Understanding the power of hope and empathy in healthcare marketing
Article publication date: 20 March 2017
The dynamic landscape of healthcare has seen significant changes in marketing by the various types of healthcare providers. This research aims to explore the impact of emotions in healthcare advertising.
Two consumer panel experiments investigate the role of hope and empathy appeals in fostering positive evaluations toward healthcare providers (medical centers for serious illnesses).
Study 1 shows that two types of emotion-based healthcare appeals are more effective than non-emotional appeals. Study 2 compares the relative effectiveness of hope versus empathy appeals with medical expert or typical person (patient) testimonials.
Findings demonstrate that in a healthcare context, an expert testimonial enhanced the persuasiveness of a hope-based appeal, whereas testimonials from unknown patients were not effective.
Understanding the role of emotions in healthcare advertising is increasingly important as healthcare providers compete on care and quality outcomes and advertising agencies vie for the attention of consumers.
Kemp, E., Bui, M., Krishen, A., Homer, P.M. and LaTour, M.S. (2017), "Understanding the power of hope and empathy in healthcare marketing", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 85-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCM-04-2016-1765
Emerald Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2017, Emerald Publishing Limited