Tag: Digital Marketing


How Facebook Global Pages will help International Brands?

Of course your brand wants to reach people internationally with Facebook, but you will probably have different country pages, with different names, different languages and ways to communicate with your followers as well as most likely different admins. With Facebook Global Pages this isn’t a problem.

Global Pages are here to support and simplify your social media presence of global brands on Facebook and it will be easier to manage and measure your marketing efforts.

The migration of the active pages that your company has in different countries will be done by Facebook and you can have different admin roles for every page and of course you will have a global admin that can manage the global one and the subpages.

Of course, all will depend on your business goals or objectives and based on your social media strategy, but let’s see how it looks and how we can recognize Global Pages.

We are going to visit KitKat Global Facebook Page. On first impressions, it seems that I’m on the page of the country from which I’m connecting.  In my case, KitKat Spain.

The first important point is that if my country doesn’t have a local page, I will be redirected to the Global one. And the second point is that I can change from my country and visit other local pages of other countries with the ‘Switch Region‘ option:

Example Facebook Global pages

Another important point to consider if you decide to implement Global Pages: Facebook will total all the Likes from separate local pages when you gather them all together and create your own Global Page. Now you will have the same number of Likes on all the local and global pages. This will benefit your brand reputation.

Another important aspect that facilitates the sharing and promotion of the local Facebook Page is the possibility to customize the URLs. In the KitKat example we can see that the UK Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/kitkatuk/ and for France is https://www.facebook.com/kitkatfr/.

Also it is possible to customize the local profile, local information like website and company info, separate Timeline, Cover Photo, photo albums and apps. You will have the opportunity to personalize every single detail for your audience.

Still some Pharma companies prefer the one way communication.  With Global Pages there is no way to deactivate commenting on the Timeline. However, if you decide to put your company on social media, this non-communicative approach doesn’t make sense.

Pharma: A one way communication in Social Media doesn’t make sense!

On the other hand, we have the option to filter comments based on a list of words ( for example product names ) and hide them until we approve them or not. If we start promoting using Facebook Ads, here we will have the option of “no comments” available.

Nowadays personalized marketing communication is key to success and Global Pages can facilitate the implementation. To apply this feature you can contact Facebook here.


Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation in Pharma: What is first, the tool or the strategy?

Omnichannel in the Pharma Industry and the adoption of new tools like Marketing Automation

When we start thinking about how to implement Omnichannel strategies sooner or later we will need to think on Marketing Automation. But really, what is the state of implementation of this type of tools? How integrated is with the business strategy and connected with the rest of the organization?
Let’s start talking about a tool that represents a change of mind in the strategy and the organization and that it’s determinant to engage and build strong relationships with customers.

Here is still a great deal to do in Pharma, in fact only 10% has implemented a Marketing Automation tool as standard practice and 27% have started or plan pilots. (Data from Across-Health-Multichannel-Maturometer-2016)

“62% of Pharma hasn’t implemented Marketing Automation tools in your multichannel strategies”

Acquiring a tool is easy, but having an organization ready to run in an “omnichannel model” is tricky. Currently there are Marketing Automation tools with a B2B or B2C approach: free software to start like Mautic, SalesForce that offers Pardot and SalesForce Marketing Cloud, QuintilesIMS with Nexxus Marketing, Marketo, Adobe, Eloqua, Selligent, HubSpot, etc.

The reality is that in general the approach of Pharma is not a real “Omnichannel model” and first approach focus on outsourcing campaigns. The outsource model doesn’t mean a change in the organization, but I know that for some agencies talk about Marketing Automation, Omnichannel, Customer Journeys, etc, to some Pharma can be close to science fiction due the digital maturity and lack of a digital structure.

What do we need to start working with an Omnichannel model with marketing automation tools? Looking at capabilities, you need to be an expert in digital marketing, inbound marketing, content marketing, eMail Marketing, Social Media, Multichannel Campaign Management, analysis and measurement among other capabilities. Of course, these digital capabilities need to be distributed among specialized digital professionals and organized around a digital marketing department. Because although Marketing Automation include the word “automation” it does not work by itself.

But the second and important need comes with the changes at the organizational level. We need new ways to work and it is necessary to work transversally between Digital, Product Marketing and Sales Force Effectiveness. First because Digital need the product strategy, and help producing digital contents and / or services that we can offer to our customers. We need to really be aligned with the Business strategy on this.

Second, we need all the knowledge and collaboration of the SFE, because they have the capabilities to analyze, create segmentations, potential knowledge, data analysis and for Digital is extremely important because in most cases is where the CRM is managed

The challenge for SFE department: be ready for a real multichannel and not only thinking on rep tools like e-detailer or approved email and they will need to be ready for manage multiples data sources.

