Parkinson's Life online magazine

The brief
The European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) commissioned Speak Media to develop a new digital platform that would deliver ‘magazine-style’ content to an international audience.

The EPDA was looking for a new communication platform in place of its quarterly print publication for national campaign groups – EPDA Plus – that was limited in reach, and costly to print and distribute across Europe. The new platform would instead need to deliver a regular feed of quality content to a much broader audience – and ultimately become the ‘voice of the international Parkinson’s community’.

Reader insights
We conducted research with existing readers across different key audiences to understand their content needs – capturing essential information on their media habits and device preferences.

Content-first approach
Based on these insights we developed a strategy that put content at the core of the approach. To deliver the content, we defined themes and formats for our stories.

As a charity, the EPDA had an extremely limited marketing budget, so we built our regular content production on a weekly cycle of tightly managed resource featuring a mix of original and curated content, as well as reaching out to influencers in the Parkinson’s community whose content contributions have helped establish the editorial authority and voice of Parkinson’s Life.

Responsive design
The site was designed to have a clean yet vibrant look to reflect our varied articles and editorial tone. The site’s sections have been colour coded, signposting stories in their relevant categories to aid navigation. The site’s responsive layout gives readers on any device to have the same user experience allowing them to browse and easily find articles of interests.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from the client, industry figures and readers alike. The site now acts a ‘hub’ for our audience to read and share inspiring stories, and it has attracted 20,000 new users to the site from 131 counties since launch.

The site has also been successful in generating investment via sponsored content and advertising, ensuring its long-term future is secure, while at the same creating a new revenue stream for the EPDA.

"Our focus is on great storytelling that will inspire and connect people affected by the disease, backed by news and resources on everything that relates to helping people with Parkinson’s live a full and healthy life."

– Dom Graham, head of editorial and brand communications, EPDA

Parkinson's Life

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