Digital Marketing within the Pharma Industry:
The first and safer way is to summarize the past 12 months, the second, more dangerous but also more exciting is to predict what will happen in 2015.
For years digital marketing was treated as a fifth wheel in pharma business. Whatever we say, the truth is that those organisations are made of sales force. And a digital sales force was just another marketing gimmick that does not add value but a workload and cost.
However, during past few years this traditional sales force thinking was challenged. Payers pressure forced companies to reduce ranks of sales representatives. Regulatory decisions have limited possibility of sales rep to meet HCPs. The result is that sales rep cannot meet his Client often enough to detail the product and maintain relationship in the same time.
Digital came to help with e-detailing and web-based self-detail solutions. CRM software supports reps with data that allow reps to have a meaningful conversation with HCPs they barely know.
Combining detailing visits with digital tatics and good old direct marketing is our new buzz word: Multi Channel Marketing or Multi Channel Sales