A Marketing Automation tool needs the CRM as much as it needs the Marketing Automation, and if they aren’t connected “Tool and People”, the digital channels can remain isolated and what really Pharma needs is to have a single 360 profile of our customers as well as a general overview of the “On and Off” impacts.

The most powerful Omnichannel strategies are those that can combine different strategies, segmentations and frequencies while making a cross channel approach to our targets.

But to ensure the success of these strategies is essential to customize the content as well the services we are offering, and thinking always on offering the best user experience along a mix of channels that our customers will select on their journey.

“We must be the “mentor” like Gandalf, of the customer journey of our customers… not the Trolls… ;-)”

A dynamic self-segmentation where we will generate dynamic content adapted to the person through emails, pop-ups, physical visits, websites, Social Media, etc., looking for provide the best user experience and cover unmet needs. In this environment, going with a Marketing Automation technology made all the sense in the world.

Pharma organization use to focus basically on a single channel, and Omnichannel represents an enormous change, from both the strategic and organizational point of view.

To achieve this, we must put the traditional marketing concepts aside, start running away from organizational and information silos and thinking that our strategies have to focus on an attraction marketing, where we always have a story to tell and attract patients and healthcare professionals to turn them into BrandLovers. And as I always say: Why can not Pharma have Brandlovers?


Social Media en Pharma evitando crisis

Social Media in Pharma: Crisis, What do I do?

If there is something that causes fear to the Pharmaceutical Industry when we talk about entering in Social Media is having to deal with possible comments and/or possible crises. On this, I always say that the fact of not being does not imply that they do not talk about you. So it’s better to be controlling communication and trying to establish a positive environment with your brand.

Social Media in Pharma: not being does not imply that they do not talk about you

What usually happens in Pharma? Simply, the same as in other sectors, sometimes we can face a crisis in Social Media, but in many cases are opportunities to offer a good service and win possible Lovers.

In these cases you have to think that social networks can act ( and I believe that they should act ) as a customer service to support your customers.

Interaction with your followers is key if you want to improve your Klout. You can see the latest Klout ranking from Pharma here.

Crisis Management Plan

You must have a plan, if you do not have a plan of action in your Social Media strategy, you are lost. We need to know what we are facing, a complete study of who is and what influence has, whether it can have transcendence, whether it is a possible orchestrated attack or simply is a comment that is not worth answering and your own followers will be in charge of helping you.

But the most important thing is to think about how you can give a service and act immediately. The customer is always in the center! Therefore depending on the degree of crisis you have to include representatives of various departments of the organization to make the right decisions.

Examples of Crisis Management in Social Media

A typical example of lack of appreciation of transcendence is the IKEA case with the famous post about complaints on the service received that was published in Microsiervos Blogging. The post ended in 2 or 3 place when you looked for the word “IKEA” in google. There was no contact to resolve the issue, perhaps the scope of Microsiervos’ positioning was underestimated.

One case that I love is the strong reaction CEO Domino’s Pizza to the case of the image of a pizza stuck to the box. Patrick Doyle recorded a video stating “We do things better” and “You should not get something like that from Domino’s”.
But he did not stay here, the chef of the company went to visit the person who had the incidence. He gave her two pizzas, a letter from the president, and a $500 card. All this, uploaded to Youtube is a sample of how to get out of a crisis and try to side with you generating a good service and admitting the mistake.

I do not want to think about what I would do if my guitar was broken and more if it is valued at $3500. This happened in 2008 to the country singer Dave Carroll in the transport of his flight with United Airlines. Before the passivity of the airline and the problems that had with the reclamation he decided to make a song about what happened. Result: The video “United Breaks Guitars” Top 10 Viral was seen by millions of people.

Social Media crisis at Pfizer

Let’s see a case fully Pharma, Pfizer and its campaign #AntesDeSerMedicina (Before Being Medicine)

Pfizer y la campaña AntesDeSerMedicina

We return to the subject of prevention, we simply have to sum a post with a call to action very open to receive comments and a promoted hashtag for Trending Topic. If we add the potential of followers with a “negative” feeling that they may have, you have a time bomb in your hands…

In this case the solution was silence and I can’t value if it is correct or not because it is difficult to judge it without to do an analysis of all the data, but I can say that the campaign had a good chance to start a crisis from the beginning.

Pfizer, crisis en Social Media con AntesDeSerMedicina
As we have seen in these examples, indifference can fuel a crisis and this can affect the reputation of the company. Prevention and speed of action are key to minimize damages and even with a good crisis management strategy change it and reinforce the company’s image.