SUMMARY: PulsePoint™ connects the dots of healthcare marketing and delivers health messaging where audiences are in their healthcare journey. The platform accesses contextualized health content and related, engaged audiences to deliver relevant marketing messages through partner platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, as well as native, video, content discovery, search, display, and connected TV channels.  But there are still issues with programmatic.

  • A CMI/Compass study in 2013 suggested a dip in physician support for DTC with less than half (48%) indicating that DTC advertising informed, educated, and empowered patients. And, a slight majority (53%) of physicians who responded to the survey were opposed to DTC advertising.
  • 78% feel that Direct-to-Consumer advertising leads to a preference for brand name drugs when a generic is adequate
  • Only 20% of physicians agree (5% strongly; 15% somewhat) that Direct-to-Consumer pharmaceutical advertising strengthens a patient’s relationship with a clinician

KEY TAKEAWAY: For DTC marketers, TV is king and will continue to dominate most DTC budgets. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] 771,368 DTC ads were shown in 2016[/inlinetweet], the last full year for which data is available, an increase of almost 65 percent over 2012.[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] TV ad spending by pharmaceutical companies has more than doubled in the past four years, making it the second-fastest-growing category on television during that time.[/inlinetweet]

KEY TAKEAWAY: Online ad fraud is shaking the online advertising industry at a time when advertisers are pouring a ton of money into the channel.  However, what’s been overlooked is that the creative for most online ads is horrible. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]If pharma marketers want to lower the risk of online ad fraud and improve metrics they have to do two things: ditch programmatic and improve online ad creative.[/inlinetweet]