POST SUMMARY: 32% of physicians said they cannot talk to reps, compared to 27% last year. Apply this limit to doctors in organized health systems, and the restrictions become even greater: 42% of doctors affiliated with integrated health networks say they are not allowed to see reps—a 17% increase since last year. Time for pharma to rethink reps?
POST SUMMARY: People use mobile devices to consume online media, but still use desktops to a large extent for things like eCommerce. After a few years of strong growth for iOS and Android tablets and a corresponding decrease in PC sales, the inverse is suddenly true: PC sales are up and tablet sales are “crashing.” According to Talking New Media mobile device usage has now surpassed consumer consumption on a desktop, 60 percent to 40 percent, respectively. This compared to March 2013 when desktops were used 53 percent of the time vs. mobile’s 47 percent
POST SUMMARY: The exodus of new media pioneers from pharma is leaving a severe talent gap within the industry that can’t be filled only by agency people. If this trend continues pharma DTC marketing will continue to be left behind as consumer marketing evolves.
POST SUMMARY: Pharma product websites are too important to let an agency develop in a vacuum. DTC marketers need to be involved from strategy through testing and optimization yet very few organizations don’t invest the time and effort to develop a great online experience.