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Application of neck compresses for women

Free course on compression therapy in Zurich

Want to learn how to use the treasures in your pantry to make healing compresses?

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Everything you need to know about cloves

Find out how cloves can be used both in cooking and as a natural remedy.

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Insurance for dogs and cats

In the event of an illness or accident, it’s important that your four-legged housemates receive the best and most appropriate treatment possible.

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Elena Roos ends her career

Bidding farewell to top-level sport

After completing the 2023 orienteering season with success and a number of podium wins at international competitions, Elena Roos has now ended her career.

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Vivere autumn issue: lots of news and two competitions

The current issue of our Vivere health magazine is dedicated to the topic of gratitude. Don’t miss the November deadline for the main competition on page 12.

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Organic Mountain Herb Tea Gift Box Deluxe

Win and enjoy organic mountain herbal tea

Win a deluxe organic mountain herbal tea gift box from our partner Mahler & Co. worth CHF 75.

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No telemarketing

Our customers are increasingly receiving advertising calls in which unknown third parties introduce themselves as EGK employees. They want to entice the persons contacted to change their health insurance or make other adjustments. These callers are not acting on behalf of the EGK.

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Medicinal herb of the month – Italian parsley

Parsley is said to have an enchanting effect – even the origin of its name sounds like an erotic myth from ancient mythology.

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Top result from bonus.ch opinion survey

We are currently among the four most popular health insurers in Switzerland. We received a top rating of 5.3 out of 6 from the independent comparison portal bonus.ch.

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Prize draw: wild plant course in Wildnispark Zurich

We are raffling two tickets worth CHF 380 for the wild plant course on Saturday, 26th of August 2023 in the Sihlwald Nature Discovery Park. Enter the draw now via our social media channels.

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The home World Orienteering Championships

After two years of intense preparation, the moment of truth. The home World Orienteering Championships (WOC) were about to begin.

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New complementary therapies

New complementary therapies

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Together to the top

Elena attended a training camp in Engadin with her fellow squad members to put the finishing touches to her preparation for the WOC in Switzerland.

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“We use the old, traditional medical systems”

Jivita therapy centre combines conventional and complementary medicine to treat patients holistically.

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Ticino – a source of strength

Elena Roos is very proud to have grown up in Ticino, where she draws strength from her family and friends, and the surrounding nature.

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Swiss organic tea for every occasion

Discover the new organic mountain herb teas supplied by our partner Mahler & Co.

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How are the performance values?

Orienteering runner Elena Roos tests her pre-season form. Following her winter altitude training in Kenya, elite orienteering athlete Elena Roos wants to know: just how good is her physical fitness shortly before the international competitions begin?

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By bike from Lutry to the North Cape

At the beginning of April, Patrick Sumi, 52, father, sports fan and businessman from 1095 Lutry, will set out on a bike trip to the North Cape on the Norwegian island of Magerøya.

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Prize draw: wild plant course in Wildnispark Zurich

We are raffling two tickets worth CHF 380 for the wild plant course on Saturday, 15 April 2023 in the Sihlwald Nature Discovery Park. Enter the draw now via our social media channels.

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Winter training, warts and all

Despite a good 2022 season, there is still some way to go before a World Cup medal is within reach for Elena Roos. That’s why the orienteering runner chose new pastures for her winter training this year.

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Bay leaf, the aromatic seasoning herb

Our February newsletter features the bay leaf. Did you know that the bay leaf is an appetising digestive aid used internally in medicine to treat colic?

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Ginger - a real power tuber

Our December newsletter is dedicated to the power root ginger. Especially in the cold season, this can be used both preventively and soothingly.

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On the move again with map and compass

The first training session in the woods with map and compass after her training accident – a highlight with one or two down-ers for Elena Roos. The third episode of our Elena Roos series – Project 23 is now online.

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SNE sponsorship award: 2023 call for entries launched

For the third time in a row, the Foundation for Naturopathy and Experiential Medicine SNE is offering its sponsorship award to help specialists in complementary medicine and their innovative therapeutic approach to achieve a breakthrough. The award is endowed with 5000 Swiss francs.

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Neither telephone terror, nor brokers

Since 2016, the EGK-Gesundheitskasse has received the "Ethical customer acquisition" label every year. And because EGK-Gesundheitskasse waives telephone calls from third parties, it also receives the "No telephone marketing" label. This practice has proven its worth.

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KYBURGLAUF 2022: Be there with us

From November 12 - 13, 2022, the 39th Kyburg Run will take place in the Winterthur and Zurich Oberland region. The EGK supports the running event again this year as a sponsor.

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BetterDoc: The right therapeutic partner choice

How do I know my doctor is the most qualified for my knee pain? What should I do if the doctor advises back surgery and I am unsure? Thanks to BetterDoc, all it takes is a phone call or online contact to get a free second opinion or specific advice for exactly such questions.

