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Social Check-up for Pharma with Ogilvy Healthworld

Social Check-up for Pharma

In 2015 I interviewed Becky Canvin and Rick Evans of Ogilvy Healthworld about the state of Pharma and Social Media. The results reflected an industry that was cautious, risk-adverse and a little stiff. A lot has changed in the Pharma Social Media world with more Pharma companies embracing social media. In light of this growth in the use of social media, the team at Ogilvy Healthworld joined me for a conversation about what has changed and what additional factors they examined.

Joining my original guests, Becky and Rick are Philippa McClure, Sr. Account Manager with Ogilvy Healthworld and from Pulsar, Sameer (Sam) Shah.

Join our conversation and be sure to check out the report via the links below.

About the Social Check-up

The Social Check-up is a thought-leadership series, brought to you by Ogilvy Healthworld in partnership with Pulsar. Combining Ogilvy’s strategic expertise with Pulsar’s cutting edge data platform, The Social Check-up explores the latest trends in healthcare and pharmaceutical social media.

Ogilvy HealthworldAbout Ogilvy Healthworld

Ogilvy Healthworld is an expert health communications community. We build social strategies and programmes to change health behaviors; ultimately inspiring better health outcomes based on our strong scientific, social media and healthcare expertise.

About Pulsar

Pulsar’s software platform allows you to understand any audience, market, trend or conversation in great detail. An incredibly powerful tool that helps you solve a wide range of marketing challenges. Pulsar is available as a subscription to set up your own searches, or through our experienced team of researchers who can deliver the insights for you.

Pharma Social Media with Ritesh Patel

Today we’re talking about Pharma Social Media with Ritesh Patel, EVP and Chief Digital Officer of Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide. During our conversation we discussed handling a PR crisis, being a digital evangelist and getting the C-Suite on board with social media. Listen to our conversation or drop in at the time stamps below.

Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide00:00 Introduction
00:55 Meet Ritesh Patel
01:55 David Ogilvy & Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
04:15 What kind of health are you serving?
05:45 Do you have a group that specializes in Crisis Management?
06:38 Industry response to bad PR
08:58 Hard to “put the brakes on”
10:11 Can you BE a digital evangelist in pharma?
13:31 Patients need information and Fair balance
15:58 COPD Foundation – Is pharma focusing on disease states?
19:00 Mayo Clinic – Must educate because so much information is bad
21:02 Patient communities
23:33 Are you doing more client work in open or closed communities?
25:15 Storyvine for telling patient stories
25:55 Why would a patient give a pharma testimonial?
28:00 How does the app get paid for?
29:16 Are you evangelizing to the C-Suite?
30:58 Is it “They don’t get it” or “They are afraid of it”?
32:09 Are digital budgets growing?
33:48 What about other health verticals? Are they using social media?
35:27 Are you doing work in health startups?
36:14 Are all the Ogilvy Health employees wearing wearables?
36:54 If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change?
40:41 Patient centricity model
42:19 Is the FDA active in social media?
44:41 Social Media Tip: Carol Bush, RN – Tip for Nurse Bloggers

45:50 Physicians – Nurses – Practice Managers – I need your feedback! Take this survey!

Digital Musings for Pharma: Rethinking Social Media Engagement by Ritesh Patel

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As an aside – Ritesh is a DJ too!

Ogilvy Team on Social Media for Pharma

Developing and managing social media for pharma is probably the most complicated and challenging role in healthcare marketing. Regulations, rules and legal oversight can present roadblocks to a “spontaneous” communication medium. Joining me on Get Social Health are Ogilvy team members Becky Canvin and Rick Evans to share their insight and experience along with a new report “Connecting the Dots– Which pharma companies are succeeding in the social media space?” Listen in to our conversation or drop in at the time stamps below.

Ogilvy Digital Health00:00 Introduction: Becky Canvin & Rick Evans
00:50 Ogilvy is a world-wide agency
03:08 Engaging with patients
03:40 Pharma content reviewed by 3 or more teams
04:05 Pharma can’t make claims in social media
04:25 Twitter & Pharma
05:40 Social media platform for education
07:45 Commenting in social media
11:05 Mobile health
11:54 Ogilvy Pharma Social Media Audit “Connecting the Dots-Which pharma companies are succeeding in the social media space?”
Ogilvy Digital Health14:38 Corporate social was the focus
16:00 “Push” messages vs 2-way communications
16:40 Largest communities did not equal highest engagement
17:09 Best practice examples
18:40 Bayer Facebook page
18:50 Takeaways
20:30 Relevant content wins
21:09 Listening tools – Sysmos
24:00 Scenario planning
25:15 Tweet Chats
24:00 Community Guidelines
26:32 Crisis simulation
27:42 Team work
29:18 Social media experience varies at all levels
31:15 Words of wisdom… But wait, there’s more!
32:20 Ogilvy Health World and Ogilvy Digital Health
33:00 What is the Ogilvy Digital Innovation Lab?
34:13 Social Media Tip: Rich Obertots “Get the CEOs engaged in social media”

Becky Canvin in Twitter and LinkedIn

Rick Evans in LinkedIn

Ogilvy HealthWorld on Twitter and Ogilvy website

Ogilvy Digital Innovation Lab 

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