In-line with bowel cancer awareness month, BMI Healthcare wanted to raise awareness of the symptoms of the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and help to diminish some of the taboo surrounding the topic.
Spreckley was tasked with producing a PR campaign to raise awareness on the topic, with an ultimate goal of driving the public to a dedicated information portal. BMI identified key regions and sought a campaign that worked on a national level, as well as in the target regions of Manchester, London and Birmingham.
As providing insight and expert commentary around health awareness events is a competitive PR strategy, Spreckley recommended a number of tactics to ensure BMI’s messaging would cut through the noise. The campaign involved:
- Securing, managing and maximising a celebrity endorsement
- Executing a research project in order to generate new and interesting statistics on the topic
- Creating patient case studies
- Amplifying BMI’s affiliation with a bowel cancer charity
- On-going media relations throughout the awareness month
Spreckley managed the creation of the research, focusing on the publics’ awareness of bowel cancer – its signs and symptoms. The statistics delivered through this project proved to be a fantastic PR tool, highlighting how the large majority of the British public were not confident in spotting the signs of bowel cancer. Spreckley was also able to yield regional specific statistics for more targeted pitching.
A celebrity endorsement contract with Sharron Davies MBE – the forma British Olympic swimmer – was also managed by Spreckley. As someone who’s passionate about the impact of leading a healthy lifestyle, Sharron was keen to raise awareness of some of the causes of bowel cancer and its symptoms.
Real-life patient case studies are one of the most powerful tools in consumer healthcare PR, enabling audiences to become strongly engaged with a story. As such, Spreckley leveraged two uplifting patient stories to help raise awareness of bowel cancer’s symptoms.
Following the success of the bowel cancer campaign, BMI Healthcare appointed Spreckley for further specialist projects.