As the official content partner for HMPS 2019, we’re excited to enrich the conference experience by bringing you insights and ideas from the event—whether you’ll be attending or not.
Jason Skinner, Chief Marketing Officer, True North Custom
As a HMPS veteran, here are my 10 ways to get the most out of your conference experience (live and virtual).
1. Read the Blog Coverage
Check out the Forum for Healthcare Strategists blog before, during and after the conference for content featuring the industry’s best and brightest minds discussing critical topics of interest for healthcare marketers.
For example, find out How HonorHealth Personalizes the Patient Journey before Associate Vice President Craig Kartcher shares proven strategies and real-world examples during his presentation on Thursday (5/23) at 9:30 am.
2. Get to Know the Keynote Speakers
The HMPS conference always features outstanding general sessions, and I find it useful to get familiar with the speakers in advance of their presentations. This helps contextualize the ideas shared and can inform questions you'd like to pose during audience Q&A.
Here are this year’s featured presenters and a few resources you can review in advance:
Speaker: Mitch Joel, founder of Six Pixels Group, innovator, bestselling author
Topic: “Disrupting Disruption: How Data and Technology Will Shape Your Future”
Read his works: He’s written two best-selling books: Six Pixels of Separation and CTRL ALT Delete.
Speaker: Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.; communication expert; bestselling author
Topic: “Turn Marketing Data into a DataStory”
Read her work: The resources hub on her website is a smorgasbord of useful tools and advice.
Speaker: Michael Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic; Chief Medical Consultant, The Doctor Oz Show; author; originator, RealAge.com
Topic: “Taking the Lead on Health & Wellness”
Read his work: He’s the author of several books.
Speaker: Andrew Davis, marketing influencer, bestselling author, former television producer and agency executive
Topic: “The Loyalty Loop”
Read his work: Called “The Malcom Gladwell of the business world,” check out his books Brandscaping and Town Inc.
3. Follow the Thought Leaders
During HMPS, there are always thought-provoking conversations and perspectives exchanged on Twitter. We recounted 25 of our favorites from last year in a previous blog post.
This year, be sure to follow the #HMPS19 hashtag (and True North Custom, of course) to find even more inspiration from industry leaders like these:
4. Find the Perfect Gift
If your friends and family are anything like mine, bringing home another branded stress ball or pen picked up at a booth and calling it a souvenir won’t cut it.
We polled the Forum leadership team (all based in Chicago) and here are a few of their “must-have” gifts when visiting the Windy City:
- Beanie Babies (they were created locally)
- Book featuring a current/past exhibit on display at the Art Institute of Chicago (a fairly close walk from the hotel)
- Cubs or White Sox gear
- Chicago-style pizza shipped from a local favorite, including Lou Malnati's, Giordano's or Gino's East
- Garrett Popcorn
- Gift box from Portillo's (Tastesofchicago.com curates local known brands to ship to give a sense of local foods and brands)
5. Scope Out the Scene
The conference venue is surrounded by iconic attractions and world-class restaurants. Check out the Forum for Healthcare Strategists website for a list of the staff favorites as you're scheduling power lunches and team dinners during the conference. (If you're feeling especially adventurous, check out this one featuring four varieties of goat on the menu.)
6. Face Your Fears
While almost everyone who attends conferences like HMPS loves getting smarter, not everyone enjoys the experience of meeting new people (and just the idea of networking even makes some people feel dirty).
To make the networking events less stressful, get pro tips from the experts, like Adam Grant’s podcast on "Networking for People Who Hate Networking" and this CNBC article on "The Only Icebreaker You’ll Ever Need."
7. Play Buzzword Bingo
It’s a marketing conference so chances are, you’ll hear at least one of the worst buzzwords from 2018 during a keynote presentation or concurrent session. Challenge a peer or the person sitting beside you during a session to see who can catch the most of these ubiquitous terms (there might even be a couple hidden in this post).
8. Sign Up Before It’s Too Late
If you haven’t already, register at healthcarestrategy.com.
9. Save the Date for 2020
Go ahead and block April 5-7, 2020, on your calendar as HMPS heads west to Las Vegas to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary.
10. Connect with Us!
The True North Custom team wants to meet you at 2019 HMPS. Stop by booth #36 to say hello and grab some swag—and enter to win one of two $300 Nordstrom gift cards.
And to get an idea of how we can help, check out a few case studies illustrating ways we're driving brand and revenue growth for hospitals and health systems.