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The premiums follow the costs

In a recently published video, the FOPH explains in a simple and clear way how our health insurance works and what factors encourage it to become increasingly expensive. There are sensible ways in which an insured per-son can influence their premium.

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The dream of having your own child...

... and what if it cannot be fulfilled without the support of reproductive medicine: Read more about this in our just published issue of the EGK health magazine Vivere.

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The healing power of self-empowerment

The SNE Symposium 2022 was able to provide very different, convincing answers to the question «Wie bleibe ich gesund im Zeitenwandel?»

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An all-round successful open day

On September 17, more than 1,000 interested people seized the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the EGK-Gesundheitskasse in Laufen.

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Elena Roos’ long journey back to orienteering

Following her training accident in autumn 2021, Elena Roos’ journey back to the orienteering stage was long and sometimes frustrating. The second episode of our series Elena Roos – Project 23 is now online.

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myEGK: New with touch/face ID

From now on, logging into our app myEGK is even easier. If your mobile is set up accordingly, a fingerprint or a glance is all it takes to manage your EGK health insurance on the go and digitally.

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On the move with Patrik Wägeli

Three dates are still open for running enthusiasts who want to do a short and effective EGK running training with the "fastest farmer". Also taking part are top athletes Elena Roos and Fabienne Vonlanten.

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Satisfied policyholders at the EGK

In the most recent rating, our policyholders gave EGK an overall rating of "good". The friendliness of employees and accessibility scored above average.

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The climbing wall for support and prevention

This year’s SNE sponsorship award goes to CAM therapist Roseline Bestler, Aarau. The prize recognises the “therapeutic climbing” she practises as a holistic approach to healing and prevention.

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Schoolchildren in Bern design natural EGK posters

Since 23 June, pedestrians have been able to enjoy a very special form of advertising in Schanzenstrasse: a class of learners at the Rüti primary school in Ostermundigen was given the opportunity to decorate two APG billboards with natural materials to express our “Nature – my medicine” message.

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No right or wrong

In an interview in the latest issue of Vivere, the renowned Swiss child and adolescent psychologist Philipp Ramming explains why there is no right or wrong parenting.

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Accompany Elena Roos to the world championships hosted in Switzerland

In July 2023, Switzerland will host the world orienteering championships. Elena Roos's goal: a gold medal.

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Housing and living - today and tomorrow

The latest issue of our health magazine Vivere once again offers a wealth of topics from the diverse EGK cosmos.

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The secure chat with the doctor

Our partner for EGK-TelCare, Medgate, now also offers a protected chat function in their app.

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Solar panel & on-board battery for energy where the socket is missing

Get the most out of the sun and charge your devices quickly and easily outdoors.

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Vituro commitment building bee and insect houses

The EGK-Gesundheitskasse helped support under the label of Vituro a wide range of projects promoting healthy experiences.

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A new look for “myEGK”

The demands on everyday digital assistance are in constant flux. We have overhauled the customer portal and “myEGK” app to optimise the user experience for our insured persons.

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Running training with the fastest farmer

Patrik Wägeli from Nussbaumen in Thurgau is the "Fastest Farmer". As a 40% farmer, he runs in parallel with the international marathon elite for titles and triumphs. Since this year, he has been leading the EGK's running training sessions.

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Conversion to QR Invoice

By the end of September 2022 at the latest, the familiar payment slip will definitely be taken off the market. With the QR bill, paying bills will be easier, faster and more efficient.

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Kids love to dance

In 2022, the SNE Academy will include the topic of "children's dance" in its seminar program for the first time. On May 13, the continuing education for professionals will take place in Thalwil.

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The EGK world in 1.25 minutes

The new corporate video of the EGK-Gesundheitskasse conveys its core values with the main building in Laufen.

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Sihlwald: Wild and beautiful

EGK maintains strong partnerships for its policyholders. For example, with the Sihlwald Wilderness Park, which offers young and old a unique combination of wild animals, wilderness and natural forest.

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Natural, sustainable and stable

In the 2021 financial year, the EGK-Gesundheitskasse achieved a positive corporate result. With the move into the new main building in Laufen (BL), it has provided visible proof of its value and stability.

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Conversion to QR Invoice

By the end of September 2022 at the latest, the familiar payment slip will definitely be taken off the market. With the QR bill, paying bills will be easier, faster and more efficient.

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Without ifs and buts: Find a therapist online

Since 1991, the EGK therapist office has been helping its insured members find the right therapist for complementary medicine in their immediate vicinity. Since the beginning of March, this service has also been available online.

