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content marketing on LinkedIn for #bigpharma

LinkedIn is probably one of the safest social media platforms to use for #bigpharma. However, it can be very competitive to stand out from the crowd and get attention. What should #bigpharma be doing to get engagement and content seen.

Content

  • Produce valuable content
  • Have a team of content creators and curators in place
  • Do an audit and check which content has performed well on LinkedIn
  • Mix content shares between your own original content and other sources of content
  • Post a couple times a week
  • Use hashtags – comes up better in searches
  • Video is available on LinkedIn and can be highly engaging

LinkedIn Publisher (Publishing Platform)

  • LinkedIn Publishing platform – are you using this feature to publish posts
  • Promote your LinkedIn publisher post content on other social media platforms
  • LinkedIn status update – this is perfect for short, concise updates and messages

Executives publishing on LinkedIn

  • Just like CEOs on Twitter you need to have CEOs writing on LinkedIn
  • CEOs posting on LinkedIn increases reach
  • Publishing on LinkedIn allows executives to connect and engage directly with the audience

Employee advocacy

  • Your employees are your most valuable assets
  • Socially engaged employees help to boost corporate image and brand
  • Executives (see above) on social media yields better employee advocacy
  • Give employees interesting content to share
  • Sharing latest post from the company blog is good but it needs to be strategic

Recruiting on LinkedIn

  • Go beyond keyword search, job posting, and positions
  • Follow thought leaders
  • Look for influencers
  • If you meet someone in the real world then try to connect on LinkedIn
  • Have employees tell the audience about their job roles
  • Valuable content (see above) can also grow your visibility and in turn attract new talent

Playing it safe

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LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing professional social networks. According to statista LinkedIn today has 433 million users.

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LinkedIn distinguishes itself, from the other social media channels as being a social network that brings professionals together. Historically, this is where recruiters go to find and recruit talent and where individuals can connect for business purposes. However, today it is becoming more and more a mainstream channel to promote your brand and company messages.

1) Ok so we all know by now that LinkedIn is well known for recruiting talent. How do the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors rank on representation when compared to other industry sectors in attracting talent?

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By looking at the chart, I guess we could say pharmaceutical along with healthcare are one of the least represented industries among top attractors on LinkedIn. A sought after employer not only brings a competitive edge for the company, but also value and good reputation.

2)So what can pharmaceutical companies gain by becoming more active on LinkedIn?

First, it is probably the “safest” social media channel.  If you want to start in social media, start with LinkedIn. Since the network is built on professional network, many of the comments and material or content shared tends to “stay” professional. In stark contrast to content shared in other social media channels such as FaceBook and Twitter.

Second, many modern day CEOs today are on at least one social media channel.  So if a Fortune 500 CEO has to start on a social media channel, LinkedIn would be the place to get your feet wet.  Ian Read Pfizer CEO was among the early pharmaceutical CEOs to join LinkedIn influencer program when it broadened its’ program.

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3)What other features does LinkedIn provide?

Besides building reputation and getting your feet wet. LinkedIn launched its InMail service in February 2015 as part of its’ Marketing Solutions portfolio. Features of InMail include 1) real time dynamic delivery of sponsored emails / updates / campaigns to a target audience; 2) mobile-optimized templates making it easier to view on any mobile device, 3) rich targeting capabilities ( industry, job function for example).  These all become part or should be a part of marketing strategy. LinkedIn also is a way of by bypassing open comment possibilities. This is where the safer concept comes in play.

4)Pharma LinkedIn Influencers?

The LinkedIn Influencer program launched in February 2014. This may explain why we see a more diverse set of influencers, beyond, Barak Obama and Bill Gates. Some Healthcare & Pharmaceutical CEOs that are part of the Influencer program include

Pfizer Ian Read (120,370 followers)(accessed July 28, 2016)

Abbott Laboratories Miles White (113,524 followers) (accessed July 28, 2016)

Cardinal Health George Barrett (15,823 followers) (accessed July 28, 2016)

According to social CEO report 2015 “Highly regarded companies are more than three times as likely as those with weak reputations to have a CEO who participates in social media.”

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Younger CEOs are on more social media channels and they understand the benefits they can achieve from social media engagement. The advantages of being part of the influencer program allows a CEO to be able to think like a business leader, which the professional community looks up to. Pharmaceutical industry needs to learn that it must define itself externally above and beyond the brands and this is where the Influencer program can play a pivotal role. An Influencer can also help the audience understand the pharmaceutical process of bringing meds to market. CEOs engaged in social media channels can contribute to the companies ROI by bringing in reputation rewards.

5)How about leveraging all your employees?

Pharmaceutical companies can leverage one of their greatest asset, its’ employees, colleagues and associates. This is one of fastest and easiest way of broadening and reaching a greater network with your company message.

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As we can see from the chart above the bigger the company the wider the reach to build up your followers.