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Supporting Start-Ups: Siilo

From secret to success, in under three months

 Silver Buck worked with Siilo to raise awareness, increase its UK user base and build further on its reputation as Europe’s trusted, largest and fastest-growing healthcare-specific clinical collaboration messenger.

Siilo is a Netherlands-based start-up specialising in healthcare communications. Before working with Silver Buck, the company had led a successful grassroots campaign across mainland Europe – predominantly in the Netherlands and Germany – which earned it the title of Europe’s largest and fastest-growing healthcare communications provider, and one of Forbes’ top-five European start-ups set to change the face of healthcare.  Next on the agenda for Siilo was to gain a foothold in the highly nuanced UK market where – other than a few pockets of users – the company was yet to make an impact. They called upon Silver Buck.

The brief

Siilo engaged Silver Buck to craft and deploy a fully integrated, hard-hitting, target driven PR and marketing campaign to raise brand awareness and gain a foothold within the UK market. The initial campaign ran over just 12-weeks.

The mission:

  • Strengthen the Siilo brand and support with the development of core messaging, website content and development of marketing collateral, which had referencability and unparalleled functionality at its core
  • Put Siilo in the spotlight, raising awareness of the brand through social media engagement, media coverage and event presence
  • Build connections and broker meetings with key contacts within the NHS, press, government and wider healthcare sector

Our Approach

 Packing a punch: meaningful messaging and marketing collateral

Siilo wanted to raise brand awareness and earn wider recognition in the UK market. To do so, Silver Buck supported Siilo with the development of its messaging and marketing collateral, which included dedicated research among key audiences and stakeholders,  the anglicisation of European marketing material and the development of new messaging, tailored specifically for a UK audience. In addition, Silver Buck worked with Siilo to create a “battlecard” that could showcase its unique functionality and set it apart from other messengers in a clear and simple way. This new, UK-specific messaging has been critical in providing the framework for all marketing content.

 Showcasing the Siilo solution

 To give prospects an insight into the effectiveness of the Siilo solution and to illustrate how seamlessly Siilo can be deployed on the frontline of care, Silver Buck worked with Siilo and St George’s Hospital (one of Siilo’s top UK users) to produce the Siilo/St George’s Hospital case study. The case study is now an essential piece of Siilo’s sales and marketing armoury and is showcased at events, through social media and on the website to  demonstrate the referencability that new entrants to the UK digital health market require to make their mark

Establishing a “thought leader”

 To ensure Siilo was at the centre of contemporary discussion within the industry and seen by clients and prospects at every opportunity, Silver Buck wanted to position Joost Bruggeman, a former surgeon, CEO and co-founder of Siilo, as a ‘thought leader’ in the digital health space. To achieve this, Silver Buck identified and targeted key publications to maximise impact and reach the widest possible audience, earning press coverage by:

  1. Issuing press releases
  2. Proactively searching for policy  to comment on and newsjacking
  3. Generating thought-provoking content and opinion articles

In under three months, Silver Buck earned Siilo quality coverage in more than 10 key industry publications, plus a number of secondary tier publicatiions including:

Social media: boosting engagement by 200+%

To reinforce Siilo’s core messaging and to maximise reach amongst frontline NHS staff, CIOs and journalists, Silver Buck took control of Siilo’s Twitter account, as well as Joost Bruggeman’s LinkedIn account.

Siilo social media banner

In terms of content, Silver Buck focused on raising awareness of the risks associated with using WhatsApp in healthcare – offering Siilo as the solution. This was achieved through the use of original

graphics (created by Silver Buck) and by engaging with key industry figures about the issue of using WhatsApp in the healthcare setting. In addition, Silver Buck conducted a “targetted following” campaign to boost engagement with the Siilo brand. As part of this campaign, Silver Buck also identified brand ambassadors who, by proactively promotin

g Siilo, helped earn wider following and recognition, particularly amongst health and care professionals.

  • Boosted engagement by 217%
  • Doubled Twitter following to 1000+
  • Retweet from Secretary of State Matt Hancock and other key industry figures

The “launch”

 To raise awareness of Siilo in the UK market and to build connections with key contacts within the NHS, government, press and wider healthcare sector, Silver Buck selected Digital Health Rewired 2019 as an opportunity to “launch” the company in the UK. As part of this soft launch, Silver Buck developed a bespoke marketing campaign for the event.

Sillo digital health rewired

The marketing campaign centred around a “WhatsApp Surgery” – a pseudo-doctors surgery run from the Siilo stand. The “surgery” invited delegates to book an appointment in order to gain expert advice on how to make their smartphones NHS compliant, with the aim of promoting Siilo as an authoritative voice on issues concerning privacy and security. In total, over 100 delegates visited the Siilo stand, including dozens of CIO/CCIOs.

  • Designed the Siilo stand ensuring compelling location and storytelling
  • Organised and managed all event logistics, pre, during and post-show
  • Scheduled meetings with key contacts (CIO’s, CCIOs ,CEOs and journalists)

Our impact

  • Successfully strengthened the Siilo brand through referencability and exposure
  • Raised awareness and within the UK market
  • Built lasting connections for Siilo within the NHS, government and the wider healthcare sector
  • Established Joost as a “thought leader” in the digital health space

On the back of this campaign, Siilo extended its working relationship with Silver Buck by an additional 12-months.

Joost Bruggeman, CEO of Siilo said: “We have seen a huge need for health and care professionals to share clinical and operational information in a safe, secure and fast way. In turn, many have been resorting to ineffective and unsafe consumer applications, such as WhatsApp, to fill this gap. Since we launched Siilo in the UK, more than 60+ NHS organisations are using the tool, and Silver Buck has been instrumental in increasing that uptake.

“As a start-up, we needed a company that could support and grow with our ambitious plans and be proactive in delivering impactful, measurable results and they have been able to do just that.”


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