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99 kilograms of greenhouse gases less

EGK and its employees act in an environmentally compatible manner wherever possible. The Laufen site has been awarded the 2021 environmental certificate by PET Recycling Switzerland for the collection of PET bottles.

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Addiction has many faces

As usual, the stories in the hot-off-the-press issue of Vivere 01/2022, our health magazine, are taken from real life.

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SNE continuing education from home: Therapeutic communication

Accessing new knowledge efficiently and independently of time and place - with its e-learning platform, SNE meets an absolutely contemporary need.

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Vivere as a digital reading pleasure

Our health magazine Vivere is also available as an e-paper subscription! Register today and receive the varied reading pleasure three times a year in your mailbox - even before the print edition is in the mailboxes...

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Versatile daisy

In the current EGK newsletter, the daisy comes to honor. The messenger of love not only helps against heartache, but for centuries also against physical ailments.

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Immune system and psyche

The SNE Foundation for Naturopathy and Empirical Medicine will hold its Spring Congress for Holistic Medicine exclusively online. It can be followed on the online marketplace from the 15.04.2022 on.

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The most direct route to the drug

There are very different reasons why someone has a medication sent to their home. It is easier, more convenient and sometimes not possible otherwise.

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Supplementary insurance now even more customer-friendly

The revised VVG came into force on 01 January 2022. The scope of your insurance coverage remains unchanged.

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New in the management: Carolina Pirelli

Carolina Pirelli-Häring (37) joined the Executive Board of the EGK-Gesundheitskasse on 1 January 2022. As Head of Benefits, she leads a team of 80 employees.

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A biotope for hedgehogs and other creatures

On 13 December 2021, the Nature & Economy Foundation granted EGK unrestricted certification for Birspark 1, Laufen. Managing Director Reto Flury is delighted.

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Neu: Jahresprogramm 2022 der SNE-Akademie

Um die Methodenkompetenz der EGK-Therapeutinnen und -Therapeuten stets auf dem neusten Stand zu halten, stellt die SNE Stiftung für Naturheilkunde und Erfahrungsmedizin alljährlich ein vielfältiges Seminarprogramm zusammen. So auch 2022.

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Premiums 2022

Premiums 2022

The basic insurance premiums of the EGK-Gesundheitskasse will remain practically unchanged on average in 2022. Most premiums were reduced. Use our premium calculator to find out how this adjustment will affect your canton.

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As a reward for all the celebration at the end of the year

With the final of the Swiss Orienteering Grand Slam presented by EGK, the orienteering season came to an end on 13 November 2021. Competition-oriented and atmospheric at the same time: embedded in the event was the traditi-onal Swiss-O-Fest, at which the EGK also celebrated.

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SNE-Förderpreis 2022 für ein innovatives Projekt

Die Stiftung SNE zeichnet auch 2022 wieder ein abgeschlossenes, zukunftsweisendes Projekt aus, welches Gesundheitsressourcen stärkt. Der Preis ist mit 5000 Franken dotiert. Der Aufruf richtet sich an EGK-Therapeutinnen und -Therapeuten.

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A great success for the EGK teams

On 24 October 2021, the 69th Basel-Landschaft Team-OL took place. 390 teams set off in search of the ideal line, including (almost) four teams from the EGK-Gesundheitskasse.

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The EGK in search of a new post

The EGK-Gesundheitskasse has been enthusiastic about orienteering for many years. Reason enough to take part in the 69th Basel-Landschaft Team-OL on 24 October 2021 - with first-class support from Simone Niggli-Luder.

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Vivere 3/2021: Health 4.0

Welcome to the era of digital health! Consult your doctor via video consultation, measure your heart rate with a smartwatch or detect a skin disease via your mobile phone camera: The possibilities offered by digitalisation in the healthcare sector are manifold - but far from exhausted.

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12th SNE Symposium from 1 and 2 October 2021

Every autumn, the symposium of the SNE Foundation is a place of exchange with people from the world of empirical medicine and the sciences.

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Questions and answers

Corona is on everyone's mind. And it has been for quite some time. What was not an issue in the early 2020s is now very much shaping our everyday lives.

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EGK respects your privacy

For the 6th time in a row, EGK Health Insurance has received the award "Clean customer advertising". As in previous years, it is also awarded the rating "No telephone advertising" by comparis.

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Vivere 2 / 2021: Building for people and nature

The construction industry is one of the largest consumers of resources and energy in the world. The use of climate-neutral and reusable building materials can therefore make an important contribution to environmental protection. Health also benefits from this.

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Vivere 4/2020: Je mehr desto besser?

Das Schweizer Gesundheitssystem gilt als eines der besten und zugleich als eines der teuersten weltweit. Die Ursachen für die stetig wachsenden Kosten sind genauso vielfältig wie komplex. Aber alleine durch die Eindämmung unnötiger Behandlungen könnten über 20 Prozent der Ausgaben vermieden werden.

