Vol. 10, Issue No. 4: 23 FEBRUARY 2011 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWill Critics Kill Pharma’s Social Media Golden Egg Laying Goose? Upfront Commentary

Golden Egg GooseLately, we’ve seen social media initiatives by AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical companies roundly criticized by bloggers like me and “disgruntled patients.” Many of my Twitter friends and other colleagues often cringe when they see us critics cutting up the goose that they believe is laying social media “golden eggs;” i.e, projects that improve their bottom lines.

The fear is that if these first steps by pharma are too harshly scrutinized and criticized, the drug industry will shy away from getting more involved in social media.

Read this entire OpEd piece by John Mack here:
HCP Marketing Beyond the Physician Plugging Into NPs and PAs

NP/PA BadgesNurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) comprise the most rapidly expanding group of Healthcare Providers (HCPs) in the United States. But NPs, PAs, and even RNs are for the most part overlooked by the pharmaceutical industry, according to David Mittman, PA, president of Clinician 1.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, however, suggests that pharma has gotten the message and is actively targeting at least NPs.

This article reviews the issue and includes tips for marketing to NPs and PAs.

Topics include:

  • Growing Influence of NPs and PAs
  • Chart: Number of NPs and PAs Practicing in the U.S. (trend)
  • Take the Blinders Off!
  • Chart: Number of Prescriptions Written in an Average Week by NPs and PAs
  • Nurse Practitioner Survey
  • Chart: Prescribing Practices and Behaviors and Interface With Industry of NPs
  • Reaching NPs and PAs Digitally
  • Successful NP/PA Selling Do’s and Don’ts

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Google’s OneBox Drug “Ads” Steal Clicks Away from Rx Brands Let’s Look at Some Data PhRMA Doesn’t Mention

Google OneBox GraphData suggest that Google’s OneBox NIH Rx ads “effectively reduce organic search visitation driven to pharma sites pushing the traffic to NIH content instead.”

Is it logical to conclude that Google stands to gain paid ad revenue when pharma marketers have to compete with OneBox ads by buying more paid search placements to make up for the loss of organic search visits?

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https://www.pharma-mkting.com/news/pmn104-article02/ AstraZeneca Hosts First-Ever Twitter Chat World Does Not End!

AZ TweeterDespite dire predictions of “PR failure,” the #rxsave Twitter chat hosted by @AstraZenecaUS on 15 February 2011 was a great success, which is pharma social media speak for “did not crash and burn.” It was proof that a pharmaceutical company can indeed host meaningful Twitter chats.

There were a few attempts by two or three “malcontents” to “hijack” the conversation, but these attempts were mostly ignored by the other 140 or so people who contributed comments.

Unfortunately, the way influence is measured in social media such as Twitter, those people who make the most posts — even if those posts are irrelevant to the discussion and ignored — get the highest ratings.

Read the article and listen to interview of AstraZeneca’s Tony Jewell here: