Innovare in the News
Samantha J. Sampey is Innovare’s Senior National Sales Specialist
Samantha J. Sampey is Innovare’s Senior National Sales Specialist and has been with the business for over 8 years. We were excited to ask her some questions about herself and her time at Innovare.
Innovare: Samantha, you were recently tasked with growing Innovare’s National business by establishing relationships with agencies and educating them on HPM. Will you tell us about National HPM and this unique Innovare opportunity?
Samantha: It’s been amazing to be a part of Innovare’s growth in the national advertising space, and to be working with some of the best brands and agency partners. Innovare provides a unique opportunity to reach a highly valuable target audience inside hospitals. Not only are we delivering a high volume of views from providers and healthcare users to healthcare-related businesses, but we are also able to reach a high income-earning, credit-worthy clientele for leaders in the retail, finance, automotive and education space. Our national advertisers and agency partners really see the value in the audience and place our media on a regional and national basis to leverage the demographics and build exceptional awareness for their brands.
Innovare: Samantha, tell us a little about yourself. What “gets you up in the morning” personally and professionally?
Samantha: Personally, it has been the most exciting time of my life with the birth of my first child. It’s been so fun to see our son grow and develop his own little personality! I appreciate the support and guidance I’ve received from our team at Innovare, and it’s important to me to be able to grow my family and my career, and I’m grateful to Innovare for providing me with the opportunity to do that. Professionally, it’s so exciting to see what each day will bring. Innovare is growing and evolving and expanding into new avenues. With the national side of business becoming an important focus, our programmatic efforts starting to really take off, and our local and regional projects continuing to drive our business, it’s really an awesome evolution and that’s really the best part about it.
Innovare: What brought you to Innovare Medical Media and Hospital Placed Media (HPM)? In addition, Innovare has over 160 hospital partners; How many hospital partnerships did Innovare have when you started and what are your thoughts on the growth?
Samantha: Having a marketing and advertising background when I found myself looking for a new role, I set my sights on the healthcare industry, and really took an interest in what a sales role in this space would look like. Innovare provided an opportunity to work on the sales side, and in the advertising space within the healthcare sector. Back in 2013 when I began my career at Innovare, we were an up-and-coming business with 12 hospitals, so I was able to see the vision from the leadership and how I could grow with the company. Fast forward to 2022; Innovare is now partnered with over 160 hospitals and health systems, and it’s been an exciting journey from where we started to where we are now, and we are not slowing down!
Innovare: Being one of Innovare’s most tenured teammates, what do you like about Innovare’s business model and corporate culture.
Samantha: I like most that we are a family business, and our team has really been able to grow alongside each other. Innovare is really a work-hard, play-hard culture and has allowed me to form some of the best relationships I have in my life. Our business model has provided our company tremendous growth, and the culture is really a fun and collaborative atmosphere. With all the challenges of the last couple of years, being mostly in a virtual environment, Innovare was able to keep our team strong and our business flourishing, and we were able to make the most out of a challenging situation. Our team is stronger than ever even with the ups and downs of the past two years!
Innovare: Samantha, you helped establish the industry of Hospital Placed Media. Why do you believe it’s such a tremendous niche opportunity?
Samantha: The Hospital Placed Media platform is the only vehicle for reaching key audiences inside hospitals. There is no other venue that provides a high impact, digital out-of-home, and
place-based media opportunity like HPM. With nearly 400 display opportunities delivering over half a billion annual impressions from both healthcare providers and healthcare users, Innovare provides a niche opportunity to reach key audiences on a hyperlocal, community level and scale that strategic focus across the United States. Hospitals are the main economic engines in every community, and our platform provides a unique and scalable solution to reach these audiences.
Innovare: Lastly, and far more importantly, what is your favorite NFL team and who is going to win the 2022-2023 NFL season?
Samantha: Ha! Being from the Pittsburgh area, I will always be a diehard Steelers fan! (The past couple seasons notwithstanding!) You can tell by the Terrible Towel hanging proudly at my desk!
Innovare Hospital Placed Media Inventory – Now Available on Leading Programmatic Platforms
As featured in OOH Today
After a successful initial programmatic test with AdOmni, Innovare has listed some of its Hospital Placed Media inventory with other programmatic platforms. There has been a great response with Vistar and in a short period of time Innovare has seen a flurry of activity through Place Exchange, Broadsign, and Hivestack. This has been very encouraging to see as smart media buyers are picking up this valuable venue (Hospitals) and investing their precious media dollars to reach a high-end audience of healthcare professionals and high-income healthcare users.
