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Closed-Loop Marketing in Pharma Has Yet to Close the Loop

Published: 14 September 2013

ID: G00220410

Analyst(s): Dale Hagemeyer


Since 2011, pharma aggressively pursued closed-loop marketing — the delivery of content to practitioners from tablet-type devices. Because of the inadequate focus on collection and analysis, pharma has not been able to close the loop to improve future interactions based on insights from the past.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • A huge surge of field sales reps in the marketplace with expensive hardware, such as iPads or slate-type devices, that provides no differentiation from competitors
  • Marketing messaging and digital collateral development essentially operating in a vacuum without an understanding of their impact or ROI
  • Limited ability to turn data into insights and then into action, either at the individual practitioner level or in aggregate
  • Continued ambivalence toward remote detailing (also called "co-browsing") and its ability to reach "no see" practitioners

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