VNSNY B2C Advertising

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Tronvig work

Tronvig had been working with VNSNY for three years on advertising. Over the course of that portion of the engagement, the team was able to quickly pivot to support changing business needs and environmental circumstances.


  • Brand strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Organizational alignment
  • Advertising
  • Digital marketing
  • Core values
Catherine Headshot

“The work we’ve done together with Tronvig has contributed to an undeniable direction forward with our brand.”

Catherine M. Callaway / Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development, Visiting Nurse Service of New York


In 2018, transformation in the health care industry was significant. Advertising spend was limited and above the line had been completely dark for a few years resulting in a loss of top-of-mind awareness.


VNSNY is an organization rooted in a commitment to serving its communities. Its advertising needs to be powerful, personal, and authentic, highlighting the resilience and bravery of its caregivers and extended care teams, as well as the patients and members they serve.

Brand Pyramid

The following organizational Brand Pyramid was developed in workshops with representatives from all functional units and levels of the organization, from the frontline to the CEO. It serves as the strategic foundation for all of VNSNY’s advertising campaigns.

1. What is VNSNY?

The nation’s leading home- and community-based health care organization.

2. How does VNSNY deliver its benefits?

3. Why?

4. Core Values

  • Empathy
  • Agility
  • Integrity

5. Brand Idea

Discovery: Marketing Targets Diagram

Our research emphasized that being authentic—acknowledging the organization’s challenges rather than presenting everything as artificially rosy—was crucial to a successful campaign for internal audiences. VNSNY was a leader in responding to crises like the influenza, polio, and AIDS epidemics, as well as disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Our messaging would highlight that we’ve been here before and we can overcome this together because it’s part of who we are. We established a Marketing Targets Diagram that segmented internal audiences and clarified our primary focus as VNSNY clinicians while asserting that other staff groups would also respond to the same message. External audiences—patients, partners, and other members of the public—would only be reached indirectly.

Target A Clinicians
Target B Home Health Aides
Target C Call Center
Target D Business Development Sales People
Target E Administrative Staff
Target F Donor/Funder
Target G Patients (current)
Target H External Partners
Target I Public (prospective patients)
Target J Volunteers

Inner ring: The internal audiences the organization’s marketing resources should be directed toward

Middle ring: The internal audiences who will likely respond positively to the organization’s message even though they are not being targeted directly

Outer ring: External audiences—patients, partners, and other members of the public—would only be reached indirectly.

Internal 125th Anniversary Campaign

An internal campaign was devised to help boost organizational morale, celebrating the work that VNSNY’s team members have done and continue to do, no matter the challenges that come their way.

VNSNY We are stronger 2018 hero
Catherine Headshot

“No matter how difficult the situation, you are always there with intelligence and a can-do approach. You know what it means to be on our team.”

Catherine M. Callaway / Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
VNSNY Posters
VNSNY we are stronger 2018 banner

Touching 48,000 Lives Campaign

In 2019, we launched an assuring metro-wide public awareness campaign.

VNSNY Touching 48,000 Lives Hero Image
Liz Headshot

“We had the Quarterly Meeting with the Business Development team, and as part of the Marketing Update, I played the radio commercial. It received a completely unexpected ovation from the entire group of over 50 people. Thank you again for this awesome piece of work.”

Liz Solomon / Director of Marketing, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

The black and white photography for this campaign depicted interactions between VNSNY caregivers and patients. The 48,000 Lives copy spoke directly to the organization’s widespread impact on a daily basis.

VNSNY Touching 48,000 Lives Bus Wrap

Out-of-home advertising across the NYC metro area was a significant element of the campaign.

VNSNY Touching 48,000 Live Subway Card

To build awareness, we leveraged digital display, video, search engine marketing, and other tactics combined with a significant cross section of traditional media placements.

48000 Lives Results

First Choice Campaign

For the opening of 2020, we launched an updated awareness campaign focused on the pride of New Yorkers.

VNSNY First Choice Hero
Amy Headshot

“James and the entire Tronvig team! So grateful for your partnership and proud of all we’ve accomplished – it is really incredible!”

Amy Margolis / Vice President of Marketing, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

From sketches, to casting, to shooting the campaign, Tronvig spearheaded brand new photography. VNSNY team members were cast to represent their roles as nurses, therapists, counselors, and home health aides. We created assets to be flexible enough to work in small digital units as well as on bus sides.

First Choice sketches
First Choice Digital Sizes
VNSNY First Choice Bus Side
VNSNY LinkNYC Out of Home
VNSNY First Choice Captivate out of home

Help Us Help New Yorkers Right Now Campaign

Within weeks of the 2020 campaign launch, COVID-19 transformed New York and we had less than a week to pivot. We created a powerful campaign to help raise funds and awareness for VNSNY’s role in the fight against the coronavirus.

VNSNY Covid in New York

The campaign was built around selfies taken by VNSNY frontline team members as they bravely did their jobs in the field.

VNSNY staff selfies
VNSNY Help us help vs Times Square
Help us Help Laptop
Help us Help ipad

Covid Organic Social Campaign

As the pandemic raged, the internal campaign we had developed for VNSNY in 2018 became relevant again so we translated it into an organic social media campaign and relaunched it externally.

VNSNY We are stronger Sandy Hero

We drafted accompanying copy for the social media posts, adding context to VNSNY’s team members’ truly courageous stories and bringing them to life.

VNSNY We are stronger poster to instagram, facebook, & twitter

Tronvig Credits:  Sarah Ahrens, Anne Mieth & Florencia Garcia, Mark Davis, Art Directors;
James Heaton, Creative Director