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#pharma and the digital advocate

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Who is the digital advocate and what should #pharma learn from them.

they can easily mobilize followers/audience/supporters

they use diverse social media platforms to inform and mobilize

they build a network early

they can create a groundswell

their content is always relevant 

#pharma learn from how people are using social media platforms

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Social media has changed the world and people have taken it to another level. #pharma can learn from how people are using social media platforms.

hashtags have shortened our way of communicating

citizen journalism is playing an active role in our society

more people we can reach and interact with

organizing and advocacy are more accessible

there are no filters to our opinions

#pharma, talking versus listening

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#pharma the art of social media platforms is to listen more and talk less. 

Any great influencer will tell you, you need to listen to the voices

listening to your audience means evolving and self -growth

Social media is so much more than just you or yourself

Engaging allows us to learn from each other

Sometimes less can be more. The amount of content you post does not make you better.

#pharma you choose what to put out there

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It’s not easy, probably one of the hardest things to do, the content you post or share shows who you are on social media. 

is it content that will help and is relevant to your audience or is it just for your sales

what kind of content do you share during a time of crisis

is it risk adverse content and or are you experimenting with new formats

is it just the traditional media content for example paid ads

do you understand the trends and adapt your content to the current environment

#pharma when your own employees are influencers

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The web is full of articles, blog posts (I have also written some posts on this topic) about leveraging your employees as influencers.  In June 2020 a group of workers launched an online campaign to push back the closure of Trader Joe’s Capitol Hill (Store #130). What can #pharma learn from this case study?

Employee advocacy can be a double-edged sword, it can work for you but it can also work against you

People trust your employees more than they do your brand

If there are any issues with your employees address them immediately before they take to online advocacy

Remember your employees do know how to use their voice to advocate on social media platforms

Don’t lie to the consumers or spend money on some form of marketing campaign to clean up – it will not sell

COVID-19 is fast-tracking #pharma into digital and social media platforms

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This should be a time of learning opportunity for #pharma to experiment more with digital and social media.  So what should #pharma be doing now?

reassign marketing budget to digital investments

#pharma marketers should evaluate and develop digital strategies

if #pharma did invest in digital then now is the time to re-evaluate, refresh or revamp

this time of growth opportunity in digital could become part of a long term marketing strategy and not just a fill-in during the COVID-19 pandemic

face to face challenges means you should be researching where your customers may be online and fostering relationships over the web or on social media platforms

#pharma on social media platforms during a global pandemic

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So much has changed in the last couple of months, the last couple of days, the last couple of hours. What should #pharma be doing online during the COVID-19 global pandemic?

step away from traditional advertising during this time on social media platforms

provide updates on clinical trials pertinent to COVID-19

share the science accredited resources on COVID-19

be a part and participate in open source information sharing

correct misinformation with accurate and accredited resources on COVID-19

#pharma and social media communities

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An important goal for #pharma should be community building on social media platforms. 

Communities bring people with common interests together

Communities allow for discussions and sharing of information

Communities allow for listening to the audience’s needs and interests

Communities can help separate you from the noise online

Engagement in online communities can be very high