A digital marketing prescription for Big Pharma

Everyone’s on social media – or just about. As more and more companies find ways to tap new markets and maximise ROI for existing ones, healthcare is one major industry that is slow in coming around to making full use of its digital marketing potential. Many of the biggest medical-supply corporations, medicine makers and other firms profiting from the multi-billion healthcare industry, have been slow to truly make their mark online, despite being sharply IT-focused in so many other ways, according to a new report.

 

Upping the e-dosage

 

The report detailing the Internet-based activities of 25 multinational pharmaceutical companies reveals that their use of social media leaves much to be desired, considering how normalised the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become the new generation and in global society. Although many big companies may take some steps that have become common now like offering a regularly updated blog, oftentimes they neglect to take simple steps like providing local online presences in key markets. The study recommends that mega-firms take a look at their competitors and see what they’re up to online, and especially social media websites.

 

Getting a second opinion

 

To an industry that specialises in providing relief and peace of mind and body to people who may suddenly want to become instant experts in a particular disease or condition, many healthcare-related corporations have a surprisingly limited range of options when it comes to learning about what they offer. There’s no doubt that with a bit more attention applied to a fuller range of digital platforms, providers of services and those seeking them can find many more points of connection.

 

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When closed pubs get good reviews

Give me your tired, your hungry, your countless netizens in search of the best options in hotels and restaurants… Web-based providers of information all but promise instant bliss these days, for those who know what they’re looking for. Generally reliable information on places to eat and sleep is plentiful, conveniently categorised and sorted by numerical scores. But the very size of the system creates room for misinformation to hide in wait, lurking at times amusingly, suspiciously, until truth seekers stumble upon brick-and-mortar updates that AI still finds hard to detect, for now.

 

Sunday roasts and ghosts

 

Four years ago, Charles Goodall purchased a pub once known as the Bridge Inn in Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, with the plan of knocking it down and building homes on the premises. For a period of about three years and ending in 2016, the pub received TripAdvisor reviews, with comments on such savories as the Sunday roast, and how the service of the wait staff sometime left something to be desired. The only problem is that the establishment closed its doors in 2011. Goodall dutifully contacted TripAdvisor and the pub was in time updated to let the world know that its true status. TripAdvisor acknowledged in the 2018 Transparency Report that it had caught around one million reviews it deemed to be fake before they got a chance to be uploaded onto the site. All of the more than 60 million posts reviewing venues on TripAdvisor in 2018 underwent a fraud detector. Over 2.5 million of these reviews went through additional screening by a team that specialises in checking content concerns.

 

Bon appétit but beware

 

The nature of the way we find such basic services such as hotels, meals, and a growing array of products and services, has forever changed. Convenience is king and options abound. The online world makes it infinitely easier to get around and order a stunning variety of things, with minimum hassle and delay. But there’s still room for improvement to the system, and misleading reviews are a part of the overall phenomenon of fake news, so a little double-checking and prudence is never a bad idea, especially when the kinks are being worked out.

 

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Lie detectors wanted

The proliferation of fake news has led to renewed calls for fair-minded institutions and individuals with the integrity to keep us informed about what really happened. In the multi-platform information age, while the amount of raw data – and big data – continues growing exponentially, the value of all of these facts, factoids and downright mistruths are coming into question. Our trust in the veracity of what we see and hear has significantly eroded. New methods are needed if mistrust is to be kept in check.

 

Faking it well

 

Younger people are getting news from social media. Traditional media has gone online too. Digital marketers have a stunningly rich array of ways in which they can spread messages. But a lack of standardisation and fact-checking all around has led to more skepticism. The way in which messages can spread has increased, while the likelihood of our believing the information thrust at us has declined. Photoshopped images were just the beginning. With deepfakes and AI getting more sophisticated by the day, and sites where stories and videos shared lack oversight and regulatory bodies filtering posts, it is becoming more of a challenge to determine what’s real.

