Creating a marketing strategy for a health and wellness brand is tough. Creating a marketing strategy that adheres to legal compliance requirements is even tougher.

Developing a marketing strategy to make your brand stand out from the crowd is no easy task in an industry as competitive as health or wellness. On top of that, you need to follow numerous laws, regulations, and guidelines to ensure that your marketing strategy is legally compliant. Not only is adherence to the law critical for maintaining the trust and safety of your audience, but it is also necessary to avoid severe legal repercussions and irreparable damage to your brand reputation.

At the Center for Health and Wellness Law, we are always at the forefront of legal and regulatory developments that affect professionals and businesses in the health and wellness industries. We work diligently to ensure that our clients are compliant with all federal and multi-state laws and regulations to safeguard them from unintentional legal breaches. This includes marketing compliance.

Are you currently developing a marketing strategy for your health and wellness brand or looking to revise an existing marketing plan? Let our legal team ensure that your marketing practices and campaigns meet compliance requirements. Call (608) 579-1267 or send us an email to get started.

Key Compliance Considerations in Creating a Marketing Strategy in the Health and Wellness Industry

Developing a marketing strategy within the health and wellness industry carries the additional burden of adhering to a host of regulations and guidelines to ensure that the information shared is not only beneficial to consumers but also legal and ethical.

1. Data Protection and Privacy (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – HIPAA)

The health and wellness industry often deals with sensitive personal and health-related information that is subject to data protection laws. For this reason, you must ensure that all customer data is collected, stored, and processed in compliance with the applicable data protection laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the United States or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when serving customers in the European Union. Obtain clear consent for the collection and use of personal data and provide easy options for consumers to opt out of data collection when appropriate.

2. Truth in Advertising (the Federal Trade Commission – FTC)

Marketing messages must be accurate and not misleading, as stipulated by regulations like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S. When developing a marketing strategy, you should avoid making unsubstantiated health claims. All health benefits stated in your marketing material must be supported by reliable scientific evidence. When using sponsored content, endorsements, and testimonials as part of your marketing efforts, clearly label them as such to maintain transparency.

  • Note: The federal law requires that all forms of advertising, both print and digital, must be “truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence,” according to the FTC’s website.

3. Email Marketing (the CAN-SPAM Act)

Email marketing is governed by specific rules under the CAN-SPAM Act, which requires transparency and user control. Some of the strategies to implement in your email marketing efforts to ensure legal compliance include providing a straightforward way for recipients to unsubscribe from future emails within every marketing message sent and using subject lines that accurately reflect the content of the email.

4. Telemarketing (the Telephone Consumer Protection Act – TCPA)

Telemarketing in the health and wellness space needs to respect consumer wishes and comply with TCPA rules. The steps to ensure compliance with the TCPA include providing an automated opt-out mechanism during any pre-recorded telemarketing calls and not calling numbers that are on the National Do Not Call Registry unless you have explicit written consent from the consumer.

5. Accessibility (Americans with Disabilities Act – ADA)

Ensuring your marketing material is accessible to people with disabilities is not just a legal responsibility it is also ethically correct and helps build a positive reputation in the eyes of your customers. Design websites, apps, and digital content to be accessible, including alternative text for images, screen reader compatibility, and captions for videos.

Failing to comply with these standards could lead to serious repercussions, including fines, a tarnished reputation, or worse, harm to consumers and the potential for lawsuits.

Creating a Legally Compliant Marketing Strategy in the Health and Wellness Industry

When crafting a marketing strategy for your business within the health or wellness industry, it is vital to ensure compliance with not only federal and state laws but also industry-specific regulations, privacy concerns, and intellectual property guidelines. Below are some of the practical tips you could follow when creating a marketing strategy for your health and wellness brand:

  • Content marketing. Develop informative content that focuses on education and informed decision-making rather than making unsubstantiated claims. Blogs, e-books, and webinars can position your brand as knowledgeable and trustworthy within the community.
  • Social proof. Utilize testimonials and reviews while ensuring all personal health information is used legally, with consent, and in a manner that does not make unapproved medical claims.
  • Clearly communicate information about products or services, including any side effects. This builds trust and reduces potential legal issues related to consumer misinterpretation.
  • Partnerships and collaborations. You can team up with credible organizations and professionals in the health and wellness space, but ensure that these entities share your commitment to compliance and integrity.
  • Privacy-first approach. Ensure that your website and marketing platforms are secure, implement clear and accessible privacy policies, and maintain consumer trust by protecting their data.
  • Email marketing. Provide valuable, consent-based email communications that respect subscriber preferences and privacy norms.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Invest in SEO to improve the visibility of your content, but make sure the keywords related to health and wellness are used appropriately and not in a way that could be considered misleading.
  • Influencer partnerships. When partnering with influencers, confirm they understand the industry regulations and the importance of disclosing partnerships in accordance with the law. For example, the FTC endorsements guides require individuals who criticize a competitor of a brand they were paid to endorse to disclose their paid relationship.

By thoroughly understanding and integrating regulatory requirements into every facet of your health and wellness marketing strategy, you can confidently engage with your target audience, foster trust with consumers, and defend the reputation you have worked so hard to build.

The Center for Health and Wellness Law: How We Can Help

The legal team at the Center for Health and Wellness Law stays up-to-date with the ever-changing laws and regulations that affect the health and wellness industries. Over the past years, our lawyers have empowered hundreds of health and wellness clients with compliance help, requisite knowledge, and essential tools.

We understand that reputation and trust are not built overnight, which is why we are committed to helping clients ensure that their marketing strategies are legally compliant. Reach out to our office today to discuss how we might be able to help ensure your health and wellness business’s legal compliance. Call (608) 579-1267 or send us an email to request a consultation.

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