Category Archive: Social Intelligence

Pharma can ENGAGE in social, it just takes common sense

Social is not a brand Facebook page or a corporate tweet. It’s not a one-way push. Social is engaging and interacting with individuals at a personal level; that’s a two-way street.  To date pharma has barely scratched the surface of one-way social, let alone done much of anything in terms of true, two-way communication.

Yeah…Yeah…Yeah…regulatory concerns.  But if pharma uses common sense, a sound strategy, and sticks to their corporate mission, participating in two-way social is a win-win for everyone.

A recent article by Vernessa Pollard entitled FDA’s Social Media Enforcement: Emerging Rules of Engagement nicely lays out a handful of social guidelines pharma companies need to consider in the absence of specific guidance from FDA.

Should be required reading for all of Pharma.


Adam Kleger


Top 16 Social Market Research Questions

With all the legal and regulatory issues surrounding pharma, how can the 21st century pharma company truly leverage the full power of social?  It’s starts with listening and understanding.

In the research world, social is NOT just Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.  Social is over 200 million sites with user-generated content…it’s the world’s largest focus group.  Real-time, unbiased, incentivized, unmoderated, patient and caregiver conversations…the holy grail of qualitative data!

In late 2010, the Marketing Research Association published MRA/IMRO Guide to the Top 16 Social Media Research Questions. Great introduction that reviews the role of social media research, ethical and legal issues, processes and providers, and much more.  It should be required reading for the pharmaceutical market researcher (or brand manager) who is just dipping their toes in the social market research waters.


The State of Corporate Social Media

Michael Brito recently summarized  The State of Corporate Social Media Report, by Useful Social Media.

Many interesting points.  But the one key item that I believe is most relevant from a pharmaceutical corporate perspective is:

43% of surveyed corporations keep their social team within marketing, while only 15% keep them within corporate communications (and another 35% aren’t within any specific department)

Social should be an enterprise-wide initiative, with applications in product development, market research, corporate communications, marketing and more.  Think big.


Social & Market Research

Will Social Media Replace Surveys as a Research Tool? AdAge.

Social Networks Will Change Product Innovation. Harvard Business Review.

Social Media Boosting Patient Recruitment. Outsourcing Pharma.

How Market Research Can Benefit from Twitter. Smart Blog on Social Media.

Insights on the Future of the Patient. Creation Healthcare.

Online Communal Wisdom Should be Harness for Drug Development. Boston Globe.

Patients Turning to Social to Get Health Information. CNNHealth.

Social Intelligence & Adverse Events

Don’t hold your breath waiting for formal rulings from FDA on how to deal with potential Adverse Events in social.  But in the meantime, here are just a few of my favorite AE/social links: