Texas Monthly and on billboards across Texas. Additionally, we targeted travelers throughout DFW and Love Field. Because this was an awareness campaign, our success was measured in tickets sold (attendance), impressions served and reach across the state.
200% increase in website sessions
242% increase in new users on the Elephant Springs webpage
5.6 million website pageviews
1 million website sessions
681.3k new users on the website (16% increase in sessions and 22% increase in new users)
600K general admission tickets purchased and over 23k memberships/renewals sold during the campaign run (April – July)
The Fort Worth Zoo met their annual attendance goal in three months early
16% increase in organic search and direct channel traffic to the website
TCU Football is back! In the 8th year of this project, we wanted to celebrate TCU’s tradition and history in a way that would unite all Frog fans. Last year, fans missed out on the game day experience because of COVID. This year is all about reuniting with the gridiron, tailgating traditions and most importantly, each other.
The theme for this year’s Riff Ram video, Gather, centers around a return to normal as it takes you on a game day journey through campus, tailgating at Amon Carter and into the stadium itself. Game days in the fall look different for each Horned Frog fan. Some fans enjoy the game day experience from their couch, while others spend all week planning for their perfect tailgate. Regardless of how we support the Frogs, we are stronger together. Gather celebrates the triumphant return of the Horned Frog Faithful by bringing us back to the beat of the drum, the rustle of pom-poms and the roar of the crowd.
See you at the Carter!
Concept by: Schaefer Advertising Co. Produced by: Schaefer Advertising Co. and Make Something Beautiful
Every year, migratory birds travel through Texas to reach their destination. Many of them migrate at night, when street lamps and building lights shine bright. During peak migration months, artificial lights can pose a danger and often cause death for millions of migratory birds traveling at night. Inspired by our love of the Texas sky and all the wildlife in it, we developed a campaign to raise awareness and encourage Texans to turn off the lights.
The Challenge: Reduce Unnecessary Light Pollution
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has dedicated itself to advancing its mission of understanding and conserving the natural world—with a specific focus on birds. According to research, light pollution emitted from Texas cities, especially DFW and Houston, attracts and disorients birds—causing millions of them to fatally collide with buildings and windows. To reduce non-essential light output during peak migration times, Cornell Labs partnered with Schaefer to create a PSA campaign to drive measurable change. The “Lights Out” initiative was designed to raise awareness around the issue and show Texans that saving millions of migratory birds is as easy as flipping a switch.
Protecting the Skies Over Texas
Our biggest challenge was utilizing data to create an emotional response, ultimately driving people to not only pay attention, but to act. We focused our attention on the two groups who could make the biggest difference—residents and commercial building owners/operators. With a nod toward Texas’ unofficial motto “Don’t Mess With Texas” and an appeal to Texan pride, we created the Protect the Skies Over Texas campaign.
Utilizing hard-hitting facts and direct language, we developed a message that spoke to our key audiences. The language paired with clean typography and bold visuals to make the campaign difficult to ignore. And easy to act on. To track the effectiveness of our planned media, we invited Texans to pledge to flip the switch on nonessentiallighting.
Meaningful change begins within our communities, so we connected with local leaders and business owners to ensure the campaign messaging we delivered inspired people to make a difference—in the air and on the ground.
Every year, the Fort Worth Zoo hosts an immersive educational experience called Summer Zoo Camp. This adventurous program offers campers—from kindergarten to high school—a variety of unique summer camp options. Coming off the heels of the pandemic, families in North Texas were thrilled to give their children a chance to learn, play and make new friends in a safe, outdoor environment. And the Fort Worth Zoo was ready to provide the perfect space to experience wildlife up close.
Proud to create a fresh and original concept once again for this annual event—we infused into it, the world’s collective excitement for getting back to normal with those we love most. Leaning into a familiar and revered summer tradition, we concepted an enticing summer blockbuster theme, successfully casting a wide net on a wide-ranging audience.
Coming To a Zoo Near You
Summer Zoo Camp is a truly one-of-a-kind program where campers of all ages can safely explore and expand their knowledge of wildlife conservation. All while discovering new friendships and finding ample opportunities to grow their imagination. We recognized the importance and the potential impact of this educational program for young explorers, so we set out to create messaging that would attract the true decision makers in the home—moms. Every year, the Zoo creates themes that drive the conceptual direction of the creative. Inspired by this year’s movie theme and the posters theaters use to promote films, we featured Summer Zoo Camp and a star-studded cast of camp experiences.
Choosing to incorporate bright, flying flamingos in our messaging allowed us to easily showcase one of the Zoo’s favorite characters to catch people’s attention immediately. Our digital advertisements performed exceptionally well—as this medium allowed the static flamingos to animate and fly across the screens of thousands of North Texans. By the time the credits rolled, Summer Zoo Camp had nearly sold out, successfully achieving summer blockbuster status.
2,586 registrations were made—achieving 98% of the target goal
More than $716k in revenue reported
Our flying flamingo stars made over 8.5 million media impressions while in the spotlight