New York, NY — This is it! Our most popular annual trends report, consistently read by tens of thousands of people throughout our industry. This year our digital trendspotters are looking at eight trends set to change how healthcare marketers connect with people.

2014 is the year that digital minorities become digital majorities and it’s our first opportunity to watch the post-Facebook era take shape. We’ll see whole new relationships between digital and physical things as more objects “wake up” and others are teleported directly onto our screens. Oh, and the new digital hookups? They’re not at all what you’re thinking.

2014 Digital Trends from GSW

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Huge thanks to the trendspotters who identified these big shifts that will change the way we live and work: Abigail Schmelzer , Alex Bragg , Alex Brock, Amanda Joly, Bruce Rooke , Eduardo Menendez, Jason Sankey , Jeffrey Giermek , Joel Gerber, Joy Hart , Kathryn Bernish-Fisher , Leigh Householder, Mark Stinson , Matt Cash , Michael Donahoe , Nick Bartlett , Rupert Dooley, Ryan Deshazer , Shawn Mulling and Tyler Durbin.

Posted by: Leigh Householder

About the Author:

As Managing Director of Innovation and Insights for Syneos Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for building and scaling a global team of healthcare experts who together help life science leaders better understand the complex lives, influences and expectations of their customers. Specifically, they uncover actionable insights that fuel empathy and creativity; lead co-creation events that let marketers learn from peers, trends, and new possibilities; and help clients identify the most valuable and useful new customer experiences to create.

Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for nearly 20 years.She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to Syneos Health Communications, she held several leadership roles at our largest agency, GSW.  There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business.

Leigh has taken a special interest in complex healthcare products that can change lives in meaningful ways. She was recently a strategic lead on the 3rd largest launch in pharmaceutical history: Tecfidera. Before that she had keys roles with Eli Lilly Oncology, Abbott Nutrition, Amgen Cardiovascular, and Eli Lilly Diabetes.

A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across our global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. This year, she led over 250 experts to experts to focus on the most important changes in the commercial, consumer, marketing, digital and healthcare landscapes. (See reports at

Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice and Top 10 Innovation Catalysts of 2017 by MM&M, Leigh also was recognized  as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.