Social Media Success: Trends in Pharma Digital Strategies

According to data published by business intelligence firm Cutting Edge Information, the majority (73%) of pharmaceutical marketing teams expect to use or continue to use the popular social media forum Facebook to facilitate their digital marketing strategies over the next one to two years.

According to Cutting Edge Information, “[i]n these strategy meetings, teams consider several factors, including the target patient population, therapeutic area and geographic region.” For example, “region can affect strategies because each country has its own pharma marketing rules and regulations.”

The survey, which included marketing teams from companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Chiesi, Janssen, Mallinckrodt, and Takeda, also revealed that YouTube (64%) was the second most popular among the pharmaceutical marketing teams, while LinkedIn (55%) and Twitter (45%) rounded out the top four.

Not as popular, but still commonly used social networking sites include Instagram (18%) and Vimeo, Google+, Tumblr, and SlideShare each with 9% of pharmaceutical marketing teams utilizing them. Interestingly, additional data from the study show that no surveyed pharmaceutical or medical device companies reported using Pinterest, Vine, Flickr or Reddit.

David Grant
David Grant focuses on patent prosecution and patent analysis in medical device, healthcare information technology, and electronics and semiconductors areas. David graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. While working on his undergraduate degree, David worked as an engineering co-op for a fortune 250 power generation and supply company. David received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of law, where he served on the board of Intellectual Property association.
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