University Hospitals Finding New Value Through Innovation
Innovare Charging Solutions Installed to Support UH Cleveland Medical Center Patients and Families
As one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, University Hospitals is continually seeking innovative ways to effectively educate patients, visitors, and employees about our hospital services. Through this unique partnership with Innovare, we believe we have found a highly effective communication vehicle that will not only allow us to share important news about the hospital’s programs and services but will also provide an attractive marketing platform for our business partners and friends.
Innovare has installed new digital charging solutions to support marketing and patient experience at UH in key waiting areas on campus. This impactful digital display technology will feature UH marketing content and creative advertising campaigns by hospital-approved businesses.
Westchester Community College Values Hospital Placed Media
Debbie Pizzino, Media Director at THOMPSON & BENDER, was able to answer some questions about her clients, Westchester Community College, media objectives with Hospital Placed Media.
1. Westchester Community College has been a client of Innovare Medical Media since 2020 and continues to invest in Hospital Placed Media (HPM) – what has been your experience?
SUNY-WCC is partnering with Innovare to build awareness of the many healthcare courses and workforce development programs offered at the college. Exposure in the identified locations/hospitals provides reach in key target markets.
2. Hospital Placed Media presents a valuable audience, including high household income, age, and education demographics. What is the marketing strategy for SUNY-WCC when targeting patients, visitors and/or healthcare professionals?
The marketing strategy is to ultimately grow enrollment at SUNY-WCC. HPM delivers a very targeted audience, allowing us to reach our core demographic in a relevant atmosphere when they are most likely to think about a healthcare-related career/opportunity.
3. By investing in HPM in 4 hospitals, WCC’s campaign gets over 10 million annual impressions from a highly valuable audience. What do you want this audience to know?
SUNY WCC wants the target audience to know about the healthcare course opportunities available at the college.
4. What has your experience been like working with the Innovare Medical Media team?
Our experience has been great working with the Innovare Medical Media team. Outreach and response have been strong and efficient. The team has been extremely nice and are easy to work with.
A Partnership for Easier Breathing
Tune in to Champions Unite on August 25, 2022
Champions Unite is a one-of-a-kind off-field talent show to support the American Lung Association. The show, televised on Spectrum SportsNet on August 25th, will unite professional athletes from southern California pro-sports clubs to compete by performing their hidden talents to raise life-saving funds and awareness for lung health. The athlete with the most votes or total donations wins!
Together in partnership, Collidescope, Innovare and the American Lung Association are excited to be featuring this unique and entertaining show across Innovare’s Hospital Placed Media network in southern California. Collidescope co-founder, Nick Lynch, met Innovare while exploring strategic digital place-based media options and found the right fit for this campaign with the Lung Association.
As American Lung Association Board Member, former MLB Outfielder and Voice of The San Diego Padres Tony Gwynn Jr. commented, “tune in to watch Champions Unite…this is sure to be a hit”.
Get out and Play! – National Play Catch Week!
Innovare teamed up with The Play Catch Movement to promote the benefits of playing catch to improve the welfare of children and the quality of life for adults through the game of catch.
National Play Catch Week 2022 is June 19 – 25 and this initiative is being featured in over 140 digital platforms across Innovare’s hospital partners, nation-wide. This content is encouraging everyone to enjoy the positive impact the game of catch can have on ourselves and others. Hall of Fame pitcher and St. Luke’s University Health Network Community Ambassador, Steve Carlton also got on the campaign and he knows a few things about playing catch!
National Play Catch Week is a great time to enjoy the green grass, summer sun, and have fun playing catch. George Bernard Shaw said it best, “We do not stop playing (catch) because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing (catch).” Maybe he had catch in mind when he made such a profound statement; either way, playing catch can help everyone, from young children to seniors. The Play Catch Movement is created to help encourage, inspire, and motivate everyone to never grow old. Learn more about The Play Catch Movement at https://www.playcatchmovement.org/home
About Innovare Medical Media (Innovare): Innovare is a media company dedicated to exclusively working with hospitals on a mission to infuse healthcare with INNOVATION and an ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT. Innovare provides numerous essential patient, visitor and healthcare professional cellphone charging stations which concurrently deliver cutting edge hospital marketing and branding messages. Innovare also contributes a percentage of these programs’ gross revenue directly to its hospital partners. Currently, Innovare has a network of 165 hospitals and believes that by 2032, over 500 hospitals will choose to partner with Innovare to leverage this unique entrepreneurial model.
Above photograph installed in Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA.