 

Reality check

 

Propaganda has always been with us. Hollywood magic has long dazzled us with stories that we like to pretend are real, at least for a couple of hours of suspended disbelief. But now the art of make-believe has become easier and cheaper to pull off, and available to the masses. The potential societal impact is significant. Media organisations, PR agencies and other outlets with a reputation for telling it like it is now have new roles not only as representatives of particular viewpoints, but as truth tellers, in a day and age in which the truth itself has become the most precious of commodities. They may thus increasingly take on roles as agenda setters, to counteract technoractic tendencies have allowed for information to be shared with the greatest of ease, but without the fact checking that many now crave.

 

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Putting the R in ROI

Not all pitches lead to contracts, not all “sure things” guarantee results and not all leads lead to sales. When investments in time, energy and hard, cold cash don’t add up to what you had hoped for – or even the chance to break even, in some cases – it may be time to recheck some of the fundamentals and shore up the positives before venturing back into the wilderness.

 

Seal the deal

 

There are many non-invasive treatments for coaxing leads into verifiable results. Key among them is to know everything you can about a potential client, and present a package in such a way that appeals to them and their core and potential customers and core values. Once the hook has been dangled, make sure to follow up and sweeten the bait with additional incentives such as a sign-up discount, while finding a way to differentiate yourself from the competition with a unique selling point, and confidence (even if it may be lacking now and then).

 

Just for starters

 

Let customers know that the deal they sign with is just the beginning and that things gets better the deeper the relationship with your company gets. ROI should increase in time as companies get to know each other and promote the kinds of connectivity between teams that boosts productivity. Initial conversations about the initial deal can also be complemented by inquires about the road ahead and potential future extension plans.

 

Impress online

 

How does your company’s website look these days? Does it use wording and formatting contribute to good SEO rankings? Is your firm represented well on social media sites? Make sure to have an online presence that is constantly up-to-date, easily logged on to, and smooth to interface with. Only when windows of opportunity are big and open for business can the future look more certain, and help compensate for when you need the occasional reboot.

 

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NEVER FORGET THE HUMAN SIDE OF DIGITAL MARKETING

When it comes to communicating with your target audience it is of course obvious that you will need to use digital media and social media platforms to connect with them. But how you connect is the most important part. Behind all the data, research, and insights is one important fact – you’re talking to humans. They are the ones looking at the communications your brand puts out into the marketplace, so it’s important to always communicate with them in an authentic manner, you need to earn their attention and that won’t happen if you don’t understand what they want to see, hear, or read.

 

EVERYONE LOVES A STORY

 

Since the dawn of time people have told stories and when they hear a good one they not only remember it they share it and tell others. This same basic principle applies to the stories that brands tell to their audiences. When developing a story you need to take a step back and ask yourself a few simple questions.

 

  1. Will it resonate?
  2. Is it worth sharing?
  3. Is it memorable?
  4. Will it create a moment?

 

A well told story should resonate with the audience it is aimed at, and if it does that it will be memorable and worth sharing. Moreover, it should create a moment in someone’s day and that moment will have your brand attached to it.

 

TELL IT LIKE IT IS

 

Ensure your story is well written and crafted, this may seem like an obvious point but all too often you see pieces of communications from brands that don’t seem to understand this one simple truth – a well told story is a memorable story.

 

GIVE YOUR STORY A PULSE

 

Make sure it has some life in it, you don’t want your story to have a short life span, it needs to be able to live and breathe long enough to still be relevant for the duration of your campaign. Your goal is to ensure that when it is shared by others that it is still pertinent and thus will still be effective.

 

GREAT STORIES GROW

 

All the best stories have chapters, some never stop. Once your story is launched you’ll need to support it with more ‘chapters’. Once people have heard about the initial story you’ll want to follow up with more to support it and keep it top of mind. There’s no point in having a launch that gets everyone’s attention and then suddenly going silent. Once you have piqued an audience’s interest you need to keep giving them more. If your story resonated with them at launch they’ll be happy to hear more about it…curiosity is yet another human trait.

