John Mack, Publisher & Editor
Pharma Marketing News


The Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award
The Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award

Recognizing Excellence in Social Media Marketing Leadership

Defenders of pharma “social media” site awards, such as Dose of Digital’s Dosie Award, insist that we must reward even the most elementary attempts that pharma is making to have online conversations despite all the regulatory obstacles that they face. I agree. But instead of having awards for the work product, why not give awards to the pioneers who have lead the way to create these sites? We can learn more from how these pioneers overcame the obstacles to launch a social media project than from the end result — even if the end result is flawed or faux. Marketing campaigns and Web sites come and go, but pioneers move on to new positions and continue to spread their influence far and wide.

To better recognize the value of these pioneers, I propose the
Pharmaguy Pharma Social Media Pioneer Award.

Learn more about the award here and view the current list of nominees here.

Nominate and Vote for Your Candidate(s) Now!

Your comments are confidential (anonymous) unless you specifically give me permission to attribute comments to you personally.

The Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award is sponsored by ExL Pharma and the 4th Annual Digital Pharma East Conference. The “winners” will be announced during the conference in October, 2010.

Thank you for your participation.

John Mack (Pharmaguy), Editor of Pharma Marketing News

Up Front
Just-in-Time Publishing

Break the CyclePharma Marketing News is an electronic publication and unlike print publications it has no obligation to appear as a collection of articles on a regular monthly schedule. Yet this is exactly how it has been published — one issue per month and each issue containing 3 to 4 articles.

Beginning this issue a new publication plan — what I call the Just-in-Time Publishing plan — is being implemented. I believe it will benefit my readers with more timely release of valuable information. It will benefit advertisers too. Read this OpEd piece to find out the details.

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Article Summaries The iPad as a Pharma Marketing Platform
Is It a Game-Changer for Consumer & Physician Access?

iPadCan the pharmaceutical industry make money from the iPad? Or, rather, can pharma marketers use the iPad in their campaigns to help improve sales, physician education, and disease awareness?

There are three areas in which the pharmaceutical industry might consider using the iPad:

  1. Detailing (ie, use by sales force)
  2. HCP marketing/communications
  3. Consumer marketing

This article summarizes how the iPad is currently being used by the pharmaceutical industry, how it is being adopted by physicians, and what the roadblocks are to using it for eDetailing.

Topics include:

  • iPad – What’s It Good For?
  • The iPad as a Pharma Marketing Platform
  • GoMeals
  • More Consumer Apps
  • Opening Doors to Physicians
  • Many Physicians Plan to Buy It

  • iPad for eDetailing
  • DrChrono.com Featured on Pharma Marketing Talk Radio
  • Is It Just Another Tablet Device?
  • Does No Flash Mean No eDetailing?
  • iAds for Pharma?
  • Is Pharma Blocking or Supporting iPad Use by Sales Reps?

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Social Media Leaders Wanted
The Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award

The Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer AwardThe first part of this article is a post by Corey Mull of the Marketing Leadership Council (MLC), which is a membership organization for senior marketers at the world’s leading companies. The Council provides quantitative and case-based best practice research and tools to help marketing leaders and their teams solve immediate business challenges. Mull reviews the results of Pharma Marketing News’ “What’s Your Social Media Implementation Plan?”

The addendum to this article is the announcement of the Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award, which recognizes excellence in social media marketing leadership. Candidates for this prestigious award must work or have worked within an FDA-regulated pharmaceutical, medical device, or biotech company when he or she pioneered in social media marketing or non-branded communications or was an advocate for such. The Pharmaguy Social Media Pioneer Award is sponsored by ExL Pharma and the 4th Annual Digital Pharma East Conference. Winners will be announced at the conference in October, 2010.

Topics and charts include:

  • Tools vs. Behaviors
  • Figure 1: What’s Your Social Media Implementation Plan?
  • Figure 2: Extent of CMO Involvement in Social Media Efforts
  • An Award for Pioneers
  • What’s With the Hawaiian Shirt?
  • Qualifications for Nomination

  • Who Determines Who Wins an Award?
  • Teamwork Deserves an Award Too!
  • Sponsored by ExL’s Digital Pharma East
  • List of Nominees

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The Pharmaguy Next Door
U.S. Pharma Blogger John Mack Talks about Social Media in Pharma Marketing

The Pharmaguy Next DoorThis article is an edited Google translation from the German of an article published in the publication Pharma Relations.

John Mack, a.k.a. pharmaguy on Twitter, answers questions about his background and provides his opinions on how pharmaceutical companies will use social media in the future.

Topics include:

  • The history of Pharma Marketing Network
  • How to create a vibrant online community
  • The role of frogs in pharmaguy’s history
  • The difference between EU and US markets with regard to use of social media
  • How social media can change how patients and physicians interact
  • New Google drug search format and its impact on paid search
  • Wise men, relics, and pharma social media
  • One Pharma Company’s Social Media Policy

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