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SNE-Förderpreis 2021: Innovative Ansätze zur Stärkung der Resilienz

Noch bis Ende Jahr läuft die Ausschreibung der Stifung SNE für die Vergabe des Förderpreises 2021. Die Auszeichnung soll ein abgeschlossenes Projekt aus den Bereichen Naturheilkunde und Erfahrungsmedizin würdigen, welches für eine Stärkung der Gesundheitsressourcen als zukunftsweisend eingeschätzt wird.

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Vivere 3/2020: Konsum für eine bessere Welt

In jedem Schweizer Haushalt landen jährlich Lebensmittel im Wert von 600 Franken im Abfall. Das ist moralisch bedenklich, aber genauso eine verantwortungslose Vergeudung knapper Ressourcen. Dabei ist ein massvolleres Konsumverhalten für alle umsetzbar – wie nachhaltige Projekte im ganzen Land zeigen.

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Drei spannende Themen in fünf Schweizer Städten

Aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie musste der Saisonstart der beliebten Themenspaziergänge «Sinnieren und Flanieren» der EGK-Gesundheitskasse verschoben werden. Am 29. Juni findet nun der erste The-menspaziergang mit dem Titel «Wasser-Wunder» in St. Gallen statt.

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Vivere 2/2020: Women's hearts beat differently

Not only can diseases progress differently in women, but the symptoms also differ from those of men. The biological sex sometimes even influences the mode of action of drugs. For a long time, medicine has ignored this fact - with sometimes fatal consequences.

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Geschäftsbericht 2019: Das Herz der EGK-Gesundheitskasse schlägt für die Natur

In ihrem Geschäftsbericht 2019 rückt die EGK-Gesundheitskasse neben dem guten Geschäftsergebnis innovative Menschen ins Zentrum, die sich kreativ und mit viel Herzblut für Nachhaltigkeit engagieren.

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Vivere 1/2020: Der Preis der Schönheit

Wenn es nach Schönheitsoperationen zu Komplikationen kommt, wird deren Behandlung aus der Grundversicherung bezahlt. Das macht Sinn – und könnte in Zukunft dabei helfen, die Komplikationsraten tief zu halten.

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EGK-Gesundheitskasse is one of the best health insurers in Switzerland

The comparison platform Comparis.ch published its annual rating of Swiss health insurers. EGK-Gesundheitskasse was awarded an overall rating of 5.4, putting it in the best of class in the Swiss health insurance industry.

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Winners of the annual competition 2019

The winners of our annual competition were drawn!

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Mit dem Spatenstich zu einem ökologischen Hauptsitz

Am 28. September wurde auf dem Areal Nau in Laufen im Beisein von Regierungsrat Thomas Weber (BL) und Stadtpräsident Alexander Imhof der Spatenstich für den künftigen Hauptsitz der EGK-Gesundheitskasse gesetzt und gleichzeitig eine Zeitkapsel für die Nachwelt vergraben.

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EGK holt Weltelite des Orientierungslaufs nach Laufen

Vom 27. bis 29. September 2019 herrscht sportliche Feststimmung im Laufental. Die internationalen Stars des Orientierungslaufs messen sich am EGK-OL-Weltcup 2019.

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Young people demand action instead of words: Vivere 3/2019

It was said for a long time that young people were not interested enough in politics but only in their self-realization. Until a 15-year-old Swedish girl went on a climate strike and launched a youth movement that was as unexpected as it was loud. In the footsteps of Greta Thunberg and the Swiss faces in the struggle for our livelihoods.

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Inspirational Marketing: Digitalmarketing-Agentur Sigma Online setzt mit EGK-Gesundheitskasse auf Pinterest-Ads

Die Digitalmarketing-Agentur Sigma Online aus Horgen bei Zürich expandiert ihr Dienstleistungsportfolio und bietet als eine der ersten Agenturen in der Schweiz Pinterest-Ads, die hier seit kurzem in der Beta-Version verfügbar sind. Für die EGK-Gesundheitskasse aus Laufen hat Sigma Online innerhalb weniger Wochen ein Pinterest-Profil aufgebaut und mit Ads eine signifikante Reichweite erzielen können. Mit einem speziellen, hochentwickelten Pin-Format aus Bild und Text, den richtigen Keywords und der richtigen Frequenz lassen sich in kurzer Zeit hohe Reichweiten aufbauen. Dank deutlich geringeren Cost-per-Clicks (CPC) im Vergleich zu anderen Social Media Plattformen können mit Pinterest als Teil der Digital-Marketing-Strategie schnell Wettbewerbsvorteile realisiert werden.

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