 

There’s a reason we call ourselves here at Vivaldi the Human & Digital Public Relations Agency, that’s because we know one cannot succeed without the other.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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HOW CAN BRANDS TELL A STORY TO 49 MILLION PEOPLE IN THAILAND?

GET SOCIAL

 

Thailand has a population of 69 million people and 49 million of them are active social media users. That is a lot of people on the digital landscape and they are all looking at content in the palms of their hands. You have a captive audience hungry for stories and content as they scroll and swipe.

 

KNOW WHERE THEY ARE

 

With so many active social media users in Thailand you need to ensure your stories get in front of them as part of their day. So where can you find the majority of them? Facebook and Instagram lead the way with 50 million on Facebook and 13 million on Instagram.

 

STORIES WORTH STOPPING FOR

 

As people scroll through their feeds they won’t stop for content that doesn’t get their attention, they just keep on scrolling. So you need to ensure your stories either engage, inform, entertain, or educate them in some way. When you do that you can stop the scroll and capture their attention. These can be static stories or ones with video or both. Video on social media is growing exponentially and should always be considered.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LOVES STORIES

 

And stories love social media. It’s the perfect place to connect with a large audience and get immediate results because stories that resonate with someone have a much better chance of being shared, liked, and remembered.

 

LOCALS KNOW WHAT LOCALS WANT

 

To connect with a local audience your storytellers need to be locals as well, or at least have a deep understanding of the local market. Understanding the Thailand market is important if you want to ensure your stories are being told in the right way.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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The art and spin of financial PR

What’s a generally financially solid, reputable firm to do when the bottom line has bottomed out and your ROI has gone AWOL? Call in the financial PR pros. The good news is that there’s almost always some legitimately positive news that can come out of seemingly lesser numbers, and other numbers even more helpful that can be uncovered and spotlighted.

 

A numbers game

 

Monthly ups and downs often don’t fully account for a company’s long-term, less quantifiable real worth, let alone the next big thing in development, which will show R&D money spent – make that “investment” – and the profits expected to follow. Moreover, statistics on hand that fairly ‘tell things like they are’ need to be chosen carefully yet creatively, in order to put the most impressive stats first. There’s no sense of tapping big data and paying for algorithmic programs that analyze well, if you’re not going to fund a way to let digital marketers compellingly tell the story of a firm by selectively using the best available stats.

 

Angles are everything

 

Far from mere digits and decimals, numbers tell their own stories, depending on the way they are presented as part of an overall thematic. They are creative characters in a story. Many are not known, and would give a good impression if more widely known. So discover them. What’s the average length of an employee’s tenure at your company? What are wage hikes like? Is there a CSR component that demonstrates a certain return of profits to the community? These indicators of good health that can be told in conjunction and back up the more standard information shared regularly in reports with shareholders and stockholders.

 

Performance metrics and prudence

 

Not all statistics need to be shared. Not all information that is not shared is negative. Much good news remains unknown and untold. The future is uncertain. But not entirely. So speculate in a way that puts on the image you want to project, mindful of information that competitors are not tapping and exploiting. Optimism matters. While the value of numbers may be absolute, the beneficial ways in which they are presented are countless.

 

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How to attract the right PR talents

Today’s PR world is marked by disruption. The art of branding and storytelling for marketing purposes is in flux. The multifaceted skills needed to succeed in digital advertising these days – attention to the smallest details, and a strong sense of flexibility, for example – are just the starting points. Plummeting attention spans make it all the harder to succeed in this world of influential publicists. In looking for the right team to best address these needs, there are several factors that will help persuade prospective employees that your firm is the right place to work.

