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Public Health England: Cervical Screening

  • Date:

    09 August 2019

Public Health England: Cervical Screening

SHORTLIST – Magnetic Spotlight Awards 2019 for Best Content Partnership (>£100k)

The Challenge

“The reasons women aren’t attending screening are complex, so using the experience of Bauer and the tonality of their titles, we were able to address these multiple barriers in a way that would be more likely to engage with our target audience. The passion and expertise Bauer put into the partnership allowed us to add to the quality of the content and helped the campaign exceed all of its KPIs.”

Emma Logan, Head of Marketing – Ageing Well, Public Health EnglandThe Challenge

With more than 2,500 women a year in England getting cervical cancer, Public Health England (PHE) wanted to reduce this number by running a campaign empowering women with both the knowledge and the tools needed to get screened.

The Idea

Bauer Media’s reputation for activism and influence and their access to a range of female audiences via a variety of magazine titles made them an ideal choice of partner for PHE.

The strategy was to use different influencers, relatable to each magazine brand and audience, in order to start this conversation via their own experiences. In Grazia, heat and Closer, celebrity influencers Megan Barton Hanson, Gemma Cairney and Danielle Lloyd got involved. In Take A Break and that’s life, case studies of women who had been screened were used to engage readers.

Using insight from the Bauer Insiders research panel via questions such as ‘When was the last time you were tested?’ and ‘Why when invited haven’t you attended?’ the content was written to debunk any myths and previously held misconceptions.


The MGOMD and Bauer Media campaign for PHE exceeded expectations. Among the audience researched there was a 17% uplift in knowledge of cervical screenings. Some form of action was taken by 59%, with 31% encouraging other women to attend their cervical screenings.