Market Focus: Hospital Administrators: Reach the Wellness Pros
Usage on the Healthcare Executives list from medical publisher Ascend Media includes uniform merchants, office supply companies, publishers and seminar producers. Other marketers mailing the list include medical equipment and supply companies, medical reference book publishers, and shoe manufacturers.
Jennifer Felling, account executive at Statlistics, which manages several health care executive lists, including Ascend Media’s, notes, “We’ve seen a real spike in the number of universities using health care lists, mostly to tout their online continuing education courses.”
Felling says continuations on Statlistics’ health care files are slightly higher than those recorded on its other managed files. “So this is a responsive audience,” she reasons.
Mailers in other industries, such as travel, time shares and real estate, also should consider targeting hospital administrators, she says, “because this is a profession that enjoys high levels of discretionary income.”
Study the Files Available
In general, there’s a good deal of segmentation available on the lists for this market. “Marketers can select, for example, C-level administrators, as well as managers of materials, IT, finance or clinical,” says Levinson.
The Ingenix Medical Reference Buyers list offers names within specific types of health care organizations, such as hospital/medical centers, insurance companies, physicians’ offices/clinics and billing services, as well as in specialties such as cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine and home health care.
When shopping through datacards, take a hard look at the source for the names, says Felling. Is it a compiled list, a subscription file, a list of people who responded to direct mail ore-mail offers—and how does that relate to your offer? Also, Felling suggests, ask when the list was last updated, as you want the freshest names you can gather. Are selects available? Most files can be segmented by job title, SIC code and employee size. Lastly, look at usage. “Are your competitors having success with the file, and if so, that’s a pretty good indication that you would, too,” says Felling.