As a digital brand coach, I am often asked about how the Pharma industry is adopting digital tools in both the Indian context and developed markets. While in the developed world (specifically the US), pharma has been quite progressive in adopting digital tools in customer facing functions, in India the adoption is more sporadic and […]Read More Digital Onlookers to Digital Experts – The digital adoption continuum
Pharma executives, especially those selling generics, constantly seek salvation through differentiation for their products. Even then, surprisingly, they never consider services. Conventional marketing wisdom informs us that when brands cease to differentiate, salvation lies in services. Yet, pharma seems unmoved by conventional wisdom, continuing to pursue marketing products while desperately seeking differentiation. In an environment […]Read More In the service of the people
At the IDMA Marketing and Sales Conference in Mumbai last week, I spoke on “Using digital to create customer engagement’ – a topic close to my heart. I began by talking about how customer engagement is a topic that pharma discusses in posters glued on office walls, on slides of senior executives and in leisure. […]Read More Differentiation through Customer Engagement and Experience
As I meet more people and discuss their digital ideas and strategy, I think Pharma looks at digital through the wrong lens. The question I am often asked is: “This is my business model, how can tech help?” I think trying to answer the question framed that way cannot lead to the write answers. It […]Read More Pharma’s Digital Lens
Two unrelated new articles caught my attention last week. The first one was about a prominent Indian pharmaceutical company who seemed to have got into the news for their digital strategy. The second one was a comparison of prices for mobile data across the world. The first news article about the digital strategy of a […]Read More Digital Awareness to Digital Utilitarian
Changes in pharma marketing will be profound with the advent of technology. Digital marketing will allow pharma marketers to engage the customer in very meaningful ways which were not always possible through the work of sales reps. While sales reps are important in the scheme of things, they are but one channel. In-clinic time with […]Read More Don’t make it feel like it’s marketing
The first time I heard the term ‘digital economy’ in the medical context, it was from a reputed doctor who was a co-panelist and speaker at a company town hall event on digital marketing. It did not surprise me one bit that the doctor knew more about the digital economy than most of the pharma […]Read More The Digital Economy
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk to a group of mid-level pharma marketers on what marketing means in a digital world and how the rules of the game have changed. I began by asking them what they thought was the basic purpose of a marketer. They responded in their own ways […]Read More The Digital World – Be there or be square!
Recently I decided to buy a laptop. As I looked around for the right one, I realized how little I knew about hardware. Having always used a company provided one, it was one of the things I had never bothered to educate myself on. As I always do for most things that I know nothing […]Read More Selling in a digital era
Last month, this picture put up by Anup Soans on his Facebook (FB) page elicited 215 ‘likes’, 361 ‘shares’ and 76 comments (as on Dec 2nd). The popularity of this post intrigued me not because it was something that had never happened earlier – Anup is quite popular on social media – but since it […]Read More SALES or MARKETING – The Customer Doesn’t Care!