 

Company culture

 

PR firms that want to attract the best talents need to put their best foot forward. Chances are there are more perks for new hires than is spelled out. Agencies should prioritise putting together lists highlighting their key selling points. Beyond the usual perks regarding salary and benefits that are addressed during interviews, public relations agencies should make a point of emphasising the unique ways in which their employees form teams and work together, from collaborating on pitches and brainstorming sessions to fine-tuning key messages and final details on creating the products and events that will keep clients coming back for more of the same.

 

Take a look around

 

The best PR companies won’t need to struggle in playing up their assets. The fact that they offer a great place to work will be obvious from the details shared about the company culture, and future trends. One simple but important detail not to be overlooked or underestimated is offering prospective employees a tour of the workplace, which goes far in reinforcing all the right messages shared during the interview. A physical environment that is conducive to productivity in comfortable conditions can be meaningfully glimpsed in a walkthrough that backs up points made by the boss or HR team far beyond their words alone.

 

Dazzle with social media

 

An impressive company culture should be clearly evidenced online. A good PR firm’s values, success stories and latest projects should be reflected in their Internet presence, including the company website and social media platforms. This is how the top companies attract and retain clients, and should be obvious to any potential employee.

 

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INSTAGRAM IS STILL LIKEABLE

With Instagram’s recent decision to remove ‘likes’ many brands and their agencies are looking at how to best leverage effectiveness on the platform. But how can brands make sure they are getting value out of being on Instagram?

 

Ideas are a work of art

 

Respected marketing expert and author Seth Godin recently had a great insight about how brands can get the most out of social media.

 

“When your ideas are spreading, when your work is remarkable, when your organization has built a social ratchet that works, one of the side effects will be a significant social media presence. People will talk about you in ways that they like to talk… online. And worth noting: The Mona Lisa has a huge social media presence. Her picture is everywhere. But she doesn’t tweet. She’s big on social media because she’s an icon, but she’s not an icon because she’s big on social media.” Seth Godin

 

Get creative

 

So what can brands do to make the most of Instagram in the post-’like’ era? The answer is simple – be more creative. As Mr. Godin said – have remarkable ideas that are worth people talking about and sharing.

 

Pause the scroll

 

We live in a scrolling culture today, consumers are looking to be entertained, enlightened, and educated on their social media accounts, but to do that you need to be posting content that will not only get their attention but also stop them long enough to engage them with your message.

 

Don’t blend in

 

So when you’re planning a new campaign make sure it will get the attention it deserves. Think outside the box, have fresh ideas that will attract eyeballs and stop your audience long enough for you to tell your story.

 

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Edited, unedited and kinder versions of things you find online

Gen Z and Millennial netizens are coming to terms with some of the less satisfying aspects of their online lives, and working out ways to better find genuine connections and a new sense of community – things that, indeed, the Internet is supposed to be all about. A new study reveals a range of conflicting thoughts about time spent in cyberspace, and how it can perhaps become a happier place.

 

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it

 

Over half of respondents feel that overall online experiences make them feel less happy, yet almost just as many people said that they can’t imagine a life in which they don’t maintain at least one social media account. One big issue is how the technology helps spread images of perfect bodies adorned with perfect outfits and accessories, which can lead to thoughts of not quite measuring up among those exposed to them.

 

Perfectly imperfect

 

Four of 10 respondents said that they wished apps for editing photos and videos didn’t exist. Brands are reacting to the overabundance of picture-perfect influencers and amazingly adorned if somewhat intimidating models by keeping images realer in an attempt to not turn off potential customers.

 

Warning: ‘likes’ up ahead

 

Editing is still valued when it comes to the opinions of friends and others, though – tact remains a genuine enhancement. One of the survey’s most significant responses was how more than four in five people reported how they said their mood was affected by the numbers and percentages of likes that their social media posts received, and the types of comments they generated. In a world where more clothing is being bought and ideas exchanged online, it pays to make sure the words and images out there are making people happy.

 

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