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Nobel Biocare marketing campaign recognized at health care awards

by: Michael Stuart

The campaign that launched our innovative new complete posterior solution was a runner up in the Ragan Communications 2015 Health Care PR and Marketing Awards.

The ‘Bringing innovation back campaign’ was one of five entries given an honorable mention for the awards’ Grand Prize – the Campaign of the Year Award.

With many of the other entrants boasting household names, it’s a significant achievement for all involved.

The complete posterior solution includes new wide-platform NobelActive and NobelParallel implants, PEEK Healing Abutments and the NobelProcera FCZ Implant Crown.

Global Marketing Managers Sofie Biehle and Karin Jäggi coordinated the multi-channel campaign. Key to its widespread success was the effective implementation of the activities by Nobel Biocare marketing teams around the world. Agency support was provided by Gothenburg-based Sitrus (formerly Citat).   

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Innovative solution, innovative campaign

According to Sofie, it was the inclusion of an experiential element with virtual reality technology that made the campaign stand out.

“For this campaign we looked for innovative communication tactics that would do justice to the true innovation of our solution. We found this in virtual reality, which is normally used in the gaming industry. We came up with the idea to bring our visitors ‘virtually’ into the operating room of an implant treatment using the complete posterior solution.

“Using a customized filming technique (filming 360° at all times), and pioneering virtual reality technology from Oculus Rift, we could give visitors to our events the feeling of being in the operating room, looking through the eyes of the surgeon.

“With this approach we developed a completely new way of watching a clinical video, which could potentially be used in the future for training and education purposes.” 

View the campaign website

Dental implant surgery like never before. Above, leading Dutch clinician Tristan Staas wore a specially designed headset to capture a real operation for the virtual reality experience. Below, visitors to Nobel Biocare events could view the surgery as if they were there using an Oculus Rift headset. 

A multi-faceted approach

Activity also spanned print and online advertising, web, social media and PR. The campaign saw a break from traditional Nobel Biocare branding conventions with a dark color scheme inspired by space flight.

“Space exploration is intrinsically linked with innovation, so the creative concept worked well” explained Co-project Lead Karin Jäggi. “The dark color scheme was disruptive to attract attention. We wanted this campaign to stand out and, as this recognition from Ragan Communications shows, it worked.”

To view the campaign in action, head to the dedicated landing page or view the video here.

Results from Ragan's 2015 Health Care PR and Marketing Awards:

Grand Prize: Campaign of the Year

Winner: MediaSource for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Medical Breakthrough Goes Viral

Honorable Mentions:

  • Nobel Biocare/Sitrus, Bringing innovation back—a complete posterior solution
  • Aflac, The 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report: Providing insightful research for important benefits decisions
  • Boston Children's Hospital for Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery, Violet's Journey
  • Burson-Marsteller & Ruder Finn for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Our Voice in Song
  • Cigna, 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend


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