Getting to know Carol C. Dorey Real Estate
Lauren Pickard, Marketing Manager at Carol C. Dorey Real Estate Inc., was kind enough to answer a few questions for Innovare on Hospital Placed Media (HPM)
- Carol Dorey Real Estate has been a client of Innovare since 2021 and continues to invest in Hospital Placed Media (HPM) – what has been your experience?
We have heard from many of our clients in the healthcare field that they love seeing our ads and that it’s been a topic of conversation – which is exactly what we wanted.
- Hospital Placed Media presents a valuable audience including high household income, age and education demographics. What is the marketing strategy for Carol Dorey Real Estate when targeting patients, visitors and/or healthcare professionals?
We are targeting exactly that – high household income. Carol C. Dorey Real Estate, Inc. specializes in representing the top 20% of the marketplace – homes valued above $300,000. We know that those working at the healthcare facilities are likely wanting to size up or down, or are planning on relocating and in need of either purchasing or listing a home.
- By investing in HPM in 3 hospitals, Carol Dorey Real Estate’s campaign gets nearly 4 million annual impressions from a highly valuable audience. What do you want this audience to know?
Our goal is to let our audience know that we are fully capable of meeting their real state needs, whether they’re buying or selling – or both. We are a high-end boutique brokerage, and we offer a level of service to our agents and their clients that most other offices cannot.
- What has your experience been like working with the Innovare Medical Media team?
Our experience with the Innovare Medical Media team has always been pleasant. They are a joy to work with and we are grateful to be working with them!
St. Luke’s 150 years
Transforming Medicine. Reimagining Care.
The 150-year history of St. Luke’s University Health Network started as a Pennsylvania steel community united behind a single purpose: to bring big-city, state-of-the-art medicine to its people. St. Luke’s was chartered as a hospital in 1872 and opened its doors to its very first patient soon thereafter. As the area’s first hospital, St. Luke’s has been providing cost-effective and high-quality care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay, for 150 years. #StLukes150
Innovare is happy to have contributed approximately $500,000 in revenue to support St. Luke’s and has been a proud partner since 2012. Over the coming years, Innovare looks forward to delivering innovation across the network.
Interviewing an Innovare Sales Specialist
Erik Hartranft’s Story
We had the opportunity to ask Erik Hartranft a few questions about himself, Innovare Medical Media, and his sales role at the business.
Innovare: Most importantly Erik, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Erik: Thank you. Foremost, I am proud to be married for over 20 years. I enjoy playing golf on the weekends and watching my nieces and nephews play sports. I love traveling to different places across the country and enjoy eating at local restaurants “where the locals eat”.
Innovare: How long have you worked in the Out of Home Place-based industry (OOH)? Tell us about your experience and understanding of the market.
Erik: I have been in the OOH industry since 2004 and before that I was a Radio DJ for 16 years. I love prospecting new businesses and talking to them about Hospital Placed Media. There’s an incredible amount of education because 99% of companies have never heard of our niche hospital industry. I enjoy talking about this innovative opportunity and finding out if this is a good initiative for their business to be in front of healthcare professionals, visitors, and patients.
Innovare: Erik, what brought you to Innovare Medical Media and Hospital Placed Media (HPM)? In addition, Innovare has about 165 hospital partners; How many hospital partnerships did Innovare have when you started and what are your thoughts on the growth?
Erik: I truly love the small family business vibe. It’s great to have conversations with ownership and my team to help onboard clients. It feels as if we are all in the trenches together – it’s very collaborative and teamwork oriented. I started with Innovare when the company had only 37 hospitals and I had no idea we would add almost 130 more partnerships in just 7 years. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with hospital partners located in Miami, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and other Designated Market Areas (DMA’s).
Innovare: What is your favorite part of being on the Innovare team?
Erik: I really like working with my teammates with brainstorming how best to promote small local businesses through our platform. In addition, I like working with management to get the best advertising packages together, whether it’s a small family-owned flower shop or the largest University in the region.
Innovare: What do you look forward to in your career and at Innovare in the years to come?
Erik: I’m looking forward to continuing to leverage our footprint and become even more attractive to larger marketers. A platform of 250-500 hospitals would do just that!
Innovare: Lastly Erik, what do you do for fun?
Erik: Golf and more golf, and Philadelphia Sports. I’m a 5 for 5 guy, including Villanova Basketball. When I travel for work, I always try to attend a sporting event. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of attending a Seattle Sounders game, a Monday Night Football game in Kansas City, an Arizona State Wrestling match in Tempe, and many more!