Is your brand on the map?

Mapping brands seems to be all the rage. Here are two recent brand maps of the U.S. 

Think of what this might look like for health care.

What metrics would you use to determine the single dominant brand in one state — size, reputation, profitability, patient satisfaction scores, commitment to charity care, U.S. News "Best Hospitals" ranking?

In states like Minnesota or Ohio, the brands might be obvious (arguably Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, respectively).

But what about states like Massachusetts and Texas that have cities rich in prestigious health care brands, such as Boston and Houston?

For most health systems, your brand must stand out in your own market and have the strength to have patients "stay local," even in the face of larger regional and national brands.

The not-so-secret sauce is a blend of clinical quality (skills, experience and top outcomes), organizational culture (a sense that those who work there love to) and a truly exceptional patient experience (when patients and families say, "Wow!"). 

 The Corporate States of America from Steve Lovelace.

The Corporate States of America from Steve Lovelace.

 Red, White and Booze from Thrillist.

Red, White and Booze from Thrillist.