Movie attendance increased 21% in the first two months of 2009 and year-to-date box office revenues are up 6.6%. While other media is experiencing no growth and even declines, cinema advertising is a bright spot.
More and more people are going to the movies. Despite an economic recession, box office receipts have increased. Instead of traveling or spending money on expensive items, people are enjoying the movies as a lower cost pleasure. In addition, movies provide an escape from the hazards many people face at work or at home.
As more people head to the theaters, cinema advertising becomes a viable media option for healthcare marketers. And it’s generally a younger audience than other mediums deliver – an audience that is sometimes difficult to reach. It is true; this audience is not the biggest users of healthcare. But it’s an audience marketers want to reach to start establishing an identity or a brand.
Because of the younger demographics, cinema advertising can especially be effective for recruitment efforts. The promotion of healthcare career opportunities can be an excellent tactic by HR departments.
In the early years of cinema advertising the cost was high and the ramp up time was slow. Technology has improved lead-time and a new aggressive sales effort has led to lower costs.
Cinema advertising shouldn’t be the lead medium but it can effectively supplement traditional medium and reach an audience that is not so easy to reach. Hollywood can be a big hit for healthcare marketing.