Gamification: Now and Then

There's a lot of brouhaha these days in pharma circles about 'gamification' as if it were the newest thing since sliced bread. These days, however, it may be easier for a pharma company to create a real-life museum educational gaming experience than a virtual world game on Facebook. Way back in 1984, gamification was much simpler.

Making Sense of Multichannel Marketing: Towards Achieving the “Holy Grail” of Marketing Effectiveness

This article summarizes the discussion lead by Starnes during a recent MultiChannel Webinar hosted by eyeforpharma, which is also hosting the 2nd Annual Multichannel and Mobile Strategy conference November 29-30, 2012, in London. Also speaking at the webinar was Tim White, Head of Digital Commercialization - Europe for Novartis, Benedikt Hoffmann, Head of eBusiness, Janssen, and Morten Kamp Jorgensen, Director, Corporate Brand & Reputation, at Vestas, a company that specializes in wind power solutions.

Who Owns Your Social Media?

Twitter's new rules change the playing field for third party developers, establish caps on number of users, and shift guidelines to requirements across four categories of businesses. Will the new rules ruin the spirit of social media and are they bad for healthcare?

Supporting Patients via Twitter and Beyond

Although nearly two-thirds of respondents to a 2009/2010 Pharma Marketing News survey thought that using Twitter for patient support activities would be somewhat or very effective, relatively few pharmaceutical companies are doing this on a regular basis. From time to time, however, it does happen. Boehringer Ingelheim Shows How It's Done

Supporting Patients via Twitter and Beyond

Although nearly two-thirds of respondents to a 2009/2010 Pharma Marketing News survey thought that using Twitter for patient support activities would be somewhat or very effective, relatively few pharmaceutical companies are doing this on a regular basis. From time to time, however, it does happen. Boehringer Ingelheim Shows How It's Done

Google’s New Drug Search Result Format: A “Knowledge Graph” that doesn’t include pharma!

Google launched a new drug search result format that includes data from the U.S. FDA, the National Library of Medicine, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, among othersbut apparently not directly from pharmaceutical companies.

HealthPrize Teams Up with RealAge to Improve Adherence

Unless taken, medicines don't work. Lack of medication adherence is a major issue contributing to poor health outcomes and higher costs. HealthPrize Technologies believes it has at least part of the solution, which is to provide an innovative approach with an online and mobile-based program that is fun, engaging and educational. This article summarizes the results of a six-month asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pilot study in which HealthPrize partnered with RealAge to test patient engagement with the HealthPrize online and mobile platform.

Adherence: Do We Really Need an App for That?

Lots of patients -- even patients taking life-saving medication -- are not as "adherent" as they should be, which means that the treatment does not work as advertised and drug companies lose money. There have been many attempts by the drug industry to improve medication adherence, but it has been a tough challenge. The industry, however, has not given up. The new battleground for combating non-adherence is the mobile smartphone and the smartphone app is the weapon of choice. Are the benefits worth the risk?

Pharma Marketing News Vol. 11, No. 5: 31 May 2012

Welcome to Volume 11, Issue #5 (31 MAY 2012) of Pharma Marketing News.

Sanofi Launches Diabetapedia: “Google” for Diabetes

Laura Kolodjeski (@lkolodjeski), Community Manager for Sanofi US Diabetes, sent me a Twitter DM announcing the launch of Diabetapedia (di-ah-bee-tah-pee-dee-ah), a new site 'to help meet educational needs of diabetes community.' According to Laura, the goal is to create 'a single, comprehensive place where anyone can find and share definitions of diabetes-related terms and phrases.' The site's tag line is 'Diabetes doesn't define you... so define diabetes.'

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