Hashtag spotlight – #Migraine

TikTok is so much more than dance videos (although those are great too!).

It’s vast, having become the world’s most popular entertainment app. And It’s a place of expression – and so a great source of consumer insight.

The short-video format on TikTok is perfect for snappy medical advice. #Migraine has more than 200 million views in total and is used for a variety of reasons. These include:

  • Raising awareness and advocating for people to take chronic migraines more seriously.

This one’s bad 🧠 #MigraineAwareness #MigraineLife #ChronicMigraine #HemiplegicMigraine #Migraine #LearnOnTikTok #ChronicIllness

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Sleep deprivation, dehydration and PMS can also trigger headaches. #migraines #healtheducation

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One of the most popular accounts posting migraine TikToks is @TheMigraineDoc. Boasting more than 420 000 followers, @TheMigraineDoc is an IRL doctor who uses TikTok to educate sufferers, myth bust inaccurate info, and promote his own medical services.

The success of #Migraine presents an opportunity for healthcare brands: it shows an appetite for receiving health information and advice on TikTok, particularly amongst a younger (Gen Z) audience. However, we saw no evidence of brands creating organic content around migraines – outside of individuals advertising their services.

So how might brands use TikTok to share information about #migraine or other health conditions?

  • Non-qualified people are sharing medical info and treatment ‘hacks’. There is a need for brands to correct this – by ‘myth-busting’ and ensuring consumers are receiving accurate, succinct information.
  • The use of TikTok for advocacy and sharing support shows that there is a need for brands to support migraine sufferers on an emotional level – it’s not just about physical relief.
  • Working with influencers who are established on TikTok (e.g. @TheMigraineDoc) can help to build credibility and audience – and is one of the ways of overcoming Gen Z’s reluctance to engage with branded content.

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