Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Insomnia Awareness Night Drives Conversation and Awareness

Insomnia Awareness Night is held on the Monday nearest the summer solstice to drive conversation and awareness about chronic insomnia. On Monday, June 22, our team organized several online events for the observance, which is organized by our client the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) along with the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) and AmericanAlliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS). Online activities included:
  • Facebook Live – We started the night off with a Facebook Live from 9:30 – 10 p.m. ET. Influencer Kelly Olexa acted as host for the event, interviewing AASM’s sleep expert Dr. Emerson Wickwire in a Q & A format on her page, www.facebook.com/thekellyoshow.
  • Twitter Chat – Next up was a Twitter Chat from 10 – 11 p.m. ET with Dr. Deirdre Conroy behind the AASM Twitter handle, Dr. Jade Wu as expert on the SBSM account and Kelly Olexa serving as moderator. In addition, the AAHS joined to provide patient perspectives on insomnia, along with many others who chimed in with questions and thoughts on the disease using #InsomniaNight.
  • Reddit AMA – The night wrapped up with an hour-long Reddit AMA. From 11 p.m. to midnight ET, clinical sleep specialist and AASM board of directors’ member Dr. Jennifer Martin hosted an AMA to answer a wide range of insomnia questions. The AMA received a “Moderator’s Choice Award,” meaning the conversation was of top interest to many Redditors.
In addition to the scheduled social media events, our team created content for all social channels, including Instagram story posts, to help inform audiences about insomnia throughout the night. Combined with our media outreach efforts, the Insomnia Awareness Night campaign was a success, garnering more than 136 million impressions and engaging many patients and healthcare providers.

To learn more about Insomnia Awareness Night and to find resources on healthy sleep, visit http://sleepeducation.org/insomnia-awareness-night.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Monte Nido Brings Eating Disorder Recovery to Chicagoland

This spring, our team was tasked with driving media coverage for client, Monte Nido & Affiliates, which was entering the Chicagoland market for the first time with two new residential eating disorder facilities. Little did we know, the openings would occur just a
s focus shifted to a global health pandemic.

With our initial, pre-coronavirus pitching, we landed coverage in major outlets like Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald and WBIG-AM.

Then the coronavirus outbreak drastically changed not only our everyday lives, but the healthcare media landscape. The news cycle was focused on covering COVID-19 around the clock. We had to get creative and shift our pitching strategy. We dug in and did research, and learned about the unique impact that quarantine and stay-at-home orders were having on people with eating disorders, especially adolescents who had lost their regular routine of attending school and activities.

For the opening of Clementine Naperville in June, which offers programming for girls ages 11 to 17, we focused on the impact coronavirus was having on adolescents with eating disorders, and tied in the new resource that would soon be available in the area. This pitch resulted in coverage from WFLD-TV (Fox Chicago), Daily Herald, Glancer Magazine, Naperville Sun and in an upcoming issue of Chicago Parent.

In total, we generated 12 stories that led to almost 16 million impressions, far surpassing our original goal of 5-6 placements. This is a great reminder of why it’s so important for PR pros to make sure stories have a tie to current events when working with the media.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Urgent Care Strong During COVID-19

Every day continues to bring more coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, from breaking news of the latest developments to many stories of fear and uncertainty. However, amidst all the noise, it can be easy to miss out on some of the more positive news updates that are still occurring in light of the unprecedented situation.

During the past few months, the LCWA health team worked closely with our client the Urgent Care Association (UCA) to recognize the monumental efforts of urgent care centers on the front lines of the pandemic and the positive impact they are making in their communities across the country.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Reyes, Victory Medical

From communities uniting to aid with PPE shortages to urgent care staff going above and beyond to ensure the safety of their patients, our team set out to tell these inspiring stories through local media outreach. Below are a few pieces that we were able to generate from Austin to New York. 

Make-A-Mask Initiative Draws National Support for Austin Healthcare Workers

In response to significant PPE shortages, UCA member center Victory Medical took matters into their own hands. After calling upon their community to help sew handmade masks and starting a “Make-A-Mask” Facebook group that went viral soon after, thousands of donated masks from across the country were distributed to smaller private practices and urgent cares in Austin to augment the short supply. You can watch this coverage from Austin’s KXAN-TV (NBC) and KVUE-TV (ABC) to learn more.

Photo courtesy of Chrysa Charno, AcuteKids PediatricUrgent Care
Local University Pitches in to Create 3D Face Shields in New York
After UCA member Acute Kids Urgent Care in Webster, N.Y. found themselves desperate for PPE to keep young patients and their parents safe, they partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to create face shields for the medical personnel. The team at RIT’s Center for Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AM Print Center) went to work creating 3D printed facemasks for the Acute Kids practice. You can watch this inspiring story via Rochester’s WHAM-TV (ABC).

UCA continues to advocate on behalf of all urgent care centers nationwide about the important role they play in the healthcare continuum. Together, they embody #UrgentCareStrong.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Striving for a More Diverse PR Community

During the last few weeks, LCWA has been focused on helping our clients communicate with their audiences around the racial inequality issues facing our country. At the same time, we’ve engaged in many discussions about how LCWA can contribute to this movement in a meaningful way. We believe in equality and inclusion. As an agency with little diversity, we know it’s important that we listen and learn. We are grateful for the guidance of our industry’s Black voices for creating this Call to Action, which provides recommended steps to improve diversity in PR and advertising. We’ve also been talking to our peer agencies in Public Relations Global Network and engaged with the PR Council for input and ideas.

We are committed to taking steps to improve Black representation within our industry, as well as our agency. We are starting an ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Committee to help us identify actionable, measurable ways we can make an impact. The committee will begin by focusing on two main areas:
  • Education. The topics of systemic racism and implicit bias are uncomfortable, but important. We will actively plan and seek ways for our leadership and staff to learn more on these topics.
  • Recruitment. We will explore ways to encourage more people of color to consider and enter our industry. We will also examine what we can do to our own recruitment and hiring processes to attract diverse talent.
We know that this is just part of the solution. Our team is committed to implementing real change in our industry for the long-term. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

LCWA Named Top Three in Home, Top Ten in Chicago

A valuable measure of our firm’s growth in the industry, we are proud to be a part of the O’Dwyer’s PR agency rankings. We were once again recognized for our category
specialization, as well as named a leader in the city we call home.

3 in Home and Housewares. A specialty of LCWA for 30 years and counting, we are proud to be among the top agencies focusing on the home and housewares category.

10 in Chicago. A testament to our valuable local connections and breadth of work, LCWA was ranked in the top 10 of independent PR firms in Chicago.

31 in Food and Beverages. Another passion of the team at LCWA, we love working in the food and beverage category.

41 in Healthcare. More important now than ever, we are proud to serve our various clients in the healthcare industry making an impact and raising awareness through times of newfound challenges.

We extend a warm congratulations to all of our peers also earning a spot on the O’Dwyers lists­ – especially our PRGN network partners at Landis Communications in San Francisco, Buchanan PR in Philadelphia, the Hoyt Organization in L.A., Bianchi Public Relations in Detroit and Novitas Communications in Denver.