Integrated Marketing Communications For Schools,
Hospitals & Other Institutions
What is Integrated Marketing Communications?
A consistent method of communicating with your customers, Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) blends advertising, public relations and marketing strategies. Using IMC, cohesive communication goals work to promote your school, hospital or other institution in the most effective manner possible.
IMC allows your branding plans to shine via well-planned, dependable messaging. Rather than relying on various departments within your organization to independently reach goals, IMC brings the collective efforts of sales, marketing and operations together for maximum results.
From sales presentations and websites to display materials and advertising, well-designed IMC seamlessly executes message delivery through all communication outlets. Your unified IMC messages include corporate identity such as letterhead and signage, point-of-purchase, print collateral, direct marketing, PR, sales promotion and events.
IMC Up Close and Personal
IMC is customer-driven and involves planning your message. By focusing your efforts with IMC, you spend more time building core brand values. This emphasis adjusts the advertising, marketing and PR endeavors to reflect brand awareness and ultimately customer-driven dialogue.
With the Internet changing the way business is conducted, ensuring effective IMC is more complex than ever. Because even if you primarily do business online, you will find occasions when you need to integrate your online presence with face-to-face marketing opportunities afforded by trade shows, promotions or events. Smart marketing choices lead to brand success and IMC reinforces this important point of crucial, long-term unified communications on the web—and off. Whether through the Internet or in-person interaction, a well-crafted IMC plan leads customers through the sales process by giving timely reminders, updated information and special offers designed to spur action and keep your business top-of-mind.
Case Study: Kings Ridge Christian School
When Kings Ridge Christian School, a private middle and high school, approached Signs By Tomorrow Alpharetta, GA for help implementing an architect’s wayfinding signage recommendations, owners Kathleen Peneguy and Joey Costanzo swung into action. The school needed something developed quickly and inexpensively, but wanted a high-end look. Working within the school’s budget, Signs By Tomorrow designed a temporary signage solution that the school liked so much, it has become a permanent display system.
Abiding by the strict signage regulations of the area, Signs By Tomorrow was able to develop an elegant, affordable wayfinding signage solution that subsequently led to many more projects for the school. Building on the success of the wayfinding sign system, Signs By Tomorrow has since designed multiple types of custom graphics for the school including window decals, exterior building graphics, room signs and more that provide a consistent look and give the campus the feel of a unified community.
“It’s our job to complete the projects with full understanding of the client’s needs
and SBT develops relationships with them.”
-Kathleen Peneguy, Signs By Tomorrow Alpharetta
Case Study: Alpharetta High School
Signs By Tomorrow Alpharetta also works closely with Alpharetta High School to ensure consistent IMC strategies for their custom signage and displays.
The Signs By Tomorrow team first developed solutions to address a confusing campus entrance and difficult traffic flow. Since there were no blueprints of the existing traffic system, Signs By Tomorrow Alpharetta used Google Maps to generate screen shots of the campus and create a graphic blueprint of the campus. Next the design team held a roundtable with the school’s administrators to identify key campus locations and traffic patterns using the newly created map. Smaller versions of the map were produced with “You are here” notations. With distribution in strategic locations, the new maps alleviate traffic concerns and have significantly improved visitor relations.
Here again the success of the wayfinding signage project led to additional projects for the school. Applying sound IMC principles, Signs By Tomorrow has delivered on numerous requests: senior graduation, fundraising and sponsorship signs, roster boards, concession signs and logos are examples of IMC graphic solutions in place at the school.
Signs By Tomorrow Alpharetta follows a checklist for each school project that reviews the scope of each project, including the signage location, the budget, the wish list, the size/fonts, lighting, and how often signs or projects will be replaced.
“We develop a good relationship and rapport to determine realistic visual communications.”
-SBT owner Joey Costanzo
Case Study: Atlantic Hospital
But schools are not the only institutions that utilize IMC. Signs by Tomorrow Iselin, New Jersey partners with Atlantic Hospital on consistent, focused branding efforts. When Atlantic Hospital management first approached Signs By Tomorrow Iselin, they wanted to replace the outdated, redundant signage with a custom, fresh and engaging solution.
More than just signs and graphics, SBT is providing a complete Integrated Marketing Communications solution that includes custom logo design for the hospital as well as specifics such as signage color scheme, font size, Braille and other graphical elements.
Sanchay Agarwal, director of sales and marketing at Signs by Tomorrow Iselin, is at the hospital so frequently overseeing the large, ongoing IMC project, hospital staff joke he must be a hospital employee. Agarwal works closely with the hospital’s legal, marketing and facilities departments as well as upper management to determine the project needs and the budget and to ensure all involved parties are on the same page.
Signs By Tomorrow delivers Atlantic Hospital’s comprehensive IMC solution. This means SBT creates, produces and installs all custom graphics and signage in a turnkey fashion. Just a phone call away, SBT Iselin responds quickly to the hospital’s needs no matter how urgent or last minute the request.
7 Reasons to Use Integrated Marketing Communications
1. Reach: IMC gives customers a variety of communication methods.
2. Niche: Center your IMC on target audiences with your messaging.
3. Impact: You can achieve the “wow” factor with a message that won’t be forgotten.
4. Access: 24/7 Internet access allows increased access to goods and services.
5. Results: The delivery of IMC is strong visuals that achieve big results.
6. Media: IMC relies on multiple forms of communications to relay your marketing.
7. Delivery: Find the best method of delivery with Signs By Tomorrow IMC advice.
Benefits of Integrated Marketing Communications Delivery
Signs By Tomorrow custom graphics, printing and signage centers can assist you with all of your communication needs. As different customers require different solutions, Signs By Tomorrow works with your budget to plan the most effective IMC plan possible.
To help you select the right visual communications vehicle/sign materials, Signs By Tomorrow can guide you on issues including LED or neon lighting, rigid or flexible material, longevity, colorfastness, durability, maintenance, reflectivity, size, adhesive, sustainability, UV protection, anti-graffiti protection and more.
And because Signs By Tomorrow’s own in-house marketing department follows an IMC plan to develop materials to reinforce our position as a valuable partner and resource for all your visual communications needs, we know firsthand the challenges you face and can recommend the solutions that are right for you.
It’s the perfect time to reevaluate your company’s marketing plan and ensure that you have an integrated approach designed to deliver maximum results. And remember, your local Signs By Tomorrow graphics, digital printing and sign making center is always available to help deliver consistency across all your marketing channels.