Founded in 1984, National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Started in 2001, StrokeSmart Magazine’s mission is to reduce the impact of stroke on the life of survivors and others impacted through regular outreach, education and building community. The print publication reaches more than 270,000 readers in the stroke community, with a circulation of 100,000. In 2012, National Stroke Association realized a need to find savings in its publication’s print and distribution costs to improve the bottom line.
Additionally, National Stroke Association recognized that the 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S. are no longer finding stroke information through just one channel, such as print magazines or websites. In order to remain relevant and timely for its audience, and to penetrate the vast stroke survivor universe, the organization needed to design a communication approach that was cross-platform and utilized the latest online digital strategies.
Association Media Partners (AMP) began by analyzing the hard costs associated with the printing and distribution of StrokeSmart. By looking at the big picture of the entire print production cycle – including printing, paper, shipping, mailing services and postage – AMP determined that distribution was half of the actual hard cost expense for National Stroke Association. With that data in hand, AMP was able to find a printer that had the co-mail capabilities needed to streamline the mailing process and save National Stroke Association on postage for its magazine.
Using the money saved from the print costs, National Stroke Association and AMP developed an online digital strategy to act as an extension of StrokeSmart Magazine, resulting in an active, supportive online community that enables an ongoing conversation about stroke. AMP partnered with National Stroke Association to launch www.strokesmart.org. It was designed to be relevant, timely, and inclusive of the content and social media interaction that today’s consumers expect. The new website provides an expanded menu to give stroke survivors and caregivers more opportunities to learn, share and connect with others living with stroke. One of the new features is a comprehensive database – the StrokeSmart Resource Directory – which functions like a yellow pages for stroke, and enable users to search national and local listings for stroke-related companies, products and services.
“We wanted to better serve the needs of our readers and deliver the ultimate resource for survivors, caregivers and the millions of families affected by stroke every year. AMP delivered a cost savings solution for our print needs that allowed us to invest in a comprehensive online digital strategy. By offering multiple media channels for the stroke community, we can be sure that readers are getting the information they want, whenever and wherever they want it.” – Jim Baranski, CEO of National Stroke Association
By partnering with AMP, National Stroke Association has: